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Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

Nov 15, 2018

Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

I have rounded up all of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from over the years so they're easily accessible all in one place! Looking for a traditional meal? My ultimate Thanksgiving feast is the way to go. But if you're looking for a variety of ideas for sides, salads, sauces, appetizers, drinks, desserts, and even ideas for what to do with those leftovers, there is something for you below. Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast

Dec 31, 2016

Champagne Gelatin Squares {dairy + gluten free}

How will you be ringing in the new year tonight? We're spending time with family and I'm sure the night will be filled with games, laughter, and plenty of delicious food. I know that gelatin snacks are usually a treat for kids or something that reminds you of your college days...but I decided they can also be a fun, classy (adult) treat too. These Champagne Gelatin Squares will be coming along this evening for the adults to enjoy! 

Dec 30, 2016

Champagne Cupcakes {dairy + gluten free}

Happy New Year's Eve! If I'd planned better this week, I would've had this recipe up with a few extra days to spare, but time got away from me! The good news is, this recipe calls for ingredients that most of us probably already have on hand! If you're a fan of my Strawberry Cupcakes, this is a very similar recipe, except the liquid is replaced with champagne - perfect for today! 

gluten free, dairy free, cupcakes

Dec 20, 2016

Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix {gluten free + vegan}

One of our family favorite snacks has got to be our popcorn snack mixes. We love to create fun, festive mixes with treats we love. Our S'mores Popcorn Snack Mix and our Lucky Leprechaun Snack Mix are just two examples of some of the mixes we make. We always start with popcorn (either fresh popped and lightly salted, or Skinny Pop brand to save some time), then we add in sweet and salty treats from pretzels, to marshmallows, cereal, candy...whatever our hearts desire.

Nov 22, 2016

Brussels Sprouts, Pear and Candied Pecan Salad {dairy + gluten free}

It's not too late to add another yummy side dish to your Thanksgiving menu. Light and full of flavor, this salad is filled with fall flavors like pear and candied pecans. I've been enjoying this salad as a main dish for lunch the past few days and it is so good!

Oct 14, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies {gluten free + vegan}

I love to make my roll-out sugar cookies for the holidays. Halloween and Christmas are the two holidays that stick out in my mind as ones that my mom would make her sugar cookies and we would get to help frost them. I loved the pumpkins and black cats the most. 



Mar 17, 2016

Lucky Leprechaun Snack Mix

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that tends to sneak up on me every year. Once we make it through Valentine's Day, I always have Easter on my mind. Luckily I am usually able to come up with something sweet and simple for this somewhat overlooked holiday.



Feb 14, 2016

Berry Bubbly Gelatin Bites

I really enjoy finding fun treats for the kids to enjoy that I feel better about during these candy-filled holidays. When I know they can have something healthy that is delicious and an out of the ordinary treat, it is a win-win for all of us! I created my Berry Fizz Mocktail recipe and then decided to make these gelatin treats to go along with our Valentine's brunch. 

Not only were they amazingly simple to make ahead of time, they're also super easy to modify for any holiday and flavor you want. You can also make them a grown-up treat by replacing the sparkling grape juice with champagne! :)

Berry Bubbly Gelatin Bites by Making it Milk-free

Feb 13, 2016

Valentine's Brunch and Berry Fizz Mocktails

It is funny how different Valentine's Day is now that I'm a mother. I have always found it difficult to know what gift to give my husband. Some say Valentine's Day is a holiday for the ladies, but I disagree. I've also struggled a bit with feeling like there should be a day set aside to recognize loved ones, as if every other day it isn't important, as well as the over-commercialization of the day in general. I mean, who really wants to think about Valentine's Day before Christmas is even past?

Valentine's Day Brunch by Making it Milk-free

Feb 1, 2016

Double Chocolate Cookie Cups {dairy + gluten free}

What is it about the month of February and Valentine's Day that always seems to sneak up on me? Maybe it's the too short break after all of the holidays before that gives me just enough time to pause and take a breath, then suddenly Valentine's Day is here. We don't make a very big deal about V-day around here. I always pick up a stuffed animal and maybe some (safe) chocolate for the boys, but besides the celebrating at school it flies by fairly quickly. 

Because of the chaos that is our life in February, I always like to come up with creative treat ideas. Due to our food restrictions, we cannot just head to the store and pick out festive sugar cookies or other fun, pre-made treats. Coming up with something I can easily throw together is part of the fun! That is where these Double Chocolate Cookie Cups came from.  

Double Chocolate Cookie Cups {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free

Dec 7, 2015

Winter Wonderland Holiday House {dairy+egg free}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyMaidHouse #CollectiveBias

Christmastime is full of traditions, whether new or old. Mason and I have a tradition that we started when he was just a year old. Every year around his birthday in early December, we create a "gingerbread house." Because of food allergies, we always have to be careful with the ingredients we choose for the house and decor. Honey Maid graham crackers have always been our item of choice to build the house from because they don't contain milk. Another bonus? Mom doesn't have to spend time baking safe gingerbread and cutting the pieces out because the graham crackers are ready to go!

Winter Wonderland Holiday House | Making it Milk-free

Dec 6, 2015

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free}

Now that I've discovered an awesome dairy-free white chocolate, it is my goal to create as many amazing holiday treats using it as possible each year. For some reason white chocolate makes me think of the holidays. Also, oatmeal cookies are one of my absolute favorites, so it's a win-win!

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free






This time of year is always conflicting. On one hand, I want to try and eat healthfully in spite of all the delicious goodies around, but on the other hand I want to bake and create new festive holiday recipes. I figure that as long as I can find someone to share the treats with, they won't be in my house tempting me to eat them. This is where cookie exchanges come in handy.

With food allergies and intolerances, exchanging foods with others can be tricky. Most often the things we receive from others are not dairy and gluten free. The one upside to cookie exchanges is that I don't have any desire to eat most of them, knowing how miserable I would be afterwards, so it helps me to not be tempted by everything.

As much as I love sharing recipes with you, especially around the holidays, I decided to make it even more fun this year by giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to lucky reader (see details below)! 

Update: Thanks to my generous friends at Premium Chocolatiers, the winner will also receive their Signature Truffle Collection (15 pieces of vegan, nut-free, gluten-free deliciousness worth $29.50)!



For a fun twist on a holiday cookie exchange, I'm participating in a Virtual Gluten-free Christmas Cookie Exchange with 17 other fabulous bloggers. Not only are we sharing an array of delicious gluten-free cookie recipes, we're also each giving away some fantastic prizes! After you've entered to win below, head on over to the others and find some recipes to satisfy any sweet tooth this holiday season and check out the other giveaways too!

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free

Cranberry Bliss Oatmeal Cookies {dairy + gluten free}

  • 1 cup dairy-free butter substitute 
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 bar dairy-free white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (I used Milkless Polar Dream from Premium Chocolatiers)

In a large bowl, cream together dairy free butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients gradually while mixing on low speed, just until combined. 

Fold in the gluten-free oats, dried cranberries, and dairy-free white chocolate pieces until evenly dispersed throughout the batter. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour. 

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop batter onto parchment paper in balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Press the center of each ball down slightly to flatten the cookies a bit. Bake for 12 minutes.



Check out all 18 recipes in our virtual gluten-free cookie exchange, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row:


Nov 23, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {dairy + gluten free} and Hallmark Ornaments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendHallmark #CollectiveBias

When Mason was born two weeks before Christmas almost seven years ago, the hospital gave us a gift basket that included a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament. I suppose maybe that's what they do for almost-Christmas babies. Since we did not get one this year for Dawson and our local Hallmark store closed awhile back, I was at a loss. I started looking online and realized that Walmart carries them!

I packed up my little guy and we trekked out to Walmart. I was excited to find a huge selection of Hallmark Ornaments in the Seasonal section at my local store. I actually arrived just minutes after two employees had finished stocking the shelves, so they were not picked over at all. I would recommend checking out your Walmart store's selection early so you can find the perfect Hallmark ornament for your Christmas tree, or even to give as a gift to someone you love.

I remember as a child, each year before Christmas, we would get a Hallmark catalog in the mail and would pour over the fun, festive ornaments. There were always so many new options each year and since decorating for the Holidays was one of my favorite things to do, I would imagine all of the possibilities if only my mom would let us buy one of each. Hallmark Ornaments are the perfect addition to any Christmas tree or holiday decor!

While that dream never did come true, I do remember a few specific, special ornaments that we would trim the tree with each year. The cutest ones were always the Hallmark ones. That stuck with me and I knew as an adult that I wanted to collect them for special events. Not only do I have a Baby's First Christmas ornament from Mason's birth year, but I also have one from our wedding year. These moments are so much fun to remember again when the holidays arrive!



When I found the Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart, they had several cute options. I was not prepared to have to make a decision. While I have spent the past few years trying to convert the majority of our ornaments to neutrals and metallic finishes, I try to get one ornament each year for our boys that represents something they are into at the moment. I found the cutest "Baby's First Christmas" picture frame ornament that'll be perfect for a little photo of Dawson. Mason is into super heroes at the moment, so Iron Man was very fitting for him too.



Now, I know we haven't even made it to Thanksgiving quite yet, but wandering around the holiday section at Walmart started to put me in the mood for Christmas. I could do without the cold weather, but there are so many parts of the season that I love and can't wait to experience as a family of five this year with our new little man!

I started thinking about sitting around watching Christmas movies with the kids with just the lights from the tree illuminating the room. The warm and cozy scents of the season, the holiday cheer that seems to spread everywhere you go, and the food. My goodness, the food... So many memories there!

I always try to replicate a favorite dish or dessert from my childhood, but dairy-free and gluten-free so that we can all enjoy it together. The first thing I thought of were my mom's Peanut Butter Balls that she has made every year since my childhood. While they are a simple dessert that could definitely be enjoyed any time of year, there is just something about having them at the holidays that is so nostalgic for me. 

I decided I needed to make them, stat! They're so simple that I already had all of the ingredients on hand. The only variances from my mom's recipe is that I used gluten-free rice cereal, dairy-free butter, dairy-free chocolate chips, and added a bit of coconut oil. I decided to dress them up a bit from the original recipe by adding some festive toppings. You could really use any sort of topping you would like to. It's kind of fun to switch it up a bit with the cool minty candy canes, the salty pretzels, and the sweet sprinkles. For an extra fun touch, insert candy canes in the middle to replicate a hook on your ornament! 

Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls {dairy + gluten free}

  • 3 cups gluten-free crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free butter substitute, melted
  • 1 package dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Topping suggestions:
  • crushed peppermints or candy canes
  • decorative sprinkles
  • decorative sugar
  • crushed gluten-free pretzels
  • dairy-free white chocolate drizzle
  • caramel drizzle
  • melted peanut butter drizzle

Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the peanut butter and dairy-free butter substitute. Microwave 30 seconds or until butter is melted and peanut butter is slightly softened.

In a large bowl, mix together the crispy rice cereal and powdered sugar. Pour the peanut butter/butter mixture over the top and fold together until the mixture is well combined.

Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.

Assembly:

Step 1. Using your hands, scoop out a handful of the mixture and press together until it begins to form a ball. You want them to be about one inch to an inch and a half in diameter so they can be eaten in a few bites.


Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Step 2. Set the peanut butter balls on the parchment and continue until you've used all of the mixture. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to help the peanut butter mixture set up and hold its shape. (I can usually get about 20-22 out of this recipe).
    • If you want to make them look like ornaments with hooks, BEFORE refrigerating, gently press the straight end of a candy cane into each ball. You will likely have to press the mixture around the candy cane to keep it together. (I like to break the candy canes down so they are shorter or use mini candy canes.) Remove the candy canes and when coating them and be careful not to fill the hole completely with chocolate. A little bit is okay as it will help to hold the candy cane in place. Once coated, reinsert the candy cane.
Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Step 3. Using a large spoon or two forks, gently dunk each peanut butter ball in the melted chocolate and coat the outside completely. Gently shake them as you remove them from the chocolate to remove some of the excess.

Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Step 4. Place each coated peanut butter ball on the parchment paper. Add toppings before the chocolate sets. Once all are coated in chocolate and toppings are added, place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to set before serving.


Dressed up holiday dessert classic inspired by Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart.

Hallmark Ornaments at Walmart | Making it Milk-free | www.makingitmilkfree.com

Which Hallmark Ornament will you choose this season?

Dressed up classic holiday dessert inspired by Hallmark Ornaments from Walmart.

Nov 17, 2015

Black Forest Trifle {dairy + gluten free}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SilkDairyFree #CollectiveBias


#chocolate #cherry #trifle #dairyfree #glutenfree #dessert #silk #yogurt

I am a creature of habit in many areas of my life. Grocery shopping is one of these areas. This stems from buying foods for specific restricted diets and the many years I have spent looking for certain products and trying to find the best deals. When I do venture out to a new or different store than usual, if I find a familiar product, I often do a happy dance in the aisle. Yes, I get many strange looks but it is just so exciting! If you or a loved one has food allergies, I am sure you can relate!


Dec 23, 2014

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies {dairy, egg, soy + gluten free}

I have seen photos of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies floating around the internet the past few weeks and I love how beautiful they look. I assumed there had to be some elaborate trick to making them look so pretty, but once I began reading about them, they are actually super simple! The powdered sugar coating adds a hint of sweetness which transforms the flavor of your ordinary chocolate cookies.

You can really use just about any chocolate cookie recipe. I love making my Chocolate Brownie Cookies. In a pinch, I have also used Immaculate Baking Company's Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough, which I typically keep in my freezer for last minute cookie cravings (mostly for safe school treats quickly, actually). This dough contains eggs and soy. They have a warning on the label regarding the company's manufacturing processes due to being made in a facility that processes other allergens as well. We typically avoid foods/products made in a facility where milk is used, but there are a few companies who label well and are forthcoming with their processes that I do feel comfortable with them.

#glutenfree #dairyfree #Christmas #cookies

Dec 22, 2014

Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow {gluten free, vegan + nut free}

Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies) has always been a favorite treat in our family. I like to mix up the flavors for special occasions or holidays. Traditionally, Puppy Chow is made with peanut butter, but I think it works just fine and tastes great with just a chocolate coating.

Since I found Premium Chocolatiers Milkless Polar Dream dairy-free white chocolate bars, I knew I wanted to make a peppermint bark version of puppy chow. Perfectly sweet and crunchy, the minty mixture of dark chocolate and white chocolate with peppermint is amazing!

#glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #nutfree

Dec 19, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Dip {gluten free + vegan}

I have always been a fan of spinach artichoke dip. Warm, gooey and cheesy, it is a delicious appetizer or perfect compliment to grilled or baked chicken. I have enjoyed the traditional version since my son's milk allergy diagnosis, but have anxiety any time I eat something that contains his allergen. Plus, I recently decided to cut dairy out of my diet again, so this dairy-free version is a fantastic substitute.

Some of my favorite, go-to brands make an appearance in the recipe too: So Delicious Dairy Free (culinary coconut milk), Go Veggie Foods (vegan Parmesan style topping), and Just Mayo (egg-free mayonnaise). If you have a favorite dairy-free cheese alternative that does not contain soy, feel free to replace the Parmesan with what works for you.

#glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #appetizers

Dec 14, 2014

White Chocolate Nog Fudge {dairy, egg, gluten + nut free}

Fudge is one of those traditional Christmas treats that just have to be made every year. Unfortunately most fudge recipes contain some if not all of our allergens. This year, I set out to make an allergy-friendly version that my little one and I could enjoy along with everyone else who would never even know the difference.

#dairyfree #eggfree #glutenfree #nutfree

I love the variety of So Delicious Dairy Free holiday drinks that are abundant this season. The delicious Nog is a fun and sweet treat. I have used it in previous years in breakfast recipes for Christmas morning, like my Nog French Toast Bake. I decided this year to try it in a dessert recipe as well.

Dec 4, 2014

Peppermint Bark {dairy + gluten-free}

One of my favorite treats during the Christmas season has forever been peppermint bark. Rich, dark chocolate topped with creamy, sweet white chocolate, then topped with the minty coolness of peppermint. What a perfect combination. Since going dairy-free though, this sweet treat has become a thing of the past. Until now!

#glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #chocolate #candy

Dec 1, 2014

Ginger Molasses Cookies {gluten free + vegan}

#glutenfree #dairyfree #eggfree #cookies #Christmas

Last Christmas, these Ginger Molasses Cookies were my absolute favorite. The rich molasses and ginger flavors meld together perfectly. I love that these cookies are not overly sweet. I adapted my recipe this year to be egg-free, as well as being free of the other top allergens!


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