Wednesday, January 26, 2011

dairy free

I think it is official...part of the Ervin household is going "dairy free"! We have been suspicious for a while that Mike might have a lactose issue, but recently it has been getting much worse. I'm not sure why that is or how it works, but he used to be able to handle a little bit of dairy and now the least little thing makes him sick. Lactaid helps, but only a little and not with large amounts of dairy.

I must admit that I didn't really think going dairy free would be that big of a deal, but you have no clue how many things we eat contain milk in some form or another! For instance, I went to the grocery store today because I really wanted to make Mike something sweet he can eat that doesn't make him sick (did I mention desserts are the worst at containing dairy?). Trying to find chocolate chips that don't contain dairy is a treasure hunt! I did find some dark chocolate chunks that weren't outrageously expensive. And did you know that many types of butter also contain some type of milk?? So I had to look at the ingredients on all the butter containers to determine what type we could use. Thank you Blue Bonnett for not putting milk in your butter!

On Sunday night we were at my mom's house and she was going to make a pound cake (which is one of our favorites) until we realized that the butter she had contained milk and there is cream cheese in the cake. No pound cake for Mike until we find a different recipe! :)

Needless to say, we are on a new adventure--living life dairy free! If any of you out there have some great recipes that are dairy free please pass them along! I'm definitely in need of some dessert recipes that don't have dairy.

Let the adventure begin! :)


  1. You'll have to copy and past this...I don't know how to make a link in the comments. I found this blog a few years ago, when looking for some milk free recipes. Does Mike like pumpkin pie?

  2. Mike LOVES pumpkin pie and I actually have a few cans of pumpkin in my cabinet! Thanks Gina! :)

  3. I'm dairy-free, wheat-free (gluten-free), and egg-free. I hear ya! :) At least Mike's not the one pregnant. ;) I've found it very hard to be pregnant with those issues.

  4. Rachel, I just made a cake that has no milk or butter (it does have eggs and chips). I will email you the recipe. :0) ♥

  5. Here's a handy printable, business card sized cheat sheet of hidden names of dairy in ingredient lists. Might be helpful. It's shocking how many names dairy can have!


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