Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Quote of the Year


Our family friend Ranga has attended holiday gatherings with us for 20-some years. He came here originally from India, and doesn't have family here, so he became a part of ours. Hayden has been in the same room with him at nearly every holiday party since he was born. In usual Hayden style, he hasn't paid attention. He doesn't notice faces. Because of his Autism he gets an overall impression of a person based on their body type, or clothes, or hair color.  He used to follow people with Bill's body type at the park, because he didn't know his face. I had to watch him carefully. Today he asked me who Uncle Andy was; My mom's brother, who he also sees every holiday. But the quote of the year was this, when he noticed Ranga today:

"Why is Barack Obama here?"

Hayden, that's our friend Ranga. You've seen him before.

"What does he do?  Are you the President?"

No, no, I'm not the President.

Hayden, you have lots of friends with brown skin, like Fred at Cornerstone, or Orin at school. This is Ranga, he's Grandpa's friend. He's not the President.

"Oh." (not really getting it.)

"...Why is he that color?"

Because God likes to make everyone different.

"Oh." (Still not really getting it.) So at 10 or 15 minute intervals, he would just ask again.  "Are you the President?"  No, still not him.

After about the fourth time he asked, Ranga finally said, "Yes, yes I am the President."  My brother says, "Is your Secret Service entourage in the bushes out back?"  Mom explains why it's a tough job and no one should want to do it.

Meanwhile Hayden is in the other room playing Angry Birds and has filed the incident in his brain under, "Well that was interesting. Just met the President. Were Mario characters involved?  No...delete facial recognition and all memory of the event." So he'll probably ask him again at the next holiday. Unless he fails to notice he's even in the room, because after all, no Mario characters were involved.

Just another day in the life of the strange world of Autism. :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Thank You

It's almost Christmas, and I'm feeling sentimental.  


2006


Some of our Christmas blessings:

  • Hayden is asking "Why" questions. 
  • He asked me the other day, "How was your day at work today?" (showing empathy. This is maybe only the 2nd time I've ever seen it from him.)
  • He is pulled out of his special needs class to attend reading and math time with the mainstream 1st grade class.
  • His stomach doesn't hurt all the time.

2007

  • Rylie does not have Autism.
  • She no longer has diarrhea every day. 
  • Her eczema is improved. 
  • Her languag skills are excellent.
  • She's bright, and inquisitive, and sweet.
  • She loves kisses and hugs.

2008


Most importantly, in light of recent tragedies:  my children are alive. We have a home. We are free from want, after a year that has brought some desperate moments. We have people to call family, and people to call friends. We are watched over by several angels in Heaven. We are together, and take care of each other. We have hope for a better future.

2009


Hayden still has his challenges, as referenced in the previous post.  He still has rough days. But he is improving, and doing things I never hoped possible for him.  Rylie is growing stronger every day, and shows that she is not going to let her illness take her down. Thank you to those people who have made this possible.

2010


A big Thank you to

  • The staff, current and past, of Cornerstone Autism Center. For helping children with Autism live better lives.
  • Mrs. Hillis, Ms. Childers, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Fox, and Mrs. Gliva at Jeremiah-Gray Elementary School. For helping my son, and his classmates, succeed at school and life.
  • My parents and brothers, for continuing to love Hayden unconditionally, and for supporting me as I explore new treatments and new ideas in the worlds of Autism and Nutrition. 
  • My brothers and dad, for getting me a new website to allow Hayden's story to reach even more families affected by Autism. (coming soon!) 
  • My friends, near and far, old and new, who listen to my gripes. Who know to call me and catch up, because I get caught up in my kids. Who read my blog posts, Facebook posts, Tweets. Who build me up when I'm down. Who remind me that I'm stronger than I think I am. Who remind me to get out once in a while and leave the kids at home.
  • The doctors and staff at Ortho Indy, for helping a little boy with Autism go through the process of healing a broken arm with courage and dignity.
  • Dr. Leslie Parent, for treating my kids' sniffles, strep, hives and more, and for having the strength of character to let us share Hayden with both her and his Autism doctor without feeling offended that there are many things about Autism that she doesn't know.
  • The parents of TACA, for holding parent meetings on their own time, and teaching new parents ways to bring their children out of Autism.
  • Staci Small, for answering every last email. For repeating herself because I wasn't listening. For being creative with supplements and recipes. For working hard to help families improve their lives.
  • Dr. Mary Lou Hulseman, for treating Hayden and Rylie. For going to conferences and continuing to learn more. For holding parent training sessions on her own time. For blocking out two days a week of her schedule just for her Autism patients. For responding to my frantic late night voicemails about hives and yellow skin. For helping me learn and for treating me respectfully as I ask a thousand questions. And mostly, for saving my children from Autism. Thank you for giving me hope.  

To all of you I am so grateful. Thank you for allowing me to share Hayden and Rylie with you. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  
 
2011

2011 


(Don't worry, 2012 pics coming soon!)  :)  
Take care and enjoy your holidays!  
Sheila


Friday, December 14, 2012

New Discoveries



Choosing toys for their wish lists to Santa. Notice Rylie was indiscriminate and walked around with any toy she saw. She didn't understand that we were writing toys down, not buying them, but she left peacefully.

  • Rylie (age 23 months) recognizes the letters a, w, and g; her name in print, and can count in Toddler ("1, 2...10!  2...4...2..5!") She also has realized that the egg timer on the oven sometimes means that the bacon is done. "BACON!!"

  • Both my children can eat at Moe's Southwest Grill, which has a list of all the allergens in each ingredient option. Hayden got chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and rice.  Rylie got chicken, beans, lettuce, and olives.

I warned Hayden before we went in that when someone enters the Moe's Restaurant they yell, "Welcome to Moe's."  He therefore thought it was pretty funny as we were eating every time they yelled "Welcome to Moe's!" and would repeat it and laugh. 


  • Both my children may have mitochondrial metabolism disorder. I will need to start learning more about it and possibly get them tested.  It would have contributed to Hayden's heart murmur, seizures, low muscle tone, gut trouble, and developmental delay.  Rylie's symptoms would be her constipation and failure to gain weight.  More info about mitochondrial disorders is in this article.  The good news about this is that it's information about what may be going on in their bodies, which can lead to more ways to help my children improve. The frustrating aspect is the addition of yet another diagnosis to both of their long lists of current health problems.

Rylie's most recent growth charts:


Rylie:

Hayden:

Rylie just saw Dr. Hulseman (the autism/special needs specialist) on the 12th. Hayden's next appointment with her is the 26th.  He is having yeast issues and trouble peeing again.  Rylie's issues were her distended and hard belly, hives, yeast, failure to gain weight (though improved since last visit), and possible reaction to amoxicillin (yellowing skin, hives, lethargy).




Coming Soon:  2 weeks off for all three of us!  I plan on taking their Christmas pictures and writing our end of year Christmas letter, so stay tuned!  


Friday, November 16, 2012

Little Indiana Feature


Check it out-- I'm featured on the Little Indiana blog!

Indiana Blogs: Hope And Lavender



Indiana Blogs: Hope and Lavender
Indiana Blogs: Hope and Lavender
Hope and Lavender is an Indiana blog that will serve as inspiration for parents of Autistic children: you can see how far Hayden has come and know that he’s still improving!

Click here for the full write-up!  :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Broken Bones


Our school system has a new calendar called Balanced Calendar. It means students had two weeks off for Fall Break instead of just two days, and will have two weeks off for Spring Break as well, but then a shorter summer (I think it's 8 weeks.)  Autism and balanced calendars don't really go together for single working moms.  I decided to send him to the YMCA program where I figured they would keep him busy all day playing.  He did amazingly well all week.  I was pretty shocked, as he knew no one going in the first day. All week I had my cell phone attached to me at work, expecting a call any minute saying, "This boy is out of control, come pick him up."  Nope, each day at pick up they said, "he had a good day!"

But when I picked him up Thursday the lady said, "he said he fell and hurt his arm this morning. He took a nap and laid on it and slept." To her credit, it didn't really look broken. No bruising. A slight bump. But very hot. And he was definitely holding it wrong, favoring it. 

After I knew it was broken, I came back the next day and spoke with the staff supervisor, who had the director call me.  I made sure to tell both of them that in future, if a child with Autism says anything hurts, you call their mom immediately. They often have very high pain tolerance and it's rare that you will hear them complain about pain. I feel bad that he had to spend his whole day in pain before I got there, but I'm not angry with the staff because they didn't know any better.

In the car I asked Hayden how much it hurt, a little, a lot, or zero.  "A lot."  Hmm. If 1 is a happy face and 10 is a very sad face and crying, how much does it hurt, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 or 10?  "10"  Are you sure it doesn't hurt maybe a 7 or 8? "No, it's a 10." So we picked up Rylie and I told Hayden we were going to the doctor to get an x-ray. "Oh, it's only a 4 now." A few minutes later:  "it's only a 2. I don't need any shots."  I told him, "you don't need shots. You'll get an x-ray. It's a picture. Pictures don't hurt. How much does it hurt now?"  "Only 2 or 3."  Hmm...



It's hard to tell in the picture above.  But when he fell the doctor said his bones crumpled, like when you step on a soda can and it crumples up.  The arrows point to where the bone broke. In the top picture on the left bone you can see how it should be straight but bunches out at the side.  



Rylie helped in the waiting room at MedCheck by stealing Hayden's noise-blocking headphones for herself. 



And coloring.  She was being super cute.



Once Rylie got into this room, however:


She decided to scream at the top of her lungs, destroy the paper on the exam table, try to pull over the trash can, bang on the door and shout "Close!," escape to the hall when the nurses came in, tried to push buttons on the equipment in the x-ray room, and essentially make herself out to be the most misbehaved child I've ever seen.  She didn't want to be held, she wanted to thrash around on the floor and destroy things. The nurses tried to bribe her with candy, toys, and Gatorade. The Gatorade would have worked but she couldn't figure out how to drink out of it. They brought her a straw, but it was too big and she couldn't make it work. At this point I remembered I had sippy cups in the car from the morning and dragged her, limp noodle screaming style, out to the car and back in with the sippy cup.  It looked kind of like this: 


Only louder. In the parking lot she threw herself to the ground right as another car came by to park, and the passenger was looking at me like I'd just thrown my child on the pavement. By the time we got back in the room the nurses and doctor had finished making Hayden a temporary cast and sling and we were able to leave a few minutes later. She was silent the whole ride home. Of course she was.

Hayden was so good with Rylie's screaming. It was as if they'd switched roles for the evening. Usually he would have started screaming, too, making me doubly stressed-out and embarrassed.

Therefore the next morning I took Rylie to daycare while Hayden and I went to Ortho Indy to get Hayden his real cast. He made sure to tell everyone we saw there that he needed "a red cast and no shots."

This day went well until his ibuprofen ran out. Then he had an almost-meltdown about getting in the car to get Rylie from daycare.  It took me 15 minutes to get him into the car. He said it hurt 'alot-alot'. : (  Once I got him in the car he had his full meltdown because, in his opinion, juice boxes can only be held with two hands. 

Here's how the conversation went: 

"I can't hold it! I can't do it!"
"Hayden, you only need one hand to hold a juice box." 
"But that's not the same!  I need two hands!" (started crying)
"Hayden, it's not a big deal. You can still do it."
"No!  I can't!" (kicking the back of my seat like a maniac.)
"Hayden, I don't like when you kick my seat. Please stop."
After a few more attempts at reason I give up and just was quiet. Sometimes this gives him time to reflect and he quiets down.  After several more minutes of kicking my seat and screaming, he got quiet. Then he said, "You're right. I'm going to try what you said... Hey, it works! You're right!"

Sigh. 


He cheered up a bit when he saw Rylie. 

On the way home in the car he said:
"Rylie, I got a new guy today. His name is Two Face. Can you say Two Face?" 
She stared at him. 
H: "Can you say two?" 
Rylie: "Three four... five." 
H: No, say two. 
"Two!" 
Say Face. 
"Face." She smiles and nods.
Say Two Face. 
"No." (Shaking her head and smiling.)
Say Two Face.
"Bob. Spider up. Wash and... Yay!!" (Clapping)
H: "Mom, she won't say it!"

Sorry little bud. Nonconformity is in her genes.

We have survived the first week of the broken arm and Hayden is doing pretty well.  He was already fairly ambidextrous before, so he has easily switched to eating, writing, and using the computer mouse with his left hand. Wiping after using the restroom is kind of an issue... And playing the Wii doesn't work very well, unless it's Mario Kart where he just has to push one button.  For the most part he doesn't complain.

He doesn't like the sling and won't wear it. He insists on his shirts and jackets being pushed up above the cast. He won't let us write on it to sign our names. He picks at the white undercover. I'm a bit frightened of him when he's having a tantrum, because he doesn't know how much damage he can do (to Rylie) swinging that big cast around. 

We go in a week for the doctor to check him and see how he's doing.  At that point he may be able to take off the top part of the cast so it's not over his elbow.


Let's end on a good note with our pre-incident Target photo shoot:



The second one is my favorite, because he asked if he could try the glasses on and that's how he was standing there for a second, just staring in the little mirror with his mouth open!






Little Indiana

My blog will be featured on a blog called Little Indiana.  Here are my answers to her questions, and I'll let you know when her post is up!  : )

How long have you been blogging?  Why did you want to blog?  What keeps you writing? 

I've been blogging since February of 2010. I have always enjoyed writing, and I thought that blogging would be a good way for me to really explore my feelings toward being a mom of a child with Autism.  So much stress, frustration, sadness, guilt.  But there are also moments of triumph and pure joy.  What kept me writing was that each time I got my thoughts down, I felt better about my situation.  It was a healing experience for me. The posts weren't really for anyone but me, as a way to talk through my struggles. 

Shortly after starting the blog, I came across the Autism group TACA, and was made aware that there are biomedical interventions and behavior therapies that can help children with Autism.  I began these interventions, and my son began to change. At that point, the blog became a journal of his journey out of Autism.  I kept writing because there was so much to say, so many changes happening with him so quickly.

Soon I realized how much I wanted to share my successes with other parents, not just to share my happiness, but in hopes that other parents would be able to help their children as I had helped mine. My blog has gotten over 14,000 hits in nearly three years, so am hoping that others have gotten some inspiration from reading. What keeps me writing now is the hope that just one parent this month will read my blog and consider trying some of these interventions with their child.

Why did you choose Hope and Lavender as your blog title? 

I chose Hope and Lavender as my blog title, so that each time I read it I get a small dose of peace. The word Lavender makes me think first of a warm summer day in my garden, and second of a nice calm, quiet!, bath. Hope is the concept that gets me through the rough days. As my blog has grown, I think the name is even more appropriate, as I've learned that Lavender oil is often used with children with Autism to help relax and calm them.  And my blog has grown into a page to inspire others and give them Hope that Autism doesn't have to be forever. 

What do you want others to know about parenting a child with Autism? 
I suppose that the biggest part is never getting to relax. Typical children have their share of fits and quirks.  But as an Autism Parent you spend most of your day dealing with problems as they come. You spend the rest of your day dealing with insurance and the schools, shopping at specialty stores, baking special foods, and doling out 30+ vitamins and medicines a day.  When you become a parent of a child with Autism, there is no longer any time for yourself.

As a parent of a child with Autism, it's like playing a chess game. You are always trying to stay two steps ahead of whatever situation may arise.  "If we go here, then this will happen, which means he'll do this, so I need to bring this."  It's all about planning two days ahead and prepping your child. It's all about making picture schedules, reminding your child to do things, and usually doing things for them or it will never get done. Things a child their age should be able to do, like putting on their socks, or remembering to wipe after using the restroom. Each day is stressful, since there are always occurrences that you don't plan for that bother your child and which you then have to deal with.  They are out of his favorite food at the grocery. The car gets a flat tire and you didn't pack any juice. His favorite toy broke at 8 pm and your other child is already asleep. You promise a trip to the park but there are no other kids there for him to play with.  

Life is about uncertainty and disappointment, and being willing to change your plans at the drop of a hat and find happiness no matter your situation. Most people can do this. Unfortunately children with Autism cannot.  And so you have to try to avoid disappointment and change and uncertainty as best you can, and help him deal with them when you can't. This means every moment of every day is about that child, which makes it difficult for everyone around him, and difficult for others not in the situation to understand that you're not spoiling your child, you're maintaining status quo so that everyone, including him, has a peaceful day.

What else would you like Indiana readers to know?  
Indiana is one of only a few states that has an Autism Insurance Mandate. This means that your health insurance is required to pay for Autism services. People move TO our state for this reason. We have several excellent centers for Autism Therapy and several great doctors who specialize in the biomedical treatment for Autism.  If you live in Indiana and know someone with Autism, please help educate their family that there are real things you can do to help a child with Autism improve. There's a person in there; we just have to work to bring them out.

What are your 3 favorite posts? 
I like these because they're inspirational and written from the heart. 




Thanks for reading!  

: )  Sheila

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Appleworks


Bonus pic:  Bowling!


Appleworks Orchard





Deep in thought 






The Slide 





This was about as close as either kid wanted to be to the "horses". They were "very big".



Hayden is telling the train to stop so he can get on.




Rylie really enjoyed seeing the animals. Both kids were afraid to feed them, but once Grandpa did they got courage and did it. Then they were excited and wanted more.  Hayden really enjoyed the giant slide. He said it was the best day ever. At the end of the afternoon I walked to get dad's car to drive it back and pick everyone up. Problem was I had no idea how to work the contraption. The new Prius doesn't require you to put a key in the ignition, and when you push the power button to turn it on, nothing happens (no noise as if a car is starting up.) You just put it in reverse (which means you have to push the brake then move the gear shift to reverse and it pops back in place, equally confusing) and start driving.  I was pretty proud that I finally figured it out on my own but I was really ready to jump on out of the driver's seat and give it back! :)




Saturday, September 8, 2012

What do your kids eat?


It's funny how many times I get asked this question.  Probably daily.

Even funnier is the answer.   I don't know?   : )

Not really.  With Hayden we have some set things and I'm adding things slowly. He goes through phases where he wants the same thing every day for two months, then he switches.With Rylie... I give her choices, and if she won't eat them I give her more choices. She eats constantly, since it's mostly fruits and vegetables, which don't fill you up much.  She will eat a meat or veggie one day but not the next, which makes life extra difficult. I've discovered that she does like beans, which is a typical dinner food for her.


my fridge

freezer


Hayden is on a Gluten Free, Casein Free diet.  This means he can't eat any foods that contain wheat or milk.
List of foods that contain wheat or milk
Great list of GFCF diet resources from TACA

Hayden's Supplements Post  Hayden explains why he doesn't want to take any more pills today
Nutrition for Autism Post  More info on how diet helps children with Autism
Hayden's Diet and Supplements Post  Specifics on why Hayden is on this diet

His 3 foods he switches between for a main course are:
pizza (recipe here)
spaghetti

Cooking rice spaghetti is a bit different: it has this white foam on it and needs to be rinsed.

Finished product looks the same as wheat spaghetti.

chicken nuggets


drinks
chocolate almond milk
  Blue Diamond Chocolate Almond Breeze Unsweetened ( 12x32 OZ)
vanilla almond milk

vanilla rice milk
  Rice Dream Rice Drink, Enriched Vanilla, 8-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 27)
white grape juice


snacks
carrots
green beans (he'll only eat canned)
Fritos
Lay's or Ruffles plain potato chips (Hayden often eats chips in the morning in the car. This probably makes me look like a really bad mom to all the daycare parents who see him chomping away in the back seat as we pull up. But, Hayden needs the fat since he's under weight, and needs the salt because his iodine is low. And, all he's really getting is potatoes, oil and salt. Whereas the other kids at daycare probably ate chocolate frosted sugar bombs for breakfast. So don't give me your looks.)  ; )

GF chocolate chip protein muffins  (recipe here)
  
fruit bars
Enjoy Life Caramel Apple Chewy On The Go Bars, Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free, 5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
granola
  Enjoy Life Cinnamon Raisin Crunch Granola, Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free, 12.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 6)
Daiya cheese (they make a cheese wedge now that he loves)
  


sometimes I can get him to eat
GF bacon or hot dogs
  530
Amy's GFCF Mac N Cheese
  Rice Mac & Cheese
canned corn
chicken breast
peas
grapes
vegetable soup (just the broth, he eats around the veggies)
apples
jello (homemade)
ham
animal crackers
 Product Details
Bisquick GF pancakes
  

Treats he loves
GFCF donuts
  Product Image for Gluten Free Nut Free Chocolate Dipped Donuts
cake/ cupcakes
  Gluten Free Cake Mix

cookies
CF vanilla or chocolate "ice cream"
  

I add oil to his pizza and spaghetti to bump up the calories. I used to add protein powder and found out that wasn't the best idea, because it's filling him up but not giving him as many calories.

I add flax powder to his pizza and spaghetti for omega fatty acids. If he doesn't get enough omegas he starts having nightmares.


I have successfully gotten him to at least try a bite of
hamburger
meatballs
pot roast


Things I've tried with Hayden and he won't eat yet
GF waffles
homemade GFCF mac n cheese
chicken noodle soup


Rylie is on the GFCF diet and the Specific Carb Diet.

I took this pic after going to the grocery for the first time after starting SCD:


I buy Beechnut brand baby food, because I heard that Gerber's preservatives contain milk and Beechnut's don't. Who knows if this is true, but it's better not to risk it.

The idea behind the Specific Carb Diet is that complex carbs (grains and sugar) are too large for her tummy to digest. I have to avoid all foods with sugar added. Sugar is really hard to avoid in store-bought foods. In fact if it's got more than one ingredient, one of them is probably sugar. She also has to avoid complex carbs, like corn, potatoes, and all grains. It doesn't help that she's allergic to sesame (in store-bought hummus), flax, hazelnut, and coconut.  This page and this page have lists of what's allowed or not allowed on SCD. 

Rylie also has a feeding disorder. She can't bite off food or chew it as she should. She prefers soft foods. This adds to the difficulty of getting her to try and eat new things.  She will be going back to Riley Hospital's Outpatient center where they will teach her how to chew her food. 

Rylie craves carbs. She crawls under the table at daycare to find what the other kids dropped.  She goes through Hayden's cabinets at home and brings me his food, or opens it herself and goes to hide and eat her treasure. I'm going to have to lock the cabinets. And have her take the OAT to see what's really going on in her gut.


Rylie likes
applesauce
black olives
white (northern) beans
pinto beans
black beans


   

  
Give Rylie a few beans in a bowl. Come back to find most of them on the floor. 

 
And a big smile on her face.   This is why I have since moved the high chair to the tile floor.


hamburger
meat balls  (I added applesauce instead of bread crumbs to make it SCD compliant)
chicken breast (baked, fried or boiled)
watermelon
ham
pork chops
scrambled eggs
pork rinds (high in fat, which is a good thing for her since I'm trying to get her to gain weight. These were a life-saver when I switched her to SCD, since she loves potato chips but they're illegal on SCD. I call the pork rinds "crunchies" and give them to her whenever Hayden's eating chips.)
grapes
cooked carrots
freeze-dried bananas (Freeze dried, not just dried. The dried are too crunchy for her feeding issues, she can't chew them.)
Organic Raw Freeze-Dried Banana
almond butter (since I'm severely allergic to peanuts I'm afraid to give her peanut butter)

 
Mmmm.  Almond butter.  Rylie has figured out that every time she eats almond butter I have to give her a bath because I can't get the almond butter off her. So she'll often ask for almond butter, each three bites, and say, "bafff! bafff!" Rylie does love her bath. 

  


tomato sauce (with no sugar)  Muir Glen was the only brand I could find store-bought without added sugar. I tried making homemade and she wouldn't eat it, but I'll keep trying.
banana baby food

Sometimes she'll eat
hot dogs
apples
bananas
peas
carrots
raisins
pears
peaches
cantaloupe
pineapple
(I try to buy fresh, organic fruits. If not, I only buy fruits canned in juice, not syrup, which is sugar.)
dried fruit (you have to be careful, most have added sugar)


Things neither kid will eat yet
squash chips  I've tried this twice and they ended up mushy. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong with it.
broccoli
salsa
homemade smoothies
coconut yogurt
almond yogurt

My goal would be for both kids to eat only SCD, and only home-made foods that are organic and free of dyes and preservatives.  Slowly, slowly, maybe some day I'll get there. : )  Right now I use a lot of store-bought products for both kids, for lack of time. And, for their lack of willingness to eat the homemade things I make. : )

Pinterest Recipes I'd like to try
GFCF
SCD

TACA's GFCF Recipe Database

Where do I buy the special foods? 
Kroger  GF BBQ chips, EnerG Bread, Rice Milk, Almond Milk, one Kroger does carry Daiya shredded cheese
Meijer  Enjoy Life fruit bars, Applegate Farms GF hot dogs, Ian's chicken nuggets, Amy's mac n cheese
Target  Applegate Farms GF bacon, Rice Milk, Almond Milk, organic produce
Nature's Pharm (Local health food store)  Daiya cheese, CF Ice cream, GFCF frozen baked goods, GF baking goods, dried fruits



All Done!  Time for a bath!