We have officially entered a busy season of birthdays at my house, and that means that this mama is going to be making a lot of cakes in the next few months! So, it seems appropriate after my last week of blog posts on birthdays that I follow up with a special cake recipe that is always requested by at least one of my four children for his or her birthday each year. In fact, this was my son Luke's choice for his birthday this past weekend - as always, it was a hit with both the allergic and non-allergic crowd. This is an "old fashioned" chocolate cake recipe that my mom found several years ago in a magazine called Cuisine At Home. What initially got her attention was the fact that the reci
This is a tough one - traveling may be one of the most difficult things any food allergy family must navigate. While extreme levels of planning are second nature and a daily practice for food allergy parents, the degree of preparation necessary increases by leaps and bounds when taking the family on the road. And, I'll be honest: we don't totally have this one down. As with anything, we've learned much through trial and error, and we are constantly striving to make traveling as easy and safe as possible for our family. While we roadtrip it often, we haven't ventured out to very exotic locales either. We aren't there yet. My hope is that we will continue to learn and grow in our confidence,
When it comes to life with food allergies, I am passionate about so many things. But, on the very top of the list is the importance of finding the right allergist to walk with you through your food allergy journey. It's so interesting because when I talk with other food allergy parents, a majority of them have either not been to an allergist at all because don't think it's necessary, or they have had a bad experience with one that has totally turned them off, confused them, or sent them into an unnecessary state of anxiety. I want to talk about why it's so crucial to find a solid allergist, who you need to be looking for, and what you can expect when you walk in the door. Why Do I Need An
I am so proud and honored to have my very first guest blogger post on the website today. My dear friend Sarah has walked by my side throughout our food allergy journey and has literally held my hand in some of the scariest moments of my life as a mom. I could not be more grateful for her message - as a mom of kids WITHOUT food allergies - to those of you just like her. Thank you, Sarah, for your perspective, your words and your heart! Dear Friend of Mom with Food Allergy Kids, I know you are hesitant, even scared, to invite them over. What if they eat or touch something at YOUR house that causes an allergic reaction? What if you must use an epi pen? What if they end up at the hospital becaus
Happy fall, y'all! This my absolute FAVORITE time of the year. I adore everything about this season. Cooler weather, beautiful leaves, football, holiday fun on the horizon... and all things pumpkin. There is really nothing like that flavor that permeates so much of the food that we all love this time of year. And, that very flavor is the heart and soul of what might be my most favorite allergy-safe recipe of all time - chocolate chunk pumpkin muffins. This is another recipe out of The Divvies Bakery Cookbook, and these muffins are truly the BEST pumpkin muffins I've ever had - allergy-free or not. Hands down. Besides the delicious flavor, here is why you need to make a batch TODAY. This
Birthday parties are such a fun part of childhood... and it was one of my biggest concerns when my oldest son was first diagnosed with his allergies. How was this going to work when he certainly wasn't going to be able to eat the birthday cake and probably much else that was being served at the party? How could I make him feel truly included and a part of the fun with these variables floating around? Well, I'm here to tell you that this one is SO easy to pull off! Whether you are sending your child to a friend's party or hosting a kid with food allergies at your home, there are some very practical ways to make this safe for everyone. If Your Food Allergy Kid Is Planning To Attend A Friend'
This post has nothing to do with allergies. It's about today. Every September 11th, I get that awful pang in the pit of my stomach that brings me back to that snapshot of time in 2001. On that day when we lost so many innocent lives, our country saw evil, in it's most potent form, stare us in the face. We got the taste of the worst of humanity in that moment, and time has not diminished that reality for me as I think back on that day. But, on this September 11th, 2017, our country faces yet another challenge in the midst of the inevitable heaviness that we all feel. Just off the heels of destruction and hearts broken in Texas, nature's fury has unleashed itself once again on my home state o
I say this all of the time, but if it wasn't for allergy-safe cookbooks, written by amazing moms who are not only incredibly talented home cooks, but fearless food allergy advocates, I'm not sure how I would have survived the first few years following my sons' diagnoses. These women gave me hope and made me realize that we weren't alone (which is more valuable than I can even put into words). But, then there were their practical tips for cooking without ingredients like milk and eggs... that was life-changing. As time went on, though, I realized that I had a little more wiggle room than I thought when it came to cooking for my boys. Why couldn't I just take a recipe I loved and simply substi