Ode to a Caterpillar

Ode to a Caterpillar

The caterpillar’s not a cat. It’s very small And short and fat, And with those beady little eyes Will never win a beauty prize. The caterpillar’s brain is small - It only knows to eat and crawl. But for this creepy bug don’t cry, It soon will be a butterfly.  –The Caterpillar By Douglas Florian Or in our case, a moth.  An oak moth to be exact.  We are lucky enough to live...

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Saving Summer in a Jar

Saving Summer in a Jar

As you can tell by this photo, we’ve been busy all summer canning the amazing fruit and veggies of the season.  Why bother? There are a many reasons I love canning – first of all I can control all the ingredients that go into our food.  I don’t have to wonder what “spices” or “natural flavors” means on an ingredient list. As a mother who needs to know...

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Walk for Food Allergies

Walk for Food Allergies

Yesterday was the Bay Area’s FAAN Walk for Food Allergies.  The whole family had a great time.  Autumn was really proud to have raised money for a great cause and see so many other kids like her. After registering we picked up our T-shirts and strolled through the vendor area collecting a load of allergy friendly cookies, chocolate milk and jelly beans.  There were jugglers, bouncy...

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Ukulele bags!

Ukulele bags!

Wait a minute… this has nothing to do with food allergies!  This was so awesome, I had to share it. Let’s file this one under favorite things, because it definitely is one of my favorite things these days. Over the summer my son and I decided to take up the ukulele.  My daughter plays piano and it has been such a great experience that I wanted my son to have a musical adventure all...

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Gearing up for School

Gearing up for School

With summer nearly over, now is a good time to start gearing up for school. Here are a few of my favorite things:   These ninja bread men are the cutest. Available...

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Allergy Friendly Easter Eggs

Allergy Friendly Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are a bright, cheerful symbol of spring – new beginnings, rebirth, a fresh start and so fun to decorate, hide and find. Each year we struggle to find a safe way for our egg-allergic child to safely take part in this fun tradition. In the past, we’ve blown out the eggs, cleaned, dyed and decorated them. While they’ve always turned out really great, they are time...

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Putting on a pot of beans

Putting on a pot of beans

“If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” - Shel Silverstein One of my favorite holiday gifts this year was a box full of dried beans, not the kind you get at the old supermarket, but heirloom beans grown and...

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Hello Cupcake

Hello Cupcake

Happy Valentines Day! For a special treat, we made Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes from the fabulous cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule.  These came out so amazing – gooey and chocolatey and delicious.  Instead of frosting we melted some our favorite allergy friendly chocolate chips from Enjoy Life and added a little coconut butter to thin...

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Pocket Pies

Pocket Pies

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For Thanksgiving our family spent a rare day cooking, playing and just being together. When it came to desert, we couldn’t agree on what to make so we made little pocket pies filled with what we each wanted.  Served with some vegan whip creme or ice cream, they were really tasty and everyone was happy. We experimented with a new gluten-free pie dough...

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Homemade cookies the easy way

Homemade cookies the easy way

There’s just something special about a plate of homemade cookies. After our last post about our allergy-induced emotional rollercoaster, we needed something to pick up our spirits. Warm chocolate chip cookies brought back smiles and giggles, and somehow everything is feeling right with the world again – funny how that happens. But sometimes you just don’t have time to make it...

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