Merry Christmas

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Wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas!

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Being Different

There’s an old advertising jingle we used to sing when we were kids. It’s from some bank in South Carolina. “I’m different, and don’t care who knows it. Something about me, is not the same. Yeah. I’m different and that’s how it goes…ain’t gonna play no white sheep- games.”

That little jingle has been running through my mind today. Again, I’m reminded that we are different. Food allergies have done that to us.

We went somewhere with a group of friends and their kids. It was great- until beautifully decorated Christmas cookies were passed out to each kid. It was such a sweet gesture… unless your child has life threatening food allergies to dairy and eggs. Then it’s terrifying. Cookies in small children’s hands= crumbs. Life threatening crumbs. Am I being dramatic? No. Not at all.

Most of the kids did not eat the cookies. But there were a few scattered crumbs so I held SG in my lap protectively. There were tears in my eyes threatening to spring forth. The food was unexpected. I wasn’t prepared. But isn’t that part of life? It broke my heart when the lady offered SG a cookie, I whispered in SG’s ear, and she said, “No, thank you.” I’m so glad I had a fruit strip in my purse to give her. But it’s not the same. Not even close.

It hurts me that she is different. That she will face this most likely her entire life. That her guard (and mine) will always have to be up. It just plain stinks. But I have to remind myself she is “fearfully and wonderfully made” by the God of the Universe. The Creator of all things. He does not make mistakes. I will continue to trust Him with this most precious gift He has given us, our only child.

“Cheesy” Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls: Dairy & Egg Free

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I love Pinterest. I was inspired by this chimichanga pin, which only had some ingredients listed. When I clicked on the link, it only showed a photo. (I wasn’t sure which flour tortillas were safe for us, so I decided to improvise and use crescent rolls instead. The pin didn’t include any measurements, either.) But it sounded so delicious so I experimented and figured out what works for us. That plus the dairy substitutes equals one of my new favorite easy lunch or dinner recipes! (If you are not dairy free then use regular cream cheese and cheddar cheese!)

I have made this three times in about two weeks. I have used chopped frozen chicken (click here to read how I cook and freeze chicken) and frozen pre-cooked ground chuck (click here to read how I prepare the ground chuck.) The recipe is equally delicious with chicken or beef!

“Cheesy” Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of Pillsbury crescent rolls (easiest option), crescent rounds, or the crescent seamless dough
  • 1 container of Daiya plain cream cheese style spread
  • 1/2 cup of Daiya cheddar style shreds
  • 1 cup of pre-cooked chicken or pre-cooked ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon of homemade taco seasoning (click here to see the recipe I use from 100 Days of Real Food)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a medium sized bowl, scoop about 1/3 of the Daiya cream cheese style spread, three small handfuls of the Daiya cheddar style shreds or about 1/2 cup, 1 teaspoon of taco seasoning, and your frozen meat. Mix well. You may have to put this in the microwave for 10-15 seconds if you cannot easily mix this.

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3. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spread out crescent dough. Put two spoonfuls of taco meat mixture in each crescent roll. If you have remaining taco mixture after you’ve done all eight cresent rolls, go back and add more to each crescent roll. Close the crescent rolls.

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4. Bake for approximately 13 minutes. Enjoy the “cheesy” yumminess!