When I first started seeing this Ultimate Blog Party 2010, I didn't totally get it, but now that its happening I want in on the fun. I enjoy a good party, though in truth I'm not so great at throwing them. But there is one part of having people over that I absolutley love; the baking. I love that I get guilt-free time to bake and to cook and to create something that people will truly enjoy.
The Momma Stuff Blog Party will be gluten-free, since that's my dietary restriction! Although I can tolerate milk to some degree, the boy can't, so that means we're also going to have some dairy-free treats as well.
I absolutely love Erin McKenna's, of BabyCakes Bakery, Allergen-Free Brownies. They are cakelike, but when you use the mini chocolate chips and they just scatter throughout the brownie, they are just heavenly! Not to mention bite-sized and perfect for little hands. You don't taste the coffee in the batter at all, I always use decaf.
Did you know that you can whip coconut cream up, for a dairy-free alternative? Buy yourself a can coconut cream with the highest fat content you can find. That means your going to have more of the "cream" and less of the "water". You want these two to be well seperated, so let the can to sit for a few hours if you just brought it home from the store.
Coconut Whipped Cream:
- Open 1 can of high fat coconut cream.
- Pour the "coconut water" out and scoop the cream into your mixer.
- Mix the cream until it starts to whip up.
- Add 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional) and 2 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
- Continue mixing until the whip cream has peaks.
And since we can't have only sweet treats at our party, here's a super easy appy that only takes moments to prepare. Someone brought it to my baby shower, I made it at the boy's birthday party and I know I'll be making it many more times.
Shrimp & Cucumber Appy:
- Wash cucumber and slice into rounds.
- Spread herb and garlic cream cheese on each piece.
- Place 2-3 small shrimp (the ones you would use for shrimp salad) on top of each round.
- Serve & Enjoy.
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