Monday, July 28, 2014

e-cloth Kitchen Value Set ~ 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 Kitchen Value Set.  As a food allergy mom, I use e-cloth in the kitchen everyday.

This Kitchen Value Set ($59.99) Includes:
- (2)  Glass & Polishing Cloths
- (2) Classic Check Kitchen Towels (One Red / One Blue)
- (1) Kitchen Cloth with Scrubbing Pocket
- (1) Washing Up Pad
- (1) Cleaning Pad
- (1) Range & Stovetop Cloth

Compare Kitchen e-cloth and Norwex Prices
Just the first 3 items listed, in Norwex equivalents, would cost you $92.95 plus shipping and tax...not including the 2 pads and the Range & Stovetop Cloth!  Serious.  That's why we are here, folks...to save you money, LOTS. OF. MONEY...when it comes to chemical-free microfiber cleaning.  e-cloth versus Norwex is truly a no-brainer to me.  I do not want to spend more than I need to on cleaning supplies.  Mama needs mulah for allergy-free foods, school supplies, and college savings!

The Norwex Polishing Cloths cost $18.49.  Ours are $7.99 (sometimes for two).
The Norwex Kitchen Towels cost $19.99.  Ours are $9.99.
The Norwex Scrubby Corner Cloth costs $18.99.  Ours is $7.99, and e-cloth produced it first. 

Great info to have, right?!  I think consumers need to know their options.  And I'm just the number-crunching mama to help.

How I Use the e-Cloth Kitchen Products
I use the e-cloth polishing cloths to keep my faucet shiny and all other stainless steel.  The Kitchen Towels are one of my very favorite items!  I only have 3 in rotation, unlike the 20 cotton towels I used to keep.  They last a week between washings!  The scrubby pocket Kitchen Cloth is great for scrubbing tough spots...somehow my kids get food plastered onto the kitchen counters regularly.  ???  The Washing Up pad I use as a dish washing sponge.  It was ranked #1 sponge by Real Simple Magazine.  The Cleaning Up pad I have nicknames the "Graham Pad" because he spills whole cups of water on a daily basis.  This soaks up the spills quickly, and he can even do it himself.  The Range and Stovetop Cloth is for just what it says...it keeps my flat top range clean...with a little scrubbing power if needed.  

I do not know how long these Value Packs will be around so be sure to snag them up!  :)  What a bargain!


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Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Bread





Originally posted on 7-18-09

Grandma and friends have given us some garden zucchini this year so I wanted to make some zucchini bread for the boys.

I started looking for a recipe specific to zucchini bread or muffins that had no egg but had a hard time finding anything. And often bread recipes call for multiple eggs. The more eggs needed, the less luck I have with the old applesauce substitute. 

So I just tried my banana bread recipe, using zucchini instead of banana.  Just substitute one cup of zucchini for the bananas. 

The banana bread recipe is great because it just calls for just one egg that is easily replaced with applesauce or smashed bananas.  

If you aren't using egg, your bread will come out a tad bit flat, but that won't affect the taste at all.  We still get great feedback on this recipe, and we love to make this over and over during zucchini season each year!




DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE ZUCCHINI BREAD

Oven 350

1.5 c. all purpose flour (you can do 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white)
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 egg (3 Tb applesauce or mashed banana)
1 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 to 3/4 c. sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
1/4 c. oil (I used liquid coconut oil)


1/2 c. dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)


Grease loaf pan. 


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 pan. 

Bake 40-45 minutes or till wooden toothpick comes out clean. 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dairy-Free Kid Lunch Tray ~ "Build Your Own Cracker Sandwiches"



It's time for another dairy-free lunch tray!  It's my hope that you can adapt many of our lunch tray ideas for packing school lunches.  Let us know!

DAIRY-FREE LUNCH TRAY
Applegate Pepperoni
Daiya Cheddar Cheese Wedge
Triscuits
Corn on the Cob
Watermelon
Cutie Pie Cherry Pie
Ice Water



Both my boys love to build their own cracker sandwiches.  I often mix up the meat and the crackers for variety.




These little gems are considered a huge treat by my kiddos.  Click the link to read more about Cutie Pies.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


Giant Cookies Made By Miles 7-26-14

Original Post:  3-12-11

I'm so proud of Miles for making these cookies nearly by himself tonight!  We followed our recipe here on our page and kept them egg-free so he could enjoy the cookie dough.  He chose to use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks instead of chips.  What a fun night of mom and son time.  :)  

These are the best cookies ever because you can eat all the cookie dough you want when you leave out the egg.  And when you replace the egg with flax seed...you've just added some healthy omegas!  Enjoy!

DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Oven 350

2/3 white flour
1-1/3 wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup dairy-free margarine
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs or 2 flax eggs
1 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips


COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat oil, butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 8 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Confetti Cake



Since we have pretty much perfected our dairy-free and egg-free chocolate and vanilla cake recipes...and they are the number one blog posts here at Milk Allergy Mom...it was time to bring things up a notch.  For Graham's birthday (last year), I decided to make our vanilla cake recipe with sprinkle confetti.  It turned out wonderfully and was something a little more special for this food allergy family!  And yes, sometimes it takes me a whole year to get a post up on the blog.  That's a topic for another day...  ;)

I basically made our regular vanilla cake batter and added sprinkles to it before baking.  That's it! Then of course you need to frost it and add more sprinkles to the top.  :)  


The super convenient tip about making a confetti is cake is that often the safe, dairy-free and egg-free Pillsbury icings will come with just the chunky sprinkles that you need to make Confetti cake (or "Funfetti" cake as they call it).

This recipe is for 12 cupcakes, a 9x9 cake, or an 8x8 cake.

Double the ingredients for 24 cupcakes, a double layer round cake, or 9x13" cake.

DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE VANILLA CONFETTI CAKE

Heat oven to 350.

Grease pan(s) with an allergy safe food if you are making this for someone with food allergies. We have luck with most Pam sprays and dairy-free margarine works, too.

1 3/4 cups flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup oil
1 c cold water
3 Tbs chunky sprinkles (for the batter)
Combine ingredients and pour into greased pan or muffin tin. Bake in oven until done, when cake springs back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean. Time varies on the pan you use, 15 to 30 minutes possibly.

If you can't have the soy in Pillsbury frosting, try this delicious homemade frosting!


DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE HOMEMADE FROSTING

1/4 cup chilled dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance has a soy-free, dairy-free option)
1/4 cup chilled shortening
1-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix chilled margarine and chilled shortening with a mixer, in a chilled bowl.  Add vanilla.  Slowly add powdered sugar.  Put in frig to chill before icing, if necessary.  


See our CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE too! 


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Milk-Free Find ~ Tofutti Cuties Ice Cream Sandwiches


This is not a recent find, but I just recently realized we don't have it pinned on our Pinterest page.  Tofutti ice cream sandwiches are one of our tried and true summer treats to have on stock.  They are soy-based. There are a few different flavors.  Grandma keeps these stocked, too...and that means a lot to Miles.  :)


e-cloth Bundle Sales & a Giveaway ~ Compare to Norwex and SAVE!


We are sponsoring a Classical Conversations home school event next week, and we put together this flyer for it.  These are our most popular sales going on right now.  Love bundles!  

To celebrate 2K+ followers at our Milk Allergy Mom FB page, we are doing a giveaway! Comment ON THIS BLOG POST to tell us what bundle you would love to have. We will choose a winner from the comments...to win the Bathroom Bundle!

One entry per person. Must be 18 years or older. Must live in the U.S. Must leave contact email in blog comment.  Contest ends Friday, July 25th at 11:59pm PST. 

Thanks so much for supporting our work here at Milk Allergy Mom, we appreciate you!





Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Milk Smoothie


When we make whipped cream from canned coconut milk, we are always left with the runny part of the coconut milk.  I used to throw it out (gasp!), but now we have found a way to make good use of it!

The coconut tastes great in a strawberry smoothie.

I don't have an actual recipe for this, per se.  But it's more about just throwing in ingredients to taste.  We use the rest of the canned coconut milk (the watery stuff left after we skim the thick fat for whipped cream), strawberries, maybe some dairy-free milk added if we need to stretch the batch further, and some honey or maple syrup for sweetening.  And that's it.

As you can tell from the look on Graham's face, Strawberry Coconut Smoothies are a hit around here.  :)

Is there anything else you make with your leftover canned coconut milk?  :)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Spa Value Set by e-cloth ~ Save 22%!



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 Spa Value Set because what's more important to keep free from chemicals than our own skin?!  

These products remove dirt, make-up, and dead skin so well and are washable and reusable unlike so many other beauty products.  That's green cleaning!  I use a little of my favorite organic cleanser with these products.  Although, I can definitely swipe away mascara residue with just water when using the Eye Cleaning Pad.  It's amazing!  No more oily make-up removers for me.  

This Spa Value Set ($34.99) Includes:

(1) 7.75" x 4.75" Exfoliating Mitt (replaces disposable loofahs)

(1) 6.25" x 3.5" Eye Cleansing Pad (remove eye make-up, including mascara, with just water)

(1) 8.25" x 5.25" Face Cleansing Mitt (remove make-up with water or your favorite cleanser)



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