‘Twas The Day Before An Allergy Friendly Christmas’

‘Twas the day before an allergy friendly Christmas and all through the house, my boys have been itching for todays great excitement…the imminent arrival of my brother, sister-in-law and nephews arrive! My boys are ‘over the moon’ excited!

‘The stockings have been hung by the chimney with care…in the hopes that their cousins would soon be here!’

Estimated time of arrival…before lunch! I better get busy…there is still the prepping of the Dairy, Egg, Beef and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Stuffing for our grand farm fresh turkey, baking Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bundt Cake and the ‘piece de resistance’ for our Chrismas Day dessertDairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log.

The boys have had ‘visions of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men and Sugar Cookies dancing in their heads.’

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread, Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies on a plate

Good thing all my allergen friendly christmas cookie baking is complete.

‘When out from Michael’s room I hear a faint hoarse whisper…I sprang to his room to see what was the matter.’

‘Away to the walk-in doctor’s we flew in a flash (7 more patients and they were closing)…Sat there for 3 hours, a chest infection the cause.’

‘Now Nana, now Matthew, now Andy and me…to the grocery store, empty the recycling, pick up the turkey, get the house cleaned and start a batch of  Homemade Chicken Soup.’

‘Now dash away…dash away…dash away all!’

“As I spring to the kitchen, to set the timer to whistle!…I exclaim…as I start with my next recipe…’A Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.'”

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours this holiday season!

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Busy Baking For An Allergy Friendly 2012 Christmas

As much as I am enjoying adapting and baking along with The Toronto Star’s 2012 Cookie Calendar Countdownit is time I started baking and stocking up on some of my family’s most requested allergy friendly baking for Christmas.

Michael has long finished his favourite…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men and just the other week, Matthew put in his two cents worth of hinting, “I think it is time for Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies.”…he is right.

Today I will be busy baking up some Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Sugar Cookies for Matthew’s Geography class…each student is to bring in a food representing a part of their culture…a shortbread cookie represents Matthew’s Scottish heritage on my father’s side. (The teacher has requested that all food be peanut/tree nut free…however, due to cross-contamination issues, Matthew does not feel comfortable eating any of the treats his friends will be bringing in for the lunch. He will be bringing his own lunch.)

I will use half the batter to bake the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Sugar Cookie cut outs dipped in chocolate (melted Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)…while the other half will have Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips added to the batter to be baked into Matthew’s favourite cookie…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Snowballs.

Next on my list of baking…the over ripened bananas. Perfect for everyone’s favourite Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bundt Cake and Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bran Muffins . Both will satisfy all the hungry eaters I will have over the Christmas holidays. (Muffins can be frozen and then reheated in the microwave for a quick snack or addition to breakfast.)

I am hosting our family’s Allergy Friendly Christmas Dinner this year…although it is a lot of prep and work…I relish the thought of doing it all in my own kitchen, with my own kitchen supplies, and minus the travelling.

I hope to bake my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Yule Log for our Christmas dessert…if time runs out, I can always pick up a frozen Guardian Angel Chocolate Yule Log at my local Metro which is free of peanut/tree nuts, dairy and eggs.

I hope to post photos along the way…stay tuned!

How are your plans for an allergy free holidays going this season?

2012 Christmas Santa on tree

Merry Christmas!

My Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men Are Legendary

While I wait to work out the kinks in my blog…this will be a link less and picture less post…I thought I would recount a conversation I had with Michael yesterday after school. It pertains to my previous post…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men.

Apparently, my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men are legendary!

For the past few days, Michael has been bringing in a few Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men  to school to enjoy at lunch. I had made a batch this past weekend to bring to a Christmas Party…I packaged a few for the children of our hostess.

Michael’s Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men were spied by his fellow grade school friends…they were deemed legendary!

Michael’s grade school friends all grew up on my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men…I baked them in all kinds of shapes for all kinds of occasions throughout their grade school years.

How sweet to think that my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men were so coveted!

One friend, in particular, waited patiently for Michael to bring the cookies out of his lunch bag in anticipation that Michael would share…he did.

As I looked in to the cookie container sitting on the counter, I noticed there were only two small Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Men left…I mentioned this to Michael.

Michael peered up at me…with his boyish grin, that would melt any girl’s heart, made a request…”Do you think you could make another batch?”

Guess I know what I will be doing this weekend! 🙂

How about you…will you be busy with some holiday baking? What are the favourites in your household?

P.S. Even my friend, Anne, that was just here visiting, requested the recipe for my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Menthey truly are loved by all that try them!