Zucchini Squash & Chicken Noodle Soup

Since we have a bug going through our home, soup is in order! I am just upcycling a recipe from a prior post here and adding some garden yellow squash.


  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 handful baby carrots chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow Zucchini squash, green work too!
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Chicken or 1 can cannellini beans
  • 2 handfuls of egg noodles


  1. In a medium Dutch oven swirl to coat your pan with olive oil.
  2. Add onion and garlic, over medium heat, saute until translucent.
  3. Add other veggies, soften.
  4. Add stock
  5. Bring to boil
  6. Warm through precooked chicken or beans
  7. Add noodles and cook until al dente.

Enjoy! Not what I thought we would make on this 90 degree, 70 percent humidity day, but here we are.

Welcome back to school!


Back to School Snacking

We recently stopped at our local HyVee Fitchburg to check out the back to school snacks. We consider HyVee to be a leader in new snack offerings. If there is a cool, new snack on the market, our HyVee is the first to stock it. And that holds true for these amazing nut free finds by Hostess and Entenmanns.

Check out the photos below for some fast BTS snacks that are nut free for your classroom. We will share some gluten free snacks later this week as we build out our BTS safe snacking box.


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 her 40th in style, as well as my brothers 33rd birthday on Sunday!

What is your favorite Seattle activity?



Back to School Allergy Check List

It’s hard to believe that it is August and school is starting in just 26 days! As a food allergy family, we have a lot to get ready:

  1. Epi Pen renewals; keeping one on Chloe + in the nurses office at all times.
  2. New rescue inhaler for asthma
  3. Packing a new allergy friendly snack box for treats in the classroom (our policy is always no sharing, unless we have discussed it prior to the event and have approved the snack.)
  4. Talking with the teachers about classroom snacks and food allergies.
  5. Confirming lunch time routine
  6. And new for this year, talking with our new lunch program coordinator

After stopping by the FARE website to get some helpful tips, I came across this check sheet for classrooms that I thought was helpful. Even though I am not a teacher, this gave me some good ideas for every day use + reminders.  Have fun gearing up for school this year!

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The checklist below provides a list of 10 measures teachers can implement to help keep students with food allergies safe and included in their classrooms.

✓ Work with parents, the school nurse, and other appropriate school personnel to determine if any classroom modifications are needed to make sure that students with food allergies can participate fully in class activities.

✓ Avoid the use of identified allergens in class projects, parties, holidays and celebrations, arts, crafts, science experiments, cooking, snacks, or rewards. Modify class materials as needed.

✓ Use non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, and awards.

✓ Consider designated allergy-friendly seating arrangements in the cafeteria.

✓ Include information about children with special needs, including those with known food allergies, in instructions to substitute teachers.

✓ Encourage children to wash hands before and after handling or consuming food.

✓ Determine if the intended location for a field trip is safe for students with food allergies. If it is not safe, the trip might have to be changed or cancelled if accommodations cannot be made. Students cannot be excluded from field trips because of food allergies.

✓ Avoid ordering food from restaurants because food allergens may be present, but unrecognized.

✓ Have rapid access to epinephrine auto-injectors. If you suspect a severe food allergy reaction or anaphylaxis, take immediate action, consistent with your school’s food allergy management emergency response protocol.

✓ Be a role model by respecting the needs of students with food allergies and reinforcing the school’s rules against discrimination and bullying.

Download the checklist as a printable one-page PDF

For more helpful resources like this one, visit FARE’s Back to School Headquarters.


Root Beer Floats

Summer! Summer is a time to enjoy desserts guilt free. We are so active in the warm months that one dessert a day, that the kids choose, is totally ok with me. It was hot and we had been to a few playgrounds, the kids decided the Gigis Root Beer Floats were going to be dessert .

I’ve had many questions this year about ice cream safety. I’ve done the research, the MOST safe ice cream is vanilla Breyers Natural Vanilla that is also Gluten Free. When I called Breyers earlier this year, two customer service reps confirmed the nut free status, free of cross contact as well.

Chloe also lost a tooth! So, we celebrated with floats. It was delish!

Have a great week :)🤗😘😎