Join the Cloud Bread Craze

So I was on Pinterest and discovered Cloud Bread or as some call it Oopsie Bread.  I’ve had Crohns for 31 years and I think it’s because of it that I’m obsessed with food. There are too many times that I either can’t eat or can’t eat what I would like to eat because of it. I spent 9 months in the hospital hooked up to a TPN (total parental nutrition) line. My favorite channel was the Food Network.

So when I find recipes that promise they taste good, easy to make, and my gut can handle, I’m all over it.  I made this Cloud Bread per the recipes that I found and like anything else I had to go and add to it.

Basic Cloud Bread Recipe:

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  • 3 Eggs separated egg yolks in one bowl egg whites in another
  • 3 Tablespoons or 2 oz. of Cream Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar or 1 packet of sweetener
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tarter
  1. In one bowl whip egg whites and cream of tarter until soft peak forms.

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2. In separated bowl mix egg yolks, cream cheese and sugar.

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3. Slowly fold egg yolk mixture into the egg meringue careful not to deflate the egg whites.

4. Using either a large spoon or measuring cup put mix in med to large rounds onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.

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5. Bake in 300 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes. The time will vary depending on your oven.

Take out let them cool completely. If you can wait overnight they set up even better then.

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Have fun with the recipe. I added Garlic powder to the egg yolk mix and Dried Basil on top before baking.. Yum Garlic Cloud Bread!

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How to Create a Camping A/C

This is what my girlfriend made for us to stay cool inside the tent while we were camping.

She calls it her redneck a/c unit. I simply call it the camping a/c.

Things you’ll need to create a camping a/c unit are:

  • Styrofoam cooler. Your choice on size.
  • 2 inch PVC connector with threaded end
  • Battery operated fan (don’t forget the batteries
  • Knife for scoring and cutting.
  • Bag of ice

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First using your knife,score and cut a hole on the side of cooler using the PVC threaded end as your template then screw pipe.

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Next with your knife score around the fan and cut out the hole where the fan with lie on top.

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Wait your almost done….

Fill the cooler with a bag of ice…

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Place your battery operated fan on top, turn on and enjoy the cool air coming out of the PVC pipe!!

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Make your own camping air conditioner

Camping Recipes

Ok so now you have your tent, bathroom, and A/C it’s time to think of what your going to cook on your camping trip.  Do you want to go with the convenience of dehydrated foods or the experience of cooking over an open flame or propane stove?  We choose all three on our trip. We had the dehydrated foods as a backup (we actually used one the first night after setting up) and planned meals for the following days and nights.

We only purchased those that we absolutely needed as space was limited within our cooler.

With that being said here some  Camping Recipes from around the web to get your eat on!

Cajun Grill Foil Packets

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Ingredients

  • 8-12 pieces of corn on the cob (4 full cobs cut in half or in thirds)
  • 4 red potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 20-30 uncooked shrimp (peeled or not, it’s up to you)
  • 1 Lb. smoked sausage, cut into chunks
  • melted butter (or olive oil), to taste
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth (you may not need that much)
  • Cajun/Creole seasoning (we like to use Tony Chachere’s brand), to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • (makes 4 grill packets)
  • Heat grill to 400-degrees (you can do this in your oven, too, at the same temp.).
  • Evenly distribute corn, potatoes, shrimp, and sausage between 4 heavy-duty foil sheets (appx 12×18 inches each).
  • Drizzle melted butter and about 2 Tbsp. chicken broth over each foil packet.
  • Season evenly (and generously), to taste with Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper.
  • Tightly seal foil packets by folding up the sides over the contents and tightly folding up the ends over the seam.
  • Grill 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender, flipping once half-way through (be careful opening the packets to check for doneness, the steam inside is VERY hot)!

101 Camping with Kids Ideas. #camping #hacks #kids:

  • Article from: The Dating Divas

http://www.thedatingdivas.com/kids-korner/101-camping-kids-ideas/

  •  No Mess Camping Omelettes in a Bag

http://www.beyerbeware.net/2011/06/no-mess-camping-omelettes-in-a-bag.html

These are just a few to get you started.. go to my Pinterest page to find more great Camping Recipes and Money Saving Tips.
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How to Make a PVC Outdoor Bathroom

 

 

Things you’ll need to make a PVC Outdoor Bathroom:

  • 1 1/2 inch diameter PVC Pipe, 3 feet long, 8
  • 1 1/2 inch diameter, PVC  3 way connector, 8
  • 1 1/2 inch diameter, PVC 6 feet long, 4
  • Sandpaper
  • Shower curtains with rings or tarp, measure to fit around
  • Camp shower bag
  • Portable toilet
  • Duck tape table*

Fill the shower bag and let it sit in the sun to warm the water.  Shower bags are available at any camping supply store.

Remove any jagged edge on the pipes using sandpaper.

Build a square frame. Place one end of the 3 foot pipe into the side of one connector and so forth around. Make two.  In the third connector you’ll put the 6 foot pipes. connect the top and bottom pieces together and you have your frame.

Now use with the shower curtains or tarp and attach to the frame using rings.

Attach the shower bag to a tree as the bag will be too heavy for your shower to hold.

Insert portable toilet and duck tape table*

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The Ultimate Guide to Camping Out

So for years my girlfriend and I have been talking about going camping. We’ve heard it’s the most fun anyone can have outdoors. Well we finally did it and here are some ultimate guide to camping out tips and such we found that I hope will be helpful to anyone thinking about doing it.

First start your ultimate camping adventure in (your name) backyard camp ground. Let me tell you there’s noting like packing up and finding out that you’ve left something important at home. We decided to camp out in the backyard and thank goodness we did.

Second and just as important as first. Spread a tarp or depending on the size of your tent, several tarps for your tent to sit on top of. You want to protect your investment and have another layer of barrier between you and the ground.

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Third spread your tent out and use a water proofing spray all over that tent. Don’t rely on what the box says about your tent being water proof. Unfortunately we had the tent put up and didn’t spray the roof. It just happened that a tropical storm came through and well we had to tap out and move into the house because of a ceiling leak in the tent. What size tent to get? We choose to find one that would sleep 6 so we could use part of it for an indoor living room and the other side our bedroom.

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Those with Crohns will appreciate the Fourth tip. My girlfriend made a shower tent* and we purchased a portable toilet for it. I can’t even begin to tell you how important it was for me. Of course if you’re like me with Crohns then you already know. I also made a small duck tape table* to hold bathroom essentials and a small dollar store light for at night.

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Fifth if your going to take your furry child with you make sure to bring her/his favorite toy and blanket. For River we portioned out her food for the amount of day/nights we would camp out in small baggies. She took to camping like a pro! Also be mindful of your surroundings purchase a stake out to keep your pet near you and those little baggies to clean up after them.

In her infinite wisdom my girlfriend also made us a camping air conditioner*.

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Of course there are the other camping supplies you want to make sure you have on hand. We decided to try out cooking using fire with wood and purchased a propane stove as well.

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The first night was cooking with fire and using dehydrated packets of food. They taste surprisingly well and not too expensive. We spent about $7 for a 2 serving packet of jerk chicken and rice meal. For breakfast we cooked eggs, hash browns, and sausage.  Other camp recipes can be found by clicking here*. We found using cast iron pans to be the way to go for cooking and purchased camping dishes and utensils.

 

Although we had our phones and iPad we made sure to pack some games to play and actually unplugged from electronics to play them. Below you can find a link to a check list of items to have while camping. Remember your initial investment in this will make you think I’ve just spent a small fortune to live like a hobo.. LOL..

Most important thing to have is a good time.. I can wait until our next trip.. State park  here we come.. I hope you enjoyed the ultimate guide to camping out. Leave a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to mythings2doblog

Duck tape table*   This was very simple. I took a small box that I had, covered it in duck tape to make it water proof. Inside I put a grocery bag that holds our bathroom essentials  including hand sanitizer. On top of the box I put a small light that attached with sticky tape that was purchased at a dollar store.
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Printable Ultimate Camp Packing Checklist

  • Backpack
  • Bandana
  • Day pack for shorter afternoon hikes
  • Glasses and /or contact lenses ( plus and extra pair)
  • Hiking boots
  • Pack cover
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Wide-brimmed rain or sun hat
  • Rainwear
  • clothing, shirts pants, shorts, etc.
  • Alarm clock
  • Axe
  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Cell phone
  • Collapsible water container
  • Lantern
  • Matches/lighter
  • Rainfly to cover your tent in case of inclement weather
  • Rope
  • Sleeping bag/blowup mattress
  • Sit pads or sleeping pads to place underneath sleeping bags/mattress
  • Stove and fuel
  • Tent
  • Tent stakes
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking/eating utensils
  • Cook set and dishes
  • Drinking cups
  • Food
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Pot grabber
  • Pot scrubber and dish towel
  • Resalable plastic bags
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Water filter/purifier
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Body lotion
  • Comb and brush
  • Deodorant
  • First aid kit
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip balm
  • Personal-hygiene items
  • Prescriptions
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Maps and directions
  • Money
  • Print out of campsite reservations
  • Travel journal

 

Hotdog Buns Bread Pudding

For years I watched the food channel on T.V. and watched as chefs made bread puddings for desserts.  Every time someone made it I thought that looks too easy and you’ll never win making that.

Well I just had to try it out for myself. My girlfriend and I had a BBQ and a few packs of  hotdog buns left over. Since I didn’t plan on eating hotdogs everyday for the next week I had to come up with some ideas for this bread. Why not try making a bread pudding!

After some searching online and taking a look at what I had on hand this is the recipe I made up. This recipe makes a small 8×8 pan. It was just enough for the two of us. Girlfriend tested and highly approved!

Hotdog Bread Pudding with Fresh Whipped Cream and Strawberries

(recipe for whipped cream and strawberry sauce will follow)

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4 Hotdog buns cut or torn into pieces

2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 capfuls (1 tsp) vanilla

Preheat oven to 350

 

  • Put torn pieces of buns in 8×8 pan, pour melted butter over bread.
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  • In a bowl mix cream, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • pour over bread and press down with a fork to soak all the bread in the mix.
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  • Bake for 35 minutes on 350.
  • Serve with fresh whipped cream and strawberry sauce.

Whipped Cream

1 cup Heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

Place mixing bowl and beaters in freezer for 15 minutes.

In bowl put the cream and sugar, mix for 10- 20 minutes until soft peaks. Enjoy!

Strawberry Sauce

1 pint fresh strawberries ( keep some back for a chopped topping)

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zest of lemon

1/2 lemon juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 water

Cut strawberries into  pieces and place in sauce pan. Add zest, juice, sugar, and water. Cook on med, stirring and mashing occasionally until reduced, about 20 minutes. Cool and serve over bread pudding and topped with fresh whipped cream.

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What color should we paint the bathroom?

Managing those bathroom trips

Ok I know that your expecting to read about bathroom painting but actually this post is on managing those bathroom trips people with Crohns make. We already know that Crohns is one of those unseen and embarrising diseases.  Having to constantly visit the bathroom is one of lifes less enjoyed times. Here some ideas on how you can reduce your frequency and try and manage Crohns a little better.

Frequent bowel movements can be a sign of inflammation

Frequent bowel movements can be a sign of inflammation, other possible cause can be difficulty processing bile after certain types of bowel resection surgeries and having a gut infection, says Kim Isaacs, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment in Chapel Hill.

Over the counter anti-diarrheal medication

Try an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication. “This can help with diarrhea and tighten up the sphincter,” Isaacs says. However, it won’t treat an infection if that’s the cause of your symptoms. That’s why you need to see your doctor if you continue to have loose stools.

Skip the caffeine.

“Caffeine-containing products can increase bowel movements,” Isaacs says. And it’s not just in coffee: Caffeine can be found in many foods, from chocolate to soda.

Cut down on sugar.

Cutting out high-sugar foods may help decrease diarrhea and cramping, Isaacs says. That means sweets, cereal bars, and sugary sodas.

Stay hydrated.

It’s important to replenish the fluids that are lost through diarrhea. Consider a rehydrating beverage, but avoid the double whammy of a sugary caffeinated drink, such as sweet tea.

Stick to your Crohn’s-friendly diet.

People with Crohn’s disease should keep a food journal to learn which foods aggravate their symptoms or cause trouble during a flare — and then do their best to avoid them. But don’t feel like your diet has to be bland, Isaacs says. Experiment with the foods you can eat to find tasty dishes that appeal to you.

Monitor your fiber intake.

During a Crohn’s disease flare, you want to avoid excess fiber, which can trigger diarrhea. Other times, it may help. In fact, a study published in the May-June 2014 issue of the journal Gastroenterology Nursing found that having wheat bran (a high-fiber food) daily may improve digestive function for people with Crohn’s disease. Isaacs suggests psyllium supplements for soluble fiber, which binds stool better. Check with your doctor before increasing fiber in your diet, however, because some people with Crohn’s disease have narrow or inflamed areas that can become blocked more easily.

Carry a “Just Can’t Wait” card.

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation offers a card that lets people know you have a medical reason for jumping ahead in line for a public restroom. Crohn’s disease is an invisible condition — having this card can explain the situation for you. Also find out if you live in a state with a restroom-access law, which gives priority to people with conditions like Crohn’s disease.

Map out bathrooms.

When you’re away from home or the office, be sure to note where the restrooms are before you need them. Places like airports and sports arenas have location maps available online with this information so you can check before you go. You can also investigate toilet-finder apps for your smartphone.

Pack for emergencies.

Being prepared for unexpected bowel movements can help put your mind at ease. Always have wet wipes for cleansing in reach, as well as spare underwear, clothes, slip-on shoes, and a plastic bag for soiled items if needed.

Use ointment.

Frequent bowel movements can result in irritation and even infection of the skin around the anus. Consider using a salve, such as petroleum jelly, to protect delicate skin.

Ease into a warm bath.

A soak in the tub can soothe aggravated tissues. Consider adding an oatmeal bath product to calm your skin, but avoid bubble baths or scented products, which can increase irritation. Gently pat dry and moisturize the area after your soak.

Make time for rest.

Although physical activity is a good idea for everyone, being physically active can also aggravate frequent bowel movements. When possible, take opportunities to sit and rest.

Consider talk therapy.

If having frequent bowel movements is causing stress, talk it out. Lowering your stress levels may just help gain more control over your symptoms.

Todays tips are taken from http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/crohns-disease-treatment-management/managing-frequent-bowel-movements/

Click here for Juice Recipes for Crohn’s

 

Juicing for Crohn’s

Juicing is a great way to get lots of nutrition in your body at one time

I’ve had Crohn’s for nearly 31 years. I’ve talked to my doctor in the past about juicing my foods but honestly the thought of drinking my food didn’t appeal to me.

Well I’ve decided to give it a try.  Honestly I’m tired of feeling tired and in pain.

I’ve looked online and compared juicers and recipes. My girlfriend bought my juicer for Christmas. We decided while there are many juicers that look nice and compact, a juicer that separates the fibrous parts of the fruits and vegetables was what I needed.

Juicing is a great way to get lots of nutrition in your body at one time and in a very tasty way. Juicing is great for those who want to look and feel healthier. Juicing is also a natural way to decrease inflammation. Those of us who have digestive issues can appreciate not having to take extra pills to lower inflammation in our bodies.

Tweak your recipe and try it again

I tried several recipes then decided to just make my own. The wonderful thing about this is if what you make doesn’t taste good, tweak your recipe and try it again.

After only a week of juicing I have noticed my pains have lessened tremendously. I’m sure I have to juice still a while longer to get that energy that I’m lacking.

I’ve decided since I’m not a huge breakfast eater to begin with I’ll juice in the morning. Most of the recipes make two 8oz. glasses of juice and drinking them both fill me up till lunch.

Juicing will cost a lot in the beginning. After all you have to buy your initial supplies. But once you get started you’ll see that it really isn’t that expensive at all.

Some of the items I purchased were

  1. Juicer  Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor, Big Mouth, Metallic (67608A)
  2. Blender ( I have this for frozen fruits as they cannot be placed in my juicer) Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender
  3. spice grinder  MIRA Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder, Stainless Steel Blades, Removable Cup, Cleaning Brush

Now it’s time to go out and do some grocery shopping!

The first time I purchased my ingredients I was blown away by how much I spent. Obviously I wasn’t used to purchasing so many fresh and organic ingredients at one time. After doing this for a little while now I see that it doesn’t really cost that much at all.

The fruits and vegetables I choose both taste good to me and have anti-inflammatory benefits to them.

In addition to the fresh vegetables and either fresh or as in my case frozen fruits I purchased these items:

1. Flax seed

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You can purchase this as an oil or seed. I purchased seed and used my grinder to make it into a powder to add to my smoothies

2. Coconut water

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Coconut Water

Check and make sure it has only one ingredient. For those who cannot have coconut water substitute 6-8oz of either plain or vanilla yogurt

3. Protein powder

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I added this on those days that I was in too much pain to eat at all and wanted to get protein in my body

Ok now for some recipes!!

Monday

(from the recipe book that came with my juicer)

1 med Beet

6  Celery stalks

1 Green Apple

1/2 Cucumber

Add all ingredients to juicer, makes 2 servings

 Tuesday

(from an online recipe)

Anti-inflammatory juice

1 Pineapple ( I found it more economical to purchase a frozen bag of pineapple chunks and use 1-2 cups in the blender)

2 Cucumbers

1 3″ piece of turmeric root ( you can use 1/3 tsp of the ground turmeric)

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1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

Only juice those items that can go into the juicer like the cucumber and turmeric root. The Ground items and frozen items put in your blender with juice from juicer. Blend well till smooth.

Wednesday

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This is a recipe that I made

1 med Beet

1 lg Apple

1″ Ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger

2 handfuls Spinach

6oz vanilla yogurt

juice spinach first then beet, apple and ginger. Add juice to blender with yogurt and blend well. Makes a great tasting smoothie.

Thursday

I made this on a day that I wasn’t feeling so well

1 Celery stalk

1 Cucumber

1/2 Lime (peeled)

2 cups frozen Pineapple

1/3 ground Turmeric

1 scoop Protein Powder

1 cup Coconut water

Juice the first 3 items. Put juice and the rest of the items in blender. Blend well.

Friday

Another protein powder juice smoothie day. If you haven’t already made one I must tell you that the protein powder does add some thickness to the juice.

1 Beet

1″ Ginger

1 cup (bunch) Parsley

1 cup Kale

1 cup frozen mixed fruit ( I used strawberries, pineapple and mango)

1 cup Coconut water

1 scoop Protein Powder

Juice first 4 ingredients. Add juice and the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blend well.

Saturday

I like to call this one my Really Red Juice

1 lg Beet or 2 small ones

1 small head Red Cabbage

1″ ginger

1/3 tsp ground Turmeric

1 Apple

8 oz. Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 cup frozen Pineapple

Juice beet, cabbage, ginger, and apple. Add juice, turmeric, yogurt and pineapple to blender. Blend well. This is one of my favorite juice smoothies.

Sunday

A quick light juice

1 lg Orange ( peeled)

1 Bunch Parsley

1 Apple

1″ Ginger

1 cup frozen Pineapple

1 cup Coconut water

1/3 tsp Turmeric

Juice first four ingredients. Add juice and last three ingredients to blender. Blend well. What I love about the frozen fruits is that they make my juices and smoothies nice and icy.

Monday

Today we are going orange with sweet potatoes!

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1 med Sweet potato

1 Orange (peeled)

1 cup frozen mango

8oz. Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 tsp ground Ginger

Juice the sweet potato and the orange. Add juice, mango, yogurt and ginger to blender. Blend well

Tuesday

1 med Beet ( in case you haven noticed I love beets)

1 Cucumber

1 1/2 cups Baby Spinach

1 cup Mixed Frozen Fruit

6oz. Vanilla Yogurt

Juice first three ingredients. Add juice and last two ingredients to blender. Blend well

After Dinner Juice

I found this after dinner Juice online. I like it for those days where an extra juice is just what I need.

2 cups Baby Spinach

1 cup Frozen Pineapple

Juice the spinach then add that juice and frozen pineapple to blender and blend well.

That’s all I have for now but I’ve got some juice recipes running around in my head. I’m going to test them out and if they taste as good as I think they will I’ll post an additional blog post. For now I hope you enjoy these recipes. Happy Juicing!!

Click here for tips on controlling flare ups and here for more tips.  Share some tips that have worked for you in the comment section.

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