Helen is eight today. EIGHT. Wasn’t she just born? Didn’t I just post her first picture, like, three years ago?
In her own quiet yet determined way, she chose not only her birthday dinner (grilled cheese and tomato soup, using Daiya’s great newly improved cheddar shreds for the dairy allergic) but also her lunch for school (mac n’ cheese) and her breakfast (pancakes like Perkins’ Rainbow Pancakes). Parenthetically, I’m noticing a trend where the dairy eaters request dairy-full items for their birthdays as we don’t often eat them. Fine with me.
Her big sister was kind enough to make her special birthday breakfast. Katherine cooked the pancakes yesterday using Bisquick (Yes, it’s dairy free), eggs, and dairy-free milk. She added sprinkles to each pancake while they were cooking. This morning I reheated the pancakes and topped them with additional sprinkles and Vivian’s Live Again Creamy Whipped Topping. Our favorite dairy-free topping is So Delicious CocoWhip, but we were out. Unfortunately, the closest store that carries it is 45 minutes away. Vivian’s is great because it’s shelf stable and takes 5 minutes to make. No chilling time required and easy to keep on hand.
If your eighth birthday falls on a Monday and you have to get up to go to school, you might as well start celebrating first thing. Happy Birthday, Helen.