Oh how I wish this was about any decor or improvement project that was going on in my kitchen. It is not. This post is about feeding my family and what is really going on here. I've blogged before about my daughter's allergies.
This little girl is allergic to wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nut, and shell fish. Phew - you thought that was a complicated list. I'll keep going.
This past summer, my favorite little dude was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and the doctor has put him on a special diet. He can no longer eat any nuts or seeds (including berries, popcorn, etc.) and only low lactose foods.
This cutie pie has just started eating solids, but for months now, he seems to be unable to tolerate any type of dairy that I eat. He gets a rash on those sweet cheeks - the same sign we noticed that M. had when we were diagnosing her allergies.
Did you keep track of all that? My oldest has no issues, but she has to make several sacrifices because of her siblings. Plus, she's 10 and although I wouldn't call her picky, she definitely has her likes and dislikes. Four kids and four different diets. I have been in the kitchen a lot lately - honestly, it isn't my favorite place to be. I am determined to still keep these kids eating healthy foods. I am having to cook almost everything from scratch and am constantly making substitutions.
While the rest of you are pinning apple pies and pumpkin bars this fall, I'll be scrambling to try variations of meat and veggies. We've been thrown into a world with soy milk, coconut oil, xanthum gum, rice flour, almond butter, etc. It is an adventure.
So that is where my mind is lately and since this blog is a reflection of my life, you might see a lot of allergy-free type recipes and learning to live with-out. We are looking forward to fall, but have to learn to adapt so many of our fun traditions that are wrapped around food.
But, I can't think of a better reason than these kiddos! Wish me luck!