Why we're here...

The quick version :) We are a family of 6 (plus 5 if you count pets) living with severe food allergies (thus far dairy and beef, thinking the baby might add some to the list) and as vegetarians (mostly vegan), organically, and I generally attempt to do everything as quickly and easily as possible (think one bowl everything!).


The long version... This journey officially started one Saturday in April (2011) when my husband decided to let me (his very pregnant wife) "sleep in" and took our 18 month old son downstairs. The minute I fell asleep again they came back up, my husband said that Jake seemed tired again and wanted me. Byebye sleeping in. We settled back in bed, Jake on top of me, I dozed for a minute and opened my eyes admiring my boy. He sleepily opened his eyes and threw up all over my face, head, back (no idea how), pillows, you get the idea! To which I said "Change Jake, I'll be in the shower!" At which point my husband admitted "oh I gave him milk". At this point we knew only that he didn't like milk.

When I told his doctor this story in passing at his 18 month appointment she felt that was an unusual reaction and he should be seen by an allergist. Jake had never touched a milk product willingly, but we figured maybe an intolerance or preference. Clearly we were wrong when I brought him to be tested and the doctor said "he's allergic to milk". By the look on his face he did not think I was entertaining when I replied "Oh come on, that's ridiculous". Thus... I had to remove milk from his diet, as well as my own because he was still nursing. Which at first was tough due to my unnatural obession with ice cream, but there are enough milk substitues to deal with that. However, later this summer he was still having symptoms. Brought him to get tested once more and found he was allergic to eggs as well (again my "Are you kidding?!" was met with a quiet smile). (2014 Update: he's fine with eggs now, his milk allergy severity has sky rocketed, as well as a new beef allergy. and too many environmental allergies to list! But seriously, who cares if he cannot own a horse!)

Moral of this, I had a lot to change in the cooking department! I attempted to use vegan recipes. Thus, these recipes were born, and further, this website. Apparently allergies are occurring more and more but it is very difficult to find recipies to accomodate. My goal is to help that cause by providing ways to work around that and still eat well (and by well, I mean food that my chicken-wing-addicted-husband-who would-never-eat-anything-that-grows-in-the-ground-if-his- obnoxious-wife-does-not-nag-him-until-he-gives in- will actually eat. (2014 Update-This man has become a near vegan at home for his little man! He's a fabulous father! However, I learned quickly to cook for him!)


2016 update! we now have four children ages 6 to 6 months. Only one has confirmed allergies, but it's looking possible that this may increase by one or two (currently we are just watching and waiting :) Please don't take our peanut butter away!!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coming soon...

This season has been very hectic for us as we prepare to visit family in New York. Yup, a 9 or 10 hour car ride with a two year old and a 7 month old. We are crazy! At any rate, as I have been busy figuring out how not to pack clothes in the winter, to save room, and how to possibly make cookies to make everyone happy and potentially that Jake can eat, I have not had a moment to post new recipies. I do however, have one coming that is meatloaf, except with beans. I know, does not sound fabulous, but even my husband (again!) enjoyed it! Until then, think it would be bad for the kids to wear their blankets for a week? OH, I may throw in some cookie recipies too! I have been experimenting with good egg substitutes. Eggs, in my opinion, are the hardest thing to replace. I am open to new ideas too. I do not like to use Ener-G (not because it's not good, but i prefer to use "real food".

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mommy's allergic too...

To Moonsand! Whomever invented the stuff should have two year olds run around their whole house with it! We had a Moonsand disaster on the rug. In case you haven't had the joy of coming into contact with this substance, it's sand with some sort of playdough like, dry, crumbly stuff it's packed in. Jake said "oh no, what appened on da boor?" (his "f"'s tend to come out as b's) Let's just said I was not thrilled to check it out, he pretended he didn't dump it all over. We both knew.....

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bubbles...

Just thought I'd share part of what makes Jake Jake. While he may not be in control of what he can eat, he is in control of the household. Don't let the huge smile fool you! This child also loves, as most kids do, bubbles. Everyone's good at bubbles, right?! During last night's bath daddy got the honor of blowing bubbles. Jakey loudly proclaimed "dat's not a good one!" Which made daddy laugh too hard to blow!