Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mashed Potatoes

What's Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? I think Tinleigh could eat mashed potatoes every day if I let her. I don't taste the difference between dairy and dairy-free. Very simple and easy to make the dairy-free.

Clean, peel and cut up 5 large potatoes

Place in boiling water for 30min or until soft

Drain and rinse potatoes

Place back into pan

Add between 1/2 and 3/4 Cup of Organic Chicken Broth

Melt 2TBSP of dairy-free butter (I used Earth's Best Soy Free)

Mix potatoes, chicken broth and butter until smooth.

*Note You may add more or less ingredient. I usually do not measure and just add what is need to our preferences. Also the meatballs pictured above with be in an upcoming recipe.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gluten Free Flour

Right now on Amazon you can get  Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour for $9.80 shipped.  That is four 22oz bags. One bag is over $5 at my Kroger. In order to get the flour for this price you will need to Subscribe and Save and enter BOBS2OIO when you check out. Once your oder is shipped you may cancel your subscription at no additional cost.

Holiday Preparations

With the Holidays just around the corner my stress level is also rising. See, this is the first time Tinleigh will be eating at the dinner table. My mind runs wild with all the what ifs, but I must take action and keep her safe. As you know with Thanksgiving and Christmas there is an abundance of food. Most of not safe for little ones with food allergies. I want Tinleigh to feel normal, well as normal as a 16 month old can feel. So this year I will be preparing her own Thanksgiving meal and taking it with us.  I will be posting recipes for the upcoming holidays. Come back tomorrow for the first one.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Others Just Don't Get It

To the average person you probably don't think to much about food or drinks. It's so easy to go anywhere and not worry. Even to a parent with a child without food allergies. You can enjoy yourself and feel relaxed, well most of the time.  What I am trying to say is this.

Last night we went to my nephew's first birthday party. A happy occasion, with lots of presents, cake and ice cream. I always get alittle nervous with family functions now that Tinleigh is walking. She always on the go and wants to be with the older kids.

We didn't even make it to cake time without Tinleigh finding someones sippy of milk. I was sitting right there beside her I turned for just a second talking to someone and BAM she finds a cup out of no where. I swiped her up and gave her medicine hoping she didn't get very much. She seemed to do fine while we were there.

I'm not looking for sympathy. I looking for family members to be more cautious. I can't do it alone. This is exactly the reason I don't let anyone babysit her. They don't get that it's really a big deal. A family member says, "Oh, she drank some milk." Like it's no big deal. This person knows about her allergies.

The point I am trying to get across is, you have to work harder as a parent. You have to be more cautious! Especially when you have a little one that doesn't know what her or she can eat or drink. Do you ask other parents to keep theirs kids drinks up on a table? I mean I have Ainsleigh do this, but is it rude to ask others? Would you be offended if I went to your house and ask you to keep your kids drinks where Tinleigh couldn't reach them? (Sorry if this post is all over the place)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dealing With Food Allergies

Once I realized that Tinleigh's food allergies were worse than I thought I starting searching and researching. I found this book, Dealing with Food Allergies. This has by far given me more insight on what is happening to her body when she ingests an allergen. I definitely recommend getting it before you see an allergist. Reading it will give you better knowledge of what they are doing, how they read the test results and what needs to be talked about at the appointment. Food allergies are an eye opening experience and shouldn't be taken lightly. You can get this book for $17.21 with free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Baby Steps

Were are making some progress. It's great to see the numbers go up than down. Well, not for myself that is. Tinleigh's weight today was 19.4lbs. Progress my friends! I will weigh her again on Saturday and see where we are at.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies

What you need

2C flour
1/2C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 mashed bananas
1/2C oil
1 egg (or egg replacement)
1 TBSP coconut milk (or another alternative)
1 tsp vanilla


In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and sea salt. Add bananas, oil, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla. Mix until well blended.

Next drop even amounts of batter on well greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until edges begin to brown.


You may add in 1/2C dairy free, soy free chocolate chips but we were out.