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Celebrity diets

I’m not going to go far on this topic but I would like to strongly express my opinion. I heard on a news show last night how celebrities are going gluten-free to stay trim. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Why make a “game” out of something that some of us have to struggle though? If they could just see how some people with celiac or food allergies live then maybe they wouldn’t make a game out of it. Just go run and eat sensibly! 

Here’s a beer in your face Hollywood

October 27, 2010 Posted by | daily life | , | Leave a comment

Shout out to Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

I feel like our EE x 3 sort of has an evil side. For example: Nathan can have pork but not the fruit that commonly goes with it. Gage can have yeast but none of the grains to go with it, until now!  Charlie can have wheat but no yeast. I would say that’s almost worse than trying to eat gluten-free. (note to self, celebrity Gluten free diet – topic for another day. grrrrr) So trying to find a bread product for Charlie is hard unless we make our own.

One grocery trip I was feeling a little adventurous and decided to check out all the Pillsbury products. Low and behold a few of them don’t contain yeast! So I grab some crescent rolls and head for home. Charlie told me he would eat anything for dinner as long as it was in the shape of a ginger bread boy. As if dinner isn’t heard enough. I break out my creative mommy mode and get to work. I opened up the tube and rolled some out. Found a cookie cutter as close to a ginger bread boy shape that we had and cut some out. I used the scraps and made little parmesan sticks and finished up the rest of the dough making regular rolls. I always bake the dough a little before adding the sauce and toppings. Sauce is always also homemade since Charlie can’t have onion or garlic. Which I’m so over and ready to have those two things back. The boys both thought dinner was awesome and ate it up! Charlie thought the sticks looked like snakes so those were extra cool. I recently discovered the actual Pillsbury pizza dough doesn’t have yeast so we’ve switched to that.

Three cheers for mommy and an “awesome” dinner!

October 27, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The dinner that almost did us in.

Ham and bean soup. Simple. Right? Well, yes for the average family. We don’t fit that category. I made a batch for Nathan and myself in the crock pot and another safer batch for the boys on the stove. I was so happy this day. Easiest dinner to throw together. No huge mess to clean up. Easy peasy.

I feed the boys before Nathan got home. They both loved it. Charlie ate his so fast I was actually in shock. So once Nathan got home I told him how much they both like it. Nathan said “Charlie can’t have legumes”. Oh crap I totally forgot. We don’t have beans or legumes on Charlie’s do not eat sheet on the cupboard. Since he is allergic to so many things in the legume family the allergist said we should stay clear of all of them. One strike for mommy on the dinner. Once Nathan got home I made the corn muffins. I started making corn muffins with milk. Nathan asked what I poured in there and reminded me he can’t have milk . Already bummed about the legumes I asked if he would finish making them with soy milk. That’s two strikes on mommy. Ding, out the muffins come. Gage is yelling for a muffin. Since he can now have corn I handed Gage a muffin. Well it wasn’t until the muffin was gone and probably an hour later it smacked me in the face GAGE IS ALLERGIC TO SOY! Three strikes, mommy’s out. I just turned a great easy dinner into an almost horrible evening. Thankfully no one had an outward reaction. Still upsets me though knowing that I could have caused some damage inside their bodies. So no more navy bean and ham soup in this house! That meal will haunt me forever. How fitting for Halloween.

I added beans to Charlie’s list on the cupboard right after I had a beer.

October 27, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Pumpkin” Pancakes

I find myself to be very creative. Pancakes are a Charlie staple. So let’s get creative with pancakes! By using some food coloring pancakes can be fun. I’ve always let Charlie pick out  a color for his pancakes, this time the color helped them come to life. I made some white and orange pumpkin shapes, all with green stems. I also tried to make some ghost and bone shapes. Of course they’re not perfect but to Charlie they were!  He ate them right up. I always make a big batch then either throw the extras in the fridge or freezer. Makes a quick grab when we’re having a busy day. I will pop them in the toaster to warm them up.  I typically use bisquick without adding the egg. I also use the extras it suggests – baking powder, sugar and vanilla. Chocolate chip pancakes are always requested. Gage prefers blueberries in his, now that he gets to eat them!

October 27, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pork, Hold the Fruit

We eat pork usually every night of the week. (I have always hated pork) This is the only meat aside from lobster, crab and shrimp that Nathan isn’t allergic to. Who can afford shellfish every night of the week? (Oprah – can you hook us up?) My latest “help” is to check out cookbooks from the library and just go through them page by page to find recipes.

When making many different pork dishes a few repeating ingredients are pineapple, apples, and oranges. I have actually started yelling at the cookbooks. Nathan is allergic to all fruit. This has become a never-ending battle for me. I can feel the tears start to well up every time I see “add one cup apple juice” or “add one can crushed pineapple”. There’s no getting around it. I know it’s not really about me, it’s about finding safe things for my husband to eat. However, this love affair between fruit and pork is really starting to upset me.

Dear Pork and Fruit,

Next time I see the two of you together I will throw my beer at you! 

Sincerely,

Kara

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Nathan's allergies | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Food Allergies Don’t Get Us Down

It’s fall! Halloween! TIME FOR PUMPKINS! Oh, wait, we’re allergic to pumpkins. What do we do?? We carry on as if nothing is wrong. How can you go through a holiday like Halloween and not let your kids get a pumpkin? Charlie is the only one allergic to pumpkins. He actually has a contact reaction to the pumpkin guts. But that doesn’t stop us. We picked out some great pumpkins this year!

When heading to the pumpkin patch we know there’s going to be a hay-ride, corn maze and lots of other itchy outdoor irritants. Both boys get their daily allergy medicine. I pack the Benadryl just in case. Right before the  hay-ride Charlie gets a shot of his inhaler. We are always a little stuffy and itchy when we get done but it never seems to bother them. They never complain because the fun totally overrides the allergy reactions. I would never want my kids to miss out. If it got to the point that they are miserable then we wouldn’t do it. 

Pumpkins home, it’s time to make jack-o-lanters. This is daddy’s job. The boys always like to help get the guts out. This year we just taped plastic bags on Charlie’s hands and he was able to do his job. Of course Gage wouldn’t touch the guts so he wanted bags on his hands too.

Daddy did an awesome job this year.

Cheers to Charlie for getting to be part of the pumpkin process.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Charlie the Man

Charlie has recently turned into a man. The easiest way to turn into a man is wear blue jeans, a button down red plaid shirt, boxers and a tie. If you’re feeling really manly add daddy’s boots and his ball cap. The tie can really turn any outfit into a mans outfit. We don’t know where this idea popped into his head from but it’s been really cute to watch. Tie’s apparently go with anything and everything, even Halloween costumes. We even wear them everywhere with out the slightest bit of embarrassment.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Life according to Charlie | , , , , | Leave a comment

Things are looking up

Although we still have a long road ahead of us, right now things are great. Gage has been eating wheat and corn for a month now and no problems at all! He’s also ditched his crib, diapers and bottle!  He’s like a little man now. (sniff sniff) I knew that when he was asking for a bottle of warm milk it was time to give it up. I let him have it for so long after turning one so that he would get extra calories he needed. Knowing he always finished his bottle it was a win win for both of us.

We’ve had his toddler bed set up in his room for quite sometime but he’s been afraid of it. I think he’s going to be a gentle giant when he grows up. Finally one night I said let’s try the big boy bed again. He slept in it all night with no problems. Next day, crib came down. The great thing about it is he won’t get out of the bed unless I’m in the room. That includes during the day too. With Charlie we would always have to sit there until he fell asleep because he would never stay in it.

The potty training was super simple too. He’s not even 2-1/2 yet! First week we went right into underwear. He had 3 accidents and that was it. He’s even staying dry at night and during nap. He may be the easiest kid yet.

He recently had his first pop tart. It was like baby crack. Have to be careful though some pop tart flavors do contain egg. I’m still learning!

So let’s cheers to Gage for a great month!

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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