Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Birthday Parties

Yes, Parties.  The Little Monkey turned two and Hubs turned 50 (shhh... I don't think he's too happy about it).  So instead of throwing 2 parties on 2 different weekends and having family give up so many days, I did 2 parties in one day last Saturday.  It was a little more difficult than I thought but I think it all worked out ok.  At least both birthday boys seemed to have good time.  And Hubs claimed that I surprised him but I'm not totally convinced.

I invited family to the Little Monkey's party at 3 pm and then had friends and neighbors arrive around 6 pm for Hub's.  This way each got their own time.

Food was a difficult issue.  I just cooked for Middle Man's birthday and I just really wanted to order in something.  BUT I had 2 parties to order for and the menu was either very pricey or boring (pizza and chicken at 3 and pizza and chicken at 6).  So I decided to cook.  Again. And order in for the second party. At least the food would be safe at the first party for the Middle Man and I would figure something out for the second party.

Menu for Monkey's party:

Baked Ham (17.5 pound ham)

Italian Sausage

Baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, chives, and/or cheddar cheese





Ice cream

Menu for Hub's party:

All of the above with the addition of 2 sheet pizzas.  Safe GF pizza for Middle Man.

Did we have food left over?  Yes we did.  I had a half a ham, some sausage, baked potatoes, and sauerkraut.  The pizza went!  We had only about 6 pieces left.  So I'm assuming that everyone had enough to eat.

I still can't believe the Little Monkey is 2!  I took him for his physical yesterday and he's 27.5 pounds and 34 inches tall.  He's talking so much more and putting words together.  Right now his favorite songs are Wheels on the Bus and Grandma's Purple Car (or Yellow car. Much to my horror there are 2 versions).  His favorite foods are pancakes and pizza and he LOVES cars, trucks, balls and trains.  He's very silly.  And yes, he's still going through a screaming phase.  I asked the doc about it yesterday and she said it's just his personality (hooray).

So I have more "doings" to catch up on but I'll leave it here for now.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Please Come Join Me For A Food Allergy Webinar With Sanofi, AAFA, and Jerome Bettis

Active Kids, Severe Allergies and a Million Places to Go - Tips to Help Families Stay Safe
(Webinar hosted by Sanofi US and AAFA)

I’m co-hosting a webinar with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Sanofi US and professional football icon Jerome Bettis on Wednesday, August 20 at 1:00 pm ET. Register to learn tips on how to help your child with severe allergies stay safe while participating in sports, dance, scouts and other activities.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tomorrow He Turns Two

Unbelievable!  The Little Monkey turns two tomorrow.  How can that be?  Isn't he still a new born??

So what's he doing now:

Talking:  He says new words and phrases every day.  I'm amazed at how his language has skyrocketed.  It makes it so much easier for him to communicate with us.  He can tell us what he wants and what he doesn't want.  He can also yell "POOPY" in church.  Yea, that part might not be a plus.

Playing:  He plays by himself for periods of time and he loves to play with his brothers.  He's really going to miss them when they go back to school in a few weeks.

Screaming:  This is so not a good development.  It started about 6 months ago and I'd hoped it was a phase.  It's only gotten worse.  Non.Stop.High.Pitched.Screaming.  And he does it everywhere. Happy, sad, mad or tired is a reason to scream.   Unfortunately you can't reason with a 2 year old.  So we try to correct it the best we can but at this point it has little effect.  I hope with more language will come less screaming.  PLEASE LET THIS PHASE END SOON.  And please let people realize he's TWO and stop giving me the stink eye when it happens.

Potty training:  He's not there yet.  But he knows what the potty is.  But he likes wearing it on his head more than using it at this point.

 Two years flew by.  FLEW.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A July 2014 Recap

Yep, I know.  I've been a bad blogger.  I haven't blogged in forever and I'm just as far behind on my blog reading.  I will try to catch up, but it may take a while.

When we last left you, baseball had just wrapped up and so had the Fourth of July.  So what else has happened?

The Middle Man celebrated his 10th birthday.  Yes, my little guy is moving into the "tween" years (sniff!!)

He asked for a "Mexican food" theme for his family party.  We had Walking TacosChicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker7 layer dip, fruit, corn chips and salsa, and salad.  I also had corn tortillas which are low in sodium for those of us with high blood pressure or heart problems.  We also had safe cupcakes and ice cream.

And we just got back from vacation.  Between the birthday and planning for vacation.  Things have been a little busy around here.  We went back to the beach again this year.  We really love it there and it works for all age groups of our family.

We rent a condo with a full kitchen so that I can cook for the Middle Man.  We've looked into safe restaurants and there really aren't any.  Most of the restaurants are local and being by the ocean they are heavy on the fish.  Lots and lots of breaded fish.  Middle Man loves fish, it's the breading that's the problem.  And the restaurants that I did call were kind and gracious but all said that they didn't feel they could cook safely for him since their kitchens are covered in flour.  So I cook for the most part.  I don't cook anything elaborate.  Just easy, sometimes healthy meals.  In years past we did have one restaurant that could cook safely for him and we usually ate there twice during our trip.  We planned on doing that again this year, but unfortunately it went out of business.  We were all very sad about that.  But we regrouped and it was fine.

The big boys had fun fishing.  They also tried "crabbing" this year and had a blast.  After they caught their first one, it was game on.  I ended up taking them to a local fishing supply store and we bought ropes, and baskets, and chicken necks.  Yes, crabs like chicken necks.  When they weren't crabbing, they had fun at the beach and the pool.

The Little Monkey LOVED the pool.  He loved the "cups" which were actually buckets that pour water on you.  He also liked the kiddie submarine.  He enjoyed the beach too.  He liked digging in the sand.  But mostly he liked just running.  Luckily his life jacked has a handle on the back because it was the only way to keep him in place.

So a good, safe, food allergy friendly time was had by all.  God willing, we'll do it again next year.

Beach Menu:

Sunday:  Chicken fingers and frozen fries.  We were supposed to go to the safe restaurant this night so I regrouped by using food from the frozen food section. (don't judge me)

Monday:  Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Thighs, baked potato and green beans

Tuesday:  Tacos

Wednesday:  Oven baked chicken breast over salad

Thursday:  Hot Dogs, baked beans, homemade oven fries, green beans

Friday:  Pizza.  We ordered in and I made Middle Man's pizza

Saturday:  We ate out.  There wasn't anything safe for Middle Man so we took his food with us.  I called ahead to make sure the restaurant was OK with us bringing in his food and they were.

Breakfast was cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit

Lunch was left overs or sandwiches

Snacks:  Veggies with safe dip, fruit, cheese and pepperoni, popped corn, crackers

And yes, I did learn to cook the crabs they caught.  Luckily all I did was boil the water and put in the Old Bay Seasoning.  They had to put them in and take them out.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 7/7/14: The Post 4th of July Issue

 Yes, I'm a tad late getting this up today.  We had a good weekend.  Not too busy but still had activities and things going on.

For the actual 4th, Older Boy had 2 tournament baseball games and the rest of us just worked/relaxed at home.  We BBQ'd but since it was Friday and we are Catholic and abstain from meat on Fridays all year , we BBQ'd shrimp, portabella mushrooms, and polenta.  We had watermelon too.

Saturday was the final tournament baseball game.  Older Boy had a great season even if they didn't win much.  He just loves playing.  I know I said ABSOLUTELY NOT to travel baseball next year, but I may have to change that to a maybe.  Maybe.  We'll see.  It's a lot.

Saturday we did burgers on the grill.  And afterward, we built a fire (or tried to.  It never really got roaring) and roasted marshmallows.

Then Sunday morning we woke up to this:

It's all over his face, neck, chest and stomach.  I thought poison ivy because we do have it in the yard, but Urgent Care said no but they didn't know what it was.  I took him to the pediatrician today and she said it's some kind of contact reaction but we don't know to what.  So he's fine and on prednisone to try and stop the itching and clear it up. Baseball camp started today and he missed it because we needed to get him checked but he can go the rest of the week.  Both boys are in camp this week.  Middle Man goes in the morning and Older Boy goes in the afternoon.  And in between that I get to clean the house and prepare for Middle Man's 10th birthday (actual b-day is Wednesday but the party is Saturday).  

And our area moved their fireworks from a park to the high school due to a new housing development and now I can lay in bed and watch the fireworks from the comfort of my own home.  SCORE!

No traffic.  No crowds.  No mosquitoes.

So that was one super long MPM and I didn't even post the menu yet.  I guess when you get behind on your blogging, you throw in what you can, where you can.

Friday July 4th:  Grilled Garlic ShrimpGrilled polenta (but let me just say that I used the tube polenta), Grilled portabella mushrooms using the same marinade as the grilled shrimp and watermelon.

Saturday:  Hamburgers, green beans, watermelon

Sunday:  Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Honey Glaze, baked potatoes with sour cream and chives from the garden, sweet corn and watermelon (clearly we had a large watermelon)

Monday:  Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, fresh green beans

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken over rice

Wednesday:  Slow Cooker Ham and Lentil Soup, homemade bread

Thursday:  Clean Up Day

Lots of "slow cooker" meals this week since I have the camp driving to do along with party prep.  It just makes it easier.

Have a wonderful, blessed week ahead!!

For more MPM, visit Laura

Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 6/30/14

Has June really flown by??  On to July and baseball, camps and family time.

This weeks menu plan

Friday:  Olive Garden Copycat Minestrone Soup (slow cooker), homemade gf bread

Saturday:  Hamburgers and fried red skin potatoes

Sunday:  Pasta sauce (left over from freezer), rigatoni and garlic bread (gf bread for Middle Man)

Monday:  Orange Sriracha Chicken Legs, rice and salad

Tuesday:  Hot dogs and oven fries

Wednesday:  Grilled chicken salad

Thursday:  Clean up day

I seem to do a lot more salads in the summer with all the fresh, local veggies available.  The family loves salad so this works for us.  We also grill a lot more.  I love using the grill whenever possible.  It keeps the house from heating up and it's usually an easy clean up.

Have a wonderful and blessed week ahead!!

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