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:)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I was going to post about vacation but... Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!!!

We went on vacation! Myrtle beach was wonderful. The ocean is very much my Zen! although we learned a few things... never take anxious kids on a walk when they are tired and it's very dark and they are unfamiliar with the area. Yikes... Also, the baby loved the sand, to eat... which was great, didn't have to feed her as much! Ha! Also, cleaning, cooking and doing laundry is way better on the beach!!

But also, though, I seriously have to thank Cheeseburger in Paradise in Myrtle Beach for making our first time going out to eat in 5 years (with the kids, and I still brought food for the kids) way less anxiety inducing than expected! I told them that I don't eat dairy or meat. They checked with me several times about a few things, they took precautions and had the manager bring out me and my husbands. I really appreciated their attention and consideration! (we were with my parents, hence the cheeseburger :) The very name says ER in paradise to us considering our oldest is allergic to every part of a cheeseburger. But I did not get milk (i'd have been quite ill) and they had a great veggie burger!

So, since then we've done about a thousand things. We love the Buddy Walk that supports Down Syndrome. Our oldest had a birthday, and I've taken over the job of hosting the annual Halloween party for the Food allergy support Group here. YIKES!! Had I known..... So apparently with 4 weeks left it's not so easy to find a place to hold it (not by my choice, it's when I was given the job). So apparently, as much fun as it is to go to, no one wants to volunteer to work at it. It's a 2 hour, food free kids party. One has only to stand at a game and hand out a prize...... Here's hoping there's some high school kids left around with volunteer requirements that are available in 1 week... haha...

K, yum, I invented (though it's probably been done before, but this can be completely allergy free) a pumpkin pie smoothie. I'm off the expensive protein powder that I've not quite used all of. I started to think it does more harm than good. I wanted a quick smoothie and made this wonder...

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie smoothie

1.5 cups of milk (I use unsweetened cashew)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg
smaller sprinkle of cloves
tablespoon of hemp seeds
maple syrup to taste (start with a teaspoon, maybe none if using sweetened milk)
tablespoon (and a ooops more) of dark chocolate chips
small grab of pecans (optional)

Blend in high speed blender (not sure the chocolate chips will blend otherwise)
Enjoy!!! sooo gooodd! If only I had more pumpkin!

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