Emergency Cupcakes & GAPS Cheats FTW

Chocolate Cupcakes fresh from the oven

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

Mental Mondays #8: Laughing At Ourselves

This food allergy and gut dysbiosis business is serious stuff. That doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with it, though. When we first started our gluten-free & GAPS journey, we had to be careful about self-deprecating humor. It made people take our needs less seriously. On top of that the kids didn’t really get it – instead of lightening the mood, it made them feel worse. They needed a lot of support in order to feel empowered about their diet.

But I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I found this parody of allergy-free cooking & Les Misérables and it … Continue reading Mental Mondays #8: Laughing At Ourselves

A Seasonal Treat: Pomegranite

Look at those gorgeous seeds!

Look at those gorgeous seeds!

Pomegranates are one of the few foods that still seem to only be available for a short time of the year here in Portland, and they’re imported from California or further away. Granted, the season we can get them has been extended from a couple weeks in December out into November through January, but I still consider them a special winter treat.

Whole Pomegranate – this one was pretty good, but one with darker skin would have been better

You want to choose dark red, large, leathery fruits that are heavy for their … Continue reading Seasonal Treat: Pomegranate

Survey for a Camp for Kids with Life-Threatening Allergies!

Please fill out the Camp Blue Spruce survey!

Please fill out the Camp Blue Spruce survey!

A while ago I told you about Camp Blue Spruce – a new sleep-away camp for kids with life-threatening allergies! They were going to run their first session last summer, but decided to get a bit more input from people first and launch in August of 2013 instead. Planning is well underway, but they need our help!

I’m so impressed with the team Louise has built to keep our kids safe! They are making a real effort to reach out to the community and find out what we need from a … Continue reading Survey for a Camp for Kids with Life-Threatening Allergies!

Halloween on a Special Diet

Photos at the pumpkin patch

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

Poor Man's Salad Spinner

Spinning salad in a pillowcase

I hate soggy lettuce, but could never justify spending the money on or losing cabinet space to a salad spinner. Instead, I sort of shook it dry into the sink after washing and just sort of dealt with soggy lettuce.

Things changed, though, when reading through my copy of Nourishing Traditions. Sally Fallon recommends putting your greens in a pillowcase and running them through the spin cycle on your washing machine. I thought it kind of odd to use all that electricity on a few greens when I have a decent source of free labor perfectly capable of whirling a … Continue reading Poor Man’s Salad Spinner

Life-Threatening Allergies? Camp Blue Spruce is Safe! $50 Off, Too

Louise and Riley

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!

Power Punch Flavor Packs

Power Punch Flavor Packs

Power Punch Flavor Packs

PPFPs (Power Punch Flavor Packs) were invented by me and my brother.

Note from Mama: These are STRONG! Eat at your own risk 😉


(makes one)

1 piece of Oxalis (AKA Sour Grass) with a long stem 1 Mint leaf 1 red Raspberry 1  small Stevia leaf Directions

First pick all the ingredients. When that’s done fold the stevia leaf (if necessary) and put it in the middle of the raspberry. Next roll the raspberry in the mint leaf. Then put down the sour grass so that the stem sticks up and put … Continue reading Power Punch Flavor Packs

A Day In My Shoes

My shoes

My shoes

My friend, Millie, over at Real Food For Less Money has a great series, Someone Else’s Shoes, where she interviews other real food bloggers about a day in their lives. I’m honored to have been a part of it!

I hope you will go on over to Real Food for Less Money and check out what it’s like to spend a day in my shoes as a GAPS style, landscaper, blogger, wellness coach, self-employed, homeschooling mom!

I’d also love it if you would comment and let me know what a day in YOUR life is like!

Bookmark … Continue reading A Day In My Shoes

Kid1's Cheese Roll-Ups

Yummy cheese roll-up

Yummy cheese roll-up

I like cheese roll-ups because they’re fun to make.

Cheese Roll-Ups Ingredients

2 eggs per person ghee or coconut oil aged cheese, (organic & raw if possible)


Mix up the eggs pretty good with a whisk or stand mixer. Put ghee in the pan and turn it up to medium. When the ghee is melted, pour about 1/4 cup of the eggs in the pan. Make it kind of like a pancake. Flip it once the top is kind of looking cooked. Once it’s in a crepey, pancakey form, put it on a plate and cover … Continue reading Kid1’s Cheese Roll-Ups

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