Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Allergy-Friendly Orange Cranberry Sauce

Here's a last-minute addition to my Thanksgiving recipes. There might be one more later. 

Fresh cranberry sauce is so good and so easy to make. You'll never buy it in a can again once you make your own. Plus there are so many different things you can do with it. A lot of times I make it with red wine and I was contemplating trying one with caramelized onions. 

I didn't add a lot of sugar to this recipe. Feel free to add more if you like it sweeter.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

This recipe is free of the top 8 allergens (egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, fish-free and shellfish-free) and vegan.

Orange Cranberry Sauce

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup apple cider 
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 cinnamon stick
1 12 ounce package fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar

In a medium saucepan, combine the juices, marmalade, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be sure to remove the cinnamon stick before serving.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Allergy-Friendly Cornbread

I have been wanting to try cornbread and figured Thanksgiving would be a good time to try it as another bread option. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I made cornbread muffins by spooning the batter into parchment paper cups in a muffin pan.


This recipe is free of the top 8 allergens (egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, fish-free and shellfish-free) and vegan.


1 cup oat or rice milk
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup dairy-free, soy-free margarine. I use soy-free Earth Balance Spread
1 1/4 cup corn meal
1 cup oat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients. 
In another bowl combine the cornmeal, oat flour, baking powder and salt.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and the margarine.
Pour into a 8 inch square pan, or spoon into muffin pan cups.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving

Last year I made it my mission to make a complete Thanksgiving meal free of the top eight allergens. Here are the recipes. I am going to try a few new ones this year, but I liked last year's Thanksgiving so much, I will probably keep it mostly the same. Plus I wore myself out last year!

Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

These recipes are free of the top 8 allergens (egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, fish-free and shellfish-free) and vegan (with the exception of the turkey).

I use vegetable broth in several of these recipes. I prefer to make my own because I think it tastes better and I can control the sodium and ingredients.

Thanksgiving Maple and Cider Turkey



Basil and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Orange Cranberry Sauce


Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Easy Drop Biscuits



Pumpkin Pie

And why have one dessert when you can have two?

Caramel Apple Pie

Monday, November 10, 2014

FARE Walk 2014

We had a great time at the FARE walk on Saturday and I'm so thankful for our family and friends who supported us! It's really nice to see the kids and their families and friends who come out to support them. One boy had his whole baseball team there with him!

It also feels good to participate and raise money for FARE an organization that has been an invaluable resource for us since we found out about Cody's food allergies.

A great event for a great cause! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FARE Walk for Food Allergy 2014

In just two days Cody, Josh and I are participating in the Tampa FARE walk for food allergies to raise money for food allergy research, education, awareness and advocacy.

Below is the event information. If you are in the area and want to join our team, or create your own, please contact me at

And here is the link to our team page: Team Cody. Any contributions are greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps. Let's say FAREwell to food allergies!

Event Info
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Walk Location
Lowry Park
7525 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33604

Walk Schedule
Registration/Check-in: 8:30am - 9:30am
Walk Ceremony: 9:30am
Walk Begins: Immediately Following Ceremony

Monday, November 3, 2014


I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

We finally got Cody to wear his Pluto costume. I wasn't sure that was going to happen even though he had been telling everyone for weeks that he was going to be "Pluto dog." He had so much fun trick-or-treating and trading his candy! I'm really happy it went so well and he got to participate.

We also did our teal pumpkin for the Teal Pumpkin Project. Only one person asked about it, but that's ok. I plan to put it out every year and  I hope the great idea that started this year grows and continues every year.