Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Deal on "Ice Cream" at Kroger

I ran into a deal the other day that is too good not to share.

Kroger has Purely Decadent and So Delicious varieties of ice cream on sale until 8/14. Normally, a quart of So Delicious is $6.09 and it is on sale for $2.99; a pint of Purely Decadent Coconut Milk ice cream is also $2.99. This is definitely a price to stock up on! This is the time that I get to try new flavors that I have been wanting to try.

You can also CLICK HERE to get a coupon to make this an even better deal!

Get some ice cream, make some smoothies/milkshakes and stay cool!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Divvies Bakery Cookbook No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious!

I am so excited to share THE DIVVIES BAKERY COOKBOOK with you! When I found out Brody had food allergies, I wanted to find cookbooks that were specific to kids with food allergies that had yummy, easy recipes, and "normal" ingredients. This cookbook is one of of those. I sat down last night, and enjoyed reading through all of the recipes. I loved the personal touches throughout the book; they were practical and encouraging. I thought of my son, smiled, teared up and was inspired to make treats that everyone wants to eat!

When Lori Sandler’s son Benjamin was diagnosed with severe food allergies to dairy and nuts at a young age, she decided to take action. While she wasn’t trained as a pastry chef, she had many fond memories of visiting bakeries as a child and wanted Benjamin to experience those same warm moments and treats. And so after years of testing, tasting, and refining, the Divvies Bakery was born in 2005, a bakeshop dedicated to peanut-free, tree nut-free, milk-free, and egg-free products located in South Salem, New York.

According to Sandler, eating and celebrating should always be an inclusive experience and nobody should be defined by their food allergies. The very name of her company connotes “divvying up” and sharing. In her Introduction, she writes: “In the spirit of Divvies, I have written a book filled with recipes for delicious, safe treats that everyone will want to share, with or without food allergies, as well as tips, shortcuts, and ‘life recipes’ that will help everyone feel included.”

Featuring more than 70 sweet treats that anyone can easily prepare, THE DIVVIES BAKERY COOKBOOK is divided into sections that focus on the times in our lives when food plays an important role and those with food allergies often feel left out. From birthday parties and family holidays, to schoolroom and travel snacks, the book includes Sandler’s signature recipes, such as: crowd-pleasers like Warm Apple-Apricot Cake, Cinnamon Buns, and Divvies Famous Chocolate Cupcakes; one-of-a-kind treats like Popcorn Snowman, Wafflewiches, and “Brown” Chocolate Bags that you can fill with fruit or sorbet; interactive desserts like her Chocolate Fountain with Dippers; and special sections on sweet beverages, party favors, cake frostings, pie fillings and more!

It’s hard to believe these scrumptious goodies contain no dairy, eggs, and nuts. The ingredients left out are replaced with healthy dollops of natural chocolate, oatmeal, fruit, and molasses. Along with the Divvies recipes, the book imparts Sandler’s handy resources, basics for stocking the kitchen and getting started, and hard-won wisdom for parenting a child with food allergies, with useful advice for communicating with teachers and parents. And the book also features a note from Benjamin, now 11-years-old, in which he shares his personal story and favorite treats.

With the degree of “divviculty” indicated for each recipe, tips for the best birthday parties, perfect picnic baskets, cool cupcake towers, snacks in a cinch, tasty travel treats, and bonus gluten-free recipes, THE DIVVIES BAKERY COOKBOOK is the essential allergen-free cookbook for beginners and kitchen experts alike.

To get a copy of The Divvies Bakery Cookbook go to Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble or a bookstore near you!

Want to win a copy? We will be giving away a copy at our next FACT meeting on September 7th
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

YummyEarth...Treats You Can Feel Good About...

Yummy Earth is founded and run by two dads who wanted to share yummy treats with their children with no chemical colors, artificial flavors, corn syrup or anything they wouldn't be proud to cook with at home for their families, including GMO's.

You can feel safe YummyEarth Organic Fruit Lollipops are:

  • Certified Organic
  • No Artificial Dyes
  • 100% Natural Flavors
  • Real Fruit Extracts
  • No Corn Syrup
  • Casein-free
  • 100% Vegan
  • GMO-Free
  • Nut-free
  • Soy-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Dairy-free

SO....they are Allergen Free...isn't this great?

They proudly handcraft 21 delicious flavors with real fruit extracts and are just as proud of what is in YummyEarth as what is not; in fact, they even use organic black carrots and organic pumpkin for fabulous color!

Some of YummyEarth's intense fruit flavors are mango tango, pomegranate pucker, tooberry blueberry and wet-fact watermelon. Not only are these flavors tasty, the names have to make you smile.

The Ingredients on YummyEarth Organic Fruit Lollipops are:

Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup , and/or Organic Rice Syrup, Citric Acid (from beet sugar) Natural Flavors, may contain Organic Black Carrots, Organic Black Currant, Organic Apple, Organic Carrot, Organic Pumpkin

YummyEarth has also has the first ever real USDA organic Gummy Bears and Worms!

I have to tell you that I am not a huge gummy bear fan, but these were packed full of fruit flavor. Click HERE for the gummy bear/worm ingredients

The Gummy Bears/Worms are

  • Certified Organic

  • No Artificial Dyes

  • No Corn Syrup

  • Tree-nut Free

  • Real Fruit Extracts

  • 100% Natural Flavors

  • Gluten Free

  • Peanut Free

  • Soy-Free

  • Dairy-Free

  • GMO-Free

  • No MSG

Where to buy YummyEarth: Available at Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Whole Foods, Shop Rite, Publix, Meijer, LeGourmet Chef, Stop & Shop, buybuyBaby, Marriott hotels, Earth Fare, HEB, Disney World, Wegmans, Amazon.com, Harry and David, Smoothie King, Sprouts, Borders Books, health food stores, and supermarkets.

I was in Jason's Deli the other day, and they had YummyEarth lollipops near the cash register to take for FREE. What a nice treat!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Local: Peek-a-boo Playtown is Peanut Free

I love that Peek-a-boo Playtown has a Peanut Free Policy. Can't wait to check it out!
*Thanks Ginger for sharing this with me!

They are having a Grand Opening Party tomorrow, Saturday July 10th from 9am-4pm at their Cool Springs location (3252 Aspen Grove Road, Suite 9). Admission will be FREE, and there will be prizes, balloons, a magician and much more. You could even win a free birthday party!

Peek-a-boo Playtown is an indoor play center with a Multi-Level Climbing Structure, Grocery Store, Tool Shop, Fire House, School House, Apartment, A separate toddler area, trains, dinosaurs plus more and it is peanut free!

Might see you there!
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Ice Cream" Sandwiches

All Natural SO Delicious Coconut Milk Minis have been a wonderful treat this summer. They are rich and creamy and are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth, since they are Minis. We LOVE them! The coconut milk "ice cream" has such a decadent flavor. And of course, much healthier ingredients than regular ice cream sandwiches. I won't go back to the regular ones :)
All Natural So Delicious made with coconut milk non-dairy frozen dessert
  • Agave sweetened center
  • 100 calories per serving
  • Dairy free
  • Rich in medium chain fatty acids
Click HERE to print a coupon

Allergen Information: CONTAINS: Coconut, Gluten/Wheat, Soy
I have to tell you, I LOVE Turtle Mountain! On all of their products, they state this
Allergen Information: Turtle Mountain applies strict quality control measures in an effort to prevent contamination by undeclared food allergens. To assure our preventive measures are effective, we sample test our products for the presence of dairy, peanut and almond allergens using state of the art testing methods. To learn more about our all allergen prevention program visit us at http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/

They also have great dairy free ice cream....our favorite is Mint Marble Fudge, and we buy the vanilla to make milkshakes with :)
If you are gluten free, the Vanilla Minis Bars (does have soy) or Cookie Dough Ice Cream (they have it using soy ice cream or with coconut milk...both do contain soy though) would be a wonderful choice!
If you are soy free, they do have yummy coconut milk ice creams!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Fruits of Summer

We love fruit! We especially love local, vine-ripened fruit. It is healthy and allergen free.

Tomorrow, we are packing a picnic lunch and going to spend some time at a local farm that has pesticide free/herbicide free blueberries and blackberries. I am excited to eat as many fresh berries as we possibly can, and then freezing the rest to put in pancakes, muffins, smoothies, cobblers, pies, etc.

Every summer, we go to farms that have cherries, berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries) and peaches. The boys enjoy going to the farms and eating the fresh fruit (usually they do not wait until we get home). Doing this has really given me an appreciation for what is in season and I would rather give my money to local farmers. We look forward to picking every summer! It has become one of our traditions.

Go to http://www.localharvest.org/ to find farms in your area that have the fruits of summer.

Make some memories and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor :)

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