Being an Allergy Mom

Over the past 9 years, being an allergy mom, I’ve gotten a lot of different reactions from people. “How do you do it? I could never do it!” “You must be so overwhelmed and stressed out! What a pain!”  When I tell people my daughter has FPIES, they are usually shocked. Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is a type of food allergy affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Classic symptoms of FPIES include profound vomiting, diarrhea, and … Continue Reading →

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Being a [Step] Mom: Why I Menu Plan

I don’t mean to keep talking about it.  But I do.  I can’t help it.  It’s who I am.  I love food.  Food is the thing around which my family revolves.  It’s horrible, I know.  I didn’t say family time, or love, or our faith.  I said food.  But here’s the thing, food is the thing that brings us together every day guaranteed.  Breakfast and dinner, 99.9% of the time, my family are together.  I … Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Chili

With it being so freaking cold out lately, I’ve been on a soup kick.  Really, I’ve had homemade lentil soup for lunch every day this week.  We had leek and cauliflower soup for dinner on Monday.  And we started this week of soups on Sunday with vegetarian chili.  Apparently, I’m also on a meatless/sort of vegan, but no on purpose, kick.  I just really love plant-based protein.  I feel lighter, more clear, happy when I … Continue Reading →

Madame Van Dam

The smell of an invisible fireplace welcomes me as I enter Bistrot Madame van Dam.  The entire bar turns to greet me with warm smiles as I close the door.  There are 4 patrons and the bartender, I presume Madame van Dam.  None are younger than 60.  I find a seat at the bar and take in my surroundings.  I’m in an old bookstore.  I wonder briefly if it was made to look this way … Continue Reading →

My Travel Diet

Before leaving for Germany one of the things I was most nervous about was my diet.  I love food.  I love cooking and I love trying new foods.  I’m a very healthy person and pride myself in my eating and fitness habits.  Naturally, I was convinced that I’d land in Germany and instantly gain 10 pounds.  In my head I had images of everyone, at work and in my personal life, pointing and whispering about … Continue Reading →