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Good News!

Finally, some good news. Something to smile about. Who would have thought I would be smiling leaving the allergist office.

Today was Tinleigh’s first allergist appointment. They did a scratch test on her. How do you scratch test a baby? I laid on the table. She laid on my belly on her belly. I held her arms and head while a nurse held her legs. They are very quick at it and she really didn’t get too mad. I was afraid she would scream and make herself puke right in my face.

We tested her on the common 8, a few molds and then about 8 more foods that the boys have in common. The giant red mark is her milk allergy that we knew about. She’s also allergic to chicken, apples and an indoor mold. THAT’S IT! I was elated. I couldn’t have been happier.

After a quick discussion with the allergist we came to an agreement that her constant gunky cough and ear issues may be due to the fact that she’s always eating apples. So she is now apple and chicken free. Hopefully the gunk goes away.

With so little showing up on the allergy test my hopes of her being Eosinophilic Esophagitis free are a little higher. Not too high though. Charlie was 4-1/2 when his allergies all popped up. But I’ll take this for now! Her scope is scheduled the beginning of December.

What a great day in our world of allergies. Shoot, milk, chicken and apples? That’s a walk in the park.

November 2, 2012 Posted by | Tinleigh's allergies | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shepherds pie – beef free, potato free, wheat free, pea free

I was feeling adventurous today.  I decided I would make a shepherds pie for the boys.

The boys can’t eat beef or peas and Gage can’t have potatoes or wheat flour.

I can still do this! So I got out my recipe card and read it over to get the general idea of what I needed.

Here’s the list of substitutes:

Beef = chicken

Flour for gravy = corn starch

peas = omit and use corn, carrots and green beans.

potatoes = mashed cauliflower

Around lunch time I threw chicken and a can of chicken broth in the slow cooker and let it cook. Around 4pm I started putting together the pie. I first cooked the veggies a little to soften them up. I used fresh baby carrots and frozen corn and green beans.

Next I sautéed a little onion in some olive oil.

I shredded up the chicken instead of cutting into bite size pieces. I figured it would be easier for them to eat.

I poured the chicken broth from the crock pot into a pan and brought it to a boil on the stove. I made a little cornstarch and water mixture to thicken the broth. After slowly adding the cornstarch mixture I added some salt and pepper for taste. Once it was as thick as I wanted I poured it over the veggies and mixed. After mixing the veggies and broth I added the chicken then placed in a casserole dish.

While doing everything else I had some cauliflower cooking on the stove. Once soft I drained it and put it in the food processor. I added butter, milk, salt and pepper then hit the button. Once creamy I topped the mixture in the casserole dish. I finalized it by sprinkling paprika on top. I then baked it at 350 for 30 min, until bubbly.

I spooned some into the boys bowls and let it cool. They loved it! Charlie picked out the carrots, of course, but they ate every last bite I gave them.

What a huge relief, it was a lot of work. I tend to get frustrated when I work really hard on a real meal and they end up not liking it. I put the leftovers in a Tupperware bowl and put it in the deep freezer. Easy homemade meal for once the baby arrives! (That’s a whole other blog topic)

August 1, 2011 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Good Ol’ Cornflakes

Since not cooking chicken for Nathan and myself, because of his allergy to it, I am still learning what to do with it. I broke out the Southern Living cookbook and tried to find some ideas for the boys.

Right there on the first page – Crispy Cornflake Chicken.

What made this recipe even better was that it didn’t have anything in it I would have to substitute because of their allergies!

For this recipe I used drumsticks and chicken wings.

First melt some butter in a bowl.

In a baggie crush up a few cups of cornflakes. Add parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Next roll a piece of chicken in the butter then place it in the baggie and shake until its coated.

I cover my pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Makes for easy clean up! Roll and shake each piece of chicken then sprinkle the remaining cornflake mixture over the chicken before putting it in the oven.

 

Bake at 400 for 45 min or until juices run clear.

I thought this was the best chicken ever! I don’t remember eating this as a kid. I’m sure we did. However, the boys didn’t like it too much. I was so bummed. I think it was because I added too much garlic. So next time I’ll cut back. They still ate it once I peeled the crunchy skin off.

Another easy dinner! They also had corn, cherry tomatoes and split an orange.

July 27, 2011 Posted by | LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

No Bull

For Gage’s 3nd birthday he wanted a bull birthday. As parents we felt it was our job to pull it off. Nathan asked around and we found a friendly farmer willing to open his farm to us for a few hours.

I knew this trip probably wouldn’t be a great one in terms of allergies, but I was ready. All three of them are allergic to everything you would find on a farm.

Upon arrival we were just in time to feed the baby calf. Gage was so excited. He ran right up to the gate and practically climbed in trying to pet the calf. Once the calf realized Gage was there to love on him the calf warmed right up to Gage.

Both boys got a turn at holding the giant bottle. I told them it was good practice for the new baby!

After the feeding we watched the farmers son hypnotize a chicken. I am kicking myself for not getting a picture. If you can picture a chicken laying perfectly still flat on its back in a trance. Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. No harm to the chicken. We then visited the goats, sheep and ducks. Last – the Longhorn Steer! Gage was so excited. He even asked the farmer if he could ride one. This kid thinks he’s a professional bull rider. No fear. So we headed over to a fenced in area. The farmer had to go out to the pasture to call some of steer in. 

Gage waited patiently for the farmer to round up about 10 steer to join us in the fence. In we went. My heart was pounding. These animals are HUGE! Charlie and Gage had no fear, they walked right up to them. Daddy showed Gage how to hold grain in his hand to feed the steer. Yes, the boys were allergic to the grain mixture. We let them know not to taste it or put their hands on their face after touching it. I will forever love this photo.

I have a similar one of Charlie that I had forgotten about. Never thought longhorn steers would keep popping up in my life.We spent a good half hour with the steer. Gage was so intrigued. Charlie had lost interest. He found a frog then started turning over cow patties and found centipedes. So gross. We then thanked the farmer and hopped in the truck. It was a great trip, until Charlie rubbed his eyes before I could wash his hands. His eyes swelled and he screamed. Whatever he had gotten in them burned. The farmers wife ran and got us some eye drops and a wet cloth. Maybe two more items I should keep in our camo bag. Meanwhile I gave him a dose of Benadryl.  Charlie cried and cried. We’re not sure if it was because he was so tired, him just being dramatic or if it really was that bad. We’re always very sympathetic and do our best to make it better. Gage even told Charlie “be tough Char, it will be better”. After about 10 min Charlie had calmed down. He said he loved the farm and has asked quite a few times since then to go back.

Just one of our LIVING experiences.

Even though there were consequences the boys learned something about farm life and enjoyed themselves.

July 4, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dinner for 3, what about me?

Nathan loves sauerkraut. I hate it. I did find an easy recipe for it in the crock pot with bratwurst and thought I would make it for him. So with that set it was onto what the boys would have. Hmmmmm NUGGETS! I haven’t made those in a while. Charlie would have a pork chop and Gage, chicken tenderloin. I cut the fat off each piece of meat then cut it into bit size pieces. I then soaked the pieces in separate bowls of milk. I crushed up some Ritz crackers in two baggies and added some parmesan cheese. I took the meat out of the milk and let the excess drip off then dropped it in the bag. I never mixed the two meats together, they are always separate. Then I just spray two pans and throw the nuggets in the over. Pulled some left over split pea soup out of the freezer for Nathan and made the boys a few side items and poof dinner was done. However, it wasn’t until they were all three eating that I realized I had nothing for myself.

I had a bowl of cereal with my beer.

November 4, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday is Fun with family and friends.

My Challenge for you is to eat like us for a day! Here’s your list of do not eat foods: wheat, soy, sesame, rice, oats, mustard, beef, all fish, chicken, celery, corn, peas, green beans, onions, garlic, eggs, potatoes, all nuts, pineapple, all melon. Make sure and read those labels!

May 19, 2010 Posted by | daily life | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chicken Pizza

Breads and doughs are a huge obstacle for me right now. So while trying to figure out lunch one day I came up with CHICKEN PIZZA!  Most all kids love pizza and chicken so let’s combine them.

I put chicken tenderloin in a baking dish with a little water. Baked them for 25 minutes then pulled them out. I added a few spoons of pizza sauce and a little mozzarella. I use block cheese because regular shredded has potato starch in it. Put it back in the oven for 5 minutes then add a little more mozzarella when I take it out. The boys loved it!

May 15, 2010 Posted by | What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are More Allergies Possible?

Took Charlie to the allergist today to get tested for mustard and eggs. We decided to do the whole food panel and seasonal allergies to get it out-of-the-way. No sense in putting him through more testing down the road. Plus Charlie is drama about somethings so I knew this wasn’t going to be fun.

Nathan holds Charlie on his lap while the nurse starts pricking his back. The first group of 8 he was ok with. The second group he started to cry and by the third he was screaming. We had to grab his hands and Nathan had to hold him tight. Poor Gage didn’t understand what was going on. I look over at him and he’s bawling at the site of his brother in pain. I’m trying not to cry and trying to get ahold of Gage’s hand to help console him. HORRIBLE

Once it was over Nathan takes Charlie to the play room. I have to change Gage’s diaper. He repeats over and over in his toddler language “needle?” 

Once the timer beeps we all head back to the room. The nurse holds Charlie on her lap as she measures and reads off a bunch of numbers to another nurse. The nurse writing says to me “You guessed mustard, right?” Right I answer. She says “mustard is one, and beef….” I just sort of ignore the rest of what she said. I could see he had a lot of hives but really didn’t want to believe them. The Dr comes in, looks over the paper then looks at Charlie’s back. He then starts to read: Soy, all nuts, all seafood, beef, chicken, cantaloupe, pineapple, celery, corn, green beans, onion, pea, garlic, mustard, oat and rice. I was head down, in complete tears and had to leave the room. So I gather myself and step back into the room. Nathan at that point is asking about the research they do in Cincinnati Ohio. The Dr said he is going to refer us there. He doesn’t want to come out and say Charlie has the same disease as Gage, but with Nathan’s food allergy history and the fact that Gage has it… We’ll get Charlie scoped and see what happens.

Charlie also has seasonal allergies to all pollen, outdoor mold, cats and dust.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Charlie's allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just Grillin’

Grilled out last night. I think that is going to be the easiest dinner for me to make to include everyone. My husband and I had italian sausage. He put some chicken on for the boys. He then grilled some zucchini with red and yellow peppers. We added a little italian dressing to the veggies. Everyone ate and mommy was so happy!

Tonight might be a little tougher. Tacos or a pasta dish? Including Gage in one of these meals is going to be hard. We’ll see what the day brings and how much time and effort I’m going to have once dinner gets here.

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

Blood test

We did a blood test on Gage today testing for : corn, rice, chocolate, oats, chicken and all environmental elements.

He tested negative on the skin prick test for all these back in Dec. Except the environmental, we’ve never tested on that stuff. So hopefully the blood test will give us some clue as to what’s going on with him. We are not going to give him corn until we get the results. We’ll keep rice in the diet. It actually tested positive back in December but we’ve never seen a reaction to it. Next week we’ll have the results.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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