Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

The second month of school is already in full swing for the boy and the girl. It seems as if the month of September was gone in the blink of an eye. Although, I was able to pull the kids out of school for a nice mini vacation … just the kids and I. Hubby was still away for work during that time period and I thought, what the heck, why not? I think I needed a mental break more than anyone else and so I took the opportunity to go and see my brother and sister-in-law in Bermuda. Yes, I know what your thinking … Bermuda? I must admit it was not only nice to see family, but to spend a week in the humidity and the sun. In my part of the world, fall is in full swing and seeing the leaves falling off the trees is a tad depressing, but having a nice little break in the Bermudian paradise was amazing. And, seeing as my brother is completely gluten free, eating at his home was easy. If any of you have ever travelled with allergies or celiac disease, you know how hard it can be to assure that you’re safe in a new place, but my bro and sis-in-law had everything set up for us and I didn’t have to worry about the kids eating something they shouldn’t. It was truly a relaxing vacation. The first couple of times that hubby and I travelled with the kids, it was a nightmare. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins”

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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 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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Jenny’s GF Banana Muffins

I’ve been on a muffin kick lately. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m not overly picky with GF muffins. They just have to be good … not dry, not cardboard and certainly not tasteless! These muffins are none of those things. But, oh, these muffins are delish! They are the perfect combo of moist and slightly crumbly. But, are they easy to make you ask? You bet they are! They take about 10 minutes to throw together and another 18 minutes to bake and they are worth every minute! Miss C has eaten a few of these since her tonsils came out last week. I will probably have to wean her from her addiction once she is feeling better. She is doing remarkably well considering she had her surgery less than a week ago. It’s amazing to see how quickly kids recover. Continue reading “Jenny’s GF Banana Muffins”

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