Ready, Set, Go!

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…

Pinterest.

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)

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions:

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!

Until then, go check out the whimsical princess’s great blog and to all you non-allergy families enjoy the peanut version!

Comments

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! You’re off to a great start! No allergies in my family, and I’m all for the epi-pen expiring unused in yours! Looking forward to your next installment….

  2. I was referred by a friend on facebook. My oldest (3.5 yrs old) was diagnosed with a peanut allergy after a scary trip to the ER (mostly uneventful, but scary because he was just 14 months old…). One RAST test later we were told eggs were a no-go as well. Never occurred to me to visit an allergist until recently. So he goes tomorrow for his first skin test. I’m praying that at least the eggs were a false positive (he’d never reacted to them…just didn’t seem to care for them). But from my hunting and gathering mode on peanut allergies I’m aware that it’s extremely uncommon for someone to outgrow a peanut allergy. Glad to see you’re starting a blog about it. Wish it had been around 2 years ago for me! (also wishing I had been the one to think of blogging about it! way to go you!!). Good luck and may God bless your endeavor!

    • chewchewmama says:

      Amanda, Welcome to Chew Chew Mama! Glad to have you join my blog as a Mama to share with 🙂 Good luck at the allergist appointment tomorrow – our family will offer up a prayer for your sweet boy tomorrow to have good results. My little boy out grew his egg allergy so here’s hoping for the same good news for you.

  3. Tom Polipnick says:

    Dads appreciate this info as well. As Father of a 5 1/2 yr old little girl my wife and I love hearing stories about your little cub. Great feeling to have those epi pens expire. We almost lost her at 11 months old, and as you know some days are a real battle taking on every situation thrown at us. We have successfully revamped my daughters school to become peanut free. YAY US!! Anything is possible. Look forward to reading and sharing via your blog

    • chewchewmama says:

      Great to hear from Dad’s too! Welcome, Tom! I am so grateful that your little girl pulled through and congratulate you on your success at school! Looking forward to sharing with you – thanks for reading 🙂

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