Mom Things

Oh, Nuts!

Have you ever had that feeling in your stomach that something isn’t quite right? Something feels off? The facts do not add up? There is a missing link. That’s instinct.

Usually our gut instincts are pretty accurate and trusting our gut is one of our greatest assets.

There have been countless times that I quietly say “thank you” for helping me trust my gut in passing on a snack, meal, whatever, that ended up keeping our little lady safe.

This doesn’t apply to just food allergies either. Sometimes we know the truth, and acting on it is one of the hardest things we will ever have to do. But once we do act, and make a change, it’s amazing to see what lies on the other side of uncertainty.

As the end of the academic year draws to a close, I’m grateful for all of the close calls and the lessons it has taught us. The longer we are in the food allergy world, the wiser we become. The rules become clearer and the options make sense.

I planned on telling you about potatoes today, but this message came through to me today and I have to much gratitude. So much clarification this year.

Potato recipe is coming. We are deciding if we want to keep is super simple, or creamy!

If you color eggs, PAAS are all safe. Check out Whole Foods or Target for some natural options. For super littles, we use large Tupperware with whipped cream and food coloring drops. It’s not a strong color, but nobody gets hurt and the eggs turn out cute.

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How to be Nutfree, School Safe List, Snacking

Top 5 Nut Free Snacks

We are almost done with the school year, BUT our safe snacking box has run out of treats. This week we stocked up on our favorites.

  1.  Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Bars
  2. Skinny Pop Pop Corn
  3. Hostess Ding Dongs
  4. Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy Bars
  5. Birthday Cake Blondie Bars

This Birthday cake mix is perfect for take-along treats for birthday parties. I like to make these in advance, put them in a zip top back, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Our classroom is pretty small at school, and I usually just send one of these along during the birthday week. We have birthday MONTH coming up and we will be sending an entire batch along to school 🙂

Hope your weekend is warmer than ours! Spring is welcome back any time!

Weeknight Dinners

Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken

Hey guys! We have been talking away on our Instagram stories that we kind of forgot to keep our blog updated with what we have been talking about!

The past two weeks we have been very into rotisserie chicken for quick, weeknight dinners. We have multiple activities during the week for the kiddos, and at the end of the day, the easiest meal to put together is a rotisserie chicken dinner.

Here are some of the meals we have had, maybe they help you out too. Just make sure you check in with the kitchen where the chicken is roasted to make sure your allergy is not present. And as a reminder, the protein found in nuts/allergens can’t be baked, fried or sauteed away. Nut protein is found in friers, ovens, etc., so just make sure you check to keep the risk of cross contact low.

  1. Quick Chicken Quesadilla
  2. Chicken Fried Rice
  3. Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  4. Chicken Noodle Soup
  5. Burrito Bowls
  6. Shredded Chicken Salad
  7. Chicken Salad with Bleu Cheese and Grapes
  8. Homestyle Chicken with gravy, green beans and potatoes

 

Hopefully some of these come in handy this week – we love the smell of rotisserie chicken and the crispy chicken skin. So naughty! But so good. We esecially like the BARE Rotisserie Chicken available at Metcalfes Market. They have them available all day long and they are close to the check out lane, so you can literally pop in to the store just for the chicken and go home to get your meal started.

Have a great weekend. We have our first soccer practice and we are hoping the weather warms up a bit!

Travel

My Teal Ticket

We recently took a short spring break trip to a resort that was completely nut free; however, we still made sure our allergens were known before ordering any meals.

Today we came across a really helpful travel tool. It’s called My Teal Ticket. My Teal Ticket allows you to fill out a teal ticket to hand to servers, waitstaff, chef to make sure that allergens are known, without having to tell the entire story.

We purchased My Teal Ticket today and are very excited to share them with you. For your Teal Ticket, click here.

Holiday Favorites, Snacking

FAT TUESDAY UNICORN SHAKES

AH, yes, the season of Lent is upon us and tomorrow marks the beginning with FAT TUESDAY! One of my favorite days of the year, complete over inulgence. This year we are making unicorn shakes inspired by Everything Erica and her fabulous IG Stories. The supplies are all avaialble at Vanilla Bean Madison, or your local nut-free retailer. And we’ll have some IG Live stories for you to watch us assemble. Have a great week everyone, and don’t forget to set your clock ahead this coming Sunday!

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