Category: severe peanut allergy

recent reminder

i was reminded recently of how God has been working in the lives of our family.  sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day battles and current needs & requests, that we forget where we have come from.  we forget the answered prayers.  we forget that God has been more than faithful in our lives.

our recent reminder came in the form of journals.

our son, Nick, (now almost 14), has asthma & allergies, (including a severe peanut allergy). 

Nick was diagnosed around 1 year of age, after a scary trip to the ER.  in the days, weeks, months, years that followed, we kept journals of his medicine doses.  (this may sound crazy, but when medicines/times/doses start to blend in to one another, it is a great way to keep track of what’s going on).

journal after journal, we kept track.  some days only contain one or two entries.  other days, the medicines seemed to never end.

some of the days, (and especially nights), seemed to go on forever.  the sound of your child restless, coughing, wheezing, struggling to take catch his breath.  those nights, we found ourselves crying out to God.  pleading with Him to heal our son, to give this struggle to us, his parents, not him. 

yet, that’s not what God chose to do.  God heard our cry.  He chose to answer our prayers simply by carrying us through them.

no.  he didn’t completely heal our son.  he still has asthma & allergies.  yes, he had to endure months of allergy shots, allergy tests, daily medicine, but our God traveled these roads with us…and He continues to walk with us today.  things are much better today.  nick’s body is strong.  there are many worse things that people deal with and through this God has never left us.

no one can fully understand why God chooses to do certain things in our lives, but we trust that God knows what is best.

these are some verses that i claimed during this time.  favorite verses that still bring me comfort.

  • James 1:2-5  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
  • I Peter 5:10  “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you & make you strong, firm & steadfast.”
  • Isaiah 43:1-2 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

pretty parfait

just an easy tasty treat i thought i would share with you. quite easy to make and just use whatever you have on hand. 

this particular one, i made, layering:

  • light & fit dannon vanilla yogurt
  • toasted wheat germ, (for a nutty taste, without the nuts)
  • fresh pineapple chunks
  • fresh strawberry
  • a sprinkle of mini-chocolate chips

that’s all!  very tasty for a warm spring afternoon.  enjoy!!

100 calorie snacks {some of my favs}

Ok.  i thought i would write a post about a few 100 calorie snacks that i have tried and let you know what i thought about them, kind of like a taste test–but i’m the only one here tasting. i’m not trying to sound like i am an expert in the area of snacks….just thought it would be fun to review a few of my favorites. 

the only one that i eat daily, is the popcorn.  the other ones are just a special treat, now & then.

it’s best to get these on sale, or at a place like Walmart or Target….also, many companies, like Meijer are coming out with their own brand of 100 calorie treats that are just as good and don’t cost as much. 

(i’m pretty sure all of these that i mention are also peanut-free items, but please double-check the ingredients, if that is an issue in your family.)

if you have a favorite (store-bought, pre-packaged low-cal snack), leave a comment!!!

so, here we go…..

100 calorie Pop-Secret Butter Popcorn

  • this is my all time favorite.  i eat this popcorn almost every night before bed.  for 100 calories, the quantity is amazing….totally fills you up and tastes great.
 
100 calorie Oreo Thin Crisps

  • now, you may be thinking, how can a thin Oreo taste good??  when you are craving something sweet and chocolatey, this is the answer.
 
Hershey’s 100 Calorie Dark Chocolate Bars

  • ok. let me just say, there is nothing low-calorie tasting about  these.  they are absolutely fabulous.  if you are craving a chocolate candy bar without the guilt, these are the answer!
 
Hostess 100 Calorie Packs

  • these little sweeties are not only cute, but tasty.  if you have a love for hostess, but are cutting calories, these are the answer.
  • my absolute favorite is the crumb cakes (not pictured)
 
100 Calorie Doritos Mini Bites

  • well, if you need something salty to curb your cravings, try these.  these tiny bites pack a punch! 
 
Nature Valley 100 Calorie Granola Bites

  • these tiny treasures are very tasty & filling.
Nabisco 100 Calorie Pack Lorna Doone Cookies

  • i have always loved lorna doone cookies and these little bites are just as tasty as the originals.

oriental cabbage salad

my friend, lisa, asked me for this recipe, so i thought i would also share it with you!  

oriental cabbage salad  

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. sliced almonds (we omit)
  • small head cabbage
  • green onions
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts
  • pkg. romaine noodles–no seasoning 

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 cup salad oil (olive oil)
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt 

Directions: 

  1. Cut cabbage, green onions and chicken, into bite size pieces.
  2. Mix together.
  3. Break noodles into small pieces and add.
  4. (Add almonds.)
  5. Stir together all ingredients for dressing.
  6. Add dressing to salad ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  7. Marinate at least 5 hours or overnight.  Stirring occasionally.
  8. Store in fridge! 

Enjoy!