egg-free cupcakes!

So happy to have Amy of Yummy Toddler Food back today with an egg-free cupcake recipe! Amy’s recipes are always a hit and we’re so happy for her and her new cookbook release! 35 of her best recipes of the year into a giftable cookbook that’s perfect to share with other mamas of little ones. Check it out right here and enter “HAPPY” for $5 off! Welcome back, Amy!

“A few of our little friends can’t eat eggs, so whenever we’re having a gathering with friends, I try to include a dessert that everyone can eat. These Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting happen to be free from eggs, gluten, and nuts, but they taste just like you’d hope a cupcake would—moist, decadent, and with a delicate crumb.Egg Free Cupcakes My daughter helped me to bake this batch over a recent cloudy weekend and since there aren’t any raw eggs in the batter, it was even okay with me when she wanted to lick the spoon clean! I started with the recipe for my Brownie Cupcakes and made a few tweaks. Here’s the scoop on the few less traditional ingredients:

Egg Free CupcakesChia seeds: These seeds, which plump up into an almost gel when wet, help the batter bind together. They also add some good fats, which is a nice nutritional bonus. (You can’t see them in the final cupcakes since the color blends right in with the cocoa powder.)

Buckwheat: We love to bake with this gluten-free flour, which is not made of wheat despite its name. It has a nutty flavor, is high in nutrients, and is really versatile.

Yogurt: Using yogurt in baked goods adds a nice richness (along with protein and calcium) and helps to cut down on the amount of butter needed.

Each bite of these cupcakes delivers just-sweet-enough flavor and hits of chocolate, and the Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect pair. We highly recommend enjoying these with a tall glass (or sippy cup) of milk!Egg Free Cupcakes

Super Yummy Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
You can use whole-wheat flour instead of the buckwheat if you prefer.
Makes 12

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably not nonfat)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

1. Stir the milk and the chia seeds together and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Add the butter, yogurt, and vanilla to the milk mixture and stir to combine well.
3. Add the sugar, buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Use a spatula to fold in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon evenly into the prepared paper liners, filling each about 3/4 full and smoothing the tops. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Stir together 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2-3 tablespoons honey with a wooden spoon. Spread onto cupcakes.

Make-Ahead: You can bake and frost these cupcakes up to a full day ahead of time but I suggest that you skip the paper liners and simply grease the muffin tin instead. The paper liners have a tendency to get totally stuck to the cupcakes during overnight storage—but otherwise, they taste nearly identical when stored in the fridge in an airtight container!

shutterfly christmas cards!

Is Christmas really almost here?! I can’t help but compound both Lolly’s first Christmas and first birthday soon thereafter. My emotions are so close to the surface on this one! Spending so many months aching, wishing for, and then anticipating her arrival, each milestone while she’s here breaks my heart a little more! How is time going so fast when it felt so slow before she came? IMG_4382-6Since my family and I will be visiting my family in Turkey this holiday, I wanted to share our Christmas card early. Earlier than I’ve even mailed them, so you sweet readers get an extra special sneak peek! We made these with Shutterfly for those of you still on the hunt for your perfect card!Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.59.12 PMI’m not sure if it’s having the new baby we all waited for, or that she’s the only girl for her two brothers, but the last eleven months she has been absolutely cherished. Every waking moment someone is loving on her, admiring her, cooing at her, kissing her cheeks. Her every achievement has been cheered on by these loving faces. We feel so lucky to have her!  IMG_4392-7 Since we’ll be spending lots of Holiday time away from home we are really trying to make each element of the holidays family-oriented. Making memories here in California, too! Usually I stay up late into the night prepping cards, but this year we brought out the hot chocolate and warm cookies and we all stuffed envelopes and signed cards together! We picked this Bright Bokeh card and it goes so beautifully with the Sunset family photo we wanted to send out!IMG_4396-8 Not exactly sure if it took more time or less with these extra helping hands, but they loved it!IMG_4429-11 We’ve used Shutterfly in years past and I am always so pleased with the quality and attention to detail. With so many beautiful options to choose from and customize, everything feels so unique and special! I especially loved that you can search for specific design details you are looking for like cursive script (see all their script options here!) or by color. This is sure to be an amazing Christmas, even more so with this little Lady’s eyes to see it all for the first time!IMG_4504-17

Photo Credit // Michelle Dixon!

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Brickyard Buffalo Guest Editor Week

Happy Monday, everyone! It has been awhile since we’ve done this, and we’re so happy to be back on Brickyard Buffalo as Guest Editors! We’ve selected awesome items from some of our favorite shops and vendors to be sold at a special deal to Y-O-U! Here’s a peek at what you can find, and follow along on Instagram and our other social sites to see how we’re styling and wearing them, too!
Small_Fry_IG_square-2First of all, Kickee Pants! You have all asked how to get a sweet deal on our all-time favorite pajamas and we’ve got it for you at BB! A ton of colors to choose at starting at $24!kickeeSecond, a Public strider! We know lots of you have bikes and balance bikes on your shopping list this Chstimas and Public is offering their strider for only $90 – $40 off retail!! If you haven’t dipped into the Strider pool let us assure you, it truly does help your kiddo transitioon more smoothly to a two-wheeler. Their form is correct from the start and our little Hayes got it in his first try at 4 years old, we think largely due to to this awesome bike!publicbikes

And more cozy options for your kiddos like these Brickyard exclusive colorful camo harem pants (in three colors!) or these sweet Sleep gowns from Shop Plain

Handmade goods to help you celebrate, like these darling animal candle holders from Gnome Sweet Gnome, Stockings with amazing fabrics and details from Tinsel Holiday, and sweet felt banners from The Bees Knees Shoppe – all at a deal of course!

partybrickyardWe wouldn’t forget you, we love each of these sweet little picks to spoil ourselves with:

This plaid dress fits awesome and is only $21.99! Also for you Jcrew fans, this quilted buffalo plaid vest is only $32 (50% off!) but a pretty spot-on substitute for Jcrew’s sold-out $118 version! Find them here!

dressesAlso our long time favorite, Anna Bee Jewelry is offering these sweet birthstone bracelets (they look amazing stacked, combined with other bracelets, or so elegant as a standalone everyday piece, too!) $8.00 of retail! // We know how daunting it can be to try a new beauty care line, so we wanted to offer up our favorite product as a tester for you! This Everything Balm is such a must have for your bag or make-up drawer. Dry skin, cuts, acne, rashes, whatever you can think of, this balm will help! brickyardfor youFor your littlest babes: A bonnet trio from Petite Soul Shop // $2 off Splendid Cotton Bows // Safe necklaces you can wear, and they can munch on! Wrap up as a bracelet, too! From  the Jones Market. // And save $11 on a sweet matching onesie trio from Petite Soul Shop.babyHappy shopping! Follow along to see how we’re rocking it all. Thanks for having us Brickyard Buffalo, we love you!


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Christmas For Syria

By Jenna:

I am so excited about a project I am working on for 3 Christian Syrian Refugee families living in Turkey and so grateful to Nicole & Emily for allowing me to use Small Fry as a way to share this cause! In the wake of this weekend’s tragedies I am grateful to have this project to focus on as it fills my heart with so much gratitude and love knowing there is still so much good in this world.

Starting tomorrow, Monday November 16 at 7 AM PST an online auction found on Instagram @christmasforsyria will be held for 48 hours! 100% of proceeds will go to provide a Christmas that will be hand delivered by our family to Istanbul this Christmas. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back this Holiday Season this is a great way! You can get some good loot for yourself and the people you love, all while giving back!BeFunky Collage

These are just some of the small shops and brands involved in the auction. Everything has been beautifully curated in true Small Fry style so every last piece is something I love and recommend! Seeing it all laid out like this makes my heart burst in joy and gratitude. Small Fry has been such a blessing and getting to know all these shop owners and their generous hearts has been such a joy of mine.Syria

So go ahead to Instagram and follow @christmasforsyria so you can be notified when it’s up tomorrow morning! Attached below is the graphic that The Little Paper Co designed for us and we been using to promote the auction! You are free to use it and I would be so forever grateful if you would share with your friends and family and tag @christmasforsyria as well as @thelittlepaper co as a way to thank her for her for syria

I keep dreaming that if this image could be shared as much as others have been over thew eekend– how much tangible good our community could do! These people NEED our prayers but they are also desperate for basic needs. If you would like to donate directly you may do so at Again, 100% of proceeds will go directly to these refugees.

Grateful each day for all of you readers and the wonderful good you do in the world.



Thank you to our vendors so far:

Shop Plain Jane // Zozu Baby // Ellie Baby Shop // Lluvio Boutique // Panacea Design Co // Flor De Luz Shop // Washed // Poppy Lane and Co // Alexa Lurcher // I Chart You // Fly Tots // Oat Mama // The Splendid Bow // Chasing Windmills Kids // Loom Goods // Solly Baby // Osenga Leather Works // Izzy and Ferd // The Bees Knees Shop // Made By Layla // A Little Lady Shop // Madeline Nutrition // Swell Forever // Gathre // June & January // Orbit Baby // Ergo Baby // Modern Thread // Oilo Studio // Bme NYC // Gnome Sweet Gnome // Bannor Toys // Happiness Lives Here // Petunia Picklebottom // Snuggly Ugly // Truly Custom // Munchkin Inc // Hello Hadley // Puj Baby // Looptys Loop // Lilly Jade // Mark it with a Q // Postable // Tubby Todd // Goat Milk NYC // Odette Williams // Madly Wish // Lucy Darling





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gift guides: land of nod!

No secret here how much we love Land of Nod year ’round, but especially for the Holidays! We look forward to their Holiday catalog each year and seeing the wonderful, whimsical collections. We wanted to share a few of our own collections of things that caught our eye this year!

Our boys love to pretend to “camp-out” any chance they get with sheet forts and binoculars. Any of these gifts would ramp up their playtime or add a touch of that old time camp feeling to their play guide for the camp enthusiast

Sleeping bag in the perfect plaid and retro camp pattern // Pennant Flag decor // Plush canoe perfect for reading books or navigating the rapids // Themed Christmas stockings (20% off!) // Curious little raccoon pillow // Retro Camp Blanket // Felt USA road trip map with awesome landmark appliqués // Campfire plush toys // Geometric play tent that fits all their friends!

Next up, 2/3rds of us live in cold climates during the Holidays and as excited as our kids get over a new bike, unfortunately they can’t ride it for a bit until the snow melts! So, here’s our favorite gifts to help them (and you!) pass the time indoors, no batteries or wi-fi required!inside

We love this cart, besides imaginative play it also encourages fun clean-up after the kids just wheel the cart around as they pick up their toys! // Nod has the best collection of plush and realistic kitchen goods, hands down. // This door jam bag toss game is amazing! Helps fine tune their hand-eye coordination and keeps them from throwing things at their sibling. // We’ve had this magnetic faces game for years and it is still a hit! Great for road-trips, church and quiet time. // Croquet is the cutest and this mini set is great for carpet or grass! // If you need a gift that keeps on giving, this is it! We love that it has everything you’d need for a creative craft project and the possibilities are endless. // Has there ever been a cooler electric guitar? A great starter too! // For new readers this Spinny Speller is a great little stocking stuffer. // A perfect little collection of instruments for your family band.

Shop Land of Nod here!