The Mom Kind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

As parents, our days become increasingly busy without a minute to spare.  Most days, I am lucky to even mark a few things off my to do list.  So when I know tomorrow is booked before I even go to bed that night before,  I always go to my recipe book for a pull out a slow cooker meal.  Have fix and forget meals helps to keep us on track for healthy meals, any day of the week.  Not to mention, its amazing to come home to the house smelling like chicken noodle soup! Whether it be a cold day, a…
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Easy Southern Potato Salad Recipe

Easy Southern Potato Salad Recipe

This simple and easy. Southern Potato Salad Recipe is very versatile. You can easily omit or adds ingredients to make it your own. My husband absolutely can not stand mustard, but for many years I put mustard in deviled eggs, baked beans, and potato salad without him even noticing!  So if you have someone who doesn't like one of the ingredients (except potato, you kinda have to leave them in for it to be potato salad), you can easily omit them and more of something you prefer in its place. Southern Potato Salad Recipe What You Need: 6 -8 russet potatoes…
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Cajun Jambalaya- Easy Recipe (Seafood Optional)

Cajun Jambalaya- Easy Recipe (Seafood Optional)

      Jambalaya is a staple in the south.  Its savory, spicy, and all around yummy! This Jambalaya recipe has the best flavor, and the most freedom of personal expression within a recipe.  Make it for dinner tonight, and double the ingredients if you want a chance at left overs!             Cajun Jambalaya Recipe What you need:   Large can of chicken Andouille or smoked fully cooked sausage  (choose smoked to reduce heat) Medium yellow or white onion, finely diced Red bell pepper, diced (can use green, but red give a nice sweetness) 4 stalks of celery,…
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Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs

Nothing remind me more of family get together's than food. One of the classic dishes that I remember at most events, are deviled eggs.  Such a simple dish, but packed full of flavor. This is one of those dishes that can be multiplied for family gatherings, or reduced for a nice family dinner. Classic Deviled Eggs Recipes What You Need:  12 Hard boiled eggs (click the link for an easy recipe)1/2 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup of mustard2 tablespoons of sweet relishsalt & pepperpaprika Related Posts: Christmas Shopping on a Tight BudgetOven Hard Boiled Eggs RecipeClassic Pecan Pie Recipe- Simple, Easy, and from Scratch!…
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Oven Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

Oven Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

  I will easily admit that when it comes to boiling eggs, I do not get the same result twice.  Once, I even had some explode (to be fair, I was pregnant and sat down and fell asleep, lol!).  I came across this recipe a few years back, it makes cooking "hard-boiled eggs" a breeze.  Not only is it full proof, the creamier flavor created by the oven is amazing!               Oven Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe   Directions:   350 degrees for 30 minutes: Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Do not place eggs…
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Easy Southern Baked Beans Recipe

Easy Southern Baked Beans Recipe

I grew up with eating home cooked meals.  One of my all time favorites as a kid (and as an adult) was my  mom's baked beans.  The recipe was super simple, but so delicious. Now as a mom, I do a lot of cooking with some very classic recipes. After going to many get together's over the years, I have found that a majority of my friends and family in the Midwest use a major name canned baked beans. Growing up, I did not even know such a thing existed.  The closest I thought of canned baked beans was buying…
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When You Child Isn’t Hitting Their Milestones, Is it Autism?

When You Child Isn’t Hitting Their Milestones, Is it Autism?

Is it autism?  Here is where I shared the story of our son prior to his diagnosis. When we were questioning, but didn't know where to begin and what to expect.  My goal in sharing this intimate view into our lives is to help other parents in this situation.  With 1 in 68 children diagnosed with Autism in the United States, this is more common that not.  If you are looking for a list of symptoms for both babies and children, please see our list here.    I am always here to listen, offer personal advice, or point you in…
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Learning how to Be the Best Parent You Can Be

Learning how to Be the Best Parent You Can Be

Learning how to Be the Best Parent You Can Be One the phrases I hear the most often is "I just don't know how you do it."  A lot of the people who say this to me, don't know that I not only have four children, but four children all with diagnosis.  Many of my post, I stray from being overly personal.  At this time in our journey, I feel I need to share the big picture of what our family life is made of.  At the end of this post, I will share with you 15 ways to be…
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Slow Cooker Fajitas Recipe- Simple and Scrumptious!

Slow Cooker Fajitas Recipe- Simple and Scrumptious!

Life is hectic with four children.  There are always doctor and therapy appointments, after school activities, and sports to get them to and from. With all that energy needed, a well-balanced meal is a must!  So any meal that has vegetables included in the main course is a win for the parents! In our home, the slow cooker is used more than the oven. At least three meals a week are cooked in our slow cooker, and sometimes even more. One of my favorite meals is our slow cooker fajita recipe.  The meat melts in your mouth, and the vegetables…
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Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – Rich & Creamy!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – Rich & Creamy!

Going out to eat is a big deal for our family.  We wed young, and had children just as young.  So going out to eat any where more than McDonald's has always been a privilege.  As the years have gone by, we have increased the amount we go out, but not by much.  We may go out to eat once or twice a month.  Our goal is to have as many meals at home gathered around the kitchen table as possible. When we do go out, the kids and I almost always know what we want.  Having two children with…
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