Five Halloween Tips for Kids with Food Allergies


Happy Halloween!


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


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.


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.


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!


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

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

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts-- Perfect for Halloween!

When you take a huge bite out of this brown sugar and sweet potato cupcake with the maple frosting and meringue ghost on top you will taste a peep. Like those ones you find in your Easter basket. It’s a homemade peep. I’m serious.

I’m going to straight up tell you that Halloween isn’t a super me type holiday. It’s basically a pre-cursor for Thanksgiving and Christmas, my go-to holidays, and so I never get pumped for Halloween. But it’s cool.

But now with the bloggio, and the fun halloween recipes I can put into the interwebs (pun intended), I might be into it.

Food is such a motivator.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cupcakes

I had this one year where I dressed up like a chicken, in a chicken suit, and my friend dressed up like a gorilla (they sell these costumes at target, get ya one) and we hid in the bushes to scare my sister and all her friends. Good times.

When I first moved to Rosemary Beach, there was no concept of Halloween. By the end of September there was no concept of a living soul either. It emptied out. So my mom decided that we were all (as in all 10 of us kids of the entire neighborhood, no joke) going to dress up and go trick or treating and hope for the best. People were so shocked when we showed up at their door that we got the most random stuff. [Read more…]

Mummy Cupcakes


Cupcakes are by far the hardest dessert to watch other people eat. Like when you go out to dinner with some friends, or your family, and it’s of course concluded with a group dessert buffet (at least it looks like a buffet because they order so much).

“Oh, I wanna try this one!”

“And I wanna try this one!”

“Why don’t you order that and I’ll order this, and we’ll share!!”

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