Behind the Scenes at Enjoy Life Foods

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If you are a food allergy mom, you are no stranger to Enjoy Life Foods (ELF) Products.  Most likely their foods are a staple at your house, as they are at mine.  When good friend and fellow food allergy blogger, Keeley McGuire of the Keeley McGuire Blog contacted me about attending a special behind the scenes tour of the Enjoy Life Foods (ELF) Factory I was beyond excited!  We were also joined by our dear friend and fellow food allergy blogger {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 7/20/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for July 20, 2014: On MarketWatch.com, “Study Finds Cause Of Mysterious Food Allergy, Suggests New Treatment {Read More}

Quick, Easy, & Allergy-Friendly Cinnamon Rolls

Quick, Easy & Allergy-Friendly Cinnamon Rolls

I LOVE breakfast food!  I always have and honestly, it’s probably one of the biggest challenges for me as a food allergy mom.  Between my two little men, I can’t cook with eggs or dairy (amongst other allergens).  But since many breakfast foods contain one or both of these items you can see where the challenge comes in – especially with having to omit eggs. Just think, that omits all baked goods, all egg casseroles, quiches, pancakes, french toast, waffles, {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 7/6/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for July 6, 2014: On MedicalDaily.com, “Thousands Of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Cartons Recalled Over Peanut {Read More}

Happy Birthday America!

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The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Not only is it our country’s birthday but it’s also a fun day spent with family and friends.  For us, it usually involves cookouts, time at the pool, sparklers and ends with a beautiful display of colorful fireworks. A food allergy diagnosis can make today’s festivities a bit more challenging as most of the cookouts are potluck and you never know where your child’s allergen can be lurking. A few {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 6/22/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for June 22, 2014: On ChicagoNow.com, “Got Food Allergies?  How To Trim Your Grocery Bill.”  Buying {Read More}

Allergy-Friendly Baked Honey Dijon Chicken

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All of my men including the Hubster loves dipping sauces of all kinds.  We rarely, if ever, sit down to a meal where someone doesn’t request ketchup, honey mustard, barbecue sauce, etc.  In fact, my youngest loves the honey mustard that the Hubster makes him that we make a batch almost weekly. You probably already know this about me but I love to read cookbooks.  That’s right, I generally have a pile of them on my nightstand.  Constantly flagging recipes {Read More}

Blessings in Broken Dreams

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Turning 30… We all fantasize about things and for me I fantasized about turning 30.  Many dread this milestone birthday but not me, I looked forward to it and welcomed it with open arms.  To me, 30 was the new 20.  I had this idea that 30 was the best age to be because at that time I would be done having children (3 to be exact), I’d have my pre-baby body back (or at least working towards it), we’d be {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 6/15/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Before we get into the *HOT* news articles from this week… I’d like to wish all of the dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!   Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all {Read More}

SpecialMoms Parenting Magazine – Food Allergies & Camp

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The SpecialMoms Parenting Magazine was first launched in early February.  Its creator and editor, Marla Murasko, saw a need and filled in the gap with this incredible magazine.  As a mom of children with special needs — life-threatening food allergies — I know all-to-well how difficult it can be to find other moms to relate to.  I often pick up a fun ‘mom’ magazines like, “Parents” or “Disney Family Fun” and as I read the articles I think to myself, “If only that {Read More}

Food Allergy Love Fest #14 – Party It Up!

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Hi and Welcome back to Food Allergy Love Fest! I am so glad that you found us! If you are on a special or restricted diet then you know how difficult it can be to find new recipes.  Especially if you have life-threatening food allergies, finding foods that are “safe” can be a real challenge.  For our family, both of our little men have severe, life-threatening food allergies.  Our hope and prayer is that you’ll be able to find some {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News – 6/1/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for June 1, 2014: On PoughkeepsieJournal.com, “Websites, Apps Help Those With Food Allergies”   I {Read More}

Black Bean, Chicken & Zucchini Enchiladas

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I’m so sorry for being a bit absent over the past couple of weeks.  This end of year school stuff is CRAZY!  Now that my oldest is in school I’m finally understanding why everyone is so scatter-brained during the month of May.  WOAH!  Thanks for bearing with me as I navigate this parenting a school-aged child thing.  :) With that said, I’d like to share with you a new recipe that I tried a week ago that was delish!  Even {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 5/18/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for May 18, 2014: On AllergicLiving.com, “Lawsuit Filed In Tragic Peanut Allergy Death” Natalie’s death shook {Read More}

Review & {Giveaway} Freedom Foods Cereals

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Are you ready for Day #3 of Food Allergy Awareness Week EpiFamily Giveaways?!?!?!? I have another *HOT* new allergy-friendly brand to share with you.  It’s Freedom Foods!  Freedom Foods is an Australian owned company that’s been making nutritious, allergy-friendly foods for the past 20 years.  You may be wondering why I said it’s a “new” brand and yet it’s been around for 20 years.  Well, although they’ve been in Australia for quite some time, they are relatively new to the {Read More}

Food Allergy Love Fest #13 – It’s Party Time!

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Hi and Welcome back to Food Allergy Love Fest! I am so glad that you found us! If you are on a special or restricted diet then you know how difficult it can be to find new recipes.  Especially if you have life-threatening food allergies, finding foods that are “safe” can be a real challenge.  For our family, both of our little men have severe, life-threatening food allergies.  Our hope and prayer is that you’ll be able to find some {Read More}

Review & {Giveaway} Gordy And The Magic Diet

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love getting to read and review children’s books.  It’s probably because I spent a lot of time reading when I was younger.  Books allowed me to visit far away places, swim with the dolphins in the open sea, travel back in time where I was, in fact, a princess, etc.  But above all else – books taught me, in a way that my parents couldn’t: how to make good {Read More}

Review & {Giveaway} Zemas Madhouse Foods

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About a month ago, I attended the Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo in Chicago.  There are so many reasons why I love this expo but one of the best parts is getting to try new products.  One of the new products that I’m super excited to share with you is Zemas Madhouse Foods. I had the privilege of not only sampling Zemas’ products at the expo but I got to meet the founder and creator, Jill Motew.  She is incredibly down {Read More}

Food Allergies In The News: 5/11/2014

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Welcome back to our “Food Allergies in the News” weekly roundup. First off let me say, “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” Each Sunday, I’m going to gather up what I believe are the most interesting food allergy articles from the week prior and bring them to you in one post.  It’s just like getting your Sunday paper!  This way you can be up-to-date on all of the food allergy happenings, too! So here is the roundup for May 11, 2014: On Cen.Acs.org, {Read More}

Allergy-Friendly Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

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Growing up my mom made a lot of casseroles.  So often times when I think of a comfort meal, I think of a delicious warm casserole.  It’s been a crazy month for us here at Casa de la EpiFamily and sometimes with all of the craziness, I just need a good ole bowl of comfort.  So that’s what I made last night and it was devoured by everyone! Chicken & Dumplings generally calls for a can of cream-of-something soup and {Read More}