Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins To Celebrate Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins for Canada Day

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins are perfect to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday!

What better way to celebrate Canada Day than with some maple syrup laced muffins!

These were the perfect treat to bring over to my neighbour/friend Leslie’s where my boys were having a fun afternoon swimming with their friends in their pool.

Natasha exclaimed, “They taste like pancakes!”

Not quite sure where I acquired and wrote this recipe down from…I have had it since before I was married…enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins for Canada Day

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup Natura Rice Beverage
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (make sure it is the real thing)

Maple Glaze

1 tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of water to thin the glaze to your liking

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.
Add the wet to the dry and stir just to combine.
Fill 12 paper lined muffin tin with batter.
Bake at 350 F for 20- 25 minutes or until golden.
Let cool for 10 minutes in the muffin tin before removing them to finish cooling on a cooling rack.
Spread with Maple Glaze.

Enjoy!

How will you be spending Canada Day? Baking anything special to celebrate? Do share!

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Allergy Friendly Cupcakes To Celebrate A Job Well Done: Co-op Placement

This year, Michael partook in a unique opportunity his high school offered the Grade 11 students…a Business Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).

A SHSM, is a ministry-funded program providing students the opportunity to participate in specific courses, complete a semester in a co-op, experience extra learning opportunities, and receive certification in First Aid, CPR and customer service.

It has been a great learning experience and opportunity for Michael…a first-hand look at working in the ‘real world’ with food allergies.

It was a great learning experience for his co-op placement as well…once they learned of Michael’s multiple food allergies…they had all kinds of questions.

Would he be all right to answer the phone?  What if he had an anaphylactic reaction?

A meeting was held with his co-op supervisor, the board of education co-op representative, his business teacher, myself and Michael where all their questions were easily answered.

Their anxiety over Michael’s multiple food allergies (dairy, egg, sesame, peanut/tree nuts, beef, lamb, fish, shellfish, mustard and raspberry) were eased by simply educating them all on the importance of washing hands, the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, and the administration of the Epipen.  (When Michael switched to the Allerject…he took in the Allerject trainer to train his supervisor and those working with him)

Michael’s Epipen/Allerject had a special spot on his desk that his co-workers were aware of for easy access.

Tuesday was Michael’s last day at his co-op placement…he wanted to bring something to all his co-workers as a way to thank them for all their support and guidance.

What does one bring a large group of staff?

When I was working, people would just stop at Tim Hortons for a dozen doughnuts/muffins or pick up something from a bakery or the grocery store…unfortunately, that does not work for Michael with his multiple food allergies…dairy, egg, sesame, peanut/tree nut, beef, lamb, shellfish, fish, mustard, and raspberry.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes to the rescue!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes

Everybody loves cupcakes!

A simple solution to solve…sure it takes it bit more time and energy to prepare…but then, good things in life usually do!

The staff were pleasantly surprised when Michael arrived with his assortment of allergy friendly cupcakes…everyone loves to celebrate a job well done!

Click here for Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cupcakes.

Click here for Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Vanilla Cupcakes.

Enjoy!

How do you raise awareness of your food allergies or sensitivities with your co-workers?

Have you ever found that your food allergies or sensitivities have limited your job choices?

Allergy Friendly Muffins For Our Trip To The Cottage

Homemade allergy friendly muffins are a great snack to bring along to the cottage. Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack…the boys opted for their favourite:

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins for the cottage

I baked a batch Friday afternoon to bring with us for our first trip to my brother’s cottage…the boys were pumped!  I made them in the silicone muffins cups to reduce our waste. Click here for the recipe.

I also made a batch of Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares, baked a batch of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, baked a couple Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Sticks and popped a few bags of air popped popcorn spritzed with canola oil and sprinkled with sea salt.

My sister-in-law was in charge of our only dinner on Saturday. I can always count on her for a fabulous allergy friendly meal for everyone to enjoy…chicken kabobs, rice, broccoli and a salad.

The boys enjoyed a beautiful Saturday with their cousins…playing cards, fishing, tubing, and even taking in a swim.

The boys with their cousins after a swim in the lake

Crazy Canuck boys!

The countdown is on…just 8 more days until the boys are officially on summer vacation!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Muffins And A Loaf

In an attempt to bake an allergy friendly muffin that would appeal to my boys…I adapted a recipe I had clipped from my Chatelaine Magazine.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Muffins And A Loaf

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Muffins and a loaf

Two recipes in one…perfect!

Dusted with icing sugar…

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Mufins and a loaf dusted with icing sugar

…these moist muffins are full of a double dose of chocolate with just a hint of banana.

Basket in hand…I hit the streets in search of my boys and their friends for a taste test. I found Andy in the driveway organizing his fishing gear…he jumped at the chance for a muffin.

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Muffins

A stroll down the road…I found the boys at their friend William’s house. My appearance was a bit of a surprise…an impromptu ‘muffin tasting party’ ensued. Matthew, William and his mother, Linda, enjoyed the muffins…unfortunately, Michael was not so keen…he is just not into bananas lately.

Click here for the original recipe.

Adaptions:

1)  I replaced the 170 g of chopped semi-sweet chocolate with 1 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chips
2)  I replaced the 2 eggs with 3 tbsp. water mixed with 3 tbsp. of canola oil. Add 2 tsp baking powder and mix just before adding it in when called for in the recipe.
3)  I replaced the 2 cups of buttermilk with 2 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 2 tbsp. white vinegar and left to rest while I measured the rest of the ingredients.
4)  I reduced the salt from 1 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp…it just seemed too much.
5)  I omitted the pecan pieces

Enjoy!

About to enjoy a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Muffin

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Double Chocolate Muffin was the perfect ‘treat’ to enjoy mid-afternoon with my coffee.

What kinds of muffins do you enjoy?

P.S. Sending Happy Birthday wishes to my brother today…I think he would enjoy these chocolate banana muffins.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Bread

Growing up, Lemon Bread was another one of my favourite desserts my mother would bake for my brother and I. Up until now…I have tried to adapt her recipe to re-create this lemony treat to no avail.

I haven’t enjoyed a slice of Lemon Bread in years…my eldest son has a dairy and egg allergy…I really, really could not get Lemon Bread off my mind. I was determined to figure this one out for Mother’s Day.

I decided to take my own advice…I listened to the words I repeat to my boys over and over again…”Use what you know to figure out that which you do not know.”…and by jove, it worked!

I know Michael loves my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Vanilla Cupcakes…(click here for my original post) so, I just added the zest from a lemon to the batter…brushed it with a lemon sugar glaze while still warm from the oven…then drizzled it with a lemon icing.

Et voila…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Bread

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Bread with a bowl of fresh strawberries

A decadent lemony treat…topped with a lemon sugar glaze and lemon icing!

The boys were ‘head over heels’ in love with this recipe…all the adults loved it too. My mother-in-law even had a second piece…so I sent her home with her very own loaf!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Bread

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Loaves cooling with sugar glaze

Ingredients for 2 Mini Loaves, 12 cupcakes or 24 mini cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp pure vanilla
2 tbsp. water
zest from one lemon

Sugar Glaze
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp. lemon juice

Lemon Icing
Add enough icing sugar to leftover lemon juice to form an icing to drizzle over the top.

Directions
Spray 2 mini loaf pans with canola oil and dust with unbleached all -purpose flour.
In a large bowl, measure all the dry ingredients, including the lemon zest.
In another bowl, measure all the wet ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
Divide batter evenly between the 2 mini loaf pans.
Bake 375 F for 30-35 minutes or until tester comes out clean in centre of the loaf.
Poke holes in loaves while still in their pans and brush some of the sugar glaze over top of the 2 loaves. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Remove loaves from pans on to cooling rack and brush remaining sugar glaze over the 2 loaves. Let cool completely.
Once cooled, drizzle lemon icing over the top of each loaf.
Slice and serve.

Enjoy!

The combination of a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Bread with a side of fresh strawberries…heavenly!

Enjoying a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Bread with fresh strawberries

Just like my mom used to bake…priceless!

Comforting childhood favourite food memories is what I hope to incorporate in my boys’ lives…despite their food allergies.

Re-creating my childhood favourites has become my obsession. I am slowly baking my way through them…I have yet to tackle cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and coffee cake…and yet to share my adapted recipe for Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Butter Tarts.

P.S. For Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Cupcakes…fill 12 paper-lined or silicone lined muffin tins with batter and bake 20-25 minutes…poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes and brush with Sugar Glaze, when cooled, drizzle with Lemon Icing.  Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Cupcakes take 12 minutes…follow directions as above for the sugar Glaze and Lemon Icing.

P.P.S. To keep the loaves fresh…I like to wrap my loaves in wax paper then in foil. Sliced Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Bread could be sliced and frozen for another time…if there is any left!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

The muffin for today’s Allergy Friendly Muffin Monday was chosen especially for my Mother’s Day breakfast.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Full of oats, bran and plump apricots…perfect with a cup of tea!

I have been holding on to this recipe for awhile…waiting for the perfect time to give them a try…Mother’s Day breakfast was ideal. This recipe is from the June 2002 issue of Canadian Living Magazine. Click here for the original recipe.

Adaptions:

1)  I replaced the buttermilk with 1 cup of Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar left to set while I measured the rest of my ingredients.
2) I replaced the egg with a flax egg…1 tbsp. of flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. water and left in the refrigerator over night or until it thickens.
Update:  3) I added 1 tsp pure vanilla to the wet ingredients.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Thanks to a reminder from Candace…I baked the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins in my silicone muffin cups instead of paper. The muffins popped out perfectly.

Enjoy!

Enjoying my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffin

I think next time…a touch of ginger would be a nice addition. In the meantime, a drizzle of local honey was the finishing touch.

I packaged up a few Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day…she was quite pleased.

A few Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins for my mother-in-law to enjoy

Don’t worry mom…I have popped a few in the freezer for your next visit.

P.S. Go Leafs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

This Sunday morning I had the pleasure of baking my Allergy Friendly Monday Muffins at my mother’s house.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

My mother and I love the flavour combination of lemons and raspberries…combined with whole-wheat and oatmeal in a mini muffin…yes please!

While out grocery shopping for our evening meal on Saturday…my mother spied a mini muffin tin…the inspiration for the mini muffin version.

Mini muffins make the perfect mini snack…especially for my mother who watches her carbohydrate intake due to her being a Type 1 Diabetic.

This recipe was adapted from the March 2000 edition of Canadian Living Magazine.

Adaptions for this recipe include:

1)  Replace 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk with 1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar…let rest while you measure the ingredients.
2)  Replace the 2 eggs with 1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. water…let rest over night in the refrigerator (or in the refrigerator as you measure the rest of the ingredients), increase baking soda to 1 1/2 tsp (add to dry ingredients) and add 2 tbsp. of water to the wet ingredients.
3)  I replaced the all-purpose flour to whole-wheat flour to increase the fibre.
4)  I sprinkled the tops with large flake oats and topped each with a fresh raspberry.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Dry Ingredients

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup packed Demerara Sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup quick oats
1 tbsp. lemon zest

Wet Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. of white vinegar…let rest
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water (refrigerate overnight or until it thickens)
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp pure vanilla
3/4 cup frozen raspberries

Topping

24 fresh raspberries plus more for any regular muffins
whole oats

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients…excluding frozen raspberries.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to just combine…gently stir in the frozen raspberries.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tin…sprinkle with whole oats and top with a fresh raspberry.

Tip: I was able to bake 24 mini muffins and 5 regular sized muffins. (bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes)

Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes.
Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before turning out on cooling rack.

Enjoy!

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

P.S. On my drive home from my visit to my mom…I stopped in to see Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily. I thought her daughter’s would enjoy a basket of my freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins.

P.P.S. Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily’s posted a draw (click here for the story) to support the Brain Tumour  Foundation of Canada in support of Joanna @ That Thing I Made‘s friend, Jen, who has a brain tumour.  

Summer tote bag made by Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

The winner of the draw wanted Jen to have the beautiful tote bag that Carla made, along with a book, so I have brought it home to give to Joanna to pass on to Jen.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free 3 Grain Orange Blueberry Muffins

I just love waking up on a Sunday morning to freshly baked muffins…not to mention, so does my husband.

Big, bold crunchy tops adorn these beauties…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free 3 Grain Orange Blueberry Muffins. 

Freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Blueberry 3 Grain Muffins

Just the ticket for this past Sunday’s sunny yet brisk morning.

Prepping all the ingredients the night before makes swift work the next morning.

The blend of cornmeal, oats, whole-wheat and flax-meal lends to a more textural muffin…while the flavour combination of orange/blueberry brighten up this healthy combination of grains.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Blueberry 3 Grain Muffin

Fresh from the oven, moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside…Andy couldn’t resist a second.

I discovered this recipe back in the July 2004 issue of Chatelaine magazine…I have loved it ever since. Click here for the original recipe.

Just a few adaptions were necessary to make this recipe allergen-free for our family.

Adaptions:

1)  1 3/4 cups of Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 2 tbsp. of white vinegar for the buttermilk.
2)  an additional 1/2 tsp baking soda (added to the dry ingredients), 2 tbsp. of water (added to the wet ingredients) and 1 tbsp. of flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water left overnight in the refrigerator (added to the wet ingredients) to replace the 2 eggs.
3) I up the cinnamon to 2 tsp

As you must have noticed…I just love homemade muffins full of fruit and fibre…who knew there could be so many recipes?

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Blueberry 3 Grain Muffin

Lucky for me…and you…the list goes on and on for delicious muffins to adapt. Perhaps I should start…Allergy Friendly Muffin Monday!

Enjoy!

What is your favourite type of muffin?  Do you adapt it to meet you or your family’s allergies?

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘British Flapjacks’

My interest in Flapjacks stemmed from this great article that I read in the March 2010 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine titled, “bar none When is a flapjack not a pancake? When it is a delicious, buttery British cookie”, by Molly Wizenberg.

A pan of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Flapjacks

I have to say, Molly’s article made me laugh. It made me recall my own memories of my trip to Europe with my best friend, at the age of 19.  Michelle and I visited my Scottish relatives and over-indulged in all their tasty delicacies. Thank goodness for Pepto Bismol! More importantly, it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie.

My Aunt Mary, in Scotland, is famous for her Oatmeal Cookies…could this have been a Flapjack? I quickly emailed my cousin who contacted his mother…I had the recipe the very same day.

My Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe turned out to be more of a cookie than a ‘flapjack square’. I tried it all the same and fell in love with the memory. Click here for my post on my adapted recipe for my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe.

I had to adapt a batch of Molly’s British Flapjack recipe to compare…I replaced the butter with Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or for a soy free version use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread.

A selection of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Flapjacks

I love Molly’s description of her experience eating her first British Flapjack

“You take a bite, and it tastes good, if a little wholesome. But you keep chewing, and in a second or two, the flavor opens up threefold, big and toasty and rich, and your salivary glands start going, and you think, This is delicious. I don’t know what this thing is, but I’m going to need another.”

Molly is ‘bang on’! Both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie and Molly’s British Flapjack have that rich, toasty oat flavour that makes your mouth water. Whereas, the cookie is, well, more like a cookie…the flapjack has a slightly sweeter, candy like chew to it.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Flapjack and Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookie

Frankly, both are yummy and terribly addictive!

Enjoy!

Click here for the Molly’s original article and here for her original recipe.

Tip 1:  Molly’s British Flapjacks were a bit difficult to remove from the pan…might want to remove them soon after they have cooled and store in another container. Although, I did enjoy nibbling on all the bits stuck to the pan!

Tip 2: I would love to try both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie and Molly’s British Flapjack using canola oil instead of Earth Balance.

Tip 3:  Oat flour would make for an even ‘oatier’ taste and texture in my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie.

Tip 4: Both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie and Molly’s British Flapjack could be gluten-free using gluten-free oats, flour or oat flour.

Tip 5:  Lyle’s Golden Syrup is a British staple…many would say it is irreplaceable in both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookies and in Molly’s British Flapjacks.

Enjoying the March Break 2013…With Food Allergies

This March Break 2013, our family is staying close to home…no big trips like our first trip away as a family in years to Stowe, Vermont last year. Click here to read all about skiing trip and our ‘little cabin in the woods’.

So far the boys have enjoyed late nights, sleeping in, playing road hockey with their neighbourhood friends and just hanging out with some of their friends…but the highlight so far has been the opportunity to play some stick and puck with their father...arranged by my husband’s hockey team.

Michael and Matthew playing some stick and puck witht their father

All the hockey league players could bring their kids and skate around with a stick and puck.

Michael even played with the ‘big guys’…full equipment required.

Michael and his father after playing a game of pick up hockey with the guys

A game of pick-up hockey was arranged afterwards…short a few players, Michael subbed in. He was ecstatic to say the least!

Never knowing if food will be around…I made sure to bring some juice boxes, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares and Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Wholewheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Matthew made the suggestion, “Can we make Waffles for lunch?”

Matthew enjoyed helping to make a batch of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles and bacon for lunch the other day…the notion of ‘waffles for lunch’ quickly aroused Michael from his sleep.

Hoping to get to see the movie, ‘Oz’…Matthew really wants to see it.

Our family avoids food issue sat movies by just not having any at all. I figure going to the movies is all about experiencing the movie up on a big screen…not about the food. I know others would make the claim that the ‘whole experience’ of going to the movies includes the food…that may be so, but unfortunately, such is not the case in ‘our world of food allergies’.

My other hope is to take the entire family out for dinner…not as easy as one thinks. I have my eldest son’s food allergies to consider…dairy, egg, beef, lamb, sesame, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, mustard and raspberry.

I am not having much luck…feeling very down-hearted.

If anyone in Ontario has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate hearing about your experiences…good or bad.

P.S.  I am also enjoying the sleeping in…hence, the later posting of my blogs. 🙂