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Do You Use Vitamins To Supplement Your Child’s Diet?

We have been on the gluten, dairy and soy free diet for many years.  We use many supplements in order to ensure that we get what our bodies need daily.  My son, who is now 15 and growing quickly; has always swallowed pills of any size and shape easily.  In fact, he would swallow ALL of his pills dry if we let him.  🙂

😉  We take a liquid Vitamin b12 supplement made by Now which is free of all of our allergens.  This gives us extra energy each day. In fact, we can tell it’s working because when we don’t take it, we are all dragging.

😉  We also take Liquid D3 & B Complex supplements both from The Vitamin Shoppe.  They are free of our allergens and are necessary in our diets. 

😉  Vitamin D3 deficency is a common occurrence in individuals on the autism spectrum due to their lack of exposure to consistent and daily sunlight.  Since he is my son, I too lack in this area since I am the one who takes or does not take him out on a daily basis.  Of course, this is without considering what he does in school Monday thru Friday.  We take 5,000-6,000 IU of Liquid D3 daily. 

😉  The B – Complex helps to tame your anxiety/stress.  I don’t know anyone who can’t use this vitamin!  As a mom of a teen with autism and since my son also has anxiety disorder, this is a vitamin we desperately need and use daily.

😉  We all take Swansons EFAs Omega Tru MultiOmega 3-6-9 (Flax, Borage, Fish) which is free of our allergens.  This is taken for our ADHD; yes the 3 of us have ADHD – LOL.  Our life as a family is NEVER boring!  This supplement helps us with concentration and focus on a daily basis.

😉  Vitamin C in its powdered format from The Vitamin Shoppe is another daily vitamin.  I mix this along with the liquid vitamins in our morning smoothies and it works out great for us.

😉  Last but not least, we all take multi-vitamins that are compounded to address each one of our needs.  So, we are all taking different multi-vitamins and it works well for us.

🙂   What vitamin regiment is your teen/child and even your family on?  How long have you been supplementing with vitamins &/or herbs?  Why do you take each vitamin?  Do you see any difference when you skip your vitamins?  Please share with us below. 🙂

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GFCFSF Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I have been craving carrot cake since the first warm day hit us at the end of March.  Finding a recipe that had a cream cheese frosting that we could eat was very challenging but after many Google searches – I finally found THE ONE!  LOL  As you can see from the picture above, we thoroughly enjoyed this cake.  It came out so moist and sweet.  The frosting was very good and easy to make.  The picture below is the professional picture from the magazine where I found the carrot cake recipe.  Looks good, doesn’t it?  Why not try it out yourself?  Let me know how yours turns out.  Enjoy!  😉  Please see below the cake recipe for the very easy allergy free cream cheese frosting recipe.

FROM LIVING WITHOUT APRIL/MAY 2009 EDITION
By Diane Kittle

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Carrot Cake

MAKES ONE 2-LAYER CAKE

Lighter and fluffier than most carrot cakes, this recipe delivers rich, spicy flavor.

5 large eggs, room temperature

½ cup vegetable oil (I used Safflower Oil)

2 cups sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw)

2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend (see below recipe)

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

3 cups grated carrots (I peeled 6 carrots and threw them into my Vitamix)

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts (I threw 1 1/2 c of walnuts into my Vitamix)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans and lightly dust with gluten-free flour.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs, oil and sugar at medium-high speed for 3 minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour blend, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and xanthan gum.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter and mix on medium-low speed just until blended, approximately 30 seconds. Fold in grated carrots, raisins and nuts (if desired) until combined.

5. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 60 to 75 minutes, depending on oven and pan size. Begin checking for doneness at 60 minutes. Cake is done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool in the pans for 20 minutes; then turn it out of the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend

MAKES 2 CUPS

1 cup rice flour ½ cup tapioca starch/flour ½ cup cornstarch or potato starch

Thoroughly combine all ingredients. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until used.

Recipe by Diane Kittle, owner of Dee’s One Smart Cookie, a gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-friendly bakery in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

The Cream Cheese Frosting I found at another website and it was so easy, I almost cried! I searched and searched and while many recipes called for me to soak almonds and other deep and time-consuming methods; Megan and Kim at Welcoming Kitchen ‘welcomed’ me with open arms and a tasty recipe.  Please click on the link below to see what other great recipes they have to share. 

Dairy and Soy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

4TB Soy-Free Earth Balance Buttery Spread

1/2C Vanilla Flavored Coconut Milk Yogurt (I used So Delicious Brand; as suggested by Megan and Kim)

2 1/3C or more of powdered sugar

Mix together Earth Balance and yogurt in stand mixer until smooth.  Add powdered sugar until your frosting reaches the texture you enjoy.  (I’m not sure how much I used since I just kept adding until it was as thick as we like our frosting).  I frosting the cake immediately;  after letting the cake cool for 20 minutes.  This frosting dries FAST so make sure you are ready to frost as soon as you are done making it.  I ended up using a spatula in very hot water to smooth the frosting on our cake.  Regardless, this frosting complements the carrot cake perfectly.  Thank you so much Megan and Kim from Welcoming Kitchen; for such an easy and tasty recipe!

GFDFSF Coconut Yellow Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Yesterday was my Mom’s (actually she’s my Mother in Law but we are very close) birthday and I wanted to make her favorite cake.  I had NO idea what that cake would be so I devised a scheme where my sister was able to get the information secretly from her husband.  I couldn’t find a recipe online that I liked so I decided to make the entire cake using my imagination.  Sorry, I forgot to take a photo but both of my Mom’s loved it and when I ate a piece I could see why. 

Coconut Cake but not the one I made 2-27-2013

Below are the two recipes I tweaked to make this absolutely yummy Gluten, Dairy and Soy Free Coconut Yellow Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting.  Try it out and see if yours comes out just as tasty.

 

Classic Yellow Cake

adapted from Easy Gluten Free Baking

{Italics is what I replaced the original recipe ingredients with}

INGREDIENTS:

Prepared Cake Pans (Spray with allergy free pan spray or use shortening with paper towel and flour with rice flour or sweet rice flour)

Toothpicks to make sure cake is done;  Little oven safe glass bowl filled with water to place on the bottom rack of your oven (this keeps your cake moist)

DRY                                                                                                                      WET

1C plus 2T sifted White Rice Flour                  1C Butter Flavored Shortening

1C Cornstarch                                                                         1C Granulated Sugar

2t GF Baking Powder                                                           4 Large Eggs

1t Xanthan Gum                                                                     1/2 C  Coconut Milk

1t Salt                                                                                         2t Vanilla Extract

This makes one 8 inch 2 layer cake, one 9×13″ cake or 2 dozen cupcakes

DIRECTIONS:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.

3) In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together shortening and sugar until light & fluffy; about 30 seconds.

4) Add eggs & beat for an additional 15 seconds.  Add dry ingredients and mix until completely combined.  Add milk and vanilla extract.  Blend until batter is thoroughly combined & fluffy.

5) Pour into prepared pans or cupcake holders.

6) BAKING TIMES = For 8″ round pans about 25-30 minutes;  for 9×13″ pan about 35-40 minutes; for cupcakes about 15-25 minutes

7) Pull out oven rack and poke each cake in the center with a toothpick.  As long as toothpick is clean when you remove it, your cake is done.

8) Remove pans from oven & place on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes.

9) Transfer cake(s) directly onto racks to cool completely.

GFCFSF Coconut Buttercream Frosting

adapted from Free For All Cooking

{Italics is what I replaced the original recipe ingredients with}

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 C Butter Flavored Shortening (I use Spectrum Organic Butter Flavored Shortening)

2  1/2C Confectionary Sugar

1  1/2t Coconut Extract

1T or more of Coconut Milk

1/4 C or more of sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes (I used sweetened)

DIRECTIONS:

Blend shortening and extract until thoroughly mixed.

Add sugar while blending simultaneously.

As your frosting thickens, add milk until it is the consistency you want to frost your cake.

After you frost your cake, sprinkle your coconut flakes on top.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS LAW THAT AFFECTS YOUR 14 YEAR OLD TEEN???

I have to share this craziness with you!!  I just found out that here in NJ, once your child turns 14 he/she can stop going to school; not take prescribed medications; sign themselves out of medical institutions at their OWN whim…. This LAW is ridiculous! Oh and even if your child has a disability and is neurologically impaired in any way; the staff at the hospital & school will make certain that YOUR child understands his/her rights and will not accept YOUR child if he/she says NO!!!

THIS IS CRAZY!!! Then the parents are penalized when same child does something against the law BUT the systems that are supposed to help won’t because that same child refuses to take medications; stay in a hospital; stay in school; follow the ‘right’ laws….THIS WORLD IS CRAZY!!!  As a PARENT, you have NO RIGHTS EXCEPT THE RIGHT TO LOSE YOUR JOB AND MIND WHEN YOUR CHILD DETERMINES THAT HE/SHE WILL DO WHATEVER HE/SHE WANTS & YOU HAVE NO LEGAL LEGS TO STAND ON!!!

Is this the law in your State? Do you know if this is a Federal law? WE ALL NEED TO FIGHT IT WHATEVER TYPE OF LAW IT IS!  Last time I checked my family…this is MY child and no one else has the RIGHT to tell him he can go ahead and not go to school; not take his meds; leave the hospital whenever he wants, etc.   These ‘laws’ don’t parent, love, feed, cloth, teach nor live with MY teen/child.  How can they make such a blanket law without the consent of parents??  THEY can come and parent my teen for me since THEY have decided that he’s quite capable of taking care of himself at 14 YEARS OLD!!

To make matters even more confusing, that same ‘child/teen’ can’t get a job without working papers until said teen is 16.  The same teen can’t even drive without an adult until what – 18???  That same teen also can’t make educational decisions on his own until he is 18.  And don’t forget the Truancy Laws so if he/she decides to stop going to school parents and child end up in court and being fined even if this was his/her decision.  Need I go on???  As my son just said – ‘WHOEVER MADE THIS LAW IS CRAZY!’  I completely agree.

Bluntness and Honesty Outside of Our Family Unit and Home

Psalm Chapter 12 Verses 1 – 4

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;
they flatter with their lips
but harbor deception in their hearts.

3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue—
4 those who say,
“By our tongues we will prevail;
our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

I found an article on Facebook and wanted to share it with you.   I start off with my reaction and then you can click on the link underlined below to read the article…

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I liked reading the article but I have tried all of the suggested interventions for the last 10+ years as well as using apps on my son’s Iphone so he can review what to say, who it is appropriate to touch, etc.   So far, he’s 15 and we are STILL experiencing his ‘bluntness’.   I’ve become immune over the years to the stares we receive as a result of his bluntness and though I use each one as a ‘teachable moment’ if something else presents itself and I don’t immediately prompt him with the socially appropriate comments he will say whatever comes to mind.  In fact, even when I do prompt there are times when what he’s thinking slips our anyway.  Also, babysitters are pretty non existent – who do you know that enjoys having there flaws spoken about each time you see them? My son’s bluntness and honesty have been the downfall of many relationships – for him and our entire family.

Since I’m not always around and our extended family is prone to feeling embarrassed, as are other adults and teens;  there are many places our son doesn’t go.  Imagine us trying to get on an airplane or even through an airport.  It would be a nightmare unless he is asleep…..he didn’t talk clearly until 6 1/2 – 7 years old and we thank God he is verbal.  This blessing has come along with many new issues.

He is a social butterfly and would LOVE to have friends but what he says always and I mean ALWAYS ends what can be great friendships.  So, perhaps those ideas will work for others but we are pretty much stuck in a rut here.  I’m a certified preschool thru 3rd grade teacher and many days parenting my son when it comes to social awareness feels like the constant redirection I give to my children at school on a daily basis.

On the other hand, bluntness does run in our family.  His Dad and I are very blunt with what we say but being blunt doesn’t mean you have to be hurtful with your words.  Yes, the truth does hurt many times and a lot of times the things our children say are honest to a fault – not their fault but to our society who is okay with lying to make others feel good.  For all the problems we have with our son’s bluntness many days we feel that the problem is not his honesty but the fact that in order to survive in today’s society one feels that one must LEARN to LIE!

Our son LOVES reading and memorizing verses out of the Holy Bible and one such verse that is a part of our ‘Family Orders’ is :

Tell the truth At All Times ~ “Do things in such a way that everyone can see that you are trustworthy.” Romans chapter  12 Verse 17b.

God’s Word also states in James chapter 3 verses 5 thru 9:

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

The Autism Notebook — 1/18

What do you think? Is your teen/child ‘honest to a fault’?   What are some comments your teen/child has made in public that have made you cringe inwardly or offer an apology to a stranger?  How about some of the comments that you wish you could say but politeness or being politically correct has stopped you?  How do you teach your teen/child when it’s okay to lie and when it’s okay to tell the truth?

HAPPY 2013!

Can you believe it’s 2013 already??? So much had happened with my family in 2012 and at the start of another year, I am so happy to have them to love and cherish.  How was your New Years Celebration?  What did you do?

😉  This should make you laugh…though I had a list of activities planned for my family, guess what we did? The three of us sat in front of the television and watched Rocking New Years Eve all night!! LOL  No playing board games, praying together or even setting some goals for the New Year as a family.  We all just vegged out….  It was nice….but not something that will happen again! LOL  At the end of 2013, I’m looking forward to celebrating the end of another year with family and friends instead of just the three of us and our television.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you as you share what you and your family did to bring in 2013…. God Bless you.  🙂

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