Monday, August 24, 2015

Getting Organized with My Food Allergy Binder (TM)

My Food Allergy Binder

I'm excited to tell you about a new product perfect for busy food allergy parents like you and me. Safe & Happy Family graciously sent me their new Food Allergy Binder (TM) to try out. It's an especially helpful tool to keep you organized this time of year. You know, for those back-to-school meetings with teachers and any other new caregivers.  

I REALLY wish I had this binder when Little Guy was first diagnosed with his food allergies 5 years ago. It would have helped keep me organized and store all of his food allergy medical history and notes (like new foods we introduced, etc.) in one place.

Can I show you how this beautiful red binder can make your (and my) life easier?  

Take a look at my current way of organizing in the below photo, On the left, you see lots of messy folders and a zip-lock bag full of old EpiPens and trainers.  

Then take a look at the beautiful, eye-catching and organized red binder on the right! Everything fits in this ONE red binder...and there's room to grow!My Food Allergy Binder

Here's what I love about this Food Allergy Binder (TM):
  • It includes quotes throughout the binder from real food allergy community members and experts. The quotes offer helpful tips and inspirational content.
  • It's especially perfect for a person just diagnosed with food allergies. I wish I had this 5 years ago!
  • This binder would be helpful for baby sitters, child care workers in your home or family members who watch the kids every now and then.   
  • It offers ONE place to view your child's full food allergy history. I recently went through an old notebook and found Little Guy's old menu ideas and a food diary I kept for awhile. History like this is important. It should be kept all in one place.
  • The red color of the binder is eye-catching. It's very easy to spot in a messy drawer or a busy bookshelf. 
  • The binder is expandable. It will easily hold a TON of information.
  • I love the black bag included in the binder to hold old EpiPens, trainers, food allergy bracelets, business cards, or other food allergy related items you want to keep together.

Isn't this better than a messy zip-lock bag for Little Guy's expired EpiPens and trainers?  I keep these together so I can use them every time I meet with a new teacher or caregiver.
Getting Organized with Food Allergies

There are also so many helpful sections in this Food Allergy Binder (TM). For instance, there's a place for your emergency action plan, but there's also additional content to educate you about food allergies.

My Food Allergy Binder

I highly recommend this binder if you're just starting your food allergy journey, or if you need to keep your food allergy documents organized!

How do you keep yourself organized with food allergies? 

Thank you to Safe & Happy Family for sending me this Food Allergy Binder(TM) to review! All opinions are my own.

You may also like these back to school posts:

6 Steps to Creating a 504 Plan for Food Allergies

Tips for Preparing for Pre-school: One Mom's Food Allergy Journey

5 Ways We Prepared for Pre-school with Food Allergies

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mason Jar Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Parfait

Mason Jar Chocolate Brownie Raspberry Parfait from Mamacado.com

I have another DELICIOUS dessert idea for you using Enjoy Life's new brownie mix. We've been having so much fun with this mix!  I posted another fun recipe earlier this week for a Birthday Brownie Banana Split. Then I used four of our brownie muffins to create another food allergy friendly dessert, Mason Jar Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Parfaits. And can you believe it's gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free and food allergy friendly?

This dessert might sound fancy. "Parfait" anyone? But it's seriously easy.


It's really just a layered dessert full of food allergy friendly ingredients. Your non food allergy friends and family will LOVE it. They won't be able to tell the difference!

Mason Jar Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Parfait from Mamacado.com

Ingredients:
  • 4 muffin sized Enjoy Life brownies
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 2 boxes So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk 
  • 8 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • Optional: Enjoy Life chocolate chips and cocoa powder to top it off
Directions:
  • Put So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk in bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  • Bake the brownies as directed on the box. I used muffin tins to bake the brownies instead of a pan. I filled the muffin tins about 3/4 full, which made 10 muffin-sized brownies. I baked them for 20 minutes. Just watch the muffins closely as they bake since ovens vary.
  • Microwave 2 cups frozen raspberries for about 10 - 15 seconds, until they're a little bit defrosted.
  • Beat 8 Tbsp powdered sugar with refrigerated So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk until well combined and somewhat fluffy until you make a coconut milk whipped cream.
  • In each mason jar, layer 1/3 brownie, spoonful of coconut milk whipped cream and spoonful of raspberries. Repeat until you get to the top of the mason jar. Top with cocoa powder and Enjoy Life chocolate chips if you desire.
I refrigerated these and our family enjoyed them after dinner. They are definitely a TREAT!

Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Parfait in a Jar

You might also like these desserts:

Birthday Brownie Banana Split: Vegan and Gluten free

Chocolate Pretzel Peppermint Bark

SunButter Chocolate Cups

Vegan Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Thanks to Enjoy Life for sending me a box of their Enjoy Life Brownie Mix to test out. This post contains affiliate links.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Birthday Brownie Banana Split


I remember the day very clearly. It was the day before Little Guy's special "Brownie Day" at his preschool. I was determined to make vegan brownies for him so he'd have the same treat as the other kids. 

But I had never successfully made vegan brownies before. Little did I know that it would take me THREE tries to get it right.

Usually applesauce works well as an egg substitution in baked good recipes. But after trying (and failing) with two different brownie recipes, I was ready to just buy safe chocolate cookies for him as a treat instead and call it a day. I finally had success with this brownie recipe, and I do still love it today.

But what to do in a time crunch? You know, those late nights when you realize you need brownies for school the next day?  

HELLO Enjoy Life brownie mix!!

What's the best thing about this brownie mix? Well, it's a boxed brownie mix that only requires two ingredients!  It's also amazing because it includes probiotics and it's free of the top food allergens!

I baked these delicious brownies in muffin tins so they'd come out in nice one serving portions. It worked out beautifully.


I also got into the pink decorating spirit in anticipation of Little Gal's upcoming 3rd birthday (and she LOVES pink!). Here's how I made this fun and pink-inspired Birthday Brownie Banana Split.

Directions:
  • Bake brownies according to directions on package. The only thing I did differently was use muffin tins. I filled them about 3/4 full which made about 10 brownies. Then I baked them for about 20 minutes. Ovens vary, so just watch the muffins closely if you do anything differently from the directions on the box.
  • I put one brownie in a bowl and layered on our favorite banana split toppings: Dairy-free coconut whipped cream (recipe below), Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips, India Tree Sprinkles, banana slices and Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Cookies (affiliate links).
Dairy-free coconut whipped cream recipe. Inspired by this dairy free whipped cream recipe:
  • Refrigerate 1 box of So Delicious Dairy Free Culinary Coconut Milk overnight in a bowl.
  • Beat coconut milk for about 3 minutes until it's a little fluffy
  • Beat in 3 - 4 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • Serve/use immediately. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.

Have you tried this new brownie mix yet? If so, what do you think?

      

Enjoy Life kindly sent me a box of their Enjoy Life Brownie Mix to test out. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
 
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