Archive for October, 2011

October Allergy-Friendly Amazon Deals

Here are the latest allergy-friendly deals at Amazon.  Don’t forget to use your free Swagbucks gift cards!  Please remember to double check label ingredients for your allergens!

About Subscribe and Save:

When you select subscribe and save you not only get a discount but you also get FREE shipping! If you decide you don’t want to have the item automatically shipped to you, you can cancel at any time. Simply log into Amazon, go to “My Account,” click “manage subscribe and save items” and cancel the subscription. I have been known to sign up for the discount and cancel my subscription the day my order ships.

Mrs. Leepers and Eddie’s Pasta are 30% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code LEEPEDDI at checkout. My kids love their Rice Shapes For Kids which are $2.25 each with subscribe and save and coupon code.

Lucy’s Cookies Grab and Go Variety Case, 1.25-Ounce bags (Pack of 16), another one of our favorites are just $.93 each when clip the $1 off coupon on the page and use subscribe and save.  Note: these contain soy.


Namaste Foods Gluten Free Mixes are 25% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code NAMAVOCT at checkout.  Their Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix gets great reviews.  You only need to mix with oil and water.  The pizza mix is just $3.85 a bag when you use subscribe and save and the coupon code.

Annie Chun and CJ Foods are 25% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code ANNIECJ8 at checkout.  These rice noodles are $2.15 per package.

Dr McDougall’s products are 25% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code DRMCDOUG at checkout.  These vegan and gluten-free Black Bean and Lime soups are just $1.19 each and would be great to take to work or school for lunch.

Nutiva Products are 25% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code NUTIVOCT at checkout. Their 10-pound bag of Chia Seeds is $50.95 or $5.10 per pound.  This is an excellent price if you can afford to stock up.  You can read about the benefits of chia seeds here, and how I use chia seeds to replace eggs here.

Select Pamela’s Baking Mixes are 25% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code PAMMIXES at checkout. It’s my understanding you have to add eggs to these.  Has anybody had any luck using substitutes with these mixes?

Pamela’s Cookies are 30% off when you use subscribe and save and coupon code PAMCOOKI at checkout. Their Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies are $2.29 per box.  Note: these contain non-gmo soy and possibly traces of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and eggs.


Enjoy Life Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies, 6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6) are $12.99 or $2.17 per box in the Amazon Warehouse!  Warehouse deals sell out quickly so grab yours while you can.  Other varieties are also on sale.


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Crockpot Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes

Cool weather got you looking for comfort food?  Chunky beef stew with carrots and onions served on top of mashed potatoes is sure to satisfy.  Throw the ingredients in the crockpot and go about your business for the day.  When you are ready to eat, whip up your favorite mashed potatoes and enjoy this hearty meal.


  • 2 lbs Stew Meat
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • Carrots (I used 1/2 bag of frozen carrots but fresh would be even better.)
  • 14.5 oz Stewed Tomatoes (I used Hunts Fire Roasted)
  • 4-6 shakes of Worcestershire Sauce (Read labels-may contain anchovies, wheat or soy!  Allergy-free recipe here.  FYI:treacle=molasses)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced or 1/2 tsp rounded Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ~1 tsp Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch


  1. Dump all ingredients except arrowroot or cornstarch into the crockpot and stir.
  2. Cook on low 8 hours.
  3. Uncover crock and stir in arrowroot or cornstarch and turn heat to high to thicken sauce.
  4. Serve on top of your favorite mashed potatoes.

You may also enjoy Rotisserie Chicken in the CrockPot Recipe and Easy Barbecue Chicken in the crockpot.

Recipe adapted from Full Bellies Make Happy Kids.

I {heart} Pinterest!

I LOVE Pinterest! Pinterest is an online pinboard for organizing ideas you see on the web. You can set up different boards for different needs. Planning a wedding? Set up a wedding board? Building or remodelling a home? Set up a home board.

I have a Recipes to Try, For the Home, For the Kids, Holidays, and Inspiration boards. I love that Pinterest is image driven. A quick glance will help me find what I need.


Some of the recipes "pinned" to my Easily Allergy Friendly to Try board


Here’s how it works: Once you set up a free account, a “Pin It” button installs in your browser. When you are cruising the web and see something you like, you click the “Pin It” button. It magically pins the image to the board of your choice. Then when you need to find the idea again you click on the image and it will take you to the original article.

A fun feature of Pinterest is that you can follow your friends boards and comment on them. Recently my BFF pinned some decorating ideas for her house. I was able to leave a comment about how I thought it would work in her home.

Did you notice the new “Follow Me on Pinterest” button in the sidebar? I currently have 164 recipes pinned on my Easily Allergy-Friendly Recipes to Try Board and I add more all the time. I’d love to share these ideas with you. Just click on “Follow Me on Pinterest” to follow my pinboards.

Happy Pinning!

Baked Pears Drizzled with Real Maple Syrup

Seriously simple baked pears drizzled with real maple syrup.  We have enjoyed these just as they are but I’m sure they would be divine a la mode.  My kids cannot get enough of these!


  • 4 Pears
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400.  Peel, slice and core pears.  Place pears in a baking dish.
  2. Drizzle with maple syrup.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Turn pears over and cook for 15 minutes more or until pears are tender.

You may also enjoy Grilled Peaches and Dairy-Free Caramel Dip/Sauce for your apples.

Recipe adapted from Sweet Paul Magazine.

Hurry! Free Zevia at Target!

Hurry and print a $3/1 Zevia All Natural Soda coupon. Use the coupon at Target starting Sunday 10/16 and they’ll be FREE!

Thanks Greenbacks Gal!

Allergy-Friendly Printable Coupons: Perdue, Chex, Sucanat, Silk and More!

There are loads of allergy-friendly coupons right now!  Remember you can typically hit the back button and print two of each coupon.   Please double-check package labels for your allergens!

Mambo Sprouts:

Facebook Offers:


Allergy Bites!

I find so many interesting studies and articles in the news about food and food allergies.  Or maybe they’re not that interesting and I am just a nerd!  If you are a nerd too, I’m starting this series for you!  I’m calling it Allergy Bites.



  • Kids Reacting Badly: “Today one in three Australians suffer from an allergic disease, and what’s alarming about that is that it was virtually unheard of 30 years ago. Among children, the incidence of food allergies has increased five-fold in just the past decade.”


  • Whole Foods and Major Cereal Brands Accused of Deceptively Marketing GMOs as ‘Natural’: “Cereal samples collected by The Cornucopia Institute were allegedly tested by an ‘independent, accredited laboratory’, according to a statement from the organization, and found to contain ‘high levels of genetically engineered ingredients.’ The group says some of the cereal samples contained anywhere from 25 to 100 percent genetically modified ingredients despite making non-GMO claims either on product packaging or company websites.”



Image Credit: RambergMediaImages

How to Peel a Whole Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds!


How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds from on Vimeo.

After I posted how to roast garlic, I stumbled on this video:  How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds. I can’t wait to try this!

How to Roast Garlic

You haven’t had garlic bread ’till you’ve had toasted bread smeared with warm, freshly roasted garlic.  Roasting garlic is very simple.

How to Roast Garlic

You will need:

  • Head of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Baking Sheet or Muffin Tin


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop the head off the garlic, exposing the cloves.
  3. Peel the outermost layer of the skin.
  4. Drizzle some olive oil on a small piece of aluminium foil.  Place the garlic head in the olive oil.
  5. Drizzle more olive oil onto the garlic oil and salt.
  6. Wrap the garlic in the foil and place on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin.
  7. Roast for 30 minutes or until the cloves are soft.
  8. When cool enough to handle, use a cocktail fork to remove the garlic cloves or squeeze the head onto toast or dish and spread with a knife.

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Photo 1 credit: VirtualErn Photo 3 credit: janeyhenning

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks Copycat!)

Is there anything better than a steaming Pumpkin Spice Latte to warm up a crisp fall morning? Now you can save money and make these dairy-free treats at home using real pumpkin! This is a simple, no syrup required recipe that is right up my alley.

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte


  • 1/4 cup Espresso or 1/2 cup Strong Coffee (adjust amounts to your taste)
  • 2 T Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • 2-3 T Sucanat/Rapadura or 2 T White Sugar
  • 1 cup of Milk (I have tried cow’s milk, rice milk and coconut milk.  They were all good!)
  • 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice


  1. Brew the espresso or coffee.
  2. While the coffee is brewing, combine the rest of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking continuously, until the mixture is hot and frothy. Do not boil.
  3. Pour the espresso or coffee into a mug and pour the pumpkin flavored milk over it. Enjoy!

You may also enjoy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars.

This recipe was shared at Allergy-Friendly Friday!

Thanks All Recipes!  Photo credit: marfis75