Thursday, December 26, 2013
I had the opportunity to try a package of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels. Oh my. It didn't make it any farther past my dining room table. I ripped open the bag and enjoyed a "few"! They are the "regular" size version of an allergen-friendly dark chocolate chip dream. I had to resist eating half the bag.
Later I decided to make dark chocolate chip pancakes one morning. I realized I put too much chips in the pancakes, which ended up tasting very rich. However, I suggest using the dark chocolate chips sparingly. I think these will go great with the Pumpkin Muffins recipe I posted back in November. I would use them in the center and maybe even melt a few and drizzle on top of the muffins. Can't wait to try it next time! I just wish I didn't run out of them!
Friday, December 6, 2013
The bracelets arrived in a bubble wrap inside a zipper pouch. Included with each were cleaning cloths. I really appreciate the Care Card instructions as well. My daughter chose the Stainless Steel Small Silicone Flex. What I found is that the steel engraved plate is interchangeable with other bracelets. There are several to choose from on the website. I like the amount of characters per line that the steel plate can hold. The "Flex" style offers more characters and lines than others I have experienced. My daughter really likes feel of the silicone bracelet. It's much like the look and feel of those awareness bracelets that have become popular. My daughter has worn other medical alert bracelets before (for years). However, the chain bracelets dangling has bothered her so she has become somewhat resistant to wearing them. This silicone bracelet is comfortable for her everyday use and during activities. It's stayed on so far!
|How my daughter's arrived. Steel plate is interchangeable!|
|Blurred out for privacy.|
|Front engraved 3 lines, blurred for privacy. However it include her first and last name and a phone number.|
|Back engraved 5 lines, blurred for privacy.|
|Front engraved 3 lines, blurred for privacy.|
|Back engraved 2 lines, blurred for privacy.|
Whether it's diabetes or food allergies (or medicine allergies!) it's important to wear something to help others help you, just in case you are not able to speak up.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I was provided a PDF sample of an adorable book to review, Patty's Secret, A Tale of a Girl With Food Allergies, written by Leneille Moon. The illustrations are bright, vibrant and colorful. Targeted to young elementary age children (I would even read to preschool), the book focus on a young little piglet with food allergies who is just like any other kid. However, she doesn't want anyone to know about her food allergies. She keeps it a secret because she wants to fit in. That was until an unfortunate event happened at school! You'll have to get the book to know what happens. There is a happy ending! Finally, towards the end of the book, there are educational pages to include a word search and a brief overview of the top 8 allergens and the prevalence of food allergies as well as a resource for more information on food allergies.
What children can take away from Patty's Secret:
- Always be sure to eat what you know is safe.
- Make some allergy-aware friends.
- Know who your safe friends and adults are.
- Food allergies are nothing to feel embarrassed about.
- Do not eat anything "just to fit in", it can be dangerous.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I've been scouring Pinterest and the internet for gluten free, dairy free, peanut free punkin muffin recipes. At least something that I can use as a base and play with, to make safe for my household. I finally found it from a blog post written at Nourish-Mint. I took this recipe and adapted it to fit our dietary needs. Here's my version of the gluten free, dairy free, peanut/tree nut and egg free pumpkin muffins*! Note this recipe produces a pretty dense batter. It will be thick and will yield approximately 1 dozen muffins.
- 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Canola Oil
- 1/3 cup applesauce - I found one packet of a GoGo Squeeze Apple Sauce* (AppleApple flavor) was exactly (ok approximately) 1/3 cup and is gluten, dairy and nut free.
- 1 cup Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin Puree* (I had left over puree so I made smoothie!)
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Mega Chunks
- Preheat oven to 350°F. I use muffin liners in my muffin tin. You can oil the tin if you want and omit the liners if you don't have them.
- Mix together the sugar, oil, apple sauce and pumpkin puree well with a whisk until fully combined. I use a small hand whisk.
- Add in flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Mix by hand until fully combined, about 30 seconds.
- Spoon the batter into muffin tin. I started to fill them only 1/2 way but they didn't rise enough so don't skimp out and fill them a good 3/4 or more. Remember the batter is very dense.
- I added about 2-3 Enjoy Life Foods Mega Chunks on top. When the muffins were finished the chocolate chunks were gooey and delicious.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. In my oven, it was done in approximately 18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
I have to be honest and admit, other than the timer, every time I bake, I use the "toothpick in the center" trick to test doneness. Just take a toothpick and stick it in the center of the muffin (or cupcake or whatever it is you're baking). If it comes out clean, the muffin is done. It's something I was taught by my mother, who was taught by her mother. It works for us and I'm sticking with it! My girls were my taste testers. They loved the muffins! I hope you get to try this recipe out. It's not only delicious but made my house smell wonderful!
*It is recommended to check with the manufacturers for your specific food allergies before using any new foods in the recipes found in this blog. Please review the blog author's disclaimer.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
- Break the bars up into pieces.
- Smush (technical baking term) the bars into the bottom and sides of a greased muffin tin.
- Add the usual apple baking pie filings (chopped into cubes) and toppings.
- Bake until done!