Allergy-Friendly S’mores

We hosted a family get together over the weekend to celebrate my father’s birthday. I thought it would be fun to celebrate by making S’mores over a backyard fire pit. We had two problems with this great idea: It was too hot out and no one wanted to sit around the fire pit roasting marshmallows. How would I make S’mores my son could eat when he’s allergic to milk (chocolate bar) and eggs (marshmallow)? Well, we opted to make S’mores in the evening when it was cooler and I made up an allergy-friendly recipe for my son. First, I went to a local organic market to hunt down vegan marshmallow. I checked the supermarket marshmallow label and didn’t see any of his allergens on the ingredient list. However, marshmallow is on his list of foods to avoid for the egg allergy so I opted to go vegan. I found Susie’s Ricemellow – think marshmallow fluff – and it’s actually pretty good (I’m always skeptical of “alternative” foods). Next, I took Hershey’s Cocoa powder (it’s just cocoa, not milk … [Read more...]

BlogHer Approacheth

In just one week, I’ll be in New York City to attend BlogHer 2010, a conference for bloggers. A MAJOR conference for bloggers. It’s a big deal. Not only are there way too many awesome seminars to choose from but this conference is sponsored by some pretty big names. It’s a priceless networking opportunity and I feel so blessed to be going. I was fortunate to buy a full conference pass at the early-bird rate from a Twitter pal (@jesshibb – you should follow her. She’s an awesome photog) who had a conflict with another awesome opportunity that she couldn’t pass up. (Thanks Jess! You rock!) But the blessings don’t stop there. In the few short months that I’ve been blogging, I’ve met so many incredible bloggers in the Maryland/DC Metro area. And thanks to those connections, I’m joining these ladies for the S’Mores Road Trip to BlogHer, sponsored by Hershey. Pause for squeal of excitement! And just this week, I’ve connected with two other bloggers to share a room with at the … [Read more...]