Holiday Favorites

Halloween Party Menu

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate – it can also be one of the trickiest when you have to think about food allergies. This is one of the reasons why we always host a party, we are in control of the menu. This year I have the pleasure of hosting with a good friend of mine, and let me tell you, it’s so much easier having a buddy to plan and prep with!

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Here is what we have decided on for food:

Appetizers

  • Taco Dip
  • Veggie Tray
  • Fruit Tray
  • Cheese + Triscuits

Mains

  • Macaroni & Cheese Bar
    • Bacon
    • Sausage
    • Chives
    • Salsa
    • Avocado
    • Parmesan Curls
  • Crock pot meats for adults / meatballs
    • Kings Hawaiian (safe) buns + sauce

Dessert

Drinks

 

If you’re having a party and need some allergy friendly snacks, here is a list I foudn on Twitter that was really great – and easy to find.

IF you dont know what your party will be having, be safe and always bring your own food. A subway sub is a good sandwich to bring – or eat in advance. Kids like more play time anway, they could careless about the food.

Follow my Instagram to see the latest local safe brands available. You’ll never guess where I found the candy corn this year! Amazon also carries it.

**Keep in mind if you’re in Madison, Hy-Vee Health Market in Fitchburg has the largest array of nut free items. Metcalfes nut free is on the end cap of the first aisle facing the milk coolers. Copps / Pick n Save / Kroger is usually in the first or second aisle near the specialty foods + gluten free items. Sometimes they put things in the candy aisle, but they are not popular, so check the bottom shelf!**

Happy Fall!

Snacking

Chloe’s Chocolate Costco Find

Up until this week, we were Costco virgins. We’ve been to Costco with friends, but never actually had a membership. At 5’2, this store consumed me! It’s definitely overwhelming for someone who is not familiar with the layout – bathrooms are important when shopping with kids! We found those first.

On the opposite side of the store.

Of course.

But, overall, it was OK – we found some good stuff and a few new nut-free finds. My biggest complaint is that everything is SO BIG! Sometimes I just want to try a sample size before spending the $$ on it. That was the other thing, prices are not always listed on things – or near things. Kind of frustrating.

Here’s what we found today – a bigger package than I wanted, but here it is!

Lucy’s Brownie Crisps. 

Nut free, milk free, egg free, vegan. Made with 72% organic dark chocolate!

After a few samples, we ALL agree, these are a winner!

Holiday Favorites, School Safe List, Snacking

Grocery store nut-free cookies!

It fills me with utter GLEE when I stumble upon new nut-free items at the grocery store! Lofthouse Bakery makes sweet treats in a nut-free facility. The two we decided to try for Easter are sugar cookies with sprinkles and chocolate layer, and lemon meltaway cookies. 

These sweet treats are so good and I actually prefer the lemon cookies. They melt in your mouth and have a very distinct 🍋 flavor. So if you’re out and about looking for a “safe sharing snack” for school church, or play group, or just a desert among friends, Lofthouse Bakery is 100% nut-free!
Lofthouse Bakery items can be found at Target and Metcalfes Sentry. 

Happy spring!

Holiday Favorites, Uncategorized

Reindeer Food

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Once upon a time, I had two very young kids. Lets see, they were 1 and 3, and I was frantically preparing for the holidays. At this point in life, I was still thinking that I had to “do-it-all” – but I’m older now, by three years to be exact, and while I’m still learning, and things are still changing, I do know this:

Whatever I do not finish, you will never know about!  

The holidays put a lot of pressure on us to do certain things. Sometimes they are traditions that we feel we MUST do, other things are just nice gestures, of which I usually go over board on!

Three years ago, I didn’t have enough time to make ALLLLLL the millions of Holiday cookies that I had planned. So, Santa was coming (literally the next day) and we needed to put SOMETHING out by the fireplace for him and the reindeer to eat. Pantry items that came to mind: chex cereal, chocolate chips, sunbutter = presto! We have “Reindeer Food!” Us Moms can be so creative when we need to be.

Reindeer Food is a tradition in our home now – and it’s nice too – it lasts for WEEKS in tupperware or a zip top bag and the kids love it. Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is the same exact recipe for Puppy Chow! We just add some Chocolate Skippers in to make it festive for the reindeer, of course.

This year, we’re sharing Reindeer Food at my daughter’s school since it’s nut-free and easy to share.

Reindeer Food

Ingredients

  •  9 cups chex rice cereal
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips – Enjoy Life Brand, Target, top Shelf in baking aisle
  • 1/2 cup Sunbutter
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups of powdered sugar

Directions

  1. In large bowl, measure cereal and set aside.
  2. In 1-quart double boiler, melt chocolate, sunbutter, and butter until smooth.
  3. Stir in vanilla
  4. Pour mixture over cereal
  5. If using a giant tupperware, combine, put lid on, and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE with the powdered sugar until all is coated.
  6. Sprinkle in your favorite nut-free chocolate or candy to make it fun

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