I admit it, I'm part of that whole "live simply" bandwagon. It may not be news to some of you, and others may find it hypocritical to say so, but I'm trying my darnedest to take small steps towards living a wholesome life that has a smaller carbon footprint attached. I'm kind of in the middle of homemaking hippie and technologically savvy. I don't know how it's possible... that's just my life okay?! Anyhow, since our food budget has been cut back due to several changes in our lives now is as good a time as any to start making more things from scratch. I've had my fair share of failures and I've gotten really down about them sometimes. But I … [Read more...]
The weather here has been ridiculously cold. I know that this winter has been worse for some, but as a Floridian towards the southernmost part of the peninsula I have been hibernating my bum off! I am sincerely surprised by these cold fronts. No snow or ice for us, but I find myself kind of wishing I was home for all that craziness. Sledding down Brook's Bridge seems like it could be a blast. We don't get much excitement up there, that's for sure. It's not exciting down here either. Like I said, I've been hibernating. I feel bad sending my oldest to school because I don't even want to go outside. I'm that person that's freaking out about any … [Read more...]
Today is cake day. The day before the 4th I always make my flag cake. Last year I experimented with Redi Whip only to figure out that canned whipped cream tends to turn into one big melty mess! This year, because of Anders's dairy intolerance, I have to make it dairy free. So that includes both making my pound cake from scratch and figuring out a whipped cream/cream cheese solution. Talk about twice as much work! I have been a little behind on my scheduling of this kitchen project because of the wedding and other unexpected happenings, so unfortunately I am spending all day doing bits and pieces of this cake. I made the pound cake first … [Read more...]
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Growing up my Omi used to buy me Reese's peanut butter cups. My real first name is Sharisse (like Cherice) and she called me Reesey. (It looks weird written down. It was really just a pet name and only vocalized.) We had a famous saying "I don't see your name on it," most likely because children try to assert dominance over everything. "Mine!" Well Reese's were my thing. Yeah you guessed it, because it had my name on it! My entire life I've been obsessed with Reese's. Back on my beginning adventures in dairy-free life I was adjusting to not having my daily Reese's cup experience. Thankfully Premier Chocolatiers came to the rescue and sampled … [Read more...]
Anders had a bit of gas and reflux issue shortly after he was born. I knew there was a problem because he started out a pretty happy baby and then there were days where we'd both be crying and covered in curdled milk. I tried probiotics and getting rid of thrush first. I tried colic-curing things like baby heating pads and visits to the chiropractor. Sometimes he'd be alright, but mostly he was unhappy. After a few weeks I decided to go dairy free. It helped tremendously. A week into it I decided to eat some frozen cheese ravioli I bought and had in my freezer. I did it for the sole purpose of getting rid of it, though I admit it did curb my … [Read more...]
Anders may or may not have a dairy sensitivity. My midwife said I would see results in 4-7 days, but I've decided I can't do eggs right now so I'm cutting out mammalian products for this first week. The first day was hard and I cheated a little throughout. I guess it wasn't really day one if you think about it, but I was consciously trying to avoid certain foods and for the most part I felt successful. From there everything got easier. The more research I do, the more familiar I become with brands and various milk proteins, the more I am considering making this dairy-free diet a new lifestyle. Dairy isn't really that good for you anymore and … [Read more...]
I had a horrible time trying to breastfeed Gaia as a newborn. I'll have you know that one thing constantly lead to another and we were battling thrush for the first three months of her life. It was nearly always coupled with something else and that made it harder to stand. I spent lots of time nursing and crying and lots of time pumping and crying. And I admit, I even tried supplementing just to give myself a break. (Gaia never took a bottle or pacifier though, little booger.) So there I was, completely discouraged and poisoning my milk with tears that would run down my face and fall onto my tiny little nursling. We tried Diflucan, we tried … [Read more...]