Set the Mood
You have the linens, you have the food cooking but you are horrible at setting the table. You are undecided about colors, matching, how many candles look happy together but not as if the table will catch on fire at any moment. Stop over thinking it! Take a step back, breath and simplify. Nobody ever left someones house and complained about what the table looked like (just the food you burned, lol). Earth tones are calming, peaceful and can pretty much fit into almost any situation. To complete your candles, simply grind some Glutino pretzels and sprinkle them onto your candle dish. Your table will look absolutely effortless and delicious but still elegant.
Create a Place
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Make Your Own
There are plenty of sweet treats in the stores but as always, having food restrictions can cause stress just looking at all of the labels and ingredients. If you set aside just a few extra minutes, you can replace those store-bought mallows with an easy option to save you the added worry of a possible reaction. For less money you will have the special ingredient that only a homemade treat can provide. Skip the brightly colored, sugary shaped chewy-gooyies! Instead, grab a large marshmallow, melt some allergy-friendly chocolate and dip one end into some crushed pretzels. Better yet- use two flavors ( I used crushed Pretzel Chips and Yogurt Covered Pretzels). Who says a mallow has to be all sugar and no salt and crunch?! Make your own sweet delicacy the way you want it and begin a new tradition of better delicacies.
Always Have Extras
My mother always told me to make extra. You never know if there will be a last minute guest, a friend who needs a place to celebrate or a sudden neighbor stopping in. My family always makes more than enough because it's sinful to not feed everyone... we are Italian and we feed (maybe that's why we eat so much!!). Honestly, it does make sense- imagine hosting a dinner and realizing the last guest has no food?! Not in my house and having food allergies doesn't mean that there will be any smaller amounts either. After all, you never know who will pop in for a visit....