Monday, September 22, 2014

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free Apple Crisp



October 13, 2013

It's apple season in all its glory, and Jeff deemed it time for a good apple crisp.  He was so ready that he made this one himself before I could get to it....using fresh apples from his mom's tree, no less!  I've been busy with the Food Allergy Walk and other projects so I guess he knew it best not to wait on me for this one.

I might also add that Jeff probably didn't want to take a chance on my making the wrong "cobbler"...the one he doesn't like as much as the "crisp".  We are finally working out this "misunderstanding" in our marriage.  But you never know when I'm tired and busy...if I will get it right, ha!

See, Jeff grew up eating apple CRISP with oat topping because his dad is allergic to wheat. However, some time early in our marriage I came upon a super easy fruit COBBLER recipe.  So every time Jeff would ask for a fruit crisp, I would make the cobbler.  Ooooops!  It was just a misunderstanding, and is a good lesson on how communication in marriage is very important.  I could have gone on making the wrong thing, and Jeff could have grown more and more irritated thinking I was choosing to make the wrong thing "on purpose".  But alas, we've read a few marriage enrichment books and taught a few marriage classes...and finally after a few years, we have the cobbler vs. crisp mis-communication issue worked out.

If you are wheat-free, then you definitely want the CRISP recipe.  And if you are gluten-free, then use gluten-free oats.

Jeff informs me that he likes to use more apples than this recipe calls for.  He really packs them in.

For the butter, we used dairy-free Earth Balance Buttery Spread (which can be soy-free if you get the right version).  I am so happy that I can now get this at Target and Walmart!!!

So here you go...this is Jeff's FAVORITE apple CRISP recipe from Betty Crocker...one he's eaten since childhood and that happens to be dairy-free...as fate would have it.


Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free
Gluten-Free with gluten free oats
Soy-Free with soy-free margarine


If you would like to serve your COBBLER or CRISP up with some vanilla ice cream, we have our own recipe for that linked below.  And Jeff and I both agree that it is vanilla ice cream.  ;)  





Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall e-cloth Sales ~ Compare to Norwex & Save Tons!




Great news!  Our e-cloth store has the General Purpose Cloths 2 for the price of 1 again!  And I LOVE this new fall color combo.  I am so stocking up on those brown cloths!  

With cold and flu season on it's way, these are great for sanitizing with just water.  I also use the General Purpose Cloths in my kitchen and bathrooms like crazy.  

In addition, we have the Glass Polishing Cloths back 2 for the price of 1.  They have chosen the most popular color combo for this fall's promo.  These are the best for windows, mirrors, and polishing stainless steel!  

Get two General Purpose Cloths for $7.99 and get two Glass Polishing Cloths for $7.99.  Consider stocking up for gifts.  And we ship within the U.S. for free!  



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bathroom Set by e-cloth ~ Compare to Norwex and Save!




e-cloth has announced several new Value Sets that will save you even more money on chemical-free cleaning!  Today I am going to highlight the Bathroom Value Set...I own all these pieces and truly love them all.  All these e-cloths separately would be $36.96.  Save an extra 32 percent on these already super affordable e-cloths!  

Yes, you can clean the bathroom with just e-cloth and water.  The only cleaner that I use in my bathroom now is IN the toilet bowl.  Everything else just gets water and e-cloth...tub, sink, floor, mirrors, faucets, and around the toilet.   

The Bathroom Cloth (yellow) is super plush, more than the General Purpose Cloth, and is great for wet bathrooms.  I wipe our bathroom sink daily with this!  It will also clean around the outside of toilets and in showers/tubs.  Use a clean Bathroom Cloth as the first step to wiping mirrors, faucets, windows, and shower doors clean, and then follow up with the Polishing Cloth.  Also try your Bathroom Cloth on tile and on the wall.

The Bathroom Polishing Cloth (yellow) and the Glass Polishing Cloth (coral) work in the same way.  They will polish mirrors, faucets, windows, and shower doors to streak-free clean. You can never have enough of these on hand!

The Washing Up Pad, with its scrubby side, works great on soap scum build-up.  

And the Cleaning Pad I actually use in the kitchen for Graham's daily spills.  It makes a great make-shift mop for the floor...I know from experience.  ;)  

I really like the price point on this set!  Get 5 very popular e-cloths for under $25!  

This Bathroom Value Set ($24.99) Includes:

(1) Bathroom Pack
(1) Glass & Polishing Cloth
(1) Washing Up Pad
(1) Cleaning Pad



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies




Original Post:  9-20-09

These are more of a cake texture than an actual chocolate chip cookie texture, but they are still good. They would be soft enough for little ones without teeth.  My boys gobble these up.  I'm going to miss the zucchini harvest until next year.  :(

1/2 cup sugar (I use stevia)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup dairy-free margarine
3 Tbs applesauce, 1 flax egg, or 1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour (or a mix of white and wheat)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Cream together sugars, egg, vanilla, and margarine.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir well. Add zucchini and chocolate chips.
Bake at 350°F until done, golden and spring back to the touch.

Universal Stone from e-cloth Removes Sharpie!

During a creative project at the kitchen table with the kids, I noticed that Graham got about 3 inches of permanent marker on our kitchen table. Before I had a cow, I tried my Universal Stone on it and this is what happened...well, this is a reenactment but you get the idea...






Read more about the amazing Universal Stone cleaner, sold right here at Milk Allergy Mom.  Compare this to the Norwex Cleaning Paste and get more bang for your buck.  Universal Stone is biodegradable and safe for kids and pets.  A little goes a long way, too!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Dairy-Free Ibotta Rebates



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I just got 25 cents back for buying bread and another 25 cents back for buying eggs.  Now I'm headed to the store again to stock up on some more dairy-free products with Ibotta rebates, and when I hit $5 in refunds...I get to cash out with a Paypal payment or even a Starbucks card!  :)

If you haven't already signed up for the Ibotta app, now is a great time because there are some dairy-free and allergy-friendly products on which you can get money back!  

Ibotta is not a coupon app, so you can use coupons on top of and in conjunction with the Ibotta app. Ibotta is a MONEY BACK app.  So you make your purchase, and then you go home to redeem your refunds.

The offers are ever-changing, but here are some of the cash back items that I will be buying this weekend:
















Make sure you shop at the stores that match the items.  There are many to choose from like Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and tons of grocery stores.  The products overlap to various stores so you can often shop where it's most convenient for you.  

If you would like to sign up for Ibotta, we would be most grateful if you would kindly use our referral link so we can keep coming back to let you know about new dairy-free Ibotta offers as they pop up!  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Norwex Cleaning Paste & e-cloth's Universal Stone



Re-post from 1-13-14 because we are BACK IN STOCK!  :) 

Before it was available to customers, I was able to try out the Universal Stone cleaning paste. After several test runs with it, I could not wait to get it into our online store for you!  

Universal Stone Highlights
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Free of Toxins and Acids
  • Biodegradable
  • Safe for Kids!
  • Does Not "Go Bad"
  • Lasts A Very Long Time
  • A Little Goes a LONG WAY
  • Made In Europe Under Strict Controls

My Own Universal Stone Test Runs
Let's start with the first experience we had with the Universal Stone.  I had just bought my first enamel cast iron dutch oven, and Jeff scraped it all up with a metal fork.  It was an honest mistake, I had told him that he could use metal in the RAW cast iron skillet I had just gotten.  But he took that to mean ALL my new cast iron.  




When I saw all the metal scratches in my new pot, on the beautiful cream colored interior...I ran to my room and cried like a baby.  My boys were quite puzzled and confused as to why mom was crying over a pan (and I was too, actually).  But my sweet husband, in his determination to make this right, went to the internet to figure out what to do.  He quickly learned that enamel cast iron is HARD and that metal scratches from utensils are not embedded into the enamel. They are just topical scratches that can be removed with a high quality cleaning paste.  

So Jeff broke out our new Universal Stone, and soon presented me with my like-new enamel pot...scratches gone.  That was NOT something a wash cloth and soap could do...or even a General Purpose e-cloth with water...some jobs do require a paste.  And if you can get your hands on non-toxic, biodegradable, safe-for-kids cleaning paste...all the better!  And that is just what Universal Stone is.  

I don't have a picture of that scratched up dutch oven...remember, I was busy crying.  But I have another example similar.  I have beautiful, white porcelain Pfaltzgraff dishes, and over time they have gotten plenty of metal scratches on them.  Here is a picture of half of one of our bowls cleaned with the Universal Stone.  Check out how the scratches are removed...and it's so easy to do!



I'm ashamed to show this next picture...you will notice that I have a liking for "white" and I stupidly chose a white porcelain sink when we remodeled our kitchen.  With coffee, tea, red sauces, etc...this sucker gets stained quickly and easily!  I used to try to clean it with chemicals, but nothing got it as clean as I wanted it...until Universal Stone came along.  Here is a great picture of a before and after of my kitchen sink!  





Here I cleaned my white, nylon snow boots with the Universal Stone.  I didn't do before and after shot...but they were a hot mess before this picture.  I'm so glad they are white again!  And now they are quite fashionable again.  :)



You may also know that I recently replaced many of my metal pans with enamel cast iron.  I absolutely love my new Le Creuset pans.  But I have to admit, they do stain from all the cooking that I do.  I am so glad that I have Universal Stone on hand to clean up the pans to like-new whenever I get the hankering to do so.  Again, dish soap alone will not remove these stains.  



The Universal Stone sold in our e-cloth store happens to be comparable to a Norwex product. Norwex sells a Cleaning Paste.  Below is the price break-down and you will see that you get much more bang for your buck with the Universal Stone.  You get more than double the amount of product for not much more cost...plus you get free delivery, direct-to-customer, ordered conveniently online.  No need to go through a consultant and to support hostess plans.  


Universal Stone Versus Norwex Cleaning Paste
e-cloth Universal Stone:  $39.99 for 500g with free shipping
Norwex Cleaning Paste:  $28.99 for 200g + shipping and tax 


Universal Stone Works On Many Surfaces
  • Chromium
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Tin
  • Enamel
  • Glass
  • Acrylic Plastic
  • Crystal
  • Plastic
  • Painted Wood
  • Ceramics
  • And more

Use Universal Stone On:
  • Cars
  • Tile
  • Grout
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Baths
  • Stove Tops
  • Ovens
  • Windows
  • Rust
  • Pans & Dishes
  • Silverware
  • And much more!



Universal Stone Replaces Most Cleaners!
In my house, I daily clean with water and my e-cloths.  When things get out-of-hand dirty...like a burnt spill on the stove or a stained kitchen sink or a very scummy bathtub or an unbearably filthy oven , I reach for my Universal Stone.  I don't have many other cleaners in my house...no Windex, no Comet, no 409.  I have something for inside the toilet and some sanitizer for when we have the flu.  But that's it.  I love simplifying, I love no clutter, and I LOVE non-toxic!  


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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins





Original Post:  Aug 10, 2009

These make a great treat or breakfast, especially during zucchini season!  I am freezing some of these for the busy back-to-school season coming up!  

This recipe was inspired by my Zucchini Bread Recipe.  Sometimes it's just more fun in a muffin, with chocolate chips and sugar sprinkles.  :)  

DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

Oven 350

Makes 12

1.5 c. all purpose flour (you can do a combination of white and wheat)
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 egg or 1 flax egg or 3 Tb applesauce or banana
1 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 to 3/4 c. sugar (depending on how sweet you want it, sometimes I replace some with stevia)
1/4 c. oil (I used liquid coconut oil)


1/2 c. dairy-free chocolate chips 
raw sugar for topping

Grease muffin pan or line with paper cups.


Mix first set of dry ingredients. 

Make well in center of dry ingredients. 

In another bowl, mix egg or egg replacer, zucchini, and sugar.  Add oil if it's not coconut oil.

If you are using coconut oil, add it last after the other ingredients are room temperature or the oil will solidify.

Add wet mixture to dry mixture. 

Stir just til moistened. 

Spoon into cups. 

Top with raw sugar.

Bake 20-25 minutes until muffins spring back to the touch.
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