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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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4th of July Menu

In our house, this is actually the 3rd of July menu. On the 4th, we hang out at my Aunt Martha’s House for a family get together. We love it, there are lots of laughs, swimming and of course, amazing food prepared by my Aunt! Our cookout begins on the 3rd with friends and family coming over in the afternoon to socialize and have a few laughs. We love to hang out on the balcony and watch all of the people make their way down to the lakefront. We put our blankets down on the grassy hill to hold our seats for the big show. And while we wait, we…
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Dairy Queen & Nut Allergies

It is summer, and a steamy one at that. We’re all frantically reading labels and trying to find cool summertime treats for our kiddos and friends. It is certainly tricky when you have a food allergy, to say the least. Over the past year we have become good friends with our neighborhood Dairy Queen. Each Dairy Queen is a little different, and establishing a relationship is crucial when you have an allergy. The DQ that we frequent has a few “approved” by MOM items on its menu. The soft serve and pre-packed Starkiss popsicles are some of them. How do we DQ? Know your DQ or talk to a manager…
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Madison, WI

June, the beginning of summer in the mid-west and it is always a busy month in our household. It’s usually the last week of school, followed by the beginning of pool season, backyard play times, neighborly hangouts and the one big event I still help plan, Olbrich Garden’s Rhapsody in Bloom! This fundraiser is important since it helps keep the gardens fee for the public to enjoy. Yes, Olbrich is amazing + gorgeous + free! What is Olbrich Gardens?! It is a botanical garden that sprawls 16 acres with an array of paths and stone trails to stroll. It is host to the only Thai Pavilion in North America, which…
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Nut Free Mom Box

The wait is OVER! Nut Free Mom Box is available now. This is personal. From me to you. Let me help you reduce the stress for your next family vacation, trip to Disney, Grandma + Grandpa’s house. Wherever you are going, let me help take that “extra snack packing” element off your shoulders. There is already so much to do before traveling, the allergy kit doesn’t have to be something you worry about. The Nut Free Mom Box is 100% customizable. The pre-packaged box includes the items shown on my etsy shop, but we can make it fit you and your family perfectly. My daughter has severe nut allergies, and…
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Girlfriends Guide to a Weekend in Door County

This past weekend was glorious. It’s the kind that I dream about, work really hard toward and cross my fingers it works out. And it did. Two of my very good friends and I planned a weekend away to Door County and it was the most delightful weekend I’ve had in a really long time. As a Mom of a kiddo with food allergies, the feeling of being ON is enhanced a bit. And it’s important to realize this, and take a break from time to time. It’s hard. I know. But with a little planning and some good luck, you’ll be on your way to some much needed R+R…
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

It was 90 in Wisconsin today and we have gone from winter to summer in a very short time period. And to top it off, both kids are sick. So when we are stuck inside, I bake. The kids had some energy today, but we did watch 3 movies. Emoji movie isn’t half bad the 3rd time around. At least we didn’t have to watch My Little Pony. Today we had a ton of bananas approaching “extreme ripeness” so this recipe came in handy for the long holiday weekend. It’s very easy and most of it you already have in your pantry. It’s the perfect addition to any cookout this…
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Perfect Corn on the Cob

A few days ago, the kids really wanted some corn on the cob. It is not corn season, but who am I to say “no” to kids wanting to eat healthy food?! So corn it is! Since I’m not a griller, I needed to find a quick, weeknight friendly recipe to whip up this corn on the cob. Simple Genius had the perfect recipe. Typically we grill corn on the cob, but roasting it in the oven provided to be even tastier and juicier than usual. Ingredients: Aluminum foil rimmed baking sheet 4 ears of corn, husks and silks removed butter sea salt Directions: Preheat your oven to 450*  Prepare…
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The New Ikea – Oak Creek, WI

If you’re looking for an impressive Ikea experience, the new Ikea in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, is well worth your drive. Not only was this store extremely well organized (traffic + parking wise), the customer service and assistance in almost every aisle was very much appreciated. We didn’t know the layout of this new store, so having help available was key to making our shopping trip effective and timely (we live 2 hours away). Somehow, my list grew while I was shopping and I needed help getting a few heavy items off the shelves + into my car.  The employees at this specific store were over the top amazing when it…
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Top 5 Summer Snacks

Can you believe it? Summer! YES! It’s right around the corner. Well, if you live in Wisconsin, you really do not believe it yet – we literally had winter coats out last week when it dipped back down into the low 40s. Seriously. However, SUMMER MUST come eventually and school lets out in just under 3 weeks. The excitement is palpable. I thought I’d share some of our favorite summer staples, along with links for the giant containers we use for sharing our snacks. Because I know one thing about summer + kids = WE EAT A LOT OF FOOD!  Balled Watermelon Sprinkled with Sea Salt: check out my piece on…
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