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



It’s October!  Fall has come: the leaves are turning, the air is getting cooler, and the smell of apple cider is in the air… I love it!IMG_3112

So, you may have noticed a bit of radio silence lately.  Fall is a tough time because it’s really busy (until fall break, of course). I work at an apple orchard on the weekends in September and October, and we just hit the end of the grading period at school, which means I have a lot of papers to grade.  But fall break is just around the corner, and I’ve got plans of things to come!

There are some fall recipes around the corner (one is cooking as I type, and it smells so good!) Also, some general autumn-y posts are in my sights, so keep your eyes open.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this:IMG_3108 Don’t get me wrong, pumpkin spice is great.  But it’s no apple cider! If you have a local orchard or cider mill nearby, do yourself a favor and get some real apple cider.  That stuff from the grocery store just does not compare!

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

Mystery Blogger!

So you may have noticed that didn’t get a recipe posted this weekend.  The beginning of fall is always a little crazy.  In the fall, I work at a local apple orchard, and this weekend was our big fall kick-off.  It’s always a lot of fun, but I’m pretty sure all of central Indiana decided to come out… SO busy!  No worries, though, I have lots of recipes in my back pocket to try and share, so there are more to come soon!

In the meantime, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Roda at Growing Self (http://growingself.blog ) for the Mystery Blogger Award nomination!  The recognition and share is always appreciated, and it’s a really cool way for those of us in the blogging community to share the great things we are seeing from fellow bloggers.  I know not everyone chooses to participate, but I think it is great fun and lets us all learn a little more about some of our favorite bloggers. 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.


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.

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

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


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

Mystery Blogger Award

Oh my goodness, you guys.  I’ve been doing this for 2 months.  Never did I expect this: I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award!  Thank you so much to Roda from Growing Self for nominating me.  The fact that another blogger has decided to recognize me is pretty amazing.  Please go check out her blog at http://growingself.blog.  She has great stuff about farm life, gardening, and a great series she calls Be Still…  Check it out!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“The ‘Mystery Blogger Award‘ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion” ~ Okoto Enigma.

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Mother’s Day: A dad’s take

I posted this on Facebook a couple years ago, but it’s worth repeating:

As a father, I have to say I have it pretty easy. Our world doesn’t expect much from fathers. We are allowed to be, in fact, almost expected to be a bit clueless and slightly inept. It’s mothers who are expected to hold everything together. Run the calendar, cook the meals, clean the house, do the crafts, wash and fold the clothes, plan the parties… It’s a bit overwhelming. No, it’s REALLY overwhelming. And wholly unfair. Why is it that fathers are allowed to be unskilled, yet mothers are expected to be perfect? Pinterest moms give us great ideas, but I think they may have taken the place of the magazine models in setting unrealistic expectations. Let’s allow the moms in our lives to be who they are: human.

To my wife: thank you for making my job as a father so wonderful. Thank you for taking care of our daughters and our son. I don’t care if our house isn’t perfect, or if we eat leftovers sometimes. I love you and appreciate you for who you are.

To my mom: thank you for supporting me and for never giving me the opportunity to doubt your love for me.

To my friends and family who are mothers: you have one of the hardest jobs in the world, and when you’re doing it right, few seem to notice. Please know you are loved and appreciated, both for what you do and who you are.

To everyone else: tomorrow is Mother’s Day. If your mom is still around, it’s a great time to thank her for all she has done and all she is. But please, don’t do it only then. Tell her in August, when there’s no other holiday. Tell her on Tuesday, just because it’s Tuesday. Tell her whenever you can, because we don’t tell her enough.

Thank you, moms, and happy Mother’s Day.