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My journey with an allergy baby.

Sugar Cookies, vegan style.

Christmas is over, and time to catch up on some great recipes I found this holiday season. First off, Christmas was great. It was the best one yet. The girls are spoiled. I will leave it at that.

So, how do you decorate cookies with a little one that can not eat them? You make egg free, wheat free, nut free, soy free cookies. Yup. Sounds terrible? Not if you do not know any different! I have to say, they were not terrible, just a little dry. A little dairy free frosting could have helped! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Click here for Hazel’s story!

We had a cousin cookie party…. It was a MESS! But so much fun! (regular sugar cookies and frosting for the big kids to decorate)



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Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup vegan butter

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water (substitute for one egg)

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups gluten free flour

1/3 cup dairy free milk

  • Create the egg: combine water and flax, set aside. (this takes a minute to thicken to the egg consistancy)
  • Mix together butter and sugar, until creamy
  • Add egg substitue and vanilla
  • Add milk and flour
  • Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or over night
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Roll in sprinkles if desired and form cookies
  • Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not overcook or they will be dry!

 

ย Hazel enjoys these. A lot. She goes to the counter after every meal and yells “that” hoping to get her special treat! How do you say no to that?!

Enjoy!

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My family.

This really has nothing to do with food allergies, just simply a note on my family. Some days I wake up and I can not believe the universe has placed me in this life. I have a husband who supports whatever I want to do, even when he thinks I am totally out of my mind. I have two healthy, happy beautiful little girls. I am not sure what I did to deserve this life… It is not easy and it is not perfect, but I would not change it for the word.

Meet the husband. Wayne.


He is easy going, artistic, musically talented, funny, unorganized, free-spirit, loving, silly, an obsessed chiefs fan and the best father. Then there is me; slightly uptight, a planner, organized, a clean freak, a worry wart.. you get the idea. We are complete opposite. So, I guess when the universe put us together they knew what they were doing. We balance each other, and compliment each other. I am so proud of who he has become and who we have become, it has not always been easy for us. Marriage is hard. Relationships are hard. Kids are hard. Life is just hard. He is a man of many talents, he can play any instument, and sing just about any song, he can calm a wild four year old girl, and bring a smile to a one year. He can give me butterflies to this day the same as he did almost ten years ago when we met. He works a lot. He works hard. He started a side job, which is bringing him more success than we thought was possible, and he works a full time retail job. This past year he agreed to live under the same roof as my mom. My dad is working out of state for the next couple years, so with out even questioning it he agreed to help her out. He wanted to make sure she was taken care of and not alone. So, now he added another bossy woman to his life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย ย I am extremely thankful for his hard work, his free spirit, and most of all for his heart. I know sometimes I take that for granted.


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My gals. These girls truly define me. I did not know what I was capable of until I became a mother. My world was turned upside down. They amaze me on a daily basis. They are so smart and full of life.


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Lucy.. She is her daddy’s girl. She is wild, funny, loud, smart, a dancer, she does not know a stranger and has the most gentle soul. The first ones hold a special place in your heart, they made us mommas.


Hazel.. we know her story. (Click here for Hazel’s story and why I started this blog)ย This girl is me. She is a little more reserved. She takes a while to warm up to people, and she is such a momma’s girl. As hard as that is at time, I love it. She is smart, she loves her sister, she is an animal lover, a total foody, and is a little bookworm.


These are my loves. My life. My family. I could not do it with out them. They challenge me to be better. They make me want to be the best mom, friend, wife, daughter and sister. I am so incedibly thankful for them and what they bring to my life.


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Thank you for reading about my little allergy baby and my lovely life.

Merry Christmas! Happy 2016!

Chicken and (homemade) noodles– egg free. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿต

As a kid I hated chicken noodle soup. Hated it. Would not look at it. Now… What was I thinking?? It is so good, especially on a cool, fall day! As usual, I altered the recipe for the allergy baby. There is nothing she can not have in the actual soup part, I just have to adjust the egg noodles so she can eat it.

I can not bring myself to buy store-bought egg noodles, they are not good! (in my opinion) My mom taught me how to make these home-made noodles, and once you do it you will never buy store-bought ones again. (gluten-free or not!) Promise.

Click here for Hazel’s story!

What to do:

The soup.

Combine in the crock pot:

2.5-3 pounds of chicken (I prefer bone in, because it has a little more flavor, boneless will work as well)

2 cups of chopped carrots

2 cups of chopped broccoli (I used the food processor to make it pretty fine)

1 large onion, chopped

1 tsp dried basil (or fresh, chopped)

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

salt/pepper for taste

32 ounces of chicken stock + 2 cups of water (make sure everything is covered with liquid)

Cook on low 6-8 hours.


*You can add more vegetables or sub a different one. These are the ones I had on hand today.

The noodles:

In a mixing bowl combine:

Egg replacement equivalent to 3 eggs.

2 cups flour– half rice flour and half garbanzoย bean flour

1/2 tsp salt

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl. The dough will be sticky, but will smooth out as you knead it. You want the dough to be firm and able to roll out.

Sprinkle a baking mat or a large surface with flour. Roll out the dough, as thin as possible.

Cut the noodles with a pizza cutter, you can make them any size you desire. I usually do about 2-3 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide.


Toss the cut noodles in the flour and break all the pieces apart.


Set the noodles aside.

*If wanting to make the noodles “normal” use regular flour, 3 large eggs and follow the rest of the instructions!

If bone in, remove the bones, shred the chicken and transfer the soup to a stove top pot and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and cook for about 5-10 minutes and let simmer until you are ready to eat.

Note: the rice flour can make the soup really thick! Add water or more chicken broth to think the soup down.

She liked it! ๐Ÿ˜„ (this was after bowl 4!!)
Enjoy!

#allergybaby

Teal pumpkin project๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ธ๐ŸŒŸ

Well, of course we had to get in on this! Not to mention the pumpkins are super adorable. I am not all that crafty so mine are just teal with some glitter. I tried to add a little more to it, but it did not work out very well!


The Teal Pumpkin Project

Here is how the project works: you paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your porch. The teal pumpkin indicates that there are non food items being handed out on Halloween for the kids with allergies. Pretty simple and pretty awesome. So, we went and got some temporary tattoos to hand out, a couple small pumpkins and some teal paint. Oh and glitter. In a house of girls you can NEVER have too much glitter!

That is it!

Click here for Hazel’s story!

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Pass it on!

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The holidays with an allergy baby…๐Ÿ—๐ŸŒฝ๐ŸŽƒ

I love the holidays. Thanksgiving was my grandma’s day, she lived for that day. I remember watching her as a kid- she made it seem so easy. She made everything from scratch, right down to her pie crust. What an inspiration! I would give anything to cook a meal with her today, but instead we cook in her memory! I remember for years she did something for me I will never forget. She made me my very own pumpkin pie. Who gets their own pie?! An allergy kid, thats who! She always marked it with a “K” so I knew which one I could eat. I felt so special. She had such a way of making us all feel that way. There is not a doubt in my mind, my mom will carry on that tradition for Hazel. A little pumpkin pie, marked with an “H”!

^^ hazel’s crust less pumpkin pie. It’s more like a custard.. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฐ

Thanks to my mom, Hazel had her very own potatoes, stuffing and rolls as well!

Click here for Hazel’s story!

I have had a couple of people ask me who will be celebrating the holidays with us, ‘what can Hazel have?’ or ‘can hazel have this?’ Thank you. Thank you for asking. Thank you for believing me. Thank you for keeping her in mind. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. That may seem silly, but it makes me feel good that people consider her! Now, with that being said, it is complicated to cook for her. Just cook what you want, and I will bring her meal with us, and please do not take offense when she does not eat your food. Milk, eggs and other allergen foods are hidden in a lot of different ingredients. The other worry;ย cross contamination. A little side story: we went out to eat a couple of months ago and I ordered Hazel a fruit cup. The fruit cup had apples, bananas and blueberries. I asked for just the apples and blueberries. She was chowing down and I look over and a rash is breaking out all over her face!! Slightly panicking, I am trying to think what she has had all day. I asked the server, who was also panicking, how they prepare the fruit cups and she told me they used the same knife to cut the apples as they did the bananas! Fortunately it was not too bad and went away pretty quickly, but that is how easy it is to have a reaction!

So, when you are at a holiday this year and you want to sneak a little treat to one of the little ones, PLEASE PLEASE ask their parent! You just never know what their little bodies can not tolerate.

This made me giggle… Don’t worry no tofurkey!!


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Pumpkin pancakes- Hazel style! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽƒ

Breakfast is challenging. We love eggs, avocados, toast, yogurt, granola, pancakes.. all things Hazel can not have. So… in honor of pumpkin season my mom and I came up with a little pumpkin pancake for the allergy baby. No eggs, no wheat, no dairy, the usual.

Click here for Hazel’s story!


Kitchen help!ย 

Hazel approved!

Here is the recipe!

First whisk together:

2 cups gluten-free flour

2 tsp baking soda

Egg replacer, equivalent to two eggs. (when using egg replacer, cook right away)

1/4 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 cup (or more depending on the desired consistency) non dairy milk

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon (or more)

salt for taste

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or fruit of choice

NOTE: make the batter a little more runny than a normal pancake.

Next:

Pour batter into circles on a heated skillet or griddle. Cook as you would a normal pancake!

Makes approximately 12 pancakes.

Enjoy!

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Her skin….

The poor girl can not even eat real cheese and now her skin looks like she has third degree burns half the time! I have read many times that eczema and food allergies go hand in hand. Cut out dairy- did that. Cut out wheat- did that. I am running out of things to cut out! She just has bad skin, just like me. Poor thing! So, we have a new nightly bath routine.. she soaks in a homemade oatmeal bath. This bath is pretty amazing, I think I might need one! ๐Ÿ™‚ She actually really likes it and is very relaxed while sitting in it. (I do it in the sink so I do not clog the drain with oats!)

Click here for Hazel’s story!

This is what she looked like prior to starting these baths: (I have NO clue what is causing these huge breakouts- its so frustrating)


ย And here is what she looked like after a couple days of these baths:


Here is what I did:

Filled the sink up with warm water (heat can make it worse) and added:

3 teaspoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of baking soda

2 tablespoons of ground oats (I just put rolled oats in the food processor)

Let her soak for about 15 minutes or until she was done and wanted out.

Note: clean the sink out ๐Ÿ™‚

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She can lick the spoon!!ย 

Seem silly to you? It’s a big day to Hazel when she can lick the spoon! Lucy always steals the spoon when I make cookies… Not this time. She was pretty confused on what to do with it, but it didn’t take her long! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Click here for Hazel’s story


We made vegan zucchini bread. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here’s the recipe:

6 tablespoons ground flax seed

1/2 cup warm water. (Mix these two together first- this replaces the eggs)

Then add:

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups grated zuchinni

Then mix in the dry ingredients:

3 cups oat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

Optional: chocolate chips. ( I didn’t have vegan ones)

Then…

Pour evenly into two loafs

Bake @350 for 55 minutes.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‹


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Allergy products…

I make as much as I can, but there are some things you can not make yourself and have to buy. Here are some products that I have tried and liked, there is a link for each brand if more information is needed!ย If I help one person- then my job here is complete!

My mom is amazing at supporting me, after all she did this 30 years ago! She tries really hard to help me come up with new recipes and ideas. She is usually pretty good, but we all have our flops; bread is one of them! When the dogs would not eat it… we called it quits with the bread.ย We buy fancy bread now! โ˜บ๏ธ

http://www.schar.com/en-us/products/us-bread

Rice milk. I just finished the last of her breast milk- this is the winner of the milk substitute.

Rice Milk

Veggie straws. They have the word veggie in it, so they are totally healthy, right? Well, they are vegan, and tasty! Hazel approved!

Vegan cream cheese. It made some awesome vegan cupcake frosting!

Vegan Frosting

Go Veggie


There are a variety of flours. I like oat flour the best and have just made mine to save some money.

And a world with out cheese just doesn’t seem fair… ๐Ÿญ

Daiya

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Click here for Hazel’s story!

#dairyfree #eggfree #wheatfree #goveggie #ricedream #daiya #cantlivewithoutcheese

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