lifestyle

the gift of food

My birth­day was last month and I received some really lovely gifts. One of my favorites was from my sis­ter, Leigh. She lives in Boise on a huge par­cel of land. She’s been involved with agri­cul­ture her entire life, includ­ing … more




an electronic free day

We allow our son a des­ig­nated amount of recre­ational time on the com­puter each day. Tonight, he fin­ished up and asked if he could play on my smart phone. He didn’t imme­di­ately under­stand the phrase “that totally defeats the pur­pose”. … more




tips for surviving the holidays

I love the hol­i­days. LOVE them. I know the house will be clean, the sil­ver pol­ished, the stemware shinny and the food deli­cious. How­ever, for me to truly enjoy the hol­i­days, I always employ a few time tested strate­gies because … more




How Gluten Wreaks Havoc on your Gut

My friend Charita, shared this arti­cle, How Gluten Wreaks Havoc on your Gut with me. It’s a great expla­na­tion of how and why gluten affects some of us the way it does. Thanks, Char! Unless you’ve been liv­ing under a … more




all about nightshades

Years ago, if you told me that gluten would be the eas­i­est item to elim­i­nate from my diet, I would never have believed you. I also would never had believed that the plethora of symp­toms of gluten-intolerance would be FARmore




keeping the monsters at bay

This post appears cour­tesy of Gen­er­a­tion Res­cue. 7 Tips for Man­ag­ing Your Kid’s Hal­loween Expec­ta­tions Hal­loween, one of everyone’s favorite times of year, is just around the cor­ner. And so are all the can­dies your kids can’t eat. Never fear, … more




san diego unified school lunch debate

Join the debate on San Diego Uni­fied School Dis­trict school lunches at this FREE panel, open to the pub­lic. Fix­ing School Lunches in San Diego and Nation­wide Tues­day, Octo­ber 23rd, 12:30 p.m. Uni­ver­sity of San Diego Peace and Jus­tice Build­ing, … more




holding onto your spoons

  This arti­cle appears cour­tesy of Gen­er­a­tion Res­cue, orig­i­nally posted March 5, 2012. If you’re lucky, you have a few peo­ple in your life that can offer true guid­ance. I just lost one of the wis­est women I’ve ever known – … more




please excuse my absence

After an exhaust­ing two-week road trip and the rush of the kids start­ing school, I didn’t think I could be more tired. Was I wrong. In the early morn­ing hours last Tues­day, the phone rang. 3:00 a.m. calls are never … more




so our dog developed a nervous tic…

After two weeks on the road, we are home from our sum­mer vaca­tion. We braved a 2,400 mile round-trip trek to Ore­gon and back in our RV. It was an ambi­tious goal, as we were to dis­cover, but one filled … more




it’s only a suggestion

Cel­e­brat­ing Celiac Dis­ease Aware­ness month this past May, this post appears cour­tesy of the good peo­ple at The Gluten-Free Chal­lenge. It’s Only A Sug­ges­tion Posted on May 17, 2011 by The GFC Team By Amy Trimm Waczek  5/17/11, Grand Prize Win­ner, … more




life in the slow lane

Trav­el­ing with dietary restric­tions can be a bit life-defining. When my kids moan and groan, I give them the “I walked to school in the snow” speech, detail­ing the lack of prod­ucts when I was first diag­nosed. Hot dog and … more




recovering from mother’s day

My hus­band was deter­mined that I NOT cook on Mother’s Day. Many peo­ple oper­ate under the assump­tion that cook­ing is a pun­ish­ment, espe­cially on that oh hal­lowed day. So we went out to break­fast and hon­estly, it was pretty bad. … more




banking for the future

The month of May is Celiac Dis­ease Aware­ness month. Cel­e­brat­ing that fact, this post appears cour­tesy of the good peo­ple at The Gluten-Free Chal­lenge. Bank­ing for the Future Posted on April 26, 2011 by The GFC Team   by Amy Trimm … more




chocolate chunk cookies and nerf wars

Tonight we entered unex­plored ter­ri­tory in the form of an 8-year old boy birth­day slum­ber party. Because my hus­band and I are not saints, and we’re def­i­nitely not mar­tyrs, we set the limit to a total of six kids. Painstak­ing … more




jewish easter

I know. It’s a bit of an oxy­moron. But when best friends don’t share the same faith, reli­gious tra­di­tions take on a whole new slant…our Christ­mukkah cel­e­bra­tion of last year is a case in point. Shar­ing reli­gious tra­di­tions, along with … more




a visit to l.a.

Last week, I had the honor of speak­ing to a group of par­ents at Gen­er­a­tion Res­cue, an autism treat­ment and recov­ery group based in the L.A. area. Turns out the aller­gies my kids and I have cor­re­late to one of … more




the goodie box

When I was 7 years old, I had my ton­sils out. To break up the monot­ony of my 10 day recov­ery, my mom put together a goodie box that I pulled from each day. It was filled with crayons and … more




merry christmas and happy holidays

No recipe today, or for a few days, as I am tak­ing time with my fam­ily. What­ever hol­i­day you cel­e­brate, I hope this sea­son is a time of peace and joy for you and yours. I know, how­ever, that those … more




dad’s tart

Last week­end, we brought our kids and their two friends to the Veteran’s Day Parade down­town. It started with high school bands march­ing in per­fect time with their shiny instru­ments, wip­ing beads of sweat from their fore­heads. Flag twirlers fol­lowed … more