With EoE, Allergies, Asthma and a G-Tube

Our EoE video

I’ve been wanting to do a video for a few years now and have never found the time to do it. Even now I’m typing one handed and feeding Layton. I stayed up until 2am last night after the kids went to bed and got a video made!! Then of course I had issues converting it and uploading it.

Here it is! It shares a quick glimpse of our journey with EoE from January 2010 until today.


May 23, 2014 Posted by | LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Millet time

I’ve had a bag of millet grain for quite some time. I have never cooked with it and really didn’t know what to do with it, until now. A friend recently posted a quinoa oatmeal type recipe and I gave it a go with millet. It was supposed to be like a breakfast oatmeal. Gage use to love oatmeal. Charlie eats Quaker oats now and Gage drools as he watches him eat it. I hate that.

This morning, things were going to change. Gage was going to get his oatmeal.

I pulled out the millet and measured 1/4 cup.


I poured it in a pot and added 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk.


I brought that to a boil.


I then reduced the heat to medium low and put a lid on it. I cooked it until all the liquid was absorbed.
Once it was done I made 3 small piles on a plate. image
I wanted to make sure it tasted yummy how Gage wanted it to taste. One pile we added cinnamon and sugar, the 2nd pile honey and the 3rd maple syrup. He decided he loved the maple syrup with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar in it. That’s a lot of sugar but millet is super healthy so i figured it would balance out.

Gage loved his oatmeal. He asked if I had more for him to make the next day. I assured him we had a whole bag.
Every funky food made that Gage loves is a small victory. I felt so happy I found something he thought was oatmeal like.
Later I caught him in the kitchen sneaking millet straight from the bag. I asked him what he was doing. He replied “eating my oatmeal”.
I thanked my friend today for posting the quinoa recipe. I did not follow the recipe at all but it got my brain thinking of other millet dishes I can make for Gage.

April 27, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A hard lesson

Charlie starts school next week. So to make it easy on myself I’m charting his breakfasts and lunches. Not being able to grab just anything and with a baby on the way I figured I may as well save myself some huge stress.

As I’m typing out breakfast options I’m realizing that I’ll be feeding Charlie some things to fill his tummy that Gage can’t have. I almost deleted those items but then realized I have to feed Charlie and make sure he’s full for school. I can’t feed him the same thing everyday. Two big things Gage loves that I have on Charlie’s breakfast list are oatmeal and pop tarts. I actually have oatmeal and a pop tart paired up on the same day. Gage understands now that he can’t have certain things, but I feel this will be a slap in the face.

This is going to be hard.

Wonder if I can get Gage to sleep in on those mornings.

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, daily life, Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gage’s Breakfast

I forgot how hard breakfast was without wheat and oats! Just try it for a morning. Better yet, try it out on your preschooler. No, try it out for a week on your preschooler.

Let’s see there’s yogurt, fruit, bacon and a few corn cereals. We’re on that for the next 3 months at a minimum. He’s also going through a growth spurt and wants to eat. It’s getting hard.

I’ve tried some pancakes with “weird” flours. Today I tried Johnny Cakes!  Super simple recipe.

2 cups cornmeal

1tsp salt

4 TBS butter

1 cup milk

2 TBS boiling water


1. Mix cornmeal, sat and butter together. Add the milk and enough water to make a moist but firm batter.

2. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a hot greased griddle. Flip when brown on one side.

They were thick, I mean thick. So you may want to flatten them a bit with the spatula once you drop them on the griddle. The Johnny cakes were yummy and taste a bit like a corn muffin. You can top with butter and honey or maple syrup. I think even spreading jelly on them would be good. Gage liked his with syrup and a side of turkey bacon.

June 30, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , | Leave a comment


Every have that numb feeling where you’re just hoping to wake up? I felt that way all day. Knowing it was going to be the first real day of strict elimination diets. I had no menu planned and quite honestly I think I felt a little scared.

I learned at breakfast it’s going to take some work to find some foods to eat. We’re down to yogurt, fruit and sausage or bacon. I can make pancakes and muffins for Charlie. However, how do I make him something that yummy and not have something to match for Gage? Something to work on.

Lunch went over pretty well. Fruits, meat and cheese. Snacks are hard again. I have nothing crunchy for Gage. No crackers, cookies, nothing.

Dinner they both had some veggies and meat. Dessert was anything I could find sweet that they could eat. I figured they deserved it!

My kids aren’t big meal eaters and prefer small snacks all day. So that’s something that will have to change. I felt like I was constantly trying to find them something to eat. Most of the day was dairy and fruit. Which isn’t bad for one day but they can’t eat like that day after day.

June 4, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just Kidding

Charlie loves to use the phrase “Oh, I just kidding you”

I think I’ll keep a running post

Charlie @ 8a.m. : Dad can I have cotton candy?

Dad: Charlie you haven’t even had breakfast

Charlie: Oh, I just kidding you

That was just the first one for the day, check back for more!

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Life according to Charlie | , , | Leave a comment


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