I am so pleased to introduce to you a new book that a friend of mine, Alison Johansen, wrote! Alison is the Founder of MotherNoVA, a parenting website about food allergies, allergen-free cooking, motherhood, pediatric health, children’s literature and much more. I am so happy for her! Targeted to preschool and early elementary age kiddos, “HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy” is a wonderful story book infused with a lesson on food allergy* management skills. If your kiddo is anything like mine, once this book is in their hands, they may not want to let it go, even after outgrowing it. My kiddo still has one of her first food allergy books given to her when she was about 7 years old. Now as she is entering the teen years, we have gone through some of her books for donation, and she will not let go of her first food allergy book. Actually, she will not let any of her food allergy books go. And I’m ok with that ;) For your food allergic kiddo, “HumFree the Bee Has a Food Allergy” could be one of these coveted books.
I had the opportunity to try a package of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels. Oh my. It didn’t make it any farther past my dining room table. I ripped open the bag and enjoyed a “few”! They are the “regular” size version of an allergen-friendly dark chocolate chip dream. I had to resist eating half the bag.
It may come as a surprise to some that not only does my youngest daughter have allergies, but I do too. I have a medicine allergy. I don’t speak about it much nor do I really think about it. I’ve been so focused on my children, I haven’t really focused on my health. That was until last year when it took a violent shove forward (that’s a whole other story). Now I am forced to pay attention to what’s going on within my own body. I was recently introduced to American Medical ID.Read More »
I was provided a PDF sample of an adorable book to review, Patty’s Secret, A Tale of a Girl With Food Allergies, written by Leneille Moon. The illustrations are bright, vibrant and colorful. Targeted to young elementary age children (I would even read to preschool), the book focus on a young little piglet with food allergies who is just like any other kid. However, she doesn’t want anyone to know about her food allergies. She keeps it a secret because she wants to fit in. That was until an unfortunate event happened at school! You’ll have to get the book to know what happens. There is a happy ending! Finally, towards the end of the book, there are educational pages to include a word search and a brief overview of the top 8 allergens and the prevalence of food allergies as well as a resource for more information on food allergies.
I’ve been scouring Pinterest and the internet for gluten free, dairy free, peanut free punkin muffin recipes. At least something that I can use as a base and play with, to make safe for my household. I finally found it from a blog post written at Nourish-Mint. I took this recipe and adapted it to fit our dietary needs. Here’s my version of the gluten free, dairy free, peanut/tree nut and egg free pumpkin muffins*! Note this recipe produces a pretty dense batter. It will be thick and will yield approximately 1 dozen muffins.