Allergy Friendly Easter Treats

peeps cadbury

For Easter treats we like nut-free and egg-free Cadbury mini eggs – the little chocolate eggs with the crunchy shell. We also enjoy Hershey kisses and Peeps. (As always, this is what we enjoy for our family. Please check all labels for allergy-friendliness for your family.) Here are a few more adaptations we enjoy: I […]

SunButter: Simple Substitute in Favorite Recipes


With our anaphylactic allergies to peanuts and walnuts, how is it I get excited when I come across a recipe with peanut butter as the main ingredient? Because of SunButter. SunButter is a direct substitute for peanut butter in our house. We eat it in a sandwich, we stir it in recipes. We frequently reference […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Basic Meatloaf, Egg Free


Meatloaf can easily be baked on a Saturday then warmed when you walk in the door from church… Often I need to modify a good, old, basic recipe due to the children’s allergies. Meatloaf is no exception. Now, I could add in egg substitute. But I’ve found that meatloaf is every bit as tasty, sans […]

Reindeer Mix a.k.a. White Christmas Snack

White Christmas Snack Recipe at Hodgepodge

Always a holiday favorite is Reindeer Mix, a.k.a. White Christmas Snack. It’s an easy solution for parties, teacher or neighbor gifts or a nice little something to tuck in the mailbox for your mail carrier. It’s very simple. You might even have the ingredients on hand. Just melt the white chocolate bark and pour it […]

For the Birds: Gift Idea

Gift Idea for Bird Lovers

from the 2010 archives…We spent an entire afternoon Saturday making treats for the birds – and the bird lovers we know. Nana came across a really neat recipe for birdseed wreaths. I was especially excited about it because it is peanut free for our crew. Just three ingredients! Gelatin, water and birdseed. We made ten, […]

Simple Thanksgiving Menu, Tips and Allergy Friendliness


Don’t you love Thanksgiving? Our celebration is practical, simple and fun. I’m sharing our chalkboard menu with you today along with a few tips I’ve learned along the way. I like to ease into the holidays, spreading preparations over several days. Below are our favorite annual recipes: Overnight Turkey (Easy, Delicious and Always Moist!) Be […]

Simple SunButter Bird Feeders


With fall and cooler weather, we often think of the birds. Plus, with a little SunButter, we often see more of a variety of birds at our feeder. The nuthatches and woodpeckers love a little extra with their birdseed. So, when I saw these simple feeders on Pinterest, I knew we could do an allergy-friendly […]

Blueberry Breakfast Cake


I made another recipe found on Pinterest! This scrumptious blueberry breakfast cake I made with egg substitute so Lil’ Buddy could enjoy it too. We mixed it up one night last week as the highlight of breakfast for supper. You must click over to Alexandra’s Kitchen to see her delicious photos. You’ll want to make […]

Chocolate SunButter Rice Krispy Treats


A while back, there was a little bakery that sold peanut butter Rice Krispy treats. Now just that is a treat itself. Even at $1 a piece. The topper was – those krispy treats were topped with chocolate! So, the children and I set out to recreate this specialty with our favorite SunButter. We simply […]

Egg Challenge: Allergy Friendly Living


Another installment in our recent continuing education with Hodgepodge allergy friendly living. This one originally posted February 23, 2010… Our youngest boy had an allergy challenge today.  Some time ago, he was diagnosed with allergies to egg and peanut. Here’s how it works: In a controlled environment (a clinic, intensive care facility, etc.) the doctor […]

Continuing Education: Allergy Friendly Living


We are anticipating Lil’ Buddy’s peanut challenge this week. With that in mind, I thought I’d share our recent history with allergies. This one originally posted December 17, 2009… I think you’ll agree that a parenting prerequisite is continuing education. How do I guide this budding adolescent? What’s the best tactic for surviving the terrific […]

SunButter No Bake Cookie Bites


Another peanut butter recipe from Southern Plate turned SunButter recipe for Hodgepodge! No bake with yummy ingredients. And yet another afternoon of cooking fun. Mixing and stirring! A great way to get oatmeal in these children. Anything with SunButter! Click over to Southern Plate for the recipe: Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Bites and just […]