Oat Frozen Dessert

Another product I was excited to see at our local Whole Foods Market is Oatly frozen dessert.

I selected the strawberry flavor since my daughter enjoys eating fresh strawberries.

She liked it!

Even more with an allergy-friendly cone!

I tried the “ice cream” too and it was creamy and full of strawberry flavor! I usually buy the chocolate coconut ice cream and mango sorbet, both from Trader Joe’s. But I will definitely buy this oatmilk ice cream too!

Have you tried this oatmilk frozen dessert?

Valentine’s Day

Since my daughter has multiple food allergies, her preschool allows me to bring her treats when there is a holiday party! For Valentine’s Day, her toddler class was planned to have heart-shaped cookies, so I made sure that she did too!

Thank goodness for Sweet Loren’s cookies.

I usually buy the chocolate chunk ones, but since we cannot bring anything chocolate to the preschool, Sweet Loren’s had other options.

I did get fancy by shaping the cookies into hearts.

Also, I used some leftover homemade ube butter from Bakers_Hatt to add to the vegan cream cheese frosting to make ube cream cheese frosting for the heart-shaped sugar cookies, topped with allergy-friendly sprinkles!

My daughter enjoyed her cookies at school and at home!

Also, I had fun putting together Little Miss’s Valentine’s card box and cards/gifts for her classmates and teachers.

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We hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

National Milk Day

It’s #NationalMilkDay

So what does one drink if they are allergic to cow’s milk?

Here is  what we have in our pantry for our daughter who is allergic to dairy. And I personally drink Oatmilk from Trader Joe’s.

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My daughter’s preschool allows coconut milk to be brought in as a dairy-free alternative for her lunches and snacks. Good thing my daughter loves coconut and rice milks! Some milks are better unsweetened and we try to get the enriched kinds just so that my daughter can ingest more vitamins and minerals. We also offer oat milk to my daughter. But since I usually drink oat milk at home (and she usually wants to drink some with me) I want to give her another milk at school. We alternate between these milks every week so that my daughter doesn’t get tired of drinking her dairy-free milk while at school.

What’s your favorite dairy-free milk?

Duncan Hines cake mixes and frosting

This weekend I was so happy when I was at Publix! It was BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) for the Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings.

 

As a food allergy mom, I always check labels and try to find brands that are allergy-safe for my daughter who has various food allergies. Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings have been a life saver for me since my daughter has had the taste of an allergy-friendly cake and now has a sweet tooth, like her mommy!

And my daughter occasionally asks for “cake cake” and wants to help mommy make the cupcakes.

Also, since she is one of the few kids in her preschool class who has food allergies, I am allowed to bake and bring a cupcake for her when they have a party, i.e. holiday pajama party last Friday before her holiday break this week.

So, it is always convenient to have the Duncan Hines cake mixes and frosting on hand.

A few of our favorite cake mix flavors include: Pineapple Supreme, Strawberry Supreme, and Confetti. And favorite frostings include: Creamy Vanilla and Cream Cheese.

But always make sure to check the labels because ingredients for brands can change!

Check out a recipe blog I wrote back in September when I made vegan pineapple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

 

 

Allergy-friendly Organic Candy Canes

I finally found them!

Organic Candy Canes by YumEarth

And they were on sale this weekend at Sprouts from $6 to about $3! I bought the last two boxes.

And when I arrived home, my daughter saw them and wanted to try one.

Of course she didn’t finish the whole cane, but I am happy she was able to taste one, without worrying about her allergies. These candy canes are vegan, kosher, gluten-free, organic & non-GMO, and manufactured & packaged in a peanut & tree nut FREE facility. And the candy canes are made without: soy, egg, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts or tree nuts, artificial dyes, and NO high fructose corn syrup!

Candy canes are usually my favorite treats during the Christmas holiday, so I am so happy my Little Miss tasted one this year! Maybe later we will try the candy canes in hot chocolate….

What is one of your favorite holiday treats to share with others?

Trader Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing & Mini Marshmallows

 

My brother and I usually cook the Thanksgiving lunch at my parents’ home in Florida. This year I used the Cornbread Stuffing mix and mini marshmallows from Trader Joe’s. Both products are vegan, so my daughter was able to enjoy the Thanksgiving side dishes with my family and I. 

I used the mini marshmallows  to top the sweet potato casserole. You can find the recipe for the sweet potato casserole on the recipes page of this blog. The cornbread stuffing box recipe was easy to follow, too. Both products from Trader Joe’s were delicious as always!

Chocolate Chip Waffles for Halloween

It’s another Minnie Mouse Waffle Saturdays over here and it’s Halloween today! We cannot get enough of the Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle mixes . This time I am making Minnie Mouse waffles with the Birch Blenders chocolate chip pancake & waffle mix. 

My daughter loved the chocolate chip waffles!

As mentioned in a previous post, this and the Organic Classic pancake & waffle mixes can be considered as vegan and are allergy-friendly to dairy, eggs, and peanuts allergies. All you do is add water and oil to these mixes.

Remember to always check the labels for allergens. Some of the Birch Benders pancake & waffle mixes do contain milk, eggs, and nuts, like the protein & paleo mixes.

Buzzing for Organic Honey

Thanks to Nature Nate’s for sending me a sweet box* of their #organic honey minis!

Before I became a a #NatureNates #HoneyBeeAmbassador for 2020, I was disappointed with the honey they had at the local grocery store. But I decided to try Nature Nate’s organic honey one day and it has been the only honey I buy now! You can tell the cleanness and purity of Nature Nate’s honey. Even though I prefer the organic honey, the non-organic honey is pretty tasty too!

*I received this box of FREE honey minis as a Nature Nate’s Honey Bee Ambassador for 2020 to share the sweet honey love!

Minnie Mouse Waffle Saturdays

We love making Minnie Mouse waffles over here! Unfortunately, the Enjoy Life Pancake + Waffle mix has become harder to find. So when I found the Organic Classis Birch Benders pancake and waffle mix , I was so excited! 

     

All you do is simply add oil and water. It’s practically #vegan too! Unfortunately, there is wheat in this product so please be aware if you have this allergy!

The waffle taste is similar to buttermilk pancakes/waffles, so this mix is a hit at our house for Minnie Mouse Waffle Saturdays!

Remember to always check the labels for allergens. Some of the Birch Benders pancake & waffle mixes do contain milk, eggs, and nuts, like the protein & paleo mixes.