Lennox and Reese’s SunButter Cups

My son Reese can’t have peanut butter (or dairy, or eggs, or soy, or nuts, or……). But he can have these!Reese's Sun Butter Cups (1)

Without question, my favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. In fact, any peanut butter based candy is going to top my list. Unfortunately, two of my kids are allergic to peanuts, so I have to finish my candy before I get home don’t get to have them very often. I mean, it’s just not right for a parent to not share their candy with their kids, right?

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Bread-in-a-bag

Bread.  Seriously.  I love bread.  It would seem pretty simple, right?  Then you find out your kid has food restrictions.  We have pretty much become experts on reading labels, and it’s amazing what you find on the labels of bread packages.  Soon after lamenting this out loud to everyone that would listen (and a few who wouldn’t), I got a message from my mom.  That message had a link saying “Is this safe for Reese?”  What followed was nothing short of amazing.  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you….

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Many thanks to Your Homebased Mom for sharing this recipe!

This is so good, and SO EASY!  And, since Reese can have wheat, this is a great recipe for us
to have in our back pockets.  Our girls have a lot of fun helping because they like to get their hands in and squish the bread dough.  IMG_1200

Now this is the kind of ingredient list I like to see!  Flour, sugar, water, oil, salt, yeast… and that’s pretty much it.  (Exact measurements are included below.) Continue reading

Glazed Donuts

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It’s Saturday morning, the time when the thoughts of young children turn to breakfast.  We have an amazing donut shop called Jack’s right down the street. Few things are better than going in and getting a box of fresh donuts.  And the fact that it is only a few doors down from the local comic shop is even better.

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Eating donuts on Free Comic Book Day!

The only problem is that they don’t have anything Reese can eat. His EOE/food restrictions limit him so that all he can have at the donut shop is… coffee.  And he’s 2. He’s not drinking coffee.

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Fruit and other things

When it comes to breakfast, I’m a “savory person.”  I’m not real big on pancakes (crazy,  I know).  They’re good and all, about 95% of the time, I’ll choose biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and bacon.  Our little EOE dude though can’t have most biscuits (dairy and sometimes egg), can’t have sausage gravy (dairy), and can’t have eggs (because…. well, eggs).  So that meal is typically out (although I do have a safe biscuits and gravy recipe… coming soon!), and I find myself wondering what to give him for breakfast.  This morning, he asked for this:

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Wow… how did I forget about fruit?  Totally safe for him and he loved it.  Watermelon, galia melon, and grapes.  So simple.  Sometimes, I’m pretty sure my children are smarter than I am.  Even if you don’t have major food restrictions, this is a downright tasty breakfast.


At the suggestion of a good friend and fellow blogger (The Indy Burger Guy – you should definitely check him out), I am trying to find a consistent rhythm with this blog.  As of right now, I’m thinking I will try to post twice a week: one recipe post and one post like this, in which I share info, talk about product, etc.  The next recipe post will coming on Saturday (smoke-roasted potatoes – you won’t want to miss it!)

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A preview of what is to come!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Drops

Easy, delicious, and Top 8 free?  Yes please!

March 2019

Do you ever find yourself sitting in front of the TV after finally getting the kids to bed and saying to yourself, “I need something…..”?  I do.  Frequently.  That’s when I start getting creative.  I make up popcorn toppings, I pour honey and cinnamon on ice cream… basically I throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks.  This is one of them.

I was talking to my son’s dietitian about trying to get him eat.  I somewhat sheepishly told her about these, thinking she might tell me off for giving him so much sugar.  To my surprise, she said that these are an excellent high calorie snack for him to eat, and to give them as often as he wants.  Accidental victory! Continue reading

Mayo, please!

Do you guys know about this?  So, maybe I’m late to this party, but this stuff is great!  Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, made with pea protein rather than soy protein… and good. Is it just like regular mayonnaise? ……..no. BUT, it is a great alternative (arguably better than lite mayo, which still has the egg and stuff in it).  Put it on a sandwich or a burger and only a picky mayo snob will really be able to tell a difference. For our little EOE dude, it’s perfect.  Pricier than regular mayo, but we’re getting used to that. 

Now that we have this, expect chicken salad to come

Hampton Creek – Just Mayo

Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sometimes you just want cookies.  Like, really want cookies.  I was at the store the other day to buy some spaghetti sauce.  Spaghetti is one of the few things our little dude will/can eat, so it’s something we have frequently.  I don’t know what it is about spaghetti (specifically spaghetti Bolognese – or at least our American perversion of it), but I always feel like I need something afterwards.  I don’t know what, just… something.

As I was wandering the aisles of the grocery store, I saw the oatmeal.  Lightning struck.  I will make oatmeal cookies!  The good kind, not the kind with raisins.  Raisins are a good way to ruin just about anything, especially a cookie.  I grabbed some old-fashioned oats and Enjoy Life chocolate chips and headed home.

(Quick note:  If you aren’t familiar with the brand Enjoy Life, check it out.  Now.  This link opens in a new page so you can do it without leaving this page.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.   (*hums “Girl from Ipanema”*)  I know, right?  Top 8 allergen free everything.  Thank goodness for products like this!) Continue reading

The Start of an Adventure

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  And so, I step.

I made cookies last night.  As I was putting them on the cooling rack, I had a thought.  I’ve read loads of food blogs.  Heck, I’ve even tried to write few (with little success).  I have not, however, seen a food blog from an allergy dad.  Not to say they aren’t out there;  I just haven’t found them.  As an allergy parent, food can be challenging, even scary.  We have to read everything, research everything, make everything, and worry about what happens when we aren’t around.  We hear and see things on social media about people who thing that food allergies aren’t real and parents are just too overprotective and kids are just too sensitive.  We wonder if the restaurant truly is dairy-free, or peanut-free, or (fill in your chosen allergen here)-free.  Thank goodness for the Internet! It has been a wealth of information and resources for us as we navigate this madness.  As we do, I hope I can help some others that may be searching for answers, searching for ideas, or searching for a way their kid can finally have a cookie like everyone else.

So, welcome to the start of my journey.  Thanks for being here.  In a coming post, I will give a little background of who we are and what we do.  For now, eat safe, and know you are not alone!