Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I opened an Etsy shop

My Sister and I opened an etsy shop! We are just starting but we have wonderful handmade gifts so if you get a chance, please go check it out and tell your friends!
For those of you who don't know esty.com is an AWESOME place to find and sell handmade or vintage items and supplies! Its a great place to get Christmas gifts and ideas! Click on the link above or go to www.etsy.com/shop/SwensGirl

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cheese-less natchoes

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I feel like a bad mom...

I suck! I took Aubree to the Dr yesterday because her flare-up wasn't getting better it seemed to be getting worse. Her flare-up was from her getting a hold of pizza about 2 weeks ago. So we were thinking she is probably developing a Soy allergy too. We put her on Rice milk and vitamins. So this morning while getting everyone breakfast, Justin happened to glance at the cereal before giving it to Aubree and noticed it contained milk! UGH! I swear we have checked that label several times, so now we are confused if we bought the wrong brand or what. I had been giving her the Cinnimon Toasters almost every day! It was her favorite, she would ask for it (at 13 months thats a big deal). This is what happens when I try to rush through the grocery store with 3 grumpy kids and dont check every label, just trusting that they kept the formulation the same. I did the same thing with the Grandma Sycamore's bread. Guess from now on I need to go grocery shopping with another person or find a sitter so I can have the time to check every label in the store! :-/

On the brighter side, at least I don't have to take soy out of her/our diet. If I hod to do that, there would be almost nothing I could buy for quick dinners. I would have to make everything from complete scratch! And with a 5 year old, 26 month old, 13 month old and a husband who can rarely be home for dinner and works 6 days a week, just the thought makes me crazy!

Here's hoping she now gets better soon!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Classic dinner

One of my favs to make! And the kids just gobble it up faster than I can keep the plates full! I love adding some bacon to the green beans to replace the flavor butter would have added.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chilli crunch

Serves 6-8 people
Heat up 3 cans of Nalley Original Chilli
Add about 1/8-1/4 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
Add some corn and a can of Chicken
Sometimes I add celery and onions too.
Serve over crushed Fritos Scoops

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Home-made chicken noodle soup

I make a TON because I adore the leftovers and usually make it for lots of people. So you may want to cut the qualities down.
Start by boiling 3-4 chicken breasts for 20 min. While that's going add about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of your soup pot. Chop and add about 2 cups each onion, celery, and carrots. Add 1 clove minced garlic to your oil and add the veggies. Cook till tender. Then add 4 cups of water and 4 cans Kroger brand chicken broth (most other brands contain dairy so check yours). Bring to a boil and cook your noodles in the soup. I prefer egg noodles but any will work. Shred your chicken when it's done and add it to the soup. Then salt and pepper to taste and a dash of Ginger not only for flavor but it's really good to help anyone not feeling well to get better! Next, enjoy!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Flare-up again :-(

Sorry for the lack of posts, we have a rule in our house that any and all dairy MUST stay at the dinner table which has kept everything out of my youngest reach for the most part. However, she learned that she can step up one the chair's leg supports and get access to the contents of whatever is on the table. SO in just a few seconds (thats all it ever takes) she and our puppy ate some pizza! So between this, colds, date night, and a birthday dinner, i haven't been cooking. I did however find an AWESOME idea on someone elses blog! Stephanie Lynn at Under The Table and Dreaming shared this great idea for DIY micorwave popcorn! Go check it out!!! Here's the link: http://www.bystephanielynn.com/

Thursday, October 21, 2010

5 minute dinner start to finish!

Super yummy and SO easy! Just what I needed with a long day running errands with the kids and all this is dairy free!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Polska Kielbasa


  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Light Polska Kielbasa
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots
  • 1 small to medium sized onion
  • 1 1/2 cups celery
  • About 1/8 to 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup broccali
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 or 2 baby bok choy or 1/4 to 1/2 cabbage

Cut Kielbasa into bite sized pieces and add to a large sauce pan over medium to medium high heat. Stir occasionaly until it starts to brown. then remove from pan and set aside.

While Kielbasa is cooking chop remaining veggies into bite sized pieces and mince garlic. After Kielbasa is removed from pan, add garlic, onions, carrots, celery, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Stir every min or two. Then after several min of cooking add the broccali and bok choy. Cook to desired tenderness, then add the kielbasa back into the pan and serve!

This is great by as is or over rice! Feel free to add your own favorite stir-fry veggies and make it your own! I prefer to use the light Kielbasa so the meal doesnt sit heavy afterwards. My kids will actualy eat all the meat before the veggies which is a miracle in this house ;-)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Allergin Friendly Candy Store

Found this candy shoppe that does all different "free" sweets! Egg, nut, glutin and dairy free! Check it out!


Dairy-Free kids desserts

While searching for other blogs and articles with recipies I cam accross this one. Looks good! I haven't tried any of them yet, if you try them before me, send me and e-mail or comment and let me know what you think! Here's the link!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Easy meringue ghosts and bones

There are tons of meringue cookie recipes on the Internet. Just make your favorite and use a piping bag and circle tip and have fun! I also made chocolate ones shaped like pumpkins and witches hats!

Pie crust

This pie crust and the great value brand both have no dairy or egg! Holiday pies here we come!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My new fav veggies and chimi's

I love cookbooks and getting ideas to put my own twist on. Sadly I lost all of mine during one of our many moves. I picked up the Pillsbury Cassic  Cookbook #344 Thanksgiving. They are the ones by the checkout lanes with all the magazines. Anyway, it has GREAT ideas in it. All the classic thanksgiving side dishes I grew up with are heavy on the dairy, though yummy, I want to have side dishes for my kids to grow up on that they ALL can eat. I don't want a holiday to make Aubree feel left out. Holidays are about bring a family closer not making one child feel left out. So I tried this one recipie and it was a huge hit! With the adults and kids! I just added some squash and zuccani from my garden and subbed extra virgin olive oil for the butter! I have scanned and attached the recipie.
Also pictured is the Chimmichangas I made. I use Nalley Brand original chilli. I start by putting a little olive oil in a pan and saute up some garlic, celery and onion. Then I add the chilli, some corn, a dash of salt and celery salt and some Sweet Baby Ray's Brand BBQ sauce. While this is going get a pan of vegitable oil heating up about 1/2 inch deep. Heat up Mission brand tortillas in the micorwave about 30 sec. for 3 at a time. Then place the chilli mix in the middle of the tortilla and fold two sides in then the other two so the chilli is all contained in the center. Once the oil is hot enough place the folded side down and cook till golden brown, then flip over and cook the top side till golden brown. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain. Serve with fresh chopped tomatoes, lettuce, salsa and whatever else you think sounds good!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yummy, easy homemade bread

I found this recipe at


It's the easiest bread I have ever made! I used vanilla soy milk instead of almond milk.

Pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin Cookies (one of my fav's)
  • 1 Cup of butter flavored crisco
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs or equivalent substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanillia extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (or 1 small can)
  • 3 cups flour (i use all purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and prep cookie sheets with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
Using a mixer, beat the crisco until smooth. Then add both sugars slowly until mixture is light and fluffy. Next add eggs ( or substitute) one at a time. Then add pumpkin puree and vanillia.
In a large separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Add this into the mixer a little bit at a time until everything is incorporated.
Use a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoons and drop onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15-18 min. They are done when the sides and bottom start turning gloden brown. Place on cookies on cooling racks till cooled. This recipie makes about 60 cookies.
It is really good with chocolate chips mixed in also. What I do is bake 1 pan with the above recipe and then bake the rest of them with semi-sweet chocolate chips. That way my daughter gets her cookies dairy free and i get my chocolate fix! There are dairy free chocolate chips I just haven't found any that don't cost a ton.


So I found the source of Aubree's recent flare up's... Grandma Sycamores White bread changed their formulation and it now contains milk! Which is a total bummer because its the only brand I could find that didn't. So looks like i will be searching the web for a recipie until I can find a new brand ;-)

Thought I would post some quick fix meals for the days when you don't have the time or energy to cook!

  • Delimex Brand Beef Taquitos-heat and serve!
  • Van de Kamps Brand Fish sticks and Orida Brand Tater Tots - doesn't get much more kid friendly than that!
  • Mission Brand Tortillas - TONS of possabilities here! Tacos, burrietos, tostadas, enchaladas, ect. They also make great sandwich wraps!

Happy cooking! Please feel free to share your own favorite dairy and egg free recipies!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Easy breakfast!


To make this Dairy-Free I used:

Orida Brand Hash Browns - cooked according to the package directions

Kirkland Brand Pre-cooked Bacon - I just heat it up and crisp it on a pan on the stove. Its super fast because its pre-cooked and it has less fat this way as the end result.

Bisquick Brand Original Pancake  Mix - You can either sub the milk it calls for with soy-milk or water (which I do) and if whomever can tolerate eggs use the egg, if not it still cooks just fine with out and then add the oil! SO easy and tastes really good!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Birthday cake

I haven't liked any of the vegan cupcakes I have made so I was excited to like these! I used Duncan Hines brand Swiss chocolate flavor and subbed 1/4 cup applesauce per egg. For frosting I used 1lb powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup soy milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/3 cup of butter flavored crisco. You beat with mixer till smooth and creamy scraping the bowl often. If it's to stiff to spread add a few drops of soy milk till it's spreadable.


I LOVE to bake and cook, hate the dishes though ;-). I am a mom of 3 little girls the youngest of whom has a severe milk protein allergy. When this was discovered it felt like "my cooking world" had been turned upsidedown! Everything I grew up on, loved, and cooked seemed to contain dairy! I searched the web in my down time for weeks on end trying to find dairy-free recipies that were kid friendly, budget friendly, easy to prep, ect. We also have to be careful about eggs too because she seems to have a reaction if there are to many also. So after the coaching of friends I have decided to create a blog to share recipies with other moms in the same boat, for free!
I will also post tips and ideas for coping whenever I come accross them! Feel free to share your own!
*Please note that manufactures are always changing formulations so double check lables every time you buy them so you can have piece of mind!