Sunday, October 30, 2011

Recipe of the Week

My boys had their cousin sleep over last night, so I wanted to throw together something easy and yummy for breakfast this morning.  These little gems didn't last long!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
1/4 cup dairy-free margarine, melted
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. dairy-free margarine
1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup
splash of rice milk

Separate rolls into 4 rectangles; press perforations.  Brush with melted butter. Combine brown   sugar, cinnamon, and raisins; sprinkle over dough.  Roll up each rectangle.  Cut each roll into 5 slices.  Place each slice cut side down in mini muffin pan.  Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  Combine ingredients for glaze and spread over warm rolls.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Funny, but So True!

I came across this blog yesterday, and it really had me giggling!  The author/artist draws cartoons based on experiences and conversations about food allergies to help spread awareness.  Great idea!

Here's a couple of her cartoons that really struck a cord with me...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Life is a roller coaster, so hold on tight! I’ve decided this is my new motto. Which is kind of funny because as a family we love thrill rides (especially roller coasters!), but emotional roller coasters are just no fun whatsoever. Dealing with life-threatening food allergies on a daily basis is a never ending emotional roller coaster. And add in flares of severe eczema and folliculitis, random asthma attacks, and a vision impairment that leaves us wondering if our boys will even be able to get a drivers licence, some days I just wish I could tell the roller coaster to stop for a minute and let me catch my breath!

Josh has been struggling with folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) for 5-6 years now. It mostly affects his arms and legs, but the sores can show up pretty much over his entire body. We’ve been to several allergists, dermatologists, and even a psychologist after one doctor suggested the itching sensation was all in Josh’s mind. Of course I knew that wasn’t the case and was quite angry that she even suggested it, but in the end we decided to see the psychologist just because we had no where else to turn. And here we are, still dealing with folliculitis. The more he scratches at the spots, the more his eczema then also flares since we all know that eczema is known as the “itch that rashes”. Josh has been tested for all sorts of diseases including celiac, had a skin biopsy done, and even had patch testing done which came up totally negative. Bleach baths do nothing for him. Wet wraps do nothing for him. Antibiotics do nothing for him. Topical steroids do nothing for him. Oral steroids do help temporarily, but then as soon as he stops the medication the folliculitis is back within a couple of days. For a while we had found what we thought was a miracle cure for the folliculitis. About a year ago we started rubbing his entire body down with a washcloth saturated with hydrogen peroxide, and the sores started healing and disappearing. It was amazing! But then for some reason, after several months of having clear skin, the folliculitis reared it’s ugly head again and the peroxide has no affect on it any longer. Why??? We are now trying an antifungal ointment on the spots, but I’m not seeing any improvement with it. I can’t help but wonder if this is something he will have to live with his entire life now. I’m so sad and embarrassed for him. He pretty much lives in long pants and a sweatshirt. I can only imagine what the boys at school think and say behind his back when he has to change in the locker room for gym class. My heart breaks at the thought of him not having a girlfriend throughout high school, because honestly I can’t imagine many teenage girls looking past all the sores covering his skin and seeing what an incredible young man he truly is. I wish and pray with all my heart that we could find a doctor who can treat this skin condition. The eczema is bad enough, but adding the folliculitis on top of that is unbearable. Some days I really hate roller coasters.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Petition to Update FALCPA

Sign this petition to update the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004 to include sesame and mustard seeds!   FALCPA petition

More information:

We would like to request that the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Title II of Public Law 108-282), also known as FALCPA, be extended to include labeling of items containing sesame seeds and mustard seeds.

Sesame seed, for example, is sometimes hidden in ingredients, under the name "tahini", "spices", or "natural flavoring". Individuals with food allergies need to know exactly what is contained within a food product, for the sake of their health and safety. Approximately 3 million Americans are affected by sesame allergies and accidental exposures can be fatal, for some.

Food allergies are on the rise, now affecting 1 in 13 children, in the U.S., according to the latest study sponsored by the Food Allergy Initiative.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recipe of the Week

We don't have to avoid gluten in our house, but I do work with a little boy who has autism and is on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.  Last week was his birthday so I thought I'd make some safe sugar cookies to decorate with him!

Rice Flour Sugar Cookies (GF & DF)
3 cups rice flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup dairy-free margarine
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together to form dough.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.  Roll dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheet.  Press down on each dough ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to flatten.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on wire rack and then frost and decorate as desired!

Monday, October 3, 2011

FAI - College Survey

The Food Allergy Initiative is looking for undergrads to take a survey about living with food allergies at college. The survey will help gain insight on what issues are important to them, how they handle their food allergies, and what others can do to help. If you know any young college students, please send this link to them!