Our Teal Pumpkin Project

make it Monday for food allergies

Teal pumpkins because we supply non-food items for Trick-or-TreatThis post is dedicated to my son, D-Man. He has food allergies and our family is part of the food allergy community. When he was diagnosed with his multiple food allergies we felt that he may never be able to trick or treat. BOY WERE WE WRONG! Thanks to the folks at FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) who started an initiative in 2014.

The initiative is the Teal Pumpkin Project. In brief it is to provide non-food items to individuals trick or treating and spread awareness of the initiative. It is super simple to be a participant in the initiative if you are so inclined.

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick or treat-ers (check out my Pinterest board for ideas)
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
  3. In addition, you can display a sign to explain the Teal Pumpkin Project to help spread awareness and increase participation. (FARE has a bunch of free printable options on their website)

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Butternut Squash Pasta

Butternut squash pasta is a creamy lovely treat this autumn. #tastytuesday #funhappinessandlifeButternut squash is in season and so creamy right now. I love this squash. As my son, D-Man, was walking through the market, he starts singing “butternut, butternut squash.” My thought was YES so in the mood for butternut squash soup. The squash sat on my counter for a few days. I love butternut squash soup, but my children may like pasta more. Also the effort it takes to get to the flesh of the squash slowed me down.

With the changing seasons I love getting back to more comfort foods that are warm and inviting. This dish does just that, it is smooth and creamy that has just the right amount of flavor to keep your taste buds interested. I’m glad I changed my mind and made the pasta instead of the soup. I love them both, but the kids enjoy noodles of any kind over soups.

creamy comfort food

Finally I settled on making butternut squash pasta. Now there is no easy hack to get to the flesh of the squash, except by cutting it open, scooping it out and talking off the skin with a vegetable peeler. At least that’s how I do it. Yes it is labor intensive at the start, but the result is heavenly and this recipe makes a ton of pasta great for left overs. Continue reading “Butternut Squash Pasta”

DIY Halloween Photo Display

DIY Halloween photo frame to display and enjoy for years to come.Halloween is my favorite holiday. The costume planning. The fun of dressing up and pretending along with the whole family. I love snapping way too many pictures of my boys. They are just so adorable dressed up at miniature super heroes or cowboys. Last year I wanted to create something to help display our memories.

I decided to stop just snapping pictures and downloading them onto the computer. Instead I actually get them printed out and add them to my Halloween frame. Now I can see the pictures from years past and add to the display every year. My boys love helping me with getting out the pictures and looking to see what they wore the years prior.

This was a fun craft that adds to my Halloween decor every year. Below is a step by step of how to put it together. Continue reading “DIY Halloween Photo Display”

Walking Safely in Public

  • Walking safely in public area with my son. #downsyndrome #funhappinessandlife #practice Walking safely through a parking lot, is very important for all children to learn. My son has Down syndrome and safety is the utmost importance to our family. His independence is also high up on our importance meter.

Most parents understand how a child melts into a puddle when they do not want to do something. It’s exceptionally terrific when they do this melt in the middle of a busy parking lot or when crossing the street. Now add to that the fun of a son with low tone due to Down syndrome. If you are lucky enough to have a child with Down syndrome, you realize that the melting can go to a whole new level.
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DIY Ice Cream Cake

Easy to prepare nut free ice cream cake. #funhappinessandlife #icecreamcake #foodblogWe just finished up our marathon birthday month. We have made accommodations throughout the month for our son who has severe food allergies. He was invited to a few birthday parties. We also threw one of our own with ice cream cake!

The reason this month is a big birthday month, has to do with daycare. He and his classmates were placed together because of their age. They all have birthdays around the same time. D-man attended a home party,  trampoline park party and a sleep over party. All of these types of parties would have been terrifying to us only a year ago. In the past, food allergies made us inhibit his participation in some events. This year we decided that we can make accommodations so that he could celebrate with his friends. Continue reading “DIY Ice Cream Cake”