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Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten free, dairy free waffles

Gluten Free WafflesAfter being gluten and dairy free for a few years our son has been really wanting a waffle that looks and tastes like the ones served at restaurants.

He’d tried a waffle made in a waffle iron when we were at Disney World and loved it.

When I saw a gluten free Waffle and Pancake mix available from The Little Aussie Bakery I just had to order it.

It took me a while to get uthe nerve to try the mix as I’ve never made waffles before, which means it’s also the first time I’ve used my waffle maker.

This waffle and pancake mix contains 2 packets. Each packet makes about 6 waffles.

The Little Aussie Bakery Pancake and Waffle mix

 

You’ll need:
4 eggs,
1/4 cup lemon juice and
1.5 cups of milk.
I used So Delicious milk although The Little Aussie Bakery recommends canned milk.

Every waffle I made turned out great. My kids couldn’t eat all of them so I saved 2 for the next day. The waffles reheated very nicely in the toaster oven on the toaster setting.

* This review is my own opinion and not sponsored.

 

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How to Organize Hair Accessories

Jewelry organizer

If you’re like me your daughter seems to have a never ending collection of hair accessories.

I’ve tried plastic bags, jewelry stands and containers to store her ever growing collection to no avail.

This holiday season I finally found something that I thought would work that would also appeal to my little fashionista. I’ve been patiently waiting until she opened her Christmas gifts to see if it would really work.

For our family the answer is a hanging jewelry organizer that hangs in her closet.

She has hair ties, decorative hair ties, head bands, scrunchies and hair clips all stored in this one organizer in her closet.

The velcro strips normally used for necklaces have been used for head bands. I’ve made a small addition of felt to the jewelry organizer to prevent the velcro from catching on our little girls clothes in her closet. See the pale pink strips of fabric.  As you can see some of her clips are attached on the edge of the fabric.

I got this cute organizer at Kohl’s and have seen a similar item at a local Ross store.

Hair Organizer with felt

How do you organize your daughters hair supplies?

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Allergy Free Chocolate Lollipops

Having a child who can’t have dairy can be tough during the holidays.

I used to be very scared of making anything with chocolate as I thought it would be really hard. For me, I think chocolate treats are probably the easiest to make now.

The first step is to choose an allergy free chocolate. Enjoy Life has dairy, nut and soy free chocolate chips that are made in a gluten free facility. Our family favorite at the moment are Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. Note: these do contain soy and may contain milk.

What you’ll need before you start:

1 Candy mold (can be found at a local craft store like Joann’s)
Allergy free chocolate chips
Saucepan
1 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup

1. Fill saucepan with enough water to cover bottom half of the Pyrex measuring cup.
2. Heat water.
3. Place chocolate chips in Pyrex
4. Rest the Pyrex on the edge of the saucepan for a few mins. Remove as soon as chocolate chips look like they are starting to melt.
5. Stir chocolate until smooth.
6. Return to hot water if needed. Stir until smooth.
7. Carefully pour chocolate into molds.
8. Twist lollipop stick into chocolate.
9. Place lollipops in freezer to set.
10. Remove from freezer and rest on counter.
11. If all goes well you should be able to remove the lollipops from the mold after about 10 minutes.

You may notice that I’m not using a microwave to melt the chocolate. Chocolate burns easily and I’m doing my best to avoid using the microwave. If you choose to use a microwave be careful not to let the chocolate burn.

One of my christmas trees broke tonight as I tried to get it out of the mold. This is the first time I’ve had this happen. I recommend choosing molds with solid shapes versus more intricate designs to start with.

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