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This is the first post I'm sharing that is not completely Vegan (gasp!) as it contains eggs.
I know, I know,,,,,"how could you?".  Well, the answer is simple....I don't want my food allergic child to die.
To some, this may not make any sense, as its hard enough for me to wrap my head around.  For the past 9 years, we have been telling our X-man NOT to eat ANYTHING that contains eggs as it has sent him into anaphylaxis before. But after his last Dr. appointment and another round of skin testing, we decided to challenge egg since his level dropped just so slightly.

Vegan & Gluten Free, Southern Style Grits
Bite-size Grits & Greens I am not a Southern girl by any means, but I do love me some southern food. Biscuits and gravy, warm cornbread, or grits and greens, Oh MY! Throw in some sweet tea and we're having a party (and making my kiddos & hubby, incredibly happy). Southern cooking really is good 'ol comfort food, and grits may just win as my favorite since they are little healthier (depending on how you make them) and easier to make vegan & allergy-friendly .

Mixed Berry Pepper Jelly There is an abundance of peppers growing in my garden, so much so, I can barely keep up with using them.  I've frozen some, made salsa, incorporated them into sauces and meals and even-handed them out in little brown bags to the adults during Halloween (I seriously have that many!). I felt like I was running out of ideas on how else to use these Serrano, until I ran across a jar of pepper jelly in my fridge and was inspired to make my own homemade jelly. 

Oats yum
I am officially back into the swing of things.  The kids are all back to school, I have returned from my end of summer trip, full-time work has begun again and all is right in the world!    For me, it's really just a matter of there being more structure in my days that makes me enjoy this time so much. Of course, with all the added activities, including early mornings, it can be overwhelming, especially when some of us may not have even bothered with an alarm clock all summer.  So, I wanted to help you out a little, so you can start your day off in an EASY and HEALTHY way.

Banana Bread French Toast The end of Summer can go several ways. a. Mom's and Dad's everywhere are numb to the sounds of arguing kids, tapped out of resources to go places to keep the kids busy, drive past the library instead of forcing them to go inside and find a good read,  and find delight in the hours of video game playing as long as you some "alone time". b. Mom's and Dad's are savoring every last-minute with their kiddos, taking last-minute trips, swimming every chance they get and mentally preparing for the first day of school (cry now so you won't have to in front of the children).

Monkey Bread a.k.a Pull-Apart Bread, delish, allergy friendly
Have ever eaten monkey bread? You may have actually had it before but by a different name such as cinnamon roll bread, pull-apart rolls, or monkey balls, just to name a few.  If you haven't had this bread before, then you are in for a treat.  It is like having a HUGE Cinnabon for breakfast, lunch or dessert.  Warm and gooey sweet bread rolls, coated in cinnamon sugar, layered then baked in a bundt cake pan, then drizzled (or drenched) in a layer of icing.  Sounds pretty amazing, right?