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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? 

Banana Muffins

In my last 16 years of parenting, I've been hit with difficult questions from my children. Some I could answer rather vaguely, others by being straight forward and sometimes, I just had to answer very stratigically.  For example, my kids (and I'm pretty sure MOST kids) like to raze one another over silly things and for a time, it was over "Favorties".  More specially, who was Nana & Papa's favorite, Harmony's favorite (that is my husband's mom and means Grandma in Korean), and then OUR favorite.  

Of course they each felt they owned a title or 2 but I couldn't quite designate a favorite child, much to their disapproval.  However, my husband and I came up with a fluctuating favorite list.  We let them know that we had no favorite child but merely a "Favorite of the Day" child.   This was not solely based on how helpful they were around the house, but also on how they interacted with one another, with us, or simply "just because". They seemed to be happy with knowing that this would change daily and they all had a fair shot at it. 

What I found interesting is that I also apply that mentality to foods.

Rich & Fruity, Berry Cream Popsicles are a delicious & healthy treat that's perfect for the Summer. 

Oh Summer Time how I love thee! Let me count the ways....... The heat on my skin when I'm out in the sun (I don't sweat, I sparkle) The color on my face from the rays' kisses (who needs anything but mascara by now) The pool time and chill time with family (everything's a little more laid back) Wearing sundresses and flip flops (just throw on some jewelry and you just made it fancy) And the fresh fruits and veggies (chop some up and call it a meal). Berry Coconut Popsicles

Warm berries and mint are a delightful combination in this Mint Berry Skillet Pie

Berries and mint are the star in this GF, Allergy free & Vegan dessertTrying a new recipe for the first time can go 1 of 2 ways.....either people love it and everyone asks for your recipe, OR, they quietly eat most of it and leave it at that.   I am famous for baking something new when guests are coming.  When else do you have a reason to put on a big production, make yet another dessert and get honest feedback? Obviously I would prefer to hear my friends rave about the creation set before them, but quiet honestly, that doesn't always happen.  Especially when baking allergy-free. 

How do you celebrate completed your Dairy Allergy Treatment? With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream of course! 

This Monday, we celebrated Xander's first completed week of OIT, Oral Immunotherapy, specifically for his dairy allergy. The goal of oral immunotherapy is to provide a long-term solution for people who have food allergies to egg, milk, peanut and/or wheat. Since Xander has allergies to all 4 (but first 3 are deadly), we are starting 1 at a time and dairy is first on the list to tackle.  At the end of this 5 to 6 month program,  he should be able to consume any of the challenged foods with no allergic reactions.  The program does this by introducing pre-measured doses of allergen in a solution over a period of 3 to 4 months, progressing to small doses of the food for an additional 2 to 3 months. This then results in tolerance to these foods allowing the patient to consume egg milk, peanut or wheat without any adverse reactions. Our first visit for oral immunotherapy was a full 8 hour process that started with breathing tests & standard check up to make sure he was stable. They then established a line in his vein for emergency epinephrine if needed, and we were praying that it wouldn't have to be used.  Then came his first dose of a very small amount of diluted milk. [caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="1750"]Dairy therapy Dairy therapy[/caption]