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Well Nourished

Have you ever gone to a store, ahem Costco, just for the samples and called it a meal? Well, that’s what heppened for us at #NourishedFestival this past weekend in Schaumburg, IL. We loved that it had a wide variety of information that was all color coded – we knew where all of the nut free friend were located. Nourished Festival, formerly GFAF (Gluten Free Allergy Friendly) was such a great way for us to learn about new allergy friendly companies and products. Chloe and I made it a girls weekend since the conference was about 2 hours from our home. A new company that we met at Nourished Fest…
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Nourished Festival is Coming!

If you or a friend or family member have food allergies, consider attending the upcoming Nourished Festival. Nourished Festival, formerly GFAF (Gluten Free Allergy Friendly), is coming to the (Chicagoland area) Schaumburg Convention Center on June 1 and 2, 2019. Their name change is a reflection of the focus on multiple specialty diets; Gluten Free, Nut Free, Keto, Paleo, and Plant Based. We are primarily focused on the nut free information and we have already picked out a few classes we will be attending. Learning about other specialty diets will be fun too – the more we know the better we can be. Understanding other specialty diets helps us plan better…
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My Teal Ticket

We recently took a short spring break trip to a resort that was completely nut free; however, we still made sure our allergens were known before ordering any meals. Today we came across a really helpful travel tool. It’s called My Teal Ticket. My Teal Ticket allows you to fill out a teal ticket to hand to servers, waitstaff, chef to make sure that allergens are known, without having to tell the entire story. We purchased My Teal Ticket today and are very excited to share them with you. For your Teal Ticket, click here.
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Nut Free Baseball Stadium

The Yard Goats Stadium in Connecticut will be the first in the U.S. to be 100% nut free. Other stadiums offer nut free days to enjoy the game. However, the tickets to these games are usually limited, and not great, as in “nose bleeds” and on top of it, how “nut free” can you get those areas?! Happy to share this exciting news. Even though its baseball team we have never heard of, its definitely on our list to see a game here now that’s its SAFE! Yard Goats to Stop Selling Peanuts Yard Goats announce the facility will become the first peanut-free venue in the country. Hartford, Conn- The…
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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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Nourished Festival (GFAF)

Hello friends! We are so pumped to see that Nourished Festival (formerly known as GFAF, Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly) is going to be in our neighborhood this year! If you’re a Midwesterner, get ready – this year’s conference is in Schaumburg, IL, on June 1 – 2, 2019. Nourished Festival is the largest gluten free, allergy free and special diet festival in the United States. Conferences like this are so exciting because it’s such a great opportunity to network, sample new products and learn about emerging technologies in this ever changing industry. Let me mention our favorite part again. SAMPLING NEW PRODUCTS. Just peeking at the Nourished Festival site today,…
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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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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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Chocolate Suncup Snacks

“Mom, we HAVE to blog about this new recipe I made up this weekend.” — Chloe. Chloe made up a quazi new recipe this past weekend and is stoked to tell you all about it. We had some left over suncups in our pantry from last years Spring Fling at school, so Chloe made them into snack items for after school. Sun cups are pretty verstaile, and she likes to use them as dips for various fruits and veggies. This recipe is her sun cup, plus chopped banana and chocolate syrup. Her instructions are as follows: Obtain a sun cup, either sample size or store bought size Open the sun…
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2018 Wisconsin State Fair Update

It’s that time ALREADY!!!! The end of summer is winding down quickly. We had a nice summer vacation, and we’re hitting the ground hard with planning our back to school functions and events. A few more fun activities before we hit the books. State Fair is a favorite of ours and we just called the cream puff hotline to confirm that the cream puffs are still made in a 100% nut free facility and safe for our nut allergic kiddo. So YES, they are SAFE for your PN / TN allergies at the Wisconsin State Fair. This is not for all fairs, so please check in with your own fair.…
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Nut free on Delta

Just a quick shout out to Delta Airlines today for their expert service and their professionalism in handling today’s in-flight allergies. There is a family with allergies and the announcement was made at the gate prior to boarding to refrain from eating all nuts. There were also 2 announcements when we boarded about the nut policy and that they wouldn’t be serving any nuts. Nut free items would be available for snacks. Some snacks do say they are made in a facility with nuts, so still check those labels!! Have a great Thursday. I’ll be blogging about Girlfriends Guide to Seattle this weekend as I help my good friend celebrate…
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Those Costco Blueberries…

I’m sure this has happened to you. You get to the grocery store and the produce looks amazing, so you over buy? Yep. {Raises Hand} Guilty. Maybe it’s my crazy, creative left brain that just goes nuts with how beautifully displayed everything is {ahem, HyVee + Metcalfes Sentry for sure}. So perfect + colorful. Generally, we do a good job eating up our produce. Its summer, so eating fresh is absolutely more enticing. This week we purchased jumbo boxes of blueberries, grapes and strawberries for the 4th of July festivities and recipes. WELL…it was a little overboard. Strawberries and grapes are gone; however, the blueberries! They were just chilling here…
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Nutphrees Cupcakes

We had an awesome 4th of July – and I really hope you did, too. We had a big discovery while on vacation; NUTPHREES CUPCAKES are now being distributed to the lovely state of Wisconsin. This is a huge. A real game changer. Safe nut-free baked items will now be available for pick up at your local grocery store for birthdays + parties. I’m so thankful for this brand, Nutphrees, from the Chicagoland area. I’ve talked about them before on nutfreemomblog and this is my other favorite feature of this evolving company, delivery. In Madison, WI, they are at Whole Foods. In the Milwaukee area, they are at a few…
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