Thursday, July 30, 2015

7 Days of Dairy-Free, Natural Snacks for Kids ~ Homemade Chocolate {Day 3}



With all the talk lately about dark chocolate containing undeclared milk and the health benefits of healthy fats like coconut oil touted...I decided it was time to try my hand at making our own chocolate.  




Surprisingly, making your own chocolate is quick and easy.  And while I thought this would be a special mommy treat, it turns out that my boys love it as much as I do.  So we included this in our week of "only natural sugars".  

I must say, I love getting my coconut oil in homemade chocolate WAAAAAAY more than I liked getting coconut oil in coffee.  Ack.

Here is our small batch recipe.  But trust me, you may need to double or triple!  

DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE
2 Tbs. coconut oil
1.5 Tbs. cocoa powder
2 tsp. maple syrup
dash of salt
dash of vanilla

Heat first 4 ingredients over low-medium heat until heated through.  Do not bring it to a boil or the cocoa powder will get angry and scorch.  Pull off heat and add vanilla.  

Pour mixture into molds like silicone muffin cups or just pour onto a cookie sheet covered with wax or parchment paper.  Place in freezer for about 15 minutes until hardened.  

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Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins





Original Post:  Aug 10, 2009

These make a great treat or breakfast, especially during zucchini season!  I am freezing some of these for the busy back-to-school season coming up!  

This recipe was inspired by my Zucchini Bread Recipe.  Sometimes it's just more fun in a muffin, with chocolate chips and sugar sprinkles.  :)  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How I'm Using My Erin Condren 18-Month Planner 2015/2016



I received my 18-month Erin Condren Planner about a month ago.  It was love at first site, and I actually posted a first-glance tour video for you.  There were so many extras that I wasn't expecting. That's always a nice treat.

And now that I've gotten to play with the planner for a few weeks, I feel like I have a pretty good system for using every single page and section of the planner in really useful ways.  I couldn't bear the idea of having empty pages not working for me.

One major thing that I did was condense my budget binder into my new EC planner.  I love having it all in one place.  I also have other tips to share like how to record daily goals, menu plans, spiritual notes, gift-giving, Christmas spending, and more...all in this handy planner.  


If you haven't purchased one of these heavy-duty planners before, you can get $10 off as a new customer.  



A 12-month, 2016 planner is $50 but an 18-month planner starting July 2015 is just $5 more.  Totally worth getting started now in my opinion.  It's not too late!




Hope you enjoy the tips and ideas.  I love organizing and sharing.  Let me know if you have any questions or other good ideas for us!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

7 Days of Dairy-Free, Natural Snacks for Kids ~ Fruit {Day 2}




This may be no-brainer to some...but one way to cut processed sugar is to eat fruit!  I tell my kiddos it's "God Candy".  All na-tu-ral.  Sugar God gave us.  Right from the tree, vine...or whatever.  

The kids may expect cookies for snacks.  But once I point out how sweet fruit really is, it usually satisfies.  

And one thing I've learned about fruit is to buy what's in season.  Not only will it taste the sweetest and best, but it's also usually the cheapest!  

Right now in mid-July, we are obsessed with cantaloupe and watermelon.  Mmmmmmm!  

Mix it up, try an assorted fruit plate, try fruit kabobs, try a fruit salad.  

As long as there is fruit, we can survive any 7-Day Natural Sugar Week.  :)  

What is your favorite fruit?    



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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Buzzfeed Feature ~ Water Balloon Pinatas



Thank you to Buzzfeed for featuring our water balloon pinatas at Graham's allergy-free, summer birthday party a few years ago.  :)  They give lots of other great ideas for keeping the kiddos cool this summer, too.  Food allergies sure won't keep us from having a fun summer!


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Milk Patch Update ~ Part B Coming Soon!



DBV Technologies contacted us and let us know the progress on the Milk Patch study.  They are moving onto Phase 2 later this year!  This is great news as the Peanut Patch is moving onto Phase 3. Lord, please let this be our cure for life-threatening food allergies.  I so hope to get in on this trial. Since the milk study is called MILES, I think it's meant to be.

Press release:

DBV Technologies Announces Completion of Part A of the MILES Study Evaluating the Safety of Viaskin® Milk in Pediatric Cow’s Milk Allergy 

Bagneux, France, June 30, 2015






DSMB expressed no safety concerns and recommended that the study continue as planned. Initiation of Part B expected in the second half of 2015 pending consultation with regulatory agencies

DBV Technologies (Euronext: DBV – ISIN: FR0010417345 - Nasdaq Stock Market: DBVT), a clinical-stage, specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced the completion of Phase I or Part A, of the Viaskin Milk Efficacy and Safety Phase I/II study (MILES). The Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the study recommended that the study continue and expressed no safety concerns after evaluating the Part A safety data of subjects treated with a 150 μg, 300 μg and 500 μg doses of Viaskin Milk.

The MILES study is a two part, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Viaskin® Milk in IgE-mediated cow’s milk protein allergic (CMPA) patients ranging from two to 17 years of age. Part A evaluated the safety of three escalating doses of Viaskin® Milk (150 μg, 300 μg and 500 μg) versus placebo over three weeks in 18 patients.

Pending review of the Part A data by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. and Canadian approvals of the revised protocol described below, the Company intends to initiate Part B of the trial in the second half of 2015. Part B, or Phase II, of the MILES study is expected evaluate the efficacy and safety of all three doses of Viaskin® Milk (150 µg, 300 µg, 500 µg) versus placebo for 12 months. Approximately 176 patients between two and 17 years of age are expected to be randomized in a 1:1:1:1 ratio at selected North American sites.

About the MILES Study
The MILES trial is a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized Phase I/II trial to study the safety and efficacy of Viaskin Milk in pediatric patient populations (age two to 17) suffering from IgE-mediated cow’s milk protein allergy, or CMPA, with elevated IgE levels related to cow’s milk protein. The trial is being conducted in select U.S. and Canadian clinical centers. Part A of the MILES trial has been completed. Under the proposed amended MILES Part B protocol, up to 176 subjects are expected to be randomized for treatment at approximately 18 sites. Eligible subjects with confirmed IgE-mediated CMPA will perform an initial food challenge at screening with escalating doses of cow’s milk proteins. Subjects who display objective signs or symptoms of allergic response to an eliciting dose of 300 mg cow’s milk proteins (approximately 9.4 mL of cow’s milk) or below will be randomized in the trial. The primary efficacy endpoint will be the percentage of subjects who are treatment responders after 12 months, defined as subjects who meet at least one of the following criteria: (1) a 10-fold or greater increase in the cumulative reactive dose, or CRD, of cow’s milk proteins at month 12 of the food challenge as compared to baseline value in addition to reaching tolerance to at least 144 mg of cow’s milk protein (approximately 4.5 mL of milk) or (2) a CRD of cow’s milk protein greater than or equal to 1,444 mg (approximately 45 mL of milk) at month 12 of the food challenge. Secondary efficacy endpoints include, among others, the percentage of subjects who are treatment responders at month 24, the mean and median CRD of cow’s milk proteins at months 12 and 24 as well as the change in CRD from baseline, the change from baseline in the severity of symptoms elicited during the food challenge from baseline to months 12 and 24, and the change from baseline in quality of life assessments at months 12 and 24.
About DBV Technologies 
DBV Technologies is developing Viaskin®, an innovative new approach to the treatment of allergies – a major public health issue that has been increasing in prevalence. DBV Technologies, incorporated in France in 2002, has developed a proprietary, patented technology for administering an allergen to intact skin while avoiding transfer to the blood, and thus lowering the risk of a systemic, allergic reaction in the event of accidental exposure. DBV Technologies is focusing on food allergies, including milk and peanut, for which there are currently no effective treatments. DBV Technologies has designed two products candidates: Viaskin® Peanut and Viaskin® Milk. The clinical development program for Viaskin® Peanut has received Fast Track designation and Breakthrough Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
DBV Technologies shares are traded on segment B of Euronext Paris (Ticker: DBV, ISIN code: FR0010417345) and on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the form of American Depositary Shares (each representing one-half of one ordinary share) (Ticker: DBVT). For more information on DBV Technologies, please visit our website: www.dbv-technologies.com  
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the potential safety and efficacy of Epicutenaous Immunotherapy (EPIT®) via Viaskin® Milk and DBV’s anticipated clinical development of Viaskin Milk and other product candidates. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. The Company’s product candidates have not been approved for sale in any jurisdiction. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein are uncertainties associated generally with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals, the risk that historical preclinical results may not be predictive of future clinical trial results, and the risk that historical clinical trial results may not be predictive of future trial results. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in the Company’s regulatory filings with the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers, the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014 and future filings and reports by the Company. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. DBV Technologies undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this Press Release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.





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Thursday, July 16, 2015

7 Days of Dairy-Free, Natural Snacks for Kids ~ Butterfinger Smoothies {Day 1}



My kiddos and I have many of conversations.  I explain a lot of things, and they soak in information like sponges.

Recently, we've been talking about sugar.  I explained to them that using God's natural sugars are probably better for our bodies than using sugars that man has altered.  Honey, maple syrup, natural sugar cane...  I know there are varying opinions on this.  Some would cut sugar altogether.  But I'm taking baby steps, here.  ;)  I think just making them aware that this is an issue to consider is an accomplishment.  

So together, in one of our chats about good snack choices, we decided to cut out processed sugar for a whole week.  This meant no more Oreos, Poptarts, chocolate bars, etc.  

We set out on a mission together to make sweet afternoon treats that would only use natural sugar.  

And our Facebook readers thought this was a fun idea for us to share after the experiment.  So here we are on the other side.  It's time to share!  We survived, we had fun, we rose to the challenge, and this would be great for us to do on a regular basis.  Maybe cutting processed sugar a week out of each month or something???  




First up, we did our Butterfinger Smoothies.  You can click for the recipe.  But for Natural Sugar Week, we specifically used:  

Frozen Banana
Unsweetened Peanut Butter (or sunflower seed butter)
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Ground Flax Seeds
Cocoa Powder

In this concoction, the banana is the sweetener.  You can add maple syrup or honey if you want to, but my kids have never asked for it.  We love this treat!  

I linked our favorite IKEA colored kid cups (BPA-Free) because they are fantastic for food allergy families.  We color code the kid drinks, especially when friends are over.  This helps keep the kiddos' drinks straight and my food allergy son safe.  :)  

Let us know how you like the smoothies!


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Milk-Free Find & Review ~ Philly Swirl Italian Ice




The folks at Philly Swirl recently contacted us about trying their dairy-free Italian Ice varieties.  And the boys were more than happy to review all these goodies for you, our dairy-free friends. 

As you can see labeled on the boxes, these are not only dairy-free but they are also gluten-free and peanut-free.    

We got to try the Swirl Stix, Swirl Popperz, and the original Swirls cups.  My kids love those candy spoons!  

The kiddos most enjoyed the Swirl Sticks...like popsicles.  They were always vying for their favorite flavors.  Cotton Candy.  It was all about the cotton candy!  Second favorites were orange and rainbow.  Of course, their wasn't a flavor they didn't like.  ;)  

The facility is peanut and gluten free.  But they DO make a fudge version that contains milk. I asked them directly if they could explain manufacturing processes for our dairy-free readers and this is what they said:

"The dairy products are run on the same line as the regular products.  Our lines are cleaned with our Cleaning in Place system on a daily basis and sanitized before start up.  We use a Neogen Reveal 3D Total milk test kit after each dairy run before we start a regular run."

You can see Philly Swirl products, nutrition info, and more at the Philly Swirl website.  I am told Walmart is their biggest retailer, but I also know food allergy friends have found these at dollar stores on occasion!  :)  

Summer vacation is halfway over.  Finish it off with a bang by picking up some Philly Swirl for your kiddos to enjoy.  :)   


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Monday, July 13, 2015

All Natural Vanilla Snow Cones



The boys and I have fun making snow cones at home, especially since we don't trust the local snow cone shops to make them safely for us.  In recent summers, we used a recipe for syrups that used kool-aid.  

But for our first snow cones this summer, we decided to forgo the artificial coloring and to come up with something a little more natural.  Vanilla snow cones sounded good!  

I know it might sound lame, but seriously, they were so good!  And compared to other syrup recipes I see online, these are lower in sugar.  It takes a lot of sugar to tame kool-aid!  

The boys have been asking for vanilla snow cones over and over so they were definitely a hit with the kiddos.  They really do appreciate the "no artificial colors" component and are thinking up syrup recipes using real fruit now.  :)  

As for shaving the ice, we own a snow cone machine.  But we also have a "snow" feature on our Breville blender that works well in a pinch.  With the second option, the boys can make their own snow cones!  

To get this even more natural, I used organic Sugar in the Raw for the sugar.  I think I'm gonna try the syrup in my green tea, too!

If you want sugar free, use Stevia.  Or a mix of sugar and stevia for very low sugar.


NATURAL VANILLA SNOW CONE SYRUP
1 cup water
1/4  - 1/2 cup natural sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat water and sugar on stove until sugar dissolves.  Take off heat and add vanilla.  Store in glass container in refrigerator.  Pour into plastic squirt bottle once cooled if you choose.  Enjoy on shaved ice for a cool snow cone treat!   


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Snow Cone Station with Homemade Low-Sugar Syrups



Sometimes I just need a good organizing project. Believe it or not, organizing relaxes me.  That makes me weird, right?  

It all started weeks ago when Graham kept asking for snow cones.  We've not gone to the local snow cone shop with the boys because we have cross-contamination concerns with their condensed milk "cream" flavors.  Jeff worked there in high school and knew it would not be safe.  

But Graham got the idea in my head, and I really did want my boys to enjoy their first snow cones this summer.  

I knew Target had a great selection of snow cone machines and accessories in the summer section.  So I asked all my friends to be on the look-out for clearance markdowns.  My mother-in-law caught the 50% markdowns and grabbed a machine and silicone cones for us.  By the way, I have a great mother-in-law!

We have enough cones and holders for all the kids on the street.  Move over ice cream truck....



Original Post:  June 2013

Then I took to my mission of making healthier snow cone syrups myself.  I picked up some plastic bottles, Kool-Aid packs, and a big bag of Stevia in the Raw at Meijer.  Then I got to work!

HOMEMADE, LOW-SUGAR SNOW CONE SYRUP
1 cup water
3/4 cup stevia
1/4 cup sugar or agave
1-2 packs of Kool-Aid

Mix together water, stevia, and sugar in a small saucepan and then heat on stove until boiling.  Let boil one minute.  Remove from heat and mix in Kool-Aid.  Let sit for a bit until you can transfer to a glass jar.  Store in frig until cold.  Then transfer to plastic bottles.  I didn't want to move hot syrup into plastic bottles for fear of any leaching.  

For some of my syrups I used just one Kool-Aid pack.  For others, I used two packs.  It depends on your taste.  Two can make the syrup a little sour which is great for some flavors.  



Here is our little snow cone station set up in the kitchen.  I worked summer decor all around the colors in the snow cone machine, and I love how it turned out.  Now it's time to start shaving some ice!  







Friday, July 10, 2015

Dairy-Free Option for Bruschetta, Tomato, and Basil



Summer is the best time to enjoy fresh tomato & basil.  Many top bruschetta bread with this mixture, but I don't trust bakery breads in our milk allergy house.  So we had to come up with other options for enjoying this easy summer treat.

Last year we dipped tortilla chips into the tomato & basil, but now I love it even better with Stacy's Pita Chips!  Right now you can get them for just 47 cents a bag.  It's a GREAT, dairy-free alternative to bruschetta (bread). 

We love this treat so much that we intentionally grew lots of tomatoes and basil in our garden this year.  :)  





DAIRY-FREE BRUSCHETTA, TOMATO, & BASIL ALTERNATIVE
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 Tbs. fresh basil finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Go Veggie! Paremesan Cheese (optional)
Combine all ingredients.  Use dairy-free corn tortilla chips or wheat pita chips for dipping.  Keep stored in refrigerator.  Enjoy!  







Saturday, July 4, 2015

Erin Condren 2015/2016 Life Planner Tour




Hello Friends!  Today I wanted to show you details about the 18-month Erin Condren Classic Planner. To say I love it is an understatement.  I'm ready to get uber-organized!  

For an easy look at all the features, you can watch our amateur YouTube video!  My poor hubby is IN television, and I'm pretty sure he would be embarrassed by our recording abilities.  But I'm too proud to ask for help.  Maybe someday after he finds our YouTube channel, he will offer.  HA!

In addition to the video, I have some photos to show you!  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Milk Allergy Mom in All You Magazine



Hey Friends, we just wanted to let you know that Milk Allergy Mom is in the July 2015 issue of All You magazine.  We contributed to the article called, "Send Kids to Camp in Your Own Backyard".  

All You originally found our blog post about Graham's Backyard Summer Birthday Party.  They used our water balloon pinata picture, and I added a few more ideas for frugal backyard fun.  

We truly are experts in cheap outdoor entertainment.  Although we own NO play equipment for our yard (no swingset, club house, sand box, basketball hoop, trampoline, etc), the neighborhood kids still find our house to be a fun place to play.  A lot of imagination and creativity goes on here!  

In fact, right now I can see a roller skate ramp built with old deck boards out my back window.  I've been told by peeps all over our neighborhood that they like to come by the house just to see what the kids are creating that day.  Can you say, "card board boxes"?  

So anyways, the article gives even more frugal fun ideas for the yard this summer.  There's actually some new ideas I'm gonna have to try!  Hope you can pick up a copy and check out the ideas, too.  


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Advanced Ibotta App Tips



Hey Friends!  By now, many of you are taking advantage of the awesome money-back app called Ibotta. I hope you are all enjoying the dairy-free, organic, natural food savings like I am.

As I continue to use the app to earn Starbucks, Amazon, and Walmart money for myself, I'm learning more and more tricks to the trade.  And I wanted to make sure you know these tips, too!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

20 Reasons We Home School With Food Allergies



Hello Friends!  Today's blog post is something near and dear to my heart.  I've been asked on our Facebook Page to write about our home school decision many times.  And today is the day that the words are ready to pour out.

Before you read on, you should know that I am passionate about home schooling.  We have educated both our boys at home from the start and have really enjoyed it even though that wasn't the original plan. And yes, we did it because of food allergies.  I sense it's really bad to admit that, but I don't know why. I think it's a pretty good reason to home school, actually.  I mean, some people home school just for fun. So why not home school for a life-threatening condition?  All the more reason in our minds!  ;)  

Rest assured, now that we are six years into home school, we LOVE it and and will continue as long as we can.  Hopefully through high school.  Food allergies or not.  That's how much we genuinely enjoy it now.  I promise we aren't doing it against our will and torturing the children.

I write this post because I think there needs to be a voice for choosing home school whether you deal with special needs or not.

But I feel that home school in special needs cases ESPECIALLY needs a voice.  If you ask about special needs, food allergies, and school anywhere online, you will get PLENTY of talk about 504 Plans. "Put them in school and get a legal document and action plan set up."  That's all fine and dandy for many people.  And that's great.  But there ARE other options that I'm afraid are not as often represented. And home school is one of those.  

So as you read these reasons that we home school, you WILL sense my enthusiasm.  I hope you don't take offense.  I know not everyone is going to home school.  But I do think that every loving family is CAPABLE if they so choose.

As the director of our home school group, I get to talk to people daily about why we home school and why we love it.  Our group is now looking to triple in size for next year.  The idea is definitely catching on.  So let me share with you the thoughts that I express to other families in our area:


Monday, June 22, 2015

Stacy's Pita Chips ~ 47 Cents a Bag




More and more, I'm starting to appreciate convenient, individual packages of snacks like this for my boys.  School lunches.  Park days.  Errands.

And buying in bulk is a great way to stay stocked for awhile.  Since I don't shop Sam's or Costco, it's Amazon Prime for me!

We have a few bulk items that we love for snacks.  Seed & Fruit Trail Mix.  Terra Veggie Chips.
And right now Stacy's Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips are about 47 cents a bag!  Stock up time.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Saved Over $15 This Week With Ibotta



Hey Ibotta fans!  I just wanted to show you all the great savings I got this week.  :)  I got back $15.35 in rebates on things I usually buy!  Well, besides the Starbucks drink.  But that was a nice treat for $1 back!  :)  And all of this was dairy free except for the Starbucks. 

And ironically, I will be cashing in the rebates for a Starbucks card.  Coconut milk lattes, here I come.  
If you don't know about the Ibotta app, click here to learn more and sign up.  Start saving on healthy, allergy free purchases!  You really can save on things other than junk food.  And Ibotta is all done at home, no coupons or scanning at the register.  Super convenient.  

Have a great day!




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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups



Summertime, it's a great time for dirt cups.  :)  Chocolate pudding, Oreo, and Surf Sweets worms dirt cups, 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 off these cute little cups with all-natural Surf Sweets gummy worms.  Free of top 8 allergens. No artificial color or flavor.  So yummy!

Store in refrigerator until eaten.  Enjoy!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Father's Day Sale ~ 20% Off E-Auto Products



Right now you can save 20% on the e-auto products in our online e-cloth store.  Pair that with free and fast shipping, and you are set for Father's Day!

My hubby owns and uses all the e-auto products at our house.  He's a fan.  And your special dad will be, too.  


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Organizing My Food Allergy Life with Planners!



If there's one thing I've learned about food allergies, it's that being organized and well-planned is pivotal for safety and success.  

I'm always looking for ways to improve my planning and organizing to keep my family running well and to keep my son safe.  

And this year I have really enjoyed merging my paper-crafting obsession with my need to plan.  




Easy Dairy-Free Fudgesicles


This recipe used to be our Chocolate Sorbet recipe.  But it tastes so much like a fudgesicle that we now use it to make...well, FUDGESICLES!  :)

This is a great recipe because it requires no kind of milk and no ice cream maker.

We use Tovolo BPA-free plastic popsicle molds...one of my "dairy-free, summer tool investments".
The kiddos love them, and they keep "ice cream truck whining" at bay.

Ready for an easy, tasty, summer recipe?!

EASY DAIRY-FREE FUDGESICLES
1 cup sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 pinches salt
2 cups water
1/4 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a sauce pan.  Whisk together over medium heat just until all ingredients are combined.  Do not boil.

Take the mixture off the heat and add the vanilla.  Let mixture cool to room temp and then pour into popsicle molds.  Freeze and serve when frozen.  This can take overnight.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Save Money on Dairy-Free Ice Cream with an Ice Cream Machine





Summer is upon us.  And all milk allergy families deserve ice cream treats!  That's why I want to let you know about one of my very favorite kitchen tools.  Our gel ice cream maker.  

I'm a simple lady.  And salt, ice, manual churning...not my style.  But this Sunbeam Gel Ice Cream Maker is a gem.  I simply make up my ice cream mixture, usually coffee creamer or canned coconut milk plus some sweetener and flavoring, and throw it into the machine for 30 minutes.  Quickly and cheaply my family can enjoy dairy-free ice cream together.  

I know there are dairy-free ice creams available in store.  And we utilize those.  But I also love making our own because we can make our own flavors and can do so on the pennies.  By using canned coconut milk, I can make a quart of ice cream for under $2.  

This ice cream maker is on the smaller side.  It works great for our family of four.  And would probably make enough for a family of six.  

This machine is a great price at just about $30.  I don't know why some people gave poor reviews on Amazon.  I give this machine 5 stars for the price and end product. Thirty dollars is two trips to Dairy Queen for a family of four.  And I've been using my machine now for at least 5 years!  Great return on investment if you ask me.  The biggest trick to getting the right consistency is putting a COLD mixture into the machine to start with, whether you refrigerate for 30 minutes or put in freezer for 15.  We always have a good consistency.  As for noise, yes it's loud.  But that's not a deal-breaker for me.  I put it in the basement if we don't want to hear it.  

If you have leftovers, put the ice cream in the freezer.  To get it to creamy consistency the next day, mix it up in your mixer, and it will be like fresh ice cream again.  

We absolutely love experimenting with our machine.  And here are some recipes we have created!


OUR DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM RECIPES


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free 8x8" Photo Book from Shutterfly



If you are a new customer to Shutterfly, you can get a free 20-page 8x8" photo album for FREE!  That's a $20 value.  Just pay shipping.  

What a great gift for that special dad or grad in your life.  :)  I love these photo books.  

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dairy-Free Maple Coconut Ice Cream



Being able to make safe, homemade ice cream for my milk allergy son and my whole family is one of the most fulfilling things I've done in the kitchen.  It goes right along with my soup-making skills and my homemade chicken broth.  ;)  Ice cream, I'm a natural!  You can do it, too!

First up, you need an ice cream maker that you love.  Not one that's a burden.  And I cannot recommend enough our simple, Sunbeam gel ice cream maker.  It's been kicking for over 5 years, and I paid under $30 for it.  I give it 5 stars for making great ice cream quickly and easily and for saving me loads of money on dairy-free ice cream.  Happy Mama.  

Next up, you need a creamy, dairy-free liquid.  I often used Silk coffee creamers with a soy or coconut for my ice cream base.  But now I'm moving onto canned coconut milk.  That's because it's cheaper, has a long shelf life so I can stock up, and it's healthier than the creamers.  You can get cans for at or under $2 each.  I pay up to $4 in-store!  

Lastly, you need some quick and easy recipes!  We have several ice cream and sorbet recipes posted here at Milk Allergy Mom.  Today I'm going to share our latest concoction.  We even have a video for you!




DAIRY-FREE MAPLE COCONUT ICE CREAM
1 can coconut milk (full fat)
1/2 cup dairy-free milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
sprinkles (optional)

Whisk ingredients together well.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 15 minutes before adding to ice cream machine.  Add to machine and follow machine instructions.  Sprinkles taste great on this subtle ice cream!  


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Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW E-Cloth Dish Cloths & Scrubber Pads




Hey e-cloth fans!  You are gonna love this!  We have some new great e-cloth products.  Are you ready?!

DISH CLOTHS!  SCRUBBER PADS!  Great new additions for all that hard kitchen work we do. 

When I first came on with e-cloth, I highly recommended that they bring the UK Kitchen Towels to the U.S.  They did.  And they have been hot sellers.  So much so that the success of the Kitchen Towels has lead to these two new product offerings.  I'm tickled!  

The price point on these is amazing.  Just $7.99 for a TWO pack!  And free shipping.  Thank you, e-cloth!  

If you can't wait to try these new items along with me, click below to order!  We appreciate your business and support.  :)




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