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Corso's Cookies started out of Tina Hess' home in 2001. In 2008 she got her first huge order of 200,000 cookies and from their the new business was born. Now the company has grown so much that they have a gift for every occasion. They take pride in the passion and love that goes into baking their cookies.
They have a variety of gift items for all occasions. They have gift bouquets, gift boxes, and party favors. What's great about these items is that they come already presentable as a gift. Making it super easy for the customer. Their bouquets come either as a 6-Cookie or 9-Cookie Bouquet and come on a cardboard stand so it can be used as a display. Their gift boxes also come gift ready as well in a gift box with pretty crinkle paper. Lastly, their party favors are great to hand out as goodies or display on a cookie tray at parties and other events. To learn more about Corso's Cookies visit their website here.
I am so excited to have recently learned about Corso's Cookies and share with all of you. The company reached out to me and sent me a Valentine's Day Cookie Bouquet. When my cookie bouquet arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by how adorable the presentation was. The bouquet was very cute with iced cookies shaped and decorated into hearts and owls. A perfect Valentine's Day bouquet for anyone.
The best thing about these cookies is they are free of peanuts and tree-nuts. I can certainly find peanut and nut free cookies nowadays at the grocery store, but these are a great option because this is the first of its kind that would be safe for our family. Prior to having kids, I often ordered cookie bouquets from another popular cookie bouquet company, however, once food allergies entered my world, I completely stopped ordering from this place. I absolutely loved those cookies too, but they were not peanut and nut free and were no longer a safe choice for our family.
These Corso's Cookies are delicious and I couldn't stop eating them. They are baked with a buttery shortbread recipe and decorated with vanilla royal icing. I also love that these are individually wrapped with an expiration date. The cookies I received were dated to be good until December 2018. Usually these types of cookies do not have a very long shelf life, so I really like that these last for a while. Unfortunately, I could not refrain from having one every day and they are now gone, but others with more restraint will like that they last long and there's no need to freeze them in order to preserve.
Guest Blog By Amanda Orlando
Today I’m the founder of a blog for teens and adults with food allergies (Everyday Allergen-Free), the author and food photographer of an allergen-free cookbook, and a freelance writer and food photographer. But years ago, I was struggling to fit in socially and manage the anxiety that came with having severe allergies. It was in learning to deal with these challenges that I found my voice and decided to begin my career as an allergy awareness advocate.
As a baby, I was diagnosed with anaphylactic allergies to peanuts, nuts, dairy, egg, soy and all legumes, chicken, and certain fruits. My older brother was diagnosed with a peanut and nut allergy around the same time. And as I’m sure you can guess, our family’s whole way of life suddenly shifted. This was pre-internet and free-from food brands, so my mom spent a lot of time researching what exactly allergies were, how she could keep us healthy, and finding recipes that were safe.
I eventually grew out of several allergies but I’m still anaphylactic to dairy, nuts, peanuts, and legumes. It’s shaped so many of my character and personality attributes and I think it’s now, as an adult, that I’m really appreciating this. Years of sitting alone at the peanut-free table were isolating, but also taught me the importance of inclusion and independence. Standing on the sidelines during social situations (like birthdays or class parties) has taught me the value of good friends. And my collective experiences related to having an invisible disability have instilled in me a great sense of empathy towards others.
My site is geared towards teens and adults because my teenage years and early twenties were the most challenging in terms of dealing with my allergies. I was always searching for articles about people in my phase of life and I didn’t find much out there so I decided to create my own. I like to keep the site very positive and real, engaging, and of course humorous. My hope is that I’ll help empower and inspire confidence in people like myself who are dealing with the challenges of navigating their allergic life.
Hello! My name is Alannah! I am 10 years old, I am in 5th grade and I am a girl boss.
I am working on writing my very first cookbook. Want to know why? Because my little brother is allergic to five of the top eight food allergens. He can’t drink milk! He can’t eat eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, or soy. He also can’t eat foods with sesame seeds or pork. It’s a lot and it makes me so sad when he can’t eat things that I like to eat.
I love to eat dessert, especially cupcakes! My brother used to miss out on a lot of desserts because they were made with ingredients he couldn't have. With the help of my mom, I learned how to make desserts and snacks for him and now I come up with my own recipes. It's so much fun! I am working hard to self-publish my cookbook, called Dance Like a Cupcake! I love when I eat a dessert that's so good, it makes you start dancing!
Sometimes it's hard to have a brother with food allergies because there are times when it's hard to find a restaurant to eat in, especially because we live overseas. I also worry about him staying safe. When he has a reaction to food, I feel scared. I want to keep him safe and I can help do that for him and other kids by sharing my recipes. Although my brother isn't allergic to gluten or wheat, I am trying to make all the recipes in my cookbook easy to make gluten free.
My cookbook will be out early next year and I am super excited! I want to bring awareness to people, bring families together and make everyone Dance Like a Cupcake!!
Visit my website www.DanceLikeACupcake.com and contribute to my cookbook publishing process at https://www.gofundme.com/DanceLikeACupcake.
Before I go, I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you.
Super Yummy Banana Nice Cream Sundae
4 frozen bananas (cut each banana into 3 pieces)
2 tsp of vanilla rice or flax milk
1 tsp of vanilla
5 tbsp of dairy free mini chocolate chips
3-4 tbsp of sunflower seed butter
And remember to Dance Like A Cupcake!
I would like to take this time and remember some of the recent and not so recent deaths that have occurred from food allergies. These are just some of the reported cases. It is very sad that there have been so many and yet we have not heard about most of them.
Thank you for reading and sharing. The more we talk about it, the more others around us will too. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you can view some of their pictures.
"Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.”
This list was updated on March 22, 2017.
Food Allergy Deaths in 2017:
Anthony Maruca, 23, suffered an allergic reaction and passed away suddenly from anaphylactic shock.
Megan Lee, 15, dies after suffering an allergic reaction to takeaway food from a restaurant. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2016:
Tanner Sorensen, 14, had an allergic reaction to a cookie containing nuts. Full Story
Oakley Debbs, 11, died from an allergic reaction after eating a cake containing nut resin. Full Story
Ben Scott, 37, died from an allergic reaction to nuts. Full Story
Mariyah Pina, 14, had an allergic reaction to an unknown allergy. Full Story & Full Story
Breyton Horomona, 15, suffered a severe allergic reaction and died after eating calamari. Full Story
Paul Wilson, 38, died after eating a dish that contained peanuts. Full Story
Javier Avina, 10, died from asthma possibly caused by his peanut allergy. Full Story
Victor Lee, 10, tragically died after suffering an allergic reaction. Full Story
Abigail Raye Reiswitz, 13, died from asthma complications triggered by a reaction to milk. Full Story & Full Story
Bruce Kelly, 22, died after eating chocolates containing peanuts. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2015:
Jermain Bourbon, 11, died from an anaphylactic reaction. Allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts. Full Story &
Miles Bengco, 11, died from an allergic reaction to Mycoprotein. Full Story
Katherine Schaefer, 18, died from an allergic reaction that led to a severe asthma attack. Full Story
Shalev Hazan, age unknown, died after eating a granola bar containing nuts. Full Story
Annie Legere, 13, died from anaphylactic shock after an unknown allergic reaction, likely to something she ate, according to her doctors. Full Story
Lois Tate, 13, died at the hospital while being treated for asthma. Parents suspect it was the food they served their food allergic child. Full Story & Full Story
Cody Steven Kimball-Godfrey, 17, died from an allergic reaction. Full Story
Rachel Cole, 18, suffered an anaphylaxis reaction to peanut oil and died 6 days later. Full Story & Full Story
Cameron Wahid, 7, died after eating a dish that may have contained dairy. Full Story
Morgan Elizabeth Crutchfield, 17, died from an allergic reaction. Full Story & Full Story
Simon Katz, 16, died from an allergic reaction to peanut butter. Full Story
Andrea Mariano, 18, died from an anaphylactic allergic reaction. Full Story
Amanda Thompson, 50, died after having an allergic reaction to a Sorbet. Full Story
Dylan Hill, 18, died after eating at an Indian restaurant. Full Story
Maisie Durant, 21, died after eating a cereal bar containing nuts. Full Story
Shahida Shahid, 18, died from an allergic reaction after eating at a local restaurant. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2014:
Caroline Lorette, 14, died from an allergic reaction to dairy. Full Story
Brandon Dixon, 13, died after eating a candy bar given to him at school. Full Story
Deborah Mary Molloy, 52, died from an allergic reaction to lentils. Full Story
Richard Hugh Goins, 23, died after exposure to a food containing peanut. Full Story & Obituary
Aaron O'Farrell, 11, died from anaphylactic reaction. Full Story & Full Story
Derek Landon Wood, 11, died after eating a cookie from a local grocery store. Full Story
Sergio Lopez, 24, died after eating a mole sauce containing peanuts. Full Story & Obituary
Scott Johnson, 16, died from a milk allergy after eating pancakes at a restaurant. Full Story
Nutan Ajay, 16, died from an allergic reaction to egg. Full Story
Casey Ryan, 29, died from an allergic reaction to peanut oil. Full Story
Edward Alfred Horan II, 24, died after exposure to a food he is allergic to. Full Story
Jaime E. Mendoza, 16, dies after allergic reaction to peanut butter cookie. Full Story
Chandler Swink, 19, dies from an allergic reaction to peanut. Full Story
Joseph DeNicola, 7, dies after suffering an allergic reaction on Halloween. Full Story
Jack Burden, 18, died from a severe allergic reaction. Partial Story
Paul Wilson, 38, died from anaphylaxis. He had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Lydia Lavoshan, age unknown, died after having an allergic reaction to tahini, which contained sesame. Full Story
Edward Debbage, 8, died from an anaphylaxis reaction. Allergies to various foods. Full Story
Connor Donaldson, 12, dies after eating food containing peanut. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2013:
Elin Wahlgren, 16, died from an allergic reaction after eating tacos. Full Story
Ronak Warty, 10, died after drinking a wrongly labelled drink containing dairy. Full Story
Cody Hardy, 17, died from an allergic reaction to milk. See comments section for full story.
Marcus Terranova, 8, died from an anaphylactic reaction caused by an unknown food allergy. Full Story
Dora Mae Coburn, 68, died from an allergic reaction to bananas. Full Story
Abbie Benford, 15, died from an anaphylaxis reaction. Full Story
Emma Slone, 14, died from a reaction to a nut based sauce. She had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Andrew Turner, 35, died from eating bread containing nuts. Full Story
Shimmer James, 6, died after an allergic reaction to peanut. Full Story
Taylor Brown, 11, died from an allergic reaction. Partial Story and Partial Story.
Marcus Sweet, 46, died after an allergic reaction to coconut. Full Story
Connor Donaldson, 12, died from a suspected allergic reaction from nut allergy. Full Story
Giovanni Cipriano, 14, died from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Full Story
Derek Stephenson, 31, died from an allergic reaction after eating a curry dish containing peanut. He had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Ethan Williams, 14, died from a suspected tree nut allergy. Full Story
Natalie Giorgi, 13, died from an allergic reaction to peanut butter. Full Story
Mason Wight, 11, died from an allergic reaction. Partial Story
Jackie Scott, 35, died from an allergic reaction caused by peanut allergy. Full Story
Tanner Henstra, 11, died from an allergic reaction to peanut butter. Full Story
Adrian Gutierrez, 8, died from a possible reaction to milk. Full Story
Maia Santarelli-Gallo, 12, died of an allergic reaction after eating ice cream at the mall. Full Story
Cameron Fitzpatrick, 19, died after eating a cookie that contained peanut oil. He had a peanut and tree nut allergy. Full Story
Faith Tolbert, 2, died after from an allergic reaction to peanut. Partial story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2012:
Danika Rae, 17, died from complications related to an airborne allergic reaction and asthma attack. Full Story
Myriam Ducre-Lemay, 20, died after kissing her boyfriend that had eaten peanut butter. Full Story
Michael Saffioti, 22, died from dairy allergy after eating oatmeal containing dairy. Full Story
Jack Levee, 17, died from a severe allergic reaction and a asthma attack. Full Story
Jack Irvine, 15, died after eating a cookie containing nuts at camp. Full Story
William Luckett, 15, died after eating Chinese takeaway. He had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Ethan Thomas, 11, died from an allergic reaction to curry. He had a nut allergy. Full Story
Natalia Green, 17, died from an allergic reaction to chicken satay containing peanut. Full Story
Diallo Robbins Brinson,15, died from of an allergic reaction after eating a cookie. Full Story
Amaya Seraton, 8, died from an allergic reaction. Details are unknown. Full Story
Ammaria Johnson, 7, died at school after being exposed to something containing peanut. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2011:
Raymond Cho, 16, died after eating a cookie in class that contained walnuts. Full Story
Efrat Chen, 26, died after eating a dessert at a Tel Aviv restaurant. Full Story
Hayden Wileman, 9, died after eating a cereal. He had an unknown peanut allergy. Full Story
Jharell Dillard, 15, lost his life after eating a chocolate chip cookie, which unknowingly contained nuts. Full Story
Tyler Cody Davis, 20, died from an allergic reaction after eating at the KSU Campus Dining Hall. Full Story
Christopher Smith, 17, died after eating takeout food from a Wirral, England restaurant. Full Story
Veronica Cirella, 8, died from allergic reaction. (undisclosed food allergy and cerebral palsy) food fed at home by mother (under investigation) Full Story
Mathew Lee, 26, died after eating a salad that contained nuts. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2010:
Ashley Frangella, 20, died from an allergic reaction to milk. Full Story
Megann Ayotte Lafort, 6, of Montreal died from asthma attack that is believed to be caused by a food allergic reaction. Full Story
Katelyn Carlson, 13, died after eating Chinese food with her class. Full Story
Yla Aquino, 17, died on prom night after accidentally digesting peanut butter. Full Story
Poppy Harvey, 19, died after unknowingly eating a cake that contained peanut. Full Story
Kevin Edouard, 21, died from suspected peanut allergy after eating on a cruise ship. Full Story
Emma Egerton, 18, died from takeaway curry. She had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Darren Taylor, 44, died from unknown fin-fish allergy. Full Story
Charlie Fidler, 8, died after an allergic reaction at a football barbecue. He was allergic to eggs, milk, wheat and certain nuts. Full Story
Molly Giles, 10, died from one spoonful of curry. She had a nut allergy. Full Story
Molly Dyer, 13, died from curry takeout. She had a nut allergy. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2009:
Danny Macpherson, 21, died from an allergic reaction after eating Indian takeout. Full Story
Robert Anderson, 15, peanut, tree nut, egg allergy and asthma. Treated as asthma but later identified as anaphylaxis. (unconfirmed report) Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2008:
Mercedes Mears, 10, died after suffering an asthma attack. Food allergies are suspected to have played a part in her death. Full Story & Video
B.J. Hom, 18, died from an allergic reaction while on a family vacation. Full Story
Andrew Michael Smith, 8, died from an allergic reaction while celebrating super bowl Sunday with family. Full Story
Daniel Sargent, 30, collapsed after taking a bite of a chocolate chip cookie. Full Story
Rodney Hawkins, 35, died from shellfish allergy after being served wrong. Full Story
Dexter Skinner, 16, died after eating a chocolate bar. He had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Christopher Gould, 14, died after eating a cashew. Full Story
Mark Nicholson, 28, died from peanut allergy after eating chili burgers. Full Story
Angus Myers, 32, nut allergy, died after eating take away curry. Full Story
Elizabeth Hoborough, 39, died days later after eating prawn soup. Full Story
Carol Lynn Winston Kiener, 66, died from a peanut allergy. Partial Story
Deja Vacey Hay, 7, died from milk allergy after drinking juice. Full Story
Paul Anthony Thurston, 30, died in jail when served a sandwich containing peanut butter. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2007:
Nathan Francis, 13, died after given a lunch of beef satay at camp. Full Story
Karim Oughton, 13, died after eating a Brazil nut. He had never had a reaction before. Full Story
Carley Janelle Kohnen, 13, died from a burrito. She had a peanut, egg and milk allergy. Full Story
Grant Freeman, 38, Collasped and died after eating a tomato entree. He was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, seafood and chicken. Full Story
Mohsen Hussain, 9, died after having a sweet from the pick and mix candy section. He had a nut allergy and asthma. Full Story
Jessica Cordoroy, 10, died after eating a pie at a restaurant. She had a peanut allergy and asthma. (unconfirmed story)
Stephanie Faulkner, 14, died from a dish at a restaurant that unknowingly contained nuts. Full Story
Kylie Lynch, 20, died after eating a dessert at a cafe that contained nuts. Full Story
Francesca Sanna Mimmy, 19, Collasped and died minutes after brushing her teeth. She had several food allergies. Full Story
Michelle Bray, 21, died from seafood allergy. She had a severe anaphylactic reaction to a dim sim and collapsed. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2006:
Emily Vonder Meulen, 13, died at the mall after eating a sandwich she had eaten many times before. Full Story
Amber Norman, 12, died after eating a sweet treat in school. Full Story
Paul Derrick Howard, 16, died from a sesame allergy most likely contained in a cereal bar he had eaten. Full Story
Brent Schivley, 16, died from a peanut reaction after eating a chocolate chip cookie. Full Story
Jane McVeigh, 17, died from nut allergy after unknowingly eating chicken satay at a birthday party. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2005:
Gina Marie Hunt, 14, died after having an allergic reaction after eating Chinese food at the mall with her friends. Full Story
Christina Desforges, 15, died after kissing her boyfriend, who had just eaten a peanut butter snack. Full Story
Thomas Schatten, 43, died an hour later after receiving treatment for his peanut allergy from an alternative medicine practitioner. Full Story
David Joseph Boutot, 17, died from drinking a protein shake that contained whey. Full Story
Kailey Brianna Bowles, 7, died from a taste of hot cocoa in her room. She had a milk allergy. Full Story
Alison Armstrong, 11, died after eating a candy apple at the Grants Pass, OR Boatnik Festival. According to friends and family, Alison tasted peanut right away. The apple had been cooked in peanut oil. She was highly allergic to peanuts. (Can't locate full story)
Matthew Joseph Deluce, 24, died from peanut allergy after eating at a restaurant in Texas. Partial Story
Karen Lynn MacDonald, 27, died from accidential ingestion of peanut oil. Full Story
Chantelle Yambao, 13, died from peanut and nut allergy after eating a store-bought Nanaimo square. Full Story
Beverley Taylor, 37, died after eating a cashew that tasted like a peanut. She was allergic to peanuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and latex. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2004:
Jonathan Begley, 9, died from an allergic reaction to food while at school. Full Story
Amanda Mills, 19, died days after having an allergic reaction to a sandwich containing traces of nuts. Full Story.
Alex Baptist, 4, died after being exposed to peanuts at school. Full Story.
Chris Clements, 17, died after eating chocolate that unknowingly contained hazelnut. He had a tree nut allergy. Full Story
Habib Khan, 10, died at school after eating a meal from home. He had asthma and a dairy allergy. He died from an asthma attack, but it is believed to be triggered from the dairy allergy. Full Story
Amy Bauer Topic, 34, died from peanut allergy after accidental ingestion. Full Story
Phillip Heywood, 19, died from a peanut allergy after eating half a portion of curry. Full Story
Emily Givner, 38, died shortly after eating a sandwich wrap. She was allergic to chocolate, nuts, seeds and animals. Full Story
Prasad Gajare, 9, died from milk allergy. Partial Story
Sam Pettett, 22, died from eating a curry dish. Allergy unknow, but died from allergic reaction. Full Story
Raya French, 37, died from tomato allergy after eating spaghetti bolognese for dinner. Full Story
Laura Benson, 19, died after eating a Rice Krispy Treat that unknowingly contained peanut butter. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths 2003:
Matt Schmauch, 29, died after eating at a Chinese buffet. Full Story
Kate Obertelli, 21, died after eating takeout food containing curry paste. Full Story
Singh Bhamra, 49, died from egg allergy after unknowingly eating cake containing eggs. Full Story
Sabrina Shannon, 13, died from dairy protein that was still present on some school lunch tongs. The same tongs were used to pick up Sabrina's french fries. Sabrina's Law took effect on January 1, 2006. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2002:
Trent A. Hankins, 31, died after touching food containing peanut oil at a dinner party. Full Story
Thomas Egna, 5 months, died from milk allergy after being fed milk in a daycare. Full Story
Richard Sobrino, 38, had an allergic reaction to a candy bar and later died at the hospital. He had a peanut allergy. Full Story
Hamidur Rahman, 14, died from peanut allergy while on a school excursion. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2001:
Nathan Walters, 9, died on a class field trip after eating a sacked lunch offered to him which contained a peanut butter sandwich and cookies. Full Story
William Gallagher, 16, died after eating walnuts from his home economics class. Partial Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 2000:
Sarah Hubert, 13, died from Milk Allergy. Partial Story.
Nicola Ratcliffe, 18, died from a nut allergy after eating Indian food. Full Story
Luisa Dennis, 28, died from walnut allergy after eating bread that unknowingly contained walnuts. Partial Story
Patrick Maxeiner, 24, death is suspected to have been caused from a peanut allergy. (unconfirmed) Partial Story
Food Allergy Death in 1999:
Joseph Murphy, 18, died after eating pistachio nuts. He knew he was allergic to peanuts, but not aware of his nut allergy. Full Story
Food Allergy Death 1998:
Mark Villa, died after eating a sugar cookie containing peanut butter. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 1996:
Kristen Wyak Norris, 13, died from anaphylactic shock due to complications from asthma and
allergies. She was allergic to nuts. Full Story
Joshua Ramirez, 21, died from peanut allergy after eating a cookie in a vending machine in his dormitory. Full Story
Food Allergy Deaths in 1991:
Johnny Robbins, 16, died after eating an egg roll containing peanut butter. See comments section for full story.
Food Allergy Death in 1989:
Cheryl Winegardner, 10, died from a peanut allergy while on a school field trip. Full Story
Food Allergy Death in 1986:
Katherine Brodsky, 18, died after eating chili from a restaurant that was flavored with peanut butter. Full Story
"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones
shine down to let us know they are happy."
Some of the faces of those we have lost
Guest Blog by Caitlin of Caity's Kitchen: Thriving with Food Allergies
Friendsgivings, Christmas work parties, New Year's Eve parties - from November to January, our schedules are packed with holiday functions. While I do believe it is the most wonderful time of the year, this time of year also reminds me of how frustrating and difficult it can be to have severe food allergies. As a child growing up, my food allergy issues were intercepted by my parents before they could cause much of a problem to ruin my holidays. Fast forward a couple of decades, pass through college, a wedding, a few different jobs, and here I am, trying to manage Christmas work parties, holidays with in-laws, parties with different friends, and I can get a bit overwhelmed.
As this new generation of allergic kids becoming allergic young adults, it can be tough to navigate these new, and unfamiliar, life experiences. In the past few years, I have better learned how to navigate these social functions where I am careful, but still able to enjoy myself. For these upcoming holidays, here are my tips and tricks to stay safe and enjoy the holidays!
Caitlin has grown up in Los Angeles acquiring food allergies, a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, a loving husband, and an amazing job as a Children's Librarian. She enjoys spending time with family, trips to the beach with her husband, Sundays at church, and writing. Having food allergies is a struggle, but Caitlin hopes with more resources available, people can learn to thrive with food allergies. caityskitchen.com
Tips For New Allergy Moms
Guest Blog By Lyndsay Edwards of Living With CMPA
Being an allergy mum is a whole new world, I’m not even sure I knew being an ‘allergy mum’ was a thing before I became one which is kinda crazy considering my brother is allergic to almonds which my mum discovered when he was around ten years old - so allergies aren’t exactly new to our family but my brother reacted with a rash which calmed down and then disappeared fully with some anti-histamines so it wasn’t really ‘a big deal’ or so we thought. He was advised to avoid nuts and did so with no reactions until he was 30 years old but then that reaction at age 30 was anaphylaxis meaning his airways started to close and it was life threatening, he now carry’s an auto injector with him ‘just in case’ he accidentally comes in to contact with nuts and has another life threatening allergic reaction. When my son was born in 2013 he was poorly and I didn’t know why, all of his symptoms such as colic, rash, back arching, reflux, sickness, diarrhea, blood in his stools, refusing feeds etc., can be diagnosed as individual problems but when baby has all of these symptoms together it can point towards an allergy. Getting my son diagnosed was extremely difficult and a lengthy process, it was heartbreaking watching my baby suffer and not being able to do anything about it - I was desperate, emotionally and physically exhausted but I didn’t give up! If there’s one thing I have learnt about allergy mums it’s that they’re fighters and we will fight for our children to get them what they need and ensure they don’t miss out!
To cut a long story very short, in the early days when my son would scream in agony to the point where his head would turn purple and he’d be pouring with sweat - not to mention the blood all up his back… I did my own research and figured out he has a cow’s milk protein allergy, I conducted more research and realized he needed a hydrolyzed formula, I studied the different formulas suitable for a cow’s milk protein allergy and went to the children’s hospital armed with all of my information - I still had a huge fight on my hands and my son was 9 weeks old by the time I got him the formula he desperately needed but after just 12 hours of being on that formula his symptoms stopped - so yeah ‘mum knows best’. Unfortunately my story of struggling to get a diagnosis isn’t rare and that’s one of the reasons I created my blog, I don’t want any allergy parents and allergy baby’s to suffer like we did so I put everything I know online to help others.
Today, I want to share my tips for new allergy mums:
I hope you have found my tips for new allergy mums helpful, if you’re in need of any allergy friendly recipes or shopping lists (UK & Australia) you can find them over on my blog ‘Living With CMPA’.
As a parent of young children, my life is now punctuated with fun milestone events throughout the year that bring my kids lots of unbridled joy. Holidays, summer time, and birthdays are awesome but almost nothing beats Halloween when I allow my kids to lose their minds and eat as much candy as they can. However, now that I am the parent of a child with a severe nut allergy, Halloween brings a lot less joy and a lot more fear because of all of the candy that could potentially harm my son. At almost four years old, it is hard for him to really comprehend why he can’t eat the candy that his sisters are allowed to have. He understands in concept that he is “allergic to peanuts” but that doesn’t translate to understanding why I have to take most candy away from him and his trick or treat bag. It stinks to see his little face fall when he resigns himself to not having the same things his friends and sisters are eating.
Last year was particularly stressful during trick or treating because it was the first time that he was walking around our neighborhood and not strapped in to the stroller. It was also the first time that I let him walk from the sidewalk to my neighbor’s front doors to ring their doorbells and get candy on his own. I am sure as parents of kids with nut allergies, you can understand my fear. There are a million kids running around, it’s starting to get dark and it is really hard to read the teeny, tiny candy labels to determine what is safe to eat (why is my phone flashlight STILL not bright enough?). Also, all of the kids I know are walking and eating one piece of candy for every two they get! While there were definitely a small handful of sensitive friends and neighbors out there who were ready with some sort of treat he could eat, the vast majority of houses just weren’t safe because let’s face it - unless you have a child with an anaphylactic nut allergy and carry an Epipen for them like it’s your job, cross contamination from nuts is just not on your radar screen. So, while his friends were stuffing their faces with all sorts of chocolate, I was frantically pulling out all of the unsafe candy from his bag (while trying not to lose him in the crowd and keeping an eye on my other kids too) and replacing it with boring lollipops. He was disappointed and I was frustrated and sad. There were tears. A few of them were mine. Something had to give.
That Halloween really pushed me to think about how I could make the world a slightly safer and better place for my son and other children in his situation. I discovered that another mother of a nut allergic child in my community felt the same way as me (don't we all?) and together we formed Bo & Ty Sweets, a nut-free candy company (all products are free from cross contamination with nuts and completely safe for nut allergy sufferers). Bo & Ty Sweets offers an assortment of chocolates, gummies and jelly beans in various sizes ranging from Mini jars (great for party favors) to Jumbo jars (keep them in your pantry and scoop out for occasional treats or use as party centerpieces).
Our newest product, the “Dabs,” are single serving candy bags which are perfect to keep with you while trick or treating. For every Snickers or Reeses Peanut Butter Cup that goes into your little one’s bag, you can now replace it with a Dab from Bo & Ty Sweets! Your nut allergic child will be thrilled to be eating the same types of candy as his or her friends and will feel #safenotsingledout. And you’ll be much more relaxed. Trust me!
Buy your Dabs now and receive 25% off your entire order (enter PROMO CODE: NONUTSMOM at checkout). Also, before you walk out the door this Halloween don't forget to check out our 5 Tips For Trick Or Treating With Your Nut Allergic Child.
Happy and safe Halloween to all!
Every Halloween No Nuts Moms Group of Michigan hosts a food free Halloween party for all members and their siblings. In the past, we have rented out a local play place and had the children dress up and do an indoor trick or treating type activity with food free items. It has always been one of my favorite events for the group and so wonderful seeing the kids all play together without any worries. This year, we still want everyone to come dress-up in their Halloween costumes. However, instead of the traditional trick or treating we have decided to do a carnival type theme with games and food free prizes. In order to make this party a success, we are asking each family to create their own Halloween game and bring it along to share with the group. This event should be just as fun as previous years.
FAACT will be our sponsor and because of their generosity the event will be free to the families. Oriental Trading Company has also been very kind in helping me out with this event by providing some of the Halloween games free of charge. This is so great and we are very thankful to FAACT and Oriental Trading Company for helping us make this event so special for the families.
I have been ordering from Oriental Trading Company for years. When I started No Nuts Moms Group and hosted the first food free event, I knew where go to get all of our goodies. Oriental Trading Company carries a variety of fun Halloween items and most items are in bulk and inexpensive. They also have a line of food allergy awareness items in teal and you can even purchase a Teal Pumpkin through them. Here's a link to the teal products. If you are looking for food free toys and gadgets to give out on Halloween or you are organizing a kids party, Oriental Trading Company has some great options for all ages. They have fun games, crafts, stickers and much more.
Here are some of my favorite Halloween items from Oriental Trading Company and you can find them via this link.
Disclaimer: Oriental Trading Company provided No Nuts Moms Group free product in exchange for this blog.
Pure Delicious- 150 delectable recipes free from gluten, dairy, egg, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and cane sugar
I received this cookbook and it is amazing! There's so many great recipes, beautiful pictures, and helpful tips. This is a great resource for anyone living with food allergies or if you are just wanting your family to eat better. The author is Heather Christo and she is a mother and a chef. The book starts out with her family's journey with food allergies and how a diet changed their lives for the better. The book also includes information on elimination diets, journaling, food allergy testing, and much more.
Check out our Facebook Page for a Giveaway of this book starting August 4, 2016 and ending on August 8, 2016. Also, be sure to take advantage of the three free recipes listed below as well as a video featuring Heather Christo on the Today Show. Enjoy!
Three Free Recipes
Reprinted from Pure Delicious by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Heather Christo LLC
CHOCOLATE-DIPPED COCONUT ICE POPS
Tags: VEGAN • KID FRIENDLY • GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING
PREPARATION 8 HOURS FREEZING TIME
COOK TIME 5 MINUTES
These fancy grown-up pops are like a frozen coconut candy bar. They are so pretty and elegant that I have even served them to dinner party guests—much to their delight!
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut cream
1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1⁄2 cup granulated beet sugar
10 ounces soy-free vegan dark chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Toasted unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish
* In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk, coconut cream, shredded coconut, and sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
* Transfer the coconut mixture to a blender and puree on high until smooth. Pour the puree into 10 ice pop molds and add wooden sticks. Freeze overnight.
* Place a baking sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
* In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and coconut oil. Microwave on high until the chocolate is mostly melted, about 75 seconds, then whisk until smooth. Let the chocolate cool a little.
* Put a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper on the chilled baking sheet. Remove the pops from the molds and place them on the baking sheet. Pour the melted chocolate over half of each pop while holding them over the bowl of melted chocolate (to catch the extra chocolate). Sprinkle them with toasted shredded coconut and place them back on the on the baking sheet. When you are all done, store the pops on the baking sheet in the freezer.
Reprinted from Pure Delicious by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Heather Christo LLC
FRESH CORN AND MANGO SALAD
Tags: VEGAN • UNDER 30 MINUTES • KID FRIENDLY • NO SUGAR ADDED • MAKE AHEAD • HIGH FIBER • GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING • GREAT FOR POTLUCKS
PREPARATION 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME N/A
The first time I ate raw corn, I was shocked at how sweet and delicious it was. The little kernels burst in my mouth with a perfect little pop! When you pair raw corn with sweet mango and lots of fresh herbs, sharp red onion, and spicy chile, you get a salad that is absolutely perfect as a side dish or topping for any kind of protein. Frankly, I could just eat this whole bowl with a spoon.
2 ears fresh corn, husked
2 fresh mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced
1⁄2 yellow bell pepper, cut into small dice
1⁄2 orange bell pepper, cut into small dice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red chile, minced
1⁄2 red onion, cut into small dice
1⁄2 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
Grated zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
* Use a sharp knife to cut the corn kernels from the cobs. Place in a large bowl.
* Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days.
Reprinted from Pure Delicious by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Heather Christo LLC
KITCHEN SINK COOKIES
PREPARATION 15 MINUTES COOK TIME 18 MINUTES SERVINGS 24 COOKIES
When you clean out your pantry and find the tail end of a bag of chocolate chips, half a bag of shredded coconut, and a nearly empty raisin box staring back at you, it’s time to make Kitchen Sink Cookies. These are crisp, chewy, chunky cookies studded with coconut, raisins, pepitas, and melted chocolate—what’s not to like?
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 tablespoons hot water
11⁄2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄3 cup coconut oil
1 cup granulated beet sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup sweet potato purée, canned or homemade (page 34)
1⁄2 cup soy-free vegan chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup raisins
1⁄2 cup pepitas
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds and hot water. Let sit until the mixture becomes jellylike, at least 10 minutes.
In a large bowl bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, shredded coconut, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the coconut oil and sugar until well combined. Add the chia seed mixture, vanilla, and sweet potato purée and beat until incorporated.
Add the flour mixture and beat to make a creamy dough. Add the chocolate chips, raisins and pepitas and beat briefly to incorporate.
Using a 1½-inch scoop, set scoops of the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between them (they will spread). Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
This is a great educational book that teaches children that not everything is safe just because the allergen isn't visually present. It gives a good example of a child being approached with a hard to resist food while not being in the supervision of his parents. This book will help parents start these types of conversations with their children and teach them what they should do in similar situations. It is also a good teaching tool for friends of food allergic children, teaching them to be more understanding and see that food isn't needed to have fun.
This book can be purchased on Amazon for $7.99. You can also enter our giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of the book.