A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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Dear Sports Parents – about those cupcakes
Wednesday, 7 Mar, 2012 – 9:10 | 5 Comments
Dear Sports Parents – about those cupcakes

Dear Sports Parents,
The end-of-the-season cupcake cake was beautiful, and it looked delicious. I’m sure 90 percent of the team appreciated your efforts to make the last game special.
We are the 10 percent.
The one player who …

Easy Bake – biggest oxymoron ever
Tuesday, 28 Dec, 2010 – 11:54 | One Comment
Easy Bake – biggest oxymoron ever

Mommy I want Santa to bring me that, Boots said as an Easy Bake oven commercial aired.
I ignored him, because Boots wanted virtually everything he saw on TV or in an ad this year. But …

Cookies AND milk at Starbucks – it’s now possible for Big Guy
Friday, 15 Jan, 2010 – 20:24 | Comments Off
Cookies AND milk at Starbucks – it’s now possible for Big Guy

It’s been Boots and my dirty little secret for the past few months.
Every time we go to Starbucks, just the two of us, we gorge. We order cake or brownies or cookies, turbo-charging our caffeine …

There’s an egg in my kitchen
Sunday, 6 Dec, 2009 – 22:34 | Comments Off
There’s an egg in my kitchen

A dear friend who’s never had to deal with food allergies laughed at me when I evicted all eggs and egg products from our house after Big Guy’s bout with anaphylaxis five and a half …

This is anaphylaxis
Thursday, 21 May, 2009 – 11:40 | 8 Comments
This is anaphylaxis

They never believed me.
From the time Big Guy started eating solid foods, I insisted that it be done the “right” way – the way doctors recommend for any child, but particularly for one with a …

You can’t eat that. I’m allergic
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 22:54 | Comments Off
You can’t eat that. I’m allergic

Get rid of a few eggs and evict the peanut butter and before you know it a kid thinks he’s king of the cupboard by the time he’s in kindergarten.
Such was the case with Big …

‘Pretend I’m not allergic’ – there’s now hope that day could come
Sunday, 15 Mar, 2009 – 23:49 | Comments Off
‘Pretend I’m not allergic’ – there’s now hope that day could come

Next to “bop brother over the head” and baseball, “pretend I’m not allergic” is Big Guy’s favorite game.
Boots will sit with their toy cash register as his brother orders at McDonald’s. “I’ll have chicken nuggets, …

The most important spelling words for an allergic kid
Sunday, 15 Mar, 2009 – 10:23 | Comments Off
The most  important spelling words for an allergic kid

Allergy-wise, it’s been a disastrous weekend.
We showed up at a birthday party to see bowls of peanuts among the snacks. It freaked Big Guy out, but I’ve been trying to teach him to avoid rather …

Kids and Allergies: The hostess with the mostest effort to help Big Guy fit in
Wednesday, 11 Jun, 2008 – 7:21 | Comments Off

I wanted to send DisneyFamilies.com blogger Toni a dozen roses the other day after her post on allergic kids.

Toni ran into the food follies we all experience daily during her son’s recent playdate with an allergic friend. She doesn’t mention the kid’s age, but he was old enough to know that he couldn’t eat the cookie she’d offered because he was allergic to wheat.

After the friend left, Toni and her son, Jackson, hit the computer in search of snacks that would be safe for the friend the next time he comes over. What a kid, and what a mom!

My heart melted, much in the way that my friend Yolanda moved me to tears recently with her efforts to make sure her 4-year-old’s birthday party was safe for Big Guy.

She’d originally planned to

Back on the ranch dressing
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 6:00 | Comments Off

Originally publish June 22, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

THE CHALLENGE: Big Guy loves salad, which is a major accomplishment for a picky 3-year-old. Many fat-free dressings – including Hidden Valley and Kraft – are made without eggs, so they were safe. Or at least they used to be – they’ve been banned in my house since the garlic allergy popped up, so please check the labels!

THE SOLUTION: Make your own. It’s not that hard.

ALSO GOOD FOR: Milk allergies if you substitute vegan sour cream and soy milk or soy if you’re sensitive enough to be bothered by soy oils.


1½ tbl parsley
1½ tbl onion or garlic powder
½ tbl dried chives
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp tbl salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp pepper
Use 1 tablespoon of the mixture per cup of sour cream

Egg in … popcorn?
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 5:55 | Comments Off

Originally publish June 3, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

I learned again this weekend that you can never let your guard down for one second when it comes to reading labels. Obviously, I needed the reminder, because I almost screwed up, bad.

Friday is movie night at our house, and that means popcorn and Rice Krispie treats. It’d been a long day this Friday, with sick, cranky kids and one more errand than good sense dictated was smart. So I grabbed a box of Act II Movie Theatre Butter microwave corn, threw it in the cart and went on my way.

For some reason, when I got home, label-reading paranoia kicked in. I read the ingredients first, and everything was OK. But then, in the separate allergens warning at the bottom: Contains egg, fish, milk.

Milk I can

Kids and Allergies: Why a kids and allergy blog?
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 5:44 | Comments Off

Originally publish May 31, 2007, the hive.modbee.com.

We are a pathetic little allergy-plagued family. Well, at least two-thirds of us are.

Me: Pork, seafood, some fish (severe); chicken and rice (moderate but tolerable); 22 other foods (mild) and everything airborne I’ve ever been tested for.

Big Guy: egg, peanut, all tree nuts but almond and garlic (severe). Avoids Red Dye 40 and Yellow Dye 5 on the advice of his allergist.

Little Guy: none so far, but he has worrisome signs

So don’t invite us for breakfast – pancakes, bacon and eggs are out.

And don’t call and ask if we’d meet you for pizza – we could order no pepperoni at a place that uses an egg-free crust, but we’ll never find a sauce without garlic. And if you throw a birthday party, please don’t be