Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Fancy Nancy} Book Character Dress-Up Day + Paris Theme Lunch!

For quite a few many years now, Little Miss has loved all things French and Paris themed.

It all started thanks to Fancy Nancy
She has almost the entire book series + now all the Nancy Clancy chapter books. Plus a couple Nancy dolls and board games. She loves her!

For her 8th Birthday she had a Fancy Nancy themed cupcake party. Then, this past Christmas, she got all new bedding and decor items for her room to create a Paris "Fancy" French theme in lieu of toys.

So, of course, when Book Character Dress-Up Day at school showed up on the calendar again, she knew exactly who she wanted to be! FANCY NANCY. And I absolutely had to make a fun themed school lunch to go with it!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Horizon Organic GF Macaroni & Cheese #MealtimeSolutions #Ad {How to Make Tuna Goo}

I'm often asked by our readers what some of my favorite quick-fix dinner options are. Let's face it - we all lead busy lives. Managing a full-time job, website, family, volunteering, and kiddos after school activities can often leave us home late and scrambling to fix supper.

Macaroni & cheese is one of those meals. You know it will be ready in under 30 minutes, kids love it, and it's a staple to keep on the shelf in the pantry.

That's why I was so thrilled when Horizon Organic released their new Gluten Free Macaroni & White Cheddar Cheese! It's a WIN-WIN-WIN with great ingredients, delicious taste, and convenient... It's the perfect dinner trifecta! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

GF Family Tips: Keep it Kid Friendly! #UdisGlutenFree

Since my daughter was first diagnosed with food allergies, and then later a gluten intolerance, I've made it my mission to have fun playing with food

It can be easy for kids with special diets to feel left out - missing birthday party or class treats, candies, or even something as simple as enjoying the same hot lunch their friends do at school.

By getting my daughter involved with me creating in the kitchen, we keep things exciting and fun by focusing on the great foods we can have!

That's why I'm so thankful for amazing brands, like Udi's Gluten Free, that offer us gluten free & allergy friendly products for our family.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lunch Made Easy: DIY Mini Pizzas {Build Your Own Gluten Free Pizzas}

Each time I visit my daughter at school during a lunch period or while chaperoning a field trip, I can't help but look and notice what all the other kids have packed/ are eating. Many of them pull a Lunchables from their backpack. Some even accompanied by a can of soda.

I get it - it's easy. And the labels are so deceiving... "Whole Grains", "Great Source of Calcium", "100% White Meat", etc.

It's when you actually flip the container over and read what's really in those items that it makes you shake your head. 
That was me. I use to buy those things. Especially when they were on sale. 

Super easy, right!? But oh, so, wrong for your health. 
Then trying to explain to your child why they can't have them is difficult. Granted Little Miss cannot because of the allergens & gluten, but it's still tough since she feels like she's missing out.

That's why we make our own! For years now, we've done our own homemade cracker stackers, nachos, nuggets, etc. 

Today is no exception! Little Miss was so thrilled to have her DIY Mini Pizzas packed for school, just like her friends.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Zucchini Oat & Flax Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten & Top 8 Free}

Last week on our Facebook page, I asked everyone what their tips & tricks were for getting more fiber into their family's diet. 

It can be tricky when eating gluten free to ensure you're getting enough. Especially with kids -- Veggies aren't exactly the first thing they reach for in the fridge for a snack.

I'm thankful my Little Miss does a good job eating her vegetables, but that doesn't mean I don't still worry about getting her a good balance of insoluble & soluble fibers (beside the other nutritional values). 

I love making baked goods packed with Fiber and Omegas! Like these Zucchini Oat & Flax Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies. They're Gluten Free & Top 8 Allergen Free. Little Miss said they were the "best cookies you've ever made"! Seriously

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gluten-Free on a Budget {Review & Giveaway!!} #glutenfreeonabudget

I've had the privilege of getting to know Chandice Probst from Gluten Free Frenzy over the past couple years.

She's a (gorgeous!!) amazing mother of three children. Not only does she run the successful website Gluten Free Frenzy, mentioned above, she's also the founder of Gluten Free Calendar.

She's an amazing educator and advocate in the Celiac & Gluten Free community. And now... an author!

Her new book, Gluten-Free on a Budget, was authored with her mother,Tana Besendorfer. 

This book needs to become everyone's go-to guide! Whether you're a veteran to gluten free living or want to gift something to a friend who's struggling with a new diagnosis, this is a wonderful resource! Recipes, tips, tricks, shopping guides, measurement equivalents, and more! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Apple SunButter Baked Oat Bars {Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly}

There are some items I am admittedly addicted to...
Crunchy Chips
(Handfuls of) Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
... and SunButter mixed with Apple Butter.

I eat SunButter & apple butter on gluten free toast almost regularly. I even make it into a quesadilla for lunches! When it's warmed, it's soooo ooey-gooey delicious. Seriously. 

Not a fan of apple butter? That's okay. You can make this recipe with any of your favorite jams or jellies. Heck, Little Miss thought it would be amazing with SunButter and chocolate chips even. She's right - but as you read above, I like to eat handfuls of them... every night... so we were out. Oops. ;) *add more to grocery list, again*

Friday, December 19, 2014

{Christmas Countdown} Advent Lunches 2014: Week 3

Twas' the week before Christmas and all through the days,
everyone was preparing for next weeks craze.

Wrapping had started - gifts under the tree,
And lunches were made with festive glee!

Friday marks only six days left on our countdown until Christmas. This week was also special because Hannukah began! Did you know there are 17 different ways to spell Hannukah? More on that below... 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

{Christmas Countdown} Advent Lunches 2014: Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of our Advent Lunches, Christmas Countdown, Round-up!

This week we did simple but festively fun themed lunches. They're all gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, and more! Making them not only adorable, but allergy friendly. ;)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

{Christmas Countdown} Advent Lunches 2014: Week 1

This week kicked off our yearly holiday tradition of #AdventLunches! Each year, I make Little Miss holiday theme lunches with a Christmas Countdown. I include the countdown number somewhere in the lunch, either written on a Lunchbox Love Note or made into a cute food item within the lunch itself. She looks forward to it every year! 

Here's what we packed for week one of 2014: 

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