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Feb 8, 2016

Strawberry Cupcakes {dairy + gluten free}

As a little girl with a birthday less than a week before Valentine's Day, I recall always wanting a strawberry birthday cake. I loved the pink Funfetti frosting that came with coordinating sprinkles and my mom even had the heart-shaped pan to make it super festive.

Although my tastes have changed some over the years, strawberry is still in my top five. I almost always end up making a cake or dessert of some sort for my own birthday (a blessing and a curse when you love to bake and a have restricte diets). Previous front-runners have included Strawberry Lemonade and Orange Creamsicle cupcakes. This year instead of trying something new, I decided to go back to basics and make one of my all-time favorites.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream {dairy + gluten free} 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

Jan 16, 2016

Creamy "Ranch" Pasta Salad {vegan + gluten free} and 21 Days Dairy Free!

After the holidays have passed, I always have great plans to eat healthier, quit all of the bad eating habits I developed from Halloween through New Year's, and maybe even lose some weight. While I've cut dairy from my diet on multiple occasions and felt immensely better than before, it always seems to be the hardest diet change for me to stick with unless it's out of necessity (like when I was nursing my firstborn and because of his milk allergy). I have had no problem cutting gluten for over three years, avoiding any fast food for a long time, and not drinking soda for almost three years.

While I've fallen off the no-soda-drinking wagon, the others are still no problem for me. But if I'm being honest with you (and with myself), I don't feel my best when I'm not keeping a handle on my eating habits. I can think of all of the excuses in the world ("I'm nursing so I need the extra calories," is my favorite one currently...) but I know that if I just commit to the change and focus on making a healthy diet a priority, I won't regret it. 

What is one of the key pieces to making a change and sticking with it? Having someone to hold you accountable, of course! My friends at So Delicious Dairy Free have created the So Delicious Dairy Free 21 Day Dairy-Free Challenge Group on Facebook to help those of us who need it find support and recipes on our quest to maintain a dairy-free diet. They are even giving away prizes such as gift cards, food kits, and a trip for 2 to Boulder, Colorado to meet with health and fitness expert John Pierre - who wouldn't love to win that?!

The 21-Day Dairy-Free Challenge with So Delicious begins January 21 and goes through February 10, 2016, but you can go ahead and join the Facebook group and get started now. What is so beneficial about going dairy-free? Here are the Top Reasons People Go Dairy Free. Also, over on Instagram, for every photo of a dairy-free meal or snack uploaded with #DairyFree4Good during the official challenge dates, So Delicious Dairy Free will donate $1 to the Farm Sanctuary (up to $10,000; limit 3 entries per person per day).

Want more dairy-free recipe ideas? Download the Free Snackable eBook from Go Dairy Free for 25 Dairy-Free, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes to Inspire Healthy Eats for the Dairy-Free Challenge. It’s available for free on Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, and via PDF. You will also find plenty of delicious ideas to stay satisfied on your dairy-free journey with Recipes from So Delicious Dairy FreeRecipes from Go Dairy Free, and many more right here on Making it Milk-free like my Creamy "Ranch" Pasta Salad.

Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad {vegan + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free

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