Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 9/22/14

Yes, I'm the long lost blogger of this blog.  September kind of took on a life of it's own and flew right by.  Between yard work, school work, and house work, I've been a bit overwhelmed.

We have found some time for fun.  We went to the Yankee Peddler Festival.  It was a gorgeous fall day and I think the boys enjoyed it.  I know Older Boy enjoyed the food and we even found safe homemade potato chips for Middle Man (and I packed the rest of his food).

Older Boy got braces.  I'll be paying on them until he goes to college but at least he'll have beautiful teeth.

I can't believe this is the last full week of September.  Time just keeps flying on by.

This weeks menu plan:

Friday:  Left over Italian Lentil Soup and baked salmon

Saturday:  Hot dogs and green beans for the boys; Mom and Dad work function

Sunday:  Left overs

Monday:  Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Wednesday:  Left over stew and/or tacos

Thursday:  Clean up night or Chorizo Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Middle Man at the Yankee Peddler (he's such a ham)

Older Boy at Yankee Peddler

Me and the Little Monkey sitting in the car at the orthodontist.  It's nice of them to have snacks for the kids but the Little Monkey doesn't realize he can't eat ALL the snacks.  Sometimes sitting the car is just easier.

Trying to fill big brothers shoes

Yesterdays rainbow

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Have a blessed week!!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Aldi's Live Gfree line of products

I've been shopping Aldi for close to a year now.  The closest one to us is about 30-40 minutes from us.  I've always wanted to try it, but the long drive just didn't seem worth it.  But the boys school is the half way point between our house and Aldi so I thought I'd try it and see if it was worth it.  On it's own, it is.  I can save money on lots of staples.  Yes, it's "off brand" but you can tell that the stuff is manufactured by the "national brand" and just branded for Aldi.  I don't think that there's anything that I bought that I've been disappointed with.  Some things stand out better than others but nothing has been "bad".  A few months ago Aldi rolled out a gluten free line of products.  I was looking forward to checking them out.  The Middle Man does not have Celiac Disease.  He is allergic to wheat (known anaphylaxis), rye, barley, oat, egg (known anaphylaxis), peanut, and tree nut (known anaphylaxis).  So just because something is "gluten free" doesn't mean it would be safe for my son.

Unfortunately, Aldi rolled out the gluten free line slowly and our store wasn't one to get it.  I haven't been there for a few weeks,  but I went back today and to my surprise the gluten free items were there.

Now if you are an "I only cook from scratch" or an "I don't do GMO's" person, thank you for visiting but move along.  Nothing to see here.  But if you are a busy mom/gluten free person that needs some ready made food items, you may find this helpful.

Please remember to read every label, every time to make sure that items are safe for your food allergies.

Here is what we found:

GF pancake mix:  $2.99 each
GF pizza crust mix:  $2.99 each
GF pepperoni or cheese pizza (freezer section):  $4.99 each
GF stuffed sandwich pockets (2 pockets per box) (freezer section - we bought pizza):  $2.69 each
GF pasta 16 oz:  $1.29 each
GF crackers 4.25 oz:  $1.49
Gluten free pretzels 8 oz:  $2.49 each
GF chewy bars:  $2.49 each
GF soft baked cookies:  $2.49 each

There were other gf item, but either we didn't use those or they weren't safe for Middle Man's allergies.  On some of these items, we could totally tell who actually manufactured them.  Some we thought we knew but weren't totally sure.  All are certifed gluten free.  Aldi has other food that are labeled "a naturally gluten free food" but those do not have the certification.  As a side note we've used those and have not had any problems.

The prices that I posted above are a definite savings from our local grocery and especially from the "organic, natural food store".

There are pluses and minuses to where ever you shop.  I still have to go to the local grocery for my meat and lunch meat and the local farm for some fruit and veggies.  But stocking up on pantry staples that cost less is a bonus for me.  You may find otherwise.

I'm only sharing this because the savings was a nice surprise to me.  I have no affiliation with Aldi and they didn't ask me to share this (actually, I hope they don't mind...  maybe I should have checked).  The prices I shared are for where *I* live.  Yours may be different and so may be your selection.

Have you tried the Aldi LiveGfree line?  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ready2Go™MVP Draft Winners with Adrian Peterson and Mylan Specialty

Mylan Specialty and Adrian Peterson, pro football player, 2012 MVP and EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector carrier, are excited to announce the three winners of the Ready2Go™MVP Draft. The winners are:

·         Age group 5-9: Evan Johnson, 7 years old, Frisco, Texas
·         Age group 10-13: Nathaniel Campen, 10 years old, Rosemount, Minn.
·         Age group 14-18: Katherine Schug, 14 years old, Scotch Plains, N.J.

A team of judges including Peterson reviewed and scored the video submissions. They were selected based on the educational and inspiring nature of the tips shared, and the creativity and originality of the entry.

The winners recently joined Peterson in Minneapolis to film an educational video aimed at helping others learn about anaphylaxis and the importance of being prepared to respond if it occurs. The video, which will debut on this fall, will be used to generate increased awareness about this important topic and encourage people across the country to get Ready2Go.

The Ready2Go program was launched in June with the goal of helping more Americans understand their risk for anaphylaxis and be prepared to respond when it happens. Being Ready2Go means avoiding your allergic triggers, knowing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, having access to two EpiPen Auto-Injectors at all times, and seeking immediate emergency medical care if anaphylaxis happens. Multimedia materials such as a press release, campaign photos and educational tools can be found at

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Adrian Peterson is a paid spokesperson of Mylan Specialty.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MPM... On Wednesday?

I've been slacking on menu plan posting but not on the menu planning.  I planned on posting Monday, but it was orientation day and then we had some last minute "back to school" prep to do.  The first day of school was yesterday.  We now have a 7th grader and a 5th grader.

When I first started this blog, almost 8 years ago, the boys looked like this:

Here they are off to school yesterday:

Slow down time!!  :*(

The Little Monkey and I are settling into a routine without the big boys.  And I think he misses his big brothers.  

This weeks menu plan:

Saturday:  Marinated* and Grilled London Broil, Baked Potatoes, and Creamed Kale

Sunday:  Due to unexpected company, it was left overs and snacks

Monday:  Semi homemade pizza/ GF pizza for Middle Man

Tuesday:  Greek Chicken Legs, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans, Grilled Hot Hungarian Wax Peppers (from the garden)

Wednesday:  Hamburgers on the Grill, Left Over Corn, Green Beans and Kale

Thursday:  Pioneer Woman Sherried Tomato Soup, GF Garlic Bread, Salad

*Marinade for the London Broil:  1/3-1/2 cup GF Soy Sauce, 2-3 Garlic Cloves - Diced, 3 tbs. Olive Oil, Ground Ginger (I just shook the bottle 2-3 times), salt and pepper.   Combine ingredients in a large plastic bag with zipper closure, add meat, and lay flat in fridge.  I don't really measure anything for this marinade.  I had 2.5 pounds of London Broil so I used a enough gf soy sauce to cover the bottom half of the meat when I set it in the fridge.  Then I flip it every couple of hours so it gets both sides.  Marinate 4 hours to overnight.

I also made a bunch of these egg and cheese sandwiches to put in the freezer so Older Boy will have a quick breakfast to grab in the morning.  Middle Man is still allergic to eggs so he has gf toast, yogurt, fruit and/or turkey breakfast sausage.

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Blessings for a wonderful week!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sanofi offers a new interactive storybook app for children about anaphylaxis

Meet Chase the Class Champ

You can find out more about the app here.

At the link above, you can access an emergency action plan (that I have not seen before but LOVE), an Allergy ID Card, and more.

The app itself is free.  I'm off to download it now.

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.