Easy Holiday Nog French Toast

Holiday Nog French Toast

Holiday Nog French Toast

Hello easiest breakfast to make ever. I’m glad we’re friends.

Let’s talk about this french toast. Cause’ it makes me super happy.

Not only is it mixed with Silk’s dairy-free holiday nog, and some eggs, and nutmeg, and cinnamon, and a little salt, but it’s also topped with powdered sugar, maple syrup, marshmallows, and anything else that your heart desires.

The actual toast of the french toast combo is day old challah bread, and the way it soaks up all the yumminess of the french mixture is delicious.

Then you just fry it on the skillet and voila. French toast for days. [Read more…]

Five Halloween Tips for Kids with Food Allergies

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Happy Halloween!

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Today is the day you’ve all been dreading waiting for, as your child straps on their costume and heads off for a day filled with candy, fun, and unfortunately some things you can’t protect him/her from!

Yes, I’m talking to you mom. Sounds pretty scary, huh? I’m sure it feels even scarier. That’s why I have written five tips to help you navigate Halloween with your food allergic child so that they are safe and so that you yourself can even enjoy the holiday!

Maybe. Just a teensy bit? [Read more…]

The Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project

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Happy Monday! If you’re anything like me and always want to channel your pre-teen days, then you’ve currently got the new Taylor Swift album blasting.

If that is a yes, which let’s be real here, it probably is if you’re reading this blog. Then we totally understand each other. Soulmates, you and me.

I can’t believe Halloween is in a few days! This weekend in my little cutesy coastal town we celebrated with a tradition my mom’s school, Ohana Institute, started. We decorate scarecrows for each of our community members, AKA restaurants and shops, and put them up all around town and there’s a bake sale, and pumpkin carving, and costumes everywhere, and it’s awesome and I love it.

I’m sure as you’re gearing up for this Halloween you’re unlike the other billion parents in this world, as in you’re in a total meltdown mode freaking out about your kid. Or, if you’re the allergy person, then you’re freaking out about yourself. This is probably your worst nightmare as a parent. Having your kids surrounded by food that they are allergic too. And every year it’s the same. Sometimes they even do have a reaction and the holiday is ruined. But every year you let them dress up and walk around with their friends to experience this fun holiday while you hover like a helicopter and stay in full-blown panic attack mode.

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Well thanks to FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, a new tradition is being made that might ease some of your serious and understandable worry. FARE has started the Teal Pumpkin Project.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is literally painting pumpkins teal to show you offer allergy friendly non-food treats on the trick or treat circuit. Such a great idea.

You can get your kids excited for the holiday by painting some of your own pumpkins teal, and then teach them to look for these pumpkins while they are out trick or treating, and you can feel a little better about letting them join in on the experience.

According to FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project page, this project’s desire is to promote safety, inclusion, and respect of people with food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.

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So if you still haven’t carved all your pumpkins, maybe get some friends together and paint your pumpkins teal. Even let your friends take one home to show that they offer allergy-friendly treats too!

FARE also offers some great resources to help promote this movement, including awesome “I Support the Teal Pumpkin Project” stickers and “We Have Candy and Non-Food Treats Here” posters to hang up all around town!

I know I’ll be showing my support for the Teal Pumpkin Project and sharing it with all my friends. Let’s work on making Halloween a safe and enjoyable experience for kids with food allergies, and help reduce some of your anxiety as Mom and Dad so that you can enjoy the fun holiday too!

Have a happy and safe Halloween, paint some cute pumpkins teal, and trick or treat with enjoyment!

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By the way, how cute are my sweet puppies? They are such models.

Emma is on the left, Charlie is on the right.

Candy Corn Milkshake

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Candy corn, in a milkshake, on an allergy-friendly blog, what? Yes, you’re right. It’s glorious.

Look at that creamy milky (but not) shake-y numminess seeping out of the sides of that gorgeous borderline overflowing mason jar. Come to momma.

I love simplicity in the form of a drink that will give me a great sugar kick and a happy day.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll already know that I had the best day ever yesterday. Complete with a nice warm bath, soup, my guilty pleasure reality tv show (19 Kids and Counting, holla), barbecue for dinner, and YouTube videos galore.

#purebliss [Read more…]

Lunchbox Monday: The Creepy-Crawly Chatter Box

Halloween Lunchbox Ideas!

Halloween Lunchbox Ideas!

Are you scared?

Halloween is getting closer! As the festivities begin and pumpkin carving starts and cobwebs are hung and graves are dug, bringing a creepy-crawly chatter lunchbox to school only makes sense.

Ant infested mandarin oranges and peaches, slimy pickles, pasta from the dead, and chatterbox apple sandwiches are the epitome of a spooky Halloween themed lunchbox! This box is perfect for the “cool” teen in your family that just wants to keep his reputation while secretly enjoying the best themed lunchbox of all time. Heyo. [Read more…]

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck: Dallas, Texas

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Soaring high above the city of Dallas, Texas hosts a beautiful Asian cuisine developed by the famed Wolfgang Puck called Five Sixty.

Five Sixty is a super delicious Dallas hotspot.

We had an early reservation to celebrate my 21st (!!!) birthday on top of the city enjoying sushi and poppin’ pink champagne.

Couldn’t get better.

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Speaking of the sushi, I have one extra long word to describe it: melt-in-your-mouth.

It was so good! I also ordered my meal, lobster fried rice and shrimp dumplings, before everyone else so the waiter could check with the chef to make sure I could safely enjoy my meal.

Hello service. [Read more…]

A Day on the Boat + The Bay: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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Well, I can now say I am an official blogger. For two reasons.

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First, I flubbed my post for today. A friend had come over at the last minute and asked to borrow my camera to film something, and I absentmindedly cleared my card to give her more room thinking that I had saved all my pictures already for this post and from my trip to Biloxi the other weekend. Then last night as I went through my photos to edit everything, I realized that I had only saved a few, and none from Biloxi.

I’m thinking of it like how equestrians don’t consider you a real horseback rider or whatever you call it until you’ve fallen off your horse at least three times. I’ve fallen off my blogging horse, guess I gotta get back up. The only difference is, that when I fell off my horse horse, I messed up my back and my paranoid mother made me give up horseback riding, not that I really minded because it was pain-ful.

Anyway, my second blogging accomplishment is that I got accepted into BlogHer’s advertising network. Which is pretty awesome stuff if you’re a blogger, because it means that you can put little ads on your site to make some money (pennies for me! Ha ha). I promise it won’t decrease your user experience (thanks for being here!), and you probably didn’t even notice the nifty ad in the sidebar, did ya? But hey, it’s there. And I just wanted to tell you about it.Bay-Restaurant-6

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