Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dairy-Free Chicken Avocado Cobb Salad

The other night we were in a quick hurry to get to basketball.  I knew we were using leftover roasted chicken for dinner.   But I hadn't planned further than that.  

With a quick survey of what was in the frig, I decided a quick cobb salad would be fun to try!

The boys loved hearing that Panera serves cobb salad similar to this.  :)  

Greens, cooked chicken, avocado, corn, tomatoes.  

The Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing that we had on hand fit the bill just perfectly.  

I look forward to making this more often!

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10 Food Allergy Myths Debunked by Gina Clowes

Head over to Health Central where one of our very own food allergy moms, Gina Clowes, debunks 10 common food allergy myths that even food allergy families may think are true.  Some of these could be life-saving to know!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Dairy-Free Easter Basket Treats

It's a popular question at Easter time.  What snacks are safe for the Easter basket?  

So I thought I would show you all the goodies we had last year.  

First off, growing your own Easter grass in a metal or plastic tin is awesome fun!  There's still time to do it!  

Next, do you see the Coupons in the basket?  My boys LOVE getting those!  I gave them coupons for fun things like, "no school day", "park day, pick the park", "Target cafe treats", etc.  I used my Project Life Cards for quick, easy, and cute coupons.  Just clip together with a binder clip.  

Now for the treats!

It's not too late to order on Amazon Prime (2-Day Shipping), but I would do so right away.  :)  

I didn't get much shopping done last year so the bulk of the "gifts" were in the coupons.  :)  It saved me a load of money that way, and the boys thought it was terrific.  Great way to spread out the fun over the entire summer.  :)  I may just go that route again this year!

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Easter with Food Allergies (Part 3) ~ Dairy-Free Menu Plan


Easter with Food Allergies (Part 1) ~ Family Gatherings
Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats and Hunts

We celebrate Easter at Jeff's parents' house as they are very understanding and accommodating of the seriousness of food allergies.

My mother-in-law can even cook safe dishes for Miles, which is awesome.  When we arrive, we all give a last run-down of what we have for Miles to eat. And my MIL is great about saving all the containers, wrappers, boxes, etc. that ingredients came from so we can double check everything one more time.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Allergy-Free Spring Coconut Rice Treats

If you bought all those allergy-free jelly beans on Amazon, here is a great use for them!  :)

Original Post:  3-20-12

Thank you to Surf Sweets for sending us a bag of their jelly beans and asking us to compete in their jelly bean bake-off!

The jelly beans work so well with coconut. Use coconut oil instead of margarine and then top with some coconut, mmmm! This recipe is free of the top 8 allergens!

Allergy-Free Spring Coconut Rice Treats

Makes 12 Muffin Tin Treats

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Cups Marshmallows
2 Cups Rice Cereal
1/4 Cup Jelly Beans

1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
1-2 Drops Green Food Coloring
Drops of Water

Put shredded coconut into a bowl, add drops of water just until all the coconut is slightly moist, add a drop or two of food coloring and toss the mixture in the bowl with a fork until the coconut has turned evenly green. Spread damp coconut on paper towel to dry while you make the treats.

Spray a non-stick muffin tin.

Heat coconut oil in a large sauce pan over low heat until melted. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until marshmallows melt. Take off heat. Add rice cereal and jelly beans. Gently press mixture into muffin tin, filling each spot half way full.

Top treats with coconut and decorate with jelly beans.

Dairy-Free Ice Cream Date ~ So Delicious

Afraid of ice cream shops?  We are!  We do not take that risk with milk allergies.

Even if they stock dairy-free ice cream, it's usually in open containers...prime for cross-contamination. Or sometimes they even label something dairy-free, and it's not.  YIKES!  

But Miles and I have found a safe way to enjoy ice cream out.  We hit Target and picked up our own pints of So Delicious, dairy-free ice cream.  It's actually reasonably priced there, too.

Then we hit the Starbucks Cafe in Target and enjoy eating our ice cream together.  Out.  Like in an ice cream shop.  ;)  

Bring your own spoon from home because the Target Cafe spoons may not be individually plastic wrapped.  

Miles absolutely loved this treat.  And I look forward to many more ice cream dates with my boys this summer.  Keep stocking the good stuff, Target!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Allergy-Free Easter Candy ~ Amazon Prime

I was perusing Amazon today for some affordable allergy-free Easter treats.  And I came across some winner deals!  :)  

With Amazon Prime, you get free 2-day shipping.  Click here to Start Free 30-Day Trial.  

Hard candy, gummy candy, chocolate...this about covers it!  :)  

83 cents a bag

83 cents a bag

$1.95 a bag!

$1.43 a bar

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Peanut Allergy Patch Trials Showing Success

CBS New York did a news story on a boy with peanut allergies experiencing some success with a peanut patch.  Here is a recent article on the status of the peanut patch trials over at the FARE website and another at Medical Daily.  

This is great news as a milk allergy patch has now gone to trials as well.  

Does this give you some hope?  

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Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats & Hunts

Holidays have become a lot about the food, and Easter is no exception.  While I do try my best to make Easter baskets and Easter hunts as fun as possible, I keep in mind that it doesn't ALL have to be about chocolate and candy.

Useful gifts and toys are enjoyed by children as much as sugar so keep that in mind.  Last year we got the boys a CD player for their room and a children's Christian CD.  It's something they still enjoy a year later and remember as a special Easter gift.  :)

Here are some other non-food treats that can be exciting to find in Easter Baskets.  With a handful of non-edibles, you won't have to find as many food treats which is always good for the teeth anyways!  

Non-Food Easter Treats

Fun Band-Aids
Duct Tape
Craft Kits
Coloring Book
Sidewalk Chalk
Silly Puddy
Play Dough
Hoola Hoop
Jump Rope
Butterfly Net
Jewelry or Play Jewelry
Stuffed Animal
CD Music
DVD Movie
Video Game
Gift Card
Coupon Booklet
Travel Games

With that said, let's move onto some dairy-free treat options.  You can't get away with NO sweets in the Easter basket, right?!  Always check labels for yourself, though.  Ingredients can change at any time.   

Mainstream Treats for Toddlers

Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs, Lorna Doone

Teddy Grahams
Lorna Doone 100 Cal Packs
Safe Cereal
Mini Oreos Packs

Mainstream Dairy-Free Candy

Fruit Snacks
Name Brand Jelly Beans like Jolly Rancher or Starbursts
Dum-Dum Suckers
Smartie Candy Necklaces

Organic Allergy-Free Treats

Easter Lollipops!

Natural Candy Store (one-stop-shop for many of the treats above and more) - Order deadlines are now!

Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts

We always avoid large community Easter egg hunts.  I don't ever remember enjoying those as a child myself so I don't feel like we are missing out on anything in that regard.  

The ideal Easter egg hunt for us is to just do it with family, cousins, and close friends who know and understand our situation.  You can put together a fun, allergy-free hunt within a backyard or home.

If your children are passed the toddler years like mine, you can add some fun to a hunt by making it a scavenger hunt.  I think that is a great alternative to large community cattle calls...uh....I mean Easter egg hunts.  My boys love doing color-coded, scavenger egg hunts with a non-food prize at the end.

This year our church is putting on a Top 8 Allergy-Free plastic egg hunt!  All parents will bring 12 eggs for each child they are bringing...filled with non-food or allergy-free treats.  Then each child will hunt 12 eggs.  We set up a FB event page with info on what is safe to put in the eggs and for RSVP's.  I think it's gonna be a hit.  We all tagged and invited fellow food allergy friends in the area.

Do you have any other safe treat, gift, or activity ideas for food allergy kids this Easter?  

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Food Allergy Book ~ Food Allergies and Me

I always have my eyes peeled for a good food allergy book for kids. 

Our first purchase was Gina Clowe's One of the Gang.  It talks a lot about well known people who have allergies in adulthood.  It's encouraging to Miles as a nine-year-old.  He didn't quite get it as a toddler, though.  Glad we have it on hand now!

The latest book we purchased was Food Allergies and Me.  Maybe I bought these books in the wrong order because this one seems more appropriate for toddlers to maybe age 7.  However, Miles can read it on his own, and the boy plays soccer.  So I've caught him reading it a few times.  ;)  

The quality of the paper isn't totally awesome, but the artwork is great!  

It talks about a boy with food allergies.  In school, he's learning to write his name (if that gives you an age mark for this).  He "investigates" food allergy safety at school, home, birthdays, parks, and even at the allergist.  They do address what it's like to have an allergic reaction in an appropriate way.  I like that.  

These would both be good books to consider for the Easter basket.  :)  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Dairy-Free Menu Plan

This month we had several extra expenses so I'm trying really hard to keep a tight handle on the food budget.  My goal is $150 per person for the month.  So for us, that's $600.  According to our FB page, that's about what many of us allergy families are shooting for.  It's super easy for me to spend $700-$800 month though if I don't watch it.  

So anyhow, menu planning is going to be key to getting us through March being able to do the extra things we need like signing the boys up for baseball and such.  

Here are some of the recipe links.  I hope to have more of the recipes posted later for you.  :)  I keep winging the chili mac and need to get some exact measurement.  

What's for dinner at your house?  How's the food budget going?  

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Real Simple Picks E-Cloth Again!


"Is e-cloth as good as Norwex?"  "Is e-cloth just Walmart quality microfiber?"  

Those are questions I asked myself as a new customer.  But when I started to see the big name endorsements for e-cloth, such as Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Real Simple, Allergy UK, and more, I realized that e-cloth was indeed a serious contender in the world of high quality microfiber.

Why does e-cloth work so well and get these amazing endorsements?  While most other brands of microfiber cloths have 25K to 200K fibers per square inch, e-cloths have 1.6 million fibers per square inch!  That means e-cloth has the best absorption and "pick-up". And THAT'S why magazines and organizations are recommending e-cloth.  They work like the best!

Real Simple magazine featured e-cloth in 2012, 2014, and 2015! 

In 2012, Real Simple magazine chose three e-cloth products as best in their class:  
  • e-cloth Mop as Best Washable Mop
  • e-cloth Washing Up Pad as Best Sponge
  • e-cloth General Purpose Cloths as Best All-Around Microfiber

In 2014, Real Simple chose our 8-Piece Home Set as a "Power Player" in their home cleaning guide.  

Now in 2015, e-cloth has been featured in the 15th Anniversary Hall of Fame!  They touted our 8-Piece Home Set for the quality, different textures, and color coding.  


8-Piece Home Set $39.99

You can purchase this highly rated 8-Pack Home Set right here at Milk Allergy Mom!  And we offer free shipping within the U.S.  Here is what the 8-Pack includes:

(1) 12.5"x12.5" Kitchen Cloth with Scrubbing Pocket (use wet)
(1) Stainless Steel Cloth (use wet)
(1) Range and Stovetop Cloth (use wet)
(1) Bathroom Cloth (use wet)
(1) Window Cloth (use wet)

(2) 16" x 20" Glass & Polishing Cloth (use dry)
(1) Dusting Cloth (use dry)

If you want to read more about how cleaning with quality microfiber eliminates chemical cleaners in your home and is healthier for your family, CLICK HERE.  :)  And please spread the word.  We appreciate it!

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Easter with Food Allergies (Part 1) ~ Safety at Family Gatherings

Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats and Hunts
Easter with Food Allergies (Part 3) ~ Safe Easter Meal

I wrote this post when Miles was two-years-old.  We do some things differently now that he's 9, but these are still good tips for parents of mostly any food allergy age.    

Easter is upon us, and we all want our children to have a fun day. Although planning a holiday around milk allergies can be stressful, it can still be a special celebration if we plan ahead.  Here are some things we do to keep our holidays as safe as possible:

  • If you have a choice, plan to attend the smaller gatherings. The less people, the less chance that someone will feed or offer your child something that's not safe.
  • Plan to celebrate the holiday with people who understand the seriousness of food allergies.
  • Communicate with the hosts and attendees ahead of time to menu plan. If they have been accustomed to your food allergies for some time, they may be willing to make or buy safe foods and you may be comfortable letting your child eat them.
  • Bring a few safe dishes that everyone can enjoy. Dish out your child's portions first and get enough for leftovers. Once it's open to everyone, you don't want to dish out anymore for your child. It may become contaminated with a milky utensil or have unsafe food dropped in it by the time you go back.
  • Pack a safe meal for your child even if you think the family meal will be safe. Something could always happen to mess up the safe family meal so make sure you have back-up.
  • If there are people at your gathering who do not know about your food allergies, do not hesitate to make an announcement (perhaps before the family prayer) that there is a child with food allergies who should not be fed ANYTHING by anybody. If you're still nervous, don't hesitate to put a sticker on them that says, "Do not feed me. I have food allergies."
  • Don't hesitate to pass on someone else's dish even if they say it's milk-free. If you aren't comfortable trying it, just say you brought your child's own food to be safe. Most everyone will understand your caution. And if they don't, it's better to offend someone than to have your child in the ER on the holiday.
  • Keep the dairy foods out of reach of your allergy child as much as possible.
  • Have a special area for the dairy-free foods you don't want anyone to get into.  Label the containers as dairy-free & off-limits.  And even hide them if needed.  
  • Don't hesitate to suggest that everyone wash hands after the meal.  If your allergic child is a baby, people are going to want to hold him or her.  If your child is a toddler or older, he or she will be sharing toys, electronics, etc. with other kids.  
  • If your child is younger, keep him or her in your site at all times. Jeff and I take turns watching Miles. Sometimes Grandma takes a turn too. You never know when those little hands will grab for something.  Or when someone may offer them food.  This means meal time AND play time.  
  • If your child takes daily medication for allergies like Clariton or Zyrtec, make sure they take their dose for the day before going on your outing.
  • Don't forget to pack your EpiPen and Benedryl and medicine dropper/cup!

Do you have any other safety tips for celebrating holidays in a large group?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Grow Your Own Easter Grass in 7 Days!

Original Post - 3-22-13

Last year we grew our own Easter grass in 7 days and have to do it again this year.  So we hit the health food store this week to pick up our wheat berries.  I also have two shiny new metal tins from the dollar store similar to the shape of these plastic ones shown here.  Today we will fill the tins with dirt, toss the wheat berries on top, and keep the berries watered and warm for a week.  I can't believe the grass grows 2-3 inches so quickly!  

Then for Easter morning, I just put the boys' treats right on the top of the grass...no transferring the dirt and grass to another container.  

The health food store gave me an additional idea...to eat the grass when Easter is over.  Apparently wheat grass is very healthful, and people even take shots of it at juicing eateries.  I will have to do some research on that! 

We got this idea from Creative Green Living.  It's been a tradition for a few years, and we always look forward to it.  :)  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Jeff is home for a few days this week for an extended weekend.  And we are acting like it's a party around here.  :)  

We all came to a family agreement that Jeff and Graham would get donuts at the shop down the street, and Miles would get a whole pan of my homemade, dairy-free donuts to himself.  Miles was perfectly happy with this arrangement.  

As for me, I bargained Miles out of one of the homemade donuts.  No donut shops for me.  Homemade rules!

Like I've said before, Miles can eat the Kinnikinnick donuts (gluten-free and dairy-free, not egg-free), but he prefers me to make our own cake donuts.  

We usually make a chocolate donut.  But one time we made a cinnamon sugar donut that we forgot to post, and that's what Miles really wanted this time.  

These were so delicious right out of the oven.  Hot and sweet.  Melt in the mouth.  Oh my, fantastic! Miles ate three right away.  I had to make him save the others for later.  

This recipe is adapted from 52 Kitchen Adventures.  

We didn't have dairy-free yogurt this time so I used canned coconut milk, mixing the fat and liquid to the consistency of yogurt.  It worked!

If you don't have a Donut Pan, you can make these in a muffin tin or mini muffin tin.  We love this recipe so much that I finally spent some birthday money to get a real donut pan.  :)

Ready for a recipe?!  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Allergy-Free, Dairy-Free Easter Candy

It's our go-to...most holidays we just order all our special treats online at Natural Candy Store and call it done.  The goodies ship right to the house so I don't have to "sneaky shop" with the kids in tow.  

Natural Candy Store is the one-stop-shop for our favorite sweet brands like Enjoy Life, Amanda's Own, Surf Sweets, Yummy Earth, and more.  

You absolutely can't beat that all their candies are free of dye, artificial flavor, and preservatives!  

Their site is super easy to navigate.  You can narrow down your search by many things such as specific allergy, gluten-free, USA-made, etc.  Everyone can find something!

With holidays, you do need to keep track of the their shipping deadlines.  And candies CAN go out of stock.  So be sure to order early.  

Here are some of the allergy-free Easter goodies in my cart this year:  

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dairy-Free Shamrock Shake

Original Post:  3-15-13

I had honestly never had a "Shamrock Shake" before.  Aren't they popular at McDonald's or something?  

But I'm always game for making a green smoothie so when I saw Go Dairy Free post a Shamrock Shake recipe, I figured it was time to give it a try.  

This turned out so yummy and refreshing.  It doesn't taste healthy at all.  But it is.  It tastes more like a treat to me.  

I stretched ours further by doing 2 whole cups of almond milk.  

We did 1/2 tsp of peppermint.  Guess we like ours extra minty.  

If you don't have avocado, do coconut oil as some kind of fat is needed to tone down the mint extract. 

If you don't love or have frozen banana, try a handful of ice cubes instead.  

We also did not add any sweetener!  The boys do know when sweetener is needed and they didn't blink an eye.  Love that!  Sugar-free.

We loved this so much that we made a double batch again the next day and shared with Jeff.  He's a fan now, too.

Hope you all have a fun, green weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

e-cloth Kitchen Pack {Scrubby Corner & Window Cloths} ~ Price Dropped!

The e-cloth Kitchen Pack has been price-cut to clear out inventory.  That's what happens when the company gets the wrong colors shipped in...these are the UK colors.  :)  

And speaking of the UK, can I just say how cool I feel to be cleaning like Europeans.  They are so far ahead of us on cutting chemicals.  e-cloth has been in Europe for over 20 years!  Only in the U.S. for about seven.  

Anyhoo, this pack with two of our most popular cloths has been dropped to $6.99 with FREE SHIPPING!  

The Kitchen Pack includes:
(1) Kitchen Cloth (scrubby corner) 
(1) Glass Polishing Cloth (window)

Norwex put out this scrubby corner cloth after e-cloth, and it runs $18.99 plus SH & tax.

The Norwex Window Cloth is $18.49 plus SH & tax.

Get both cloths by e-cloth, shipped right to you, direct-to-customer and save nearly $40.  :)  

Stock up quickly because once these are gone, they are gone!  

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Dairy-Free Mini Peanut Butter Fudge Pies

Original Post:  11/20/12

Ok, I changed my mind.  I do like making pie.  I like making creamy pies!  Fruit pies, not so much.

My first favorite about creamy pies, making graham cracker crusts.  Oh, this is so much easier than rolling out dough!

My second favorite thing about creamy pies is that creamy pies may contain chocolate, LOL!  Chocolate cream pie, peanut butter pie, pumpkin pie...I've tried them all lately and they all had chocolate.  Score!  Who ever had chocolate on apple pie?  So not worth it, ha, ha, ha!

So yes, last night I tried Chocolate Covered Katie's Peanut Butter Pie recipe.  I'm becoming a fan!  I like her low-sugar route although I substitute for her stevia suggestions.  I also like that she often goes no-bake....like she did in this peanut butter pie!

I put my own little twist on this pie.  And I made my first ever mini-pies using a muffin tin.  I just scooped out one ice cream scoop full of chocolate graham cracker crust for each spot.  Then I pressed and rounded out each crust with the back of the ice cream scoop.  So easy!

Now for my crust recipe.  I knew I wanted a chocolate crust for this peanut butter pie.  My first thought was that I needed chocolate cookies or graham crackers.  Then I realized a little cocoa powder would turn regular graham crackers into chocolate crust.  But cocoa powder is bitter so we'd need some sweetener too.  And we needed something wet to stick the crumbs together.  Honey fit the bill for both sweetener and something wet so I went with that.  I think it turned out great.  And I'm glad this crust doesn't have margarine in it.

1 Package of Graham Crackers (makes about 1 1/4 cup of crumbs)
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/3 Cup Honey

First I smash the graham crackers in a baggy.  Then I transfer the crumbs to my blender to pulse them into a fine, consistent powder.  (I need a Vitamix!)

Then I fork the graham cracker crumbs into the cocoa and honey in a bowl by hand.  Or you can mix the three ingredients in  your Kitchen Aid mixer to get the "forked in" affect for a crumbly mixture.

I also made some muffin tin pies using Katie's chocolate pumpkin pie recipe with this chocolate crust. :)

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

I halved Katie's recipe and it made 9 mini pies.

I went with the coconut oil over using more peanut butter.

I also added 1 Tb of maple syrup for a sweetener.

I drizzled the top with a little Hershey syrup.  Yes I did.

I now have these in the freezer for Thanksgiving.  And I can't wait for the boys to have their first Thanksgiving pies this year!  :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dairy-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

Miles's very favorite salad dressing is the French dressing that I make.  But mama was getting tired of it.  So tonight we shall see if he can be swayed by a new dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette.  

3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. brown sugar

Combine ingredients in an airtight container.  Mix well with whisk or by shaking with lid on tight.  I love to use ball jars for dressings.  Store in refrigerator.  

Do you have a favorite homemade dressing?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Journal on a Printable Calendar for your Scrapbook

For 2015, I'm keeping a "journal calendar" on our refrigerator.  At the end of the day, I document the highlight of that day.  It's like scrapbooking, without pictures.  EASY!

I like to use colored pens, stamps, and washi tape to make it fun and colorful.

At the end of the month, I throw the calendar into a page protector and into our family scrapbook.

When this is on the refrigerator, it's easy to keep up with each day!

I printed my free calendar pages from Thirty Handmade Days.

Besides my Stampin' Up pens, PaperMate Flair pens are a new favorite!  They make doing paperwork a lot more fun.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Dairy-Free Simple Oatmeal

Sometimes I feel guilty for being so bland around here.  I really do.  But after nine years into food allergies, the one best lesson I have learned is to keep things simple.  I have so many irons in the fire and simple is how I survive.  And thrive.  And enjoy life.  :)  

So I snapped a picture of one of the boys' favorite breakfasts.  It's oatmeal with brown sugar and "butter".  We have matured in our oatmeal pursuits.  From instant to quick to old fashioned and now onto steel cut.  We absolutely love the steel cut oats.  It takes more time, but now instant tastes like mush to us.  

We also still dabble in old fashioned oats.  And we use quick oats for no-bake treats.  Pumpkin Oat Balls.  Energy Bars.  Protein Bars.  

For our morning oatmeal, we use Earth Balance Buttery Spread.  The whole family does.  Not just our dairy allergic son.  It tastes fine to all of us, and it's the only butter we use in the house.  If you can't have soy, you can use the soy-free Earth Balance!  

And the brown sugar will always be a struggle in this house.  My boys enjoy too much of it.  ;)  And daddy obliges.  Some battles I just have to give up.  ;)  

On a really good day, we add some cinnamon and raisins to the mix.  FANCY!  ;)  

A little interesting side note.  Graham was allergic to oats as a baby.  The baby cereals gave him a raw bottom.  And Aveeno with oatmeal gave him a horrible reaction.  He then tested allergic for sure.  Eventually he could eat it.  And it's his favorite breakfast now.  

How about you?  How does your family like your oatmeal?  

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Friday, March 6, 2015

How We Carry Food Allergy Meds

I often get asked how we carry Miles's food allergy medicine.  So today we will show you!  

Miles has been learning to self-carry for a couple years now.  I quickly learned that he will naturally make mistakes like leaving his meds in hot and cold cars.  These were very costly mistakes each time we had to replace the epinephrine!  So I now carry a back-up Auvi-Q in my own purse in addition to his self-carry.  These mistakes are part of learning so we don't get too uptight, and he's getting better and better at remembering to bring his bag in from out of the car.  The mistakes will pay off in the long run as he becomes responsible for his own medicine.    

The bag is a cross-body.  It's a Fieldline Large Accessory Pouch (Mossy Oak Infinity).  {aff} The strap is adjustable.  The bag is well padded.  And there are two compartments.  One for meds.  One for fun.   
In the main part of the bag, Miles carries two Auvi-Q's, two epi-pens, liquid benedryl, and his inhaler. 

In the side part of the bag, my boys carries his favorite past-times.  A yo-yo, a lasso, a snack, and his wallet.  :)  This kid is prepared for almost anywhere we go.  

He doesn't think much about carrying this.  It's become habit.  And he really likes to have his extra stuff on hand.  :)

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