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 →

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 →