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Nashville + Nut Allergies

Each year we try to plan one big family vacation. After a few trips to Disney, Tucson and Denver, we are road tripping it to Nashville this summer. We chose Nashville, TN, since we’ll be able to see friends + the distance is very manageable with a 2 and 5 year old. It’s roughly 10 hours, so 5 hours each day is what we’re planning, with plenty of sight-seeing along the way (Ahem, bathroom breaks at nasty gas stations, lets not sugar coat this.) How do you plan a vacation while considering allergies? Since traveling with kids can be challenging in and of itself, we have been using the website www.vrbo.com, part…
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Broccoli + Chicken Stir-fry

Weeknights are crazy – the hubs call schedule, school and kiddo activities, plus trying to carve out some time to spend doing something for myself. Dinner is so important to us as a family so here is one more quick, easy, weeknight idea that had everyone clearing their plates this week. Ingredients 2/3 C soy sauce (low sodium) 1/4 C brown sugar, packed 1/2 tsp ginger (fresh or ground) 1 pinch red pepper flakes 2 tbsp. water 2 tbsp. cornstarch 2 tsp olive oil or vegetable oil 2-3 chicken breasts, I prefer Bare brand 3 cups broccoli 1 onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced Directions Stir soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger…
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Chicken Tikka Masala

This classic Indian recipe has been modified slightly to fit our families needs. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! This recipe was adapted from Epicurious. For the chicken: 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (3 to 4 breast halves total) 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 large clove garlic, minced For the sauce 1 tablespoon ground coriander 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger (from 1-inch piece) 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 large white onion, finely…
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Birthday Party Blues

My original post for the week has been scrapped since a birthday party is more important. I received a call this weekend from another Mom asking which brand of chocolate chips we prefer for baking chocolate chip cookies for an upcoming birthday party. Chocolate is by far the trickiest part of having nut allergies. There are so many RULES! First, very happy to have this discussion with the other Mom, who also has nut allergies in her household.  The difference though is that her house is just peanut allergy, whereas my house is peanut and tree nut. Sometimes you’ll see this abbreviated as PN/TN. We are PN and TN. The ONLY chocolate chips…
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slow-cooker pulled pork sandwiches

2016 is a year of “yes, I can,” for me. When my daughter was diagnosed with her food allergies, I put up a wall, a barrier of, “I can’t” eat this type of food anymore. That was depressing. Thai peanut sauce is so yummy. And so are crunchy walnuts on a fresh pear and spinach salad. I’m challenging myself to think outside the box. Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it takes creativity. I’m determined to show my family how delicious the world can be by making multi-cultural meal experiences by adapting recipes to fit our lifestyle. Tonight. Wednesday in our house means fast dinner. Mom and Dad have to be on…
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Play Date Cookies

SOYNUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates in classic bag 1/2 cup shortening 3/4 cup soynut butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 egg 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling(optional) 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. 2. Beat shortening and soynut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. 3. Shape…
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Donuts at Home

Sunday is for Sweet Somethings…..today it’s donuts! This recipe is adapted from cooks.com 5 TBSP unsalted butter 1 egg beaten 1/2 cup sugar 1+1/2 cups flour 2 + 1/4 TSP baking powder 1/4 TSP salt 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup milk   Topping: 3 TBSP unsalted, melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 TSP cinnamon. 1. Preheat oven to 350.  Coat donut pan with cooking spray. Set aside 2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg. 3. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg together in large bowl. Add dry ingredients alternatively with wet ingredients. 4. Fill donut tins 3/4 full (I use piping bag). Bake for 15 minutes. Take out…
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Crunchy Chocolate Granola Bars

Because so many granola bars are made in a facility with nuts, we make our own. They’re easy and so delish. Chocolate Chip Soy Nut Granola Bars Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Soy Nut Butter (I prefer I’m Healthy brand) 1/3 Cup local honey 1/4 Cup coconut oil 1+1/2 Cups old fashioned oats (Hy-Vee Brand is my go-to) 1 + 1/2 TBSP wheat germ 1/2 Cup ground flax seed 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (this is where you need to watch labels. I use Guittard or Enjoy Life brands.) Directions: Line an 8X8 glass or metal pan with foil. Non-stick spray is not needed. Melt soynut butter, honey and coconut oil together in a…
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Fun Friday

Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s been a LONG week – our furnace decided to stop working and it’s been a hectic week trying to find pricing, information on a new one because the cold temps start again next week. As a room parents at Chloe’s school, I’m responsible for helping with activities in her class, and most importantly, the snacks! Preparing for the Preschool of the Arts (PSA) Fundraising Gala in April, the room parents decided to collect a small amount of money to create a silent auction basket.  So last night during our usual Thursday Date Night, Doug and I found ourselves eating a very delicious meal at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse,…
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A Very Nutty Mom

How did you know? – This is the question we hear all the time.  How did you find out that your daughter had nut allergies?  Well…we did a due diligence in serving our kids nuts and peanut butter at all the recommended ages.  On a car ride to Milwaukee from Madison, our daughter started telling us how dry her mouth felt, and how her lips felt funny. When i turned around from the passenger seat (5 months pregnant) I saw what we describe it as “Donald Duck Lips” and that is when we knew we needed a hospital. If you’re driving eastbound on I-94, you know there is not much to…
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