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Valentine’s Day Sweets: Gluten-Free Almond Sponge Cake Recipe

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In effort to use up some eggs before they go bad, I decided to make sponge cake for the first time this weekend.  The first time I made it, I used regular unbleached organic white flour, and it turned out delicious. The second time I made it  gluten-free with organic quinoa flour. There was a slight difference in taste, and the gluten-free version was a little harder to get out of the pan without breaking apart; yet my son preferred the quinoa version.

Gluten-Free Sponge Cake


  • 6 organic eggs

Beat the egg yolks (best done in a stand mixer if you have one) until thick.  Add gradually in order while beating:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free almond extract
  • 1 cup quinoa flour (or unbleached white if not gluten-free)

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Organic Snacks Kids Love: Nature’s Path Cereals and Bars

My family loves Nature’s Path!  It is one of the health food companies that has avoided corporate takeover, thus I trust them!  Organic ingredients, many of them gluten-free, makes Nature’s Path cereals and bars winners with my kids.

We were sent samples of the following products and love them all!:

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Organic Gluten-Free Dessert Recipe: No Bake Almond Butter Cookies

One of my favorite cookies when I was a child was no bake cookies, as my mom called them.  I’ve only made them once before, but this weekend when the oven was occupied drying tomatoes and we were craving sweets, it was time for no bake cookies!  I’ve updated the recipe to be gluten-free and a wee bit tastier.

Gluten-Free No Bake Almond Cookies

In a heavy sauce pan, bring to a boil:

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5 Green Products: It’s a Jungle Out There!, Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola, Sativa Bags Hemp Baby Changer Shoulder Bag, bamboobies, Coghlan’s Bug-Eye LED Headlight for Kids

1. It’s a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids

We all know children need to experience nature, but this can be a challenge if you live in the concrete jungle of a city. Author Jennifer Ward has found 52 “nature adventures” for urban dwellers.

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature. This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help you and your child connect to nature while living in the city. While it may be hard to see nature through the traffic, buildings, and busyness of the city, there is still much of the natural world to explore when you turn your gaze to the cracks in the sidewalk, the trees on the street, or the green spaces that your city offers. Become an urban birder, make your own man vs. wild observations, and discover the not-so-hidden pockets of nature in your neighborhood. For children ages 4 to 8.

I grew up in the suburbs, had a small yard, and lived relatively near a park. It was fun to see some of the activities I did as a child in this book, such as “seed soar” and “cool shadows”.  This book is divided by season, which makes it easy to find the right activity anytime of year.

We have reviewed Jennifer’s first book (i love dirt!).

Would I buy this book?  Maybe.  As I mentioned before, the activities seem to be things kids can naturally think of themselves if they spend time outside, but for the child (and parents) who are indoors all the time glued to the screen, this book could be very useful to inspire.  Obviously, my family is not the intended audience, and I do like the layout and ideas Jennifer presents. [Read more…]