How cute is she! Madeline is my friend Debbie’s daughter. And she happens to be allergic to peanuts.
I don’t know much about this phenomenon. When I was little I can’t think of one friend that had this peculiar intolerance. But recently, my mom has at least one child with this allergy in her nursery school class every year. And more than 3 million people have this same allergy.
Sometimes it’s really serious—the child can’t even be in the same room as a peanut. Others simply can’t ingest a peanut. But they also can’t even eat non-peanut food (for instance a Hershey’s chocolate bar) simply because it has been in the same processing plant as peanut filled food (although I think some of the big manufacturing companies now operate peanut free facilities.) Parents, teachers and other adults in their life have to be incredibly vigilant with this allergy and be trained to use a life-saving EpiPen in case of an attack.
But all this no-nut business doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of treats available. Deb’s always finding ways to entertain her kids (I particularly admire their interest in nail polish and lip gloss) but this creative and fun dessert made me wish for the days of carefree sugar indulgence.
Cupcake Ice Cream Cones
Deb bought a nut free cake mix from Wegmans and Madeline followed the instructions: eggs, water, vegetable oil, mix, stir and mmmmm batter!
Madeline then filled ice cream cones with the cupcake batter and baked them for 3o minutes.
To fulfill the ice cream look, Madeline and sister Caroline decorate with icing. The girls perform their due diligence in testing the deliciousness of the icing before the decorating begins.
Deb says she can use any icing because they are all pretty safe and nut free. The girls always use food coloring to brighten up vanilla icing, even adding sprinkles. Madeline and Caroline are obsessed with decorating food.
And I don’t think they’re too bad at enjoying their kitchen endeavors as well.
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