Birthday Parties, How to be Nutfree, Mom Things

Nutfree Unicorn Birthday

If you’re new to Nutfreemomblog, WELCOME! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope your weekend was full of love and laughter and that your Monday has started off with GOOD VIBES ONLY! Over the weekend, we had a lot of discussion about this year’s Birthday cake for Miss. Chloe!

Unicorns are all the rage right now – and obviously that is where our conversation led yesterday.  Of course we have unicorn cupcake wrappers and a cake ahead! Here are the cupcake wrappers we selected for our nutfree classroom treat. We ordered them from Amazon and the link is below if you have a uni lover in your life 🙂

Unicorn Wrappers

Keep in mind, wrapper means you do not bake in it. You’ll bake plain cupcakes and when they cool, you wrap them with these pretty little things! This idea calls for a LOT of frosting, so get that piping bag ready. We have 2 bags of powdered sugar on stand by since these little unicorns are going to need some serious unicorn hair to make those ears and horns stand up.

And for the big party with friends, we’ll be making our own round cake, as usual, and using this stencil for the unicorn face:

FREE unicorn SVG free SVG file compatible with silhouette cameo, cricut

We found the stencil on Pinterest. There are many on Etsy too!

We will print this on heavy card stock and cut out the individual pieces. Plain buttercream frostin will be the “glue” to hold the pieces on the cake. We have an edible unicorn horn that we picked up today from Vanilla Bean. It’s too cute, and I’ll share it on IG live this weekend when we assemble the cake.

Please check out our private IG for updates and frosting tips later this week!

Have a fantastic week & do great things!

With love and light,

nutfreemom & co.

 

How to be Nutfree, Uncategorized, Weeknight Dinners

Happy New Year!

At the end of December, we put our planner away and the to-do lists aside and just focused on enjoying time with family and friends. The past 2 weeks have been wonderful; we had a chance to reconnect and recharge. However, we are ready to get back into a routine! Thank you for hanging in there while we took a short break. This next year will be full of new experiences and new recipes that we are so excited to share with you here!

Before we dive back into recipes – and food allergy friendly finds – we want to talk about some kitchen basics. Food safety is a priority for us ALL the time since cross contact can happen so easily; especially if you do allow your allergen in your kitchen.

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  1. Wash your hands – Washing your hands is the easiest way to stop the spread of food borne pathogens that could make you sick. The US FDA recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds with hot, soapy water, or just sing the ABC Song! Get scrubbing!
  2. Sanitize your kitchen – I know we all love to use Mrs.Meyers smell good kitchen sprays, but they offer no actual sinitzation! We like to use spray bleach in the sink and around the counter tops, then I like to rinse with hot soapy water. The kitchen sink is known for having more bacteria than a garbage can!
  3. Clean your gear – Sponges are prime breeding grounds for lots of bacteria, so we tend to never use them, unless its a one-time use for a cleaning project. We use disposable dish cloths and throw them out after a week. Cutting boards, especially wooden, are also succeptable to bacteria, so make sure to use a plastic mat board for bacteria prone items that you’re prepping, like meats. In our home, we have color coded plastic cutting mats for raw meat items and then hard plastic / bamboo cutting boards for all other items; breads, fruits, veggies, etc.
  4. Season Safely – Most bacteria can’t live for more than a few minutes in direct contact with salt, it can live on the edges of a box or shaker. To avoid contamination with salt well or pepper mill, mix your seasonings in a small bowl prior to making your meal. This allows you to reach into the bowl to season your meats as needed without the risk of cross contact to the box / container that will go back in your pantry.
  5. Separate raw and cooked foods – Keep raw and cooked foods separately to prevent the spread of bacteria. Dont place cooked food on a plate or cutting board that came into contact with raw food and wash utensils that come in contact with raw food before reusing them, like meat thermometers and wooden spoons.
  6. Don’t rinse raw meat – Avoid rinsing raw meat and poultry. Contrary to what we have learned in other cookbooks, rinsing is more likely to spread bacteria in and around your sink. Cooking food to a safe temperature will kill surface bacteria no problem.
  7.  Defrost in the fridge – On the counter, the temperature is higher and bacteria multiply quickly. Place food on a plate or in a bowl to catch any liquid. Most food will take 24 hours to thaw.
  8. Reheat Rapidly – when food is reheated, it should be brought thru the danger zone (tempterature ranges from 40 to 140 degrees where bacteria thrive) as rapidly as possible . Dont let it slowly come to a simmer. Bring leftover sauces, soups and gravies to a boil and make sure casseroles reach 165.
  9. When in doubt, throw it out – No explanation needed. If it doesnt smell right or look right, just toss it. It’s not worth it.
  10. Allergy Spot – if you have food allergies in your home, you may want to consider having an allergy action plan where the food is only allowed in a specific area. For nut allergies, many families allow the peanut butter, cashew butter, etc. in a separate cupboard, then they eat it over the sink, then wash the sink out when they are done so there is no chance for cross contact. I’ve done this in our house with peanut butter and I usually end up washing the sink about 4 or 5 times before I move on. It’s a little much, but it works.

 

We have been talking about fast and healthy breakfast items to go – the kids have enjoyed sleeping in and this next week back at school is going to be a little adjustmet. We’re making banana bread, breakfast bars and scones to stock up our pantry. The new banana bread recipe has DOUBLE the bananas! Now that’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Have a great week – and keep your kitchen clean 🙂

 

How to be Nutfree, School Safe List, Snacking

National Donut Day & Nut Allergies

It’s tricky to take part in some of these made up holidays our nation throws at us. Today is national donut day, I had no idea until I saw the news today.

So, to help my nut allergic kiddo feel part of the crowd, we use Entenmanns Cake Donuts as our go-to safe donut.

I also have a piece about how we do Dunkin Donuts. And like all other food related items, check the labels first. Enjoy your day full of donuts!

How to be Nutfree

Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 13-19, 2018 is Food Allergy Awareness Week promoted by FARE, the Food Allergy Research & Education group that most medical personnel refer patients to.

FARE is a widely respected organization that helps people navigate the tricky topic of food allergies. From reading labels, to helping schools and other organizations, FARE is doing an amazing job shedding light on this issue.

And speaking of light, this year, they’ve teamed up with major building across America to turn them teal to

 

Image result for mitchell park domes turn tealraise awareness. Check out the Empire State Building above! How cool!

In my hometown, Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes will be teal the 13th-16th to help raise awareness. I’m so proud! To find out if your area has a teal building, click here.

 

May 19 is a date I will never forget. Ugg. Read about it here.  On May 19, we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary of epi-pen freeness. Chloe has already picked the snack. If you’re a classmate, you’re in for a real treat 🙂

We’ll be wearing our teal proud this week – thank you for stopping by and for supporting nutfreemomblog.

How to be Nutfree, Snacking, Travel

Dunkin’ Donuts & Nut Allergies Part III

20180419_094022.jpgAre Dunkin’ Donuts safe for people with peanut and tree nut allergies? Well, we went again, and we have PN and TN allergies and we were totally OK. I did do a little more research though and I wanted to share that here:

  1.  Dunkin Donuts only bakes SOME of their donuts in-house. The rest are shipped in from central bakeries. They started doing this in the 90’s to save money.
  2. Not all Dunkin Donuts are nut free, like the location I have been going to. For some reason, the past few months that we have gone, there are NO NUTS in this store. And they understand nut allergies 100% at this location. With the exception of hazelnut flavor for coffee, the entire location is nut free. At this location, the safest donut to get would be one that is made fresh at this nut free location.
  3. Dunkin’ Donuts has an allergy blanket statement that I found on their website. It’s just like every other statement we read on the back of food labels. They can’t guarantee, but if you let them know ahead of your order, they will try really hard to accommodate you.Screenshot_20180419-125248.png

Today we stopped at our nut free location in Madison, WI, off of Fish Hatchery Road and the Beltline Highway. I trust this location, and each time they tell me that the item we are eating has not been around nuts or has a risk of cross contact. So I feel OK with that.

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We are having a meeting at my daughters school coming up, and I thought what better way to thank parents for their time and generosity this school year than by having a donut wall from Dunkin to enjoy a cup of coffee and sweet treats?! Dunkin supplied extra boxes for us to make promotional signs for our upcoming meeting – and they’ll be supplying the donuts for us too.

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P.S. if you love Dunkin as much as we do, this donut pool toy is at the dollar store right now. $1 for some fun in the sun! I’ll take it.

Enjoy your week 🙂