Who is the Halloween Ghost?

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, October 08, 2015

Who is the Halloween Ghost? He comes to our house each year. Our two boys have serious food allergies, and we have to be very careful. Before we go trick-or-treating with our boys, we load them up with SAFE CANDY.  Since they are unable to eat candy with gluten, dairy, or nuts... having their sweet tooth satisfied is important before getting a bag full of candy that is unsafe. We also bring the epi-pen and our cell phones with us at all times. I prefer that my kids eat Organic, allergy-freindy, dye-free candies.  When we get back from trick-or-treating, they leave their bags in the living room for the Halloween Ghost. This ghost has NO teeth, and comes in the middle of the night, to take the "bad candy" and he leaves a gift. The size of the gift depends on how much candy is left. They also collect candy throughout the year to give it to the ghost. Our boys get excited for the ghost to come, and they have no problems giving up their bad candy for a gift. Trust me, once you start this tradition, they will be hooked. When my kids mention this to friends, their friends say "I wish the Halloween Ghost came to our house." This is something that even non-allergic kids can enjoy.

How to get additional Nutrition in an Allergic Diet

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, September 17, 2015

When you have a child like mine who's allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, treenuts and coconut....it's tricky to get the proper nutrients in his daily diet. On top of that he's a picky eater. So this really gets tough! Here's what we do for our son, and he's growing well mentally and physically.

Smoothies: We make ours every day and it's super easy:

1/2 cup of FRESH Organic Spinach or Kale (kale is more bitter, so my son prefers spinach)

1/4 cup of Fresh Organic Blueberries

1/4 cup of Pomegranite Juice

1/4 cup Organic grape juice or Apple juice

If your little one doesn't eat carrots, try adding a little Organic Carrot juice. Change it up and use Peaches, Strawberries, Oranges. You can use a strainer if your little one doesn't like the pulp. I prefer the pulp so we fill full. You can add a calcium or protein powder if necessary. We drink enriched milks (rice, flax, or hemp milk). Sneak in pumpkin into your pancakes and muffins. I love our pumpkin donut holes and our flax seed muffins.

Vitamins: We use Juice Plus gummies because its convenient. There are other gummies out there, just be sure to get the most nutrition. Some are just full of sugar or corn syrup. Read the labels and ask questions.

Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids with Food Allergies

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, September 02, 2015

What do you feed an allergic child? My son Bradley has severe allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. On top of that he is allergic to gluten, soy, tomatoes, and certain fruits. Below is a list of Lunch ideas (some may or may not work for your child). Use a fun bento box and include at least one or two of each category:


  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery slices
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Green Peppers (my boys won't eat this, but I keep trying)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Jicama slices
  • Easy Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Soy-free Veganaise
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder,
  • 1/4 tsp of dill or fresh parsley
  • sprinkle salt or pepper to taste (optional)
  • Mix well, keep refrigerated or use a cooler pack in the lunch box.
  • Fruits

  • Fresh grapes or raisins
  • Watermelon
  • Mandarine Orange slices
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Half a banana
  • Apple slices or Apple Sauce
  • Peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Pineapple slices (too acidic for my Bradley)
  • Fruit Strips
  • Starches

  • Chex Rice Cereal
  • Allergy-free Pretzels by Ener-G
  • Baked potato
  • Erewhon Corn Flakes
  • Erewhon Rice Cereal
  • Freedom Foods Cereals are wonderful!
  • Tropics by Freedom are just like fruit loops.
  • Cocoa Crunch by Freedom Foods
  • Entree

  • Chicken Salad Sandwich (see recipe below)
  • Ham Sandwich
  • Tuna Melts (gluten free bread)
  • Turkey Sliders (use ground turkey meat to make small patty's)
  • Applegate Hot Dogs
  • Pizza
  • Meatballs (use rice to stick together)
  • Panini (with our flat bread)
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

  • 2 slices of our awesome gluten-free, Vegan Multi-grain Bread
  • Heat with toaster prior to assembly of sandwich, it will stay soft all day.
  • 2 Tbl of soy-free Veganaise mayo
  • 1 cup of shredded Organic Chicken or canned Organic Chicken
  • 1/4 cup diced celery (optional)
  • sprinkle garlic salt to taste
  • sprinkle dill to taste
  • Celebrate with a Sweet Treat

  • Easy Cakes
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake Cup
  • How to keep my allergic child safe

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, August 21, 2015

    Many families are overwhelmed when they find out their child has food allergies. What to do? My son and I are anaphylactic. Food safety is very important to our family. Here’s some tips on how to keep your child safe:

    • Keep food separate in the fridge and cabinets. We have cleared out unsafe items from our home, but if you need to have them…. store those items on the top shelves. I would recommend putting a large X on the containers with a black sharpie.

    • Have a designated seat for your allergic child. That will help prevent some cross contamination on the table if you have unsafe food items in the home.

    • If your child is allergic to peanuts, or tree nuts…be very careful with these items because the oils stick to everything. I would not recommend having this in the house. It also causes a problem baking with these since the particles go airborne in the oven.

    Get a ID bracelet which identifies their allergies and what to do.

    • Always carry an Epi-pen, even if you’re walking out for a few minutes. I have a customer who’s child went into shock at the park from contaminated monkey bars. Bring wet wipes and clean your childrens hands after using the play equipment.

    • Encourage your child NOT to touch their eyes or mouth unless they have just washed their hands.

    • Talk to their teacher, caregiver, coach, or babysitter about the severity and how to respond to a reaction.

    • Teach your child not to share food. We are very strict about this to avoid mistakes and cross contamination.

    • When you feel your child is old enough, teach them how to use an epi-pen.

    Sensitive Sweets in San Clemente - Grand Opening!

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, July 08, 2015

    We are excited to announce the official Grand Opening of our new bakery location in San Clemente, CA. Join us for a special event on Friday July 10th, 2015 @ 11:30am.

    The bakery is located at:
    362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, CA.

    We will be giving away a free goodie bag to the first 30 people that arrive.

    Each goodie bag will include...

    • Easy Cake
    • Bag of Organic candies
    • Cookie
    • $5 and $10 coupon

    We are excited to provide the residents of San Clemente and other nearby communities like San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Carlsbad and Oceanside with our wide delicious selection of gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free and mostly Vegan breads, pastries, cakes and baked goods!

    Hope to see you there :)

    Allergy-friendly restaurants near Disneyland

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, June 25, 2015

    A lot of people ask me where they should eat out when visiting Disneyland in Southern California.

    With 3 of us having severe food allergies, it gets tricky. We have been to several restaurants, and many are located near Disneyland. It's always best to ask for the Manager at a restaurant when you arrive and let them know you or your child has severe food allergies. Most of the time I have been greeted by friendly managers that want to help. Since allergies vary, (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, etc.) be sure to call the restaurant ahead of time and talk to the manager about the allergies and if they can accommodate.

    Below are some restaurants that I would recommend.

    • Outback Steak House
    • Claim Jumper
    • McCormick and Schmit
    • Storytellers Cafe
    • Blue Bayou
    • Chipotle
    • Mimi's Cafe
    • Red Robin
    • Ruby's Diner
    • Maggianos Cucina
    • Cucamonga Mexican Grill
    • Tortilla Joes
    • Cabos Mexican Grill

    Disneyland has several restaurants onsite that cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. Checkout this list: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/

    Blue Bayou and Storytellers Cafe are the best at catering to food allergies and they are both located in Disneyland.

    We can also deliver a cake or goodies to your hotel or home. Order online at http://www.sensitivesweets.com/order_online.html or call (714)968-9169.

    Severe Food Allergies Anaphylaxis

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    My youngest son Bradley has severe food allergies, and unfortunately he inherited it from me. I'm anaphylactic to tree nuts, allergic to eggs, peanuts, barley, and melon. I have gone into shock twice with almonds and pistachios. I used to eat nuts all of the time. My entire life I had eczema, but I thought I could eat anything. After I graduated from college, my sensitivities became worse. When I went into shock, I had about 20 minutes before losing oxygen. I can clearly recall the swelling in my throat, and my desperation to get air. Fortunately I was administered a steroid both times which instantly saved my life. When my son Bradley was born, he seemed fine until he was about 3 months old, then his eczema got worse. At almost a year old we had him properly tested and the doctor warned us that he was allergic to several foods, but we didn't realize he was anaphylactic. He went into shock after eating ONE piece of mac-n-cheese he got from his older brother. I didn't have an epi-pen junior, only my adult pen....so I gave him Benadryl. Please do not make that mistake...apparently they can relapse after several hours. So the best course is to have TWO epic-pens handy if you suspect your child has allergies. Even a bee sting can send a child into shock. Please check with your doctor and read this informative info on epicene anaphylaxis action plan.


    Sensitive Sweets is Now Open in San Clemente!

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    We just opened our 2nd Sensitive Sweets bakery in San Clemente! Located at 362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente. (949) 388-5764. Hours are: T-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun and Mon. Our Fountain Valley bakery is open on Mondays. See you soon!

    Spices Can Reduce Inflammation

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Monday, September 08, 2014

    Spices can reduce inflammation for some with autoimmune disorders. For our son Bradley (who has severe food allergies and asthma) we use a small amount of Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger in his meals. Be sure to talk to your doctor before using. The following two quotes come from webmd.com

    "Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eyeinfections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.”
    Ginger is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nauseacaused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used forchest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.”

    ENC Spring Faire is May 4, 2014

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Join Sensitive Sweets at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) on Sunday May 4th from 10am till 3pm for a terrific family event. To help the ENC raise money, we have donated hundreds of Gluten-free, Allergy-friendly cupcakes and brownies. There will be lots of eco-friendly crafts, art work, and reptiles on exhibit. My boys love the beautiful butterfly exhibit. For more info check out encenter.org Hope you can make it!

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