Hey friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog, so I thought I would update you on several things that have been going on around these parts. First of all check out this delicious bowl of yum I made this morning for breakfast! Pumpkin steel cut oats. So tasty, filling, and incredibly healthy. I'll post the recipe next week!
In my last post, I introduced you to the Teal Pumpkin Project from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Well…check out our pumpkin from Halloween!
This was really fun and fairly easy to decorate. My son is obsessed with googly eyes these days, so we HAD to cover this thing with eyeballs. We were so grateful to our friends and neighbors who participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project, also. Little man had a blast “frick or freating” on Halloween around our neighborhood. We left a big bucket of candy and a big bucket of prizes out on our front porch while we went out with our little pirate. The candy bucket was definitely empty by the time we got back from our route, and we have a good many prizes left over. But hey- we can save all the bouncy balls, stencils, skeletons, stickers, and other fun things until next Halloween. Hopefully some kids were excited to have the option of a non-food prize.
Another major development in the last month has been that my son was cleared to do a “baked milk challenge” at the allergist’s office. That means, that we got to make a batch of muffins that contained milk, take them in with us to the allergist, and slowly, slowly feed him a muffin while the staff at the doctor’s office monitored him for any reaction. When I say slowly, I mean sloooooooowly. As in, I had to give my not-quite-two-year-old a pea-sized bite of muffin and then make him wait 15 minutes before getting another bite. Ha! We brought crafts to do while we waited…
Two hours, and most of one muffin later, he passed the challenge! No reactions! My boy can eat foods that have milk ingredients cooked into them now. It’s a huge step in the right direction. Things like cheese pizza or a glass of milk are still off-limits at least for a while, but this means we can relax about label reading and not have to worry quite as much when he is eating out at restaurants or friends’ houses. We are really so thankful for this! The plan is to do a full-blown milk challenge next fall, so we are hopeful that he will have completely outgrown his allergy by that point.
Other than that, things have been “business as usual” around here. We took our little guy to the fair for the first time this week, got to see my husband, a.k.a. Mr. Studly, play in his rec-league soccer game a couple weeks ago (a huge thrill for my little guy), transitioned to a “big boy bed,” and we are headed to Clemson this weekend to see the Tigers play. Whew…ok now you’re caught up. New recipes and nutrition posts coming soon!
My name is Emily Funcik, and I am a registered and licensed dietitian in Charleston, SC. I am also a stay-at-home mama, a wife, a foodie, and a dancer. I have a passion for healthy living, entertaining, and a deep-rooted loved of all things delicious.
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