Thursday, September 19, 2013

Crumbs Bake Shop To Open a GF Store in October in NYC

Crumbs Bake Shop announced that it is opening a dedicated gluten free and peanut free bakery in October, 2013 in Greenwich Village at 37 East 8th Street between University and Broadway. When the Crumbs opens it doors, gluten free and peanut free kids (and adults!) will be able to buy assorted cupcakes and baked goods and not have to worry about cross contamination.

Julian R. Geiger, President and CEO of Crumbs Bake Shop said..."By adding gluten-free alternatives to our already distinctive assortment of gourmet cupcakes and desserts, we are truly opening our doors to a whole new group of consumers who may not have had the chance to taste our desserts before, Now, those who live a gluten-free lifestyle will be able to enjoy the Crumbs experience."

I know a few gluten free kids who have been waiting their whole lives to try a Crumbs cupcake. I am just crossing my fingers that they have a gluten free and dairy free cupcake at some point.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

On the Road...Our Gluten-Free Grocery List

Traveling is one of my favorite activities. If I'm not in my kitchen cooking, my next favorite activity is to be faraway from my life NOT cooking. 

Traveling with food allergies is definitely a challenge. There are some of gluten-free packaged food on the road like Lay's potato chips and Fritos but they are often not satisfying or healthy. 

On a recent trip to Nathrop, Colorado, we stopped at a Whole Foods in Denver to get some groceries for the week. We needed food that would sustain us because we were going to spend the week cleaning out my father’s house which we inherited in November after he passed away. The last thing we needed during our week of sorting through his things was to find ourselves scary hungry three hours from the middle of nowhere.

We managed to find a weeks worth of simple to prepare foods which kept us going for breakfast and lunch--then we would eat out for dinner. Here is a list of the things we purchased for breakfast and lunch...
From our groceries we made a bunch of different meals...
  • Granola with cherries and almond milk 
  • Granola with sliced bananas and almond milk
  • Granola with hemp seeds and almond milk
  • Rice cakes with almond butter and a handful of cherries
  • Quinoa
  • Lentil soup
  • Turkey sandwiches on Udi's bread
  • Rice cakes with sliced turkey

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dr. Sears on Vaccines--Some Suggestions...

Vaccines are the subject of much debate and something many parents struggle to figure out. Sometimes even people who normally avoid additional vaccines are in a position where they must get vaccines for various reasons. Recently, a friend asked what she could do to help her system deal with vaccines she was required to get for a job.

Dr. Sears, who wrote a book called The Vaccine Book, has written about How to Boost Your Child's Immune System on, noting "Children and adults with healthy immune systems are also less likely to suffer a serious vaccine reaction.

Here are things Dr. Sears includes in his suggestions of what to take:
  • Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement (from Carlson or Nordic Naturals)
  • Probiotics ("especially a week before and several weeks after vaccinations.")
  • Vitamin A or Cod Liver Oil ("Give vitamin A once a day for 3 days prior to vaccines and continue each day for 10 days after.") note: babies under 9 months should not take cod liver oil.
  • Vitamin C ("give this once a day for 5 days starting on the day of the shots.)
To see the full list of recommendations, go to How to Boost Your Child's Immune System.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Rallying: Day One

Kids are back in school today. I am back to packing lunches and early mornings--feeling pretty worn out day one. This afternoon, we bought some fruit gummies to bring to school for when the class has some kind of treat that my seven year old can't have. And my son came home today craving a subway sandwich which resulted in a trip to the grocery store at 7 pm to recreate a turkey hero with lettuce, red onions, olives and jalapeños. He has never had an actual subway sandwich or touched turkey or sliced turkey or jalapeno peppers but I guess it looked good to him in the lunchroom today. It is a little crazy that there are so many things he can't eat and it is better not to even think in those terms. I made Easy Curried Chicken with Rice for dinner which everyone ate. I am dead tired now but I feel I need to just jump back into my blog or I will never ever write again. I wonder when my busy life will get easier. With each year my kids go to bed later and later and instead of having more time to myself I have less. Sometimes it just feels so hard. I try to rally--to be cheerleader--but sometimes it all seems so hard. 

Maybe I just need more sleep...

Just tucked my twelve year old in to bed. Nice to say goodnight and be done with the day.

In an effort to put a positive spin on the day, here is a list of three things I am grateful for today...

1) camp laundry is finally done
2) my son ate his lunch today (or so he says)
3) my son's teacher's mother was diagnosed with celiac so she understands what gluten free is
4) my daughter hailed her first cab this morning
5) the chocolate chip cookies in the freezer are quite tasty
6) the day is over
7) tomorrow my housekeeper is coming to clean after a two and a half month trip to Malta
8) Welch's Fruit Gummies are labelled gluten free
9) I actually wrote a post
10) my kids are both sleeping--in their own beds--after a summer of a lot of co-sleeping.