April 09, 2019


Our little dumpling Jude, turned 2 last month and I wanted to share his humble Milk & Cookies party we hosted in our Brooklyn apartment. Per last year's birthday tradition, I baked him a cake from scratch using this recipe (my go-to chocolate cake, it's amazing!) and this frosting recipe. I also tried out a new (to us) cookie recipe that was such a success, we have since made them again. I'll share it below! We invited a few of his best friends for a morning celebration from 10am-12 Noon. Many thanks to my good friend Terri for braving the windy streets to deliver 20 helium filled balloons to our door! We didn't plan any games or activities other than playing with his already existing toy kitchen and all the balloons on the ground and in the air. Of course, we had milk and cookies and since this is Brooklyn, we had offerings of whole milk, almond/coconut milk and oat milk 😅.  Chocolate cake with coffee, mimosas for the parents and a little spread of bagels and lox (smoked salmon, tomato, red onion, capers and cream cheese) to munch on. Thank you to our dear friends that were able to join and celebrate with us. We miss living near our other close friends and family, so taking the time out to spend with us on these special life occasions is very much appreciated!

~Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies~
(This is straight from the Trader Joe's rolled oats bag)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup peanut butter 
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, (I use my kitchenaid mixer) combine sugar, brown sugar and butter until creamy (I never have softened butter, so straight from the fridge is fine). Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda and mix well. Add peanut butter and mix (I've used creamy, chunky and almond butter. anything you have is fine) Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts (I omit the nuts if I don't have them on hand. Alternatively, you could use raisins or dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips) Place a teaspoon full of dough (I use a small cookie scoop) about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet (I just use parchment paper) Bake for 10 minutes until lightly brown around the edges. Do not over bake! They may look slightly underdone but this is what you want for chewy cookies. I cool them for a few minutes on a cooling rack and then I slide the pan out from under the parchment to continue to let them cool completely. Enjoy! Great for breakfast on the go if you don't mind giving your kid sugar 😬

What have you done for your kids parties?! I'd love to see! Feel free to link below in the comments or post a picture. I think you can't go wrong for kids parties. Simple or extravagant, a party is a party and every excuse to celebrate is alright with me. Life is all about milestones and every day is a day to celebrate in my book!


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