Situation Allergy: Aunt Sally's Peanut Butter Eggs
You are hosting Easter dinner for 30 members of your extended family. Thanks to the awesome allergy-friendly food bloggers, you are thrilled to have been able to make the entire event nut free to accommodate your 8-year-old daughter’s peanut allergy.
The table is set. The meal is warming. And the guests are arriving.
Hoping to ensure everything remains safe, you told most of the guests to bring non food items… a bottle of red wine, a case of beer, three bottles of Sprite, an Easter flower for Grandma.
You did ask your sister-in-law to bring a fruit tray— she’s always understanding, and you told her where to go and to avoid the fruit dips, etc. She’s walking in now. Everything looks perfect.
Your brother-in-law is behind her. “The food smells gourmet,” he announces. “Where do you want the wine?”
You point to the counter and begin looking through the drawer for an opener. That’s when you hear your husband say under his breath: “Oh no. What is your Aunt Sally carrying…”
You look up and see Aunt Sally entering the kitchen. And she’s holding a huge tray of her famous peanut butter easter eggs!
“Now I know you told me not to bring anything,” she says to you in a whisper that really isn’t a whisper. “We’ll just keep them in a safe spot and you can give one to everyone as they leave today. You know it’s a family tradition. Easter wouldn’t be Easter without Aunt Sally’s peanut butter eggs.”
Your six-year-old nephew, who’s sitting on the living room floor playing a game with his cousins and your daughter, looks up: “What? Aunt Sally’s easter eggs! Yes! I love Aunt Sally’s Peanut Butter Eggs!"
He jumps up, runs over and starts to reach for one. His twin brother joins him just as Aunt Sally raises the tray out of their reach: “Now boys you have to wait until you go home. You know Julia can’t eat these. Don’t worry I made plenty. They’re melting, and I just want to keep them nice and cold here in the refrigerator…”
You feel a rise in blood pressure. You see your daughter look up and and shake her head. Your husband, always one to avoid confrontation, immediately heads to the other room.
What do you do? What do you say?