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Creative and Fun Non-Food Ideas to Fill Your Easter Eggs March 25, 2018

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Having food allergies can be limiting during food-centric holidays.  They are especially hard for kids during candy-themed holidays like Easter, Valentine’s Day and Halloween.  Children with food allergies are often left out or feel excluded from the goodies AND the fun.

 

But it can be easy to make sure Easter is enjoyable for everyone.  Many families fill the candy void by using non-food treats.  If you need some inspiration for how to fill your Easter eggs this year, look no further!

 

1. Glow Rings:  Boys and girls alike love glow rings.  They fit any finger and extend the fun into the night.  Maybe it will send the kids outside while you clean up dinner!

2.  Sticky Hands:  You can ball these up easily and fit them inside eggs.  Sticky hands are perfect – kids love softly slapping against windows and mirrors and stretching them as far as they can go!

3.  Squishy Animals:  I don’t know exactly why, but these little squishy animals are addictive.  They’re a great replacement for fidget spinners and fantastic for the kid who loves collections.

4.  Stretchy Ninja Flyers:  Okay, full disclosure… I want these right now – for me.  They look like so much fun! Small enough to fit in your pocket (or egg!) and great for an active kid.  Have a contest to see how far you can make your ninja fly!  Be the fastest to fling and retrieve your ninja!

5.  Emojis!  Everything emoji-related is so popular right now.  Yes, even the poop emoji.  Especially the poop emoji!

6.  Itty Bitty Nail Polishes:  This set of Frozen-themed nail polish could be divided and placed in a number of eggs.  It will be like finding a rainbow!

7.  Wind-Up Toys:  These are fun for everyone!  Plus, this pack comes with 28 assorted toys.  Use some now, save some for later!  And, these are fantastic to bring to restaurants or other places where your children might need a little diversion.

 

Happy Easter everyone!

 

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Three Sweet Ways to Say “I Love You” Dairy, Egg, Peanut and Tree Nut-Free February 11, 2016

Since we have the weekend to prep for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d suggest three simple and sweet ways to brighten your Valentine’s day.  All three are easy to prepare, GREAT for classrooms and parties, and all are dairy, peanut, tree nut and egg free.  Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

 

 

Cupid’s Arrows

Grab some fruit and a cookie cutter and you have yourself one adorable (and healthy – shhhh…) fruit kabob!

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Sweetheart Sorbet Pie

Trickiest thing is remembering to prep this a few hours in advance.  And, then not eating it before presenting it to your sweetheart.

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Rice Krispie Hearts

Subbing out the dairy, makes these hearts safe and scrumptious.  If you have letter cookie cutters, you could also spell out the words, “LOVE” or “HUGS” or “XOXO”.  Infinite possibilities!

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Happy Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014

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I was inspired by old posts and made heart shaped everything for my younger son’s Valentine’s party this year. Best part was the smile from his friend with multiple food allergies who loved the allergy-friendly treats!

Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! I’d love to see what allergy-free things you cooked up!

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Sweetheart Sorbet Pie January 27, 2014

Hello, everyone!

Another candy-based holiday is around the corner.  A wonderful time, unless you have food allergies… and then creating a special treat can be quite a challenge!  And that’s where Sweetheart Sorbet Pie comes in!

 

I created this when my son announced that he didn’t really care for cake.  And that meant no more cupcakes either… (Sigh!)

 

Thinking about how much I loved ice cream cake, we invented sorbet pie!  It’s quick, easy, delicious and appropriate for all kinds of special occasions – or for no reason at all.

 

Ingredients:

 

2 pints of your favorite, safe sorbet

1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

Berries, sprinkles, safe dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)

 

 Step 1:  Gather your ingredients and let your sorbet sit out for about 5-10 minutes.

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Step 2:  When soft, stir the sorbet either in its container or in a bowl.

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Step 3:  When slightly melted and malleable, scoop into the pie crust and spread using the back of a spoon or soft spatula.

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Step 4:  Continue to add sorbet and spread until the pie crust is filled.  Smooth out top.

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Step 5:  Should you wish, add berries, dairy-free chocolate chips, sprinkles or any other type of deliciousness you can think of… and then freeze for at least 2 hours.

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Step 6:  Let thaw for a few minutes, slice and enjoy with your big and/or little sweethearts!

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Cupid’s Arrows: Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs February 13, 2012

Valentine’s Day is one of a variety of food-centric holidays that can be difficult for kids (and adults!) with food allergies.  With the abundance of milk chocolate, this makes Valentine’s Day a particularly tricky one for my dairy allergic son.

 

This year, I’m getting creative  (and healthier!) by making my boys an edible Cupid’s Arrow.  They already loved this test version.  And, if you’re planning a Valentine’s Day party for the classroom, this is certainly an easy, allergy-friendly way to include everyone.   And that’s always a “dew” in my book (honeydew, that is!).

 

You’ll need:

  • Fruit solid enough to be skewered
  • Preferably short Bamboo skewers
  • Small heart-shaped cookie cutters
 

1.  Thinly slice your favorite sturdy fruit (we used melon, but I would think you could use apples, pears, pineapple, etc if you preferred).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2.  Take the cookie cutter and cut out the hearts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3.  Thread fruit onto the skewers and serve!

 
 

Easy Allergy-Free Valentine’s Day Treat February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a perfect treat to make with kids – or just for yourself (guilty as charged!).      

 

 

1/2 cup allergy-free margarine

1 package regular size allergy-free marshmallows

6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

 

Grease an 11×7 inch baking dish.  Melt the margarine in a large pot over low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies.  Stir well until the mixture is well coated.  Pour into baking dish and flatten with the back of a spoon.  Let cool before cutting into bars.

 

Optional:  Melt allergy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips over low heat and pour over flattened treats.  Let cool before cutting into bars and serving.

 

Suggestion:  Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut into surprise shapes and use frosting to pipe on Valentine’s Day messages.

 

Nothing says “Be Mine” like a chocolate-covered Rice Krispie treat!