A family living well with type 1 diabetes.

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Crafty D-Crafting.

So I’ve been busy helping my girls create homemade Valentines to hand out in class next week. I blame Pinterest for this sudden blast of creative ambition. If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with Pinterest, be forewarned, it is habit forming. As if any of us need yet another online time-suck! But the cool thing about it is you can get some really neat ideas for crafts and art projects (and a plethora of other topics).

One such project that just dazzled and amazed me was this one:

You take a picture of your child holding out his or her hand as if clutching a lolly-pop, then use some sort of photo editing software to add text and embellishments, print it off, cut slits above and below the fist and feed a lolly through! Is that not the coolest thing?!

So after I had my Valentine fun with this idea, I got to thinking — how could I make use of this idea in a D-awareness sort of way? It didn’t take long for me to come up with this:


I think these would be cool to make bunches of and hand out at school events during Diabetes Awareness Month in November or any time there is an opportunity to raise a little awareness. What a great way to educate people about how people with diabetes can have treats too and are not relegated to a sugar-free existence. In fact, this myth is a dangerous one that really needs to be dispelled. We know too well how important and, indeed, life-saving sugar can be to a person with type 1 diabetes.

This project is more simple than it appears. Go ahead and give it a try, whether it’s to create Valentines or awareness!


D-Feast Friday From Jenna To You.

I haven’t posted a D-Feast Friday post in a long, long time.  I haven’t posted anything in quite a spell. I have been giving my undivided attention to my family these past few weeks. A recent move closer to town (read: closer to EMS) occupied much of our time and energy at the start of December. Then there was the whole Christmas to-do … life was just too intense for me to find time to focus on collecting and composing thoughts worthy of your valuable reading time.

So I took a little hiatus.

But it was only a matter of time before I found my way back to my laptop to share little snippets of life – our life – with diabetes tagging along.

Jenna requested this snack last night before she went to bed. Actually, to be completely honest, she was hoping for a bedtime snack, likely on account of heading for a scary low from a straight up bolus for supper that, in hind-sight, should have been a combo. But when we realized this, she was already tucked into bed with heavy lids. Carb tabs to the rescue instead.

This is what her palate fancied:


What we have here is two toasted slices of whole grain bread with a skiff of butter, natural peanut butter and thinly sliced, organic, gala apple. When she requested it, I told her it was too late for a snack (unaware of the low that was lurking in the wings) and that it sounded like an excellent choice for breakfast the next morning. Reluctantly, Jenna agreed to wait until morning to have this considerably healthy and, I must admit, tasty treat. I ate it for lunch myself today! It really is lovely.

I don’t know where Jenna got the inspiration for it. Perhaps it was the few times I have offered her and her sister a half apple with peanut butter for a snack that gave her the idea. But I’m more than a little impressed with her choices with regards to both the satisfying taste and the nutritional merits of the dish.

I figure you can tweak the recipe any way you like; you might want to omit the butter or substitute the peanut butter for another nut or seed butter, or use another kind of apple, or even go with a pear if you prefer! If you are celiac, you can go with a gluten free bread for toasting. However you want to alter the recipe to suit your needs and palate, feel free. Enjoy!

Oh. And Happy New Year. I’ve missed you. :)

Cheese It Up!

What do you do when your T1D kiddo is hyperglycemic, ravenously hungry and demanding a snack?

W H A T. D O. Y O U. D O?

Why, you fry up a little low fat, grated cheddar cheese, of course!


Just grab a non-stick pan, tumble in a mound of cheese shreds, fry over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until the bubbles stop bursting, then remove to a plate and let your hungry little pancreatically challenged munchkin have-at!


It doesn’t get much simpler than that and it’s so darn tasty!



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