Monday, December 15, 2014

MPM 12/15/14

Christmas is getting close!  I'm not ready.  I'm behind this year.  I do not have my cards out.  I have baked no cookies.  Nothing is wrapped.  I still have gifts to buy.  But I'm trying not to sweat it.  Trying...

Hubs' company Christmas was at our house over the weekend.  Everything has since been cleaned up and I'm now ready to concentrate on finishing up my Christmas to do list.  Deep Breath In, Deep Breath Out...

Menu Plan:

Friday:  Left overs, Shrimp and grocery store sushi (we cooked and cleaned 15 pounds of shrimp that day for the party.  There was NO WAY I was cooking dinner too).

Saturday:  Christmas Party Food

Sunday:  Left Over Christmas Party Food

Monday:  Teriyaki Chicken (slow cooker)

Tuesday:  GF, EF Lasagna, salad, rolls (and regular Lasagna to take to a sick friend) [or possibly just pasta with sauce for us...]

Wednesday:  Fried Cabbage and Sausage

Thursday:  Clean up day or Chicken Tortilla Soup (slow cooker)

Older boy was home from school sick from Tuesday - Thursday last week.  I'm hoping that everyone can stay healthy until we get through the holiday.  We don't have too great a track record on that.

So this week is cards, wrapping and buying.  I also need to get my Christmas menu plan in place.  Which now that I type this out, may just change my Tuesday Lasagna day since I usually make stuffed shells or lasagna for Christmas.  I'll have to think about that...

Have a blessed week ahead!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

This Blog Is Brought To You By A Blog Slacker

I can't believe how crazy life gets sometimes.  Here I was trying to blog more, and I fell off the face of the earth.  Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Christmas is speeding toward me like a freight train.

So I have NO idea where I left off and I'm too pressed for time to go back and look.  I still have my Thanksgiving pictures on my camera so there will be none of those unfortunately.

But it was a good day.  Grandparents came over and had dinner with us.  Normally I'm a basket case the whole week of Thanksgiving and stressed about what to cook.  This year there was none of that.  I was SCARED that something was going to happen because things went way too smoothly and I didn't really plan or stress about anything.

Thanksgiving Menu:

Turkey:  I did the lazy mans version of this Rosemary and Thyme Turkey

Mashed Potatoes:  I tripled the recipe for Martha Stewart's Perfect Mashed Potatoes and we still had no left over potatoes.  These seem to be a big hit.

Sweet Potatoes:  Traditional Sweet Potatoes minus the nuts of course.  These were a big hit with the Little Monkey.

Stuffing:  Classic Bread Stuffing.  This is always a hit.  I make a loaf of gluten free bread on Monday.  Then on Wednesday, I cut it up into cubes and toast it in a 300 degree oven.

Green Beans:   I use Grandma's Green Bean Casserole (not my Grandma's.  Not sure whose Grandma it is but we like her recipe).  It's the only recipe that I can find that is safe and doesn't use "condensed soup".  I could make my own condensed soup because I do it all the time, but Grandma's works for us.  This year I couldn't find "safe" crackers to put on top so I used crumbled potato chips instead.  It was an ok substitution but I like the crackers better.  I'll have to look harder next year.

Cranberry Sauce:  This Cranberry Sauce is easy and tasty.  I like it.  But to be honest, no one really eats it.  In fact, I think the whole bowl may still be in the fridge (I should probably get that out of there!!).  I'm not sure why I make it other than it's tradition.

Pumpkin Pie:  I use The Original Libby's Recipe because it's easy and everyone likes it.  I sub Ener-G egg replacer for the egg and use a gluten free pie crust.

Gravy:  Gluten Free Girl's GF Gravy Recipe.  Best Ever and super easy.

So Thanksgiving came off pretty well and allergy friendly.

Now we are on to Christmas.  The trees are up and the house is decorated.  Hub's company Christmas party is at our house this weekend so I have a lot of cleaning, prepping and stressing to do.

My menu plans for the past few weeks have been fairly flexible.  This is the time of year that I sometimes have to rely on fast food or take out more than I like.  It comes down to sanity or healthy eating.  There are days that both are not an option.

I'm also doing a little cooking for others.  Last week was a pretty hard week around here.  A dear friend found out that she has breast cancer and had surgery last week.  And we lost one of our scout moms to cancer last week also.  Food sign ups were put together to help both families, so along with my usual menu plan, I added in a few other dinners for them.  Please keep both families in your prayers.  My friend's cancer was caught early and she will be fine (but still has major recovery from surgery).

So I'm sure with all my cleaning for the party I won't be around much this week.  I also haven't kept up on my blog reading.  But I hope to be back to normal next week and I will catch up them.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 11/17/14

Happy super snowy Monday!  At least it's super snowy here.  Having 8-10 inches of snow in mid-November is going to make this a loooooonnnnnggggg winter.  I'm so ready to move south.
The kids love it.  The Little Monkey had a fun time playing in it over the weekend.  I'm already over it.  But alas, this is Ohio and there's no escaping it.

Menu Plan

Friday - Broccoli Cheese Soup, dinner rolls

Saturday - Cowboy Casserole

Sunday - Pork Chops, baked potato, sauerkraut, and green beans

Monday - Soup, Salad and Bread (either WW Creamy Tomato Soup or WW Potato Soup.  I still haven't decided but I have ingredients for both)

Tuesday - Chicken stir fry and rice

Wednesday - Honey Thyme Ham Steak, oven fries, vegetable

Thursday - Clean up or BLT's

Have a blessed (and warm!) week ahead.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Press Release: Mylan Specialty and Walt Disney Parks Team Up

This is excellent news!  Disney is already excellent for dealing with food allergies (at least that's been our experience), but now with the help of Mylan Specialty, they were going above and beyond.

Mylan Signs Strategic Alliance Agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

EpiPen® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage

New Multi-year Alliance to Increase Anaphylaxis Awareness through Multiple Educational Initiatives

PITTSBURGH – Nov. 7, 2014 – Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced it has signed a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to help increase awareness of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction. The agreement includes updated maps in Disney’s domestic theme parks and on its cruise ships as well as updated signage in the parks that highlight locations with EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors. Over time, the companies also will introduce a variety of educational resources designed to increase awareness of and preparedness for severe allergic reactions.

EpiPen® locations will roll out at Disney parks and on cruise ships beginning in late 2014. In addition to emergency medical services (EMS), nurses trained to administerEpiPen Auto-Injectors are available during First Aid station operating hours to assist guests experiencing a severe allergic reaction. To help guests identify EpiPen locations, Disney’s guide maps will now include an EpiPen Auto-Injector symbol and new signage at First Aid stations.

“Mylan’s mission is to provide the world’s 7 billion people access to high quality medicine and set new standards in health care. In support of this mission, we are committed to enhancing access to EpiPen Auto-Injectors and to increasing awareness of anaphylaxis. Like life, severe allergic reactions are unpredictable, so people need to be prepared,” said Mylan CEO Heather Bresch. “We are very proud to be working with Disney, which already has a strong reputation for meeting the needs of people managing severe allergies, and believe we can further raise awareness of anaphylaxis through this collaboration and our joint commitment to education.”

Anaphylaxis is unpredictable, and can progress quickly and without warning. Clinical guidelines state that epinephrine is the first-line treatment when anaphylaxis occurs, making access critical. For those with a known risk, it is important to be prepared with an anaphylaxis action plan that includes 1) avoiding known allergens, 2) recognizing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, 3) having immediate access to two epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen Auto-Injector, and 4) seeking immediate emergency medical care should anaphylaxis occur.

“For our guests who live with severe allergies every day, identifying EpiPen locations is an additional tool they’ll have for their anaphylaxis management plan,” said Dr. PamelaHymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new strategic alliance will help raise awareness of EpiPen locations so that our Guests with severe allergies may have the best possible experience at our parks and on our cruise ships.”

Families managing known severe allergies are encouraged to follow their individual anaphylaxis action plans and carry their epinephrine auto-injectors with them at all times.

IndicationsEpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are determined to be at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

Important Safety Information
EpiPen Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your healthcare professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.

Please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector
EpiPen® (epinephrine) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors are used for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions. Each EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPenJr 2-Pak® contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a training device, with no drug product or needle, to help patients become familiar with the administration technique. EpiPen Auto-Injector should be administered immediately at the first sign of an anaphylactic reaction. EpiPen Auto-Injector is not a substitute for emergency medical treatment. Patients should seek emergency medical attention immediately following administration. EpiPen Auto-Injector has been the No. 1 prescribed epinephrine auto-injector for more than 25 years and has three-step simple instructions for use. For more information about EpiPen Auto-Injector, please visit

About Mylan
Mylan is a global pharmaceutical company committed to setting new standards in health care. Working together around the world to provide 7 billion people access to high quality medicine, we innovate to satisfy unmet needs; make reliability and service excellence a habit; do what's right, not what's easy; and impact the future through passionate global leadership. We offer a growing portfolio of more than 1,300 generic pharmaceuticals and several brand medications. In addition, we offer a wide range of antiretroviral therapies, upon which approximately 40% of HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries depend. We also operate one of the largest active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers and currently market products in approximately 140 countries and territories. Our workforce of more than 20,000 people is dedicated to improving the customer experience and increasing pharmaceutical access to consumers around the world. Learn more at

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
More than 50 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-VallĂ©e, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. A sixth resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, is currently under construction in Pudong New District, Shanghai. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts, cruise ships, entertainment and attractions.

EpiPen®, EpiPen Jr®, EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® are registered trademarks of Mylan Inc. licensed exclusively to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mylan Specialty L.P.

SOURCE Mylan Inc. and The Walt Disney Company

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Review: An Overview Of Food Allergies For Parents In Need Of Answers

A while ago, I sent an ebook titled An Overview Of Food Allergies For Parents In Need Of Answers.  This is a free E-Book and can be found over at My Kids Food Allergies.  The book is written by Kathy Penrod and Mary Ellen Ellis.

It's great book for parents who are just venturing into the world of food allergies, but it's also helpful for those of us who feel we are seasoned veterans.

The book starts off talking about what happens during an allergic reaction and what types of food allergies there are.  What I like about this section is that it sticks to the facts and formats it in such a way that it's easy to read and to understand.

Next the book takes you through what types of allergy testing is available and what treatments are available.  Again, the authors break down the food allergy testing and makes it easy to understand.  The testing was really confusing to me when my son was first diagnosed.

Lastly the books takes you through how to avoid food allergens and how to live with them in the real world.

There's so much great information here that I wish I could share it all here, but I don't have to because the E-Book is available to all us.  Just click here and sign up on the side bar.

This little ebook is 29 pages packed full of great information.  Thank you Kathy and Mary Ellen for putting it all in one place.

(Please review all information and direct any questions to your allergist.  This is not a paid review and the ebook was sent to me for review purposes only).

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 11/3/14

On Tuesday.  Again.  Oh well, at least I'm posting it.

Today is VOTING Day here in the U.S.  Don't forget to exercise your right.  If you don't vote, you can't complain.  I voted 2 weeks ago via absentee ballot.  The last time I took the Little Monkey to the polls, he screamed the whole time and I got the stink eye.  At this point, absentee ballot is a better option for all involved.

The boys went Trick or Treating Friday night.  It was cold and rainy.  But they had a good time.

Last week Middle Man was home with a stomach ache and today Older Boy is home with a stomach ache.  Seems to be that time of year.  Not sure what to do about dinner tonight.  If I make BLT's like I planned, Older Boy will be sad (my kids are total bacon lovers).

Menu Plan:

Friday:  Pizza (fast and easy for Trick or Treat), gf pizza for Middle Man

Saturday:  Steaks on the grill, green beans and baked potato

Sunday:  Roasted turkey breast, broccoli, and mashed potatoes

Monday:  Breakfast for dinner - gf, ef chocolate chip pancakes, sausage links

Tuesday:  BLT's

Wednesday:  Potato Soup

Thursday:  Clean Up Day or Red Beans and Rice (subbing turkey sausage for the chicken because that's what I have on hand)

Until next week!  Have a blessed one.

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

One Holiday At A Time Please

I've been seeing Christmas decorations since September.  I can't remember what the date was but it was mid September when we went into Sam's Club and the Little Monkey started yelling "Christmas Trees".  And there they were.

I went shopping at the mall at the end of September and Dillards was putting up it's Christmas trees.

Our drug store had their Christmas decorations for sale as of 2 weeks ago.

On Saturday, our Walmart had a sign that said it's Christmas shop was now open in the garden center.

We got our Big Toy Book from ToysRUs the other day.

It's only October 31st and I'm done with the holiday season.  Seriously people, can we stop now??  Please.

I like Halloween.  And I really like Thanksgiving because to me, it's a really relaxing holiday.  I love to eat and I love to spend time with family so it's a win win situation.

As of November 1st, The Hallmark Channel will start airing Christmas movies.  Really??  Why??

This year, I'm not doing anything for Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving.  I just want one holiday at a time please.

Do I have a few Christmas presents bought?  Yes I do.  I found a few things on vacation, on my trip to NYC, and at a country festival that I thought would make good Christmas presents, so I bought them and tucked them away.  But I did not deliberately go out Christmas shopping.  Nor will I until after Thanksgiving.  It's too much.  And in years past when I thought I'd get a jump on my shopping, I was still stressed and behind right before Christmas.

So this year, I'm taking my holidays back.  I'm concentrating on one at time.

And besides, as Catholics, we celebrate ADVENT before Christmas.  We are supposed to be preparing ourselves for the coming Christ, not the coming of Santa.  For more on Advent and celebrating it as a family visit Celebrating Advent As A Family on

I don't typically watch the Hallmark Channel anyway, but this year I'll make sure not to watch until after January.

I love Christmas as much as the next person.  But when you start to make something pedestrian, it loses the things that make it special.

Advent:  Sunday November 30, 2014- Wednesday December 24, 2014

Christmas:  Thursday December 25, 2014- Sunday January 11, 2015

So FYI Hallmark Channel:  November 1 2014 is NOT the start of the Christmas season.  It's actually All Saints Day.