|We flew a kite at Asilomar Beach|
|Riding the glass-bottom boat, we saw otters, sea lions, and jelly fish!|
|We rode a surrey from Lover's Point Beach to Fisherman's Wharf|
|A rare sunny morning got us to the beach at low tide.|
|Biking and scooting along the trail.|
|There's always something new to see and learn at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Their new Jellies Experience is especially fantastic!|
Last year, I connected with Stephanie Stein, creative baker and sweetest person from Happy Girl Kitchen Co. She generously shared her scone recipe and words of wisdom about baking without egg with our readers. I adapted her recipe to make it dairy-free, and armed with Stephanie's baking advice, experimented with my own scone variation, Coconut Chocolate Chocolate Chip Scones.
So you know I was thrilled when I last visited Happy Girl and noticed a new pre-order form for Stephanie's baked goods. I promptly placed my order for a dozen berry scones and a chocolate ganache birthday cake for Tristan, all egg, nut, and dairy free.
Stephanie was happy to take a break from her busy morning baking duties to discuss Tristan's food allergies and my specifications, even adjusting the cake to make it less sweet. The result: a wonderful scone breakfast shared with friends and an even more fabulous birthday celebration for a delighted 8-year-old boy! As he opted out of a full-blown birthday party with friends this year, having his first store-bought cake more than compensated. His verdict: "Yummy and chocolately!" His siblings were equally overjoyed about the allergy-safe cake, both announcing they wanted the same cake for their birthdays!
|Eight candles...plus one for good luck!|
|Stephanie Stein's chocolate ganache cake was the star of the show!|
|A dozen berry scones, hot out of the oven--no egg, nuts, or dairy!|
|Couldn't resist picking up some carrot muffins--all allergy-safe for the kids!|
|Happy Girl Kitchen Co. at 173 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA--stop by before your Aquarium visit!|
As a chocoholic and self-proclaimed sweets critic, the cake was delicious--moist, with a rich dark chocolate taste. And unlike my egg and dairy free creations, this one held up well and wasn't crumbly.
See you soon Stephanie, and thanks SO much!