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, May 8, 2013

Blah... Blog!!!! and Recipe

I am soooo ridiculously horrible at keeping up a blog! This has been a crazy half of a year for us! I had surgery (nothing serious), and found out that we will soon (7 or less weeks) be welcoming our third (and possibly final unless I forget how not so fun this pregnancy has been), and we had our first trip to the ER due to Jake's allergy (preceded by 3 other reactions that were not as serious).

Let's just say that having seen what happens when my sweet baby has a reaction/anaphylaxis, I am not that crazy paranoid mother who whips out wipes and cleans at a restaurant like it's my job. (and yes, apparently often better than those who job it is!) And, btw, Jake ended up being fine. Though I learned that Benadryl is not a substitute for an epi-pen, AND that it is most likely, that at the end of a ridiculously long wait in the ER (though made shorter by a mama exaggerating the truth a teech), when you finally know your child is fine enough to not be there (but have been informed of the legal ramifications of leaving by a few people), you will be a mess and will likely have a good looking ER doctor to reiterate the use of an epi-pen, and how lucky you are before swiping your credit card and sending you home.

Lesson learned there....

Lesson not learned about what caused his several reactions including the most severe. I do not let him (or my daughter) eat or touch restaurant food (or other stuff there!). His allergist was also flummoxed. Yup, really! The closest guess was that a virus had rustled up his immune system enough to cause reactions to something. (yeah, something) Unless he is allergic to something else, or somehow got milk.... or..... Ahhhh.... we pay these people...

At any rate, I've continued to invent a load of recipe replacers. Here's one I did not invent, per say.  My kids love love them... they have no idea that it's good for them!

Based off of a Peas and Thank You recipe (great site for vegan recipes btw!)

in a food processor (tried a blender, didn't work! and I have a good blender!)


2 cups of raw nuts (I used mostly almonds, and handful of cashews)
2 t. of vanilla
teech of salt (I prefer sea salt)
-don't make nut butter, but almost!

Take out, blend about 1 and 1/2 cups of pitted dates (not the sugar or flour coated ones, the real ones!) until smoothish

add in the nuts again, blend until wet looking.

here's your decision:
add about 1/4 c. non-dairy tiny chocolate chips either by stirring by hand (or to processor if you want them all chocolaty) . I added them to the blending process.

If your children are not there and have not eaten most of this "dough" form into balls and refrigerate.

Note: my kids won't eat dates, are not that into nuts... I had very little left to roll!!!