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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Website

I'm happy to say we've expanded to our own website! New posts as well as updates of many that have previously appeared on this blog.  The Google translate button will still be available for our many overseas readers.

Come visit us at www.autismride.net

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Chicago Diner - Logan Square

Tonight we had dinner at the Chicago Diner, Logan Square location.  I ate at the Lakeview location years ago, completely by accident - by accident meaning that my friend and I and her little boy were looking for a place to have lunch and didn't realize it was a vegan restaurant.  At that time, we decided to stay and were not disappointed, her toddler son included.

We had a party of nine and the center portion of the restaurant is set up with small tables with long benches on either side, so the tables can easily be pushed together to accommodate a larger party.

We went to the restaurant tonight to celebrate the birthday of my youngest brother, who is vegan.  My husband and sons are both major carnivores.  My sons being autistic, are usually resistant to trying any new flavors or textures.  The way the food is prepared at Chicago Diner, you will not miss the meat.  

We had seitan buffalo wings as an appetizer - perfect seasoning and meaty texture, as well as guacamole and salsa with chips.  My kids both devoured their orders of sweet potato fries.

For our entrees, I had the spicy Thai basil stir fry - fantastic and a huge portion - love when there is enough left over for my lunch the following day.  My husband had the taco salad and liked it.  My kids shared a big veggie burger, loved it, and my brother had a seitan Reuben - excellent.  My Dad ordered the black bean soup, which was way too spicy for him - the waiter was so nice, he brought a sample portion of the chili to see if that would work for my Dad and it did, so a big bowl of chili was brought out to replace the soup.  Excellent service!  

My brother and sister-in-law got a chocolate mint chip shake to go and said it was delicious.

I'm not a big meat eater, but I do eat meat and I'm a big fan of dairy.   That said, I love Chicago Diner - the food is prepared so well, you truly will not miss the meat or dairy.

As many autism parents, I worry about bringing my boys out - especially in the city - sometimes the crowds can be too much.  This outing, we went to the restaurant at 4:00 in the afternoon - right at the beginning of the dinner shift.  The place was just starting to get crazy loud and busy as we were finishing.  My boys did great!  


Friday, December 19, 2014

For those with nowhere to go on Christmas

Such a lovely thing they offer for the lonely
Benny's in Crestwood - free Christmas dinner - - 5423 W. 135th St. in Crestwood - 708-293-1010; There will be a full Christmas meal to anyone on Christmas day - RSVP to the above number - God bless you all at Benny's! :)♥

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gift Ideas for Children with Autism

Sent by our school social worker:

Holiday Resource:
Gift Suggestions for Individuals with Autism
 
Sensory Toys
· Play-Doh / theraputty
· Kinetic Sand
· Trampoline
· Therapy Balls
· Slime/noise putty
· Bubbles ~ wands, machines, etc…
· Bicycle/ Tricycle/Scooter
· Swing
· Large beanbag/ animal pillow
· Rocking chairs
· Tunnels / tents
· Vibration toys
· Light-up toys
· Weights
· Moon shoes/boots
· Body Sock
· Fidget Toys/ Stress Balls
 
Games
· Candyland Castle
· Operation
· Connect Four
· Let’s Go Fishing
· Hot Potato
· Jenga
· Mr. Potato Head
· Whack a Mole
· Sonny The Seal
· Gouie Louie
· Zingo Bingo
· Funtime Fishing
· Elefun
· Crocodile Dentist
· Don’t Spill the Beans
· Don’t Break the Ice
· Memory
· Pop Up Pirate
· Pop the Pig
· Crazy Chicken
· Hungry Hungry Hippos
· Perfection
· Trouble
· Marble Ramps/Race
· Kerplunk
 
 
 Additional Gifts
· Puzzles (sound /talking ones are great)
· Shape Sorters
· Sing-A-Long DVD’s
· Musical instruments
· Legos/ Mega Bloks
· Books with sound pads
· MP3Player/ IPOD
· Dry Erase Board/ Markers
· Weighted Blanket
· Weighted Vest
· Play Parachute
· Aromatherapy lotions/scents
· Imaginative Play Toys
 
 
Websites that offer additional ideas:
 
· Natural Learning Concepts ~ www.nlconcepts.com  
 
 
 
· National Autism Resources ~ www.nationalautismresources.com/toysandgames.html
· Fat Brain Toys- www.fatbraintoys.com