My 60 year old papa lives as a full time missionary in Jamaica. This summer he suddenly got very sick with a mystery ailment that brought him back to the states for a couple months while he tried to figure out what was wrong and how to heal.
My papa surrounded by kids, full of energy
The vibrant, charismatic, physically active man who loved to walk the streets for miles and show off his martial arts skills was gone. He could barely move, had trouble staying awake or asleep, and was in constant, intense pain. After being tested for everything … Continue reading My Papa’s Miraculous Recovery
On Friday night Kid1 reminded me that she was supposed to be leaving for a birthday slumber party in one short hour. Normally when the kids are going to a party, especially and overnight one, I try to pack something special and in line with what the other kids will be having.
Chocolate Cupcakes fresh from the oven
There was no time to shop or do much cooking, I didn’t have any treats on hand, and we were all out of our quick & portable high protein favorites like beef jerky. Fortunately we had dozens of eggs on hand … Continue reading Emergency Cupcakes & GAPS Cheats FTW
Keeping chickens is practically a real-foodie-requirement in these parts. As a permaculture enthusiast and avid gardener I’d always wanted chickens, so when I finally had the right yard and got around to converting part of our garage to a coop, we brought home a dozen or so.
Fresh, homegrown eggs
We loved so many things about having our own chickens. Being able to control what feed they got became important when we realized I did best with eggs from soy and corn-free hens. Most of our kitchen scraps and yard debris went to our hens, definitely a higher use … Continue reading Goodbye, Chickens
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. When I was growing up I remember it as the holiday I got to spend with all the cousins on my mom’s side of the family. Since she is the oldest of 8 kids and most of her siblings had kids, too, there were a lot of us cousins. We didn’t celebrate other holidays with the extended family, so this was the big one!
Crispy Herbed Turkey with Brussels Sprouts
I barely remember the dinners themselves, though I’m sure my mom and her sisters outdid themselves year after year. What I remember the … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s that time again – another holiday that seems to be entirely focused on CANDY!!! A lot of the same tricks that got us through Easter will help us enjoy Halloween, but it does come with its own special challenge: Trick-or-Treating!
Is the Candy Safe?
Photos at the pumpkin patch
The first thing to decide is whether or not your kids are going to eat the candy. If you are mostly concerned about gluten or a particular allergen, there are lists available telling which candies are safe. Here is one from Celiac Family that lists gluten-free Halloween candy that may … Continue reading Halloween on a Special Diet
Here we are, just before the wedding
I hope you all enjoyed your summer as much as we did! I had hoped to blog a bit more, but lots of things got in the way. We kicked things off by getting married. TinyHands and I had a potluck wedding in our back yard. After 6 years together, we finally made it as official as we can.
Even though a million little things went wrong, we had a great time and it was one of the happiest days of my life. Amazingly, not only did we manage to eat dinner (and … Continue reading Wedding Update
Louise and Riley
Louise Tippens found out her son had life-threatening food allergies when he was 8 years old, after years of milder but miserable mystery reactions. Adjusting to going without eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and milk was no walk in the park, but they managed it. Riley got healthier and happier… and got used to the idea that some experiences just weren’t going to work out since they were too dangerous. Sleepaway camp was one of those things that didn’t seem possible.
Louise had always been clear that she wanted her son to be able to live a normal … Continue reading Life-Threatening Allergies? Camp Blue Spruce is Safe!
One of the biggest challenges of preparing all this real food is remembering to deal with the food we’ve started preparing. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets that helps solve this problem is a simple mechanical outlet timer. You set the time with a dial, then push the tabs down to choose when it will run. Then you plug your appliance into it.
I hate listening to the food dehydrator, so when making crispy nuts I get all my soaked nuts in the dehydrator and plug it in. Then I set it to start running about the time … Continue reading Favorite Gadget: Outlet Timer
Our friend Angela at Salt of the Earth Urban Farm recently posted on Facebook about ways to trim fat from an already lean budget. She got a lot of really good responses, from thrifting to making your own laundry soap to offer to barter services for food at the farmer’s market. These are all things I’ve thought about doing, as our own budget has gotten leaner and leaner and leaner over the past few years while the cost of living and gone up and up and up.
But the problem with things that save money is that they very nearly … Continue reading Time is Money
Easter is coming up. The religious aspect of this holiday meal isn’t generally a problem for people with special diets. While there are some traditional Easter dishes, to be sure, Christian traditions that I know of don’t require you to eat them. But like other holidays where a special meal is expected, there are logistics and emotions to deal with.
The hardest part of Easter for most people with kids on special diets is all that candy, and the fun events built around it!
The Easter Basket
This is the easiest part of the onslaught to deal with, … Continue reading Easter Bunny Blues