Going to birthday parties

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Meeting Cake’s needs at a birthday party is a pain. Basically I don’t expect anyone to make accommodations for Cake because I know it’s a pain, and instead I usually bring food for both of us. I ask the host what kind of food they are serving and then I try to bring something similar. This isn’t too difficult since most of Cake’s friends are two or three and birthday parties are either sandwiches or pizza or something easy like that. I bring cookies for Cake or I make some milk free cupcakes and bring those (the secret to that, in my opinion- So Delicious Coconut Creamer. It makes the cupcakes sweeter than when I make them with almond milk or coconut milk).

We went to a party recently and the mom made a TON of accommodations for Cake! It was so awesome! She had snacks he could eat – carrots, hummus, other veggies, popcorn with Earth Balance butter, and cake that Cake could eat! I thanked the hostess as much as I could, but I basically was so happy I almost cried. Being able to be ‘normal’ at a party is something that seems like it will be more difficult to do as Cake gets older.

Take the last party we went to as an example. We were invited to a birthday party last minute and it was a short walk from our townhouse (it was in our complex). They had pizza, cake, rock candy lollipop sticks, cheese puffs, Doritos, goldfish, an tortilla chips. There was also a drink with ice cream in it and cups with layers of yogurt and cake. Cake could eat the rock candy lollipop…..and that was only after I dug through the garbage a bit to make sure he could eat them. There were two huge tables of food…..and Cake couldn’t eat any of it. I don’t think he’s really used to that yet – he almost always can eat everything around except for what Allergy Dad gets for dinner when we are out sometimes. We have no family nearby so don’t have to deal with big family gatherings much. Anyways, Cake was happy that he got to eat the rock candy lollipop thing as we walked home, but it was a little sad to me that at a ‘normal’ party he can’t really eat anything.

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Everyone deserves cupcakes!

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Everyone deserves to eat a cupcake every once in a while, right? (We eat them more than once in a while). I’m not good at baking from scratch, so that means if we want good cupcakes we have to go out and buy them. But finding decent cupcakes that are milk free is a challenge…..many vegan cupcakes just don’t taste that great. Lucky for us, there’s a bakery that caters to food allergies about 20 minutes away.

My husband and Cake drove 20 minutes to our favorite bakery that has vegan and peanut-free treats that we can eat last week, since it was my birthday. After forgetting his wallet and having to make the trip twice (which is super fun with a toddler), we had yummy cupcakes!

My husband even had one (he usually gets a regular cupcake, not vegan), and gave his approval – something that’s not often done!

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Welcome to the blog!

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Welcome to our food allergy adventures! Cake, who is almost 3, has lots of food allergies but we try to accommodate him and try to let him eat as much ‘normal’ food as normal. Today’s task was making mock buck eye balls (from http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/peanut-free-milk-free-chocolate-buckeye-candy).
They were yummy. And the best part? Cake was able to help make them! He mostly ate all the almond butter and sugar ‘batter’ but I managed to keep some of them for later!