Grocery list to keep track of multiple stores

Hello Failsafers!

Excel FAILSAFE grocery list by store

I have a grocery spreadsheet that I use to keep track of which stores carry the products that we need…I am currently balancing 3 major grocery chains plus our Co-Op for all of OUR needs.

Failsafe Shopping List

The way that I use it is this…

1) There are column header areas that I put my personal grocery store names into.

2) I mark an “x” in the box for the food item & corresponding store column so that I know which stores are carrying the item.

I keep a Master list on file.

3) I use a copy of the Master list on my refrigerator to keep track as I run out of groceries…there is a column to the left of the food items that I use to mark quantity that I need.

It is a bit timely compiling the original list, but saves a lot of time & gas trying to drive from store to store to track items down.   As always, we post what works for our families and hope that it can help yours too.



Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

OK…so this is cheating a bit due to the cornstarch in the Bob’s Shortbread mix, (my kids seem to tolerate a corn in moderate amounts) but is soooooooooo good.  We were going over to a friend’s house for dinner and were asked to bring a dessert…it’s hard enough to find a FAILSAFE dessert that my kids REALLY like, but one that non-FAILSAFE-ers would enjoy too is a tall order.  I cheated by going onto Pinterest to get ideas and found a pie crust cheat using the Bob’s mix.  Here’s what I came up with…

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

1pkg   Bob’s Gluten-free Shortbread Cookie Mix, make according to package directions

1pint   Haagen Dasz Vanilla ice cream

1/2 c   Raw cashews

Caramel sauce recipe (below)


Mix the Bob’s Shortbread recipe according to package directions.  Split the cookie dough in half and press into a round cake pan (I make cookies with the remainder, but you could always make second crust to use another day).  Bake according to package directions and cool.

While crust is baking, I prepare the Caramel Sauce recipe (below) & set out the ice cream to soften (I use Haagen-Dazs vanilla).

When crust is cooled, add ice cream – packing in tightly.

Top with chopped raw cashews & press lightly into the softened ice cream.  Place in freezer to set up – at least 15 minutes.

Serve with warm Caramel Sauce

(Note:  this recipe calls for a dark brown sugar which I substitute in FAILSAFE approved & light brown)



Rice Tortilla Pizza

This weekend the kids wanted personal pizzas…since we don’t eat yeast products in our house, the gluten-free options for pizza crusts are limited.  I usually use rice cakes as a base, but it takes A LOT of those to fill up my household of 5!  Everyone liked these…even our adult non-FAILSAFE-ers…

Delicious FAILSAFE "Food For Life, brown rice tortilla" pizza.

Delicious FAILSAFE “Food For Life, brown rice tortilla” pizza.

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

Food For Life brown rice tortillas

Butter, melted

1 clove Garlic, minced

Hamburger, cooked & salted

Cheese (Farmers or Mozzarella), shredded/sliced

Green Onion, chopped (if desired)

Sour Cream (if desired)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lay out the tortillas on a baking sheet, not overlapping.  Mix melted butter and garlic together, brush on tortillas-make sure to evenly coat the tortilla all of the way to the edges for a yummier crust.  Top with hamburger and cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted & bubbly.  Top with chopped green onion & sour cream.

We had leftovers and these were delicious reheated in the microwave…also good as a lunchbox item!


FAILSAFE vanilla cream soda

Vanilla Cream Soda  (Amazing as a kids drink or add Vodka for a lovely grownup beverage)

1c  Boiling water

1c  Sugar

Dissolve, remove from heat, then add:

2t of pure vanilla extract

At this point I bottle & refrigerate it so that we can use it all week (like magic syrup).

When ready to drink, add sparking water & ice to taste.


Failsafe Diet Explained

There are days when I think “What have I started?” in trying to manage, not only the kids & their challenges, but this way of eating.  I wish we could find a fast food place or take out restaurant that worked on evenings when things are chaotic, but there just isn’t one here (that I’m aware of).  So why continue?  Good question.

I cannot get past the fact that my DS7 (Aspergers) no longer complains of stomach pains and that his meltdowns have decreased from 80% to 35% (per our Behavioral Therapist) and my DS3 (ADHD) no longer climbs up the furniture like Spiderman nor dashes out in front of cars in a busy parking lot while I dig in my purse for keys.

This diet is hard to want to stick to & can, at times, be hard to navigate…but the benefits are worth it in my eyes.  I am a sucker for a shortcut or a timesaver…that is what motivates me to do this blog…if I can make this journey easier for just one other mom, mission accomplished.

Since we are a new blog…I will be posting, in the midst of recipes, helpful hints & links.  Check back often and thanks for reading.

Here is exactly WHAT the F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. diet is…a great explanation that was extremely helpful to me when just starting out…


Our first post!

Woohoo & Welcome!

A bit about the F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. diet…

Our families have special needs, and special needs require special accomodations.  We, like many other families, have undergone major overhauls in the way we function so that our children can have the best lives possible.  We have tried conventional (and some not-so-conventional therapies) in order to help our kids, with varying results.  It was this that has led us to our most recent overhaul-nutrition.

The thought of overhauling our culinary routine was daunting (to say the least).  It has taken us a lot of research and many hours of organization to get to where we are.  Starting out, Beth’s family just tried GF/CF (gluten & casein free) which appeared to work at times but was not hitting the nail on the head.  Digging a bit deeper into special needs nutrition we stumbled upon the vaious works authored by Sue Dengate (

Sue has written multiple books based on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s (RPAH) elimination diet (, a structured plan designed to test what food chemicals may be the cause of multiple physical & behavioral symptoms.   The list is numerous, but seemed to touch on everyone in our home.  Convinced that this was the direction we needed to take, we bought the books and then hit a snag…the books are all written for the Austrailian population.  There are many more similarities than differences in our food cultures, however, the differences are enough to stumble upon.  The internet was somewhat helpful, however, much of what was listed was out of date or just copies of what was already in the books.  It took months of “deciphering” the diet & modifying to US terms/brands before we could actually begin the process.

What we have come up with are many shortcuts, grocery lists, conversion lists, & new recipes that we would love to share with other US families that are also on this journey, & to ease the transition for the many new families to follow.

Please feel free to use any of the information that we post for your personal use.  We welcome your ideas & input…Enjoy & good luck.


Disclaimer:  Beth & Kim (blog owners) are not medical professionals & this information is in no way to be used or substituted for medical advice.  Sue Dengate &/or the RPAH are not associated with nor have they endorsed the content of