Tag Archives: Food Allergies

The Simple Joys

Yesterday I had the most amazing gluten free muffin and as I was devouring it in a little g/f bakery in Seattle (mad props to The Flying Apron) I started thinking about how important the littlest things in life are. This muffin was amazing and, as I was telling Matt about the muffin experience, I realized just how special I felt having a baked good I could eat.

Kels 5

When my food allergies thing came up I felt like I lost out on a lot. I couldn’t eat any of my favorite foods, in trying to maintain my social life I had to watch my friends eat those foods, and if I accidentally ate something I am allergic to I felt like utter crap. But, now that I’m about a year into my allergy free diet, I am really savoring the feeling of not only eating a delicious and moist (so rare in g/f baking!) muffin that doesn’t make me feel like dying but also the enormous satisfaction of feeling normal. I was able to walk up to the counter, order my food without asking any questions, and eat my food with a peace of mind that’s rare for someone with multiple food allergies. This was huge for me.

Maybe I’m simple, and that’s ok,  but it’s the small things that make each day worth living; whether its a gluten-free maple nut muffin, or a sweet text message from Matt, or  a sweater with sequins cascading down the shoulders- it’s these fine details that break up the monotony of routine and make each day special. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I can actually give myself this gift by not only buying awesome muffins and sweaters but by taking the time to notice the flowers, birds, sunrises and sunsets, embracing what is, and letting go of what isn’t.Kels 6Sweater & Tank:Target//Scarf:Fred Meyers//Jeggings:Express//Boots & Bag:Lucky Brand//Belt:Charlotte Russe

It’s the simple joys that make this season special, so please go around noticing them and help create the experience for someone else if possible. And by all means, eat delicious muffins while wearing sequins, I promise you won’t be let down.

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Stripes: Of Wining and Dining and Adventures pt. 1

I know, I know, I just posted pictures from Florida but I didn’t really get a chance to tell you (slash show you via a zillion pictures) what I was up to on the New York leg of this trip. I did so much, in fact, that I am having a hard time paring down the number of pictures I want to post…so excuse my ridiculously long, two post series about New York. I had such a blast over there that I didn’t want to leave out any of the fun, so, without further adieu, here’s NY through the lens of my iPhone and a couple vignettes.

Day 1: Mr. New York and I made our way through the Village. Initially, we headed out with the goal of checking out an allergy free bakery but we turned it into a full day of poking around, finding all sorts of landmarks, and admiring the architecture. We ended the day with popsicles on the High Line-such amazing views!-and then dinner at an amazing gluten free Italian joint where we ordered wine like grown ups and made friends with the owner. We followed up dinner with some bar hoping and found our way to a speakeasy. Oh yes, themed drinking at it’s best! Though they were playing Backstreet Boys…I’m not sure it was the most historically accurate place but our drinks were served in tea cups which made up for the lack of mood music.

The first picture is of us post brownie noming at the awesome allergy free bakery and the rest are of some of the cool places we passed on our little tour.

Day 2: I took off on my own and headed towards Central Park. After taking an obligatory Strawberry Fields picture and lunching by the pond where kids race model sailboats (admittedly, I chose this spot because of how it was described in the Gossip Girl books…I had to see a few of my GG landmarks!), I headed off to Madison Ave to window shop. I don’t have many pictures from this leg of my trip because I didn’t want to seem too touristy…I’m sure I blended in like a golden retriever in a herd of Pomeranians (I was wearing a Hollister top and A&E shorts, after all) but I still had fun nonetheless. I ended my adventure by walking to the UN building and I successfully got myself home via subway all by myself-to say I was proud of myself would be an understatement. For dinner, Mr. New York and I whipped up this little dish…SO FREAKING GOOD!

The first pictures are from Central Park, the next is a really neat Dior window display, then a really pretty brownstone, and finally the UN building.

And there you have the first half of my New York trip! The second half of the trip will be up on Sunday and then we get to talk all things Disney…my “regular” posts should be starting back up just in time for Sequins to start telling us about some of her epic, impending adventures so I kind of feel like we should have temporarily renamed our blog Moose on the Run or Where in the World is Moose? or Moose Gone Wild-tell me your travel moose blog name ideas in the comments! I wanna see what you come up with for us!

Stripes: Allergen Free Candy Making Adventure!

Today, I decided to show you all how to make some allergen free candy! Well, it doesn’t have to be allergen free but I want to eat my work when I’m done, so all my ingredients are free of wheat, dairy, coconut, and peanuts although it meant I had to adapt from this recipe. NBD because the recipe is super simple and I ❤ all things chocolate.

Ingredients:

Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (these are the only ones that cost less than $4 a bag that are allergen free, also, they are freaking delicious. I am only using mini chocolate chips because the store was out of regular size, but if you’re going to melt it down anyways it won’t make a difference in the end). I also used 1.5 bags of chocolate.

Almond Butter

Powdered Sugar

Almonds

Supplies:

Bowl

Double Boiler (or a bowl and a microwave)

Mini-Muffin Tin

Mini-Muffin Wrappers

3 Spoons

Refrigerator

Let’s Do This:

Step 1:

Add water to the bottom portion of you double boiler (but only enough water that it doesn’t touch the top pan), put the top pan on, and pour chocolate chips in to the top pan. You’ll want this on medium heat. But if you don’t have a double boiler (I lucked out and stole this one from my dad a couple years ago…thanks dad! You can also microwave the chocolate chips to melt them. I just feel super cool whenever I get to use my double boiler).

Step 2:

While periodically stirring the chocolate, slowly add some powdered sugar to your almond butter (or which ever kind of butter you like, this would work with peanut butter, sun butter, cashew butter…really any of those “butters” would do). Taste the butter as you go so you get it to the sweetness you prefere. Then make a bunch of “butter” balls. I am not making as many “butter” balls as spaces in my tin because I want some to just have almonds in them (fancy, I know!).

Step 3:

Line the cups of your muffin tin with the papers. Simple enough.

Step 4:

Spoon in enough melted chocolate to make a solid layer in the bottom of each paper. Let this dry a little so the insides of your cups have somewhere to sit. This picture shows how it looks when you first dollop the chocolate in but as you can see from the top row, it works a lot better when you spread the chocolate out with your spoon. Then, refrigerate these babies for 5 minutes so they can set.

Step 5:

Add the insides to the cups. Like I mentioned before, I am using both sweetened almond butter and almonds.

Step 6:

Cover each cup with chocolate. Pretty much, just make it look like a normal peanut butter cup.

Step 7:

Chill them so the become solid. Mine only required about 20 minutes in the fridge until they were om nom nom ready. 

Step 8:

OM NOM NOM. Appreciate what you just made by eating it!

And there you have it, allergen (at least for me, anyways) free candy!

Are there any tutorials you’re wanting to see? Anything I can do to help demystify food allergies? If so please comment so I can help spread info!

-Stripes

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 3.11

Welcome to Awesome Stuff Sunday! Here are some of the cool things I found on the internet this week!

I am SO stinking in love with her dress!

OMG this is my favorite kitty picture since the kitty flying through space on a synth.

Sequins and I made this scrub for a much needed girls night, ahhh so relaxing!

This is a really interesting look into food allergies. I really appreciate her big picture view of the current, dramatic rise in allergies. Also, I think there is a lot we could be doing as a nation to improve the quality of our food and help our children avoid some of the health pitfalls we face today.

And a classic Death Cab for Cutie song.

Have a happy Sunday!

-Stripes

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 3.4

I found this on Yes and Yes this week and OMG I want to do this! Bring on the InDesign while I can still use it on campus for free!

And then there’s this guy! Soooo cute! Sequins posted this link of 26 Happy Animals to Plaid’s wall for her birthday. This is why we are friends.

This is seriously the motto of a person with allergy’s life. I found this (via) and it clicked. Sometimes it is hard to remember in such simple terms how simple it is to choose health.

Admittedly NSFW but soooo funny. I wanna bust out some landshark!

And, finally, one of my favorite songs. It plays all the time at work and I always swoon when it comes on 😀

Happy Sunday!

-Stripes

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 2.26

Happy Friday All! Here are some of my highlights from my time on the internet this week:

Who can say no to a series of sloths? Check more out here!

This is one of the best blogs I’ve found in a long while…I have subconsciously been transitioning to these adulting ideas for the last couple of years so it is hilarious to read someone else’s take on them!

DIY tea towels…she had me sold with the Martha paint!

I’m itching to try out this recipe! Gluten, egg, yeast, dairy, and peanut free cookies; what more could a girl ask for!?

And as we all have probably figured out, I love dance music and this is one of the funniest spoofs of this video I have ever seen.

Have a happy week!

-Stripes

Stripes: What Do I Eat?

With all my crazy food allergies (seriously; coconut, peanuts, eggplant, pears, honey, swordfish…the list goes on) the biggest question I get is “What do you eat?!” I have to admit it is not easy and requires a ton of planning ahead but I am able to adapt just about anything into something I can eat it just sometimes takes a little effort and often times, when I don’t feel especially creative, I eat boring meals. (But really, that’s hugely affected by the fact that I am a busy college student, I usually have less than a half hour a day to dedicate to food preparation. If I had more time-ok, if it were a bigger priority to me, I would be able to make much more complicated and flavorful meals.) Since this is really one of the biggest questions I get asked, aside from what happens if you eat _____?!, I thought one “what I ate that day” food post might give the best insight into my eating habits.

Just a reminder that I am in no way qualified to tell anyone else what to eat or hand out medical advice…this is just what I eat on a somewhat daily basis.

Breakfast: Quinoa with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar and a cup of coffee.

I make my Quinoa in my rice maker while I get ready in the mornings. I do 1 part quinoa, 2 1/4 parts water, and a dash of cinnamon then set it and forget it (yes, I do say that EVERY TIME I turn on my rice cooker. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?). This is one of three of my breakfast options (the other two being Rice Chex and Gluten Free, Egg Free french toast sticks made by Vans found in the Frozen foods section of my local Fred Meyers).

Lunch: Spinach Salad w/Raspberry Vinaigrette, an Apple, and a Banana.

I am usually in a rush for lunch so I grab easy to eat stuff. This lunch was a little light for me so I got this awesome chocolate bar! SUPER good and a surprise find on campus.

Dinner: I had round two of quinoa, admittedly I eat a lot of the same couple foods all the time. This time around I microwaved some of the leftovers from this morning. Its microwavability is one of the best parts of quinoa!

But I also had a variety of snacks throughout the day which are so varied because I happened to be traveling today so I just had to eat what I could find; potato chips, fruit leather, dried mango, a cup of coffee (not pictured), and some tortilla chips (also, not pictured). I also drink a ton of water throughout the day. 

Pretty much this is how I make my restrictions work on a college budget. I do make quinoa and corn pasta with meat sauce, dirty rice & red beans, and lots of homemade soup. I mainly go for easy to microwave, several serving meals with some sort of nutritional quality (even if it isn’t that great. but I figure I can get away with this for a good year or two longer :P).

If anyone has questions about what I eat , why I eat it, how I prepared it, or needs any suggestions about what to make for someone with a food allergy please do not hesitate to ask! I am a pretty open book when it comes to the food in my life.

-Stripes