Blogger Recognition Award

Heartfelt thanks to Roda at GrowingSelf.blog for the Blogger Recognition Award!  If you haven’t seen her blog yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.  She has beautiful photography and a passion for her farm/gardening life that is very engaging.

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

My blog story…

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Teal Pumpkin Project

It’s October, the time when the minds of little ones (and not-so-little ones) turn to the fun and festivities of Halloween.  Whether Halloween parties at school, trick-or-treating with friends, or doing Trunk-n-Treat/Harvest Festival at a local church, it’s a time of costumes, fun, games, and most importantly… CANDY!

I loved Halloween as a kid.  I loved dressing up, carving pumpkins, getting candy, rummaging through it with my sister to find our favorites… it was the best.  As I got older, I fell out with Halloween for a while, due in large part to seeing the way some of the teenagers in our area would use it as a chance to snatch candy bags from kids and do other heinous pranks.  As a parent, though, as I see the excitement on my kids’ faces, I have a renewed fondness for the holiday.  I still love carving pumpkins, and taking the kids trick-or-treating is always so much fun.

kids at halloween

Our littles on Halloween last year (2016)

 

For Reese, though, and for many like him, Halloween has a darker, much more dangerous side lurking around every cobweb-covered bush, behind every overplayed witch-smashed-into-the-front-door decoration, next to every jack-o-lantern.  Continue reading

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

My world has been turned upside down.  2+2= yellow and I’m totally ok with that.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse (small)

I’m pretty sure that I’m one of the only people in the country that doesn’t like avocado.  I know all the health benefits, and I know it’s super popular, but I just can’t get over the taste. Blasphemy, I know.  And it’s not just in my head, I promise.  I once ate a delicious club sandwich, but halfway through, I noticed the sandwich started to taste like dirt.  I opened it up and noticed that there was avocado on half of the sandwich… the half that I had just started eating.

But the health benefits keep me curious… how can I integrate avocado without actually tasting it?  The answer came while watching some of my favorite YouTubers. Chocolate avocado mousse… could that really work?  The guys at SortedFOOD seemed to think so, so I figured it was worth trying. Continue reading

Doctor’s Orders

Do you ever get on Pinterest?  I love Pinterest.  It’s a wealth of information on all sorts of things.  I have found countless recipes, my wife has found several useful crochet patterns… my coworkers and I even have a shared Pinterest board to find great ideas for our classrooms (I’m a high school Spanish teacher by day, in case you didn’t know). But there is a darker side to Pinterest. Continue reading

The Bubble

Allergy parents/allergy sufferers, have you ever notice the bubble we tend to be in?  It’s a weird bubble.  We are part of support groups, we read the message boards, we do the research… with all of that, it’s easy to feel like the rest of the world gets it, like they are all going through it, too.  It feels like this rare thing you are dealing with really isn’t rare at all.  But then you talk to real people in the real world and realize that just isn’t the case. People don’t always understand food allergies.  They don’t know what eosinophilic disorders are.  And often what they do know about allergies is “information” they have gotten from watching tv or movies.  So as allergy parents and/or allergy sufferers, it’s our job to help them understand.

BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT!

Unfortunately, when we break out of the safety bubble we are in, it’s easy to come out with guns blazing, demanding that the world change.  Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying.  I get the importance of defending yourself or your kid.  It’s our job as parents. We have to protect our kids, and we cannot back down from that.  But the negative image people have of us is due in large part… well, to us.  We have to understand that no one changes quickly.  We need to educate, not scream and spit.  We need to help people see that the changes we are asking for are not unreasonable, they are for the health and safety of our children. We also need to understand that the world is not out to get us, but there are in fact people out there that want to learn and accommodate.  While screaming and shouting might cause people to accommodate, it will not change attitudes.  If we can change attitudes, we can effect real change – the kind of change that brings people to want to support because they care. Attitude changes do not happen overnight.  If we want a safer world for our kids, though, we have to pop our bubble with diplomacy.

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

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

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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