You get to experience the chill and warmth of this dish with every bite.
Chop Friendly and “Your Disney Homegirl” join forces to talk Disney and food allergies.
The holidays can be a stressful time of the year for so many: Last minute items to gather from shopping lists, traffic, so much to do, but little time to complete all the many tasks. For families dealing with food allergies, there is sometimes the added stress of other members of the family clan forgetting to think of their loved ones with food allergies. It’s important to plan ahead when preparing for family holiday meals to ensure a good and safe time.
The Teal Pumpkin Project, inspired by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), recognize that children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions are often unintentionally excluded from all the fun associated with Halloween festivities.
Coming up with a name for our son was never really difficult for me. I decided that I loved the name Carrington even before his conception, but I knew it would take some convincing of my husband who goes by the alias Truckturner (he dubbed that himself). Omg, don’t ask! Speaking of nicknames, it’s pretty common for members of our family to inherit nicknames that stick with them throughout their lives. Nicknames can be inspired by anything. Hearing the names Aunt Cookie (she loves them), Uncle Chubbo, and Cousin Boonk, certainly have warranted strange looks from outsiders throughout the years.
So…Carrington. My husband might not take to that one too well. Why? Well, because it is my family’s surname, my former name. Where we come from, you just don’t give your kid your maiden name as their first. Sure nicknames are ok, but dropping family names on a kid… yeah, no bueno. I liked the idea that this baby represented connections to our family ties, commonality shared by both of us. This was our first baby and our families were pretty excited for us.
So, one night we were up late playing a mean game of monopoly with our family and things were getting pretty ugly. You don’t play a clean game with this crew. They make up these illegal rules, and then are crying “Mercy” when they start to bury themselves. My husband tried desperately to talk his sweet wife into cutting him a break whenever he landed on Broadway, property that she owns. I negotiated, “Well, how about a pass when I come through on Park Place…” Before I could finish my negotiations he screamed out, “Deal!” I abruptly cut him off…”And!!!!!! I get to choose our son’s first name.” “Yea, yea, ok. Deal!” I don’t know if he fully understood the terms of the conditions he had settled upon. With a low evil chuckle, I exclaimed “Deal!” This rookie showcased some skilled moves here. I patted my growing bump and whispered, “Carrington mommy is about to show them what winning looks like son.”
After my winning feat!
“May Chop eat Rice Krispie treats?” One of the classroom moms asked several days prior to our school’s egg hunt. When she showed up with her homemade dish and explained the ingredients she avoided and the substitutions used, I could not help but to get the warm and fuzzies inside. A toothless Chop widened his grin even more. “We made sure to properly clean our kitchen and remove your allergens while working Chop.” We were pleased at her gesture. Sure, the helicopter mom in me panicked slightly because I was not there to hold her hand. But to be fair, this sweet mama’s had a child recently diagnosed with two of the allergies that Chop share. So, I knew that it was important to her that she was careful.
Check out Chop Friendly founder Tanisha Foster's blog post in The Birmingham's Mom Blog