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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

J in his Santa Hat

J in his Santa Hat

 

AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Little J at 6pm on December 26th.

Little J at 6pm on December 26th.

Check Here and Here and Here for some more holiday themed posts.
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What Christmas is like this year.

“What we won’t be doing for Christmas” has been my most hit blog over the past year.  I seriously can’t believe I have been doing this for a little over a year now.  Some things have changed from last year.  And some things have stayed the same. 

Some changes: J has moved on from his beloved cowboy pajamas, batman underwear, and brown sandals.  In fact, in the past month I bought him his first set of non-character briefs in years.  We also picked out SOCKS AND SHOES on December 6th.  Not only did he agree to let us buy them but he has PICKED them over his sandals (now Cars instead of brown) on several occasions.  They are actual sneakers with elastic and Velcro.  Next step will be to get ones that have laces but we have made huge strides in getting a pair that cover the entire foot.  Little J got a pair as well (his first non-sandal in about a year as well).  We found socks that were seamless, light, and not too tight on the ankle.  In J’s word, “PER-Fect.”

In negative changes, J has been kind of grinchy this year.  Of course it hasn’t helped that he had a medication snafu that caused exhaustion, then a nasty cold, and now strep.  He just hasn’t felt himself.  So he won’t let me sing Christmas carols, but we can listen to the Christmas station in the car.  He doesn’t really care about the lights on other people’s houses, but he wouldn’t let me stop decorating the inside of our house until the boxes of decorations were empty.  When I tell him he’s being grinchy he says, “No I’m not, I’m J!”

The same?  He still loves the Grinch movie, the cartoon.  We’ve actually watched it a couple of times a month all year long.  He still is not big on being with the family for long periods of time.  Thankfully we have gotten together with my parents, sister, her hubby, her baby, my cousin, her hubby and her 3 kids often in the past year.  Every time is a little bit better success.  We will be adding my aunt and uncle, my grammie, and my cousin’s b-i-l to the mix as well for Christmas day and the Saturday after for a luau lunch.  In the past year, J has learned where he can find quiet safe spots in the house.  He is getting better at putting himself there BEFORE he lashes out.  Not always, but better.

One of the biggest changes of the year came as a surprise on Sunday night.  We had a family night at our church where we watched classic Christmas specials (Frosty and Rudolph) on the projection screen with popcorn and sweets.  J does not do well in a movie theater, but he did okay in this setting.  He was allowed to move around and the speakers are not true surround sound either.  Between the two movies Santa made a short visit.  I tried to prepare him ahead of time, but I was wrong.  There was no sitting with Santa and pictures, he just came and passed out candy canes and then left.

I will tell the rest of the story in pictures.  (If you didn’t click back to last year’s story, we didn’t go visit Santa anywhere and when he came to J’s school, he freaked out and melted down.)

Santa asked if they all remembered the song about Santa having a list and knowing who was naughty or nice.  He started with, “Who’s been naughty?”

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J getting his and realizing that Santa knows his name.  (The little boy behind him “E” couldn’t get over the fact that Santa knew their names.  He asked me at one point if Santa had been to our church before and someone had told him their names)

 

I failed in my prep talks though.  I reminded the boys that they may get to sit on Santa’s lap and talk about what they want for Christmas.  J went off in a tangent about the Little Einsteins and that to get your Christmas wish you have to sing the right song (sung to the tune of Fur Elise) “I wish I wish I wish this Christmas wish….”  He told me he as going to ask Santa for the Wild book.  After much probing and investigating I found out it was a book received by another child at our military mammaz holiday party.  Thankfully, I was the on who purchased the book, so I know where to search for it.  I was going to upload a video here, but wordpress is not cooperating.

Santa made his way from the front of the auditorium where the other pics were taken up the center aisle.  J followed him the whole way.  And when he was done passing out candy canes, J got in front of him and told him he wished for a Wild book.   The man playing Santa knows J very well and so he repeated it back to him and then J happily walked away. 

To say I was shocked is an understatement.

If you stayed with me this long Merry Christmas.  There will be a special blog on savvy source Wednesay about some of our holiday traditions.

The tests came back positive

For strep that is.  Both Little J and I got cultures done on Wednesday afternoon.  On Thursday they called me and said my rapid results were negative.  This morning I got a call from the pediatric side and they said not only were Little J’s cultures positive but my clinic asked them to pass on the info that my cultures were also positive.  Well that would explain why the lump in my glands hasn’t gone away and why I had a debilitating fever last night.  I no longer have a fever and tylenol/advil help relive my throat.

This has been the weirdest case of strep ever.  All of us have had no trouble eating or drinking.  It isn’t the inside of our throats that are swollen, but the outer glands.  J still has that big knot sticking out from his neck.  Neither of the boys ran a fever that I know of and mine only lasted a few hours.  The last time I had strep, I could barely breathe let alone sleep or eat.  I am grateful this is a mild case but it is annoying.

My Grammie came to visit us this week and its been spent with one or more of us sick, including her.  Thankfully we will get more time with her when we go to my parent’s house for the holiday break.

At least Its not Mumps

 

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Nope instead it is a serious case of strep throat.  Apparently I sent him back to school after his cold last week to catch strep which is running rampant in his school.

I had the presence of mind to pack a bag with stuff for the urgent care trip.  Little J got to stay home with Grammie.  J spent his hour watching Signing Time.  Oh and he lost a tooth just before they went to take his temp so he got an otter pop for his trouble too.

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Prayers that no one else gets the bug, especially little J and my Grammie who is visiting for the week.

All he wants for Christmas is….

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His FOUR front teeth.

Oh and a better Tooth Fairy.  I messed up last night.  I have been resting too easily on the fact that he forgets every morning to check and so I don’t remind him to look until after I’ve placed his goody.  It started with M&Ms and there was once it was YOGOs, but earlier last week he lost tooth number 3 and he got M&Ms again.  So when this one came out just before bed last night, I told him to remember that the tooth fairy does not always bring the same things.

Well he remembered on his own this morning and I had again forgotten to take the tooth and replace it.  So as he was climbing up to his loft bed I issued a challenge,”now that you are missing 4 teeth, you need to go to the fridge and find 3 foods that will help make your new teeth healthy and strong.”  Yes he fell for it and I ran to my closet to find something good.  Well let me tell you, he was very disappointed in his bubbles.  I had to promise that next time we could write a note to the Tooth Fairy that said “NO BUBBLES!”

Oh and I was proud, he came back with a banana, cheese stick, and yogurt.

GF/CF Lunchbox recipes

I recently reviewed and gave away a GF/CF cookbook on my Being Savvy Tucson blog.  I decided to not only email the entrants with the other recipes, but post them here as well.  We are not gluten free right now because they need gluten in their bodies to test for celiacs, so I can not personally vouch for the recipes.  BUT they sound DELISH!  If you try them, come back and leave a comment with your review.

So from The Kid Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook I bring you 5 lunchbox worthy menus/recipes.  (sorry for the weird characters in some places, this is straight from the document I received.)

Lunch #1: BBQ Chicken for Champions
One chicken breast, cut in half and pan fried in olive oil for 6 minutes a side.

Add salt and pepper. Cut into strips. Serve cold dipped in dipping sauce.
BBQ dipping sauce  � C (put in BPA-Free container)
Veggies: steam broccoli for 7 minutes, run cold water over it (or defrost frozen broccoli)

Place in BPA-Free container
Veggie dipping sauce in BPA-free container

Use: BBQ sauce or honey

Drink: water, GFCF V8 juice, GFCF juice box, fortified organic rice milk box

Snack if needed: GFCF chips & fruity salsa (1/4 C) in BPA-free container

Toy Surprise: Girls: yarn bracelet Boys: Miniature toy character figure

 

BBQ Sipping Sauce � C (put in BPA-Free container)

1 C organic ketchup

1 Tbs lemon

1 tsp Worchestershire sauce (GFCF)

1 Tbs honey

Dash of black pepper

Blend all of the above until smooth

Fruity Salsa

1 C Salsa

1/4 C grape, blueberry or raspberry fruit spread

Mash the fruit spread into the salsa

 

#2 DLT ( Deli  meat, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich)

Turkey or Chicken GFCF Preservative-free organic lunch meats (by Boar’s Head, Applegate or Shelton)

Toast 2 pieces of GFCF bread.

Spread w/ 1 Tbs GFCF mayonnaise

Place 2 slices of GFCF lunch meat

Top with lettuce and tomato

Cut into 4 squares

Wrap in wax paper

 

GFCF Potato Salad 1/3 cup from recipe. Serve in BPA-Free container

Fruit (apple or grapes)  in BPA-Free container

Drink: water, GFCF V8 juice, GFCF juice box, fortified organic rice milk box

Toy Surprise:Hair scrunchie for girl. Baseball card for a boy.

Snack if needed: Peanut butter on rice crackers

 

 

GFCF Potato Salad

Ingredients:

3 pounds potatoes, cooked until just tender, cubed, cooled

Optional: 5 or 6 hard cooked eggs, cooled, coarsely chopped

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped celery, optional

Dressing:

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 to 2 tablespoons prepared GFCF mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Prepare the dressing combining the mayonnaise, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.

Combine

Combine potatoes, egg, onions, and celery and stir in the dressing.

Serves 6 to 8.

 

 

Lunch # 3 Kids Favorite Chicken Salad & Deviled Eggs

Chicken Salad 1/3 to � C served in BPA-Free container

Deviled eggs (1-2)  served in BPA-Free container

Carrot sticks (wrapped in waxed paper) dipped in applesauce (in BPA-Free Container)

Snack if needed: GFCF chips & hummus in BPA-free container

 

Drink: water, GFCF V8 juice, GFCF juice box, fortified organic rice milk box

 

Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked diced chicken

2 ribs celery, thinly sliced

1 cup seedless green grapes, halved

3/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons finely minced green onions

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Combine first chicken, celery, and grapes in a large bowl; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients; combine with chicken mixture, using as much or as little as necessary to moisten as desired. You may add a little more mayonnaise if you like a creamier salad. Chill and stir again before serving.

Serves 4 to 6.

 

Deviled Egg Recipe

6 hard-cooked eggs  cooled, shelled, cut in half, yolk removed

1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, or to taste

Paprika

Preparation:

Mash yolks and combine with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and relish. Refill centers of the egg whites with the mixture. Garnish with ground paprika.

Serves 6 (2 halves per person)

 

 

Lunch # 4 Meatball Spaghetti Sauce

 

Meatballs in Spaghetti Sauce (1 C) without the spaghetti – served warm in thermos

Wonderful Waldorf Salad: 1/3 to � cup

Broccoli trees, cold asparagus or carrot strips dipped in Russian Dressing or honey

(1/4 C in BPA-Free Container)

Snack: Organic GFCF O s

Fruit smoothie � to � C in cold thermos or GFCF V8 juice, GFCF juice box,

fortified organic rice milk box

Snack if needed: GFCF chips & bean dip in BPA-free container

Toy: Stickers appropriate to the child

 

Spaghetti and Meatballs

1 small yellow onion

1 slice GFCF rice bread

2 Tbs water

1 teas salt

� teas oregano

1 pound ground beef

2 jars GFCF pasta sauce

 

Put onion in food processor and mince. Add bread, water, salt, and oregano and mix again. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl. Knead by hand together with ground beef until thoroughly mixed. Shape into desired meatball size. Put meatballs into a slow cooked with spaghetti sauce and cook for 4 hours. Refrigerate.

Serves: 4 to 6

 

Wonderful Waldorf Salad Recipe

1 C pineapple chunks (fresh or unsweetened canned)

3 C apples, peeled and cute in � inch cubes

1/3 C raisins

1 C carrots, thinly sliced

1/3  � c walnut pieces (optional)

1 C GFCF mayonnaise

Fruit Smoothie

1 � C rice milk

� glass crushed ice

1 Tbs rice powder

1 Tbs coconut milk (optional)

Add one of the following and blend at high speed until smooth and thick.

1 sliced banana

1 cored and chopped pear

1 handful of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or combination

Russian Dressing

1 C GFCF mayonnaise

1 C GFCF ketchup

Servings: 8

 

Lunch #5 Chicken & Magical Muffins

Baked or grilled chicken (leftovers from dinner) � cold chicken breast

Apple salad served in cold thermos

Veggie-Muffins 1  2

Fruit smoothie � to � C in cold thermos or GFCF V8 juice, GFCF juice box,

fortified organic rice milk box

Snack if needed: Carrots & bean dip in BPA-free container

 

Apple Salad

2 large Red delicious apples, unpeeled, cored and but into 1 inch chunks

2/3 C crushed pineapple, drained or fresh pineapple minced – reserve juice

1/3 C celery, diced

2 Tbs raisins

 

Dressing

3 Tbs soy yogurt

2 teaspoons GFCF mayonnaise

1 Tbs pineapple juice

1/8 Teaspoon cinnamon

In a medium bowl, combine the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, Pour the dressing over the fruit mixture and stir.

 

Veggie- Muffins

1 store-bought GFCF cake mix prepared according to package directions- but not baked

Add 1 C pureed vegetables  using one or more of the following:

carrots, squash, peas, green beans

Add 1/2 C applesauce to batter

Option  stir in 1 C GFCF chocolate chips

 

Mix purees in with the batter, stir in chocolate chips (optional). Transfer the mixture to a muffin pan, filling each cup about two-thirds of the way. Bake at 3750 F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Do not overcook, as this will result in dry muffins. Once cooled, these muffins can be frozen to be eaten later.

 

Yields 12 muffins

 

 

Lunch # 6 Sensory Sensible (for those who avoid lumps and bumps )

Pot Pie Muffins (2)

Hummus

Fruit smoothie

Snack: Bean dip

 

Pot Pie Muffins

1 store-bought GFCF cake mix prepared according to package directions- but not baked

Add 1 C pureed vegetables  using one or more of the following:

carrots, squash, peas, green beans

Add 1/2 C applesauce to batter

Add 1/2 C pureed chicken

Option  stir in 1 C GFCF chocolate chips

 

Mix purees in with the batter, stir in chocolate chips (optional). Transfer the mixture to a muffin pan, filling each cup about two-thirds of the way. Bake at 3750 F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Do not overcook, as this will result in dry muffins. Once cooled, these muffins can be frozen to be eaten later.

 

Yields 12 muffins

 

 

The above is an excerpt from the book The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet
by Pamela J. Compart, M.D. and Dana Laake, R.D.H., M.S., L.D.N.
Published by Fair Winds Press; November 2006;$24.95US/$32.50CAN; 978-1-59233-223-6
Copyright � 2008 Pamela J. Compart, M.D. and Dana Laake, R.D.H., M.S., L.D.N

Author Bio
Pamela J. Compart
, M.D., is a developmental pediatrician in Columbia, Maryland. She combines traditional and complementary medicine approaches to the treatment of ADHD, autism, and other behavioral and developmental disorders. She is also the director of HeartLight Healing Arts, a multidisciplinary integrated holistic health care practice, providing services for children, adults, and families.

Dana Godbout Laake, R.D.H., M.S., L.D.N., is a licensed nutritionist in Kensington, Maryland. Within her practice, Dana Laake Nutrition, she provides preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services. Her practice includes nutritional evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of health issues affecting adults and children with special needs.

Been a rollercoaster!

We’ve had some ups and downs around here.  J’s new meds were working great and then the side effects kicked in and he was falling asleep in the middle of the day.  Then I changed the time to give it to him and it wasn’t kicking in in time for the school bus.  So we had some bad incidents (including biting and losing a tooth (already loose).  So we changed times again.  Can’t tell you if its working since he is now sick with a head cold that turned feverish tonight.  UGH!

So did you notice the new blingy badge over there  <——–  Savvy Source is doing 12 days of giveaways starting on December 9th.  Click the badge and get all the details.  I will be blogging on my page over there (http://www.tucson.savvysource.com) about our personal favorites in the books and toys department.  There will also be some fun holiday blogs by all the city editors on the holiday page.  Have a happy holiday season and I hope you win something.  There are lots of other giveaways out there as well this month.