Watermelon Cake

A fresh watermelon is trimmed and decorated for a fun summer birthday cake.  It is simple and requires no baking.

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Watermelon Cake

I love birthday parties!  I want to feed my family healthy food.  But sometimes those two statements don’t go together.

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Jolly Llama Coconut Cream Dark Chocolate Pops

Product Review: Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and full of “mmmm.”

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Jolly Llama Coconut Cream Pops-dark chocolate

Yesterday, I had the rare opportunity to spend a couple of hours with just my little girl.  We solved jigsaw puzzles, created a count-down-chain for her third birthday, played in the sprinkler, and shared a Jolly Llama Coconut Cream Pop.

sharing the chocolate ice

I saw Jolly Llama products in my grocery store advertisement a few weeks ago, and decided to try them. I like reading about the dairy-free products that Chloe, from pinkiebag.com, reviews.  There is one problem, since I’m not in England I can’t taste them.  So, I was excited to see a new product that I can taste and then share my own review.

The brand name’s play on words, from Dalai lama to Jolly Llama, was very clever.  It makes me want to watch Seven Year in Tibet again.

When I was looking at the nutrition facts, I noticed that it had 44% of my daily recommended amount of iron.  Maybe I could just eat these when I am low in iron instead of buying an iron supplement.  The taste is definitely better.

I was storing the Coconut Cream Pops in my deep freeze, which keeps things a little colder than my regular freezer, and so it was very hard at first. It took a few minutes before it warmed-up enough to push the popsicle up.  The coconut flavor was very faint, and mostly we tasted a nice dark chocolate without being overly sweet.  It was rich with a nice, creamy texture–like real dairy chocolate ice cream, but actually better.

open chocolate pop-up

These are delicious.  I’d definitely recommend them.  It is a little pricey for my regular budget, but if you consider the cost of buying ice cream from an ice cream shop, it is about the same price. Also, it doesn’t taste like your bargain brand ice cream either, it tasted more like the expensive varieties.  I’m excited to try their other flavors.

Did my little one like it?  Halfway through the treat, I asked her if she liked it, she responded “If I eat this, I’ll say mmmm.”   Then she took another bite and said, “Mmmm.”

Polka Dot Popsicles

Blueberries in coconut milk for a whimsical, dairy-free summer treat. polkadot popsicles

This dessert was so simple to make.  Normally, I just fill my popsicle molds with juice.  I feel better feeding the kids something besides flavored sugar-water, and they are happy to have a cold treat on a hot day.  But today, I thought I would try something different.  The coconut milk is creamy and slightly sweet, and the blueberries are slightly tart.   Continue reading