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Fablogcon Day 1

We arrived in Denver last night after a few hours of travel and I have to say, things have changed so much since my husband and I last traveled alone together, sans kiddos! This made me happy and sad. Sad because I can’t believe it has been so long since we last had some travel / adventure time together, but happy because technology has flooded our world making it more efficient and fun to get around. iPad bars, recharging stations, smarter aircraft, wifi everywhere. I love it.

We have had a chance to check out our hotel, which has just undergone a HUGE renovation and it’s really beautiful. The conference is located in the hotel we are staying in, making it super easy. We found the breakout rooms and the hubs and I have selected which sessions we will tag-team. We need to find out if he can earn CMEs since the lectures are given by an MD. Fingers crossed, two birds with one stone, and this trip becomes a tax write-off and not just one of my fun + pricey adventures. 

I’ll post some pics later of our registration and cocktail welcome party. The good stuff starts tomorrow. 

Grateful to be surrounded by such supportive and understanding people. The hotel staff has gone ABOVE and BEYOND to make sure all of our food concerns are addressed, even though we are here for our daughter. I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel for anyone traveling with any type of food allergy. This staff gets it. 

Cheers to FRIYAY. We have the opportunity to hang out with some great friends here in Denver until our conference begins later on. 

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Menu Board Inspo

It’s Sunday night and I’m menu planning, grocery list making, homework assisting, and doing all the other Sunday night chores! Here’s what I’ve started thinking about for this week:

 

Monday: Chickpea curry with riceΒ  – I made this in March, click the link to see the recipe

Tuesday: Kung Pao Chicken with rice – recipe in my food networks magazine

Wednesday: Greek Salads + Soup

Thursday: Whole grain veggie burrito bowls

Friday: Pita pizzas with veggies and red sauce + spiced apple cider

 

Groceries are being ordered online since this week is going to be crazy – I hope you have a great week!!

 

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Chocolate Chex Bars

This no-bake dessert is perfect for a rainy, lazy Sunday like today. We needed a Packer Party dessert to bring along to my in-laws house today, and this was easy to make and take along. Plus, the kids could help make it!

Did you know Chex, gluten free and nut free, makes a Chocolate Chex cereal? It’s amazing. My son (of course) found it at the grocery store a few weeks ago. We noticed the recipes on the back of the box and decided to give them a try. 

My only suggestion for Chex would be to actually just print the recipe on the box, like rice krispies does! I didn’t know the quantities of the ingredients until I looked at Chex’s Pinterest page for the recipe. That’s not convenient. And I also hate pulling out my phone, ESPECIALLY while cooking – that’s gross. 

Ingredients

  • One box of chocolate chex cereal
  • 1 bag of mini white marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Artisan Kettle Chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Coat a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick spray
  2. Using a non-stick sauce pan, melt the butter and the marshmallows. Once fully melted, add the cinnamon and cayenne
  3. In a separate large bowl, pour in the box of cereal. Mix in the melted, seasoned marshmallows into the cereal until well combined. Work fast, it cools quick.
  4. Spoon the cereal into the baking dish and press down to fit.
  5. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  6. While it’s cooling, melt your chocolate. I ended up using a 1/2 cup, not 1/4 cup because I’m OBSESSED with chocolate.
  7. Use a spoon and drizzle the melted chocolate over your cooled cereal bars. Return to fridge.
  8. Once cooled and formed, cut into squares using serrated knife. Enjoy!

Pair this treat with a Porter or peppery red wine. Hopefully we can pull off a WIN! GPG!

Everyone is enjoying the bars and they are very good! There is definitely a zip to them with the added cayenne. If you do not like heat, or these are for kids only, I’d lower the amount of cayenne to 1/4 tsp or none at all! I hope you enjoy. These are addicting!!

Happy Sunday. Enjoy the colors!

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Pumpkin Bread (GF, TN/PN, Egg Free)

Are you looking for a recipe to use up that extra pumpkin puree from yesterday’s homemade Pumpkin spice lattes?

Pumpkin chocolate chip banana bread is the answer.

Super quick post because it’s Sunday Funday! If you’re looking for GF Gluten Free, King Arthur Flour makes their GF flour in a “Top 8 Allergy Free” facility, and are VERY good at keeping things properly labeled! Their website is helpful for those with allergy / food restrictions.

If you don’t have cinnamon, just double up the pumpkin pie spice. And vice versa. 

Happy Sunday

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Halloween for All!

The teal pumpkin project has grown so much over the past few years and this year I was SO happy to see retailers participating, too! Walmart, Target, Michaels all have teal pumpkin and products to support Halloween for All! 



lLast year we painted a wooden pumpkin teal, and it rained a lot, which gave us a teal porch (Crayola washable paint wasn’t a good choice).

This year’s teal pumpkin is from Michael’s. My only beef with it is that it’s SO light, it blows off my porch daily and I’m always running after my teal pumpkin. We will leave it inside until Halloween.

The banner is from Amazon.com. it shipped a month faster than it stated, and I was OK with that! It ships from China, so I totally understand the longer shipping time. It was only $3.99. 

We are ready for Trick-or-treating….are you? Make sure all your trick or treaters feel included this year. Remember 6% of all school aged kids have a known food allergy. That’s about 1 child in every classroom. It may not seem like much, but being included means the WORLD to them. Trick or treating is sad for those with Allergies because they go along collecting things they will never eat. With the exception of maybe two or three houses that participate in Teal Pumpkin. 

Thanks for your love and support and including teal pumpkin treats to make Halloween for All!

Hugs xoxo

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Halloween Cake Decor

When it comes to holidays and baked treats, there are no clear cut rules for name brands. Research is crucial during this time of year and it’s when my Kitchen Aid mixer gets a real workout. 

First up, Halloween! To avoid the use of Epi-Pen at school, I ALWAYS bring my own baked goods. And enough to share. I try very hard to make these items look like the other cool items available at classroom parties so nobody feels left out. 

This year, I found these adorable ghosts that are made in a facility that DO NOT contain our allergies, pn + tn. 


Wilton brand is notoriously NOT safe for us. They make LOTS of cake toppings and treats. They also make those cute little Gingerbread Houses at Christmas time, also not safe. However, every once and a while, I run across a safe item. These ghosts are safe. I thought I got lucky with the type of decorations I was buying, so I also grabbed the witch decoration next to the ghosts. After a few minutes I was ready to check out and decided to review my labels ONE more time. The witch topping ended up NOT being safe, even though it looked EXACTLY like the cute ghosts. See how you have to check EVERY label?! 

I can’t wait to make cupcakes with my daughter and top them with some buttercream frosting and these adorable ghosts for school!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by. We just finished planting our mum’s and picking Halloween costumes. What is your favorite fall activity?!