Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another Birthday Boy

Yikes, Josh is 12! The teenage years are fast approaching! We celebrated the occasion with a milk, egg and nut free cookie-cake.

If I Had An Allergic Reaction...

Click the link below to watch a very informative video of Dr. Robert Wood, MD, talk about what to do if your child has an allergic reaction.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Concert

Brody's school presented a Christmas Concert last night titled "Christmas In America". All the children did a great job, but I still haven't figured out how the cowboy hats and bandannas fit into the theme?! =)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Special Video from Trace Adkins and The Doctors

Trace Adkins has been a wonderful advocate for children with food allergies. His little girl, Brianna, is allergic to nuts, dairy and eggs.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Birthday Boy Is 9 Years Old!

Today is Brody's birthday! Hard to believe that we've been handling food allergies for 9 whole years. Wow! I can definitely say that although the fear of a possible allergic reaction is always on my mind, day to day life certainly does get easier compared to back when we were very first starting this journey and not having any idea what we could possibly feed our little allergic boy!

Since both Josh and Brody were born in December, we celebrated both of their birthdays with their friends yesterday. December is just too busy of a month to try to fit 2 separate parties in! The boys love Pokemon, so I made dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free PokeBall cupcakes and cookies.

And since Brody's really not that big of a fan of cake, we celebrated Brody's actual birthday today with a huge plate of homemade powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar donuts! Happy Birthday Brody! We love you!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Anaphylaxis More Common Than Previously Thought

According to a Mayo Clinic study published this month, Anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction, is twice as common as has been previously reported.

"Based on the new study, it’s estimated that food allergies cause 50,000 emergency room visits per year, with overall anaphylaxis cases approaching 150,000 annually."

Wyatt Decker, M.D., the lead author of the study, discusses anaphylaxis and the study findings in the video below.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snow Day!!

No school today due to having a foot of snow dumped on us last night! The boys couldn't wait to get outside to dig a snow tunnel after the plows went by.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Gingerbread House Alternatives

Whether your Gingerbread house looks like an elaborate Gingerbread Manor…

Or more like a Cozy Shack made from Graham Crackers…

Who doesn’t enjoy spending a fun-filled afternoon of quality time with their children building a Gingerbread House every year? That is, of course, unless your little one is allergic to some or all of the goodies that go into baking and decorating that house! How about thinking outside that cookie (or graham cracker) box and tying one of these alternatives?

Twinkle-Kids makes a felt Gingerbread House Kit that includes “over 60 felt candy decorations that magically stick to a plain brown felt house” that you and your little ones can decorate over and over again.

Oriental Trading offers many different Gingerbread House ideas to choose from including a foam kit, a felt kit that requires sewing, a 3-D Gingerbread House made of card stock paper, or even a mini GB house ornament kit.

Or maybe you still have your heart set on making your Gingerbread House out of actual Gingerbread cookies? A&J Bakery now offers Egg, Dairy, and Nut-Free Gingerbread House kits! You can order the kit to put together and decorate yourself or even order a predecorated house.

And if you are looking for a Gluten-Free option, I’ve heard The Sensitive Baker offers a kit just for you! You may need to email to ask specifically for it though.

If you’d prefer to bake the gingerbread yourself. Here is a wheat-free recipe using Pamela’s Products Wheat-Free Bread Mix.

For the Gingerbread house icing you might want to try the following recipe. Boil together 4½ cups sugar, 1 cup water, and 1/3 cup light corn syrup until hardball stage (until golden brown and when you drop a little in cold water it turns hard). It won't give you that "snowy" look, but it will hold the house together!

No matter what type of gingerbread house you chose to build, spending quality time with your family is all that really matters. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2008


We had a lovely time with our families on Thanksgiving with a meal free of milk, eggs, peanuts, and treenuts which included the usual turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, buns, and lots more. Let's just say we were eating leftovers for what felt like an eternity! For dessert this year I made a Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie and also wanted to try out a Pumpkin Bread Trifle recipe. It was delish! The Pumpkin Bread is awesome just by itself, too!

Pumpkin Bread
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1-15 ounce can pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 stick dairy-free margarine
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed +6 Tbsp water (whisked together)
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in large bowl. Whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, margarine, flaxseed +water mixture, and vanilla in separate bowl until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined. Scrape mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake in oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (about 50 minutes). Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes before unmolding onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Rich Whip
2 Tbsp dairy-free margarine

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, sugar, Rich Whip and margarine. Bring to a boil over moderate heat while stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

To make the Pumpkin Bread Trifle, cut the pumpkin bread into small cubes. Cover the bottom of a trifle bowl with the cubes, top with dairy-free whipped topping (prepared Rich Whip) and drizzle with caramel sauce. Repeat to make 3 layers and enjoy!!