My favorite new cooking oil — avocado!


I started experimenting with unusual cooking oils–meaning not strictly seed oils and non-GMO–when my oldest son was younger and allergic to everything. Yeah, I know, they say the allergen is the protein and oil should be fine…but that’s not how it seems to play out in real life. My mom’s been rushed to the emergency room after consuming peanut oil and I flat out throw up anything made with coconut oil.

I had been using itty bitty bottles of avocado oil every now and then from Whole Foods, but stumbled across this baby a couple of months ago at Costco. It has a high smoke point, is non-GMO, and has a light flavor. I’ve used it to make fries, yuca pizza dough, brownies, and salad dressing. Two thumbs up! Jen at Predominantly Paleo (the source of the pizza dough recipe!) and the Paleo Parents use it and recommend it.

You can find it here, order it here, or look for it in your local Costco.

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Autism Moms and PTSD: Baby pictures are my trigger

I’m over at the Thinking Moms’ Revolution today, all about seeing the warning signs in baby pictures and wishing I knew then what I know now.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the free eConference admission, worth $40 and the odds of you winning are HIGH.

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My FIRST Giveaway!! How to Feed Your Family Without Losing Your Mind!


Ever since I’ve been a mom, getting healthy food into my kids has been a constant worry. Food allergies, aversions, sensory issues, low-tone in cheek muscles and poor tongue rotary action have complicated how I nourish my family.  On top of that, I make sure our food is GMO-free, as organic as possible, and something that will actually be consumed.  If you share any of these struggles, please join us next week for the Thinking Moms’ Revolution eConference on feeding your family:

GMOs, Organics and Food Allergies: How To Feed Your Family Without Losing Your Mind eConference 2014

Date: October 7th 2014  | Time: 10 am – 5 pm EST  |  Registration Fee: US $40


  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Stephanie Seneff
  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
  • Heather Fraser
  • Julie Matthews
  • Kris Barrett

It’s an amazing line-up of speakers.  You can go here for more information and to register.  Once you’re registered, you will have a full year’s access online to the conference, including the cooking demonstration! I am also offering 1 admission as my FIRST GIVEAWAY!!  I’m giving Rafflecopter a try.  If you follow me on Facebook and answer 1 short poll you get 2 chances to win the free eConference.

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What’s in Your Lunchbox?

My youngest got kind of worked up about Lunchables recently. He wanted one sooooo badly. There’s no way is no way I’m getting him one, but wanted to recreate the concept in a GF, allergy- friendly lunchbox. I saw these Ziploc boxes on another blog (can’t remember which one) and found them on Amazon.


The boys had picked out some Spider-Man lunch boxes that are a perfect match for the Ziploc bentos. I find them a little easier to pack, too.

My boys are big on apples right now. I find I can slice them up and pack them the night before, stick the whole box in the fridge and the apples are fine.

German bologna, Glutino crackers, sliced apple, GF chocolate chip cookies, freeze-dried blueberries, and Glutino pretzels

Mozzarella wrapped with pepperoni, sliced apple, GF snickerdoodles, potato chips, organic fruit rope.

Chicken patty, sliced apple, GF madeleines, homemade trail mix: pumpkin seeds, raisins and chocolate chips.

Mozzarella and pepperoni, grapes, GF Goldfish puffs, fruit ropes.

Leftover Changs Spicy Chicken, string cheese, apples, GF chocolate chip cookies, fruit rope.

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Thinking Mom SOS

In the spirit of no mom left behind, I want to share this:

One of the original Thinking Moms, Melanie Baldwin who goes by BK or Booty Kicker, is fighting spine and liver cancer after already overcoming breast and bone cancer. She is a woman of strong Christian faith and she’s a passionate advocate for her son, who is severely impaired by autism and who is self-injurious and requires constant care and supervision. Her posts about her efforts to bring her son to church and Sunday school are inspiring.

I can’t even begin to imagine her trials. What I can do is offer prayer and healing energy and contribute to her treatment fund.

Anything helps, everything we can do to support Melanie and her family matters. If all you can do is pray, please do!!

Again, here’s the link to Melanie’s GiveForward campaign.


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15 Healthy, Gluten-Free Lunchbox Ideas

I’m over at Thinking Moms’ Revolution today with some suggestions for packing a GF lunchbox.

Here’s an example of homemade trail
mix from the Trail Mix bar at Whole Foods:

• raisins
• chocolate chips
• banana chips
• roasted pumpkin seeds
• dried tropical fruit
• dates


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Moms Need Some Help, Too


I’m over at Thinking Mom’s Revolution this week with a few thoughts on self-care for special needs moms. Need to take my own advice!

What do you do to take are of yourself?

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