Organic Goldfish

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Organic Fish are chasing after Organic Bunnies. No, this is not part of a riddle about the movie Peter Rabbit, although it could be…..

Do you know what I’m talking about? Both of these items are nut-free and a very popular snack in our household, at school and in lunch boxes. They are also littered all over the back of my Honda Odyssey!

Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish and Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies! These two items are in FIERCE competition at the grocery store and I had no idea until I read this New York Time’s article titled, “Why These Goldfish are 70 Percent Organic.”

Danny Hakim wrote a wonderful piece this past weekend on his trip to the grocery store to buy some Goldfish when he discovered over 30 different Goldfish varieties!

***Most goldfish are safe, but do know that the graham goldfish are made in a facility with nuts. Always check your labels***

This blew my mind. Thirty varieties?! Did you know there were so many to choose from?!

In short, the organic movement is strong. Goldfish brand is trying to stay competitive by not using artificial flavors or preservatives. They use 100% real cheese and source their products from real plants. Pepperidge Farm’s  goal was to create a MOSTLY organic product while not sacrificing flavor.  Goldfish come up a little short in the organic race however, since they are only 70% organic compared to Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies at 100%.

Research has shown that when we eat organically, we reduce our pesticide exposure. When we reduce pesticide exposure, we benefit, particularly pregnant women.

Will you be buying the new 70% organic goldfish?

I’m going to give them a try.


Chloe’s Top 5 Sun Butter Snacks

If you had a chance to check us out on IG live today @nutfreemomblog, Chloe gave a little demo on her “made-up” recipe for after school snacking with Sun Butter. It was pretty cute, and included her favorite……MARSHMALLOWS! Yum.

Chloe’s top 5 favorite after school Sun Butter snacks:

  1.  Sun Butter Apple Donuts
    1. Slice one honey crisp apple on it’s side, core facing the wall, into thin slices. With a small round cookie cutter, or paring knife, cut out the middle where the seeds would be. Do this to all of the slices. Spread Sun Butter on the apple slices + top with your favorite sprinkles / Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
  2.  Sun Butter to-go cup + Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
    1. Chloe is a huge fan of the to-go cups of Sun Butter, we take them everywhere. her typical after school snack is Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips with a to-go cup! These are also great for lunches.
  3. Ants on a Log
    1. A few slices of celery smeared with Sun Butter and topped with raisins or chocolate chips! My little guy LOVES celery, so this is his favorite.
  4. Sun Butter & Honey Toast
    1. We use Country Hearth Split Top Wheat bread and top it with sun butter while the bread is still warm. It melts the sun butter and then we drizzle organic honey over the top. SO GOOD!
  5. Sun Butter & Pretzels
    1. We use Rold Gold pretzels and dunk them into our favorite sun butter. Easy snacking.

When we attended FaBlogCon in November, we learned about the Sun Butter partnership with free2b sun cups pictured below, and they are so delish. If you love Reeses Peanut butter cups, but can’t keep them in your home, THIS IS FOR YOU!

free 2b is free of the top 12 allergens! Better than top 8! free2b also has other flavors, you can’t go wrong. They are ALL good. The only place I have seen them for sale locally in Madison is at HyVee in Fitchburg in the Health Market. You can find these on Amazon as well.


Dunkin Donuts, Not So Safe!

Stop! Before you eat that donut at Dunkin with PN/TN allergies!!!!

It turns out, EVERY Dunkin LOCATION IS DIFFERENT. when it comes to dining out, no matter where you go always check on the policies in place, just like you would a label on packaging.

I posted a few months ago about Dunkin Donuts and how SAFE I thought they were. A friend of mine visited a Dunkin in our area (not my usual Dunkin) and said that they did not have a handle on allergies, nor would confirm that the items she was purchasing were free from trace amounts of peanut or tree nuts.

Today I called the Dunkin Donuts that my friend visited and they stated that they cannot guarantee 100% free from peanuts or tree nuts due to the facility that they are manufactured in.

This statement is 100% contradictory to the statement I received from Dunkin Donuts a few weeks ago at another location.

Basically, the risk is up to you. I don’t know if I will ever take my daughter back. I have an insane amount of guilt now 😦

To make your own donuts, check this out.


Banana Sushi


We’re on day 4 of our 10 day reset food and fitness challenge with Cara Clark Nutrition and this snack is my new favorite go-to. It’s so good, my kids are even making it after school!


  • One round rice cake
  • Sunbutter or nutbutter of your choice
  • sliced banana
  • drizzle of honey
  • sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds
  • sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon


  1. Assemble and enjoy. This snack is filling and a great 3pm pick-me-up when you need to stay strong until dinner time!


For more snack + other meal ideas, follow me on insta, nutfreemomblog. Have a great weekend. Tomorrow I’ll be posting this delish shrimp broccoli stir fry we are cooking up!

Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Grandpa Joe’s Peach Pie

Have you ever had a bad “technology” day?!

Eat pie, that’s the answer for everything!


Just kidding…

For some reason, every device in our house needs an update today, or to reconnect to the wireless network, or it doesn’t want to work properly, or it’s just down right slow. Maybe our devices dislike this arctic blast of cold Wisconsin air as much as we do.

Alas, I’ve decided to give our wireless printer the benefit of the doubt. I NEED this printer to work. It’s been with me since I started my masters in 2009.  We decided to crank the furnace and say many, many nice things to dear old printer. We’ve changed all of the ink, unplugged it, re plugged it, uninstalled it, reinstalled it, downloaded something called “drivers” and still…..nothing. It makes happy noises, and deep down I know it’s OK. It’s just one of those days. We all have them. Maybe printer will be happier in 2018.

I have not amazon primed a new one, YET.

Anyway, I thought I would jump on here and tell you about another, yes, ANOTHER baked item. Really, so sorry about the junk food this month. Promise to get back to healthy, nutfreemomblog stuff.

Peach Pie is so good – I wouldn’t tell you about it if it wasn’t. My Dad has a random peach tree in his yard. He doesn’t do much to it, no fertilizer, nothing. And it produces a crazy amount of peaches, which is awesome. My Dad brings me preaches when he visits, and I store them carefully in my freezer for smoothies or recipes. This time, he brought a lot, about 3 cups worth, and I decided to try peach pie to use up the last of my pie crusts from Thanksgiving (or so I tell myself).

Grandpa Joe’s Peach Pie

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups sliced peeled peaches
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches) – I use Pillsbury, they are safe
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract – I prefer Penzeys
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted room temperature butter


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugars; add peaches and toss gently.
  2. Cover and let stand for 1 hour (or 15 minutes like me!!!)
  3. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry. Set aside.
  4. Drain peaches, reserving juice.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; gradually stir in reserved juice and vanilla. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Gently fold in peaches.
  7. Pour into crust.
  8. Roll out remaining pastry.
  9. Make a lattice crust.
  10. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes.
  11. Remove foil. Reduce temperature to 350°; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
  12. Cool on a wire rack.



Snacking, Weeknight Dinners

English Muffin Pizza

Winter break is approaching. Kids are going to be wild. They’re going to be “bored” and they’re probably going to get on your nerves a bit, especially if you’re home with them the entire time – or if one gets sick, and the other doesn’t and you’re trapped. We can create all sorts of scenarios, but basically, I like to have some activities in mind so we can make simple stuff fun, just in case we get stuck inside.

Today Carter and I made English Muffin Pizza Faces. I know, totally just making “what school sent home as an activity to work on” – but I’m feeling like Mom of the year for actually unpacking his backpack, and taking out all these papers, and then doing the “homework” together.


It’s my fault. This is 4K, 4K wasn’t a thing when I was a kid, so to me, this is all just “extra” and IF we have time for it, GREAT. If not, no big deal. Life is busy. Especially right now. But I’m A+ing all day today over here. Just dont look at my kitchen floor because we could honestly feed a 3rd world country with how dirty it is. That’s another blog post.

For safe and nut-free ingredients, we used Thomas’ English Muffins, Chef Boyardee pizza sauce and some veggies we had chopped up in the fridge for the toppings. If you don’t have pizza sauce / canned tomato, you can easily whip up a bechamel / white sauce.



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, heated
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don’t let it brown — about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
  5. To cool this sauce for later use, cover it with wax paper or pour a film of milk over it to prevent a skin from forming.

This recipe was adapted from

Hope you have a great week – things are nuts busy, try to savor the moments when you can. They are fleeting.


Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Nut Free Advent Calendar

Since it’s challenging to find a nut-free advent calendar, I’ve purchased a Pottery Barn “fill-it-yourself” type and have stuffed a bunch of nut-free candy of my own in. It’s the same thing. Just a count down. Nothing fancy. Ok probably the fanciest advent calendar, but at least it’s 100% nut free and I know what’s in it!
Other options I saw this year include the Target countdowns with Lego. Love that they are non-food based.  Check the link to order online and pick-up in stores.

Target Lego Advent Calendars\

A few ideas for a fill-it-yourself calendar….we raided our local Target tonight. Somehow I’ve missed the boat here for advent calendars. It starts Friday, and a lot of stuff is really picked over. 

Don’t forget St.Nick comes next week, too 🙂 Toys R Us has some great $1 bin items. I haven’t been impressed with the Target $1-$5 bins, we have enough erasers and pencils.

 Happy Holiday Season! Whatever you are celebrating, I hope it’s joyful.