Thursday, February 25, 2010

cleaning solutions

Here are my new favorite cleaning solutions- taken from various green websites, blogs, and mommy websites. They are pretty common, as I found them in multiple places.

50/50 vinegar and water
Lavendar oil added for fragrance, or
Tea tree oil added as a disinfectant and mold killer

2c hot water
1/2t washing soda
tiny bit of castille soap (I bought lavendar scented)

Vinegar in the Downy ball as a fabric softener. I tried adding lavendar essential oil as well, but while it made my laundry room and kitchen smell incredible, my towels smelled no different.

Glass cleaner
2c. water
1/3 c. vinegar
1t castille soap

Waiting to try the furniture polish and laundry detergent recipes

Monday, February 22, 2010

Americans with Disabilities Act

Individuals with food allergies are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act
http://www.ada.gov/
We are using this as our resource in finding a safe environment for Isabel's preschool.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Easiest Waffles Ever!

2 c. baking mix (Bisquick)
2T oil
12oz ginger ale

Mix the above and let sit 5 min. Pour into iron and cook according to your iron's instructions. For me, it was just under 1c. for one belgian waffle and 6 min cooking time.

And, no, they don't taste like ginger ale! Quite yummy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Picante Pollo

4 boneless chicken breasts- in chunks or strips
1 jar favorite salsa
3T brown sugar
1T dijon mustard
1 onion (I used Mayan, can use Red- I diced, can use sliced)
2T butter/margarine or equivalent
1T sherry or another alcohol (I only had white wine on hand, and it worked)
1t cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
rice to serve over (I did brown, white works as well)

Mix salsa, brown sugar, mustard, and chicken chunks in bowl.

Carmelize onion with butter, sherry, and cayenne. Add to chicken mixutre
Pour in 8x8 baking dish and bake at 400 for 20-25 min.
If you are good with dairy, top with cheese of your choice.
Also good for burrito shells- read labels!

Italian Drip Beef

Many of the seasonings for beef have soy lecithin, which Analise is sensitive too, but we really liked this recipe. I originally took it from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

1 whole Beef Chuck Roast (3-4lbs)
1 can beef consomme (or beef broth)
3T Italian seasoning (yes, good Seasons Italian Dressing Packets work)
1t salt
1/4c water
8oz pepperoncini peppers with juice
deli rolls (read ingredients)

Mix everything together and put in crockpot. Mine was done in 8hrs, using frozen beef. You can also make in dutch oven for 1/2 a day. Serve on deli rolls- fresh or toasted, dip in drippings.

Chocolate brownies

I made minor changes to this recipe from Allrecipes

2c flour
2c sugar
3/4c unsweetened cocoa powder
1t baking powder
1t salt
1c water
3/4c spectrum shortening
1t vanilla

350 degrees,

Mix dry ingredients. Pour in water, vanilla, and spectrum.

Spectrum is a palm oil shortening, found in all major grocery stores. You can substitute vegetable oil, but it seems a bit greasy/oily for my taste.

Bake 25-30 min until tops are no longer shiny. Cool at least 10 min before cutting. These are soft brownies.

Getting Started

I have finally decided to blog our allergy experiences. It occurs to me I should have started this two years ago when Isabel was first diagnosed. At 2 1/2, she is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, and treenuts, as well as a couple medications. We are also avoiding all fish preventatively with her. Now we have Analise, currently 4mo old, and showing signs of allergies to milk and soy at this time. Fortunately, we figured her issues out at 11days, instead of 9months with Isabel.

How did we know they were allergic? That is a question I get often. With Isabel, I was still nursing, and she was getting full body hives. I logged everything she ate and her symptoms, but nothing matched up. Then, we figured out that it was what I was eating. Since it takes at least 2 weeks for allergens to get out of mom's system, and an additional 2weeks to get them out of baby's system, we never would have known. She was tested, and continues to be tested every 9 months or so. We pray she outgrows them.

Analise was obvious to mom in that she was more than just colicky. She was in obvious pain, screaming, arching, and curling. I went on a very strict elimination diet (initially no milk, egg, soy, nuts, fish, tropical fruits, or chocolate). We are down to no milk, eggs, nuts, or fish and she is doing well. When something accidentally gets into my diet, the screaming returns, as do the bloody diapers.

I hope to blog our journey as they outgrow these allergies (thinking positive!) as well as some great recipes for everyone. I have had calls from friends and family on what to make for Isabel, or what to bring in to their child's school, when a friend or classmate has allergies. It isn't that hard, it is knowing that is the hard part.

Finally, the best resource out there is the Food Allergy and Analphylaxis Network www.foodallergy.org

I hope this blog helps others on this journey, and helps in the understanding of food allergies.