Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Anyone with kids and allergies knows how difficult it can be to navigate the every day events that others just seem to attend without a thought. For people like me, attending a usual everyday kid event is a lot of work and thought on my part. And, if you don’t have kids with allergies, consider yourself lucky. When a birthday party rolls around for a 5 or 6 year old I spend a couple of days before the event getting things together so Oliver can have a great time and not feel left out. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong. And, having other parents support Oliver makes all the difference in the world. Like I’ve said before, I never want Oliver to feel left out. I never want him to say, I wish I wasn’t different. I want to just be like everyone else. Maybe I’m naive in thinking that if I do all the leg work to make things normal like the other kids, that we won’t ever have to cross that bridge. But, I like to think that by making sure Oliver has everything the same or similar to what the other kids have, he will never feel left out, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll never have to cross that bridge. So far, I think I’m doing a good job of doing that.

Oliver is just finishing up Kindergarten and the year at school was a success because Oliver’s teacher, Mrs. T., actually asked me about Oliver at the beginning of the school year. She wanted to make sure that she knew what happened to him when he would have something he shouldn’t and we even discussed what could be done to help Oliver so he wouldn’t feel left out. I brought in cupcakes for the staff room freezer, so Oliver could also have a cupcake in the event that someone brought in a treat for the other kids. She also had a stash of GF, CF, nut free cookies and other safe treats in her desk drawer, so Oliver would never feel left out. I even had a few phone calls during the day to ask if he could have this or that. What a great experience for both Oliver and I. Wow. I want to send a big THANK YOU to teachers out there like Mrs. T. who take the time to understand their kids! It really makes parents, like me, feel relief. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins”

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Jenny’s Double Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Father’s Day is just around the corner. School is winding down and summer is slow to start, but I have a feeling that it will warm up sooner rather than later. At least that is what I am hoping for! With Father’s Day just around the corner, my mind is spinning in a million different directions. My Dad passed away 17 and a half years ago. I was just a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to endure. It was unexpected, not that if it was expected it would make it any easier. My Dad was an amazing man. At 16 years old, he was my best friend and I didn’t understand how my life could go on after that. But, somehow I managed and so did everyone else around me. Now that Father’s Day is here again I always want to make it extra special for my hubby, who has been a Dad for almost six years now.

I remember when I was a kid, I would fool around in the kitchen with my siblings and make my Dad breakfast in bed. Looking back, I now know that it was a disaster every time. I still don’t understand how my Dad managed to stuff down the burnt toast and cold eggs with a smile on his face. But, he did. Our kids have never made hubby breakfast in bed, but this year it’s going to be a first. They are 3 and 5 now and I think they can manage with some help from me. I know that he will choke down the burnt eggs and cold coffee with a smile just the same as my Dad always did. And, Oliver and Charlotte will love him all the more for it. The kids are excited for Daddy to try these new Double Choco GF Waffles. I made them for the kids and I’ve never seen a 5 year old eat so much for breakfast. Literally! He ate 2 1/2 waffles and I had to stop him at that. I’m sure he would have stuffed down the other 1/2 but I didn’t want to deal with the repercussions of him doing that. I could forsee a stomach ache and some tears! Continue reading “Jenny’s Double Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles”

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Crazy for Yonanas!

The weather is warming up and you know what that means right? As the temperatures heat up my kids will be begging for an icy cool treat to cool off with while they play outside. My kids are outdoor kids. They spend the long summer days outdoors … pretty much all day. Sometimes even before breakfast they are outside playing, looking for bugs, watering my plants and well, doing just about anything they can. Oliver has even discovered that climbing trees is fun too. Although, he does only get about two feet up the tree before he realizes that getting down will not be as easy as getting up. I have been involved in many rescue attempts in the past couple of weeks. I am hoping that this new idea of fun will soon fade and we’ll be done with the whole tree climbing thing before 1. he breaks an arm or 2. Charlotte catches on that it looks fun and tries it herself. I’m not sure if it because Charlotte is the second child or if it’s because of her personality, but she isn’t afraid of anything. I’m sure that in the next few days I’ll be called for a rescue mission, but this time it will be for my daughter instead of my son. After all the climbing, running and playing that they do outside they want nothing more than to cool off with something cold. And, I want nothing more than to be able to give it to them. But, seeing as we can’t have dairy, soy or gluten … that limits our options. Not to mention, I want a healthy option. I want to be able to give my kids a nice treat that isn’t laced with sugar. I’ve made my own coconut ice cream several times and I love the taste. But, the one thing that I don’t love is how long it takes to make. I mean, it’s not hard to make it but you can’t really be spur of the moment with it. If it’s not in your freezer already made, then you’re going to have to wait for it. Waiting is so hard for kids! But, I’ve found a way to give my kids a cool treat without all the added sugar and guess what? There’s no waiting either! Have you heard of a Yonana maker? If you haven’t … this will change your life. It’s all the rage at our house and it never gets old! Even if you don’t have kids you will love all the amazing options you have to create delicious icy cool treats in mere minutes. My kids love their Yonanas. What’s the best thing about Yonanas? I don’t feel bad about giving it to them. I mean, its straight frozen bananas and nothing more. Continue reading “Crazy for Yonanas!”

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