Sunbeam Igloo Snow Cone Maker

The other day, Michelle had an idea.  It was a great idea.  Snow cones.

love snow cones!  When we were in college, there was a snow cone place near campus called Ice Deli where I was regular customer.  Any time it was a nice day, I would strap on my roller blades and head down the street for my favorite icy treat – a Silver Fox snow cone. Mmmmmm……

I’ve never had much success with snow cone making at home.  But we decided to try this counter top model. Continue reading

Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops

Who knew cherries and blueberries could be so good?

Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops (large)

We just got back from a family vacation to the western part of Michigan (specifically Grand Haven and Muskegon).  The kids had a blast.  I’ve been to Lake Michigan before, but I had forgotten how beautiful that area is. Two things Michigan is well-known for are cherries and blueberries.  Two things I am well-known for absolutely hating are cherries and blueberries.  People think I’m crazy, but I have just never been a fan of most fruits, especially berries. However, when it was suggested that we take the kids cherry picking and blueberry picking, we jumped at it.  It sounded like a fun day, and just because don’t like fruit doesn’t mean my kids shouldn’t.

They had so much fun picking cherries! It made the long drive to the orchard totally worth it.  Before we knew it, they had picked 7 ½ pounds of cherries. And here’s the best part:

Reese ate cherries! Continue reading

Mint Melon Ice Pops

Beat the heat of summer with homemade refreshment!

Mint Melon Ice Pops (small)

“Daddy, can I have a pockidle?” This is something I hear on an almost daily basis. Maybe some day they’ll learn how to properly say the word “popsicle,” but I’ll enjoy the adorable mispronunciation while it lasts!

We always have ice pops in our house (and almost never Popsicle brand… I don’t like to pay that much). The other day we bought an ice pop mold from Walmart (nope, not ashamed even a little bit), but I had little idea what we would do it with.  Soon after, I ran across an ice pop recipe from Food Network.  It sounded awful.  Primarily because it included cilantro.  Since I feel like cilantro tastes like the result of someone cleaning out a lawn mower bag with dish detergent, I had no desire to try it.  But it gave me an idea. 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