Monday, January 31, 2011


Imagine the title of this post being said really obnoxiously, in the Monster Truck Rally announcer type of voice =)

This past Saturday my husband and I surprised Cody with a trip into D.C. to see the Monster Truck Jam. It was an early birthday present for him, and he was beyond thrilled!


Friday, January 28, 2011

Peanut Allergy Alert - Keebler Recall

Received this from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network email alert today...


Jan. 28, 2011

Keebler® is recalling limited quantities of “Fudge Shoppe® Jumbo Fudge Sticks” because the cartons actually contain individually-wrapped “Jumbo Peanut Butter Sticks.” The individually wrapped cookie sticks are correctly labeled.

The product was sold in convenience stores nationwide.

The recall affects about 17,000 8-count cartons with UPC Code 3010053332 and lot code AS 07 27 1A.

Consumers who would like a replacement or have questions may contact the company at (888) 746-3679.

Wow. At least the wrappers are labeled correctly!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

AmeriColor Food Coloring and Allergens

AmeriColor #1 Color Kit Soft Gel Paste Food Color, 12 Pack

I'm starting to plan for Cody's birthday party (trash truck theme, it's been a challenge so far), and contacted AmeriColor about our set of allergens.


I am writing to learn if your gel food colorings contain or have any contact with nut or egg products.

Thank you!


And this was their response...

We have no nuts or tree nuts in our facility. We do have egg albumen, but it isn’t filled on the color line. Thank you for your interest in AmeriColor.

The egg not being made on the same line is within my comfort zone, so I'll be buying some of their food coloring! I've heard great things about it, and I'm excited to use it for his cake this year.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Silhouette Machine

I am completely intrigued by the Silhouette SD Digital Craft Cutting Tool (Silhouette) that are popping up in blog posts all over the blogging world. I'm storing away the idea of asking for one for Christmas 2011 (or birthday 2012!), but I'd love to win one in the mean time. Today I've come across a couple of giveaways for them! If you'd like to enter, they can be found at Beneath my Heart and House of Smiths. Go win one! Or win one for me  =)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sharing Recipes

This past weekend we celebrated my husband's 35th birthday, and I tried out a few recipes for the occasion. Of course each recipe was made to be nut and egg free! Each one turned out very well, and I wanted to share them.

Annie's Eats has quickly become my favorite recipe blog. I have yet to try something from there that I haven't liked. As a reminder, it's important to check the individual ingredients for any cross contamination issues.

For my husband's weekend I made...

Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites: Not hard, but took some time as there was a two hour wait for the dough to rise. The end result was SO good. I would probably add more ham next time, and possibly try the recipe without any filler. I can see making a batch of these to have on hand for our mall trips, when Cody usually begs for an Auntie Anne's Pretzel (not safe for Luke).

Spicy Shrimp Po Boys: *This recipe is NOT egg free as it calls for mayo* I liked these, although the other people enjoying them with me seemed to like them more than I did. The sauce is amazing, but I prefer my shrimp po'boys to be fried.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes: Now, my husband is not a sweets person, so asking him what kind of birthday cake he wanted was useless. I chose this recipe because of the color scheme (his gift was a half day class and 8 laps at our local NASCAR racetrack), and well, because I wanted to try them =) These are AWESOME. The frosting is really good, but the cupcakes are good even without frosting. I made them with the intention of sending the leftovers to work with my husband, but I haven't been able to part with them yet. Oops. The recipe calls for 3 large egg whites. I was able to use Ener-G egg replacer without any problems.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ahoy Matey - Rawr!

I got this sweet little thing for Christmas...

Brother CS6000I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine

And I'm in love with it. My days of cussing at the sewing machine are over! At least for now =) I finally got it set up earlier this week, and I've been having a grand time using it. Monday I hemmed the two curtains from Pottery Barn Kids that I got for Luke's room (although I was a nervous wreck, afraid I'd mess them up). Tuesday I decided to use some of the scraps from the curtains to embellish a shirt for Luke. I turned a square from the curtain into this...

I ironed the square onto some Heat n' Bond, then pinned a dinosaur template that I found online (I'll add the link as soon as I can find it!), to that and cut it out. Ironed the dinosaur onto a tshirt. Then I used Word to print out "rawr" in a nice thick font. Cut that out with my trusty xacto knife, and in turn used that to cut "rawr" into some freezer paper (great tutorial at I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar). Ironed that onto the shirt, and used orange fabric paint to color it in. I later added a few x's underneath with embroidery thread.

Cody was feeling a bit left out, so I decided to decorate a winter hat for him. I had picked one up after finding this tutorial at Just Another Day in Paradise. Cody decided he wanted a skull and crossbones, and I just happened to have a tag with said design that I salvaged from an old tshirt. The stripes are scraps from a couple of tshirts. I used a zig-zag stitch to make it a bit messy looking and a bit funky.

He seems pretty happy with it =)

Linking to

Success and Uh-oh!

March 4th will be the one year anniversary of Luke's first anaphylactic reaction - but I just called in to get a refill for a new Epi-Pen as the ones we have expire in February. What a feeling to know that we made it this long without having to use our original set of Epi-Pens (although there was that one pesky time that we should have used it, that continues to weigh heavy on my mind). I'm looking forward to getting his new set, and practicing giving an Epi shot on an orange with the old one. Not that I hope to ever have to use the practice, but I've heard interesting things of what happens to an orange after it's been injected =)

This brings about a reminder though. Today we went to an open gym play area for kids, and the boys had a great time running loose with their friends. There's a no food policy there, but I still kept my eye on him, as he was working hard at stealing other kids' cups. As we were getting ready to leave, I looked up to see him with a cracker in each hand, happily munching on them. Crackers that I, nor anyone that I know, gave him. I'm assuming he stole them from someone's bag, but I don't know. I snatched them away from him as fast as I could, but he had taken several bites. They weren't anything I'd ever seen before, so I have no idea what the brand was. A bit of a panic moment there, but thankfully he didn't have any kind of reaction. Can't take my eyes off of that boy for a second!