Mothers and blogging

There was a moment during the birth of my first daughter, when my only hope was that both my baby and I survived. Since that point forward, my mothering mantra has pretty much stayed the same. My children have had life threatening experiences and have had emotionally challenging experiences. Every pain they feel, I feel. Every fear they have, I feel as well. My vision of motherhood was not what  motherhood turned out to be. What I have found out is that mothering is emotional rollercoaster and it demands great responsibility. Even though there is responsibility, I enjoy my children and the experience. Like any good experience, the years since my eldest was born have flown by. We have had close moments when I share myself and my hopes, … [Read more...]

Leave Well Enough Alone?

GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) In the August 2013 Food Technology, there is an article titled "GRAS: Leave Well Enough Alone" http://www.ift.org/Food-Technology/Past-Issues/2013/August/Columns/PERSPECTIVE.aspx.  GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) refers to food additives used in the USA. Our laws dictate that all ingredients added to our foods must be GRAS. We constantly add new GRAS materials to our food supply and many of these additives are flavor ingredients. The consumer will not always be aware of these new additives, because they are labeled with generalities such as "flavor". The Gaps in GRAS The article "Leave Well Enough Alone" are the thoughts of one person in the food industry. The author, Eric Greenberg writes … [Read more...]

Jell-O Pumpkin Spice instant pudding & pie filling, flavor review

Kids and Jell-O Time to put my kids to work! A great way to get kids in the kitchen preparing food is Jell-O instant pie filling. In the case of pumpkin spice, it's an opportunity for my children to make their first pie, Jell-O pudding pumpkin pie. Before preparing the pie filling,we made a graham cracker crust, using a recipe from www.food.com. It took about 15 minutes to make this crust.  Once the crust began to cool, my older daughter followed the directions on the package of Jello-O and  made a traditional pudding pie. She used a crank hand mixer; so I needn't worry about her getting hurt by an electric mixer. My Impression The pie looks delicious, reminiscent of a traditional custard pumpkin pie, but with about 1/8 of the … [Read more...]

“The Sky is Falling”

Society claims that flavor chemists are "people who add chemicals to foods" and that food safety specialists are "people who worry too much". In a recent Food Safety program I attended, one professor stated "food safety professionals can be compared to Chicken Little running around claiming the sky is falling". Worry can be un-healthy, but exists for a reason. My daughter suffers from excess worry and anxiety, something normal for a child that has endured a major illness. Something normal for a child whose parent has anxiety issues. My daughter had a brain tumor at age two and  I worried excessively during her treatments. At one point I couldn't stand straight or walk because of excessive worry. Unfortunately, after diagnosis, worrying … [Read more...]