Chocolate chip cookies!

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We are stuck home today and have no cookies in the house. I like cookies. No, I love cookies. Cake must have inherited this trait because he also loves cookies.

After about 15 failed recipes, I tried out the traditional toll house cookie recipe, with replacing butter with Earth Balance Butter and the chocolate chips with Enjoy Life chocolate chips. They came out awesome! Pretty close to the real thing and even Allergy Dad likes them. My guess is making them egg free would be pretty simple – just replace the 2 eggs with 1 1/2 cups applesauce. Cake helped bake them!

Time to eat!

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Easter eggs.

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First, this post is overdue. My bad. I haven’t had any time lately to write any posts. Two kids under three (I only get that excuse for another week or two, then Cake turns three!), neither of which find sleeping to be all that important means I barely have time to do anything useful.

Eggs. Easter has a lot of them. Cake is allergic to eggs but only mildly…..which is determined by the fact that he has never had a reaction to eating baked eggs. When he was a baby, I tried to give him some scrambled eggs and some egg whites on different occasions. He generally just spit them out. He even tells me that he doesn’t like them, so I don’t worry about it.

When we bake and make batter with raw eggs I have him keep his hands out of the batter. This is done mostly by giving him some powdered sugar or the beginning of the batter, pre-eggs, to eat (which is just sugar and butter mixed together). And I have him wash his hands when we finish baking then watch for any reaction. There hasn’t been any. He’s even touched the batter and there hasn’t been any reaction.

So after we decorated eggs, Cake wanted to ‘play’ with them. I told him they were for eating (my bad!) and not playing. By ‘play’ Cake means he will likely hold them, squeeze them, somehow get dirt/food/unknown objects on them (seriously this kid gets stuff on his hands all the time, no idea how), and/or put them in a ‘special place’ where they will be forgotten about.

So this lead to Cake wanting to eat the boiled eggs. Sigh. Not coming up with a good reason not to, I showed him how to crack the eggs open and let him have one bite of an egg white. Then watched him like a hawk for the next few hours. No reaction and asking for more.

So the next morning I let him have three bites (three is the current favorite number). Again, I watched for a reaction. None. Awesome.

So the third morning I let him have half a boiled egg, only the whites, and again he was fine. By this point, we ran out of boiled eggs and I’m not hurrying up boiling more or trying it again for awhile, but it’s good to know that he doesn’t have a huge reaction to even boiled eggs.

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Ice cream

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Before I had kids, one of the traditions I was looking forward to having with them is having movie nights and eating ice cream, preferably with hot fudge or caramel sauce or other yummy toppings on it, while watching the movie.

That image came to a screeching halt when I found out Cake can’t eat ice cream. I tried giving him some So Delicious ice cream when he just turned 2 and he didn’t really like it. I couldn’t find any hot fudge topping for him, and most of the fun toppings like m&ms have milk in them. So even if he liked it, there wouldn’t be a ‘sundae’ or yummy toppings.

Lately, though, Cake has been really into sorbet, mostly because Allergy Dad brings him out for it about once a week. Cake started asking about ice cream so I decided to try it again. We went to a different Whole Foods today which had an ENTIRE plus some freezer door area full of milk-free ice creams. Our normal Whole Foods has about 3 shelves of milk free ice cream, so there were a lot more options for flavors and brands at the one we went to today. Cake picked out So Delicious vanilla ice cream (even though they have that at our regular Whole Foods, and he always says, “no, thanks” when I ask him if he wants any) and I picked out NadaMoo mint chocolate chip. I also found……milk free hot fudge topping! It’s from a local place in Santa Cruz which is nearby.

We ate it after lunch. Cake’s review is,”yeah, sure, it’s good! Let’s have some later!” I agree! We may be traveling an extra 20 minutes to this Whole Foods in the future so we can try all the different flavors.

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No licking the spoon here

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One of the many ways I sacrifice with a child with food allergies: I don’t get to lick the spoon when we make brownies or cookies. Cake is allergic to eggs but can handle them cooked…..so he can’t lick the spoon of batter when we make cookies or brownies. I tell him it’s not safe to eat….if I ate it he would think it would be safe to eat.

It’s one of those ‘hidden’ negatives of food allergies.

Mock buck eye balls

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Update on our mock buck eye balls (made with almond butter & dairy free chocolate chips). They are all gone. Cake and I ate all of them in 2 days.

I guess that’s how I can get him to eat more almond butter!