Migraines & the Food Elimination Diet

After my hysterectomy last May (2012) my migraines just won’t go away. Cheese and yogurt seem to be triggers but I also believe they are hormone related. I finally went to a hormone dr and she advised me to do a Food Elimination Diet along with blood to check my hormone levels.

I’m eliminating gluten & processed dairy. Raw milk has so many healing properties I will continue to use our raw milk. I will cut back on coffee, I don’t believe that is a trigger for me so I’m not eliminating it. I would go bonkers if I had to.
After reading the Whole Nutrition Cookbook I am excited about the possibilities of finding a cure for this misery!
Also, I’m debating on doing the Elisa food allergy test. The results are not a guarantee so I’m not sure I want to spend the money on the test.
Wish me luck!!!!

My Love For Cooking

It’s game day at our house this morning. Game day calls for something special for breakfast. Something special to me is homemade cinnamon rolls. Every time I make them I remember my mom making them for us when I was a kid.

One of the many things my mom taught me growing up was how to cook. I can remember cooking a casserole at 10 years old and having a sense of accomplishment. Even before that I remember cooking pancakes ( I still have a serious thing for pancakes).
Being a wife and a mother of 5 I can’t imagine not having the ability to provide delicious meals for my family.

I pray that my girls develop the same passion for cooking. I can’t imagine not having the ability to whip up something special for my family.

Thank you Mama for everything you have taught me, especially how to cook!!! I love you more than words.

Preparing for baby

With the arrival of baby #5 in 16 weeks, we are making lots of changes in our home.
Here’s what’s going on:

  • Added a laundry room: such a blessing this has been!
  • Cosmetic changes in the kitchen, adding bead board & painting
  • The boy’s are now in one room to make room for baby Olivia.
  • Improving the boy’s closet (I wish we would have taken before pics)
  • Improving the girl’s closet (will definitely take before and after pics)
  • Painting the living room
  • LOTS of reorganizing!!!

As the kids are getting older and they are consuming more food, I am having to make changes with food prep and shopping trips. I feel like we have finally crossed the bridge into “a large family”. I see that as a challenge. It’s fun!!

I am really wanting to replace my 4.5 qt KitchenAid mixer with the 7qt…..it comes with a pretty big price tag…so I will have to wait.

With all that being said, I hope to blog more than what I have been…but what I blog about will be about all kinds of things not just bento.
Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!!

All those dirty cups on the counters!

I’m really tired of all the dirty cups in my kitchen! We use to have a colored cup for each kid. But my 8yr old now uses the regular size cups. So our system needs some tweaking! Here is what I came up with:
Drew circles on a place-mat with fabric markers then wrote each family members’ name on a circle and “TAAA DAAAA”!!!
I could have planned better and made these really cute. But I just wanted to get it done and not have to buy anything.
Reduce Reuse Recycle!! Save money!!!