Follow Me This Way!

So today is the official start of my blog. I have been thinking for several days on what my first blog post should be.  After much debate I decided to just speak from the heart because in the end that seems to be what always works out best. Don’t you agree?  I am a stay at home mom to two sweet, very active, and at times crazy, little boys! I have loved crafting since I was a child and once I got married besides planning my wedding and a few parties, I had gotten away from doing something that I loved so much. The last few years I have gotten back into doing what I love: Crafting, Baking and Celebrating mainly as a result of wanting to create lasting, beautiful memories for my boys.
 
Both of my boys have various food allergies, primarily gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and then some! Name the ingredient and they’re probably allergic to it! Does it come in a box? Well more likely than not, that’s out too. Out of sheer necessity, I have learned to become an allergen free baker and cook while still making beautiful and delicious things worthy of two little princes. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Gluten free and casein free baking and cooking has become a passion for me. I’ve poured over all of the popular gluten free baking books and blogs and magazines. I have scoured endless health food stores looking for that perfect cookie or treat for my boys, mostly to no avail. I’ve tasted more foods that dared to call themselves a cookie or a cupcake, for the sake of being gluten and casein free, that no little boy should ever have to endure. So I decided to take matters into my own hands, literally and figuratively. It has become a challenge to create inventive recipes and to perfect the chocolate chunk cookies or that special birthday cake that my boys and their non allergy suffering friends would both enjoy. I think I have finally met that challenge! 
 
 I first got into looking at all the party blogs when my five year son was no longer sleeping at night. I would look at party blogs on my  iPhone, while I prayed he would doze off to slumber and tried to maintain my sanity! There are so many wonderful resources to get inspiration from. To name a few TomKat Studio Design, How Does She, She’s Kinda Crafty, Hostess with the Mostess, Eighteen25, Tatertots & Jello, Somewhat Simple and Tweedle Dee Designs. There are many more and I would love to compile these and share them with you as well as my own original ideas. 

 

 
I hope to inspire you and also look forward to being inspired by your ideas.  So if you love to Craft, Bake and Celebrate, as much as I do, follow me. We’re going to have a lot of fun!

18 thoughts on “Follow Me This Way!

  1. March 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Congratulations on your blog!!! Welcome!

    xoxo
    Jen

  2. March 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    This looks very pretty! I am so excited for you and for moms everywhere who no longer have to settle for brick-like cookies with little or no flavor. Hooray you and hooray flavor!!

  3. April 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

    The blog looks lovely. Looking forward to reading your recipes and seeing your creative ideas!~Sarah

  4. April 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

    How exciting!! Welcome Dorangela!!

  5. April 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I will be following you. Congratulations for the blog, looks wonderful!

  6. Anonymous
    April 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Looks Great! I’m so happy for you.

  7. April 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you! I am looking forward to sharing a lot of creative and fun things with all of you! Stay around and invite your friends to join us! I will be having a great giveaway next week!

  8. April 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    How exciting I started a blog this week as well! lovecakewalk.blogspot.com I’m excited to see your gluten free goods as I am living gluten free!

  9. April 2, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Thanks Michelle! Congratulations on your blog as well. I would love for you to follow me and like me on Facebook. I will be featuring many gluten free foods and also gluten free parties that I’ve created for my boys. Would love to have you along for the ride. Dorangela

  10. April 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Wow,Dorangela! It looks great! What a great idea! I will share your blog with a few people I know who are gluten free. All the best! Deb

  11. April 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks Deb! Hope you will become a follower so you’ll get all the fun postings right to your inbox! I would love for you to send some friends over to the blog and facebook page. I will be featuring gluten casein free foods and treats as well as many crafts and party ideas! I am hosting a giveaway next week so stay tuned. Glad you’re here. Dorangela

  12. April 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations on your blog. It looks great. My son’s are gluten free! I will be following your blog for sure. I have struggled for years on tasty treats my boys would enjoy that are safe for them to eat. (they also have multiple allergies: egg,milk,peanut,gluten)

    http://www.hendersonrubincreative.blogspot.com/

  13. April 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    i found your cute blog thru martha’s website!
    AND i am your latest follower! xo

  14. April 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    @terri, thanks so much! So happy to have you here. Both my boys are allergic to that and more. It has truly been a challenge and almost a full time job for me. I hope once I get up and running I will have some new foods you can try on them. I am also selling the cookies I make for them on etsy. They are vegan, gluten casein free and peanut free. Stay tuned for a great giveaway tomorrow! Love, D

  15. April 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Sorry meant @ Lisa. Rookie mistake 🙂

  16. April 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Ok now really @ Terri, so glad you found me here! If you are a Martha fan you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s post. Let’s just say if you love Martha and you love Crafs you are going to love it! Giveaway as well. Love, D

  17. April 7, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Congrats Dorangela! Two Prince is so unique and special, just like your two princes. Thanks for remembering me and plan to follow you…
    Good Luck and Happy Blogging (p.s. I want to sample those cookies 🙂

  18. April 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Thanks Brenda. So happy you joined us! Exciting post is coming your way soon. I’m sure I could arrange for a cookie to come your way! D