My Child Has Food Allergies?! -Starting Places


This post is for my kids, for those who care for them, and for all of you who are just getting started and feeling overwhelmed with providing safe alternatives for someone you love who has food allergies.

I’ve discovered a lot of resources in my 10 years as a food allergy Mom.  For those of you who are also milk, egg, and peanut allergic, if you have any to add- many thanks for sharing!

1.  Of course, of course, of course- you should see a doctor and learn from them all you can about how to care for your loved one with food allergies.  Then, I suggest exploring the many fabulous resources provided by national organizations such as FARE and Kids with Food Allergies.  If you haven’t yet viewed my Resources Page, please explore the bounty of great information found on the linked pages there.

2.  We are milk…

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Fluffy “Flax-Egg” Pancakes Recipe



I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally perfected my egg-less pancake recipe!

I’ve tried sooo many egg substitutes and sooo many different techniques, flours, temperatures, pans, prayers…you name it! NONE of them have come even remotely close to this recipe in terms of what the delightful experience of what a “real” pancake is like. None! Not even my fav vegan frozen pancakes I bought from the grocery store or even my beloved banana or even my applesauce pancakes. These bad boys right here…these are the real deal.

They’re fluffy, not too heavy, they melt in your mouth like a pancake should. When you cut into them, the heavens open up and when you indulge in your first bite, an angel gets her wings. I’m so serious. lol Aaaaand, there are only 3 ingredients. I didn’t have to buy a whole bunch of weird ingredients that cost me an arm and a leg, just 3 simple ingredients.

  •  Original Bisquick/ 2 Cups (Gluten-Free Bisquick, if needed. Not the “complete” box!)
  • Milk/ 1 Cup (I used Lactaid)
  •  Flax-Egg/ 2 Servings

*Feel Free to customize this recipe to make it your own! I used about 1/2 cup blueberries in mine.

  1. Heat griddle or skillet on medium-high heat & grease w/ vegetable oil, cooking spray or butter (I used butter)
  2. Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl until well blended
  3. Pour your pancakes onto the griddle/skillet (They will be pretty thick. You can add 1/2 cup more milk if you’d like.)
  4. Cook until the edges are done. They will not bubble like traditional pancakes so keep a close eye on them!
  5. FLIP!!!! <- Insert me making a mess here
  6. Cook the other side until dry & golden/brown.
  7. Pour on the syrup, slap on some jelly, melt some butter, spread some nutella….do what you have to do. Just hurry up and eat ’em! Feel free to close your eyes and enjoy every bit of that yummy, egg-less (maybe even dairy-less and gluten-less) goodness!

Oh…and don’t throw out the leftovers. They freeze really well. Just heat & eat!


Food Allergy Friendly Baseball Games 2014

Awesome family fun just in time for spring!

baseball-game Spring is here, and so is baseball season. We are encouraged by the number of baseball teams that are actively engaging members of the food allergy community by hosting special “peanut-sensitive” or “peanut-aware” games.

Follow the links for more information about how to purchase tickets and the accommodations available at specific games. We will be updating it with new events as we learn of them.


April 12: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field)

April 13: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies (Citizen’s Bank Park)

April 13: Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinatti Reds (Great American Ball Park)

April 18: Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field)

April 25: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

April 26: San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

April 27: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

April 27: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

April 27: Miami…

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Join my Pinterest Potluck Party for Thanksgiving!

TURKEYINVITEWant to bring a dish to the party? Leave a link or post your favorite holiday recipe in the comment section below. I’ll make sure your dish is featured on Pinterest.

Click HERE to see what’s cookin’.

You can even add your special recipe to Freedible’s cookbook HERE, if you like! Tell ’em The Food Allergy Thingymabob sent ya 😉

Thank you for participating! Happy Turkey Day! *Gobble Gobble*

Easy Halloween Dinner Idea: Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers


Halloween is a busy day. You pick you’re kids up from school. They’re excited. They’ve probably already been pre-sugared up at school, you’ve probably had your share of treats from the potluck at work. Halloween is one of those days parents want something hot and fast. I feel your pain! Instead of dialing your favorite pizza delivery spot, or pulling up to the drive-thru at McDonalds, try these stuffed peppers! They’re just like regular stuffed peppers, except you carve a cute (or scary) little face into them before you bake them 🙂

This recipe is free from…..ALL of the top allergens! yayyyy (how’s that for a treat?)

  • Peanut/ Tree Nut Free
  • Egg Free
  • Gluten/ Wheat Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Soy Free
  • Fish/ Shellfish Free


1.  4 Orange Bell Peppers (I used 4 but there is no specific amount. Use as many as you need for your family.)

* Cut the tops off, remove seeds and ribs, and use a small knife to cut your jack-o-lantern faces before you start. Don’t make the eyes/mouth too big! You don’t want all your yummy stuffing to fall out.

2.  1 lb uncased italian sausage

3. 2 cups of cooked long-grain white rice

4. *Optional* 1/4 cup of Tomato Sauce

5. *Optional* Shredded Cheese

6. Salt, Pepper and Garlic seasoning (to taste)

The good thing about this recipe, is that you can pretty much stuff these babies with whatever you want. You can add beans, chili, ground beef, chicken, onion, corn, breadcrumbs or zucchini. It’s totally up to you. If you can’t use cheese because of a milk allergy/intolerance, it’s okay! They’ll still be just as cute and just as delicious. I promise.

You will need:

– A large bowl

– A few drops of Olive Oil

-A baking sheet


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a large skillet, break up and brown your sausage for about 5 mins (if you’re adding any extras like onions or zucchini, transfer your sausage to the large bowl after cooking.

Add a few drops of olive oil and add your veggies)

3. Add your rice, tomato sauce, seasonings and any other optional ingredients (like cheese or breadcrumbs) to the bowl. Mix well.

4. Brush a small amount of olive oil to your baking sheet, fill your peppers with the mixture, and arrange the peppers onto your baking sheet

5. Bake for 30 mins or until peppers are tender

6. Enjoy!

*Tip* If you’re adding Chili or Tomato sauce to your peppers, remember you don’t want your mixture to be too watery. After baking, your pumpkins will be very messy because the mixture will leak through your jack-o-lantern’s face. You don’t want your little jack-o-lanterns to look like they’re barfing lol

Happy Halloween, food allergy families! Be careful  and have fun out there 🙂

Rice Krispies Treats Pumpkins- An Easy Allergy Free Halloween Treat for the whole Family


Aren’t these so cute?! You are going to love how easy this is and most importantly how FUN it is. You will definitely want to keep this recipe in mind for future Halloween parties. This recipe will include double instructions. One set for the adults and another for the kids. So while you’re busy at the stove, the kids are busy and happy and not wrapped around your legs 🙂 Yay! We love win-win situations!

Alright, so let’s get started with the most important info. The allergy info! This recipe is free of most allergens. It doesn’t need any hacks or hard-to-find ingredients. It’s free from the following common allergens:

  • Peanut/ Tree Nut
  • Dairy
  • Fish/ Shellfish
  • Gluten
  • Eggs

THIS RECIPE DOES INCLUDE SOY. So if you or a loved one has a soy allergy, this recipe is not for you. (Sorry, soy allergy family!) If you’re not allergic to soy, read on and get ready to get cooking!


-6 cups of Kellog’s Gluten Free Rice Krispies (Make sure it says Gluten Free on the box!)

-4 cups of miniature marshmallows

-Black and Green icing pens

-Orange Food Coloring

-3 tbsp of Earth Balance buttery spread (or whatever your fav dairy-free spread is)

You will also need:

– 1 Large Bowl

-1 3D Pumpkin Mold

-Wax Paper or Foil

1. Adults: Prepare the work space. Clean the pumpkin mold and have the ingredients handy and pre-measured for your little helpers.

    Kids: Wash your hands, roll up your sleeves and put on your apron if you have one. Pour your Rice Krispies cereal into the large bowl.

2.  Adults: Melt 3 Tbsp of ‘butter’ over low heat in a medium saucepan. When the butter is melted, add your marshmallows and stir constantly until the marshmallows are

completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in a few drops of your orange food coloring. (Do one at a time, until you get a bright orange color) Pour your

mixture into the bowl over your cereal and mix until your mixture is evenly coated. Let the mixture sit for about 5 mins or so while you check out the ideas the

kids came up with.

    Kids: Think about what faces you want your pumpkins to have. Sketch some ideas on paper with your favorite crayons, colored pencils or markers.

3. Adults/Kids: Press a small handful of your mixture into your mold, put your wax paper or foil over the mold and flip. Lift the mold to reveal your pumpkin! Repeat this

step until you run out of your mixture.

*Tip: It helps to spray your hands and the mold with cooking spray or coat them both with a little bit of the buttery spread you used.*

4. Adults/Kids: Decorate your pumpkins will spooky or silly faces. Have fun!

These are the sketches we came up with. Mine is the one with the sunglasses B-)

These are the sketches we came up with. Mine is the one with the sunglasses B-)

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A few of our pumpkin faces for inspiration

A few of our pumpkin faces for inspiration

Enjoy! Have a safe and super fun Halloween!

Trace Adkins on how he almost lost his daughter to a food allergy

Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -

Trace_adkinscbbjpgCountry singer Trace Adkins and his wife Rhonda experienced every parents worst nightmare when their daughter Brianna Rhea, now 6, suffered a life-threatening allergic reaction when she was 9 months old.  The cause?  A severe food allergy.

When she was around 9 months old, she grabbed the lid of a peanut butter jar.  There didn’t seem to be any peanut butter on it, but the reaction was almost immediate.  She began to swell up, to where she was almost unrecognizable when she got to the emergency room.  Just from the protein on the lid.

The 46-year-old Celebrity Apprentice runner-up admits that the experience was "terrifying" and that he had no idea just how serious an allergic reaction could be.

Most people don’t understand that anaphylactic shock [a severe allergic reaction] can result in death.  I had no idea.

Continue reading to find out how Brianna’s food allergy affects their…

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