Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes

It amazes me how many delicious recipes are out there that accommodate people living with food allergies.  Because it makes us smile on, we must share…

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes


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You’ll Never Miss It Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

Yet another amazing recipe that helps us smile on to Thanksgiving…

Allergy Shmallergy

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!


I know you guys may have found this recipe useful last week (my apologies), but I wanted to make sure it tested well for both food allergic as well as non-food allergic guests.  And, it did!  With a little tweaking, it was received to rave reviews!  And, nobody missed the traditional buttermilk.  So I hope you all can use this to pair with meatloaf, at Christmas, New Years and beyond…




1 garlic

3 cups chicken broth

1 Tbsp Kosher salt

5 large potatoes (I used 10-11 medium-ish white potatoes), cut into 1 inch pieces

2-3 Tbsp chopped chives

2-3 Tbsp dairy-free butter/margarine


Cut the top off of garlic and place on a square of foil.  Drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp of chicken broth, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Place remaining broth, potatoes, and…

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Food Allergy Study

The following is an interesting research study  at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Smiling on to more answers and a cure…


Butternut Pasta with Sage Cream Sauce

The following recipe looked too delicious not to share.   Enjoying the rest of the weekend, we smile on…

Butternut Pasta with Sage Cream Sauce


Making The Holidays Happy AND Allergy-Friendly

Hope on the Horizon for Those with Peanut Allergy

Even though the statistics tell us that my son is less likely to outgrow his peanut and tree nut allergies, the following article gives us hope that anything is possible.   Check it out and smile on with us this weekend…

Hope on the Horizon for Those with Peanut Allergy


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Smiling on peanut free for now…

Favorite Finds Friday: Little People

Since we are still gradually adding new foods and products to TJ’s diet, this week’s favorite find is once again indirectly related to food. Fisher-Price’s Little People figurines are some of my son’s favorites toys at 18.5 months and quite helpful to our routines.

On top of his multiple food allergies and sensitivities to textures, my son is often a picky eater.  While Mickey Mouse Clubhouse continues to help us during parts of mealtimes, we also rely on our friend, Fisher-Price’s Little People. Whether they are taking turns “eating” TJ’s food with him or just being held in my son’s hand, they add great support and distractions during breakfast, lunch or dinner.

In addition to helping with food, I have mentioned before that they also help on our car rides. These little people are amazing! Because TJ keeps one or two in his hands, he very rarely scratches at his eczema anymore as I drive.   Sure they get thrown and cause some drama sometimes; however, their benefits outweigh those other moments.

Here are some of our helpers:



Little People Spinning Sounds Airport

Little People Big Animal Zoo

Disney Princess Musical Dancing Palace

Little People Magic of Disney – Day at Disney

Little People Fun Sounds Farm

Little People Musical Preschool

Wishing everyone an amazing Friday as we move on to the weekend with Little People in our hands and smiles on our faces…

A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

The following article discusses the settlement between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in December 2012.   This decision served as a foundation for the ensuring the rights of those living with celiac disease and food allergies. It also discussed recognizing food allergies as a disability and the necessity to see beyond the label that many let the word “disabled” put on them.  As a Special Education teacher, I know the importance of accepting the needs of the individual so that everyone has the ability to live the life that they deserve.  Since we are ALL different, we ALL have different needs.  With that being said, this article gives me hope for the future of food allergies so we smile on…


Lesley University Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access


Restaurant Goes Gluten & Dairy Free & No One Notices

As someone who went gluten-free, dairy-free, and several other “frees” for six months to continue breastfeeding my son, I honestly enjoyed the meals that I ate during that time.   Sure, at first I remember thinking and being asked, “What the heck will you (or do you) eat?”  However, there are soooooo many options and I did not even begin to explore the extent of them.  If indeed my son does not outgrow his allergies as soon as we would like, I am excited to get creative and try new recipes.

With that being said, I absolutely love this article as shows how gluten-free and dairy-free does not mean one can’t enjoy amazing food. Instead, it is quite the opposite! This restaurant and chef have definitely added more smiles to our days…

Top London Restaurant Go Gluten and Dairy Free… And No One Notices



Smiling on gluten-free & dairy-free…

Snack Safely’s “Safe Snack Guide & Allergence ” – (Updated on November 17, 2015)

Snack Safely has updated their “Safe Snack Guide” again.   Because this list helps to make  every day safer for our children, we smile on…


Check it out: Snack Safely – Newest Edition