I have previously professed my LOVE for challah I have been working hard on perfecting my gluten free challah recipe to make it even more delicious and just like we all remember prior to going gluten free. Let’s be honest living in a world without challah is not easy especially for me since I went gluten-free in 2012. For me that was one of the harder items to give-up, but the positives out weighed the negatives and I eventually learned to live without. Those that know me, know that I am a huge believer and preacher in just because you are gluten-free does not mean you need to live without. So my big question is what have I been doing for the past few years without challah?! Well the wait is OVER and NOBODY will have to live without again! Close down those laptops and open up your ovens and repeat after me, Challa-lujah!
2 cups Gluten-Free Pamela’s Bread Mix (Following the ratio is extremely important)
1 ½ cups Gluten-Free King Arthur Bread and Pizza Mix (Sticking to the ratio is extremely important)
1 – 2 tsp Honey Bare Honey Vanilla Bean (Liquid honey does not work well)
½ cup almond milk
¼ cup non-diary butter, melted (Earth Balance Non-Dairy Butter Sticks)
¼ cup sugar
½ cup warm water
2 ¼ tsp yeast
Chocolate Chips (Optional and desired quantity is up to you! Who does not love chocolate chip challah?!!!!)
Mix all together for four minutes on medium speed in a stand mixer.
Once all ingredients are blended separate the dough evenly in half and fill two lightly greased bread pans.
If you are looking for a perfectly braided challah I highly recommend the The Kosher Cook Royal Challah Silicone Bread Molds. While you could easily use piping bags to the braid the dough it is extremely sticky and besides the Royal Challah bread molds besides being a huge time saver, they make your challahs look beautiful!
Let the challah’s rise for at least 90 minutes in the oven with the steam bake setting turned on and water in the steam tray. If you do not have that setting place in a non-heated oven with the light on and a glass bowl with warm water on the lower rack.
After the 90 minutes, place both challahs molds on the middle rack in a preheated 350º oven for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and very gently flip the challah bread molds releasing the challah from the molds onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. At this point the challah will be partially baked.
Brush on an egg wash (egg yolk mixed with a touch of water).
Return challah’s to the oven without the molds for the remaining 35 minutes. Be sure to watch your challahs as oven temperatures might vary.
Granola bars. People either love them or hate. I absolutely love them, but have been recently having a difficult time finding a granola bar that meets all of my dietary needs and wants. Absolutely no dairy, gluten, or nuts, and actual ingredients that I am able to pronounce. That is a tough list when in search for the perfect bar. Being the baker that I am I started playing around in the kitchen with my favorite ingredients and low and behold I figured out how to make the easiest most delicious gluten and dairy free granola bars!
Almost anyone that knows me knows that cupcakes are my thing! They hold a very special place in my heart, I have even been given various cupcake type items such as pajamas and signs with cupcakes on them. I even have dreams of opening my own Cupcakery one day! Remember a dream is a wish! Now I typically prefer to bake my cupcakes from scratch with my Über secret recipe, but every now and then you need a quick and easy recipe to make those darling and oh so delicious cupcakes as well.
Don’t worry you will never see me using an actual mix, I consider that cheating! Do you?! 🙂 Thanks to the amazing bakers at King Arthur Flour there is a new cupcake recipe, which I modified of course to be not only gluten, but dairy free as well! While the following recipe is not cheating per say it uses King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix. One might wonder the differences between gluten-free flour and an all-purpose baking mix. Think of the gluten free flour for using in scratch or home made recipes. You measure all ingredients out and bake. The baking mix is a blend of flour, leavening agent (usually baking powder and xanthan gum) and salt. Not too sure if this new recipe is “cheating”, it not only cut’s a few corners, but it is OMG!! DELICIOUS!!
*Make sure you use King Arthur’s Gluten-Free BAKING MIX — NOT their Gluten-Free Flour!!!
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or line 12 muffin cups with cupcake papers, and spray the insides of the papers. I really starting to love the presentation of cupcakes without the papers, that is my new preferred method!
To make the batter: Beat the soft butter and sugar until thoroughly combined and somewhat lightened in color.
Add the room temperature eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated.
Combine the milk and vanilla.
Stir one-third of the baking mix into the mixture; stir in half the milk, another third of the baking mix, the remaining milk, then the remaining mix. Scrape the bowl occasionally throughout this process to avoid air bubbles.
Add optional sprinkles until just incorporated, careful not over mix batter.
Scoop the batter by level ¼-cupfuls into the prepared muffin tins; a muffin or ice cream scoop works well here.
Bake the cupcakes until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and the middle springs back when pressed lightly —20 to 22 minutes for cupcakes.
Remove from the oven. Serve warm; or cool completely, then spread with the frosting of your choice.
QOTD: Do you consider baking mixes “cheating”? What is your favorite flavor frosting?
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to ME!! Hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly. Today I am the BIG 3-3!!! I am a year older, perhaps wiser, definitely stronger, maybe a little less glass half empty kind of girl, and I am another year closer to being included in the Willard Scott’s Smucker’s Birthdays on The Today Show, too bad he’s retiring.
I am more than happy and ready to close the door not only on 2015, but on being 32! Being that 2015 was an odd year, it has been well odd to say the least. This year has been filled with moments of joy, celebration, bonding with old friends, building new friendships that will last a lifetime, tears and heartache, false promises and disappointments, but 2015 also proved that I will prevail. I will try to remember the year 2015 as a reflection of my resilience, strength, and determination.
One of my proudest moments was setting in motion a goal that I intend to continue into 2016: promoting mental and physical health. This past year I completed another year with a company that I love, traveled around the world, fell in a koi pond, ran a lot of half marathons, 10k, and a few 5ks in between, and ran 102.7 miles in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
A year from now, I don’t want to have any regrets or heartache. Life is all about the little bumps and bruises along the way. I am embarking on a new outlook towards life. My wish for next year is to be easier on myself, focus more on the good and less on the bad, and honestly just give myself a break. To simply believe in ME. 2016 will be the year of ME.
As many of you may or may not know my middle name is Joy and I’ve decided that 2016 is the “Year of Joy” and I hope that you will adopt this as your theme too. Whatever happens professionally, financially or personally it will not rob us of the joy that is this life. Go forth and be joyful!
I have a major sweet tooth and the one thing that I miss at Disneyland since I have gone gluten and dairy free is the delicious rice crispy treats sold on Main Street. I never realized how easy it was to swap in and out a few ingredients to make this a sweet treat that is allergy friendly. Without further ado my very own, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE RICE CRISPY TREATS!!
40 regular size marshmallows (I purchase fresh marshmallows made from Whole Foods Market Bakery & they are the BEST marshmallows I have ever tasted! And they are not filled with typical marshmallow junk!)
Ever wonder how to make gluten-free pancakes as yummy and delicious as Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Well close those laptops and roll up your sleeves because I have the inside scoop on this one! Lucky for 13 Going on Crazy’s reader’s Chef Chris shared his easy and delicious recipe with me! It’s as easy as one, two, three! These pancakes are not only gluten-free, but dairy-free as well!
100% Vermont Maple Syrup (I like 365 Organic Brand at Whole Foods)
a pinch of powdered sugar
Whisk the dry pancake mix together with the San Pellegrino until you achieve your desired consistency for pancake batter. (The thiner the batter the better. It’s makes it easier to pour and cook)
Heat a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Lightly grease frying pan with cooking spray. According to King Arthur Flour, “the pan or griddle is ready if a drop of water will skitter across the surface, evaporating immediately.”
Pour batter onto the lightly greased frying pan. Bake on one side until bubbles begin to form and break, then turn the pancakes and cook the other side until brown. Turn over only once to ensure that they are fluffy. Serve immediately.
QOTD: Are you a purest or do you like to add chocolate chips, strawberries, bananas, and whip cream to your pancakes?
Welcome to 13 Going on Crazy’s newest and proudest edition, Tasty Thursday. Be sure to visit every Thursday, though I would love for you to visit everyday :), for a fresh, healthy gluten-free recipe and new favorite food! There is the misconception that being gluten free often means that you have to live without. As I journey down the road of following a gluten free diet I am quickly learning that just because I am gluten free does not mean that I need to live without. Often times you simply need to be creative, think outside of the box, and simply modify your old favorite recipes. One of my favorite recipes from my childhood is my mom’s baked chicken. The old recipe called for a lot of ingredients which I can no longer eat for a variety of reasons. I have tweaked and modified this old standard and made it gluten free and dairy free! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!!
Round up the Rebel Alliance, Wookiees, and Imperial Fleet, pullout your light sabers, ear bun your hair here I come! I’m on my way to the Disneyland expo to pick-up my bib and enter the Galactic Empire know as runDisney’s Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend!
QOTD: May the course be with you and I wish you the best of luck! Which race distances will you participating in?
With runDisney’s Inaugural Star Wars Weekend coming up this weekend I thought that it would be fun to take a look back and see where it all began for me as a runDisney runner.
Running the 2009 Disneyland Half Marathon might have been my second half marathon, but this is where I fell in love with funning. Crossing the finish line I knew that I would be returning the following year. Where the madness began and the start of my LOVE with runDisney events began!
Little did I realize that past September that I would be continuing my journey as a runner in less than six months later in Walt Disney World March 7, 2010! Running through the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT with friends and family was an amazing journey made even more magical by the runDisney team!
My one year love affair with runDisney and my Runnniversary was celebrated at the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon. Despite having a double ear infection and a 100 degree temperature I not only crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, but I also earned my first Coast to Coast medal!
The 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon was the beginning of 13 Going on Crazy. This race was celebrated with my family, which made the start of 13 Going on Crazy even more special.
What better way to kick off my 29th birthday and the 5th race of 13 Going on Crazy than to run in RunDisney’s 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Notice the tutu? This was just the start of the running costume madness! Now I can’t imagine running in a runDisney race without running in costume! Ah, to be young again! :0
The 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon was the culmination of 13 Going on Crazy and it was definitely a weekend worth celebrating. Memories and friendship were made that weekend that I know will last a lifetime. Crossing the 13th finish line in 13 months was an exhilarating experience, which taught me the value and lesson of setting your goals high! Regardless of how many finish lines I cross I always feel as though I could move mountains. This time I however felt that I could move not only the Matterhorn, but continents as well.
Along with my ever growing runDisney costume collection, my goals seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. After completing 13 Going on Crazy I fondly say that I went from “CRAZY” to “GOOFY”! When I first read about runDisney’s 2013 20th Anniversary Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, I simply thought that was beyond insane! From seeing the gorgeous medal and all of the social media hype, I went from thinking that it was a goal out of reach, to something that was accomplishable. That same January I turned the BIG 30 and celebrated in a really big way! I completed not only my first full marathon, but my first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. Running in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and the Walt Disney World Full Marathon on Sunday is not easy. It’s takes dedication, a lot of hard work, and perseverance. Training might not have been smooth sailing, but I just kept repeating to myself Walt Disney’s profound words of wisdom, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
If running 39.3 miles in one weekend was not goofy even enough, I sprinkled a little pixie dust on myself, flew back to Los Angeles and prepared myself to run in the 2nd Tinker Bell Half Marathon that following weekend. Wanting to keep my Perfect Pixie status I simply could not resist participating in another runDisney event. What made participating in this race even sweeter was that I would be earning my second Coast to Coast runDisney medal! Notice the costume, it just keeps getting better and better.
Flash forward to September 2013 where I was very lucky to have been able to participate in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, DDD. While I had to wait almost ten month’s to this race it was well worth the wait! The DDD was the first challenge in the runDisney race series, consisting of 19.3 miles, a 10k and a half marathon during two consecutive days. I was so excited that they decided to have it coincide with my favorite race weekend, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. Training for an event such as this is very similar to the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, so I was well prepared! Another element of fun for this race was that I did not just have one race to come up with a costume for, but two!!! I decided to up my game once again and this time I ran as Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Snow White.
Since participating in the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare race runDisney has released serval more challenges and new races, which is pure delight and joy for this runDisney Junkie! During the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge 2014 I earned my twentieth runDisney medal!
Running is a journey where you keep rediscovering yourself and finding your inner strength. Running especially with runDisney has proven that anything is possible and as Walt Disney say’s, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” The calm in the air and feeling in my heart as I run down Main Street towards the castle is a feeling that never gets old. It is exhilarating each and every time.
I tip my mouse ears and raise my runDisney water bottle to future runDisney events. Here’s to the Inaugural Star Wars Rebel Challenge, Glass Slipper Challenge, Expedition Everest Challenge, Dumbo Double Dare, and Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend, it is going to be an AMAZING 2015 runDisney race calendar!
QOTD: Which runDisney race is your favorite? If you have not participated in a runDisney race, which race would you select for your first RunDisney race?
This is one of my favorite times of years for many reasons. I absolutely love discovering and deciding, which races I want to participate in. What better time than the present to start planning! One of my favorite activities is to plan my race calendar for the following year. While I understand completely and have learned the life lesson that life happens while you are busy making other plans, which is why this is a “race wish list.” Life happens, things pop up, and sometimes you can’t run every race that your heart desires. I know that I have previously mentioned this, but as a rule of thumb, I generally like to keep my race selection semi-local due to the obvious time constrictions and financial reasons. If it takes longer to get to the race than to actually run the race I try to seek other race opportunities. Why create a running “wish list” if it is not feasible financially? You will notice a few races, which would require over night stays and air travel. But SERIOUSLY if it’s runDisney, little blue boxes, or hot coco, that would definitely entice me to pack my bags. Like every other runner out there I also have a list of “dream races”, but that will be a different day and post. I know that I can’t wait to kick off 2015 with a big bang and soar through Disneyland at the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend! Creating a 2015 “race wish list” is a lot of fun and I am obviously not going to be running in all of these, but here I go starting with January 2015…
Disneyland Inaugural Star Wars Weekend 5k and Rebel Challenge runDisney decided to add another 19.3 mile challenge to the runDisney West coast race roster. Regardless if they made it a challenge or not I would have registered for all three races. I personally am just excited to be running another inaugural runDisney race! Registered & YES I am very excited!!! May the force be with me! This is my test to see if I am “Dopey” worthy.
Surf City USA Half Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA This race honestly might be too close to Princess Half Marathon Weekend, time will tell!
Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge, 10k on Saturday & Half Marathon on Sunday, Orlando, FL Participating in this race again has been on my race list for a several years and I am tickled pink that I am already registered and can’t wait for this weekend! (Completed the Princess Half Marathon in 2010)
New Jersey Half Marathon-Running, The Boss, and The Jersey Shore, need I say more?! Perhaps when spring’s here and the time is right I will be goin’ racin’ in the street.
La Jolla Half Marathon- La Jolla, CA
Tinker Bell Pixie Challenge Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Anaheim, CA (Completed 2012, 2013, and 2014 & Inaugural Tinker Bell 10k 2014)- This race has been moved from January to Mother’s Day weekend to make room for the Inaugural Star Wars Weekend. Tinker Bell is plagued by another year of unhappy runners, displeased with the new date selected by runDisney. Last year runDisney announced an additional race distance to this event, the 10k. It was a discouraging factor for many runners since it was not an official challenge. Perhaps runDisney will never win on pleasing everyone! I love that our friends at runDisney came to their running senses and made the Disneyland Tinker Bell 10k an official challenge in 2015! Regardless if they made it a challenge I would have most likely participated in that race as I love running 19.3 miles in a two day period. Already registered & YES I am a PERFECT PIXIE!!!
OC Half Marathon- Orange County, CA It is very exciting that I am a race ambassador for this race and I love the idea that I am able to start the Beach Cities Challenge with this race. Looks like I will be needing to an October race to my list to continue the challenge!
See Jane Run Half Marathon-Alameda, CA
Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon- San Diego, CA
Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon Liverpool, UK This would be my first international race and where better to run than in Liverpool. Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, the Cavern Club, and running along the Mersey sounds like a magical mystery tour to me! I am already starting to think of costumes for this race! The Walrus, Rita, The Eggman, Eleanor Rigby, Sergeant Pepper, the list could go on and on!!
Way too hot to run, but I will keep my running radar open to possibilities and I am open to suggestions!
Way too hot to run, but I will keep my running radar open to possibilities!!
Dumbo Double Dare (Disneyland Half Marathon & Inaugural 10k), Anaheim, CA (Completed 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, Dumbo Double Dare 2013 & 2014) I look forward to this fun-filled weekend year after year and this race weekend holds a very special place in my heart! As soon as registration opens in February 2015 I’m signing up!
Long Beach International Half Marathon- Long Beach, CA (Completed 2011 & 2012)
Nike Women’s Half Marathon- San Francisco, CA
Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend- Anaheim, CA (I participated in the Inaugural race and I can’t wait to get my super hero on for another race) This is where it all clicked for me and here is to opening that they open up an another challenge of a 19.3 mile challenge!
Malibu International Half Marathon- Malibu, CA
Santa to the Sea- Oxnard, CA (Completed 2011)
QOTD: What races are you on your 2015 race wish list?