Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Live in the Phoenix area? Come to the #GFAFexpo Nov. 12th & 13th!

When we were living in Michigan, I looked forward to attending the #GFAFexpo each year in Chicago (Schaumburg). 

Now that we're living in Arizona, this will be my first time attending the GFAFexpo in Phoenix (Glendale)! This year, it's being held November 12th and 13th (Saturday and Sunday) at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

{Baked} Gluten Free Macaroni Monster Eyes #HorizonTreats #Ad

Gluten Free Macaroni Monster Eyes: An Easy to Make & Fun Treat for Kids for Halloween
This post is sponsored by #HorizonOrganic. All opinions are my own. Read the full disclosure here.

One of the reasons I love Halloween so much is getting to create fun and ghoulish treats! 

The main goal of my posts has always been to focus on the can-haves instead of the cannots, by creating smiles and fun with food. It's something I've done for my own Little Miss since she was first diagnosed with food allergies and later a gluten intolerance.

Being a typical child, one of her favorite foods is macaroni and cheese. So, I wanted to create a fun bite sized treat that I could pack her for lunch or even serve up at a Halloween party as a delicious bite. 

These Baked Gluten Free Macaroni Monster Eyes are easy to make and your kiddos will smile and laugh as they pick them up to eat! All you need is one box of Horizon Organic Gluten Free White Cheddar Cheesy Mac, shredded cheese, and sliced olives. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween Made Easy: Cupcakes for Two #Recipe with @EnjoyLifeFoods Baking Chocolate Snack Packs + Giveaway! #SnackFreely

Gluten Free & Top 8 Allergen Free "Cupcakes for Two" Recipe + Baking Chocolate Snack Packs Giveaway!
This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. All opinions are my own. Read full disclosure here.

Anyone who has tried Enjoy Life Foods #1 Selling Allergy-Friendly Baking Chocolate knows it's hard to resist not eating them straight from the bag.

That's why their new Baking Chocolate Snack Packs are perfect for those chocolate cravings. Throw them in your purse, pack them for lunch, or bake up something delicious. Like my "Cupcakes for Two" recipe that is gluten free & top 8 allergen free. Just grab one Snack Pack and follow my easy steps!

{Giveaway} Make sure you enter below for a chance to win some for yourself! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Tips for a Safe & Happy Halloween with Food Allergies

Tips for a Safe & Happy Halloween with Food Allergies: Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared!
This post is sponsored by Nice 'n CLEAN. Read my full disclosure statement here.

This time of year the stress level of a food allergy parent skyrockets. Food centered holidays involving parties at school, church, with friends, and with family. I'm often asked how we handle them, especially Halloween. My answer: Don't be scared, be prepared!

Little Miss is now eleven and we have never shied away from participating in Trick or Treating. Since a young age, we have always had a plan in place and I've taught her how to handle situations. 

That being said, it's important as parents we are prepared with how to deal with situations as they arise and should your child come in contact with an allergen. Always carry epinephrine auto-injectors, inhalers, antihistamines, and Nice 'n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Terra's Kitchen: Dinner Delivered! #ARecipeforRealLife #ad

Terra's Kitchen: Dinner Delivered! Meal Delivery Service offering Gluten Free, Paleo, & Vegetarian Options.
This post is sponsored by Terra's Kitchen. Read my full disclosure statement here. 

To my surprise, Terra's Kitchen Meal-Kit Service has a great selection of Gluten Free, Paleo (grain free, legume free, dairy free, starch free), and/or Vegetarian options. It also gives you a quick glance of what allergen each recipe contains. This mom loves that! It also utilizes organic and non-GMO ingredients, when possible.

What exactly is a Meal-Kit Service? It's Dinner Delivered! You choose the recipes you want, they do the chopping/ prepping, and it's delivered right to your doorstep in a climate-controlled vessel! Then, you get to enjoy a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SunButter & Jelly French Toast Sandwiches {Egg Free #Recipe}

SunButter & Jelly French Toast Sandwiches are a fun treat for kids for breakfast or lunches! This recipe is allergen-friendly & egg-free, depending on the brand of bread you use.

Making french toast for breakfast is always a fun change-up in our household. We are typically a pancake or eggs kind of family. 

However, I always challenge myself to make things as allergen-friendly (and gluten free) as possible when I'm working on new recipes or ideas to share here. 

Years ago, I was playing around with my own recipe for egg-free/ dairy-free apple cinnamon french toast. I decided to circle back around and find a way to amp that up + make a fun recipe that could be used for both breakfast or lunches!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sandwich Thins Recipe {Gluten & Top 8 Allergen Free}

Over the years I have followed amazing gluten free and food allergy free-from blogs. Some of the authors have even become personal friends. 

I look at their recipes. I drool. I want to make them. But I don't. And it's meant to no offense to them. 

Sometimes they contain a nut based flour. Or sometimes a flour that can't be purchased locally. Or more often than not, it's a flour blend where I have to literally go out and buy six bags of different flours just to create a special blend they want for the recipe.

I understand that it's what makes it "just perfect". But, for me, it's just not happening. 

If I can't make it with an all-purpose flour, then I'm not going to bother. I just don't have the money or pantry space to invest in the others. It's also sometimes difficult to find top 8 free alternative flours that are needed for those special blends. Many contain CC warnings. 

Thus why I started testing this Sandwich Thin recipe to begin with. I wanted it to be easy. I wanted it to use a gluten free AP flour, I wanted it to be top 8 allergen free, and I wanted it to be something geared towards my readers - something you could use in the lunch box, of course! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Leftovers for Lunch: Ways to Use Chicken Leftovers!

When I am meal planning for the week, I purposely buy chicken and have it once a week just so I can have the leftovers for lunches. The fella actually teases me about my love of chicken leftovers.

It's my favorite! So versatile and so many ways to incorporate it into different meals.

I figured it would be a great idea to put some of those into one post so the next time you have a leftover chicken breast or two in the fridge, or a container of leftover chicken from a fryer or roaster, you'd be inspired to make some fantastic lunches from the leftovers!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lunch Made Easy: Back to School Ideas!

For a family with food allergies or dietary restrictions, packing food never stops. It becomes second nature to always BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) wherever you go.

The same goes for school lunches. We pack, every day. And always have. 

You'll find me sharing what Little Miss is having over on our Facebook and Instagram pages, daily. Make sure to follow us there to not miss out on the daily fun!

I've put together a fun round-up of our favorite lunches we've packed for school so far (she started back in mid-July) to help give you inspiration for when your family heads back:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Enjoy #LunchFreely + a HUGE Sweepstakes! #BacktoSchool

This post and sweepstakes is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. All opinions are my own. Disclosure.

I've been keeping a secret from you all.

For some time now, I've been working with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods on a fun video and some lunch recipes that are free-from the top allergens and gluten!

Not only that, but today launches Enjoy Life Food's HUGE Sweepstakes and website

There will be ONE GRAND PRIZE and there will be FIVE Runner-Up Prizes each week!! New recipes and sweepstakes details are in the post below.

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