Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly

Freezing Meals

This is how I spent the majority of my Saturday- getting a jump start on March meal planning.

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Years ago, my husband and I made a real commitment to start eating out less. We succeeded in those goals, but since the new year we have made a real effort to eat out even less than before. Now, on busy nights, instead of eating out or getting fast food because I don’t feel up for cooking, we try to make do with stuff we have at home (even if it is just sandwiches for dinner). We’re trying to save dining out for special meals, not just quick meals.

So far we’ve done really well with it and have seen good results from a health/blood sugar standpoint and also financially. It does however take a lot of planning (I literally look ahead at what we have going on each week and have a “plan” for every day and every meal).  I am obviously in the kitchen for good portions of each and every day now, so to take a little off of my weekly plate I’ve decided to give freezing meals a shot.

I would like to have one day, towards the beginning of each month, where I freeze a bunch of meals and then incorporate those into my weekly plans throughout the month. I started this month with freezing 10 meals for March. I admit this took me most of my Saturday to do, but it was also my first time making this many at once, and I did learn several things I will do differently for next month that will hopefully make my time in the kitchen shorter. I think I will really feel the reward next month. Check back with me in a month and ask me if it was worth it ;).

Anyone else freeze meals? Any tips, suggestions or favorite recipes you have to share? I would love to hear from you!

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5 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Holiday Treats

Are you all ready for the holidays? Thankfully, I can finally say that I am.

Because I know many of your kiddos will be having their holiday breaks soon, I wanted to compile some holiday treat recipes for you.

5 Kid Approved & Diabetic Friendly Holiday Treats

I love the holiday break. I love the holidays first and foremost, but I also love having both kids home for a couple of weeks. Plus, the weather usually forces us to stay indoors, which I really enjoy on occassion. Being stuck indoors with my family and just being lazy is a welcome treat after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

So if you too find yourself with more downtime in the next couples of weeks, try out some of these recipes with the kids. I hopefully have included something that all palates could enjoy!

Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Welcome!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to finally be sharing this site!

This may seem a little dramatic, but for me, starting this blog is an answer to prayers. It wasn’t a prayer that was answered right away, but rather an answer to a prayer I have been making for the past 5 ½ years.

My prayer has been to help me find both the good and a purpose in Carson being diagnosed with diabetes. I’m a firm believer in the saying that “everything happens for a reason.” I’ve spent a good portion of the past 5 ½ years trying to examine the “reason” why God chose this path for Carson’s life.

I have come to several conclusions:

1) On the really bad days, no “reason” seems good enough for why my little boy has to endure what he does.

2) I probably won’t get the complete answer to the why in this lifetime.

3) All that I can do each day is give my all in making sure that my little boy is well taken care of.

My ultimate conclusion is that I wanted to do anything I could to help other families who are affected by diabetes – whether it’s those families dealing with a new diagnosis or those who are seasoned veterans but still struggle with the biggest aspect of the disease: FOOD!

I certainly am not an expert and will never claim to be. My stance is simply that of a mom who is doing the best that she can while trying to help her son navigate through life with diabetes.

Even just two years ago I wouldn’t have been at a place where I was ready to talk so openly about diabetes. I was in need of reassurance and guidance myself. For years really, I’ve felt very fragile as a caretaker. Like I wasn’t equipped to handle this disease and the challenges it brings. However, with each passing year I feel like my shoulders get a little broader, and I finally feel confident enough in myself to where I feel like I can offer a helping hand to others who are trying to “find their way.”

I recently read this quote in the latest issue of Diabetic Living: “The research about diabetes, and chronic illness in general, clearly indicated that support from others enhances self-care.” –John Zrebiec, M.S.W., CDE, director of behavioral services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. It is my hope that I can be a form a support for others living with this disease.

Because this is a brand new site, there isn’t a lot to look at right now, but bear with me as I get it off and running. My goal is to provide you with one new recipe a week. Until then, the “About Me” page, along with Carson’s “Diagnosis Story” would be two good places to start.

The main content on this site will be recipes, but down the road I hope to cover other topics surrounding the day-to-day “stuff” concerning “Life with Diabetes.”

I hope you will enjoy it. Stop by often!

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