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Strawberry Jello Shots

19 Jul

I moved to my current neighborhood about 9 months ago. I since have met a lot of neighbors and have become good friends with them. Which has surprised me since we only knew one neighbor when we lived in Las Vegas for 3 years.

Getting to know the neighbors has been great for my daughter as well. She has made new friends and loves playing with the neighbors dogs. It also helps me not go crazy since my husband is rarely home due to his job. It’s nice to have adults to talk to.

Once a month there is a large group of ladies that gets together to eat, drink and play bunco, a great and easy dice game.

I was invite for the first time to bunco last month. It was my first night out since giving birth to my second daughter (who is now 7 months old). I was hesitant and as the night approached I really didn’t want to go. I don’t always do well out of my element.

Early that day I had made Jell-O shots. They are a favorite amongst my husbands family. I gave them to a friend to bring over because I was going to be late (had to get the girls to bed).

I was nervous when I walked into the party, but the moment I stepped in, I was hailed the queen of Jell-O shots. Apparently I made them really strong (it’s just how I always make them), and everyone was excited about them. Who knew a bunch of moms and grandmas would be so excited over jello.

Well, this months bunco night os tomorrow night. I was asked to make more Jell-O shots. I decided instead of using the standard plastic containers they are usually made in, I would try using strawberries. I had seen a Pin on Pinterest and decided to make a go at it. They didn’t turn out super fancy or anything, but they are fun.

Recipe:
I used about 3 packs of strawberries and hollowed out the insides. Then cut the bottom to obtain a flat surface.

I used a package of strawberry jello and followed the directions. It calls for two cups of boiled water and two cups of cold water. Instead of the cold water, I used 2 cups of tequila.

Make sure after you put the strawberry mix into the boiling water, you let it cool down before adding the alcohol.

I then filled the hollowed out strawberries with the jello and put in the refrigerator.

Hopefully they will be well received.

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Soy…What’s the real story?

16 Jul

I started my 2 year old on soy milk about 9 months ago. She was having digestive issues and I figured it was all the milk that she was drinking. I have issues with too much dairy, so I wasn’t surprised that she was having issues as well. The soy milk was helping and so I continued her on it.

At a play date one day, I was with two friends of mine. One is a vegetarian and the other is vegan. At the time I was still eating meat. The discussion of food choices came up and I mentioned that my daughter drank soy milk. My vegetarian friend looked at me as if I had a third eye. She then stated that her son drinks rice milk because soy milk was full of estrogen and all sorts of bad things for a person. That night, she sent me an article from a website about the dangers of soy.

I was alarmed. Many of the people that commented on the article had really strong opinions either for or against soy milk and the comments were turning into heated arguments. I began to panic a little thinking I had been doing harm to my daughter. Discussing this with my vegan friend the next day made me feel better because she stated that she also gives her daughter soy milk. I decided to let it go and continued to let my daughter drink it. I had not seen any negative side effects and felt that for the time being, it was okay for her to consume.

A few months later, I came across a Facebook discussion regarding soy milk and the ingredient Carrageenan. This ingredient is extracted from seaweed and is used as a thickening agent for soy milk. Some say that Carrageenan reeks havoc on a persons GI track and should be avoided. It is an ingredient that has been approved in many organic products. Again, this scared me regarding soy milk. My attraction to soy milk stems from the amount of protein in contains. My toddler is a picky eater and does not like meat. I considered trying organic milk again, but was hesitant because of issues she had in the past.

I myself had begun using soy milk in my morning smoothies and had began experimenting with tofu. I had actually made some yummy parmesans pan fried tofu one night. Later, that same night I saw a post from a vegan Facebook page I follow asking her followers what their thoughts were on soy products. Id say about 90% of commenters stated they stay away from all soy products. Those who did consume soy products stated that they will either only consume it if it is organic or fermented, or if they do consume it, they do so in low doses and not often.

I also read something that really made me nervous. Many commenters stated that soy products should be avoided if a person has an autoimmune disorder. I have Hashimotos a form of hypothyroid affecting my thyroid. Apparently the isoflavones in soy products causes the thyroid to function improperly. I read soy should not be consumed if one is taking thyroid medication.

Apparently as a newbie to vegetarianism and trying to eat healthier, I am really bad at fully researching the foods that I am eating. The soy confusion in my life has really opened my eyes to the fact that I need to look into what foods are best for my body as well as my family. I am frustrated because I have been trying so hard to make the right choices and keep running into roadblocks that set me back.

I decided to start giving my toddler organic milk again. So far she is doing well and has had no issues. My lesson has been learned regarding my food choices and I will be doing more research for now on. I still don’t understand soy and all its controversies, but right now I feel that staying away from consuming too much of it may be the better choice.