This is a phenomenon that has been happening with some frequency since we discovered all the family allergies and it amuses me each time! Before any family get together, potluck, or other mealtime together with other people I get a text like this:

chocolatechip-text“Can you eat this?” or “Can _______ eat this?” Now, depending on the event and the food in question my answers vary, but there are only a few options. I will typically answer “yes” (especially for my sister who has figured it out the most) or “no. I’ll bring our own.” or “no and it’s okay, they won’t miss it.”

Once again, I’m so thankful we are living with this in the age of technology. How easy to answer these questions!



Well, it wasn’t planned, but I guess I took a break for the month of December to prepare for Christmas. It was a good time for our family. The kids’ school had some fun projects and was very good about giving us advance warning to prepare suitable and similar alternatives. Both kids classrooms made Gingerbread Men. I had nice results modifying “this” recipe like “this”.  I had the best results using the oat flour. The rice flour worked too but it was a fluffier gingerbread man.

Our daughter makes me so proud, so often, but she had a couple shining moments during Christmas prep at school. When she made (and ate before coming home) her Gingerbread Man, she told me later that she liked the toppings I provided and her very favorite was the fruit leather I chopped up. There’s no fooling her! And she liked it! She has such a wonderful attitude about her special foods. Another moment was during a field trip to the Math and Science Fair at the local college. She made many winter crafts, including decorated sugar cookies. She had a grand time decorating 2 cookies and then told her teacher she’s not allowed to eat them because they are “grumpy” cookies. Before we left school for the day she passed out her two cookies to 2 classmates because they can eat them. There is that amazingly wonderful attitude again! She was so happy just to participate. The experiences mean more to her than the food. I’m so proud, happy and relieved!

Our son has never known anything besides modified foods, so he takes it all in stride. He also has a great attitude about it all. His teachers are great about checking in with me about special snacks and projects. When he made his Gingerbread Man, he apparently viewed it as an art project. He brought it home and so proudly presented his creation. He never wanted to eat it. Again, I am so thankful he does not mind his special food and even enjoys it.