Why we're here...

The quick version :) We are a family of 7 (plus 5 if you count pets, sadly now 3) living with severe food allergies (thus far dairy and beef, thinking the baby might add some to the list) and as vegetarians (mostly vegan, except pastured eggs occasionally), 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 obsession with ice cream, but there are enough milk substitutes 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 recipes to accommodate. 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!!

2018: We now have 5 children. The oldest is 8, and still seriously allergic to milk, and beef. Youngest is 3 months. and no other confirmed allergies. but the 2 year old can not eat bananas, though sadly she loves them. the baby throws up constantly... but who knows:)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Aquarium Trip Goes South

It all started with what, we assumed (ya ya I know!) would be a fun Saturday trip to the Newport Aquarium, 2 hours away. One might ask why we'd drive four hours round trip for a couple hours of fishy fun. In hindsight... we might ask too! The trip started great! Kids kinda napped in the car, it was like a date! And then, we got there....

A certain emotional child (who may take after his mother, if I'm to be honest) didn't like the parking garage because it was dark. OK..... We assured him that we would not be staying in the garage and 'look, there's pretty lights'. Which we heard repeated to his sister in the back. Then, the edabator (elevator) was 'scurry' (scary). Should have been a clue, he loves edabators! Or perhaps the clue should have been the price of tickets? what?! seriously?! Well, in the name of fun, we hope it's as great as the sign touts! We are starving! Per usual I bring Jake's food everywhere. Way too hard to figure out if he can actually eat anything. Most times he cannot anyway. So, we buy stuff. Um, holy cow!? Next time we'll have to consider between going to the aquarium and paying the mortgage. Next time? Maybe not... (until they can pay their own way?!) Jake didn't even want his favorites... Maybe it's the crowd, we tell ourselves, he'll snap out of it and love the 'bish'. Ba hahahahah... It's dark in the building, strike one. There are a zillion people, strike two. Strike three, apparently all of the fish aquarium tubes were also scary because the bishes might get jakey. Apparently there was also a strike four. A blazing fever that appeared a few minutes into this maze of sea life. Yippee. We hope that may account for some of the previous strikes? So now what? We already spent $100 bucks walking in the door plus 2 hours of driving. We book it through the rest, pausing mainly for the penguins, which Jake LOVED! And learned a few things;

1. bring Tylenol everywhere

2. Maybe it's just me, but, at the shark petting tank they ask you to keep your hands out of the water until the shark swims by and not to pet it until it's eyes are past you so it doesn't see you. Ummm.... Perhaps we shouldn't be touching them if they hate it so much that you have to sneak up on them? Maybe we should leave them alone!

and 3. sometimes being spontaneous gets far more spontaneous than imagined!

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