I’m Baaaaack!

Well, hello there! It sure has been a while. A lot has happened since my last post. During my break, I didn’t even pop on here to read what’s been going on with all of you so I hope everyone is doing well and eating lots of tasty things. The purpose of my temporary leave was to work on my book. I am happy to report that was a successful decision. I’m currently working on chapter 4 and I have developed the characters and plot to a level deeper than my initial intent. I love it! I really think this book is going somewhere. Anyway, I said I wanted to return before Thanksgiving and here I am. It took me longer than I planned and you will soon find out why.

There are two discoveries during my absence that I would like to fill you in on. Both of these things will require some changes be made on here.

Native Foods cooking demoThe first will affect my recipes, more specifically the ingredients I use (or won’t use now). Not long after my last post papa tummy and I took little tummy to a Native Foods cooking demo. I was super psyched about attending this. I couldn’t wait to taste the samples of what was to be cooked and have a chance to win cool prizes. I was going to take lots of photos and detailed notes so I could share my experience with everyone here. Things were going great until after we finished eating the first sample they handed out.

Native Foods cooking demoPapa tummy was holding little tummy, trying to keep her occupied and somewhat quiet, when he noticed her face looked a little red. I looked over and saw that her lips were swelling up. It took us some time to realize what was happening. Little tummy was having a pretty bad allergic reaction. Luckily, they handed out a sheet with all the recipes on it so I looked over the first recipe to see what it was that could have caused this. The sample was cucumber cashew hummus. I’ve mentioned before that little tummy loves hummus so she has had all of those ingredients before. The only difference between this and my hummus was the presence of cucumbers and cashews. I zeroed in on the cashews because I realized the last time she had a smaller version of a reaction like this was from a pasta sauce I made containing cashews. I could tell she was itchy and uncomfortable. She kept rubbing and scratching her face. Her lips were pretty big now. I was getting worried so I told papa tummy we need to go home and give her some Benadryl. We did just that and she took a nice nap. When she woke up all was better. Native Foods cooking demo

We were curious if this was just cashews or all nuts. I have given her small bits of peanut butter before and never noticed if it caused her any discomfort. We decided to give her some peanut butter just to check. Sure enough, she had a similar reaction, but not as sever as with the cashews. I was perplexed. We consumed a large quantity of peanuts, cashews, and almonds up to this point. Why haven’t we noticed this before? We immediately stopped using all nuts. After two reactions from two different nuts we did not dare try any others. We just didn’t want to keep putting her through that. Of course, I was a little broken-hearted. You know how much I love cashews from all my past recipes. We have embraced sun butter since. I have even been trying to perfect a recipe of my own. It’s getting there.

So because she has had a legitimate reaction her doctor recommend we take her to an allergist as soon as possible to find out just how severe this allergy is and to determine any other allergies she may have. That appointment is taking place tomorrow morning. I’m convinced there are other allergies we haven’t found yet. The reason being is her eczema. As soon as we stopped using nuts her eczema finally cleared up. Then, all the sudden, it came back. It’s not as bad as it was, but it’s still there. It could be because it started to get cold and we had to turn on the heater making it even more dry in here, or it could be because of another allergy. We will find out tomorrow. Her doctor warned us that we should be careful with seeds since they are similar to nuts. We have been given her a lot more seeds of all kinds since the nut incident. I will be utterly confounded on what to make if I can no longer use soy, nuts, AND seeds. I may need some help if that’s the case.

Needless to say, from this point on, all my recipes will be free of nuts. After the appointment with the allergist I will update you on any other changes I may have to make. This blog is quickly morphing into a how-parents-adapt-to-their-children’s-allergies recipe blog. Thanks for sticking through it with me!

Time for the second piece of news I have to share. This one will affect just about everything from how often I post to how detailed my posts are. I’M PREGNANT AGAIN! Yup, that happened. I just found out at the start of this month and just had my first doctor’s appointment this past Friday. Little tummy is going to be a big sister next summer. The due date is sometime between late June and early July. That means our little ones will be almost exactly 2 years apart. Funny since that’s exactly what we wanted our child-spacing to be. We were trying and it only took approximately 3 months of trying to succeed so I’m still a little in shock that it happened so quickly. I was expecting it to take a lot longer. This is probably one of those be careful what you wish for moments. I’m not living in denial. I know this is going to be tough.

You can expect to be updated on pregnancy happenings during the next 7 months, emotions and all. I’ll start with that now. These past few weeks have been horrible for me. It has ruined my relationship with food. There have been many days I just laid on the couch all day and tried not to think about anything edible because it all made me sick. I haven’t been able to handle any flavor other than spicy. Simple things that I used to love like curry, garam masala, thyme, and sage make me want to gag right now. Just the thought of anything other than potatoes, bread, pasta, and crackers make me want to hurl. I can’t even look at pictures of food without getting queasy. Today was the first day I flipped through a cookbook in a long time. I have hardly cooked this month due to my exhaustion and disgust of all ingredients. My poor husband has been pretty helpful and understanding. This is happening at the worst possible time. I didn’t want to even make anything for Thanksgiving because everything was grossing me out. I know I can’t starve so we did decide upon a few things. You can bet all things will be bland though.

If you’re interested, here’s a little run down of what we will be having:

  • Squash and lentil tamales – papa tummy is making these for me since I’ve been wanting Mexican food really bad. He’s kind of improvising the filling on his own (proud moment for me) and following the directions from my tamale recipe.
  • White bean gravy to go with the potatoes my MIL is making for us.
  • This fabulous sounding gluten-free, soy-free no bake pumpkin pie. Obviously, I will be making it nut-free. I hope it turns out well! Probably going to get a tub of So Delicious CocoWhip to go with this.
  • Plain, boring stuffing from the vegan stuffing packaged mix at Whole Foods because that is the one thing I have really been looking forward to.
  • We will also enjoy some steamed veggies and my MIL’s most amazing rolls she so graciously veganizes for us. No one else wants to touch them so we get to enjoy a big batch all to ourselves.

What I wanted you to know is that there is no way I can keep up with the strict schedule I set for myself prior to this. Posting twice a week on specific days is not going to be my reality for a long time. It will be more of a when-I-can-I-will schedule and I’m not going to apologize for that. Thank you for understanding. See, during my break I realized that I was not being a very good mom because I was too focused on keeping up this blog to the ridiculous standards I put on myself. I was constantly stressed about posting on time and found myself aggravated and irritated with little tummy if she didn’t give me the time to meet my goals. It’s time to realize that I will never make money doing this so why turn it into something that isn’t enjoyable? I have learned I need to back off, probably a lot, and enjoy the present. Something I have never been good about. My head has always resided in the future. I don’t know how to relax and have a good time. I’m always making sure whatever move I make will be a step in the right direction.

Well, I’m going to have two little ones soon and my head needs to be right here, where it belongs. I even considered not coming back at all and thought about ditching all my other social network accounts. I’m just over it all really. I’m over the ignorance, the rudeness, and the deliberate personal attacks that people deem necessary to make themselves feel better. Instead of being that extreme and removing myself from the cyber world I’m just going to scale it back. I’m not going to obsess over numbers and likes like I did. No one should care that much about getting attention from strangers. It’s better to invest your time in the ones that surround you daily. It will be much more satisfying in the end.

I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with family and friends whether you celebrate it or not. I will be back some time in December.

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