Let’s talk about birthdays! There seems to be so many in our family this time of year. We have mine and Jenna’s in January and then Tyler is in February. And that’s just us, there are many others in the family that fall in the month of January and February trust me it’s a busy time of year. Mark follows in the fall so we get a bit of a breather till then. This year he will hit the big 50 but you didn’t hear it from me.
Any how the reason for this post is I am wondering how many other folks find it difficult to plan a Gluten- Free party. The picture above is a sample of the cupcakes I made to take into Jenna’s 1st grade class for snack time to celebrate her birthday, 24 in total.
I can say that after two years of being gluten free with the kids I don’t stress to much anymore when it comes to having Birthday parties. I have a good recipe that works for the cakes and frosting. And through research know pretty much what’s on the market that I can buy for the kids to make a full menu at a birthday party.
But as I was preparing this week for Jenna’s party I started thinking what about people that don’t have time to bake. What about someone that just found out that their child has a gluten allergy or has a child coming to the party that has a gluten allergy how do you accommodate?
Well I hope I can help. I did some research and found a local business that if you give them 2 weeks notice they can bake up some goodies for you. I am sure if your local you have heard of them. “The Cake Pros” I stopped by today to have a talk with them in regards to their specialty items and yes, gluten free is on that list. What they have so far in Gluten Free items are, Yellow and Chocolate cake, Yellow and Chocolate cupcakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin, Peanut butter cookies, Chocolate chip cookies and brownies. They tell me the brownies are really good! So if you don’t have time to bake there is a source to help. Their address is 323 Dock Street Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. You can also find them on the web at www.thecakepros.com
There is also Healthy Habits on Rt. 61 in Orwigsburg if your looking to pick up some Udis gluten free hamburger buns or bread for your party or just feel like having a cheeseburger again with a good roll. For our family their bread is the best hands down. They also carry many of the pasta’s that I talk about. I would say it is definitely worth a visit. They have a good variety of gluten free products to choose from. Also the people that work there are always so glad to help you with ordering products or just talking about them…wonderful folk! Their website is http://healthyhabitsnaturalmarket.com/our-products/
That being said, it’s always nice to have help. It is also nice to take a chance yourself and have some fun. As for a kids menu, I will be having hamburger BBQ with Udi gluten free buns. Then some cubed Colby jack cheese with Berks ring bologna. Also grapes, strawberries and other fruit. Then of course chips like Frito’s, Lays Cheddar and Sour Cream, Frito Lay Cheetos Corn Curls. And what I am so excited about is Mark’s Aunt Carolann is going to make her famous macaroni salad with gluten-free macaroni!!! I can’t wait. If you give homemade macaroni salad a try please make sure the vinegar you use is gluten free as some are derived from wheat grain. Heinz distilled vinegar comes from corn, just a little FYI. Over all I think it sounds like a pretty good birthday menu. Of course there will be gluten free cupcakes to be had by all. Jenna has requested yellow cake with white butter-cream frosting in all different colors and some decorative beads for show. I’ll make sure to post some pictures of the finished product and post the cake and frosting recipe on the dessert page.
Either way birthdays are all about giving thanks and celebrating so let that idea follow through with your food…enjoy the moments!