Saturday, July 30, 2016

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post:  Aug 10, 2009


Zucchini season means Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins!  These make a great treat or breakfast, and I am freezing some for the busy back-to-school season coming up.  

For this recipe, I just used my Zucchini Bread Recipe.  Sometimes it's just more fun in a muffin, with chocolate chips and sugar sprinkles of course.  

And even though muffin wrappers can be adorable, sometimes I just want to whip up some quick muffins for the family.  Nobody to impress.  I have fallen in love with the USA Muffin Pans recommended by Humorous Homemaking.  No liners, no sticking, easy clean, and safe for your family.  You may want to check those out.  I've turned into a muffin-making fanatic.

Here's the recipe:

Friday, July 29, 2016

General Purpose Ecloth ~ Non-Toxic Cleaning




Friends don't let friends clean with chemicals.  Friends let friends clean with water...and e-cloth.  

And since you are my friends, I keep sharing about non-toxic cleaning because it's made a huge difference in our own home over the past 3.5 years. 

Not only do we sanitize surfaces all over our home with General Purpose e-cloths, but we also dust, sanitize hands, and clean windows with them (follow up with a Glass Polishing Cloth).  

And I say "we" because now my kids can safely help and my hubby cheerfully joins in as well.  E-cloth cleaning is also safe for pets although I'm not sure they would be able to assist. 

Did you know the EPA has ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five risks to public health?  Chemical cleaners are a major contributor as they release carbon-based gases that can linger in the air for days to weeks.   

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Hopefully between those two offers, there is something you will find useful.  We use both at our house on a regular basis.  

The dairy-free dinners list is on my refrigerator for quick menu planning each Sunday.  

And the Buying Checklist for Kids is in each of my boys' wallets for when we are out shopping.  

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post:  2/27/14

We always have a boatload of bananas in the house.  And even though we eat them quickly, sometimes a couple manage to turn brown, and that calls for BANANA BREAD!

But now that I've gotten a USA Muffin Pan recommended by Humorous Homemaking, I am finding it even easier to make our banana bread recipe into muffins.  Best advantage, muffins take half the time! 

And about those pans:  no liners, no waste, no sticking, easy clean, and safe for your family. A total game-changer in this house. 

I simply use our banana bread recipe, add 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips, and make muffins instead.  Bake for just 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  

Our banana bread recipe is milk-free and can be egg-free, too.  


The banana bread recipe makes exactly 12 muffins, and they sure don't last long in this house. They make a quick breakfast or a delicious snack.  Let us know what you think!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tips for a Food Allergy Safe Kitchen




Head over to Allergic Living for a helpful article about how to keep your kitchen food allergy safe.  

This is a topic we have talked about so much at Milk Allergy Mom, and it's really hard to referee between the two sides sometimes.  Some parents insist on having their homes allergy-free while some parents don't believe in keeping all allergens out.  

Honestly, our family has tried both extremes, and we have now fallen somewhere comfortably in the middle.  We have very minimal dairy in our house, and the tips listed in this article are spot-on for how we have managed this balance over ten years.  

I would also mention that we have cleaned allergen messes in our kitchen successfully with e-cloth and water over the past three years.  Cutting chemicals and bleach in our home was important to me, and we love sharing this amazing product with our friends.  

This article will be a hot topic for sure.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences.  Feel free to leave a comment or hop over to our FB page for more discussion.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Back-To-School Deals This Week



One of my most favorite times of the year is back-to-school shopping.  As a home school mom and coop director, I scour for the weekly bargains and stretch our supply budget as far as I can.  

The sales typically start July 4th weekend, and carry on for several weeks.  Each Sunday I eagerly peruse the ads to see what bargains can be had.  And as my Facebook friends tend to ask lots of questions when I post my finds...I thought I would recap this week's loot here in one post.  While it's only Monday, you have all week to look into these bargains, too!


These Craftsman tool totes are from Sears.  They run about $13 regular price, and they make the perfect school supply caddy!  I will show you how else I use them later.  Stay tuned!


Crafters and teachers alike find these foldable rolling crates very useful.  Normally $25, you can get them for just $15 this week at Office Max or Office Depot.  Red, blue, or black.  I've used one for many years.  They come with a lid and make a great seat, too.  



Office Max and Office Depot have these heavy-duty pouches for $2.  I got them for our Essentials Students in Classical Conversations.  More on that soon!



With a $5 purchase at Office Max or Office Depot (can we just change the name to Depot Max?), you can get these items for 1 cent each.  Notecards, pencil boxes, and folders.  Limit 3 on the boxes and cards.  Limit 10 on the folders.  



My upcoming fifth grader is learning how to write so I couldn't pass up the $1 Thesaurus at Depot Max.  They also had $1 dictionaries.  



These primary journals with room for both writing and drawing can run upwards of $4 a piece.  But Office Depot Max has them for $1 this week!  Huge score.



$4 for Washable Crayola markers this week at Staples.  I get a new set every year, my kids
use them like crazy. 



My fifth grader is starting to offer input on school supplies and has informed me that his cheap 1 cent pencil sharpener from last year's deals just doesn't cut it.  He's the wooden pencil and colored pencil expert so I took his word for it and got him this $4 upgrade.  It has two holes, one for pencils and one for colored pencils.  $5+ on Amazon so hey, I got a deal and the boy is happy.



I call these "mom school supplies".  Depot Max this week had their STELLAR poly notebooks for 50 cents, limit 3.  These are very nice quality with a very sturdy spiral.  Depot had these fun colors, too.  Also, life is better with post-it's so I grabbed plastic tabs for $3, paper flags for $3, and a 5-set of sticky notes for $5.  The colors are great.  

Lastly, my favorite pen of late has been the clickables by Zebra.  Love them for my planner. And they had two packages for $6.  I grabbed packages of both black and colored. No skipping or glopping.  It's a smooth write, and I like to clip one right to my Erin Condren Planner spiral to always have handy.




Hope this post was helpful and gives you plenty of time to snag some deals yourself.  The earlier in the week you go to the office stores, the better.  If you would like for me to post about next week's deals, just leave a comment and let me know.  I'm happy to help, especially when it comes to school supplies and saving money!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ben & Jerry's Recipes & Giveaway {Dairy-Free}





To help celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July, dairy-free style of course, we agreed to check out these non-dairy frozen dessert recipes by Ben & Jerry's.  

I'm a simple gal so normally we just eat store-bought, dairy-free ice cream "as is".  That's about all the brain cells I can conjure up on a normal day.  

But I was excited to see Ben & Jerry's very simple tips on how to take their ice cream up a notch.  Little work.  Few ingredients.  This I can do.  

As you know, snack options with food allergies can be limited.  And I know my son probably gets tired of the same old handful of safe dairy-free ice cream choices.  Having fun recipes like these by Ben & Jerry's is just what I need to get us out of a rut and to give my food allergy tween some more fun options.  

Disclaimer here, my son is allergic to nuts.  So he cannot have the Ben & Jerry's almond milk ice cream.  But I can, and I love it.  Even though I'm not anaphylactic, dairy gives me stomach aches and acid reflux so I always opt for dairy-free ice cream alongside my kiddo. And since neither one of us wants to share, having our own ice cream brands and pints works for us.  :)  

Here is a blog post with more information about the Ben & Jerry's non-dairy line and food allergies.

Even if you can't safely eat these almond milk frozen treats, these recipes will still inspire anyone who wants to learn how to do more with ice cream that's safe for them.  Check out these simple and creative ideas.

Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Recipes


Of course I had to dive right into the coffee recipe because it involves one of my favorite things on earth, COLD BREW COFFEE!  How can I beat a recipe that includes just two ingredients: ice cream and coffee.  Move over coffee drive-through, make this creamy caffeinated treat right in the convenience of your home.  Try it poured-over, mixed, or even blended! 



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Fractionated Coconut Oil {Organic & Affordable}





We often get asked if we use essential oils and what brand.  Yes we do, but we aren't 100% brand loyal.  I have friends who sell Do Terra so I often find myself purchasing that brand.  

But it's the fractionated coconut oil for diluting I most like to share about.  We get it at a "fraction" of the price (pun intended) by purchasing an organic brand on Amazon.  

For around $16, you can get organic, colorless, truly odorless fractionated coconut oil in a convenient pump bottle and sometimes with bonus items like a funnel and spray bottle!  This last for a long time, and I have purchased multiple bottles over the years.  Save your empty pump bottles!

I would call myself a moderate essential oils user.  After some research, I've decided to minimize ingesting and mostly use topically.  Also to be safe, I always dilute oils for my children and most always dilute them for me.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chocolate Cherry Muffins {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}




If you find yourself with a plethora of fresh cherries this summer, you may be looking for some good recipes to try.  

You can't get any simpler than a cherry muffin using our basic muffin recipe!  

Just use 1 cup of fresh washed cherries and 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips.  You may want to slice the cherries in half, but I didn't.  

My kiddos love muffins for breakfast, for snacks, and even for a dinner side dish.  You should whip some up soon!

You can check out our favorite 100% silicone muffin wraps here.  

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Organizing Food Storage Containers




And I'm back with another weekly organizing tip.  Thanks for all the kind feedback about our spice organizing ideas.  This week we are going to stay in the kitchen and talk about those pesky food storage containers.  You know: Tupperware, the daily plastic avalanche, and of course re-purposed butter tubs with missing lids.  

Several years ago I had had enough with the fiasco known as "the tupperware cabinet".  So I implemented the system you see shown and it has lasted a good six glorious years.  

Here are my best tips for organizing food storage containers:
1.  Designate one area, cabinet, or drawer for food storage containers
2.  Mom, do no include mixing bowls in this area
3.  Get rid of cottage cheese and butter tubs (except for giving food to friends)
4.  Put less used storage in the back, along with your friends' butter tubs
5.  Purchase some nice glass and/or BPA-free plastic containers and get a fresh start
6.  Corral lids in a see-through basket from the dollar store.  Life-saver!
7.  It also works to put storage lids under light containers, like with Bento Lunch Boxes

Leftovers and food storage are a huge part of food allergy life so getting control over this area of my kitchen was top priority.  It was a small expense to get the right containers for our family, and to throw out all the re-used plastic.  But I have some peace of mind with my newer BPA-free products and am pleased that my little system has lasted so many years.  I don't miss my tupperware avalanches one single bit.  You won't either.  Hope these tips help!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cherry Crisp {Dairy-Free}



Well, when it's cherry season, you gotta embrace and make yourself a beautiful tart treat.  

Thanks to my mother-in-law who picked and pitted cherries from her tree for us.  

And since I don't quite have the patience for making pies, we settled on this fruit crisp recipe from Betty Crocker.  The simplicity of this recipe really appealed to me, and I simplified it even more by using just cherries for the fruit.  Four total cups of fresh washed cherries, no raspberries or cranberries.  Although, you can certainly go that route if you choose.  

For the butter, I used Earth Balance dairy-free buttery spread.  

The crisp turned out tart and delicious and tasted wonderful hot out of the oven with some dairy-free vanilla ice cream.

When apple season arrives, be sure to try this Apple Crisp, too!  

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dairy-Free Vitamins ~ New Chapter




New Chapter supplements were recommended by my chiropractor friend for my husband and I to take.  They are real food so the body can absorb all the nutrients well.  I take the mulit-vitamin daily and notice when I miss a day now. Amazon is where I order mine, and there are many varieties to choose from based on your needs.    

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Organizing Spices in the Kitchen




For this week's organizing post, I'm going to share some of my tips for getting your spices under control.  And since I have tried a variety of systems, I can confidently say I have found the one that works the best for me.  Maybe you will like this idea, too.

As you can see, I have settled on a shallow kitchen drawer for storing my spices.  And the reasons are many:
  • The jars are well lit in the kitchen light and easy to find
  • The labels and colors are quickly readable
  • There's easy access next to my stove

I have a bonus tip here:  glass, squared jars are the best!  I just like glass better than plastic just because I'm a little crunchy and squared jars won't roll, keeping your labels facing forward.  I'm still in the process of getting all glass square jars.  



Systems that I have tried and did not like include a tiered rack in a dark cabinet, hard-to-open magnetized containers stuck to the refrigerator, magnetized containers close to the stove where heat affected the spices, and a spinning spice rack that took up too much counter space.  

Some spices I make from scratch like taco seasoning, chicken rub, and Italian seasoning, and I put those in repurposed spice jars with chalk labels.

We often get asked our favorite safe spice brands and Simply Organic is one of my favorites because it's organic, with squared glass jars, and can be bought online.  Check labels, of course.  And call the company for food allergen info if need be.  

I hope these tips were helpful.  Next week we will continue organizing in the kitchen!

Let us know if you have more ideas for keeping cooking spices tidy.   

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Homemade Apple Pie {Dairy-Free}


Original Post 10-10-12

Fruit pie is Jeff's very favorite, and this is the apple pie recipe that he grew up with.  Lucky for us, it just so happens to be dairy-free!  


I'm not a huge pie person so I have yet to perfect making the crust look pretty. However, it always ends up tasty, and that's what counts.  I'm sure Jeff would suggest that I just keep on practicing because he would eat one of these every week.

Here is the recipe for you!

Oral Immunotherapy Updates for Food Allergy



Allergic Living gives us an update on progress in the field of oral immunotherapy for food allergies with this informative article.  

Oral immunotherapy is a topic I am very interested in right now as strict avoidance hasn't resulted in any improvements for our family over the past decade.  The article discusses impending FDA approval for capsules and patches, while private practice allergists are already out there doing very personalized OIT treatment with patients of all ages with all food allergies.  

Have you educated yourself on oral immunotherapy, and what have been your thoughts and findings?  We would love to hear.  

Photo Credit:  Allergic Living


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Monday, July 4, 2016

A Food Allergy Safe Backyard Water Party!


Original Post 7/19/12

Our baby turned 5!  And over the weekend, we had a big, hot, outdoor, summer birthday party.

When our first son turned we five, we invited a bunch of kids to the park for a treasure hunt party.  So for this big #5, we invited some friends over for a WATER party!  It WAS July after all, and the temps hit about 95 that day.  Whew!


Here are some features from the big day, all fit into a 2-hour party.  That was just about enough for the moms sitting in the heat.  The kids however?  They would have stayed another hour at least.  They told me so.



Banana Bread {Milk-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post 10-16-08

Welcome to Milk Allergy Mom!  

We often get many of our first time visitors at this page so thank you for stopping in.


If you are looking for food allergy encouratement, we have a great community on Facebook. You will also find us pinning simple inspiration on Pinterest, and we send out a weekly blog update on Friday nights. Feel free to join us as we share 10 years of food allergy experience and facilitate a food allergy community of support.  

Thanks again for stopping in, it's great to have you.


Now onto one of our most popular recipes.

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups {Dairy-Free}


Original Post 6/13/15


Summertime, it's a great time for dirt cups.  Chocolate pudding, Oreos, and Surf Sweets Gummy Worms in a cup, that is.  

These are so easy to make, but the kids will think you are Super Mom for this one.  

Simply make up a batch of dairy-free chocolate pudding over the stove.  

Then crush some Oreos, in a baggie, with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.  There's your "dirt".  

Fill clear punch cups half full with cooled pudding and top with crushed Oreos.  

Finish these off with all-natural Surf Sweets gummy worms.  Free of the top 8 allergens. No artificial color or flavor.  So yummy!

Store in refrigerator until eaten.  Enjoy!



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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Strawberry Shortcake {Dairy-Free}


Original Post:  4/27/13

Yum!  The stores have strawberries on sale right now so that means it's strawberry shortcake time...dairy-free style.  This is the first time I have done a "whipped cream", and boy did Miles eat it up!  


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Allergy-Friendly Sunscreen



This is a popular topic on our Facebook page so I know many of you will quickly click over to read the allergy-friendly sunscreen recommendations by Allergic Living.  I like that California Baby is listed as being specifically free of chemicals and dairy.  

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