This January, I’m back but with a better blog. I have lived and learned and realize I need this for me and my family. This time though I want to share more of me, who I am, my family, not just special needs challenges. I […]
So after probably 60 – 80 hours of researching and purchasing several options that didn’t work, I think I solved our bed issue for Birkley. I have been looking for a twin size crib solution but one that I could use at home and for […]
Seriously, enrolled my 7 yr old daughter in school today and all is looking good so far. A good teacher to start and the process to get everything paid for, signed, etc., was super easy. Then it comes to Birkley. I receive a phone call today and her charter school is having difficulty getting help from the school district in regards to getting a para for Birkley and won’t pay for her to ride the bus. Honestly, when does the fighting stop? Why is the school district always against us parents, making our life hard? Why can’t they understand that we are doing the best we can as parents and we need support? Don’t they see how precious our kids are? Ugh, all I’m feeling is.. here we go again but hoping and praying that all gets figured out sooner than later.
If looking for some recipe ideas, hope these can help. After years of looking, researching and trying to figure out a healthier way for my daughter to eat, enjoy what she’s eating and receiving a healthy and balanced meal, we finally have some great mixes that work well. Plus affordable too.
Apple Pie Shake
(alter to make strawberry, blueberry shake)
Makes 2 / 8 oz shakes
12 oz. almond or soy milk (can use cow’s milk as well)
¼ scoop of Raw Meal – Vanilla (sometimes I use ½ cup soy/regular vanilla yogurt for variation)
2 graham cracker sheets
1/8 cup cinnamon applesauce (replace with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
1/8 – ¼ cup Gerber Mulitgrain Cereal, Rice Cereal or Oatmeal
(will depend on how thick you need your shake)
* Add little over ½ tsp of oil to 8 oz poured – if need more fat.
Don’t add to the mix above, add after your have poured the desired amount in your bottle or cup.
(I use safflower or sunflower because I want a buttery flavor and better than vegetable oil)
• Every feeding for Birkley is 8 oz. so this recipe is for 2 feedings for her.
• We use the Cuisinart Smart Stick because it’s fast and a perfect size for making 2 at a time, easy for travel and only $30 – $35.
• If add oil, want to try to use right away. Don’t want to put back in the frig as the shake will start to separate. For this reason, we usually add oil two times a day to her 8 oz shakes. Plus most likely enough added fat.
• We alter her shakes using soy and almond milk throughout the day since soy has more protein and don’t want to hurt her stomach.
Depending on what your child needs, can add honey for more sugar, less oil if don’t need added fat, whatever you need to do, can alter easily. In our case, Birkley uses Avent bottles with a slit at the top so can drink thicker shakes easily without choking.
Peanut Butter and Banana Shake
Same as above but instead of Rawmeal and applesauce, add about a 1 TB to 1 ½ TB of peanut butter or almond butter and add ½ a banana
In the Denver area, I’ve heard of a few camps being offered but always looking for other options. Know of any? Please comment below if do. I would like to make a running list for everyone so when the time comes, we aren’t all stressing. […]