Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Reindeer Pops

Here's a quick and easy Christmas treat you can make with your little elves!

Dairy-Free Reindeer Pops
Large Marshmallows
Mini Pretzel Twists
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Pillsbury Vanilla Frosting (or make your own)
Red Food Coloring
Lollipop Sticks

Insert a lollipop stick into the side of each marshmallow.  On a wax paper lined cookie sheet, lay out sets of 2 pretzel twists so they are touching each other.  Melt chocolate chips in double boiler or microwave.  Dip each marshmallow into melted chocolate, tap off excess.  Place the flat side of each dipped marshmallow onto a set of pretzel twists.  Chill for 10 minutes.  Color a small amount of frosting red.  Spoon the white and red frosting and also the remaining melted chocolate into 3 decorator bags fitted with a small round tip or spoon into Ziploc sandwich bags and cut off the corner to make a very small opening.  Use these to add eyes and a red nose to each reindeer pop.

(I originally found this idea on Pinterest, which then took me to this website... )

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days of an Allergy Free Christmas - Kyle Dine

A great Christmas song by the awesome Kyle Dine!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Recipe of the Month

Who doesn't love having their house filled with the smell of pumpkin bread fresh from the oven?  This recipe makes about 50 cookies so it's perfect to have on hand for any fall festivities you may be attending!

Pumpkin Bread Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
(dairy, peanut, tree nut-free)
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg*
15 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.  Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla and beat until creamy.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Drop onto baking sheet by tablespoonfuls.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool and frost with the Cream Cheese Icing.  If desired, sprinkle frosted cookies with extra cinnamon!

Cream Cheese Icing
1 (8 oz) container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp Fleischmann's Unsalted margarine
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine the cream cheese and margarine. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth. 

*Note*: To make this recipe egg-free, replace the egg with 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 3 Tbsp warm water.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pinterest Love!

I've mentioned before that I love cooking/baking and I absolutely adore browsing through any cookbooks I can get my hands on to search for recipes that I can easily adapt to fit my son's food allergies.  Then I stumbled upon Pinterest.  Oh. My. Goodness.  This online "pin board" quickly became my latest obsession and has been for a while now. 

If you're looking for some new recipe ideas feel free to follow my Food Allergy Recipes board where I list easy ingredient subs to make the dish free of milk, eggs (unless it is baked-in, which Brody can have), peanuts, and tree nuts!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm Back!

Where has the time gone?  I seriously can't believe it's been 5 months since I lasted updated the blog!!  So much has happened in that time frame.  Here's a little overview...

  • At the end of April my husband and I decided to finally put our house up for sale and start looking for our dream house.  Okay, maybe not "dream house" but we definitely needed more space for our boys.  They had been sharing a bedroom their entire life and are now 12 and 15.  It was time to move on!  Luckily we found a house we absolutely love and our old house sold in just 2 weeks from putting it on the market!  I really think it was all meant to be!
  • In May Brody and I went to Washington DC for his sixth grade class trip.  This was extremely stressful, especially amidst the process of selling/buying our house!  I will definitely be posting more about preparing for the DC school trip with food allergies.  Ay-ay-ay!!!
  • In June we spent a week relaxing in Eagle River before the total chaos of packing up and moving to the new house would take place at the end of June/beginning of July.
  • July consisted of settling in to our new house and loving every minute of it! :)  My husband and I also started training for our first 5k run coming up in October.  Very excited about this!
  • August was quite a busy month.  We helped out with the annual Food Allergy Awareness Walk hosted by the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin, I met with Brody's new teachers for 7th grade to discuss food allergy symptoms and how/when to use an EpiPen, I started a new job, AND....Brody got braces!  Again, this is definitely something I will be posting about separately as it certainly adds a whole new dimension to daily life with food allergies!
  • And finally that brings us to September.  Josh started Driver's Ed and just today he passed the test for his temps!  Wow, I'm still not sure how I'm feeling about that!  At one point in Josh's life we weren't even sure if he would ever be able to drive because of his vision, but here we are!  We still don't know for sure if he will have a restricted or unrestricted licence, but at least he will have some independence with driving throughout his life!  He's nervous, we're nervous...we'll just take it slow and see how it goes.

So, that's what I've been up to the past 5 months.  I promise I will try to keep updating more often from here on out, but sometimes life just gets a little hectic and crazy!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter treats

                    Happy Easter! 

I hope the Easter Bunny found some yummy safe treats to bring your little allergic kiddos!  I decided to make Chocolate SunButter Eggs with my boys today and we had a hard time not eating all the dough before dipping it in the chocolate!

Chocolate SunButter Eggs
4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups SunButter (or soybutter)
1/4 cup dairy-free margarine, melted
3 Tbsp rice milk (or soy milk)
1 pkg. dairy-free chocolate chips
1 Tbsp shortening

Mix together the powdered sugar, SunButter, and melted margarine.  Add the rice milk and mix until it becomes a workable dough.  Form the dough into egg shapes and place in the freezer for 1 hour.  Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a bowl and microwave until completely melted.  Dip each egg in the melted chocolate and place on waxed paper until set.  I used 2 forks, one to lift the egg out of the chocolate and the other to help slide the egg onto the waxed paper.   If you want to decorate the eggs, quickly add sprinkles before the chocolate sets.  Place the eggs back in the fridge until completely set.  Enjoy!!

Mt. Olympus Family Fun Day!

Please Join us on April 15th at Mt Olympus Water & Theme Park!

If you mention Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin not only will you be allowed in at the $6.00 rate you will also be allowed to carry in small snacks. Usually they do not allow in outside food but since our group is a Food Allergy Group they are making an exception. Please no coolers of food, and if you can purchase your drinks at the park please do so.

See flyer for details...

We hope to see you there!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pink Slime

Every once in a while I hear about something that makes me think Brody's food allergies are actually a blessing in disguise.  All this talk about "pink slime" in our children's school lunches actually makes me feel grateful that Brody has to eat cold lunch every single day!  Of course that doesn't help the fact that my other son, who has no food allergies, chooses to eat hot lunch almost all the time.  Makes me cringe just to think about it!

In this video Jamie Oliver explains just what exactly "pink slime" is...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recipe of the Week

I love browsing through cookbooks!  Old, new, whatever.  I would definitely consider it a hobby of mine.  Finding new yummy recipes that I can easily convert to being allergy-friendly to fit our family's needs puts a smile on my face!

Here was my latest finding...

SunButter Sandwich Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup SunButter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2-3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup SunButter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5-6 Tbsp rice milk

In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, SunButter, and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Shape into 1 inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with fork.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until golden.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  In a mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients and beat until smooth.  Spread on the bottom of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.

Note:  If Brody wasn't able to tolerate baked-in egg, I probably would have substituted the eggs with a flaxseed/water mixture.  1 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp water = 1 egg.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

College with Food Allergies

Brody may only be in junior high, but one question that is always floating around in the back of my mind is "how will he manage going to college with food allergies?"  I love reading articles that put a positive spin on this topic, because the thought of sending my little guy off to college someday with life-threatening food allergies is a tad bit terrifying to me at the moment!  Good thing we have plenty of time to figure it all out!

Here is a recent interview with a college student:

And here is a brand new blog I just stumbled upon today.  It is written by two college students who want to share their experiences of living at school with food allergies.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Baked-In Milk

I came across this very in depth article about the extensively heated (baked-in) milk study that was done several years ago.  I've read abstracts of it before, but had never actually seen the full version.  Brody had a check-up with his allergist a couple days ago and I again brought up the fact that I'm very interested in trialing baked-in milk.  Dr. G still isn't sure if he thinks Brody would pass the challenge, but we'll discuss it again this summer when Brody has his next RAST test done.  We've been on this food allergy journey now for 12 years, so being able to add baked-in milk to his diet would be wonderful!  I'm still holding out hope that some day he'll be free of at least his egg and milk allergies!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipe of the Week

For once I'm sharing a recipe that isn't sweet and doesn't include chocolate! :)  I made this recipe for chicken enchiladas last week for my family and everyone went back for seconds!

Chicken Enchiladas
4 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies (can use less or leave out if desired)
1 cup soy sour cream
1 pkg Daiya, cheddar
12-15 flour tortillas
1 can (10 oz) red enchilada sauce

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine chicken, chilies, sour cream and 1 cup Daiya cheese.  Spoon down centers of tortillas and roll up.  Spread some sauce on bottom of 9x13 pan.  Add enchiladas and top with remaining sauce.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining Daiya cheese.  Bake, uncovered, 5 more minutes.  Serve with soy sour cream and salsa.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Must-Read Article!

This is an excellent article explaining what exactly happens to the body during anaphylaxis and why Epinephrine saves lives.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Maybe I'm just a little overly sensitive due to the fact that a 7-year-old girl died last week at school due to her food allergies, followed a few days later by another death of a 15-year-old girl due to a "severe asthma attack" shortly after eating lunch at school (also nut allergic), but does anyone honestly find this video clip funny?  :-(

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recipe of the Week

I love popcorn for a quick healthy snack, but add this ooey-gooey sunbutter and honey mixture to it and you'll be addicted! Okay, I admit, I have a major sweet tooth!

SunButtery Popcorn
8 cups popped popcorn
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup SunButter (or soybutter)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Put popcorn in a large bowl and set side.  Pour corn syrup, honey, SunButter, and vanilla into a saucepan.  Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Stir mixture occasionally with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Turn off heat. Pour mixture over popcorn.  Add sunflower seeds and chocolate chips.  Stir until everything is well coated.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Tragic Loss

Last week a young girl died at school from a peanut allergy. For those of us with children with food allergies, this is our worst nightmare come true. What makes this story even more unbearable is the fact that her death could have been prevented had the school reacted differently. If little Amarria Johnson had been given an EpiPen and 911 was called immediately, perhaps this child would still be alive today.

Read her story here:,0,4150762.story

Click here to sign an online guest book for Amarria Johnson’s family:

What are some things we can do to prevent this tragedy from happening to us?

- Before the school year starts, be sure to discuss with school staff about your child’s food allergies and give the school a copy of your child’s Food Allergy Action Plan along with EpiPens and any other medications prescribed for your child.

- Ask your local food allergy support group if they are willing to give a presentation to your school district about how to keep students with food allergies safe in the school environment.

- Role play with your child so they know exactly what they should say and do if they think they are having an allergic reaction.

- Sign this petition to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act!