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Top 5 Nut Free Snacks

We are almost done with the school year, BUT our safe snacking box has run out of treats. This week we stocked up on our favorites.  Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Bars Skinny Pop Pop Corn Hostess Ding Dongs Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy Bars Birthday Cake Blondie Bars This Birthday cake mix is perfect for take-along treats for birthday parties. I like to make these in advance, put them in a zip top back, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Our classroom is pretty small at school, and I usually just send one of these along during the birthday week. We have birthday MONTH coming up and…
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FAT TUESDAY UNICORN SHAKES

AH, yes, the season of Lent is upon us and tomorrow marks the beginning with FAT TUESDAY! One of my favorite days of the year, complete over inulgence. This year we are making unicorn shakes inspired by Everything Erica and her fabulous IG Stories. The supplies are all avaialble at Vanilla Bean Madison, or your local nut-free retailer. And we’ll have some IG Live stories for you to watch us assemble. Have a great week everyone, and don’t forget to set your clock ahead this coming Sunday!
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Nut Free Girl Scout Cookie Options

Its cookie time and our little lady is hard at work selling Girl Scout Cookies! Hooray! This year, the allergy info and may contain statements are super helpful, so we ordered thin mints and lemonades. We are still looking for facility info on this years new gluten free chocolate chip caramel cookie, so stay tuned for that. We are working on it. What is your favorite cookie?!
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Blueberry Oat Wheat Muffins

If you’re looking for a filling morning on-the-go breakfast, these muffins are the best one’s we have made so far! And the difference is soaking the oats for 20 minutes in milk. It sounds like an annoying task, but honestly, it MAKES these muffins so fluffy and delish. Enjoy – both kids devoured them today! Ingredients 1 cup (240ml) Sassy Cow Milk 1 cup (80g) old-fashioned whole rolled Quaker Oats 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) wheat King Arthur Flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground Penzeys cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/2 cup (120ml) honey (or 1/2 cup sugar) 1 large egg,…
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Dove Valentine’s Chocolate

Chocoholics REJOICE! If you have peanut / treenut allergies, I have such good news to share. Today we called Mars Candy Company, the manufacturer of Dove Chocolates. We asked spcifically about the Pink Champagne and Milk Chocolate Swirl hearts. The customer service rep assured us that they are made in a dedicated peanut and treenut free facility.  Whats even more exciting is that on EVERY DOVE CHOCOLATE PACKAGE, it will say “Allergies” and a “may contain” statement. The may contain statement may not always be present. If it’s NOT present, then your specific allergen is not present in the manufacturing facility. If the allergen is in the manufacturing facility, it…
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Cocoa White Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to flip the traditional chocolate chip cookie around and make it a cocoa cookie with white chocolate chips. The flavor is amazing! Artisan Kettle White Chocolate does NOT disappoint. White chocolate is not always our favorite, but Artisan Kettle’s recipe for their white chocolate chips is incredible. It makes these cookies 100%. We made a batch to test, then another to deliver in some sweet Valentine treat bags for teachers at our school. We LOVE our teachers 🙂 Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose King Arthur Flour 2/3 cup Vermont Nut Free Cocoa Powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 3/4…
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No-Bake Granola Bars

Car breakfast is all the rage in our house right now – and I love it because it takes a step out of our morning. Eating in the car is multi-tasking, right? We made these on Sunday night to prep for the week and they literally took 5 minutes to put together. When you’re done mushing them into your pan, pop them into the fridge and they will set up over night for you to use all week long. Ingredients 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies or plain Chex) 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional) 6 Tablespoons butter (*see note) 4 Tablespoons Sunbutter 1/3 cup honey 1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips ,…
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The Week of Love

Happy Valentine’s Week! Many people think you should show love all the time, not just on a Hallmark Holiday, so they decide NOT to celebrate 2/14.  I have to agree 100% about showing love all the time; but expressing love & gratitiude on Valentine’s Day is equally as important. This goes for friends, co-workers, family, teachers; really anyone that makes your life lovelier! And this does NOT have to be a grand gesture. It could be as simple as an extra hug to say “happy valentine’s day,” a note on a car door/lunch box, free lunch, a free latte, anything to let that person know you have love/gratitude for them.…
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Sweet Banana Bars

Two great things that go great together, banana bread and frosting. Typically I do not frost items that we eat for breakfast; however, I was in a pinch and needed a quick dessert. Frosting a banana bread that I had already made was the perfect, time-saving idea. And here is the recipe. Ingredients   1/2 cup butter, softened (unsalted) 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour (King Arthur) 1 teaspoon baking soda pinch of salt Frosting 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (Kraft)  1/2 cup butter, softened 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla…
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Blueberry Scones

Tomorrow morning marks the official start of 2019 “work” for us – school and activities start! Back to the routine. Our morning commute will be increasing by 5 minutes next month and we are going to be working on getting out the door a little earlier with the help of “car breakfast.” I know. Food in the car. UGGG. The kids have these car trays that we use for snacking and activities and they do an amazzing job of catching crumbs. Typically, I just shake them out when we get to our destination. We’ll be using these for the days we eat in the car. This week we have grapes,…
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Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

If you’re really looking to spice it up this Thanksgiving, this bread is the answer. We love breads because they travel well – no worrying if your pie plate is safe in the trunk, or on so-and-so’s lap, or if your crust is done perfect and not gooey in the middle. Lets be honest, we don’t even like the crust! So really, just make something that is super flavorful for Thanksgiving dessert. A homemade bread pulls double duty, too. It’s flexible. Well, I guess pie is too. But bread can be served with coffee or milk any time of day. You can warm it, or eat it ala mode, or…
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Cranberry Oat Breakfast Bars

Recently I attended a yoga retreat with my friend Misty who brought these amazing bars along as a snack.  Misty is an incredible woman who helps at our school a LOT (she’s my work wife, we joke), so I knew her treats would be as amazing. And they were! The Cranberry Oat Breakfast Bars are the perfect treat – not too sweet and super healthy. And since Craisins (dried cranberries) are a safe, PN/TN free food, I thought this would be a perfect recipe to add to our mix of healthy snacking. Also, kids approved today when we made this recipe for breakfast – crumbles well over yogurt if you’re…
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Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

We are having a beautiful fall; however, it is almost winter in Wisconsin. The days are darker, colder and comfort food is on our minds. This week we decided to make some healthy-ish breakfast muffins (always comforting) since we have a lot of activities. If the kids want to sleep in a little, these muffins allow them to eat in the car on the way to school + activities. And since I made them, I feel OK with that! Prep time is about 10 minutes, then they bake for 18. If you want to get it all done in 1 batch, have two cupcake pans sprayed or lined and your…
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Sheet Pan Apple Pancake

Last week we visited a local apple orchard, Eplegaarden. It’s an old Norwegian farm where the owners have done a wonderful job of preserving it. There is a small picnic area so you can bring in your own treats (and take the garbage when you leave), a real pick your own pumpkin patch, raspberry picking, apple picking, sweet bakery area (don’t forget your epi-pens! Be safe and eat your own treats. Farms and Orchards are NEVER safe.) and some animals. We went mid-week and there were the only ones picking apples when we got there. I much prefer this, compared to the long lines and huge crowds at some pumpkin…
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