Monday, February 21, 2011

Food Facts for Food Allergies

I love, love, love this new site called FoodFacts.com! It was started up by a grandfather, Stan Rak, who was concerned about all the, yucky, hidden ingredients that his grandkids were eating! What's that got to do with food allergies? Watch the video and see...

It's also going to be my new go to place when looking up ingredients in products, BEFORE, I go to the store, and for looking up what my son can eat at restaurants. If you have food allergies, family members with food allergies, or are even just having a guest over that has food allergies you need to check out this site! It's totally free and packed full of helpful resources you are going to love!! Check out the Food Facts button on the side bar to see for yourself....Until next time!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What's for Dairy/Egg free Dinner?

Mmmm-tonight we are having BBQ chicken via the crockpot. Check out this great, quick and easy recipe that my family loves and asks for more!

What you'll need:

1 Crockpot
enough chicken to feed your family
(I'm using a whole chicken from some I "scored" at the grocery store, one of my MoneySavingQueen finds!)
dairy/egg free BBQ sauce
(if you're feeling saucy ;) go here and try your hand at this great recipe for homemade bbq sauce)
Buns
water
salt and pepper to taste
a bay leaf

Stick your chicken, a cup or so of water, salt, pepper, and a bay leaf in the crockpot in the morning and cook it all day according to your crockpots directions. About thirty minutes before you're ready to eat, take the chicken out and cool. While it's cooling dump out the contents of crockpot. Once cooled, shred the chicken with your hands, returning to your crockpot, now set on warm. Add enough BBQ sauce to really soak the chicken and mix, let warm through. Serve, on buns with whatever sides you choose. I think I might do green beans and waffle fries! Let me know how yours turns out...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What's Happening around Thriving Life with Allergies!

Just thought I'd share what all was going on around our home, these days. My husband and I have had a dream, since before we first got married, of owning our own land and growing some of our own food. Well, by the grace of God, last year we were blessed to be able to buy a home and six acres. We have been plotting and planning ever since, o.k. my husband does most of the plotting and I just throw my 2 cents in on the planning. (One thing I'm great at is stupervising!) Anyhoo, just recently we've been able to get started on what I like to call Phase 1 of the whole operation! What we, affectionately, call the barn! It really is just a glorified shed, but we deliberately chose the red, with white, trim. I think calling it a barn really makes us feel more like farmers, we are so wannabes! Here are a couple shots:






Speaking of plotting and planning, part of our plan to grow some of our own food will include a garden. I have tried several over the years and really have not had much luck. My husband has decided this is something that he wants to tackle and he has, definitely, shown some signs of a green thumb. Much more so than me, who, at this time is struggling to keep a few house plants alive.(One said, ficus tree, is coming down to some of it's last leaves, poor thing!) Check out my handsome man, getting the ground ready!

So, what do you think? Doesn't he look great doing all that manual labor! I better go before I get in too much trouble for posting his pic! Until next time!