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Who’s Allergic to Basketball?

Gage is! Well not really.
So we signed up for basketball. Charlie was against it at first and wanted to do bowling. He told me basketball would be a lot of work and he didn’t want to get all hot and sweaty. After watching Gage practice he changed his mind.
Gage’s group are 3 and 4 year olds. There’s 21 of them, can you imagine?! It’s comical.

Mommy and Daddy help.

Charlie’s group are 5 and 6 year olds.  They’re a little better, but not much.

They set up 5 stations and break the kids down in to groups, each group with a “coach”. The main thing they do is work on basic fundamentals of basketball.

Now, how is Gage allergic to basktball? The second night of practice I noticed he kept itching his cheek. As the practice went on I noticed his face becoming more and more red. By the end he had a few tiny welts and was itching constantly. My only guess is that it was from him toucing the dusty ball then touching his face mixed with being hot and sweaty. So we threw him in the shower when we got home and it all cleared up.

We’ve also been lucky to not have an asthma attack during practice. Since they’re just doing stations and not running the court I doubt we’ll have that issue.

We’re LIVING through basketball season!

February 15, 2012 Posted by | LIVING | Leave a comment

Giant Turkey Legs

I saw turkey legs at the grocery and thought “Why Not?” So I bought a pack of 3 and made them on the night of Charlie’s actual birthday. Nathan was out of town so it worked out perfect.

Now, how do I make them?

Thank you Pioneer Woman! She had a perfect recipe for them, Caveman Pops.

When doing turkey legs you have to let them soak in brine for a period of time, so make sure you start these the day before you want to eat them.

Caveman Pops (aka Roasted Turkey Legs)
10 whole turkey legs -I only did 3
BRINE:
4 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbs seasoning blend (montreal)
1 whole bay leaf
DRY RUB
2 tbs chili powder (more or less depending how spicy you like it)
2 tsp seasoning blend (montreal)
2 tsp paprika
2tsp onion salt

In a pot, combine water with the salt, sugar, brown sugar, 2 tbs seasoning blend and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool, then pour into a large container or bowl filled with ice. When mixture is cold, submrge turkey in the brine. Cover the container and brine in the refrigrator for 4-6 hours, more if you have time.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the dry rub ingredient. Remove the turkey legs from the brine and rinse them under cold water. Pat them dry. Rub the ddry rub all over the turkey legs, geetting under the skin when you can. Roast on a baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 and roast for another 15. I did cooked mine longer. I roasted them for 30 min then cranked it up to 450 degrees for another 15.

The boys had found little yellow potatoes at the grocery which I roasted right alone with the turkey legs, different baking sheet. So we had giant turkey legs and tiny potatoes. The boys thought it was an awesome dinner!

February 14, 2012 Posted by | LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sweet Biscuits : Wheat free, egg free

Since switching to Bob”s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour for Gage we’ve been trying out some new bread recipes for him. I know the poor little guy misses bread like no other. I found this one right on the Bob’s Red Mill site.
Sweet Biscuits
2 cups GF all purpose baking flour
2TB sugar
4tsp Baking Powder
1/2tsp Sea salt
1/2tsp Cream of Tarar
1TB xantham gun
1/2 cup shortening
1 Egg – we use EnerG
2/3 cup milk

Whisk together the flour, sugar, bakng powder, salt, cream of tartar and xanham gum. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter or fork.

Whisk togther the egg and milk. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients. Pour egg mixture into well. Stir together just enough to moisten dry ingredients.

Pat out dough onto floured surface to one half inch thick. Cut biscuits and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 450F until lightly browned. Makes 18 biscuits.

They turned out perfect. Gage loved them. We couldn’t convince him to eat one with jelly. He just ate them plain.

We’ll have to try biscuits and gravy soon! Allergy friendlly of course.

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , | Leave a comment

Allergy Baking Tips

When trying new recipes that are allergy friendly there are a few things I like to do.
1. Cut the recipe in half when making it for the first time. This saves on expensive flours, especially if it doesn’t turn out or isn’t as yummy as you hoped.
2. If the recipe turns out good wrap some up and throw it in the freezer to see how well it freezes. This way you’ll know if it’s something that has to be eaten fresh.
3. If the baked good does freeze well make a huge batch and freeze it! It’s hard having things to grab and eat when you have allergies. I keep Gage’s pizza crust, bread, pancakes and even cupcakes in the freezer at all times. Need a quick dinner? Make a pizza. Running out the door in the morning? I grab him a chocolate chip pancake to eat in the car. Invited to a birthday party? You already have a special cupcake in the freezer ready to go, it just needs icing. Things like that make dealing with allergies seem like you have a “normal” life.
4. Make sure when you freeze any allergy friendly foods you write the ingredients on the bag. This way if their allergies change and it’s something you haven’t made in a while you’ll know exactly what’s in it.

Just a few ideas to toss your way. Hopefully they help make your allergy life a little easier so you can get out there and keep LIVING!

What are some things you do to make allergy meals easier?

February 6, 2012 Posted by | daily life, LIVING | , , , | Leave a comment

New Pizza Crust! Wheat free, egg free

Nathan found and perfected his homemade pizza crust. I will admit, it is yummy if you like a thin crust. I was currently using a flat bread recipe for Gage’s pizza crust. I was ok but really tasted like flat bread and not pizza crust. So, we decided we would try Nathan’s new recipe using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free all purpose flour.

1 envelope of dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon sugar

3/4 cup lukewarm water

1-3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free al purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt.

Pre-heat oven to 400

1. Combine the yeast, sugar and water. Mix then let sit for 8 min.

2. Combine the flour and salt.

3. Pour the yeast mixture into the dry mixture.

4. It’s not like dough usually is. I don’t knead it like Nathan’s original recipe.

5. Wipe crisco or oil on a pizza pan or cookie sheet.

6. Spread the “dough” around on the sheet in a thin layer. Then bake until the edges are browning.

7. Top with toppings then bake until done.

You can top the dough then bake it but it comes out a little chewy. I have also baked some then threw it in the freezer to have on hand. Thaw it for about 10 min. on the counter then top with toppings and bake it.

February 3, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

These sound like they need to be made again using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free all purpose flour! Yummy muffins for Gage this weekend!

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Gage has just been begging me for bread. Almost on a daily basis. I feel so bad. Being pregnant I know how those cravings are!  I found a recipe for banana nut muffins and with some flour swaps they turned out good enough for us to eat!  http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_nut_muffins/

Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed – I had some frozen in the freezer that had gone bad
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten  I used 1TBS flax-seed mixed with 3 TBS water and let it sit for 2 minutes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp espresso or strong coffee (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour This was tricky. I used 3/4 cup quinoa, 1/3 cup amaranth and then enough millet to make it equal the full 1 1/2 cups.
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (toasted or raw)

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February 2, 2012 Posted by | LIVING | Leave a comment

The Mom Warrior

I do a lot for my kids. I hardly ever do anything for myself. I don’t really think about doing anything for myself, I don’t think I have time for it to cross my mind. That doesn’t bother me.

I love being a mom.

As you know I recently had my 3rd baby. Now it’s time to get myself back into shape. I’m not a mom who exercises during pregnancy and eats all that great. I’m pregnant, I’m hungry, I’m tired and I relax. So now it’s time to get rid of everything bad that happened to my body while creating sweet little Tinleigh.

My brother and his wife informed me they signed up for the Warrior Dash 2012. This is a 5k obstacle race. That’s right, 5k, plus obstacles. What better way to force myself into shape then to sign up!

So I did.

Crap.

Now I’m committed with no turning back. So I begin my getting in shape journey. This isn’t going to be easy. Quite honestly the race scares me. Climbing walls, hurdles, fire, barbed wire and running!  I convinced Nathan to sign up too. Which actually puts more stress on me doing this race because I am competitive I feel I must keep up with him. I must also beat my brother who is 4 years older than me. I like my sister-in-law, but she’ll be eating my dust too.

While getting in shape I’ll also have to start watching my diet. Well, watching it more than I am while not eating dairy, wheat, nuts or seafood so I can still nurse Tinleigh. So I guess I’ll now be making 4 dinners every night. What’s the big deal with one more right?

Now, how do I juggle everything? New baby with issues, planning and cooking meals all day, the house work, my blog, exercise and still being a mom and wife. As usual I’m sure I’ll press on making it all work.

I’ll just come out of it a warrior!

February 2, 2012 Posted by | daily life, LIVING | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chalazion

As you may recall (if you don’t please read The Phone Call post) Gage recently had an issue with his eyes and allergies. One morning this past week Gage woke up with one eye swollen.

He's eating an apple

So I gave him Benadryl, washed his face and everything in and on his bed. I assumed it was an allergy of some sort. It didn’t really go away during the day but it didn’t get worse either.

The next morning I woke up to find him like this.

His right eye is fine he just blinked when I snapped this and he wasn’t cooperating enough to get another shot. His left eye was swollen shut! What in the world was going on? There was no goo. His eye was white as could be. So I call the doctor and we go in.

She takes a look in and around his eye. She initially thought something bit him. When she looked under his lid though she informed me he has a Chalazion. A what?

A chalazion is a cyst in the eyelid that is caused by inflammation of a blocked meibomian gland, usually on the upper eyelid. Chalazia differ from styes (hordeola) in that they are subacute and usually painless nodules. They may become acutely inflamed but, unlike a stye, chalazia usually point inside the lid rather than on the lid margin.

Later that afternoon

She sent us home with some eye drops and a follow-up appointment with the eye doctor once it goes away. Easy enough.

WRONG!

So remember the episode of Friends when they are trying to give Rachel eye drops and she’s freaking out. Apparently people are born like that. Gage completely lost it when we tried, make that when I tried to put one tiny drop in. It was horrible. We’re still doing them and it’s still horrible. It doesn’t hurt one bit and he’s completely fine the instant it’s over.

He does look just about normal again and it hasn’t hurt him one bit. We can now add chalazion to our list of weird illnesses.

February 1, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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