Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Treats

It is close to Halloween and I wanted to make some festive treats that Nathan could eat, so I came up with a few yummy treats.

All these treats are made free of Dairy, Eggs, Wheat and Nuts.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Peanut Free Cupcakes

I had the opportunity to review Peanut-Free cupcakes that were purchased from the bakery at Walmart.  These cupcakes are made at Maplehurst Bakery in NH,  which is a dedicated Peanut Free facility.  

Just look for the "Made in a Peanut-Free Facility" logo on the package and you can feel safe that there are no traces of peanuts in your cupcakes. 

Maplehurst tests for the presence of peanuts and peanut products in the Manchester facility. However, due to the lack of accurate and reliable testing methods for detecting the presence of all tree nuts, Maplehurst cannot and therefore does not make the claim that its products are “tree nut-free.”

The cupcakes were so moist and delicious!! They came in many different decorated colors  and you can choose between chocolate and vanilla. The cupcakes can be purchased in 12-count mini cupcakes or 6-count of regular size cupcakes. 

Maplehurst Bakeries sells its peanut-free cupcakes to retailers nationwide. Look for the cupcakes at your local grocery store.

·         ACME Foods Pennsylvania
·         Albertsons
·         BI-LO
·         Farm Fresh
·         Giant of Carlisle
·         Giant of Maryland
·         Jewel-Osco
·         Kroger
·         Lowe’s
·         Market Basket
·         Marsh
·         Shoppers Food Warehouse
·         ShopRite
·         Smith’s
·         Stop & Shop
·         Tops
·         Walmart
·         Weis

To ensure that you’re purchasing the right products, look for the wrap-around label, the peanut-free logo or the statement “Made in a peanut-free facility.”

Disclosure: I received a complimentary samples. The review is my own opinion of the product.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


We went to a parking lot by our house today that has a bunch of emergency vehicles on display, for families to see and talk to all the Firemen/EMT's. They have a fake car accident and then you get to watch the firemen pull the car apart with the jaws of life. It is neat to see when it is not real and no one is hurt.

When we came up to an ambulance, Nathan went inside and the EMT asked Nathan if he had any questions. Nathan said "no" and I said that Nathan has been in an ambulance before. The EMT looked very curious and interested, so I elaborated that Nathan has serve food allergies and that one time he was in an ambulance because of a food allergy reaction. He asked if we carry an Epi Pen and I said "of course, all the time!!" He told me that it is becoming more common and they see a lot of allergic reactions - not good. Talking to him reassured me that they are trained so if we needed them they were aware of treating allergic reactions. All I have to say is......hopefully we will never need them.

Marshmallow Popcorn

As the weather gets cooler, I spend more time on Pinterest and in the kitchen. 

While browsing Pinterest, I found a recipe for Marshmallow Popcorn and when I looked at the ingredients, I thought that I could make something very similar but safe for Nathan to eat.

I popped some popcorn in oil, then in a separate pan on the stove I added a 1/2 cup of non-dairy margarine, a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and about 9-10 marshmallows and melted it. Then pour over popcorn.

Since popcorn isn't Nathan's favorite so I added some Corn Chex®, some Snyders Gluten Free Pretzels and some fall colored sprinkles. It turned out so good, the whole family ate it.