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.

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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.

Pajamas for 2

Kind of a P.S. to last night.  J wore his new PJs all night.  this morning Little J asked to wear a dinosaur shirt.  Turns out after I went looking for his TREX shirt he was talking about the pajama shirt meant for J.  So I let him have it.  Rolled the sleeves up 3 times.  I think it will fall apart before he outgrows it. (size 6/7) for a 2 year old.

Our night fell apart around 6am when J woke up puking.  He’s been doing this off and on for almost a week.  Today it lasted much longer and was much worse than any other night/day.  He went to bed acting and feeling fine.  I’m not counting my chickens until 9am atleast (although he was fine on wed and thur.)

And as of now….I am queasy….Thanks J and the virus world.

A little about us

This is a little weird, because I’m used to blogging for friends and family.  But over here at wordpress I am pretty sure that most of you have no idea who we are.  Well that is the reason we are here, but I feel like I can’t ramble on about dr appts and treatments and school unless you know a little about us.

So here it is.  I got married over 8 years ago to a career air force man.  We met online and got married shortly after.  He was stationed in Idaho when we met, but 3 days after we said “I do” we got orders to Guam and were there 4 months later.  We stayed a year and then he switched jobs to Recruiting and we moved to Massachusetts.  The job sucked but we loved MA.  I went to school for a year at UMASS Amherst but maxed out on the number of credits I could transfer and knew that we wouldn’t be there long enough to finish.  So we switched game plans and got pregnant.  On the 1st try.  That’s right, we are poster children for “It only takes once.”  When J was 18 months old we moved to Las Vegas NV.  I was also about 5 months preggo with Little J.  Little J came 11 days after J’s 2nd Birthday.

By the time J was 2.5 years he was repeating chunks of TV dialogue ad nauseum.  We just though that he was precocious and had a great memory.  He was still addicted to his pacifier and not even close to potty training but he had a great vocabulary.   Potty training happened by about 3.5 (except at night) as did paci weaning.  We also found out at that time that DH was going to be changing jobs and had to go to 8 months of school in Mississippi.  We decided to go live near him (2 hours away) for 6 of those months.  It was during that time that we were convinced J was at the very least ADHD, but I was worried about him being misdiagnosed so I was planning to wait until he was 5.  Then on our trip back from MS we stopped at a longtime friend’s house for the night.  She emailed me a few weeks later and mentioned some of the oddities she noticed in J.  Things we thought were just stress from moving and being 4.  She sent me a few links about Asperger’s and after reading those I was convinced he had that.

When I talked to our new pediatrician about it, he pretty much dismissed it and said possibly ADHD but that we should take him to a psychiatrist and to the school district for evaluations.  We found a psych that would see us in less than 8 months (yes that was an actual wait for one) but he was HORRIBLE.  We found another one that was wonderful.  In October J was diagnosed with autism combined with ADHD, sensory disorders, and severe separation anxiety. I was in shock at first because I had been convinced that is was asperger’s.  But according to the checklists he was using, J fits autism over asperger’s because he does not seek out relationships not just can’t maintain or is awkward with relationships.

So now we are doing the cocktail shuffle to find what will work best.  He is currently on Adderall XR and Risperdal.  so far the combo of doses since Wednesday seems to be helping.  He started school almost a month ago and riding the bus about 2 weeks ago.  All of those combined have already brought dramatic changes to our lives.

Okay I think that brings everyone up to date.

Tomorrow we begin this blog in the present.

Starting fresh

I’ve decided to start a new blog that will focus mainly on our struggles and triumphs dealing with our 4year old son diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and sensory disorders.  I’ve been reading a lot of other mom blogs the past couple of months and have come to the conclusion that my kids need a little more privacy.  I was blogging from my myspace and using their real names which was okay when it was just friends and family reading, but I know there were more and things are starting to get personal.  So here I am.