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, October 10, 2012


I am completely in awe of people who can take care of their kids, keep the house up, and write a blog!! Maybe they are superhuman? Maybe they have kids that sleep? I now have one that wakes up either all night or a hundred times after 4am (I should just start getting up!). And i have one that does not fall asleep without gymnastics on our bed until about 11pm. Thus leading to new developments...

After being tested again for allergies, I was told that Jake is no longer allergic to eggs. However, when he eats them he itches like he has fleas. I don't know. I am not a doctor, but that seems a little strange?! And his milk allergy is 10 times worse. He gets hives when he touches a milk product. We are advised to keep him away from products processed on equipment that touches milk. Really?! have you ever tried that? That would leave fruit, vegetables, and possibly meat. What about beef? they touch milk?! Well, not an issue. My kids are apparently largely against eating meat. And vegetables for that matter. Well, and sometimes fruit. What's that leave you might ask? Pickles, and carbs. Straight carbs. Oh and Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips. Only in the small bags. We go through these like water. I am NOT getting free stuff from them! But, I wish I was!! They aren't the cheap ones!!

I suppose our newest development is the consideration of adding the possibility of some sensory processing concerns and anxiety to the allergy (no longer a list- unless eggs making you itch is bad). Having been a counselor I can deal with the anxiety, having not been a psychologist or an OT, the sensory processing disorder type I, is not confirmed, but i can read you a huge list of stuff why it might be! Unless you are stinky, or loud, or bright, or hot or cold :) And if he loves you, prepare to get railed several times a day with very rough hard hugs, kisses and hits. He is the sweetest boy too! For better or worse!! I was officially tipped off rocking him one night while he nursed, hummed, twirled his hair, kicked his legs, and complained about this 3 cozy's (blankets) not being exactly correct. Ummm.... three hours later........ Sooo, as much as it is easier to deny, the child may need a little Neurological reprocessing! His, sister, now 17months, turned 13 last month. Blogging?! I cannot keep up with these two and the house!!

But i do have new recipes to share. And a story and hints about going on vacation with an allergic child. Cause that was a treat (too bad they don't have a sarcasm font!)!