Allergy Awareness in a Chocolate Store

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Since my daughter was diagnosed with a food allergy nearly 6 years ago, we’ve witnessed all kinds of awareness levels in stores and restaurants. We’ve been surprised with teenagers in ice cream shops going above and beyond, and wondered how people can work in restaurants and be so ill informed. We’ve seen signs that say if you have food allergies, you probably should go elsewhere. Continue reading…

Allergy Free Meatloaf

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Maybe because school has started, I’ve gotten back into the swing of cooking dinner every night. No more salads and sandwiches at the pool for us. It’s still hot here, but the oven is on. I’m always looking for something different to make and throw in the meal rotation, and everyone in my family likes meatloaf; it also makes great leftovers for those activity filled afternoons or a yummy lunch the next day. This meatloaf has oatmeal instead of bread crumbs and use egg substitute if you need to. It makes a nice wheat free, dairy free, egg free meal. Continue reading…

A Weekend Away

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This weekend we are heading off for a lake with a group of friends. We’re all bringing different meals and I know it will be a great time. However, as I get ready to go grocery shopping, I realized I never mentioned to anyone that my daughter has a food allergy. Continue reading…

Peanut Butter Alternatives

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I’ve started eating almond butter a lot lately, and though my daughter has a tree nut allergy, for whatever reason, she is not allergic to almonds. She can also have peanuts, but peanut butter can get sort of old if you eat too much. For those who are allergic to peanuts, but can have almonds, almond butter is one of a few good alternatives. Continue reading…

Allergy Free Cherry Pie

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It is the heart of summer and fresh food is abundant. In our house, we eat tons of fresh fruit and veggies, but sometimes you want to jazz it up a little. If you are fortunate enough to have lots of fresh fruit, a pie or cobbler is so good in the summertime. Here is one I came across on www.godairyfree.com that uses fresh cherries (or frozen or canned). It sounds like summer in a pie shell and better than that, it is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Nut-Free. It can be made Soy-Free with a soy-free margarine (such as the new one from Earth Balance) and it can be made Gluten-Free with a gluten-free pie crust. Continue reading…

Allergy Etiquette

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Here’s a scenario: You meet a new friend at a play group. Your kids get along great and you two have really hit it off. In fact, you get along so well that your new friend invites your family over to her house for dinner. The clincher is, your older child has some severe allergies. What’s the best way to go about this? You want to develop a new friendship, but you need to make sure your child is safe. How do you ask for accommodations when this family has never even met your other child? Continue reading…

Allergy Indicators in Infants

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One of my friend’s just celebrated her youngest child’s first birthday. He is doing all of the things twelve month old babies do, but when it comes to trying new foods, she has to be especially careful with him. He already has diagnosed allergies of wheat, tree nuts, peanuts and fish. Plus, she is still breast feeding, so that those avoidance foods go for her as well. Continue reading…

Summer Calls for Salads – Make Them Allergy Free

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Down here in the south, summer is hot! When it comes to food, I think of fruit and salads, nothing hot or that takes much cooking. Here a couple of yummy salad recipes, and don’t forget one of the best summer treats of all – watermelon. It’s a great thing to bring to a party or the pool, and all you need to do is slice it. Plus it’s free of the big allergens and healthy, too. Continue reading…

Peanuts Banned on Airplanes?

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Over the years there has been much debate over banning peanuts on airplanes. It usually is up to the airlines, and some have taken it in to consideration, others haven’t done anything and some implement policies on as needed basis. Continental, United, US Airways and JetBlue no longer serve peanuts, other airlines still do. Continue reading…

Homemade Popsicles

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We were just out shopping for my husband’s Father’s Day gift, and though it wasn’t exactly what I was thinking of, my girls came across a gift they really wanted to get him, so we did – a popsicle maker. Continue reading…

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