So here I am launching my blog. It was one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but I have been putting off launching it, because I can usually find at least 100 other things to do for my little family once the cub has gone to sleep…but you see, I started something new today…
I think I just actually heard some of your eyes roll.
Yup, I swore I would never join…but in hindsight I am thinking that I should probably stop swearing that I won’t do things. I am an information seeker by nature so that paired with the fact that the site keeps everything classified with a neat little photo made this Speech Language Pathologist’s heart flutter (SLPs will appreciate that one).
Today, I “pinned” a recipe and stated how I was excited because I could make it “peanut free” for my Cub. Within minutes it got “liked” and “repinned” by people who I don’t know. It got me wondering if they are peanut allergy moms too. And so as small as that “pin” was…it was the catalyst to get me writing about something I have wanted to write about for a while now.
I’ve decided to write down all the information that I wished had been in one spot for us when our son was diagnosed with this allergy, instead of having to become a hunter and gatherer at record speed to search for what I needed to protect our son.
I discovered our son’s peanut allergy when he was 5 months old and became a nut free household that very day. I saw an allergist after 18 months and found out that he had not out grown it and that it was severe. He is now a busy, happy two-year-old being taught daily that we need to check ALL foods and that some foods are “not safe” to eat.
In 24 days our Cub’s very first prescription of epinephrine (Epipen) will hopefully do exactly what we and our families have prayed for them to do.
They will expire in his back pack.
The next several posts will talk about what I’ve learned so far. If you know a parent with a child with a peanut and/or tree nut allergy OR know a parent whose child is friends with a child with a peanut allergy…please share this blog. Sharing knowledge can be a powerful thing.
And now onto the recipe and how I plan to make it “peanut free” for my cub. With the help of these Chew Chew Mama Pantry Staples…he won’t even know what he’s missing!
Chew Chew Mama’s Chocolate Sunbutter Holiday Shape Cups
(modified to be nut free from The Whimsical Princess’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Sunbutter (usually carried at most food stores)
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 3 cups Enjoy Life Mega Chunks (made in a dedicated nut free and gluten-free facility and they are available at Whole Foods)
- 1 tablespoon Shortening
Mix together the powdered sugar, sun butter, and butter. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until it becomes a nice workable dough. Form the dough into what ever shape you need for the holiday (i.e. heart, egg, shamrock, pumpkins, turkey, candy canes, letters, footballs, snowmen, shapes) and place in the freezer for about an hour.
Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler to heat until completely melted.
Dip each shape in the melted chocolate and place on waxed paper until set.
I plan on making these for Cub’s Easter basket, but I will do a trial run this week with hearts for Valentine’s Day and post the photos!