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Top 5 Nut Free Snacks

We are almost done with the school year, BUT our safe snacking box has run out of treats. This week we stocked up on our favorites.  Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Bars Skinny Pop Pop Corn Hostess Ding Dongs Enjoy Life Chocolate Candy Bars Birthday Cake Blondie Bars This Birthday cake mix is perfect for take-along treats for birthday parties. I like to make these in advance, put them in a zip top back, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Our classroom is pretty small at school, and I usually just send one of these along during the birthday week. We have birthday MONTH coming up and…
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Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken

Hey guys! We have been talking away on our Instagram stories that we kind of forgot to keep our blog updated with what we have been talking about! The past two weeks we have been very into rotisserie chicken for quick, weeknight dinners. We have multiple activities during the week for the kiddos, and at the end of the day, the easiest meal to put together is a rotisserie chicken dinner. Here are some of the meals we have had, maybe they help you out too. Just make sure you check in with the kitchen where the chicken is roasted to make sure your allergy is not present. And as…
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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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FAT TUESDAY UNICORN SHAKES

AH, yes, the season of Lent is upon us and tomorrow marks the beginning with FAT TUESDAY! One of my favorite days of the year, complete over inulgence. This year we are making unicorn shakes inspired by Everything Erica and her fabulous IG Stories. The supplies are all avaialble at Vanilla Bean Madison, or your local nut-free retailer. And we’ll have some IG Live stories for you to watch us assemble. Have a great week everyone, and don’t forget to set your clock ahead this coming Sunday!
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Nut Free Girl Scout Cookie Options

Its cookie time and our little lady is hard at work selling Girl Scout Cookies! Hooray! This year, the allergy info and may contain statements are super helpful, so we ordered thin mints and lemonades. We are still looking for facility info on this years new gluten free chocolate chip caramel cookie, so stay tuned for that. We are working on it. What is your favorite cookie?!
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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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Blueberry Oat Wheat Muffins

If you’re looking for a filling morning on-the-go breakfast, these muffins are the best one’s we have made so far! And the difference is soaking the oats for 20 minutes in milk. It sounds like an annoying task, but honestly, it MAKES these muffins so fluffy and delish. Enjoy – both kids devoured them today! Ingredients 1 cup (240ml) Sassy Cow Milk 1 cup (80g) old-fashioned whole rolled Quaker Oats 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) wheat King Arthur Flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground Penzeys cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/2 cup (120ml) honey (or 1/2 cup sugar) 1 large egg,…
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Dove Valentine’s Chocolate

Chocoholics REJOICE! If you have peanut / treenut allergies, I have such good news to share. Today we called Mars Candy Company, the manufacturer of Dove Chocolates. We asked spcifically about the Pink Champagne and Milk Chocolate Swirl hearts. The customer service rep assured us that they are made in a dedicated peanut and treenut free facility.  Whats even more exciting is that on EVERY DOVE CHOCOLATE PACKAGE, it will say “Allergies” and a “may contain” statement. The may contain statement may not always be present. If it’s NOT present, then your specific allergen is not present in the manufacturing facility. If the allergen is in the manufacturing facility, it…
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Cocoa White Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to flip the traditional chocolate chip cookie around and make it a cocoa cookie with white chocolate chips. The flavor is amazing! Artisan Kettle White Chocolate does NOT disappoint. White chocolate is not always our favorite, but Artisan Kettle’s recipe for their white chocolate chips is incredible. It makes these cookies 100%. We made a batch to test, then another to deliver in some sweet Valentine treat bags for teachers at our school. We LOVE our teachers 🙂 Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose King Arthur Flour 2/3 cup Vermont Nut Free Cocoa Powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 3/4…
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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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The Week of Love

Happy Valentine’s Week! Many people think you should show love all the time, not just on a Hallmark Holiday, so they decide NOT to celebrate 2/14.  I have to agree 100% about showing love all the time; but expressing love & gratitiude on Valentine’s Day is equally as important. This goes for friends, co-workers, family, teachers; really anyone that makes your life lovelier! And this does NOT have to be a grand gesture. It could be as simple as an extra hug to say “happy valentine’s day,” a note on a car door/lunch box, free lunch, a free latte, anything to let that person know you have love/gratitude for them.…
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Seared Sea Scallops in Vermouth Cream Sauce

If you live in the Midwest, you might have been rejoicing yesterday as your kids went off to school as the week has started in a “back to normal” routine – unlike last week, and the record number of consecutive days off! Below is a photo of the HIGH temperature last week Thursday. Our weekly grocery shop happened yesterday morning (Monday Morning Metcalfes Run) and I decided NOT to take a list. This was not a mistake, I wanted to grocery shop with an open mind, letting the creativity flow (lets be honest, this is not how I normally shop, but I was in a cooking rut, so new ideas…
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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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Unicorn Frosting

If you saw our IG live yesterday, you may be wondering about that colorful unicorn hair we topped our cupcakes with. We watched a few tutorials on piping multi-colored swirls, and this is how we did it. Prep: Set aside a large 18″ piping bag and 1M Wilton star tip from your piping kit. You’ll also need to have your cupcakes wrapped and ready near your piping station. One long piece of clear celophane, about 2 feet long, neatly placed on your counter top near your piping station. You’ll be placing all three colors of frosting on here before placing the entire thing into your piping bag. Step 1. Make a…
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