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BROWNIES!

Who in the world would have thought I could pull off brownies for Gage at this stage of the game? Let me rephrase that, who in the world would have thought I could pull off brownies for Gage at this stage of the game and they taste wonderful?

I would like to give two huge thank you’s. First is to The Spunky Coconut for creating these wonderful little bites of chocolatey goodness. Second is to my good friend Rachel for finding the blog and recipe for me!

Gage helped to make these and he was so excited the entire time. I feel like our cooking and baking experiences together now will be different from most kids. Gage is getting the nitty gritty of from scratch baking. He’s going to understand how to throw together a cake like no other man will, that hasn’t been to pastry school anyways.

Let’s get started!

Egg-free, Grain-free Brownies:

Whip with an electric mixer in medium bowl:
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of warm water
1/8 tsp xanthan gum

 Add to water and xanthan gum mixture:

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp coconut flour

1 cup sunbutter

1/4 tsp salt

1tsp sugar

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Beat with electric mixer.

Pour into square greased cake pan.
Spread slightly
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life.
Bake at 325 degrees, for about 35 minutes. I tested with a knife at around 25 minutes and it came out clean but I continued to bake for a full 30 min.
I have no idea how these are somewhat fluffy and aren’t dense as cement. They turned out wonderful. Better than I imagined. The boys both scarfed down a piece and begged me for more. I am so thankful I now have a go to dessert for Gage if we have a party. I threw one square in the freezer to test out how well it freezes. I always give baked goods that test.
Thank you again Rachel and The Spunky Coconut for saving my day!
Here’s the original recipe, I had to change a few things. The Spunky Coconut grain free brownies.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | daily life, Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hoppy Easter!

Quick thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for making it a Hoppy Easter!

I make up a batch of the chocolate cake mix into cupcakes then freeze them. When the boys have a birthday party to attend or something special at school I just grab a cupcake and ice it! This bunny cupcake was made for Gage’s pre-school party. He was so excited to have a special treat like his friends.

I used Betty Crocker icing. A few candies for the eyes and nose. I iced two fruit snacks then shoved a toothpick through them and into the cupcake for the ears. The mouth and whiskers are decorative gel icing.

It was a hit!

I think his friends actually may have wanted Gage’s bunny instead of what they had. 🙂

April 7, 2012 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , | 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

Lasagna for all – wheat free

With baby coming very soon, along with our parents coming to stay at different times, I decided I better get at least one meal ready for their visit. I have some frozen meals ready in the freezer for us, but not enough for company.  What could I make in bulk that would feed us and our parents when each set comes to visit, lasagna! The good thing about this meal is that putting one together for the boys is just as easy as the regular one. Technically, Charlie can eat the regular one.

First thing is getting the sauce started. We had a large amount of tomatoes we turned to sauce and froze this summer so I started with about 2 cups of sauce.
To the sauce I add:
1TBS parsley
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
I usually let that simmer as long as I can.
Next I cook up some corn noodles. They don’t make lasagna shaped corn noodles, or at least I haven’t found any. I used elbow noodles today.
While the noodles are boiling I brown up some ground turkey.

That’s all the cooking, time to start layering.
I first put a layer of sauce on the bottom.

Next I do a layer of noodles. I then spread a layer of cottage cheese on top. Nathan doesn’t like ricotta so I use cottage cheese instead. No sense in buying two containers of different cheeses, Gage gets cottage cheese too. I then sprinkle on some parmesan and mozzarella. Finally, some meat then more sauce. I repeat this one more time then top it off with noodles then sauce.
Gage’s was smaller than a normal size lasagna so I baked it for 30 min at 350 degrees. Usually the last 10 min I add more mozzarella for extra cheesy goodness. Today I didn’t since this lasagna is going into the deep freezer. Now when we have company all I’ll have to do is thaw it and warm it up in the oven topped with cheese.
Now I need one more big meal……..

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EoE, It’s in the family

I had mentioned not too long ago my niece Ellie was recently diagnosed with Eoe. Here is her story written by her mom.

My daughter, Ellie, was diagnesed in mid-July, at age 2, with EoE.  Her diagnosis suprised me because she does not suffer from the “typical” EoE symptoms.  Ellie was born with a cleft soft palate.  Early on she was on reflux medicine because she constantly spit up; however, once she had her repair surgery, the spitting up stopped.  Ellie has always been a good eater, especially compared to my older daughter.  At 14 months, , Ellie had her first, and only, “true” allergic reaction.  After one lick of cake batter, the area around her mouth broke out with hives.  I had her allergy tested for the top eight.  She reacted to eggs and peanuts. For reasons, I cannot remember, I felt like she also had a milk allergy; however the skin test came back negative.  By testing time, Ellie had already started soy milk and liked it so much, I never switched her back. 
Ellie has never had a solid bowel movement.  Her butt is and always has been red, had sores, and irritable.  Though she was always a 12 hour night time sleeper, starting around Februrary of this year, she began waking several times a night.  Around this time, too, Ellie’s eczema, which we have battled since infancy, became a permanent fixture.  I have tried four steroid topical creams but none have worked.  Ellie has asthma, but it is only noticeable when she is sick.  She is a thriving child that does not choke, vomit, or ever appear to be in pain. 
So why have her go through an endoscopy and colonoscopy?  I had been telling her ENT that I believed, as a mom, that she has more allergies because of her constant diarrhea, sores, etc.  Of course, I mentioned that my brother and two nephews have EoE.  My concern was that she had EG, EGE, or EC, but not EoE.  After being referred to a local GI and being scoped, I learned that I was wrong, Ellie does have EoE.
After her diagnosis, she went egg, peanut, nut, wheat and milk free.  Blood work indicated a wheat and milk allergy, but the skin test did not confirm.  No other allergies were confirmed with a skin test.  Since taking her off wheat and milk did not clear her eczema, last week I removed soy from her diet.  To my excitement, her eczema has improved tremendously. 
I am still confused since she is not testing positive for many food allergies, but I am hoping to get a greater clarification when I meet with the doctors at Cincinnati’s Center for Eosinophilic Disorders (CCED) in September.
When Tina called me with Ellie’s news I was so upset for them. It angers me that kids are dealing with this and there is no cure or clear answers for anyone yet. We definitely know that EoE is in our genes. Leads me to wonder what will this disease do when my boys have kids. Tina doesn’t have EoE but could she be a carrier of the gene like women do for colorblindness. Will Tina’s other daughter carry the gene? There are a thousand questions and I hope someday soon we get some answers.
Thank you Ellie, and Tina, for sharing.

August 16, 2011 Posted by | LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Strawberry pie divided by 3 with allergies

For Nathan’s birthday I had a small panic attack. Gage can’t eat any kind of cake. (Come on you allergy friendly product developers! We need wheat free, egg free, rice free, potato free, pea free and oat free cake mix. A bread would be nice as well.) So I had to think of a different dessert for us to eat. What is a great summer time pie – STRAWBERRY PIE! I went to work.

I had a corn-based pie crust in the freezer for Gage.

I baked the large crust and let it cool.

While the crusts were thawing and cooling I worked on the filling.

Sliced up the strawberries.

Dumped the strawberries in the crust.

Mixed up the jello, water and sugar.

Poured the sauce over the strawberries.

Mom told me later I should have let the sauce cool before pouring it over the berries. It still turned out perfect. I placed the pies in the refrigerator immediately to let them set up.

We sang happy birthday and dug in!

Within the first few bites Gage informed me I was his “best bud”. To be Gage’s best bud is quite the honor. He only gives that title to a very elite group of people. I was so excited to have finally joined this group.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING, Nathan's allergies, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sausage in a Chebe blanket

I really hate breakfast. Not the eating of it, but instead the figuring out what to make for it. With no wheat, eggs or any other grain, breakfast is nearly impossible for Gage. Gage is a big meat and fruit eater, but who wants meat and fruit every morning?

As I pulled out some sausage links from the freezer there sat some pre-mixed Chebe I had frozen. Sausage in a chebe blanket!

I thawed the chebe for a few seconds in the microwave and began flattening it out to wrap around the sausage. Once wrapped I placed them on a baking sheet and baked for 20 minutes, flipping it over at 10 minutes.

Charlie thought they were great. He dipped his in syrup and they were gone before I knew it. Gage sort of poked at his but once he realized it was meat in there he ate his as well.

A new tummy filling breakfast for when school starts! Add some fruit and milk on the side and it’s complete!

August 12, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chebe crackers

We’ve bought Chebe many times but I’ve never gotten too creative with it. So I hoped on their website and checked out some recipes. http://www.chebe.com/Gluten-Free-Resources/Recipes.aspx

I settled on the crackers figuring Gage likes when I just do the sticks he might be excited to have some crackers.

I mixed the dough and placed a small amount on wax paper.

I then covered it with another sheet of wax paper and began to roll it out.

Once it was very thin I realized I didn’t have anything to make a cracker shape. Being the resourceful mom I am I noticed a medicine cup sitting on the sink. Bingo!

I cut tiny circles all over the dough. Perfect preschooler size.

I put them on a round perforated pizza pan and baked.

They came out great. Crunchy and tasty.

I put them in a baggie for storage. Some of the thicker ones were a bit chewy the next day, I heated them up in the oven before I gave them to the boys to eat. Possibly a perfect snack for Gage at preschool.

August 11, 2011 Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banana muffins – egg free, wheat free, nut free

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)

Method

No need for a mixer with this recipe.

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

2 Mix in the sugar, egg, flax-seed, espresso and vanilla.

3 Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.

4 Add the flour, mix until it is just incorporated. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

5 Pour mixture into a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Cool on a rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

You could really taste the banana, which was good because they tasted pretty earthy. I think next time I’ll swap the amounts of Quinoa and Millet. I put half the muffins in the freezer because I needed to see how well they would freeze and I knew the boys wouldn’t eat that many muffins before they went bad. Charlie ate 3 in one sitting so I know he loved them. Gage ate them but I knew it wasn’t the bread he was hoping for.

I’m still trying little man, hang in there!

August 5, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Helpful places

There are so many resources out there for food allergies. Websites, books and hospitals. You’re not alone when dealing with allergies or an eosinophilic disease.

Here are a few of my favorite websites – almost all have a Facebook page as well.

http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/e/eosinophilic/default.htm?WT.mc_id=100250&utm_campaign=Allergy-Immunology&utm_content=cced&utm_medium=Web-Print&utm_source=Shortcut

http://allergymoms.com/index.php

http://www.allergykids.com/

http://apfed.org/drupal/drupal/index.php

http://www.facebook.com/EoE.Network?sk=wall

http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/

BOOKS:

http://apfed.org/drupal/drupal/ExtremeCooking

http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Baking-Classics-Annalise-Roberts/dp/1572840811

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Allergy-Free-Comfort-Foods-Cookbook/dp/0762777516

This one is a pre-order she also wrote the previous book listed http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Allergy-Free-Comfort-Foods-Cookbook/dp/0762777516

There are also a lot of blogs out there.

http://multiplefoodallergyhelp.com/

http://thericeoflife.wordpress.com/

http://eosgirl.wordpress.com/

http://allergyfreedelights.com/

http://www.foodallergyqueen.com/

I hope you can find some help through some of these links!  Remember, there are many more websites, books and blogs these are just a few! A few of the websites have support boards so snoop around on them.

August 2, 2011 Posted by | daily life, Helpful sites, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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