Category: Food

Donating Breast Milk Is Easier Than You Think

Posted on Apr 17, 2021 by 3 Comments

I’m the mother of preemies. I knew our twins were coming early because the circumstances of our pregnancy required that they be delivered via c-section at 32 weeks if they didn’t decide to come earlier…which they did. It was the nature of our situation and one that required we face a number of possible scenarios in the days that followed their 28 week delivery.

One of those decisions was to decide if we would feed our little ones breast milk donated from another mother if for some reason my milk did not come in. Being that I was going to deliver so early, and the fact that there was a lot of stress involved in my strict bedrest, highly medicated scenario, it was possible that we would experience complications. Read more…

Dealing with Food Allergies

Posted on Apr 9, 2021 by 3 Comments

I can remember when our oldest started elementary school … at a nut-free school. I thought I would die.

With a kid that only ate peanut butter and jelly, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for lunches. But here’s what’s interesting … it made me so sensitive to potential food allergies that now I fret over buying the wrong kind of Halloween candy for fear that I’m going to put some poor unsuspecting kid into anaphylactic shock.

But then we found out she was allergic to gluten. And my world turned upside down again. This time, so did hers.

But believe it or not, there is a way to help your child understand food allergies without becoming allergy-obsessed (like me). Read more…

Site Spotlight: The Gluten Free Girl and the Chef

Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by 2 Comments

Recently, I wrote a post - The Quick and Dirty on Gluten Allergies and Celiac Disease. I wrote the post because recently several friends have adapted their diets to accommodate gluten-free for the sake of one of their children - each for their own personal reasons.

The difficult part about something that is relatively new like gluten-free diets and Celiac disease, or at least new to many, is finding a variety of foods to cook up for your family. So, I started looking around to find a site that would help those who were newly coping with this lifestyle (because I’m betting if you’ve been going down the gluten-free road a while now, you’ve found this gem of a site already). I had to share The Gluten-Free Girl with you. Read more…

Keep Wine Cold with Corksicle

Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by No Comments

Um, this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

And not “cold” cool … like, really fabulous.

We like wine … and though I consider myself a red kind of girl, a glass of crisp white is delicious on a hot summer evening. But what happens after you chill it? You take it out and the bottle sweats all over the counter … or you put it back in the refrigerator and have to lay it on its side so it will fit and then it leaks. Or maybe you’re fancy enough to have an ice bucket (we are SO not that classy!) and the ice melts and gets all watery, which in turn makes the label peel and get all gummy … eew. Read more…

Easter Dinner Recipes: Ham or Lamb, Take Your Pick

Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by No Comments

Growing up in New Orleans, you’d think my mother would have made us a cold soup and salad for Easter, knowing how hot it usually is in April. But no, she slaved over a hot oven to make us roast lamb. Such a good woman! It was delicious, and to this day I haven’t been able to make a dinner that compares. One day, maybe I can live up to her kitchen prowess.

Now, this isn’t her recipe. If I were to print her recipe, it’d look something like this: rub lamb with some herbs, put it in the oven. Great cook, that woman; not a great recipe writer-downer. Read more…

Adult Grilled Cheese Sandwiches To. Die. For.

Posted on Apr 4, 2021 by 4 Comments

Grilled cheese doesn’t have to be boring.

When we make them for our picky children who simply want that singular slice of cheese slapped in between two slices of bread, that’s what we do, but that doesn’t mean it’s what we have to eat. Why not pick up a few slices of Gruyere at the deli counter when we’re picking up the standard American cheese, or add in a few flavorful ingredients? Why not spruce up that boring ol’ cheese standby?

I give you…The ADULT Grilled Cheese Sandwich Read more…

The Mommy Files: Going Gluten Free

Posted on Apr 4, 2021 by 1 Comment

It seems that more and more, I hear people saying they’re going gluten free.

Gluten’s getting the same rap as corn syrup it seems.

But it’s true that gluten can be problematic for some people … my daughter is one of them. Subsequently, we’ve had to do some gluten-free investigating around here. But to be honest, I didn’t know the first thing about gluten-free cooking or where to even find recipes. I mean, I love to cook … but it wasn’t even just about that.

Gluten is everywhere! Read more…

The Mommy Files: Making Fantastic Summer Snacks

Posted on Mar 27, 2021 by 6 Comments

You know it’s coming, right? That time of year where the kids are home for months on end?

Summer vacation … filled with endless trips to the beach, backyard BBQs, and snacks for the neighborhood. But if you’re anything like me, you get in a rut with snacks, fixing the same thing over and over.

This topic also came up because we began looking for ways to cut down our grocery budget … and we found that a lot of what we were spending went to snacks for the kids. I wanted to start making my own because it would a) be healthier and b) save us money. So where did I look? I’m going to share with you. Read more…

Crunch ‘em, Munch ‘em, Crunchies Freeze Dried Snacks

Posted on Mar 26, 2021 by 3 Comments

Is there a spring in your step, yet? Spring is here, y’all. Well, in spirit if not in warm weather anyway. But still, I can just start to see spending lots more time outside.

Mostly, outside time makes me skip to my loo until I have to think about snacking. I love snacks and would pack a bag o’ chips and a jar of peanut butter anytime, for any occasion. Only, not the most healthy of choices for my kiddos. And no so great for my waist.

So I hunt and hunt for good, mostly healthy snacks. Which brings me to Crunchies Natural Snacks. They are freeze dried snacks. Awesome! OK, so I’m sure you’ve heard of dried cranberries or freeze dried apples before, but have you tasted freeze dried mangos or peas? Read more…

The Quick and Dirty on Gluten Sensitivities & Celiac Disease

Posted on Mar 24, 2021 by 4 Comments

Recently,  a lot of close friends have made the decision to change their kids diets over to gluten-free for a variety for reasons. At first, I wondered if it was simply a fad they were jumping on because obviously, I had not been properly educated. It just seemed like a lot of fuss over wheat and initially I didn’t quite understand it.

Then I started reading and I realized that there really is cause for concern when it comes to those who have gluten sensitivities and in the extreme cases celiac disease, which essentially is an allergic-type reaction to gluten. Those who have celiac disease often go undiagnosed for years and suffer with a range of serious and sometimes debilitating symptoms that can be easily mistaken for a different problem.

Additionally, children with a range of needs are now benefiting from having gluten removed from their diets, so it’s definitely a trend on the rise and one that is worth some additional attention. Read more…

The Mommy Files: 5 Quick Crockpot Dinners

Posted on Mar 16, 2021 by 7 Comments

I know winter is nearly over and before we know it, summer will be here. And who wants to drag out the slow cooker in the summer, right?

Summer is the time for grilling…or is it?

The slow cooker is actually a fantastic secret weapon in the summer. Why? Because you can cook a fabulous meal with minimal effort and without heating up your kitchen.

Love.

So, here are my five favorite recipes for the summer…all made right in the crockpot. Read more…

Butter vs. Olive Oil

Posted on Mar 8, 2021 by 5 Comments

I cook. A lot.

And I bake a lot, too.

Which means I’m equal parts butter and olive oil. And I also happen to love coconut oil, but we won’t get into that right now.

However, I’m from a looong line of butter lovers. Say the words “olive oil” in my grandmother’s presence and she’s likely to confiscate the family cookbook. Seriously. She’s all about the butter.

And she swears it’s better for you than “any kind of oil.” Well, she’s right…at least in part. Read more…

The Mommy Files: Opting Out of School Lunch

Posted on Mar 2, 2021 by 9 Comments

When I was in elementary school, I can remember my hot lunch being delivered in a Styrofoam container. In middle school, we graduated to the a la carte lunch line where we could stock up on chicken nuggets and french fries. Every. Day.

High school was an open campus, so it was a free for all…Pizza Hut, Burger King…whatever.

What on Earth were our parents thinking?

Over time, school lunch has apparently gotten worse, as evidenced by “Mrs. Q.” who penned the blog Fed Up with Lunch, which gained national attention. Couple that with the overwhelming number of children who are obese in this country and I have to wonder, should we be ditching school lunch all together? Read more…