Taking Our Life’s Journey and Staying Food Allergy Safe on Our Blog

We are taking you on our journey through life with a busy family, healthy eating, and managing food allergies all at the same time.
We are a family that is Dairy, Egg, Peanut, and Tree Nut free at this time. Our “list” use to be MUCH longer. Thankfully in our son’s short 9 years of life many have been eliminated from his “can’t have” list.
Our son is allergic to touch not just consumption. We are extremely vigilant with his food allergies in simple everyday life.
We or observant of everything at all times from food, to friends and family, to surroundings, outings, and so much more. This picture just about sums it up in a “nut”shell, no pun intended. *wink
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He was dx’ed at age 6 months when he went into anaphylactic shock while eating baby food. We have never in our life been more scared than we were at that moment. Watching your child go through an anaphylactic reaction and not know if they will survive or not is something we never want to go through again. Thankfully for his 9 years of life that was the only time we have had to deal with an anaphylactic reaction. I give props to our family for always being on top of his allergies and keeping him safe. After many doctor visits, tests, researching, seeing a dietician, and taking those first trips to the grocery store, and relearning how to cook it soon became everyday life for us. One of the hardest parts and still is today is friends, family, and strangers not understanding what a food allergy is. This is where we has a family have always just simply educated others the best we can and hope they “get it”. Hope they truly understand that YES 1 drop of that egg will take his life, 1 sip of the milk will take his life. We have lost many friends and some family along the way that just don’t “get it” this is ok, it hurts but it is ok. We will always live for our family and our children no matter what it takes.

At age 3 our son was also Dx’d with EE aka Eosinophilic Esophagitis. This was a DX that we didn’t think would ever come. Finally we had an answer to his failure to thrive and CONSTANT throwing up.
Again after learning about EE and find his triggers through elimination diets we have his EE under control now 6 years later and he is a HEALTHY happy little man.

We teach our children to always self advocate. Our daughter has JRA aka Juvenile Rheumatory Arthritis. Just because are children have disabilities does not make them any different from any other child. We expect and teach them to go through life just like anyone else. They learn, get in trouble, have fun, and enjoy life just like anyone else. Yes, we may do things a bit different based on our needs. But we still live life. Nothing can stand in their way from dreaming and dreaming BIG and succeeding in all they do.

Due to the nature of our son’s allergies we decided to school him from home. This was an interesting venture. I was NOT a teacher. I felt I couldn’t do it. How in the world would we make this happen to keep him safe? Thankfully in today’s world we have online schooling. It is the same education, standards, testing that any child that attends a brick and mortar school gets. We just simply do it at home. Our two other children do attend a traditional brick and mortar school. I am extremely grateful for the technology we have in today’s world and being about to offering him schooling in this capacity.

On this blog you will watch us learn and grow as a family while teaching our son how to make it through life with food allergies. He will be blogging along the way as well. What a great teaching tool for him and a great way for other food allergies families to learn through our family and our son. See yet again THANKFUL for technology.

On our blog you will not see us recommend any food products by name. We will show you what we use via pictures and words. But they only way to ensure your loved one is protect is to research your products. Every person’s allergies are different. We do not feel comfortable saying “use this product” etc, you must know the product is safe for you before you use it. READ LABELS EVERY SINGLE TIME. Even if you have bought a product 100 times read the label every single time. I can not begin to tell you how many times products we have bought for years all of the sudden change how it produced and now will include one of our allergens. Call the manufacture EVERY SINGLE TIME you have a question. Get all answers before feeding something to your loved one with food allergies.

We welcome you on our journey! We are excited to share with you some amazing recipes and life ventures! Jump aboard and enjoy the ride!

Elliott Family Chocolate Cake

Every kid needs a birthday cake or cupcakes. When our oldest son was dx’ed with anaphylactic food allergies I had no idea how we would give him birthday cakes. Quickly I learned how to. Now this recipe and our vanilla cake recipe is the only cakes we like. It is so moist and so good. In our opinion the best cakes/cupcakes around!
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It is free of dairy, egg, peanut, and tree nut. Be sure the food items you use are free of these allergens to ensure your recipe is safe for your loved one by reading all labels and calling the manufacture if needed for how it is produced.

Calorie count: I have not counted calories for this recipe. Read your labels for accurate calorie counts. Follow package serving size for accurate counting of calories. I measure everything per plate/bowl based on serving sizes listed on all packages/containers to determine calories.

What you will need:
1 1/2 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Cold Water
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Tbl White Vinegar (acts as your egg)

How To:
Preheat oven 375 degrees. Yields 1 9×13 pan or 12 cupcakes
Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
In separate bowl combine oil, water, vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
Mix until well incorporated. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer.
Add vinegar and quickly mix for about 1-2 minutes on level 2 mix setting.
It will look like it “foams” or turns white on top, keep mixing until this look isn’t really noticeable.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until tester inserted in the center of cake/cupcake comes out clean.

Frosting: I was able to find a frosting free of all our son’s allergens at a local grocery store. If you are unable to find one locally. I highly recommend Divvies.com we buy a lot from them and adore their allergy free sweets!
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Flaming Chicken Buffalo Quesadilla Crock Pot

You have to LOVE spicy to love this meal.  First time making it and I have to say my husband devoured it and I had to take some of the chicken off as it was making me shoot flames out of my mouth!
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It is free of dairy, egg, peanut, and tree nut. Be sure the food items you use are free of these allergens to ensure your recipe is safe for your loved one by reading all labels.

Calorie count: 580 (based on the food brands I used) Read your labels for accurate calorie counts. Follow package serving size for accurate counting of calories.

What you will need:
2-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 cup water
1 cup Hot Sauce (brand of your choice)
Cayenne Pepper Seasoning
Flour Tortilla Shells
Shredded Cheese (dairy free for allergy concerns) (no allergy: Mexican Shredded Cheese)

How To:
Turn on crock pot to high.
Pour water and hot sauce into crock pot.
Add chicken breast to crock pot (mine where frozen)
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Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until fork tender and thoroughly cooked through.
Remove breasts from crock pot and shred with two forks.
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Return to crock pot for 1-2 hours on low.

Now it is time to make the quesadilla.
Pre heat over to 350 degrees
Lay your tortilla on a cookie sheet and add your shredded chicken breast (making sure there isn’t to much liquid) evenly over tortilla.
Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese over chicken
Place second tortilla shell over cheese.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges of tortilla are golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve.

We served with tortilla chips and salsa for a total of 750 calories for the entire meal.!
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