Friday, January 27, 2012

Living in the Know

It is such a relief to know what we know now.
Boomba eats Milk, Beef, Soy, Gluten/Wheat, Coconut, and Garlic free these days.
No wonder we couldn't control his reactions.
We are expecting our Environmental Oral Drops to come in a few weeks and we've heard nothing but promising things about those.

We were straight up told that reactions would be a regular part of our life. Now that we know Boomba is not only reacting to Casein, we can also know that many of his reactions will not be because of casein, and therefore less likely to be Anaphylactic.

So. Though our diet has changed drastically to say the least, and though our grocery bills have increased, we are very pleased.

We are pleased to be living in the know.

It was such a scary place to be, wondering "Why is he reacting?", "What can he eat?", "What do we do now?".

It is an interesting thing though, to be pregnant and to deal with cravings in this limited diet. Oh yeah.


We are currently sneaking up on 15 weeks and due near July 23rd.

For all of you wondering, yes that is the -day- we were planning making our move back to Husband's Grad School. The one that's over 1,ooo miles away.

They said I was crazy moving 7oo miles when I was 32 weeks pregnant with Boomba.
Ya'll ain't seen crazy yet.

We're gunna take this boat train magic show on the road pregnant(or newly not pregnant) and allergy free!

Stay tuned.

God has surely blessed us.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GFCF Bean Chilaquiles Casserole

Due to the stack of three pages worth of allergies Boomba has tested positive to, our diet is transforming, to say the least.

In addition to the Casein Free home we have kept for two years, we are also all of a sudden living a Gluten Free life as well as Soy free and Beef and Coconut Free!
God Help Us.

Dropping the Soy has improved the constant reactions incredibly.
I have tried one GF bread and have to work up the nerve (quickly) to try it again.
In the mean time I decided to go all out for lunch today with a recipe I adapted that originally was inspired by this site.

GFCF Bean Chilaquiles Casserole
1 Onion- Saute' in oil
1 can Navy Beans (drained/ rinsed)
1 can Kidney Beans (drained/ rinsed)
1 can tomatoes (leave un-drained to add moisture)
1 can corn (drained)
1 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat Through

Quarter GF 6 Corn Tortillas- Layer in bottom of 8x8 casserole dish

Bake the casserole in a 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Layer your skillet goodness onto the tortilla chips and then repeat, topping with more skillet goodness!

I was surprised at the wonderful flavor of this dish!
It's got a special sweetness and it's not abrasive like some Mexican dishes can be.

Want a sweet treat?
Try these GFCF Sweet Crunchies!

GFCF Sweet Crunchies

Want a sweet treat?
Try these GFCF Sweet Crunchies!

Easy peasy.
Cut up some GF corn tortillas and drizzle oil on them in a bowl.
Make sure they are well coated.
Sprinkle generously with sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 mins.

That's all!

These are not your typical FLOUR tortilla chips, these are CRUNCHY, like chips.

I'm excited to make these with different seasonings- garlic, herbs... YUM!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Toy Car Garage DIY

1 diaper box
1 cut
5 pieces of tape
_____________ +
Hours of fun with a Toy Car Garage and Ramp!

Here's my Photo-How-To:

I had visions of painting this into a wonderful spectacle.
Maybe I can live vicariously through you.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year. A New Focus.

I thought that our 3rd year of marriage was our toughest. Not because of our marriage specifically. Because of the turn of events that occurred that year.

-Moved 700 miles
-Moved while I was VERY pregnant
-Husband started Grad School
-Birthed a baby who was unexpectantly in the NICU
-Became ill with Swine Flue
-Swine Flu turned into Pneumonia
-We had Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in our home
-We couldn't make our bills
-We found out just how scary an Anaphelactic reaction is

After we survived that I thought my trust in God was pretty good.
*toot toot* - my own horn.

That was until we realized how helpless we've been and feel because of Boomba's constantly growing allergy list.

So here's the turn of a new leaf, with God's help.

We are helpless.
God sustains us.
It's time to trust in God's providence.

I don't generally "believe" in New Year's Resolutions but I decided it would be a good idea to make a Christ-based on this year. A new focus for the new year.
With God's help I want to make it a point to:

Trust/ Remember/ Appreciate God's Providence

Matthew 10:29-31

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.