You might be asking what these 2 important subjects might have in common!
To start off, my friend Katie, who is an amazing mom to one allergenic kid, is very involved in our local public school. She also has a voice in our community where she is currently promoting sponsors in building a new playground, wheelchair accessible, for not only the students at this school, but to the community.
Save those Box Tops!
One way she raises funds is by saving Box Tops. Many of you may know exactly what I’m talking about, but for those of you who don’t – you can be just like me!
I faithfully cut out the box tops from different food items, and I save them up and give to our neighborhood school!
I want to help! I want to contribute!
In my small way, I’m helping to make our community a better place. Now if any of you have a stash that you’ve been saving, and you don’t know what to do with them – please email me and I’ll have you mail them directly to me! I’ll put them to good use, I promise.
Would you be willing to help out with this important project?
I believe that any gracious hostess would want to know if there is an “allergy” issue, before preparing a meal for guests. And I also know that many of my readers have dealt with this problem, because they have shared their stories with me.
My friend Katie also deals with food allergies in her home with her daughter, Jenna. When I asked her to share what she does when they are invited over to friends’ houses, she has a great plan!
I find out what is being served in advance and then try to match it with my daughter’s safe, foods that I bring with me. However, some of our friends have gotten very good at substituting to make things safe which is a very special treat for Jenna, when she doesn't feel different. There are so many food allergies now, a study is being done about the increase of that and MS tied into the antibacterial craze.
It’s more complicated than that though, because sometimes it means having to educate the parents. I guess it would be good to say that you should try to give each host a list of specific allergens and always bring safe foods.
I also love the passion and desire that was evident from this woman’s comment. Not even allergies are holding her back, as she is going to step out and start entertaining now!
My kids and I have celiac, which is a lot like having food allergies. Celiacs have to eat gluten-free foods. This makes it difficult for other people who don't know us well to invite us out to eat, or even over for a cup of coffee or a play date. It's not difficult for us, as we just bring our own food.
Because of the intricacies of cooking for people with celiac, we can't ask people to bring food that they've prepared in their own kitchen. But I know that people like to be able to contribute. So I've come up with an idea.
Instead of asking people to bring a dish, I'm going to ask people to come a bit early to help out. I can have a few people help in the kitchen, another person can be in charge of music, and someone else can be in charge of getting drinks for people as they arrive.
We're having our first dinner party with just a couple of close friends next weekend. One of them is bringing her salsa recipe and the ingredients and will make the salsa when she gets here. It should be a lot of fun.
Wow! I’d say none of us can make an excuse now, after reading this story!
My friend Laura, from Organized Junkie, shared her story with me, and you can actually read a post she did awhile back on Food Allergy Awareness Week, here. Also, check out this Celiac Family blog!
My son's allergies are so extensive I always bring his food with me when we go to friends’ for dinner. I usually find out what is being served in order to bring something similar for my son. It's safer and it takes the pressure off the host. If anyone is planning to cook an allergy friendly meal for a guest I would definitely recommend they review the menu and ingredients first with the guest and even then it might not be enough.
For instance, those suffering from Celiac disease may need to have their food cooked in dedicated pots and pans as well. It's always best to check first just to be on the safe side. Your guests will appreciate the extra care you've taken to provide a safe meal for them.
I’d love to know what you do, as the guest being invited into another home. Do you tell the hostess in advance, expecting her to meet/match the criteria needed?
Or do you do like my friend Katie and Laura, and you just bring the right foods for your family’s special needs?
Please share your thoughts with us?!
(Don't forget to check out Barney Butter - for those allergic to peanuts! It is all-natural almond butter, and SO very delicous!).
UPDATE: Barney Butter jars ARE made in a Peanut-Free Facility! And soon the 90-Calorie Barney Butter Packets will be too! (read the Barney Butter website for exact info!).