Sunday, April 24, 2016

SMK | Raleigh, NC Newborn Photographer

I can't say enough about this family! They have been with me from the very beginning [they were my first maternity shoot AND my first newborn shoot ever so many moons ago].  They just welcomed their third adorable baby into this world, and I had the pleasure of capturing the sweet newborn stage for the third time for them.  This girl did such a great job cooperating during her photo shoot debut, and I can't wait to watch her grow.  Here's a little sneak peek into our session...

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Allergy Friendly Recipes

I'm sitting here hooked to a certain machine 😉 (so of course I'll blog some recipes). I've been on a dairy and soy free diet for Piper for over 2 months now and I'm currently adding eggs and wheat to my list of no-no's. I wanted to share some things I've learned since starting this interesting journey (in case you are just starting out too).

Snacks have been the weirdest for me. I'm used to grabbing a granola bar or pop tart to snack on but not anymore! Here are some of my favorite snacks:
-Lara bars (I love the coconut cream pie, apple pie, peanut butter chocolate chip, and pecan pie the best)
-Homemade Rice Krispie treats.

(Warm some canola oil over low heat and melt 2 bags of marshmallows. Add as much Rice Krispies cereal as desired depending on how marshmallowy you like them...usually 4-6 cups. Pour into a baking dish and cut once set.)
- I found this recipe for "cheesecake" on Pinterest: 

-Almond milk!
-Vanilla almond creamer and coffee
-Honey Nut Cheerios (lots of cereal is dairy/soy free and some is also wheat free)
-Eggs and bacon (if you're still eating eggs)
-Cornmeal pancakes

-I found this recipe for muffins if you're still eating eggs: (

I mostly eat fruits, veggies, salad, deli meats, or (before I cut wheat) sandwiches made with dairy and soy free pita bread. Cape cod bbq chips and nuts are good too.

Finding brands of soups, sauces, seasonings, noodles, and other ingredients takes a while at first but is worth it in the end.  I just found some brown rice spaghetti noodles that I'm going to start using.

-Fajita bowls with cilantro lime rice:

I use basmati rice. Cook using chicken broth according to package directions, and add the juice of one lime and a bundle of roughly chopped cilantro to taste. I cook chicken and peppers in the fajita seasoning and add lettuce and salsa.

-Campbell's makes an apple bourbon bbq slow cooker sauce that I use (with chicken instead of pork) and I used pita pockets before I cut wheat.

-Spaghetti using appropriate noodles for your diet and check the sauce if you don't make your own. Often the heart healthy options are good. I like adding sausage and spinach.

-Shrimp and sausage hash with corn. Pretty self explanatory!

-White chicken chili
Cook 1/2 an onion and a pound of chicken. Either shred or chop the chicken. Add to 3-4 cups of chicken broth, a jar of salsa verde, 2 cans canellini beans, 1 can great northern beans, and bring it all to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes covered and serve with cilantro.

I hope this helps anyone starting out who might be feeling overwhelmed!