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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Milk-Free Find ~ Coastal Bay Autumn Mix, Candy Corn, & Mellocream Pumpkins



Hey food allergy friends, pay attention because this is a big!

Big Deal #1 ~ Dairy-free candy corn.

Big Deal #2 ~ Dairy-free candy corn along with dairy-free autumn mix and pumpkin candies

Big Deal #3 ~ These candies are made in a facility that is free from milk, nut, peanut, and wheat!

Big Deal #4 ~ Coastal Bay candies are found at the Dollar Tree...for a DOLLAR!

Pinch me, this is too good to be true. :)

These do contain egg and soy. I know, I'm so sorry. Those with egg allergy but not soy may want to try Jelly Belly Candy Corn.  

I'm playing around with a few concoctions from trail mix to faux Paydays with these goodies. We will keep you apprised of all the developing goodies as they happen...if you are on our mailing list that is! So make sure you sign up below, we'd love to have you. 

Happy fall!


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Teal Pumpkin Prize Package ~ Oriental Trading Fun




Hello friends! Remember when I asked you recently on Facebook if we should start taking sponsored posts here at Milk Allergy Mom? Well, I think you are going to be glad you voted yes because today we have an amazing prize package to give away to one lucky reader! 

So yes, this is a sponsored post. Now that we've got that out of the way, shall we open the flamingo box and see what's inside!?


Let's start with the obvious. The teal pumpkin! And in case you don't know the significance of the teal pumpkin, it lets trick-or-treaters know that your house has allergy-friendly treats. Usually the treats are non-food toys and trinkets.

Having a "fake" teal pumpkin that I can use over and over each year is just what this simple mama needed. Thank you Oriental Trading for being aware of the Teal Pumpkin movement and for offering this awesome, re-usable prop for my porch!

Next, when talking with Oriental Trading, I told them I wasn't sure we were the right peeps for a Halloween giveaway as my family isn't totally into the Halloween thing. But they told me to check out their site for a variety of offerings that will accommodate different tastes. So I did, and they were right! In addition to spooky Halloween themes, they offer fall harvest and even religious themes for October. Thanks to Oriental Trading for being aware of the different ways people celebrate. 


For this giveaway, my kids helped me pick the items they would love to get in a treat bag themselves. And I helped pick the items that were the best bang for the buck. We make a great team like that!

There were so many cute things to choose from that the boys and I changed the cart several times. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for your teal pumpkin needs, make sure you check out the Oriental Trading website for tons more ideas.

THIS PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

1 Foam Teal Pumpkin
12 Light-Up Finger Beams
24 Magic Color Scratch Pumpkins
24 Mini Jack-O-Lantern Drawstring Bags
48 Vinyl Halloween Bears
144 Glow-In-The-Dark Bugs
100 Prism Pumpkin Stickers

To enter to win this $50 prize package, you must be a U.S. resident and 18 years or older. One entry per person using the form below. 

After you fill out the form and hit "submit", just click "continue" up at the top of the screen. You don't have to continue with some survey about shopping...that's not mine but it's put out by the entry site. 

Entries must be received by Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST, and one winner will be randomly chosen. The package will be mailed to the winner after the giveaway ends. Good luck!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Baked Cake Donuts {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}



Original Post  4/8/13

It took us many years, but we finally have a donut recipe for our food allergy house. Three cheers for donuts! 

We have actually found store-bought dairy-free donuts and they are also gluten-free. But they do contain egg. And even though we can safely eat them, Miles still prefers my homemade baked donuts. That's probably because I am willing to make him about any flavor he requests, and I often include sprinkles. ;)


These are his birthday breakfast of choice year after year so you know these are scrumptious!

The excellent news is that if you don't have a donut pan, you can easily make these in a muffin tin. That's what our family used for quite awhile. Although, your kids will especially love having "real" donuts with holes at some point. :)  


And the fact that these do not contain yeast and are baked instead of fried are considered major bonuses in my book.  

This recipe is adapted from 52 Kitchen Adventures. Enjoy!



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Allergy-Free Lunch Box Fun


Original Post 10-13


When GO Veggie kindly asked me to join with them to celebrate National School Lunch Week, I was game!  They were looking for some tips on how to pack fun food allergy lunches, and I thought that was a great idea.

I get this question so much on our Facebook page so I love this chance to help out.  Here are some creative ideas I have used for making food allergy lunches special for my kiddos.  



Friday, September 16, 2016

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Original Post 12-15


As we all know, having a budget is important to being good stewards.  That's why I decided to start tracking even our gifts and donations as a part of our budget.  This helps my husband and I know exactly how much money is going out, allows us to better plan together, and helps us maximize our giving and gifts.

To track this category, I made some fun printables to insert into my planner.  And of course I will share them with you because they are too helpful not to "give".  ;)  

This year I also plan to include my kids in this planning and tracking as a lesson in math, budgets, and generous giving.  What important real life lessons to teach! 

The History of EpiPen ~ Healthline Article



With so much news about EpiPen lately, you may like this quick read over at Healthline about the history and domination of EpiPen.  

And if you need to catch up still, we have a recap of some Mylan highlights posted for you.  

What do you hope happens with the future of epinephrine devices in the coming days? Leave a comment and let us know. We would love to hear your thoughts as an allergy family.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Easy Fuji Apple Salad Like Panera {Dairy-Free}





The other day I splurged on a Fuji Apple Chicken Salad at Panera while the kids were at a friend's house. And the whole time I was thinking, "I just have to make this for my food allergy son. He would love it!"

And besides, why do I think only a restaurant can make delicious salads? I can save mucho money by making these at home, and the whole family can happily partake together. Bonus.

So over the week, I shopped for ingredients and researched dressing recipes. And this is what I came up with for our own simple, dairy-free, fuji apple salad experience.  

Since my son has nut allergies, he used Enjoy Life Fruit & Seed Mix Beach Bash instead of the pecans and sunflower seeds. The seed mix has safe sunflower and pumpkin seeds for a nice crunch and some additional dried fruits that work great in this salad.  

Adding in some leftover roasted chicken makes this a full meal, and feta cheese is another idea for those NOT dairy-free.   

Saturday, September 10, 2016

How to Keep a Pantry Organized




In my food allergy kitchen, having an organized pantry is top priority.  I live in my kitchen and make nearly every meal every day so there's no room for chaos.

While we don't have a large walk-in pantry, we have made good use of our pull-out cabinet pantry.  However, a lot of my tips can be used no matter what your set-up is.  So let's get to it, shall we?

Friday, September 9, 2016

DIY Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}



You guys, I'm so tickled to have made our first ever dairy-free ice cream cake, and I just have to tell you how easy it was.  

Am I the only one who grew up on these things?  My mom would buy Baskin Robbins ice cream cake for every birthday in our large family, and I've really missed this tradition for my own family.  I mean, I can't buy ice cream cake when we have milk allergies.  And seriously, who has time to MAKE ice cream cake?  Or at least that's what I thought before now.  

Honest, this was really quite simple.  The only thing I had to make from scratch was the cake as now we have dairy-free ice cream and dairy-free whipped cream conveniently at our disposal.  The only real work is that this 3-layer cake needs timed right as it takes several hours of freezing time. But it's totally worth it.  Just plan on at least 6 hours and possibly freezing overnight.

Don't get me wrong, there are a few more steps that I could have taken to make this ice cream cake a little more complicated...like cutting off the dome of the cake and decorating with icing.  But I was going for the absolute simplest way to make this.  Because really, if it ain't easy, I may never do it again.  You, too?

I simply made our homemade chocolate cake, free of milk and eggs.  Then I topped that with So Delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Ice Cream and topped that with So Delicious whipped cream.  Easy!

If you want to try this at home, here's how:

Milk-Free Find ~ Jelly Belly Candy Corn


Original Post 10-14


UPDATE:  One reader tells us Jelly Belly let them know these are processed on milk and nut lines with stringent cleaning procedures.  Here is more information.


Are you having a hard time finding a candy corn that doesn't contain milk?

Well, we found one. Jelly Belly Gourmet Candy Corn is dairy-free!  And these have the quality taste that Jelly Belly is known for.

It's really hard to find Jelly Belly Candy Corn locally so I usually turn to Amazon. We are Amazon Prime members which means we can place any size orders and get free 2-day shipping. It pays off in the end for us because I'm not bumping every order to $35 (for free shipping) when I need something little.

Ingredients of Jelly Belly Candy Corn are listed on Amazon for you. The packaging says they contain soy and corn, but are made in a peanut-free facility. My son eats these successfully with dairy and nut allergies.

I like to stretch this candy corn by using it to make fall treats for the boys. Popcorn Nachos and Fall Trail mix with candy corn, popcorn, safe pretzels, and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks are always a hit!

We hope you can enjoy these with us this season!



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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kitchen Aid Cinnamon Rolls {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}


Original Post:  1-24-12



Figuring out the tastiest cinnamon roll recipe for my pastry-loving husband along with the allergy-friendliest recipe for my kids as well as the EASIEST recipe for this kitchen minimalist...has been a task over the years.  

But I think we finally hit the sweet spot with our cinnamon roll pursuits.  Literally AND figuratively. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes {Dairy-Free}



Original Recipe ~ January 2013


Sloppy Joes.  This has been one of my go-to recipes for years now.  It's easy to make in the crockpot for busy days, and it's also something that can be made in bulk for parties and guests. It is originally dairy-free so it's "normal food" for friends and family.

And here I wanted to share one of our tricks.  You see, I have one child who used to cry at the dinner table because sloppy joes were just too...well....SLOPPY.  Imagine that.  I have tried many tricks including open face with a fork, but this here is the magic ticket.  Serve sloppy joes on hot dog buns for the kiddos who just can't handle too much slop.  

If you are dairy-free, finding dairy-free hot dog buns can be tricky, as well.  We have been using Brownberry buns and just found Hy-Vee brand to be ok.  Check labels!  Ingredients change.

This recipe is adapted from my Betty Crocker cookbook.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Some Inhalers Can Contain Lactose



Wow, I recently read this article a few days before a doctor almost put my son on a powder inhaler for croup...that contained milk.  After expressing my concerns, the doctor further checked the ingredients and found an alternative brand for my anaphylactic milk allergic son. Close call. 

Unfortunately, one of our readers did not have this information and reports her milk allergic son having a severe reaction to one of these powder steroid inhalers.  Neither the pediatrician nor the pharmacist caught the lactose ingredient even though his file was flagged with severe milk allergy alerts.  Thank goodness the child is now ok, but patients and doctors need to be aware of this!  Why is a top food allergen in an inhaler, anyways? 

Make sure you read this article, too, because you never know if a doctor might unknowingly prescribe these lactose inhalers for someone with a milk allergy.  My son only occasionally uses albuterol and I sure did not foresee him needing one of these questionable powder steroid inhalers, but he was.  Be prepared with this information if you have severe milk allergy.  


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sanitize School and Craft Supplies Without Chemicals


Original Post January 2013

As a home school mom and avid crafter, I sometimes find myself wanting to wipe down the supplies that get so much use around here.  

Writing tools, scissors, markers, stamps, desks, chairs.  I also love to give our chalk board and white boards a good regular cleaning.  

I just reach for my General Purpose e-cloths, and quickly wipe things down with water.  So easy and no chemicals on the kids' stuff.  

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Simple Mild Salsa {Dairy-Free}


Since garden tomatoes have been plentiful, I've dabbled in a few simple experiments to use them up.  From dairy-free bruschetta to homemade spaghetti sauce, I'm feeling quite accomplished as the wife of a gardener this year.  

The next thing up was homemade salsa.  Surely it couldn't be that hard especially if you're just making a small batch to eat fresh.  

So I pulled together this easy recipe that actually turned out wonderful.  We ate it to the last drop.  It's a very mild salsa and was quite runny...two components that make it kid-friendly as it turns out.  I would have added more diced tomatoes after the blender pulsing, but since the kids were digging it as it was pictured, I kept it runny.  You know, kids just want their tortilla chips wet. No chunks needed.

DAIRY-FREE SIMPLE SALSA
2 cups of diced tomatoes
1/4 cup of chopped white onion
1/2 cup diced yellow pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 clove minced garlic

Place ingredients in a blender and pulse until chopped and mixed to the consistency of your choice. You may opt to add more diced tomatoes to the mixture after removing it from the blender. Refrigeration over night yields the best taste, but eat right away if desired.  Store in refrigerator.


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