Preoccupied

I was working on a post about recent work experiences, but decided I’d cut to a this and that post and save the other for later.

Things got more interesting again with the baby.  Henry is apparently allergic to milk.  He got into a sippy cup one of the girls had, got a meaningful amount, and where it dribbled down his front, he got contact hives.

So we are up to milk and presumably milk products, with it all the clearer the big incident was cheese-related, bananas, apples, grapes, juice of the above, apparently broccoli, and I could swear I’m forgetting something else.  The seems to be able to eat/touch column includes rice, oatmeal, potatoes, chicken, beef, pork, butternut, carrots, and sweet potatoes.  We’re reasonably confident about pear.  He tasted Valerie’s cranberry strawberry juice today with no obvious or immediate consequences, but hard to say.  The girls aren’t going to be easy to train.  I got cranberry specifically because we know apple and grape juices are bad, and in case it’s good for Val’s urinary system.  At the same time, wanting it so tasty she drinks plenty and stays hydrated.

Good thing he loves rice cakes.

This means Deb is back off dairy again, and I’ll avoid it for cooking anything we’ll all eat.  We really need to find margarine that contains no dairy products.

I have so much on my plate, I’m lucky to slip in a post.  I had a crazy, way underpaid bit of work Sunday and Monday.  I helped someone with a computer speedup and de-infestation yesterday.  Apparently I have some big fans at the old stomping grounds.  The bit of work yesterday might lead to more.  I have some work we’re calling tech-marketing that I need to ramp up and spend some real time on, getting a handle on it.  The cool thing is it reminds me of my favorite college class, which was named management seminar, and was a graduate-style case course on strategic management and, by extension, business development.  It’s like being handed a case to work on for real.  There’s some writing work still pending, which I need to check on, status-wise.

There’s everything being made interesting due to the baby’s medical/diet issues.

There’s an ongoing, fits and starts reorganization and cleanup of the office and the house generally, purging stuff we don’t need, traveling a bit lighter.

There’s the project of thanking all the awesome people who donated to us recently, which is up near the top of the priority list for today.

There’s marketing.  It looks increasingly like I may be able to piece together a living from this and that, and may be able to do that and spend a lot of time on the home front, while Deb has the potential of some supplemental outside work.  However, the marketing includes of her, on the idea we can both do this and that without more than part time or hit and run outside the house work.

So that’s the stuff I’m working on or concerned with, that may mean a post is slow to appear if it’s somewhat extraneous.

Posted by on 04/24 at 04:15 PM
  1. Oh, poor Henry!

    I haven’t seen a dairy-free margarine. Anything that calls for margarine or butter, I use coconut oil. Baking, sauteeing, all that. So if no one is opposed to coconut flavor, it’s a great substitute. The flavor does come through in brownies and cookies but not in homemade bread, and when you sautee or fry with it, you basically can’t taste it unless you’re using gobs. I don’t know why the flavor comes through in desserts—maybe the sugar helps it along.

    Just if you do use coconut oil, use extra virgin, because the refined stuff is horrible for you (and is why coconut and palm oils have such horrible reputations—when you refine and hydrogenate those two, it’s really really bad). I buy Nutiva in two-packs off of Amazon (cheapest way, especially if you have Prime). Unfortunately, it is expensive no matter what, but it’s been a lifesaver since I had to go off dairy again.

    Also, if you cook with cream and milk, coconut milk is a great substitute. It’s a little runnier, but the flavor is great (and doesn’t leave a coconutty taste), it’s healthy, and best of all, it’s dairy-free.

    Posted by sarahk  on  04/24  at  05:38 PM  from  Boise
  2. Actually Light Smart Balance has no dairy in it. It’s what Beau uses exclusively - we have his and hers margarine containers in our frig because I can’t stand the light version.

    There is a Smart Balance oil as well that should work for you, too.

    We use rice milk for all other milk needs and it works great with no discernible flavor.

    If you want to make cookies for the kids that are dairy free, make sure to look for my cake mix cookie recipes - most cake mixes are dairy (watch for whey) free.

    Posted by jen  on  04/25  at  10:37 AM  from  Northern Virginia
  3. I’m vegetarian so I try to avoid dairy. I use Earth Balance. It has a wonderful buttery taste. I buy mine at Shaw’s. It comes in a yellow and maroon tub.

    Posted by  on  04/25  at  05:43 PM  from  MA
  4. I’d forgotten about Smart Balance. I tried it once. Yuck.

    I forgot to mention almond “milk.” If he can handle nuts, it’s really good (tastes nutty) and non-dairy. I think Almond Breeze is the brand I buy occasionally (less so since I discovered coconut milk).

    Posted by sarahk  on  04/26  at  03:02 PM  from  boise
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