Pizza. I love you, but we are breaking up. For good.

Last night was Connor’s school fundraiser Costume Party hosted by Peter Piper Pizza. Our entire family used to LOVE Peter Piper Pizza. The pizza tastes so good and we used to go there just for the food as a family. Well, last night was completely different. Just us going to Peter Piper was a challenge to say the least. We used to eat everything. Wings, bread sticks, pizza, soda, the cinnamon dessert pizza, etc. We loved it. Like LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVEEEEEDDDD it. Now? Well wow. I personally haven’t had any pizza since this whole diet shift started. The first week of our gluten free life we ordered a gluten free pizza and it was pretty good. We were clueless about these diet changes back then and now we realize that was a horrible idea. Dairy, hello?! Darren has had pizza a few times at work since we changed our lifestyle and he has instantly regretted it. He told me months ago that he would never eat pizza again after how sick it made him. I really didn’t think he was serious until last night.

We start getting ready to leave around 5. We start making a plan for food because let’s face it, there is not one damn thing Chloe can eat at Peter Piper and we know Connor is drooling to get some stupid pizza. So, Darren and I decide to prep our own dinner so we could make it when we got home. Dinner consisted of grilled chicken and rice for us so I got the chicken marinating in olive oil and Braggs marinade then we headed out the door. We stopped at Chick-Fil-A on the way and got Chloe her usual grilled nugget meal combo. Then, we headed over to Peter Piper for the party. Once we get there, Chloe and I went to a table so I could bribe her into eating her food to go play games. She ate all of her nuggets, fries and drank her lemonade by the time the boys got done ordering. We got our tokens and played away. When the food came for Connor, I made a point to keep Chloe at the games so she wouldn’t see the pizza and be sad she couldn’t have any.

This is HARD. Daily. Weekly. Monthly. Always.

Why can’t we be normal again?! Why do we have to do this nonsense?! Well this is why. Darren ordered 2 personal pizzas for Connor. One with pepperoni and one with cheese. The boys are eating and I come back to the table to get a diaper. Darren is sitting there eating applesauce, carrots and celery. I almost started laughing. This is so not my husband sitting here at a pizza joint munching on vegetables. Who is this man?! Did aliens take over his body??? I am still a fat kid at heart so I grabbed a slice of cheese pizza. Oops. I didn’t care, I wanted it. I was hungry and I missed pizza. Darren looks at me and says “You’re going to regret that.” Shut up hubby. Don’t tell me what I already know and be right. I am supposed to be right. So I eat this delicious tiny slice of pizza and I am so happy. It tasted like pure heaven and I missed that flavor SOOOOO much. Darren sees the pleasure oozing out of my face and he grabs a slice too. We are so perfect for each other. We both have one tiny slice of a personal pizza, you know, the kiddo size ones. Then we both feel instant guilt. What were we thinking?! We have dinner prepped at home and we can’t even say no to a damn slice of pizza. We have a problem.

We successfully distracted Chloe enough so that the food wasn’t an issue. Plus, she had a full tummy and wasn’t interested in anything but games. That was a relief. We played for a little while longer and came home. I was super glad my guts weren’t upset from the pizza and we came home to make our own dinner. The night went just fine and while we were hanging out after we ate, I noticed Darren going to the cupboard for heart burn pills. Oh no. This poor guy has been doing so good without heartburn! Like I don’t even remember the last time I saw him pop a Tums. Last night he popped about 10 of them.

Dammit. Stupid pizza.

So after Darren got his heartburn under control, we went to bed. I thought I got off scott free from indulging in pizza. I was so happy and was mildly rubbing it in Darren’s face. Then karma got me. I woke up at 3 am thinking my head was about to explode. My sinus pressure was so bad that it woke me up. I haven’t had an ounce of sinus pressure in a really long time and now I was dying. I go out to my kitchen and grab my Breathe Again essential oil and doused myself in it hoping it would help. It did not. Then Darren hears me and asks what’s wrong to which I respond “I hate pizza.” He laughed, I did not. I can not believe that one tiny slice of pizza flared up my sinuses bad enough to wake me up. This huge change in our lifestyle has opened my eyes to so many things and I will be forever grateful for that. I have never felt healthier when I eat well and I have never felt worse when I eat poorly. Simple as that. After last night, I will never eat pizza again. 

I love you pizza, but we are breaking up. For good. Have a nice life. I know you will find someone new who will love you just as much as I did.

Teal Pumpkin Project

Since it is October, Halloween has been on my mind a lot lately. How in the hell do you still let a 3 year old enjoy Trick-or-Treating when they can not come home and eat the treat? Chloe is just like her mama and LOVES Halloween. She has been asking for weeks to put on her Wonder Woman costume while she wanders around the house pretending she is trick or treating. Doesn’t help that every cartoon on lately is Halloween related. I am worried sick that Chloe will feel left out or different from the other kids and that is the last thing I want for her. I don’t know what to do! I plan on making pumpkin cupcakes that day and some other gluten free nonsense like cookies and brownies and maybe just secretly give her candy to Connor?? I don’t know!

However, I am so thankful we live in a day and age where food allergies are becoming more prominent and prevalent in our lives so there are plenty of resources available. I got on that lovely internet machine today and did some research. I found some Halloween candy specifically designed for these special kiddos. I purchased candy from Enjoy Life Foods brand because they make all of their treats in a designated facility free from the Top 8 Food Allergies. Which are dairy, wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. The ones I bought were corn free as well. I have been buying their chocolate chips for months now and they are amazing. I am super excited to see how their treats taste. I ordered 5 different bags of fun size candies and it cost me almost $50 with shipping. Yay. No one said living this way was cheap!

Now I have to continue to brain storm on how to make Halloween nothing short of awesome and nothing short of amazing. My little wonder woman deserves it. If anyone has any ideas of what to do to make this day extra special for her, please let me know! I am always looking for more ways to learn and grow.

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Also, have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? I remember hearing about it a few years back and never imagined I would be a part of it. Funny how life works that way. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started for kids with food allergies so that they have a way to enjoy Halloween like the rest of the kids. What you do is put a teal colored pumpkin outside of your home before Halloween to let Trick-or-Treaters know that you have non-food items at your house. Also, you can sign up at https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project and put your house on the map so people in your area can come to your house to get goodies. I am going to buy some little toys and what not and have in a special bucket for these kiddos. These kids deserve to have a great Halloween too.

Pumpkin Spice is Everything Nice!

I am a total Basic Witch. Fall is my most favorite time of the year. I really miss seeing the leaves change and all of the beautiful fall colors that Idaho had to offer. It is still 95 degrees in Phoenix today and that is a bit toasty for me. I am longing for cooler temps and Halloween. Oh my goodness, I love me some Halloween!! Nothing is better than spooky decorations, horror movies, and of course, dressing up. It is magical. I have a legit obsession with this holiday and time of year. Nothing beats pumpkin spice. NOTHING.

So, naturally, when September 20th-ish hit, I was on a mission to find as much pumpkin spice, gluten free goodies I could. And I did not disappoint. There are so many yummy treats available! So, I loaded up Darren and Chloe and hit Trader Joe’s one day. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some of my yummy pumpkin treats. Darren actually asked me if I smoked a pumpkin before we went to Trader Joe’s because he was blown away with how much pumpkin stuff I left with. Thanks D. Anyways, the first treat I tried was the Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark pictured below. This stuff was heaven. I ate half the bag before we got home and made Darren really question if I was a baked pumpkin. Anyways, it was vegan, gluten free, packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, and was just basically the tastiest treat ever.


Next, I tried the pumpkin spice almond milk creamer. WOW. This should be sold all year round. This creamer only lasted like a week. I looked so forward to this creamer every morning that I drank way more coffee than I needed to. Oh well, it was amazing. It was also gluten free, vegan, and super healthy. Finding food that tastes amazing and is really good for you is the best thing ever. No more guilt.


After that, I moved on to the Pumpkin O’s cereal. Also, vegan, gluten free, etc. This cereal has a similar taste to Life Cereal with an added pumpkin kick. These are Chloe’s favorites. No one gets to touch them if she is looking. She has some territory issues with her food and I don’t blame her.


Next was Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend from Wildtree. Um yum. This one Chloe can not touch because it has traces of dairy in it, but that just means more for Mama! I found a recipe online that uses this pumpkin pie spice with cream cheese to make a fruit dip. Since I don’t do a lot of dairy, I found this brand called Daiya that makes dairy free cheese. They have mozzarella, cheddar, and cream cheese that is all dairy free. Sounds crazy I know, but it all tastes amazing! I have used the mozzarella and cheddar on Cauliflower Pizza and we really didn’t notice much difference. This dip is my go to for the next few months. It also pairs so well with apples and bananas. I highly recommend it.


No, I am not done. I really love me some of that pumpkin shit so this is a long list. Hence why its all in one post. Anyways, I also got ambitious and found one of those silly Facebook food videos. You know the videos that makes you drool over the food they are preparing so you think you can do it yourself. Yep, one of those. They were making vegan pumpkin cupcakes with coconut butter frosting. Oh yeah. Saved that bad boy and attempted it once I had everything. They were amazing. Making them was harder than I thought and I was super worried that my baking skills weren’t up to par. However, they turned out delicious and my whole family loved them. If you want to try them, here is the link to the recipe I used. Also, I would not try this unless you have a food processor. Way too complex without one.

https://www.feastingonfruit.com/pumpkin-spice-cupcakes/

Now, as we are approaching Halloween pretty soon, I am still on a mission for the best pumpkin spice treat I can find. Wish me luck.