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Breville Sous Chef Review

We have taken the plunge and purchased a Breville Sous Chef! Well, we did it a while back, but I’m getting around to posting the review now. You know how that goes… I’ll give you the bottom line first: IT’S AWESOME EPIC AMAZING AND ALL OTHER GOOD THINGS!!! Read More

A Little Bit of Shopping

Just wanted to share a few things that I saw recently at the store. I did purchase the cassava sweetener to mess around with it when I have a little extra time. I’m very pleased with the ingredients listed on the Jovial products, but they do contain corn. Since we have other mixes that I’ve put together without corn, we won’t be trying this product; mainly because, well, corn.

We’ve been using the Tiger Nut Flour for a while now, but the Pamela’s is a new product I hadn’t seen before. I’m hoping someone out there will find this useful because I didn’t purchase it since The Papa has a coconut allergy.

Happy shopping everyone!

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Free and Friendly Foods Justin's Product Review

Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Product Review

As you may (or may not know) Kid Three can’t have much cane sugar, and eats as organic as possible. He can’t handle chemicals, colorings, and pesticides. So, to my surprise, I saw this great little product at the store, and thought of Kid Three. He was very happy to give this a try. So, here are our notes, and official review. Full disclosure: we were NOT paid for this, and I did not eat it, but am rewriting what Kid Three told me. 🙂

Allergy Status: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Vegan Read More

A Trip to the LEGO Store

I got to take a much *needed* trip to the LEGO store a couple of weeks ago, and took some pics that I simply had to share.

Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

It’s the expression on his face. Simply priceless.

 

Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

THIS was the reason I went in the first place. Best purchase incentive ever.

 

Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but the size of the wheel is HUGE. I think it may be bigger than the wheels in the Batman Tumbler set.

 

Free and Friendly Foods Trip to the LEGO Store

Hope your day is going as well as his is!

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 3

Is it sad that I made a part three of this article so I could go on and on about the Lego Store? Probably, but! This is called Food AND LEGO 🙂 This is part three, and the final installation of the Traveling With Food Allergies series. Have you been able to travel successfully? Tell us about it. We’re always looking for new ideas.

Before I get to LEGO, here are some final thoughts about the trip overall, and some things that I would change, or can suggest, or need to over-suggest. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Traveling Series. This part will cover the night of departure, and the first full day of the trip, and a bit of what the kids did without me.

The Night of Departure
As expected, they didn’t leave on time. I was beyond exhausted, but of course, couldn’t go to sleep because I was trying to get them out of the house. As soon as they were gone I was out.

Meanwhile, in an RV far far away, well, not that far… The Papa and Grandma were driving the 4 kids to an RV park in Morgan Hill, which is south of us, by maybe a couple of hours? Maybe 90 minutes. The idea was that they would skip over all of the morning traffic, and “save” hours of travel time. It worked OK. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Festive Tuna Salad

Festive Tuna Salad

Did I tell you we sent Kid Two to summer camp? Well, we did, and it worked out great. He had a blast, met new people, and even met someone who likes to do card tricks like him. He was thrilled. What has that got to do with Festive Tuna Salad? Well, it’s one of the meals I sent with him, and he really enjoyed it.

For quite some time now, I’ve been using Organicville ranch dressing and coleslaw dressings together to make the idea of mayo in his tuna salads, and he’s been ok with that. I was aware of some vegan options, but they were all soy based, and you know how I feel about American soy. So I’m walking through the store a couple of weeks ago (read: perusing Good Eggs from the comfort of home), after my aquafaba discovery, and this product catches my eye. It says it’s made with aquafaba on the front. I read the label, and no soy! And Kid Two can have it!!! So of course I had to buy some. The Papa was the first to sample the creation, and he said it tasted like the real deal, so much that he couldn’t really tell the difference. Kid Two. OH the joy and that child’s face! Once again, regretting not taking a picture.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan Compatible, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible
For Vegan: Use a vegan, fish free tuna, such as this. However, if you’re avoiding soy, you may not be able to find a safe product.
For Paleo & GAPs: Use a safe mayo such as one of these.

Here’s the link to the Sir Kensington Vegan Mayo

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Free and Friendly Foods Traveling With Food Allergies

Traveling With Food Allergies, Part 1

Part one will be covering all of the planning, and things that happened before departure.

Welcome to the very long write-up about how and your loved ones CAN go on a vacation. 10 years ago, I don’t know that this would be possible. 20 years ago, depending on the allergy, don’t even think about it. However, we live in a country that’s packed full of Whole Foods Markets, and few other big names (and little ones too) that have made it possible for people with food allergies to travel. Well, that and the internet. That last bit is important because putting in the time to research where you’re going is a big part of all of this. Traveling when you’re dealing a lot of people can be difficult. Traveling with people with multiple severe food allergies can seem near impossible. However, there’s hope. Here’s how we managed to pull it all off. Read More

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