OMG! Gluten & Dairy Free Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

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.

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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!! 

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Ingredients

*Make sure you use King Arthur’s Gluten-Free BAKING MIX — NOT their Gluten-Free Flour!!!

Directions

  1. 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!
  2. To make the batter: Beat the soft butter and sugar until thoroughly combined and somewhat lightened in color.
  3. Add the room temperature eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated.
  4. Combine the milk and vanilla.
  5. 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.
  6. Add optional sprinkles until just incorporated, careful not over mix batter.
  7. Scoop the batter by level ¼-cupfuls into the prepared muffin tins; a muffin or ice cream scoop works well here.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?

How to Bake Challah Gluten Free…Challa-lujah!

Living in a world without challah has not been easy 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 two and a half years without challah?! Well the wait is OVER and NOBODY will have to live without again! Close those down those laptops and open up your ovens and repeat after me, Challa-lujah!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups Gluten-Free Bread Mix (Either King Arthur Flour or Pamela’s)
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup non-diary butter, melted (Earth Balance Non-Dairy Butter Sticks)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast

Directions:

  1. Mix all together for four minutes on medium speed in a stand mixer.
  2. Using 3 piping bag cut the tip about 1-inch long. Divide the dough evenly among the three bags and “pipe” a braid onto a greased cookie sheet. The dough will be too sticky to braid otherwise.
  3. BraidMake sure you start at one edge of the sheet as the braid will take up the whole sheet.
  4. Let rise for at least 90 minutes in a non-heated oven with the light on and a glass bowl of water on the lower rack.
  5. After the 90 minutes brush on an egg wash (egg yolk mixed with a touch of water).
  6. Bake in a preheated 350º oven for 1 hour.

QOTD: What is the one item that you have missed since going gluten-free?

 

I am in LOVE…

It’s official; I am one of those people.  I am in love…it is the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about when I go to sleep. I love all of the new places that I discovered because of you. I strategically plan all of our dates and obsess about them afterwards. I have even created charts reflecting our adventures. Yes, I am in love with running. Running, I am seriously into you and I’m ready to take our relationship to the next level.  

Are you Ready For Me, Dumbo? One Week Till Labor Day 2013!

By this time next Friday I will be the Disney Half Marathon 2013 Expo picking up my bib for the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare!! Could next Friday get here any sooner?

Here is my top 5 Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Wish List…

1. Have an amazing time celebrating crossing the finish line and completing 19.3 miles and earning 3 MEDALS!!

2. Not have any GI issues during the race.

3. Find my “Minnie Mouse” ears before race weekend! I know that I can always buy new ones, but these ears have been with me at every RunDisney race!!

4. Enjoy the world-famous, best gluten-free pancakes by Chef Chris at Storytellers Cafe at the Grand California Hotel. Seriously how could a self-respecting adult not appreciate Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes? Yummy!! Forks Up!!

5.  Celebrate this amazing weekend with a gluten-free cake. This one is on Disneyland! A dream is a wish and a girl can dream right?

 

QOTD: If you’re running Disneyland next weekend, what are your goals?

The Great Gatsby

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Since I first learned about the remake of The Great Gatsby last summer I must admit that I was on the fence about such a remake. I finally decided to get off the fence and yesterday I finally went to see what all the fuss was about. As I handed over my $12.50 to the ticket booth at my local theatre all I could think about was that F. Scott Fitzgerald would be spinning in his grave and it would not be from bathtub gin. In my mind the The Great Gatsby in 3D was truly a travesty. I exchanged my ticket for a pair of child size 3D glasses, found the theatre, and settled into my seat.

I’m a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann and his films which are always insanely over-the-top and The Great Gatsby was just that. The  glitzy costumes and the opulence of the roaring twenties leapt off the screen. It is now clear his purpose of creating this and presenting it in 3D. When you read a novel such as one written by F. Scott Fitzgerald the imagery is rich and the words literally leap from the page. Luhrmann’s movies are always a dizzy dose of magic. I was beyond happy that Luhrmann’s Gatsby was above all an extremely faithful adaptation. Did I LOVE this movie? YES! Would I see it again? YES!!

QOTD: Did you see the remake? What did you think? Love it or hate it?

I’m a Jane!!

I am over the moon and tickled pink that I have been selected to be a 2013 See Jane Run Ambassador! See Jane Run is a really cool online running store for women and I love visiting their flagship location every time I visit Oakland. They also have other locations in San Francisco, Danville, and Boise.

Here is See Jane’s Manifesto…manifesto

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Sounds pretty AMAZING to me! What’s even cooler than the great store is that they also have a women-centric 5k and half marathon. Chocolate, Champagne, really cool SWAG, camaraderie, sounds like fun to me! Check out this years See Jane Run Race Schedule. I can’t wait to participate in the 2014 See Jane Run Alameda Half Marathon!

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QOTD: Have you participated in a See Jane Run event? Do you like events geared towards women?

New and Exciting news from Run Disney

Hi!  thegreatshakeup here!  I’m honored to guest blog for 13goignoncrazy.  I just got word of some exciting breaking news from Run Disney!    Run Disney just announced two new features to Princess Half Marathon Weekend.   A new 10K race is added .  Yes that’s right, another inaugural event!  First big announcement was the 10K in Disneyland for Dumbo Double Dare, second, a new 10K during Marathon Weekend, becoming one of the four races in the Dopey Challenge, and now the Enchanted 10K for Princess Half Marathon weekend!  The addition of this new race, in combination with the Princess Half Marathon will create a new challenge:  the Glass Slipper challenge!   I hope I can run this race.  I have yet to run the Princess Half Marathon and have heard outstanding reviews about the weekend.

But, Run Disney has another big announcement:  A special medal for those running Tinker Bell Half Marathon in Disneyland and Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World.  A pink Coast to Coast medal!

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Princess Half Marathon weekend  will be February 20-23, 2014.  Registration will open on June 11, 2013.   And if you want to run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend as well and receive the pink Coast 2 Coast medal, Run Disney is opening a limited number of registrations for both half marathon weekends.
For more information, you can read the official press release below and visit the Run Disney Blog at: http://www.rundisney.com/blog/

So many new and fun things happening with RunDisney!  Any thought as to what can be next?

Official Press Release:

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA (April 26, 2013) – Building on the success of its women-focused events, runDisney is broadening the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort next year by adding a 10K and a new two-race challenge.

The Princess 10K gives runners of various levels more opportunities to run through Disney theme parks and receive a specially-designed finisher medal. And runners looking for an even bigger challenge can sign up for the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles total) to earn the inaugural Disney Glass Slipper Challenge Medal to go along with medals from each individual race.

The Princess Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 20-23, is one of two women-focused runDisney events. The other is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January at Disneyland Resort in California.  Both races are among the largest women-specific running events in the country and focus on healthy active lifestyles for women and girls.  For instance, after nearly 7,500 runners ran in the inaugural Princess Half Marathon event in 2009, the popularity of the race has grown considerably with more than 26,000 registered runners for last year’s race.

Also new in 2014 is a special edition runDisney Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal for runners participating in the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January and the 2014 Princess Half Marathon five weeks later at Walt Disney World.  Finishers receive the coveted medal featuring the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard.

Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11 at www.runDisney.com.  A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time.  Those not securing an early registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will have a second chance when on-line registration officially opens on July 9.

Both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekends include signature runDisney events including a health and fitness expo geared towards women, kids races, a family fun run 5K, as well as featured half marathons for both weekend.

For more information and to register for runDisney events, visit www.runDisney.com.

Weekly Recap: April 2013 Week 2

Happy Sunday! It has been a relatively uneventful week in terms of my fitness goals, but I did mange to get out this weekend and run with my Team Challenge mates this weekend. Needless to say I am not enjoying my short break from running despite knowing that my body truly needs a break. Sometimes in life it is very difficult to take a break from the activities you love. On the up side I did run and walk past one of TV’s cutest beach apartments ever!!

Here’s to an amazing week!!

 

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Three Things Monday

Here a three random thoughts for this beautiful Monday….

  1. I am still in Boston and absolutely loving it! Okay maybe not so much the weather, but spending time with my dear friends makes it worthwhile. I love that this city is filled with so much history!  Historical
  2. Tonight is the first night of Passover and I am so excited for my first Gluten-Free Passover. How hard could it be right? I technically keep Passover all year.

    I might not look good, but it was delicious! Must be the apples!

    I might not look good, but it was delicious! Must be the apples!

  3. Boston is amazing city to be a Gluten-Free diner. Each and every restaurant that I have visited has been beyond accomodating and even had an Gluten-Free menu. Score!!

 

 

RunDisney Training Tales Take 3

After last weeks new and beyond exciting news that RunDisney is will be debuting new medals for Marathon Weekend 2014. The quick observer would obviously start speculating that RunDisney has something else up their running sleeve. Well guess what Mouseketeers they DO!! Is Dopey finally getting his moment in the sun? From what I could gather it appears that the Dopey Challenge will finally be recognized as an actual event during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend starting in 2014. Not only will it be recognized, but they will also be adding a new event, the 10k. I think that it would be safe to guess that the Dopey Challenge will be a 4 day event encompassing the 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and full marathon on Sunday. While the price might be steep and I am beyond giddy and trying to figure out if this something that I could actually accomplish, financially and physically considering I will also be running Tinker Bell 2014 the following weekend.. Perhaps I need to pull out my trusty Walt Disney quote that helped me not only get through training, but Goofy 2013, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Only time will tell if these speculations are true, fingers crossed that they are!

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QOTD: RunDisney runners are you in or are you out?