Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

Looking for a festive Christmas Cookie recipe?   This is one of my favorites that I make every year.  I like these even better than the traditional sugar cookies.

The recipe follows below. I’ve made it several different ways so that I can tailor it for different food allergies (I love to make them gluten-free).  Have fun with it and make allergy-friendly substitutions to make it work for you and your family.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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Back To School Series Part 3: School and Food Allergy Basics

Back to school is here…in fact, school is about two weeks away for many of us.  It is in that spirit that I make this post, the third part of my back to school series.

In 2011, I was honored to be a guest columnist in the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s (FAAN) August/September member newsletter.  This article is still one of my absolute favorites to author because I am so passionate about letting children with food allergies still have the opportunity to be kids.  I hope you enjoy it too!

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Back to School with Food Allergies, Part I: The Forms You Need

During August, I will be doing a back to school post series to help you and your school-age children with food allergies prepare for going back to school.  Today, I want to focus on the dreaded forms.

The forms…there are a lot of them and they are a royal pain, but they SAVE lives.  Please take the time to find and fill out each of the below forms, have your doctor/allergist initial and sign them, and then provide to your child’s school the first day of school.

1.  Authorization and Permission for Administration of Medication Form:  This form allows the school to administer your child’s medications, so you will need to fill out a separate form for each medication your child will be keeping at school.  The form specifies what medications your child needs, what dosages, under what condition the drug is to be given, and any other special instructions.  To find this form, check on your local independent school district’s website and or contact the school nurse.  (NOTE:  This form most often must be completed by a parent/guardian AND a physician.  Please plan accordingly.)  Once the forms have been signed, keep the originals for yourself and make copies for the school nurse.  Continue reading

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Debuts New Website

The folks at FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) were kind enough to send me the below press release regarding the launch of their new site and asked if I would share with my readers.  I’m thrilled for the opportunity to do so as I have always been a huge advocate for FAAN and expect to feel the same way about FARE.  (For those of you wondering, FARE is the new food allergy power house formed by the merging of FAAN {Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network} and FAI {Food Allergy Initiative}.)

I think we in the food allergy community can expect to see some truly great things from this organization.  Take a minute to read the below press release and then stop by at their new site and check it out!


New Site Features Easy-to-Use Navigation and Critical Resources for Food Allergy Management

McLEAN, VA (March 11, 2013) – Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the nation’s leading food allergy organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which provides knowledge and resources to help individuals and families who are managing food allergies stay safe and live well. The site also offers information designed to help institutions and organizations ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies. FARE works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

FARE’s website,, has been eagerly anticipated since the completion of the merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI), which was announced in November 2012. The new website combines the best content previously available from FAAN and FAI, including highly respected educational resources and advocacy materials, as well as information on clinical trials and advancements in research.

Visitors to the website will immediately notice a new, dynamic look and improved navigation designed to easily lead them to the information they seek. With special sections designed for a variety of audiences and targeted tips for managing food allergies in different situations, the site ensures FARE’s best resources are tailored to users and readily available.

“We have made great strides in raising awareness about food allergies as a serious public health issue in recent years, but we know food allergies continue to be widely misunderstood,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “Having a comprehensive website with evidence-based information that helps educate people about food allergies is absolutely critical to our mission. The new  will help us continue to advance food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research on behalf of the food allergy community.”

Visitors to the website will find it easy to become a member of FARE online or to provide a donation to support the 15 million Americans with food allergies. Website visitors can also use the site to connect with FARE’s new regional offices, enabling individuals and families to learn more about advocating in their communities and supporting food allergy education and research programs by participating in regional events.

Additional features on the new site include personal stories, content for kids and teens, and resource pages designed specifically for individual audiences such as the newly diagnosed, parents, college students, adults with food allergies, schools, camps, colleges, restaurants and more, allowing them quick and direct access to the information they need. FARE will be updating the site with new content throughout the year.

About FARE
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergy, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. Formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FARE’s mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. We do this by funding world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of food allergies, providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government and increasing awareness of food allergy as a potentially life-threatening and a growing public health issue. For more information, please visit