An Oldie, But a Goodie!

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 2.23.22 PMI recently reached a milestone birthday, the one where there are no more Taylor Swift songs left to sing about your age. That’s right, last week I turned 23, and I will seriously miss jamming out to 22 in my car.

Fortunately, the title of this post doesn’t refer to my age, but rather the star recipes of my birthday dinner. My family pulled together some awesome recipes that I’ve blogged about in the past and revamped them to be better than I’ve ever had before.

The best part: I had nothing to do with the preparation or clean up of this gluten free and allergy friendly dinner! And, it was safely prepared. 🙂

To start off the night, my mom prepared a fresh salad with homemade dressing, beef tenderloin, and a side of sweet potatoes.  We were a well-fed group!  You might recall beef tenderloin from my previous post, “Gluten Free To Go (Fancy Style).” It’s by far one of my favorite dishes to pack when I’m bringing my own meal to restaurants or family dinners. However, it’s 10 times better when it’s warm and fresh out of the oven.Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 3.19.14 PM

Plus, the sweet potatoes are my go-to side to fill my “bread craving,” which while it doesn’t really exist anymore is still integral to my diet! They’re simply cut and baked with olive oil, salt, and pepper. BUT, that wasn’t all, after dinner we enjoyed a dessert prepared by my younger sister.Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 2.23.22 PM

Do these look delicious to you too?! Or familiar? They’re the cookie dough pies my sister and I created for Sister’s Day last year!  I must admit she stepped it up quite a bit.  The raspberry sorbet was MUCH better than the sour green apple I wanted to use so badly last year.  And, she got the color scheme down perfectly with SPRINKLES too.  Here’s a peek at the inside of one of these delights. Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 4.11.17 PM

If you want to make these simply place muffin cups in a muffin tin, coat each side with a layer of cookie dough, cool, add in the ice-cream/sorbet, and leave in the freezer. For step by step instructions, check out my original post on the cookie dough pie: Keeping Tradition Alive Celiac Style! And, the cookie dough is the same recipe as my Cookie Dough Balls.

Sending the greatest thanks to my family for a wonderful celebration! What’s your favorite gluten free or allergy friendly birthday treat?! And, until next time, happy cooking!

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P.S.: Want to know some great birthday presents for your celiac/allergy friends?! Check out my old blog post on the “Perfect Allergy Free Gift (or Two)!,” and be on the lookout for some more ideas in an upcoming post!

P.P.S.: For those of you planning on making my Cozy Gingerbread Cookies, I updated the recipe to include an ingredient I missed the first time around… brown sugar! I’m not quite sure how I missed it. 🙂

14 thoughts on “An Oldie, But a Goodie!

    1. Awh, thanks! We didn’t start getting so creative in the kitchen until my celiac diagnosis, but I know I would have liked them growing up too! 🙂

  1. Sigh, I thought the SAME thing when I turned 23 this year, no cool songs, just Blink 182’s infamous line “Nobody likes your when you’re 23” but no worries, you’re a very likeable girl! so HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY ❤ and YUM that all looks so tasty! can I come over next time? your blog looks so professional as do all your photos, I am a bit jealous! ❤ In a good way of course 🙂

    1. Awh, thanks! I love your Instagram account!! And, the impressive number of hashtags. Now, it’s our little secret, but less than a year ago, I used to read them as “pound ______.” It embarrassed my younger sister to no end.

      You are of course welcome at my next birthday dinner! Happy (very belated) 23rd birthday and (very early) 24th birthday!! 🙂

  2. Happy belated Birthday, Kaila. 🙂 And major props to the family for creating what looks to be a fantastic gluten – free meal. As hard as it is on us to switch to gluten free ingredients it must be so nerve racking for those who love us. They want to treat us but must also be scared to death of hurting us.

    1. Thanks! It was delicious, and I absolutely agree. My family works really hard to make sure that we don’t have cross-contact/contamination in our house. My mom set up such protective procedures for food that I’m pretty sure it’s harder to be the gluten-consuming person than gluten free one. (And, most of the time when I’m home everyone eats gluten free in the house). They’re really so sweet! 🙂

  3. Happy belated birthday! Mine is tomorrow and I turn TWENTY-FIVE. Eeeek. Way beyond Taylor Swift songdom. Those cookie dough pies are beautiful and such a clever idea! I may have to make some to console myself about how ancient I am. 😉

    1. Thanks, Molly! HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY!!!! Taylor Swift is 24, so there’s a chance she’ll come out with another song about one of our ages in the future. Let me know your favorite flavor combination if you give them a try. And, I do not recommend sour apple sorbet. 🙂

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