Dairy Free Dessert for a 2nd Birthday!

This little gal is 2 today! 

 Two years ago!

Two years ago!

It's hard to know where the time goes. As parents, we marvel at this all the time. "Time flies," we say, as if it's just chatter. But milestone moments truly bring that issue to the table. Just yesterday, when she was born, my son was 2. My daughter was 6. And somehow two whole years have passed and this person, who was once just a thought, is running around the house with opinions about her clothing and deep affection for everything yellow and a penchant for gnawing on ribs. She's a stellar combination of determined and graceful and our little family is deeply grateful for her big belly laughs and her winning personality. Time flies because our lives are full. This is a good thing. 

The mid-week birthday is often thought of as challenging but in fact, I think it's a blessing. We celebrated my big 2 year old this past weekend with part of our family and we'll celebrate again tonight with others and we'll celebrate yet again this coming weekend! Three well-deserved celebrations for this jolly gal. 

She can't have cow dairy so we got creative with this classic vanilla cupcake recipe from cooking veteran Ronnie Fein and used goat milk in place of cow's milk and Earth Balance in place of butter. My little lady loved it. 

Today I'm making this 5 Minute Fudge Brownie recipe and have substituted coconut oil for butter. I'm certain it will be a winner. Not sure what to make for this coming weekend's celebration... suggestions gladly accepted!