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(Just Own the Night Like the) 4th of July Week in Review – (‘Cause Baby You’re a) Firework WIAW

As I mentioned on Friday, I had a big internship presentation to give so I wasn’t able to finish my blog post. So, I am going to post it today as my WIAW and Week in Review!

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Don’t forget about the giveaway that I posted on Monday. It ends this Thursday night so you don’t want to miss out.

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I left off last with my recap of the week leading up to my long 4th of July weekend.

Friday morning I literally rolled out of bed and crawled into the car. My mom drove me to the hospital for my gastric emptying study where I had to eat oatmeal and then lay under an x-ray machine for 1 1/2 hours while they measured the time it took for me to digest my food (more soon!). All that I will say now is that there is a reason that I haven’t eaten oatmeal in a year. My stomach took almost a week to recover from eating grains.

Thankfully with some rest during the day I was feeling good enough to socialize later. On Friday night I drove over to my best friend’s house to meet up with about ten others and head over to a nearby lake to watch some fireworks!

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Usually I’m not a fan of fireworks because they are so loud, but these were surprisingly mellow in volume. But not mellow in looks for sure. They were beautiful and lasted quite a long time. I’m really glad that I went because they were certainly worth the trip.

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The next day I had an eye doctor’s appointment in the morning. Thankfully my prescription has stayed the same so I just had to get some new contacts and that was it.

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Afterwards I met up with my friends again to just hang out and talk about our summers and what we’ve been up to.

Later on I went on a short 15 minute walk with my mom down the driveway to pick up the mail and newspaper. And we brought Lilly!

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I know that sounds a little crazy that it took us that long to walk to the mailbox because I’m sure a lot of you have your mailboxes right outside your front door. However, I can assure you that while slow, 15 minutes over the span of about 1/2 a mile while walking a curious dog (that stops every 30 seconds to sniff at the grass) is pretty normal.

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Sunday morning my mom and dad left the house early to drop my brother off at our church because he was leaving for a missions trip.

When they got back I made them some…

You guessed it! Pancakes 🙂

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Unlike my pan perfect pancakes and unbelievably grain-free berry pancakes, these suckers took a lot longer to cook and were much harder to flip. This did not deter my parents though because they still tasted wonderful!

Dairy and Grain-Free Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

Makes two servings, approximately 4 small-medium pancakes each

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Option, GAPS/Paleo/SCD-Friendly, No Added Sugar

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Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon each of vinegar and vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or sun-flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and cinnamon
  • dash of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your griddle to 350 degrees or your pan to medium heat. Spray or oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Peel both of the apples. Take one of the apples and put it in your food processor and puree with a little water until it reaches applesauce consistency.
  3. Add the eggs, vinegar and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  4. Measure in the remaining ingredients and mix again until fully combined.
  5. Scoop out the batter into a medium sized bowl. Put the second apple in the food processor and blend for a few seconds and/or grate the apple until finely shredded. Add the apple pieces to the pancake mix.
  6. Using a 1/4 cup pour out the pancake batter and if necessary spread out with the back of a spoon.
  7. Cook on each side for 5-10 minutes (these need to be cooked a lot longer than usual pancakes because they are grain-free and much more delicate with the applesauce).

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Sunday afternoon before I left to head back to my apartment I went to our church to help my mom set up for the summer reading program that she directs every year. As I said previously, I’m really missing getting to actually help with the program itself in getting the snacks ready and running errands for the teachers. I still got to set up all of the books though, and while it is probably my least favorite part, it still made me feel good that I got to help a little.

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Look at some of the books that I found! These remind me of one of my WIAW posts of children’s books that feature food!

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After I was done setting up the books (which took me about an hour! They were so unorganized…) I went home, packed up my things, and hit the road again.

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I snacked on a few bananas on the way back. #Publicbanana at its finest. 😉

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This week the weather has been pretty crazy. There have been lots of thunderstorm warnings and a lot of water!

Thankfully I haven’t seen much damage around these parts, but back home our neighbors lost electricity due to the storms and a friend from high school had a huge tree fall on his car while him and his family were on vacation!

My actual week was pretty boring until the next weekend hit. And that was only made exciting by the fact that I got to buy things for my blogiversary giveaway (Mention #2 😉 ). Make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry!

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Questions for you:

Did you enjoy any fireworks on the 4th?

Are you tired of pancake recipes yet? Too bad. Ha. 😉

Do you wear glasses or contacts?

What food have you been enjoying lately?

Marvelous is my One Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Many of you may not know this, but this isn’t my first blog. I had another blog before Eating 4 Balance where I professed my love of peanut butter. It was pretty sweet. But… I barely posted more than once a week with WIAWs and even when I did the pictures and commentary were not very interesting for most I’m sure.

I posted mostly healthy recipes and little life updates with a small following of readers. Then I started getting stomach pains out of the blue and couldn’t figure out the cause. Most people say that the internet is not a trustworthy source of information, but really, the internet saved me.

It was through blogs that I first learned about the concepts of being gluten and lactose intolerant. I would have never even thought that food could be a contributing factor to my ever-worsening gastrointestinal issues. I would have believed my doctors when they said that I had a “sensitive” stomach and that it “wasn’t anything serious.”

I really wish my doctors could have seen me when I was walking through Wal-Mart and wasn’t sure if I could keep going down the aisle because my stomach felt like it was going to explode. I wish they could see me the past year and a half where I spend countless hours everyday reading health journals, medical studies, (and yes) food blogs looking for something to tell me what it is going on when I was going in for test after test with no answers.

So while some of you may think that I was being over dramatic when I stated that the internet saved me, I can assure that I wasn’t.

Am I better now? No, not even close really. I am still in pain every day and I can eat a total of three foods without laying awake at night with a painfully bloated stomach (or even worse, not being in bed at all but constantly running to the bathroom).

The thing is though, it’s not the wealth of information from blogs that I am most appreciative of. It’s the community. The friends I’ve made. You all.

I may not be the most consistent or interesting blogger out there. Actually, I’m positive I’m not.

I may not take award-winning photos or share ground-breaking recipes. Again, I can show you my blogroll for those who are more apt at that.

The one thing that I will say however, is that I have a love for blogging that could rival anyone. Even though I may fall behind on replying to comments or may not adequately express my thanks in my posts, I seriously don’t know what I would have done without you all.

You have listened to me as I’ve visited all of these doctors. This past Spring you gave me the courage to go out of my comfort zone and move three hours away for an internship. You have heard me complain about school, work and (of course, my stomach).

Most importantly though, you keep coming back.

Although I have already written over 500 words in this post, there are thousands more that I could say and really words can’t express how much this blogging community means to me.

Thanks for being a listening ear. An advice-giver. A friend.

You have given so much and now it’s my turn to return the favor.

In honor of my one year (and a few days) blogiversary, I am hosting a giveaway!

Since this was originally intended to be an allergy-free blog (before I got all boring and stopped eating real food), I tried to keep that in mind as I was making my purchases for this giveaway. I tried to find the most tasty products that the majority of my audience could eat. Almost all of the products I have tried myself at one point or another. Sadly I cannot eat anything of them at this point in time, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them!

For each product (except for the edamame) I am going to give a link to both the product description as well as the allergy statements made by the manufacturing companies. There are quite a few products that literally should be able to consumed by all who enter, but please don’t just assume. If you find something in this list that you can’t eat, still enter! If you win I am happy to take out the offending product, or I can still send it to you and you can pass it on to someone else that might enjoy it.

With that out of the way, check out the six things that you can win in this giveaway, and the five ways that you can enter below.

Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Organic Apples

Top 8 Free

(product information, allergen FAQs)

Enjoy Life Foods Sunbutter Crunch Chewy Bars

Top 8 Free

(product information, allergen FAQs)

Chiquita Super Crunchy Pineapple Chips

Gluten/Wheat, Nut and Dairy-Free

(product information, allergen information)

Back to Nature Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Granola

Contains Dairy and Soy, Processed with Wheat

(product information, allergen information on Nutrition & Ingredients tab)

Sea Snax Premium Roasted Seaweed Snack

May Contain Trace Amounts of Fish and Shellfish

(product information, allergen information on non-affiliated site)

Fresh Finds Roasted and Salted Edamame

Processed in a Facility with Peanuts and Other Nuts, Contains Soy

(bought product at Big Lots. No company website. Allergen information listed on bag)

This giveaway is available to U.S. and Canadian residents only. If you win and live in another country, I will pick another winner for the giveaway and offer you the opportunity to guest post on my blog (sorry for limiting this as some of my favorite bloggers live across the sea!).

There are five ways that you can enter to win this giveaway (leave a separate comment for each):

  1. Leave a comment about something that you have learned from reading blogs that you never would have otherwise.
  2. Follow my blog by clicking the Follow button on the right under Follow Blog by Email.
  3. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.*
  4. Follow me on Pinterest.
  5. Pin any allergy-friendly recipe on Pinterest (it doesn’t have to be mine) and leave the link in the comments.

*If you use a blog reader other than Bloglovin (like Feedly) then you can use that “follow” in place of #3.

This giveaway will last until Thursday night and I will post the randomly chosen winner Friday morning. You will have the weekend to contact me (at alleyhays at gmail dot com… again, don’t ask about the name… pet fish… long story) and if I do not hear from you by Sunday night with your full name and address then I will have to pick somebody else.

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Thank you Katie for hosting this awesome weekly party!