Mundane Monday

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Mundane Monday
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 9:22am

Welcome to a new week :)

1. Has spring "sprung" by you yet?

2. What are you wearing today?

3. Do you make a special menu for Easter (if you celebrate it)? 

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:04pm

1.  Funny that just Saturday I noticed my crocuses starting to bloom and then today, we are getting our first real snow in several years!  My kids have a snow day.  It's not sticking to the roads b/c they are too warm, and it's turning pretty mushy on the grass, but we've probably had several inches fall even though it doesn't appear that way on the ground.  Kind of weird to wake up this morning to chirping birds, but seeing the snow really coming down outside my bedroom window.  And this was somewhat unexpected - the weather forecasters didn't hype this storm at all, mainly b/c the last one they hyped two weeks ago turned out to be ALL RAIN but they scared the schools so much that schools closed in anticipation.  

2.  I'm wearing a pair of Under Armour lounge pants that I just bought, and a quarter zip pullover with a long sleeve tee underneath.  And my slippers.  I'm not going anywhere today.  The kids have a few friends over enjoying the unexpected extra day off this week (they have 1/2 day Wednesday then are off for 10 days of spring break!).

3.  Easter is always at my parents' house.  My dad, 100% Italian, always make a traditional Italian meal.  This year we are having Sicilian lamb, which is one of his regular entrees for Easter.  Not sure what else he is making but often he makes roasted potatoes with it. I'll probably bring a side dish and dd will want to make dessert.  My mother usually makes an additional dessert too.  My brother typically brings an antipasto platter with roasted vegetables, olives, artichokes, etc.

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:12pm
My dd and myself are allergic to certain nuts so I am aware of the dangers.
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:13pm
Ummm...no Grapthars. It was to suggest some items she could make that were similar to what they are making at the dinner so her daughter could eat it too.
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:14pm

lauren1063 wrote:
<p><strong>But accidents happen, and since avoidance is the best prevention--why risk it?</strong></p><p>As another individual with food allergies, I totally agree with you.  I long since learned that not eating something that contains an allergen is only half the battle.  You also have to exercise great amounts of care when <strong>around</strong> foods that may contain an allergen. </p><p>And don't even get me started on restaurants that are not forthcoming about ingredients or cooking procedures. @@</p><p> </p>

A favorite local place that just closed brought out the manufacturer's labels on stuff so I could double check for them that the items were safe for her. I am really going to miss that place! But it does require constant vigilance. And the cross contamination thing scares the bejeezus out of me.

And thanks Bea.

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:14pm
You should go check it out Jam. Love that site. I have gotten so many good recipes and other ideas.
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:17pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
Ummm...no Grapthars. It was to suggest some items she could make that were similar to what they are making at the dinner so her daughter could eat it too.

Why?  The other poster said she already had a dessert in mind for her daughter. 

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:19pm
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:23pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
Ummm...no Grapthars. It was to suggest some items she could make that were similar to what they are making at the dinner so her daughter could eat it too.

The problem w/"similar food" is the risk of serving the wrong food. Again--why risk it? I honestly think the family can survive a holiday meal w/o a dish w/tree nuts. It isn't like we eat every single meal, every single day of our lives together. Eat the stupid nuts at one of the 900+ meals during the year that you're not eating with my kid. And if it isn't a holiday meal w/o tree nuts, then it will be a holiday meal w/o my kid. That's their choice.

SIL served a salad w/DD's biggest trigger at TG. And when I saw it being passed around the table, I looked at her (at the table) and said, "Do you think that in the future you could not make food that will kill my kid?" Her response was that she forgot. And I looked at her and told her that forgetting isn't an option because "forgetting" could kill my kid. After that exchange, I don't think anyone in the family will "forget" again. Was I nice about it? Not particularly. Because my kid's life is on the line and forgetting that shouldn't be an option. And frankly, if tree nuts show up again--my DD and I won't. Because keeping her safe and healthy is my number one priority as her mother.

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:26pm

My nephew is also allergic to tree nuts and his first reaction, when he was 1 or 2 was severe.  He was also trained very well, early on, like your dd not to accept any food without asking what was in it.  I remember trickortreating with him when he was 4...he asked at every house whether the candy had nuts in it or not. : )

Of course he mostly got stupified looks in answer to that...

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:28pm
Do you get along with your dh's family Regina? lol

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