Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Apple Walnut Muffins

I’m sorry we’ve been apart for so long. It’s terrible how quickly time passes … one day and then another and then a week’s gone by in the blink of an eye. I’ve been busy helping hubby study and prepare for a major opportunity, so that’s why I’ve been away. But, now I’m back and in full swing to boot!

These past couple of weeks I’ve had a lot on my plate and it’s been hard trying to divide my time. Oliver had another hearing test last week and a follow up with his ENT. I had been waiting for that appointment for months. His hearing remains that same in his right ear. It’s moderately severe hearing loss … about 70-80 decibels in all frequencies. I had thought that maybe it was getting slightly better, but all hope was squashed last Thursday. Anyway, so the verdict is a hearing aid in that ear. The left ear remains unaffected and I’m hoping it stays that way. Our ENT remains puzzled as to the cause of his hearing loss. That is the hardest part for me. I keep thinking it would be so nice to know what the cause was, so I could fix it or just to know. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may never know what caused the hearing loss and in the grand scheme of things … hearing loss is fairly minor compared to what other people deal with in their lives. So, I’m thankful for that. And, Oliver is an amazingly bright boy who never ceases to amaze me … he will adapt. The part that I worry about is the social aspect. Any of you Moms out there know that some kids can be just plain cruel. I’ve dealt with several issues this year as Oliver started kindergarten. I know that I can’t shelter him and if a kid is going to make fun of him for his hearing aid, then they probably would have done it anyway. Isn’t it in every Mom to protect their children? I think so. I’ve talked to Oliver about getting his hearing aid and he seems excited for it. He knows that he can’t hear from his right side and I’m sure that once he gets it, it will be smooth sailing. I’ll keep you posted on how that situation turns out. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Apple Walnut Muffins”

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Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Berry Muffins

Does anyone else out there believe that mother nature is trying to punish us this year? I guess it could be worse, but winter just won’t leave! It’s still cold out there and downright miserable at times. The snow is gone, but it still feels like winter. I’ve come to the conclusion that spring will never come and we should just start preparing for summer instead. I really hope it warms up soon. I’m looking forward to getting outside to plant my garden and flowers. It’s been too long since I have even thought of gardening! Enough mother nature! Can it! I’m sick of cold! Bring on summer!

On another note, I’m so excited to tell you that Charlotte has gained 5 lbs since her tonsillectomy about 6 weeks ago. She isn’t eating any more than she used to, she’s just sleeping so soundly at night that her little body is growing and growing. I can’t believe how tall she’s grown and how much weight she has put on. I am incredibly happy that she is doing so well. Oliver also seems to be going through a growth spurt. I know this because all of his long sleeve shirts are now mid arm and his pants are too short. I guess when a person gets the right food and proper sleep, your body should just … grow. I remember when the kids were first born I was always worried about whether or not they were gaining enough weight. With both kids I had to supplement them with formula right off the bat. I was trying to nurse them, but because my body wasn’t getting proper nutrition (I was still eating gluten and dairy at the time) my body wasn’t doing what it should. I had a really difficult time trying to nurse them. So, from the get go, I had to weigh them everyday to make sure they were continuing to gain weight. Oliver lost about 15 % of his body weight in the first few days of his life. It was scary. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Berry Muffins”

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The Places to Shop

I’ve received several requests from people asking where I do most of my shopping. I can tell you that I’ve got grocery shopping down to a science. I can probably tell you the best place to buy your GF items and I’m even a bit of a nerd (keep  the comments to yourselves!) and I can tell you when they are on sale too!

I do the bulk of my shopping at Superstore. They tend to have the most items in one location and I can get it all done in one swoop. They have a great Natural Foods isle where I find my Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks and Enjoy Life Mini Chips. Those two items are important to have on hand as I tend to bake whenever I get the notion … so I have to be well prepared at all times. In case you’re wondering … they are also the best value at Superstore. The other thing that I like about Superstore is that they also carry my favourite brand of Coconut milk – Silk Vanilla. Charlotte drinks this by the galloon and I like to use it in my baking as well. It’s a lot thicker than rice milk and I prefer the taste as well. The other item that I stock up on at Superstore is my Earth Balance Soy Free Spread. It’s the cheapest there and they always seem to have some on hand. They also have a large selection of frozen GF items … like breads, waffles, bagels, pizzas, etc. I must admit that I prefer to bake all my own GF stuff. It is difficult to find GF items that are also free from dairy and soy. Superstore does also carry some fresh GF cookies, but they do contain soy. The other item that I tend to stock up on is Piller’s breakfast ham and breakfast sausages. They are free from the top 8 allergens and have a really nice flavour to them. I’ve been eating turkey bacon for years and years and I’ve never been able to convert hubby from the real deal. But, that all changed when I found Piller’s. He loves it as much as the kids and I do! They also carry a large selection of GF cereals … Rice Krispies and Chex to name a few. Continue reading “The Places to Shop”

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