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Knowing our alternative dietary needs, our friends are often on the lookout for different foods that we can eat. They discovered this amazing now grain free flour as it was part of a Kickstarter project and purchased some for us.

This has revolutionized my taco experience! I have been happy with the rice flour tortillas. They work. They’re good. Squash Flour tortillas are even better! They add a depth of flavor and an more pliable texture.

Check them out here. We are still exploring all the possibilities with these flours. Maybe you will discover something fun yourself!DSC_4365

1 cup Squash flour DSC_4350
1/2 cup Arrowroot
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/6 cup olive oil
~1/2 – 1 cup hot water

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together thoroughly. Add oil & hot water and mix until a ball is formed.

Divide dough into 8 even sized balls and roll out one at a time between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Brush off excess flour and cook on a hot, DSC_4358ungreased griddle (I use my cast iron) over medium high heat.

 

Cook until slight brown lines appear on the bottom, then flip and cook until slight brown lines appear on the bottom. They will be sloft and pliable,  DSC_4366 more like a crepe.

 

 

 

 

 

Then fill with your DSC_4362favorite taco fixings.

adapted from this website
Cookies with Mint Glaze Recipe
Cookie Ingredients:
2 large egg yolks (reserve whites for frosting)
2 cups sugar
1 lb (2 cups)Goat Yogurt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*5 cups ​rice flour

Mint Glaze Ingredients:
2 large egg whites
2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

How to Make Coookies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
1. In a stand mixer, whisk together 2 egg yolks and 2 cups sugar until consistency of snow, whisk in 2 cups goat yogurt until creamy.
2. Put 1 tsp baking soda in a small ramekin and add about 1/2 teaspoon vinegar just to get it to bubble, mix it together slightly. Add to the mixing bowl.
3. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp vanilla extract then whisk everything together until well blended.
4. Using the dough hook, alowly add ​rice ​flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, so that it mixes more thoroughly. Dough will be very sticky.
5. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of dough into hands and form into balls about the size of golf balls and slightly flatten.​
6. Place the cookies on prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 25-28 minutes (mine took 25 min), or until just barely beginning to golden. Remove immediately.
7. As soon as they come out of the oven, dip each cookie into the glaze (see instructions below) and spread the glaze evenly over the tops using your fingers to spread the glaze works best. After it is glazed, place cookie on a cool dry surface for the glaze to dry.
8. By the time you are finished glazing the tops, they will have hardened so you can start turning them over and glazing the bottoms. Make sure glaze completely covers the cookie, it will keep the cookie soft longer. The glaze should become firm quickly, then serve.

How to make Mint Glaze:
1.On high speed. Beat together the egg whites until it is a thick foam and has tripled in volume (2-3 min).
2. Reduce speed to the lowest setting and add powdered sugar, lemon juice and peppermint extract until well blended. Scrape down the bowl as necessary using a spatula.
3. Set to medium speed (speed 4) for about 2 minutes until it is creamy. It mixes together quickly (do not beat the mixture too much or it will become watery)​

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After a recent check up at the doctor, our family has embarked on a mission to find fish that all four of us like and will eat on a regular basis. The fish oil is good for brain health and for inflammation and for seasonal type allergies. Our son needs all these health benefits, but we haven’t found a fish oil (like in a bottle) that he can tolerate (either taste or rash). So we need to go to the source.

So far, we are just looking at fish and buying a few different types each week. My husband and I have never been fans of fish, so we don’t have a lot of information to start with. Thankfully my parents do enjoy fish, so we have tried a few types and have some general ideas.

We have tried Mahi Mahi fish sticks (homemade of course. Once we perfect it, I’ll post the recipe) and every one really enjoys it. Our son has cried both times we’ve had this now; not because he’s eating it, but because he ate it all gone! He wants more! This is a keeper. We even got Mahi Mahi from Costco.

Author - Valter WeiWe have tried Salmon with a rub and then the same Salmon in salad. Mom and Dad like it, the kids do not. We might try a few other things with Salmon and see if it’s a keeper or not.

We also have tried fish tacos with Tilapia and the whole family decided it’s not a keeper. Mom is the only one who even tolerated it for a second day (just to use it up!).  Our son did eat more than one bit, but wasn’t sold. We will keep working on this idea though. Fish tacos sound really exciting and yummy to us. We’ll just have to find a better fish that we all enjoy.

Our next steps will be to try some more types of fish and to continue browsing Pinterest for interesting fish recipes. I am pleased that we found a hit and a possibility so quickly. Onward and upward to better health!

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Our kids had a joint birthday party a couple weekends ago. It was a success! I’d like to share what we did for food, it was well received and easier t han we’ve done in the past.

backgroundWe had 2 types of cupcakes (this and this) and 2 types of cookies (these and these) for desert. (Our son wanted to have his birthday candles in a cookie rather than in a cupcake.) They each had a small piñata with candy even! I didn’t think they’d ever have actual candy in a piñata. Our friends introduced us to these and we can actually eat them. The kids were so excited! And their friends apprieciated them as well. They also had toys and stickers and fake tattoos in there.

For dinner we served chicken and chips that were safe for us. We also had sausages and hotdogs and broccoli salad for others. My husband made infused water and iced tea. It was a success!

 

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My children’s school is wonderful. They  have accomodated my kids’ allergies wonderfully and are so careful about asking if they can have things. They even let us know when there is a special project or treat coming later in the week or month so that we can plan ahead and acoomodate accordingly.

They are also great about helping us normalize the experience for our kids. Each year I’ve done a project in our daughter’s classroom so that her classmates can maybe understand and have fun with it too. This year we made our own coconut milk!

cononut_milkPrior to the classroom project, I set some coconut shreds to soaking in the blender. The children all washed hands. Then waited in line for a spot at the table. Someone got to push the blender button and everyone got to squeeze the milk through the cheese cloth. In the end we had plain coconut milk and vanilla coconut milk to try. We also brought some of our daugher’s special mini muffins to go with the milk for a special snack.

I had fun and our daughter had fun, though was a little more shy during the project than I’d anticipated.

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My husband introduced our daughter to Nutella over a year ago. She was a little nervous to try it at first, but quickly discovered that she loves it. She wanted multiple spoonfuls (we now serve her on a baby spoon) but was cut off after 2 I believe. She is still so happy to have one tiny spoonful just a couple times a month.

20121110_092050After Nutella, we have allowed her to try chocolate chips (she declared them yucky) and dark chocolate bar (also declared yucky). We have offered other tastes and she has rejected them, declaring “I don’t like chocolate.” We told her Nutella is chocolate and (hazel)nuts. So she amended her statement to be, “I don’t’ like chocolate, but I like Nutella.”

When in Germany we learned something fun about Nutella. My friend grew up in Germany being given “Nutella Spoon” (in German) as a treat. This is just a glob of Nutella on a spoon. She nannied in the US for a year and the children she nannied enjoyed the same treat when she introduced it to them. She translated and called it “Nutella Spoon” (in English) and it stuck. We all found it fun and interesting that we too called it “Nutella Spoon” for our daughter, though had never had it growing up and never discussed such a thing with our German friends before. This leads me to a question for you, the reader.

Have you ever had “Nutella Spoon” and what did you call it?

 

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Not quite a year later, we found ourselves at my husband’s parent’s house for Memorial Day weekend. It had been quite awhile since we got the kids actual treats (our special treat place has changed an ingredient and is not longer “safe”). We thought to make s’mores again while visiting Grandpa and Grandma.

Our son has discovered chocolate. He has discovered that he loves chocolate (I feel another post emerging here). Unfortunately, chocolate is a high-ish nickel food so he cannot have much at one time at all. So it’s a rare treat for him. Our daughter announces every time she tries a new food that she doesn’t like, or any time someone talks about chocolate “I don’t like chocolate except for Nutella.”

So this time, my husband and I brought our “safe marshmallows” and some safe chocolate bars for our time around the fire. We left off the graham crackers since it really wasn’t much of a contribution last time, and our daughter was fighting a rash that they would have exacerbated.

Who knew marshmallows and chocolate could be so yummy together! ?(besides everybody)

Who knew marshmallows and chocolate could be so yummy together! ?(besides everybody)

The each got to roast 3 marshmallows! Our daughter ate them plain and was happy. And (proud mommy moment) she followed with picking some lettuce from the garden and eating that too!

Our son happily ate a plain one. Then we showed him marshmallows with chocolate. He was so excited! He said “nummy” many times and had a huge smile! The picture probably says it best. My husband, wise man that he is, managed to make the remaining 2 marshmallows and 2 small pieces of chocolate last through what seemed like 3 or 4 more morsels to our son.

Our son then requested to go inside to wash because he was sticky. “I sticky dada.” And (another proud mommy moment) he washed his hands and face and then insisted he brush his teeth! Then he came back outside for some more fun.

 

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Making Tortillas

Making Tortillas

After a recent check up at the doctor, our family has embarked on a mission to find fish that all four of us like and will eat on a regular basis. The fish oil is good for brain health and for inflammation and for seasonal type allergies. Our son needs all these health benefits, but we haven’t found a fish oil (like in a bottle) that he can tolerate (either taste or rash). So we need to go to the source.

So far, we are just looking at fish and buying a few different types each week. My husband and I have never been fans of fish, so we don’t have a lot of information to start with. Thankfully my parents do enjoy fish, so we have tried a few types and have some general ideas.

We have tried Mahi Mahi fish sticks (homemade of course. Once we perfect it, I’ll post the recipe) and everyone really enjoys it. Our son has cried both times we’ve had this now; not because he’s eating it, but because he ate it all gone! He wants more! This is a keeper. We even got a Mahi Mahi bulk bag from Costco.

Author - Valter WeiWe have tried Salmon with a rub and then the same Salmon in salad. Mom and Dad like it, the kids do not. We might try a few other things with Salmon and see if it’s a keeper or not.

We also have tried fish tacos with Tilapia and the whole family decided it’s not a keeper. Mom is the only one who even tolerated it for a second day (just to use it up!).  Our son did eat more than one bit, but wasn’t sold. We will keep working on this idea though. Fish tacos sound really exciting and yummy to us. We’ll just have to find a better fish that we all enjoy.

Our next steps will be to try some more types of fish and to continue browsing Pinterest for interesting fish recipes. I am pleased that we found a hit and a possibility so quickly. Onward and upward to better health!

 

 

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Our daughter got her first bee sting on Mother’s Day. We have been waiting for this day. My husband and I have been prescribed EpiPen’s for our reactions to bee stings. So we have kept Benadryl on hand “just in case” for everyone. Given other allergies, we have never been sure how the kids would react.

Arianne First Bee StingWe are pleased to announce that our daughter had a very “normal” reaction. She screamed, was able to tell us immediately that it was a bee sting and we picked up the kids to walk home from the park (praying the whole way that there wasn’t a life threatening reaction). She did so well! She cried and said it hurt but was able to converse about it the whole way home. She bravely endured the baking soda paste and got to watch a movie. The red area was gone by evening.

One kid reaction down, one to go (for now).