Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunbutter Banana Bread

I love making quick breads. Pumpkin, Zucchini, Banana,'s all good! There's just something very satisfying about quickly mixing together the dough and then having the wonderful aroma from the oven fill our house while it's baking. And of course the excited anticipation from the boys asking over and over..."is it done yet??".

Yesterday I came across a recipe in a magazine for peanut butter banana bread with a gooey layer of chocolate running through the middle of the loaf. Obviously that's not going to happen in this house! So I tweaked the recipe to fit our needs and the result was absolutely delicious! In fact, I may need to bake another loaf today. =)

Sunbutter Banana Bread
(milk, egg, peanut & tree nut free)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Sunbutter (soynut butter would also work)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup dairy-free margarine, softened
1 pkg (8 oz) soy cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 6 Tbsp water (to replace 2 eggs)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp calcium powder (optional)
1 1/2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips

In small bowl, stir the topping ingredients together until crumbly. Set aside

In large bowl, cream the margarine, soy cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flaxseed/water mixture and beat well. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened.

Divide half of the batter between two greased 8 x 4 inch loaf pans; sprinkle with half of the topping. Top with chocolate chips. Repeat layers of batter and topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Asthma Medication Resource

This page from is a helpful resource for anyone who deals with asthma, whether in yourself or a loved one. Not only are there pictures and information about all of the different asthma medications, spacers, and nebulizers available, but there are also diagrams demonstrating how to position a patient for dosing, and even a list of advantages and disadvantages of each type of medication and delivery device.

Overall, a great resource for asthma medication information!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Table Topper

Parents of food allergic children know what it's like to worry about the possible cross-contamination from a table where their little one is eating. Well worry no more! Neat Solutions For Children has a great product available called the Table Topper. This new disposable adhesive placemat provides a barrier against food contamination, germs, and dirt that may be unseen on a table surface and is stationary so kids can't easily push or throw the placemat to the ground. And even better yet is the All-In-One Meal Kit which includes a sip cup, table topper, bib with crumb catcher, fork & spoon. Just grab and go!

Visit to view all of the convenient products available. And check out this YouTube video for a demonstration of the all-in-one kit!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Elementary School Art Fair

Brody's school has an annual Science and Art Fair that the students can participate in if they so choose. This year Brody decided to submit an art project. He ended up making a paper mache replica of Trixie!

Apparently Trixie wasn't so sure what to think of her long lost twin though!