When we last left you, baseball had just wrapped up and so had the Fourth of July. So what else has happened?
The Middle Man celebrated his 10th birthday. Yes, my little guy is moving into the "tween" years (sniff!!)
He asked for a "Mexican food" theme for his family party. We had Walking Tacos, Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker, 7 layer dip, fruit, corn chips and salsa, and salad. I also had corn tortillas which are low in sodium for those of us with high blood pressure or heart problems. We also had safe cupcakes and ice cream.
And we just got back from vacation. Between the birthday and planning for vacation. Things have been a little busy around here. We went back to the beach again this year. We really love it there and it works for all age groups of our family.
We rent a condo with a full kitchen so that I can cook for the Middle Man. We've looked into safe restaurants and there really aren't any. Most of the restaurants are local and being by the ocean they are heavy on the fish. Lots and lots of breaded fish. Middle Man loves fish, it's the breading that's the problem. And the restaurants that I did call were kind and gracious but all said that they didn't feel they could cook safely for him since their kitchens are covered in flour. So I cook for the most part. I don't cook anything elaborate. Just easy, sometimes healthy meals. In years past we did have one restaurant that could cook safely for him and we usually ate there twice during our trip. We planned on doing that again this year, but unfortunately it went out of business. We were all very sad about that. But we regrouped and it was fine.
The big boys had fun fishing. They also tried "crabbing" this year and had a blast. After they caught their first one, it was game on. I ended up taking them to a local fishing supply store and we bought ropes, and baskets, and chicken necks. Yes, crabs like chicken necks. When they weren't crabbing, they had fun at the beach and the pool.
The Little Monkey LOVED the pool. He loved the "cups" which were actually buckets that pour water on you. He also liked the kiddie submarine. He enjoyed the beach too. He liked digging in the sand. But mostly he liked just running. Luckily his life jacked has a handle on the back because it was the only way to keep him in place.
So a good, safe, food allergy friendly time was had by all. God willing, we'll do it again next year.
Sunday: Chicken fingers and frozen fries. We were supposed to go to the safe restaurant this night so I regrouped by using food from the frozen food section. (don't judge me)
Monday: Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken Thighs, baked potato and green beans
Wednesday: Oven baked chicken breast over salad
Thursday: Hot Dogs, baked beans, homemade oven fries, green beans
Friday: Pizza. We ordered in and I made Middle Man's pizza
Saturday: We ate out. There wasn't anything safe for Middle Man so we took his food with us. I called ahead to make sure the restaurant was OK with us bringing in his food and they were.
Breakfast was cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit
Lunch was left overs or sandwiches
Snacks: Veggies with safe dip, fruit, cheese and pepperoni, popped corn, crackers
And yes, I did learn to cook the crabs they caught. Luckily all I did was boil the water and put in the Old Bay Seasoning. They had to put them in and take them out.
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