Sunday, September 28, 2014

Earn $10 From Rare Patient Voice as a Food Allergy Caregiver

I recently filled out a quick application to become a member of Rare Patient Voice as a caregiver of someone with anaphylactic milk allergies, and I was accepted.  I quickly received a $10 gift card via email.

You can be the patient or the caregiver to qualify.  

Rare Patient Voice was formed to provide patients and caregivers with rare diseases an opportunity to voice their opinions through surveys and interviews in order to improve medical products and services.

You may choose $10 gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts.  

Qualified patients will receive a $10 gift card of their choice after joining and will then receive cash rewards after completing a survey or questionnaire. Plus, if you refer qualified patients or caregivers (and they enter your first and last name in the Referrer fields) then you will receive a $10 gift card. 

It is wonderful that they are accepting food allergy patients and caregivers and that we will be able to give our input about this growing health concern with no proven cause or found cure.  Let's all sign up and make our voices heard!

If you would like to join Rare Patient Voice and be invited to take part in confidential surveys and interviews regarding food allergies, just click the link below to fill out a quick form.  If you'd like to put me down as your referral, please use Jamie Kaufmann.  We would be grateful.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Chocolate Frosting

Today I am making our Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Vanilla Cake for Miles to take to a birthday party.  And since I always like a little chocolate for dessert, I decided to make a chocolate frosting instead of our usual vanilla frosting.  It turned out really yummy so I thought I'd record the recipe for myself...and for YOU!

1/2 cup chilled dairy-free, soy-free Earth Balance buttery spread
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix chilled margarine and vanilla in mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar.  Put in frig to chill before icing cake, if necessary.  

This is enough to frost 12 cupcakes or an 8x8" pan of cake.  

Not only is this frosting great for cakes, but nursing mamas may find this to be a good chocolate substitute while trying to cut milk.  This would also make a great chocolate substitute for smores this fall...just use dairy-free graham crackers, marshmallows, and this chocolate frosting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat & Oat Dutch Oven Bread

Original Post:  1-10-14

One of our readers and local friends told me I had to try this Dutch Oven Bread recipe on Pinterest.  When I finally got my 3 quart dutch oven, I was really excited to try this basic ingredient experiment.  The first time I made this, I followed the ingredients and directions exactly.  When it came out beautifully, I was ready to make my alterations.

I wanted to get the white flour out and use more healthy grains.  So I went with wheat flour and oat flour.  I like using oats because I can get them cheap in bulk through Azure Standard.  To get oat flour, I just pulse oats in my blender.  Instead of three cups white flour as the original recipe calls for, I do two cups of whole wheat flour and one cup of oat flour.

Because of the flours I am using, I have found that I need to up the water portion.  I use two cups of water.

This is such a basic ingredient recipe.  The other ingredients are literally just yeast and salt!  Talk about an economical recipe...and great for those of us with dairy and egg allergies...and especially for those who also have soy allergies!  My friend gave me this recipe because her family could not have the soy that is in most all sandwich breads at the grocery store.

I did lessen the salt to 1-1/2 teaspoon, and I like to use sea salt instead of kosher salt.  I actually thought 2 teaspoons of kosher was too salty.  But I'm not a big salt fan, either.  I love using sea salt.

The thing you have to be careful with in this recipe is that many dutch ovens cannot be heated to high temps, and especially their handle cannot.  I did a lot of dutch oven research before I bought my Lodge.  It can be heated, including the lid and knob, to 500 degrees.  So it works in this recipe.

The other thing about this recipe, while it's basic ingredient and easy, is you do have to plan ahead.  It has to sit at room temp for 12-18 hours.  I will either mix it together the night before I bake it, or I will mix it in the morning and bake it in the evening.

This bread does come like an artisan bread from a restaurant.  It has a crunchy crust.  Graham doesn't love things that are tough to eat...he has the tiniest mouth and teeth.  So instead of storing our bread in a towel to keep the crunch, I store ours in a baggie and then the outside softens up to Graham's preference.

Since I have deemed it "Soup Week" at our house this week (remember the Polar Vortex?), I thought it only appropriate that I get this recipe posted. This bread is perfect to serve with soup!!!  My boys like it for dipping but also like it topped with honey or jam.  :)

So you can either follow the linked, original recipe for the white bread version...or if you want a little healthier version with wheat and oat flour...see my altered recipe below.  Both will delight!  Just be sure to visit Simply So Good's site for directions on how to exactly make the bread.  I'm just sharing my altered ingredient list below.

2 cups wheat flour
1 cup oat flour (grind quick oats in blender)
1-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon rapid rise yeast
2 cups water

Follow instructions at Simply So Good...she gets all the credit for that part!

PS - Simply So Good mentioned having really stained dutch ovens and not knowing what could clean them. I have the answer to that one!  In our online store right here at Milk Allergy Mom, we carry Universal Stone...a very versatile cleaning paste that works on tons of different surfaces, including enamel.  It cleans my pots back to like-new condition!  Be sure to check it out!  Click HERE.  :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Original Post:  1-24-12

I got this recipe from Money Saving Mom. It's so easy in the bread machine! To make these dairy-free, just use Earth Balance for the butter and almond or soy milk for the milk.

Since we can do egg now, I used eggs.  But if you can't use egg, try this substitute for the 1 egg and 2 egg whites called for in MSM's recipe:

2 Tb of ground flaxseed mixed in 6 Tb of warm water, let set for 5 minutes before adding to recipe.  

The best idea I had when making these was to cut the rolls using my "bread knife". Wow, it worked great! Much easier than cutting with dental floss!

I like the idea of making these ahead and freezing.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free Apple Crisp

October 13, 2013

It's apple season in all its glory, and Jeff deemed it time for a good apple crisp.  He was so ready that he made this one himself before I could get to it....using fresh apples from his mom's tree, no less!  I've been busy with the Food Allergy Walk and other projects so I guess he knew it best not to wait on me for this one.

I might also add that Jeff probably didn't want to take a chance on my making the wrong "cobbler"...the one he doesn't like as much as the "crisp".  We are finally working out this "misunderstanding" in our marriage.  But you never know when I'm tired and busy...if I will get it right, ha!

See, Jeff grew up eating apple CRISP with oat topping because his dad is allergic to wheat. However, some time early in our marriage I came upon a super easy fruit COBBLER recipe.  So every time Jeff would ask for a fruit crisp, I would make the cobbler.  Ooooops!  It was just a misunderstanding, and is a good lesson on how communication in marriage is very important.  I could have gone on making the wrong thing, and Jeff could have grown more and more irritated thinking I was choosing to make the wrong thing "on purpose".  But alas, we've read a few marriage enrichment books and taught a few marriage classes...and finally after a few years, we have the cobbler vs. crisp mis-communication issue worked out.

If you are wheat-free, then you definitely want the CRISP recipe.  And if you are gluten-free, then use gluten-free oats.

Jeff informs me that he likes to use more apples than this recipe calls for.  He really packs them in.

For the butter, we used dairy-free Earth Balance Buttery Spread (which can be soy-free if you get the right version).  I am so happy that I can now get this at Target and Walmart!!!

So here you go...this is Jeff's FAVORITE apple CRISP recipe from Betty he's eaten since childhood and that happens to be fate would have it.

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free
Gluten-Free with gluten free oats
Soy-Free with soy-free margarine

If you would like to serve your COBBLER or CRISP up with some vanilla ice cream, we have our own recipe for that linked below.  And Jeff and I both agree that it is vanilla ice cream.  ;)  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall e-cloth Sales ~ Compare to Norwex & Save Tons!

Great news!  Our e-cloth store has the General Purpose Cloths 2 for the price of 1 again!  And I LOVE this new fall color combo.  I am so stocking up on those brown cloths!  

With cold and flu season on it's way, these are great for sanitizing with just water.  I also use the General Purpose Cloths in my kitchen and bathrooms like crazy.  

In addition, we have the Glass Polishing Cloths back 2 for the price of 1.  They have chosen the most popular color combo for this fall's promo.  These are the best for windows, mirrors, and polishing stainless steel!  

Get two General Purpose Cloths for $7.99 and get two Glass Polishing Cloths for $7.99.  Consider stocking up for gifts.  And we ship within the U.S. for free!  

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bathroom Set by e-cloth ~ Compare to Norwex and Save!

e-cloth has announced several new Value Sets that will save you even more money on chemical-free cleaning!  Today I am going to highlight the Bathroom Value Set...I own all these pieces and truly love them all.  All these e-cloths separately would be $36.96.  Save an extra 32 percent on these already super affordable e-cloths!  

Yes, you can clean the bathroom with just e-cloth and water.  The only cleaner that I use in my bathroom now is IN the toilet bowl.  Everything else just gets water and e-cloth...tub, sink, floor, mirrors, faucets, and around the toilet.   

The Bathroom Cloth (yellow) is super plush, more than the General Purpose Cloth, and is great for wet bathrooms.  I wipe our bathroom sink daily with this!  It will also clean around the outside of toilets and in showers/tubs.  Use a clean Bathroom Cloth as the first step to wiping mirrors, faucets, windows, and shower doors clean, and then follow up with the Polishing Cloth.  Also try your Bathroom Cloth on tile and on the wall.

The Bathroom Polishing Cloth (yellow) and the Glass Polishing Cloth (coral) work in the same way.  They will polish mirrors, faucets, windows, and shower doors to streak-free clean. You can never have enough of these on hand!

The Washing Up Pad, with its scrubby side, works great on soap scum build-up.  

And the Cleaning Pad I actually use in the kitchen for Graham's daily spills.  It makes a great make-shift mop for the floor...I know from experience.  ;)  

I really like the price point on this set!  Get 5 very popular e-cloths for under $25!  

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(1) Bathroom Pack
(1) Glass & Polishing Cloth
(1) Washing Up Pad
(1) Cleaning Pad

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