Family, Food, Holidays, Mom Life, stories, Travel & Visits

Beach Vacations, Accidental Thievery, & Salt Water Taffy

We started a tradition of going to a beach in a large group. We rent a house that can sleep over 30 people, if you don't mind creative sleeping arrangements. A lot of the guests we bring are kids, tweens, and teens so they will bunk together without a whole lot of complaining. We can… Continue reading Beach Vacations, Accidental Thievery, & Salt Water Taffy

Allergies, Chronic Conditions, Family, Food, Health, Kids, Mom Life

Getting Wiggly at Her Food Challenge & the Easiest Allergy-Friendly Desserts

When we took our youngest in to the allergist to confirm her severe allergy to specific tree nuts, we were surprised by reactions to eggs and milk too. She had severe eczema before cutting out these foods and recently she only gets it if she accidentally eats something on her bad list, if she rolls… Continue reading Getting Wiggly at Her Food Challenge & the Easiest Allergy-Friendly Desserts

Allergies, Family, Food, Health

Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie? Plus Adjusting It to Make It Gluten & Dairy-Free

Since we have discovered my youngest has a dairy and egg allergy we have been experimenting with some dinner recipes. Since gluten is also problematic for another family member we either stick to a meal with mostly meat and veggies, or we make different freezer entres and make side dishes everyone can eat. I was… Continue reading Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie? Plus Adjusting It to Make It Gluten & Dairy-Free

Family, Food, Gardening

Tomato Season is the Best!

Garden fresh tomatoes are one of my favorite things about this season. When I was growing up my main chores were to do dishes, dust and vacuum, and water the garden. By the time I was a teenager the outside spigot was broken. So I carried 2 watering cans at a time from the kitchen… Continue reading Tomato Season is the Best!

Books, Food, Gardening

Are Plants Seducing Us to Further Their Own Species?

After listening to this audiobook I am certain they are and that certain plants have been extremely successful at manipulating us humans. This book is a fun and thoughtful journey through the more recent history of a few very popular plants the apple, the tulip, the potato, and marijuana. I had no idea that apples… Continue reading Are Plants Seducing Us to Further Their Own Species?

Family, Food, Gift Ideas, Holidays, Party, Party Ideas

Use Snap / EBT for Food Baskets on Amazon

Some families are really struggling this year and I just wanted to spread the word that you can get some really nice food baskets and snack spreads on Amazon with your Snap / EBT benefits. You can buy these food baskets with regular methods as well but this is a list of EBT eligible (at… Continue reading Use Snap / EBT for Food Baskets on Amazon

Family, Food, Gift Ideas, Reviews

The Best Waffle Maker (Why I Bought it, & What’s So Special About It)

Whether you are staying home for covid or are eating gluten free, Belgian waffles are a wonderful treat that is easier and cheaper to get then you'd think. So maybe in other years lack of being able to eat waffles wouldn't be a big issue for most. You would be able to walk-in to your… Continue reading The Best Waffle Maker (Why I Bought it, & What’s So Special About It)

Chronic Conditions, Family, Food

Best Tips for Cooking a Gluten-Free Holiday Meal

Our best tips for cooking a gluten-free holiday meal. Also how to avoid as much gluten as possible at your family holiday meal. We hope to help others avoid common food mistakes made during the holidays.