Vegan Soft Pretzels

Soft, chewy, German-y… just the way a pretzel should be!

Homemade Soft Pretzels (small)

When I was in high school, my best friend and I  both worked at the local mall.  In our free time, we would go hang out at the downtown mall. As an adult, however, I have come to a realization.  I hate malls.  People walk up right behind you, people stop in front of you with no warning, the salespeople at the Dead Sea Minerals kiosk jump out and try to put lotion on your hands without permission… *shudder*  There is one thing that makes going to the mall worthwhile, though.  PRETZELS. Continue reading

You’ve got this!

You know how when you are told you can’t eat something, that’s all you want?  The doctor says to watch your fat intake, and the only thing you want to eat is a bacon sandwich with bacon bread topped with bacon spread and followed with a side of bacon fries (minus the potato).

Or maybe you are the opposite: rather than dreaming of bacon wrapped bacon, you change everything and live off of celery, despite the vast array of things you can have that are perfectly in your dietary needs.

Sometimes I feel like being a food allergy parent is like that.   Continue reading

Honey Mustard and the World’s Largest Ball of Paint

Great on chicken, fries, a spoon….

Honey Mustard (small)

So we are back to school here in the Indiana.  For the couple of days before going back to school, we decided to do something fun and offbeat.  So what a better way to spend the day than going to see one of central Indiana’s bizarre roadside attractions?  Just about an hour away from our house is: Continue reading

Enjoy(ing) Life!

Not long ago, I received an email from the good people at Enjoy Life foods.  They had found my humble little blog and read of my love for their products.  (By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Enjoy Life yet, check them out.  All of their products are free of the Top 8 allergens (eggs, dairy, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish), gluten-free, and certified Kosher and Halal.  Find out more by clicking here.) They wanted me to have a chance to try some of their new stuff.  To make a long story short: IMG_2841

I got a delivery! Continue reading

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge (dairy free!)

Stop whatever you are doing and make this now. Because fudge.

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge (small)

It’s no secret that I love food.  And it’s not just the eating of food that I like; I love that food can bring people together, can represent and define cultures, and can soothe and comfort.  Typically I prefer savory foods.  I will choose bacon with biscuits and gravy over pancakes every single time.  Night time snack?  Popcorn.  Usually buttered and seasoned with some weird concoction I made up on a whim.  But there is no question: I LOVE FUDGE. Continue reading

Back to School: Approaching the 504

It’s that time of year again… the air is far from turning crisp and cool, but the school buses are running and classes are starting.  It is back to school time! To this day, I love buying school supplies.  Something about fresh, new pencils and notebooks… it’s hard to explain, but there’s nothing quite like it.

books apple school

Unfortunately, for kids with chronic illnesses and severe allergies, school brings a whole host of challenges that the majority of people don’t even think about.  A student with sickle-cell anemia who can’t be exposed to extreme temperatures (eg. fire drills during the winter), a diabetic student who needs to check her blood sugar multiple times a day, a student with a feeding tube who goes to the nurse for lunch and can’t be around food…. Fortunately, there is a way to put a plan in place.   Continue reading

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls!

A delicious breakfast, and you don’t even have to go to the airport!

Cinnamon Rolls (small)

It seems to be general knowledge that you should bake cookies if you are trying to sell a house.  The smell of baking cookies evokes a feeling of home.  If you ask me, though, you would be better off making cinnamon rolls.  The beauty of cinnamon rolls is that you get both the sweetness of the cinnamon filling and the inviting aroma of the bread.  Plus, then you have cinnamon rolls!  I say that’s a win-win.

I’ve always been a little hesitant to make my own cinnamon rolls.  Other than the Bread-in-a-bag, I have never really had a lot of luck with yeast breads.  I tend to kill the yeast, and I get super impatient with letting it rise, rolling it out, letting it rise again… basically, I’m just lazy and don’t want to mess with it. But I got to thinking: I found a way to fake donuts… can I fake cinnamon rolls, too?

As it turns out, I can. Continue reading

Unique Blogger Award!

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the type: nothing seems to be going right, you are in some sort of unidentified funk, and everyone around you notices… I have felt that way for a couple of days.  I feel like I need sunshine, but it’s been to sweltering outside.  But sunshine came in a unusual and unexpected form this morning. I picked up my phone as I woke up, checking my notifications, and I found a WordPress notification. Funny how that little thing could pull me out of my little funk and remind me people out there do see and appreciate what I’m trying to do! Continue reading

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

So simple…. and so delicious!

You guys.  Seriously.  These ice pops……

Ok, so it’s summer in the American Midwest.  If you aren’t familiar with Midwest, let me clue you in.  It’s hot.  I mean, HOT.  Now, I know we’ve got nothing on Arizona or New Mexico in the heat department, but they cannot compete with us on humidity.  This makes heat a whole different animal. In Phoenix, for example, 82 degrees is 82 degrees. This is not the case in Indiana.  This afternoon, it was 82 degrees with a heat index of 102.  This is not OK.  Stepping out the front door feel like walking face-first into a warm sponge.

And do you know what my kids want to do?   Continue reading

Support

I want to tell you a story….

A few weeks ago, we went on vacation. Packing with kids is always a challenge. Packing with kids with health issues is a whole different level. We have to pack medicine, mixing-shaker bottles (for formula), various medicated creams (so… many… creams…..)…. fortunately we are on a hiatus from the NG tube, so we didn’t have to worry about that. Nevertheless, our little dude essentially has his own suitcase.  Why is that the smaller a kid is, the more luggage they need?

As we are heading out of town, it dawns on us…. no one packed the formula.   Continue reading