Monday, August 13, 2012
Cupcakes For My Birthday Boy!
To say that last week was exhausting would be an understatement. With a new schedule for the boys and computer issues for Tony, we were constantly going from one place to the other...most of the time in different directions. We made it to the end and enjoyed a great weekend together though.

Yesterday was Jay's 14th birthday! I don't know how that happened! In my mind he is still this size...

not this size!

A lot of people ask me if the reason it makes me sad my boys are getting older is because I'm getting older, but honestly, I don't mind getting older. I don't fear my age, Tony and I had kids when we were younger so we would still be young when they left the house. I'm growing older with my best friend and enjoying every minute of it...even the scariest of times is made better by being with Tony. I just know I have a limited amount of time with the boys in my house now. We are all close knit though, so I know we will stay that way no matter how far away they go. 

So, yesterday was Jay's day! We went out on the lake early in the morning to enjoy some fresh air and then headed to Dave and Busters for some video games in the afternoon! The boys had a blast playing games and are already looking forward to going back. I had the sad realization that I am not as good at skeeball as I used to be. I guess I need to get to practicing more!

Jay asked for vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for his birthday treat this year. So, that is exactly what he got! These cupcakes are slightly sweet and cakey! Perfect for a sweet topping or served naked (which is how I ate them). With no topping, they remind me of pancakes. Kind of dense, kind of fluffy, kind of sweet...oh so yummy!

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
(makes 12)

2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp guar gum
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup Smart Balance Light or coconut oil
1 dropper NuNaturals vanilla stevia (or 2 Tbsp Sugar plus a tsp of Vanilla)
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the flours, guar gum and baking powder; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar, smart balance and stevia until blended well. Next add the egg whites to the sugar mixture and mix until blended well. Then add the dry ingredients and the milk to the sugar mixture, alternating between them ending with the milk. Lastly, add the apple cider vinegar and mix well. Evenly distribute the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for  20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I will be sharing these at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Allergy Free Wednesday this week. 

Did you go to arcades as a kid? I loved skeeball and centipede! We really haven't taken the kids too often since they have games here to play, but it really was fun to actually go to an arcade!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 12:08 PM  
  • At August 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Oh I loved the arcade especially skeeball and of course Pac-Man! Happy Birthday to your kiddo!!!

  • At August 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM, Blogger Stephanie P said…

    So glad you guys had a great time. Those cupcakes look delicious. I'm agonna have to try these out. :)

  • At August 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    The frosting looks AMAZING! I need some icing in my life... stat!

    And Happy Birthday to Jay! I hope he's having a great beginning to the school year. :)

  • At August 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM, Anonymous Jess said…

    Aww I love this -- such a cute way to celebrate by letting him choose the day's activities! And those cupcakes look SO YUMMY! Can you beam one over to me please? ;-)

  • At August 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM, Anonymous Paige @ your trainer paige said…

    Best mom ever:)
    YES! My BFF and I used to go to Aladin's Castle and skee ball like it was our job!

  • At August 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Happy birthday to Jay!!!
    What a sweet sweet mom you are. :)

  • At August 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy birthday!!!

    What delicious, gorgeous cupcakes. You're such a great mama. How fun.

  • At August 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Happy Belated Birthday to Jay!! These cupcakes look amazing. :)

  • At August 13, 2012 at 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    happy birthday Jay!! Dave and Busters -- so fun! and wow those cupcakes look delish!

  • At August 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I want to face-plant into that icing. It looks incredible! Happy Birthday to Jay. :)

    Did you know they are opening an arcade bar in ATL? I think it's actually going to be called "Arcade Bar."

  • At August 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Aw, happy birthday to that cutie! Glad it was so much fun!

    Those cupcakes look to die for! Quick note - are the egg whites supposed to be 1/2 cup?

  • At August 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM, Anonymous Lee said…

    Happy Birthday Jay!

  • At August 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Alisa, YES! Thank you for catching that!

  • At August 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM, Anonymous purelymichelle said…

    OMG loved seeing the pic of them two when little!!

    I am not afraid of getting older, I do like to joke about it though, haha

    cupcakes look wonderful!

  • At August 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! Wow! 14...I totally get you about not fearing your age, just how quickly the boys are growing. I feel the EXACT same way. And I love your cupcake recipe. Sounds perfect!!

  • At August 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM, Anonymous Kris said…

    that is so true about having kids early... I think we are close to the same age... by a few years. we have very close friends that had their two kids VERY early, and now they are college age, one is out of the house. our friends are on their own again, with new freedom and a whole life ahead, you know? they get to travel the world now (and do!). still very close to their kids, too, like I know you guys will be.

    happy birthday, Jay! Basil says so too ;)

  • At August 15, 2012 at 4:14 PM, Blogger Heather Pace said…

    Oh my goodness Sarena! These look amazing. I'll definitely be making them. Happy Bday to your boy! :)

  • At August 17, 2012 at 7:31 AM, Anonymous cindy said…

    Love the Happy Birthday cupcakes! I went to the arcade a few times on vacation. It was always a special treat! My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here:

    Thanks, Cindy

  • At August 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM, Blogger Jan said…

    LOVE the pic of you and the boys! The cupcakes look great. I'm always looking for new yummy GF recipes so thanks for sharing!

  • At August 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM, Anonymous Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    Aww, happy (belated) birthday to Jay! Is he a heartbreaker or what? I'm sure you're gonna have you hands full with both of them in a couple more years! ;)

    Pancake muffins?! Need you say more? I think NOT!

    LOVE going to the arcade...though I always regretting dropping all the money I do once I get suckered into that tornado game (the one that has a ring of lightbulbs that light up and you have to stop it between a certain spot to when the JACKPOT). I'm sure it's totally rigged but I HAVE won it a couple of times so I think that only fuels the addiction! LOL Oh and who DOESN'T love skee ball?!

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