Me, A Mom

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What does a busy mom do at 6 am???

Fire up the Grill!

A coffee in hand and coals turning red

I’d rather be hitting the snooze from the bed

but turkey burgers and brats need to fry

and its hard to cook burgers when ones on the fly

running between lessons and school

getting it done is not the exception

but the rule!

I prefer #Klement’s brats as there is no MSG in them

and today I did turkey burgers but usually we do hamburgers of good quality otherwise the shrink to slider size.

so meat should last us till I can cook again.

these will be served with baked beans

I love the #bushs brand baked beans

I like to mix two of their varieties

I always use the


and then add either a can of sweet mesquite, brown sugar bourbon, southern pit, or steakhouse recipe

(my personal favorite being the brown sugar bourbon)

 and coleslaw(vinegar style not creamy)

I use equal amounts of vinegar and sugar

a few dashes of onion powder

a tsp of celery seed

a dash of salt

a dash of pepper

and a half amount of vegetable oil.

then…sit back and enjoy!(taste best after marinating a few hours)

the best thing is there is no rushing around when all get home

the food is done and ready

all they have to do is EAT!

To Cook a Roast….or two

We have busy weeks coming up

one in a play

one in dance

the other liking to stay late after school

busy doesn’t fully cut it…

oh yeah and then there’s the dog

and I work sporadically as a sub in a school dishroom now so on weeks when I’m needed a lot

a lot doesn’t get done at home

so on the weekend

I grabbed my coupons


ran (well took the van)

to the grocery store

Got the necessities to get us through the week and then debated about what to make for supper that will last most of the week

So I decided to do pulled pork and pulled beef

two pans(though you could use a slow cooker) I used dutch ovens in the oven

Easy peasy recipes

for the pork:

1 pork roast

1 pkg of dry italian seasoning(we use one without dairy in)

balsamic vineagar

spray your pan with oil

sprinkle the roast with the seasoning and vinegar

cover pan with foil or lid

bake at 300 untill it falls apart when you push a fork into it.

if you want you can add a can of pickled pepper rings(not jalopenos)

then serve on rolls

with baked beans on the side

and anything else you enjoy!

For the Beef Roast(we like spoon roast)

I sprayed oil in the roasting pan

put the roast in

sprinkled with

garlic powder

onion powder

lawrys sesasoned pepper mix

Seasoned Pepper

then poured about 1 cup of brandy into the pan(brandy and beef can’t be beat!)

then take a knife and stab the roast over and over through the fat layer

cover the pan with foil or lid

then bake at 300 till it falls apart!

serve with rolls

the left over baked beans

and anything else you enjoy!

two meals/ one use of oven!

And if I’m lucky we’ll have left overs till Thursday!

Baking and Food allergies….and tasty???

You bet!

Ok the taste isn’t always exactly like baked goods with butter/eggs/nuts


but the substitutions available make life easy…and…tasty food

If you also need to be gluten free…you’re on your own for that one


I am sharing what I have to deal with:

Dairy Allergy

Egg Allergy

Peanut Allergy

Treenut Allergy


The only thing I’ve yet to find a “real” (ie workable) substitute for is whipped egg whites (for meringue)

beyond that in recipes that call for a whole egg or even two whole eggs you can substitute

1/4 cup of soy product(pureed tofu, soy cream cheese, soy sour cream) for each egg called for in a recipe


1/4 cup pureed banana or apple sauce

(if you are substituting fruit for eggs do not substitute fruit for oil as well or your end product will be gummy)


for butter I substitute light olive oil or coconut oil(technically coconut is a fruit not a nut at least that’s what the docs at children’s hospital tell us.)


the other option you have that works especially well for making cakes is to add 1 tsp of baking soda per cup of flour

and for each tsp of baking soda needed add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to the liquid ingredients


this can be substituted into any recipe!

by using the following technique

mix together dry ingredients in one bowl

mix together all wet ingredients in another bowl

preheat oven to recipes temperature

get the pans ready(spray with oil)

then mix the two sets of ingredients together and pour into pans and pop into preheated oven

for a great recipe thats been around years check out

wacky cake(also known as depression cake)

If you are not as daring as I am you may want to check out a book from the library on allergy eating or go to one of the many sites available

Baby Cakes

Baby cakes is a awesome store several years ago we visited relatives in NYC and ate there…it was the first time my then 9 and 12 year olds ever had doughnuts from a bakery…I cried(well…I teared up)

I have checked out their recipe book occasionally and most of the recipes are vegan (no dairy or eggs) as well as gluten and nut free! yay!

but if you, like me don’t need to be gluten free the recipes can be a bit cumbersome as many require multiple types of flour and other ingredients you probably don’t have on  hand

So I give then 8 doughnuts out of 10 for ease of use

Then there is Divvies

a bakery that is allergy free…..major YAY

and a cookbook that is easy to follow my kids absolutely love the “Pick your berry Muffins

The magazine “Living Without” also has some great ideas for food allergy eating

and beyond the three above there is always the Food allergy and anaphylaxis network(which I see has now merged and is called FARE) for ideas as well as other websites and books available to you.

always check labels

always be aware of possible cross contamination

Sign up for food allergy alerts(like when manufacturers label food wrong)

and finally

buy less processed, make more whole foods,

a favorite in my house is shredded bbq chicken

I purchase several packets of frozen or fresh boneless skinless chicken thighs

put it in a roasting pan or slow cooker

top with your favorite bbq sauce

and bake at 350 for several hours or until meat easily shreds

take care

stay safe

eat well!

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