Birthday desk surprise

Friends at work have gotten into the fun tradition of decorating each others’ desks for birthdays! My favorite part is dreaming up personalizedĀ andĀ specialized themes that are fun and fit the person we are celebrating, and seeing what we all bring and how it comes together. The latest was a collection of vignettes that included Easter, candy, chocolate, cute, minis, marathon runners, gluten-free, snow sports…

Birthday desk surprise

I baked this gluten-free chocolate cake from Bob’s Red Mill, and decorated it with fluffy vanilla “snow” frosting, coconut, mini skaters, daring skiiers, a marshmallow snowman and a cute gingerbread house!

‘Tis the season for pumpkin muffins!

I made these pumpkin muffins to take to Thanksgiving dinner this year. Even though the recipe is for a gluten, egg and dairy free treat, I altered it slightly for my use….

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Only got a chance to snap this quick pic!

For the first ingredient, I used this “gluten-free flour mix” which I found at a local store. To avoid cane sugar sensitivities, I replaced both the brown sugar and white sugar with coconut sugar like this, and since the dairy allergies present were not extreme, I went ahead and used regular dairy butter. I did need to avoid using cinnamon though, so replaced the 1-1/2 tsp. that the recipe calls for with 1 tsp. Allspice and 1/2 tsp. cardamom.

They didn’t turn out looking like the picture in the recipe, but taste-wise, I think they turned out pretty well.