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

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

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

Kashi Gluten Free Waffles

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.  Well, it’s a toss-up between that and lunch and dinner.  And second breakfast.  And elevenses…

Bacon, biscuits and gravy, waffles… it doesn’t matter what time of day, it makes for an excellent meal.  In a food allergy house, though, it’s not always the easiest meal to eat. Enter the product of today:

Kashi GF Waffles Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Fudge

For when you need chocolate yesterday…

Dark Chocolate Fudge (small)

I have a friend who doesn’t like chocolate.  We try not to talk about it.

I cannot comprehend not liking chocolate.  I get that everyone has preferences, and maybe you prefer something else, and some people can’t eat chocolate… but to just not like it at all?  I just don’t get it. Continue reading

Totally Tubular

I once read a blog post (some recipe, I don’t remember what it was) in which the author used the phrase “totally tubular” at least three times.  When I say “I once read,” I don’t mean back in 1989.  I mean just a few months ago, in early 2017.  I just…. I mean…….. *sigh*

But now, I have a reason to write about tubes!  That’s right, meet the blogosphere’s newest tubie! IMG_2414 Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls!!!

At the time of this post, I am on my way back from a trip to Costa Rica.  I’ll write more about that later, but because I have been out of the country for a week, I don’t have a recipe for this week.  Instead, I wanted to share one of our favorite products.

OrganicCinnamonRoll-thumbnail Let’s face it: sometimes products made for people with certain dietary restrictions (eg. gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, etc.) are pretty obviously missing something. Often they are ok, but clearly something isn’t right.  But these…. these are AMAZING!  Not only are they delicious, they are 100% safe for our allergy kids.  They are not gluten-free, but wheat and gluten aren’t problems for us.  They are, however, dairy-free and egg-free, which makes them perfect for Reese (our little EOE dude). Not all Annie’s products are safe for him, but these are, and they are excellent.  Reese doesn’t eat much, even when the foods we give are safe, but these he loves. And the rest of us do, too!  They are little more expensive than other brands (like Pillsbury, for example), but it’s totally worth paying a little more for Reese to be able to eat yummy cinnamon rolls with us on a lazy Saturday morning.

Sometimes it can be a little tough to find certain Annie’s products at the store.  Even if they carry some, they may not carry all.  Check them out here or go to  www.annies.com  to see what else they have.

Eating Isn’t Always Easy

Eating Isn’t Always Easy is a book about a kid with EOE.  It was written by a child psychologist (Dr. Nancy S. Rotter) and a pediatric gastroenterologist (Dr. Qian Yuan).

It begins simply.  The first few pages establish the child (named Ben) as a normal kid, one who rides his bike and has a sister. It then introduces EOE in very kid-friendly language. It goes on to explain how they found out that Ben has EOE and what that means for his day-to-day life. Continue reading

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

The  taste of  summer, bite-sized.Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs (small)

Any parent knows that coming up with dinners can be a challenge.  If that parent has a kid with food restrictions (whether due to allergies, EOE, or any other of a host of things), it is that much more difficult.  In the midst of the “I don’t want to do spaghetti again” conversation, Michelle had an idea.  It was a brilliant idea.  KEBABS. Continue reading