Friday, July 25, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: SunButter + Apple Butter Quesadilla #GlutenFree #AllergyFriendly

Often times, when I can't sleep, you'll usually find me on Instagram at 3am with a cup of coffee and eating one of my favorite combos: A slice of gluten free toast topped with SunButter and Apple Butter.

Heck, I even top pancakes with this delicious duo.
Much like our SunButter & Honey Apple Sandwiches we make for lunch, there's something so magical about putting apples & sunflower seed spread together for the perfect nut-free bite.

I finally figured out a way to get my favorite pairing into my lunchbox. I didn't want to just do a traditional sandwich. No, this is so much better. My newest obsession... a SunButter + Apple Butter {Gluten Free} Quesadilla!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

National Hot Dog Day: WIN a #Wienervention Kit from @Applegate!

Applegate is known for their delicious natural and organic meats. Up until recently, I couldn't buy their products locally but am so happy that a couple of my stores are now carrying their yummy products - including their cheeses, lunch meats, bacon, frozen foods, and hot dogs.

Lets be real here for a minute: Hot dogs are not exactly considered "good food". We all know the brands out there that make the mystery meat logs and it can be... scary to think about. Sodium nitrates... meat hooves... antibiotics... hormones... Ick! However, they're delicious. I can't resist a grilled dog in the summer time.

That's why I'm thankful for Applegate! Their hot dogs are natural, gluten free, contain no fillers, no antibiotics are used on the animals and they're humanely raised. 

They're challenging everyone to get clean with "the cleaner wiener" by starting a #Wienervention! If you tweet or post photos with the hashtag, you could win a YEAR SUPPLY of cleaner wieners from Applegate! Not only that, since July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day, I'm giving away a #Wienervention Kit to get you started! {Enter below.}

Monday, July 21, 2014

My ID Square: Medical IDs you WANT to wear! #FoodAllergies #MedicalAlert

Did you know that over 95% of EMTs look for Medical IDs in emergencies? (source)

Medical IDs can also prevent a potential life threatening situation from happening by helping you get help before it becomes an emergency.

That's why we love our new My ID Square Medical ID! They're a fun, colorful and interchangeable Medical ID that was designed by doctors, EMTs and patients to keep you safe (and looking great)

I'm also happy to share below a promo savings code for readers for the next 30 days so you can see for yourself all the benefits.

My ID Square is special because of the unique design offering a scannable QR Code and FREE online medical profile. Keep reading to learn more... 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Baked & Glazed Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts {Gluten & Top 8 Allergy Free} #Recipe

Little Miss and I are always testing recipes. 
Sometimes they're utter failures. Sometimes they're near miracles.

A week and a half ago, I shared a sneak peek on Facebook & Instagram of one we'd been working on. It was on its final "tweaks": A Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donut that was Gluten & Top 8 Allergy Free. That's right... No eggs, no dairy, no nuts, no soy, no wheat, etc. 

Not only was it food allergy friendly but soft, plump, and delicious to boot! Let's be honest, that's rare when it comes to free-from recipes. I've tried my hand at many donut recipes before this - that's not to say the others aren't good, I wouldn't share them if they weren't...  but as you bake your skills and knowledge evolve, and I'm quite pleased with how this turned out! Obsessed, actually. They're darn delicious.

If Jesus was gluten free and had food allergies, he would serve these in heaven. Just sayin. 

In other words, make these for breakfast and watch your family melt at your amazing skills in the kitchen. *High Five!* To quote Little Miss: "This is the best donut EVA!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: Mommy + Me Gluten Free Work & School Lunch Ideas

I love when I can keep things simple by packing the same foods for Little Miss and me for our lunches for work & school (or now that it's summer - daycare, camp, or just to enjoy at home)! 

One great way to mix it up from the traditional sandwich bread is to use waffles. A quick go-to solution are Van's Natural Foods gluten free waffles. They're also egg & dairy free, and made in a tree nut & peanut free facility.

Here we've made them into a yummy lunch idea using egg, guacamole, and deli meat. Check it out!

Friday, June 20, 2014

{Enjoy Life Foods Friday} Our Trip to the #EatFreely Factory

Today is a special edition of {Enjoy Life Foods Friday}! It's all about our trip last week to the factory in Schiller Park, Illinois. 

In today's post, I talk about our trip and awesome day we had with our food allergy friends visiting Enjoy Life, as well as, photos and yummy details about the company themselves.

First, I wanted to start off with something special which is a video of Little Miss and I (yes, a video! Something I have been wanting to do more of and there's no time like the present). Unrehearsed and unedited, lol, so forgive our silliness in some parts. ;) 

As you'll see, Little Miss was nervous at first but turned into a goof ball at the end like she normally is. Love her, silly girl. 

The reason I wanted to share this was to give Little Miss' perspective about Enjoy Life and our trip. Obviously, as parents' we know how great it is to have a company you can rely on for gluten & top 8 allergen free products - but what does that mean to a kid and what did she learn from our trip?

Check it out and see for yourself:  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Journey with MG, #MyastheniaGravis Awareness Month

It's hard to explain to it.
It's hard to understand it.

Living with an invisible disease. One day you are fine, the next you can barely function. 

You'll get talked about. Called lazy. Dramatic. Even drunk. People won't believe you. But it's real. And you're not alone.

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease. It (most commonly) causes weakness in the voluntary muscle groups - including those used to breathe, see, and swallow.

I was diagnosed in January of 2013.

via Pinterest

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: How to Make a Baseball Theme Lunch

Since the Tigers play again tonight, I thought it'd be fun to do a simple & quick Baseball sports themed lunch for Little Miss today.

You don't need special cookie cutters or tools to make a yummy baseball for your kiddos. I'll show you how I whipped this lunch up in just minutes! Perfect for your little fan at home.

With Father's Day this weekend, if Dad is a huge baseball fan it would also be a cute surprise for him, as well, for breakfast or part of his lunch.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: Mater Sandwich from Disney Cars Movie

If you follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram the school lunches Little Miss has had so far this week have been simple & quick fix.

Since Wednesday is her last full day of school for third grade, I figured we'd go out with a BANG and do something fun!

If you've been following us for a while, you know that just because school ends that doesn't mean packed lunches end. We pack all year! Food allergies & intolerance's don't go away just because it's summer break. So make sure to keep checking back for summer time ideas & recipes, as well.

Does this guy look familiar?
Name's Mater. Like tuh-mater, but without the "tuh".

Yup. Git-R-Done! It's Mater from Disney Pixars Cars Movie. Although, no lie, the fella guessed it was a cow. *sigh, men!*

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: Toasted Cheese Pop Sandwiches!

I'm always looking for new fun ways to use my kitchen gadgets. 

Just like with our Silver Dollar {Mini} Pancakes I made in our Whoopie Pie Maker, I came up with the idea to make shaped Toasted Cheese Sandwiches using our Pie Pop Maker for Little Miss' school lunch

I buy these fun "maker machines" on clearance and you're darn tootin' I'm going to get as much use out of them as I can. lol

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