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Fresh Fall Allergy Hacks for Cornucopia Snack Crafts!

Here are some fun and fresh ways to remake the fall holiday treats for the little loves in your life!

A cornucopia of fruit or candies (I vote fruit of course; however…. some allergy friendly candies are some made by Yum Earth and Surf Sweets…and you’ll be avoiding artificial food dyes)

I couldn’t find the author of this image that is abundantly found on pinterest and other web linky places. But, thank you, whoever you are, for this ! Make this gluten free by using Let’s Do Organic Gluten Free Sugar Cones!

fruit in sugard coneHere is another cornucopia treat done by the craftpatch blog. You can soften the end of the cone with water to curl it up like a cornucopia. I imagine children having fun filling in their cornucopias as they explore new treats. For teachers and therapists looking to make it even more educational they could use initial letter cards to have children match to the fruit’s name… or scale it for literary development on several levels. Also, for non verbal children they could request each fruit using a picture of it. (You just can’t take the speech pathologist out of this food allergy mama). I’m also thinking a song adapted to familiar tunes using the fruit names or colors could make the handing out of the fruit fun.

 

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Another allergy friendly candy other than Yum Earth and Surf Sweets is Skittles (tons of fake stuff in them but easy to find at a store). I personally love http://www.indiecandies.com. They have top 11 allergy free candies that is seasonal and fun. Double bonus is that they are dye free and all natural.

Have fun snacking and crafting! What is your on your list for fun snacks for the upcoming holidays?

5 ways to save money when buying allergy friendly products: ALLERGY HACKS!

Allergy friendly products can be pricey! If you’re not making it from scratch on your own expect to pay a little more for those store-bought cookies or bread etc.

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Here are the top 5 ways to not break the piggy bank!

1. Visit the stores closest to you and write down prices of your favorite convenience allergy food (pizza, cookies …you get the idea). Plan to visit these stores at least once a month to get your favorite staple stock up at the best price.

2. Visit the manufacturers you love on their websites and sign up to get emailed coupons and sometimes purchase directly from them at a great rate.

3. Sign up for subscribe and save on Amazon.com for your favorite allergy friendly items. You can choose to sign up for recurring delivery monthly, every two months or spread further apart. When you choose to have 5 items you have subscribed to delivered in the same month.. you save 15%!!! We also love our Amazon Prime membership in conjunction with this. (Our annual membership means free two-day shipping and free streaming movies and option to rent movies)

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4. Coupons, coupons, coupons… reward program and coupon some more! Don’t forget the weekly ad specials and Wal-Mart’s matching policy.

5. Check out Azure Standard. 

They are kind of like a co-op with drop off points.  Produce and processed natural and allergy friendly products can be purchased through this company.

How do you save money on special allergy friendly goodies? Tell us below in the comments!🙂

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Update: How to win free tickets to the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Dallas!

The Expo is coming! The Expo is coming!

You are going to love it!!

Here is the link that tells you how to buy tickets at early bird prices with code EARLYBIRD… However.. great news for you Dallas area readers! I have four tickets to give away. To be entered into the drawing follow these steps:

1. Follow this blog by enrolling your email address in the corner.

2. Like the Funfoodforall(ergies) facebook page.

3. Tell us below what allergy yummy or friendly items you are looking forward to seeing at the expo…..

4. Do a happy dance that expo is coming to town and post it to youtube with hashtag#funfoodforallergiesmademedoit…Okay,  just kidding about that ! But aren’t happy dances and food allergy expos great?!

I will email the lucky winners next week!

Happy Happy Day is coming very soon!

Happy Happy Day is coming very soon!

Allergy Friendly Snack Craft for the Fall!

Allergy Friendly Fruit Pumpkin Snack Craft

I’m excited about the fall! Little people are too! So let’s make them something fun, healthy, and delicious that targets their taste buds, fine motor skills and ability to follow simple directions. If you are a teacher or a caregiver or a mom or dad… you’ll find this simple snack craft to be a huge hit! (*Think* class party inclusive snack craft that is fun food for ALL(ergies)!  )  A series of fall focused snacks will be following shortly here and after I go to the Gluten Free Expo you can expect further inspiration! (You may want to check back at this blog soon or enroll your email in the box on the right for subscription because I get to do a ticket give away soon for the Gluten Free Expo!) pumpkinsnackcraft

Best ingredient list ever for busy snack planners :

      1. Seedless Clementines aka Cuties

2. Celery

*If celery is an allergy try substituting another green veggie like green bell pepper.

The great thing is this snack craft is done simply in advance also if this is just a “bring an allergy friendly goodie to class thing”.

You can let the children peel them for extra fine motor practice and fun or you can do it in advance. Chop up the little celery stalks to fit snugly in the center of the clementine with a little sticking over the top like a pumpkin stalk. I sliced them into 1.5 inch long slim strips. You may have to have more than one “pumpkin” per child if they are ravenous fruit eaters like the inhabitants here in Miss Watermelon’s world. I can’t complain about that though, right?!

What is your favorite allergy friendly fall treat?

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Happy Happy Day is coming very soon!

A little bit of food allergy heaven is coming to TOWN! click below for early bird tickets!

I’m so excited that the annual Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is coming to town!!!

SAVE THE DATE! Sat-Sun, November 15-16,  9am-3pm.

I went last year and you can read that post here. Basically, the expo is just amazing!!  I love seeing so many vendors in one place that “get” food allergies. I found many of them to be knowledgeable about our non-top 8 allergy (sesame). I came home with coupons, swag and samples for us to enjoy. Thanks to this expo, Miss Watermelon now has a gluten free bread to eat that doesn’t taste like a dry sponge! We love Scharr bread at this house! Major yummy allergy friendly food brands you may be familiar with will be there too like Udi’s and Enjoy Life. I was happy to learn of local bakeries providing specialty breads like paleo diet breads (dairy, grain, and gluten free) . I flitted around like a kid in a candy store ! I think you will too! They also have speakers offering educational sessions and authors present. If you’re new to food allergies or have been doing this gig a long time I highly recommend you check it out! Early bird priced tickets are on sale right now so I recommend getting one in the next several days before the price goes up! You can click here and take advantage of that now🙂 You will save 8 dollars on the ticket price now until October 31. 12.00 for adults. 2.00 for kids.   Enter the code EARLYBIRD at checkout. The day of the event tickets are available for 20.00 for adults.

Also, I almost forgot… I found a very cute epi pen and auvi q carrier that we bought at the expo last year! I hope to get another one this year!

I’m an official blogger for the event this year which means I’m going to do my best to bring more people into the little slice of food allergy heaven- Let’s all show up and encourage them to keep this good deed going!! What about you? What are you most looking forward to about the expo? Tell us below in the comments🙂

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The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

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AND .. THIS! This is wonderful awareness and inclusion for all the children out there! We will be doing this in our part to make it a safe and fun Halloween for all who come to our house.

I can just see Miss Watermelon’s face light up in my mind’s eye as we post the teal pumpkin poster FARE provided. I can foresee a time in  years to come when we see more and more of these on our little excursion in our neighborhood Halloween night!

Thank you, FARE!!

This Halloween, FARE is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!

Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and we hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come.

Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, stamps, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. Oriental Trading is a website used by many parents to order these items.

Print out FARE’s teal pumpkin poster to post next to…

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A sesame free, gluten free, dairy free, no bake cake!
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Allergy Friendly Cake and perfect for SUMMER! Meet the popsicle cake!

What kid doesn’t love popsicles!!?! We had a pool party for my daughter for her birthday this year. She thought the popsicle cake was awesome! We do have cake mixes we trust for her food allergy (sesame); however, we had fun with this no bake treat! I found the idea here via pinterest of course!

Ingredients:
(along with brand that works for our own sesame allergy- read label and call manufacturer for your own allergy needs🙂 )

  • Outshine Popsicles by Dreyers (a Nestle brand)
  • 2 Cake shaped round foam circles (of different depths if desired)
  • Pretty ribbon or fabric if desired (could also leave white like “snow” or put stickers on it etc)
  • Nails and or strong crafting glue
  • Tall skinny candles

Directions:
First we attached the ribbons and fabric around our cake foams using nails. 10 minutes before cake time the popsicles were inserted into the “cake”..

Then the cake disappeared quickly! (good thing or it would have been a drippy mess!)

Another fun way to do this is use other “pop” treats like the rice krispy treat pop recipe I posted or insert other frozen favorites!
What other kinds of cake alternatives have you made?

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Rice Krispy pops! An allergy friendly alternative to cake pops

Snack craft version to do with kiddos: Ingredients: (and the brand names that work for our allergy set)

  • Erewhorn Crispy Rice Cereal
  • Kraft Marshmallows
  • Tropical Traditions coconut oil ( virgin oil has yummy coconut flavor..their expelled pressed has no coconut taste…or sub your favorite allergy friendly oil)
  • Cake pop sticks
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • Let’s Do Organic Sprinkles

 

  •  1.Do the usual rice krispy treat recipe steps, but then shape and roll the krispy treats into balls
  • 2. Refrigerate the treats 1-2 hrs if it is as hot as Texas in the summer
  • 3. Insert stick and reshape ball
  • 4. Dip in melted enjoy life chocolate chips
  • 5. Sprinkle with natural sprinkles Rest on wax paper to harden chocolate or stand in a repurposed cereal box on its side in which you have punched holes. (again refrigeration may help to set the chocolate)

*this whole recipe could be done with use of a microwave if cooktop is unavailable!

Involve children at age appropriate levels…mine are at the dip it in frosting and lick your fingers stage!

next adventure : Do with TropicO’s ….   What is your favorite allergy friendly snack on a stick? Read labels and call manufacturer to verify safety for your own use.2photo

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EGG free dyeable Easter Eggs!!!

If these have been around for a while they are NEW to me! I’m so excited Miss Watermelon will fearlessly dye these babies. An egg free egg takes a lot of pressure off of parents, caregivers and preschool/ school environments wanting to minimize risk!!!

How do I LOVE these ?! Let me count the ways:

1. ALLERGEN free and FUN for ALL!!!
2. They are CHEAPER than real eggs… How often can you say that about allergy friendly options?
3. They will never spoil!
4. So, because of #3 , no refrigeration required !
5. Found easily at Wal-Mart
6. Cute package- Packaged in an egg carton!

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Allergy Friendly Noodle Tree craft with TropicO’s loops

The kids loved this. Who knew raw uncooked noodles would be so delicious?! After gluing the paper in tree and branch shape they placed the noodles and added TropicO’s for Easter eggs ( I think they just wanted to do a snack craft with yummy cereal again😉 )

The noodles are gluten, sesame and egg free. The brand is Ancient Grains. These are their corn and quinoa noodles.

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