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Honey Almond Granola Recipe

 Breakfast is hard in our home. Due to my sons dairy, egg, and peanut allergies a lot of the yummy breakfast foods that the rest of the world consumes are just not possible for us. I have been able to adapt some of my favorite breakfast foods like waffles, pancakes, and even French toast. Since I have to make them from scratch it takes a lot of time to make enough of them for our family of 6. So, most mornings we opt for cereal, sunflower seed buttered toast, or sausage. 

I have been working on a recipe for granola though, and have finally figured out the perfect combination to get those larger granola clusters and taste delicious! 

Elastic Pencil Pouch Tutorial and Pattern

I am so tired of having to hunt down a pen or pencil when I need one. Anyone else? With my kids home way more than usual right now due to the pandemic ... somehow my writing utensils seem to be wondering off on their own (since no one will own up to actually taking/using them)

Well, this creative mama decided to take things into her own hands and design a way to keep all my necessary writing instruments close at hand. The bonus is that I can use it for post its, notecards, and anything else I might need to use along with my pens and pencils. 

Dairy-Free Toffee Recipe

Holidays are always a hard one at our home. With severe food allergies, times of year where delivering baked goods, and having treats left on your door step can be anxiety inducing... for real! If you are lucky enough not to have to deal with life threatening food allergies, think about this: what would it be like to find that someone had left you a delicious plate of chocolate chip cookies on your doorstep. You pour a glass of nice cold milk, sit down to enjoy your cookies and milk only to find out an hour later that you are on the verge of death because they were laced with arsenic. Instead of enjoying those cookies, you are clinging to life hoping that someone, somewhere is able to help you. 

That may seem a bit extreme, and not really something that we will ever be faced with, BUT when it comes to food allergies the concept is the same. You teeter on whether that plate of goodies that your friend says are safe, are actually safe for you... or if it will send you into an anaphylaxis reaction that will follow with a few hours in the ER. 

That being said, this time of year when everyone is enjoying all their baked goods, we are just doing the same thing we've been doing all year, cooking from scratch. Over the years I have taken some of my favorite holiday recipes and adapted them so that my entire family can enjoy them. 

Cooking, baking, and eating dairy free has its challenges, and if you enjoy dairy, just know that any recipe adapted to be dairy free isn't going to taste the same... but it can get pretty close. 

Spooky Halloween Bag Tag - Free Download

I am the Primary President in my Ward at church. For those of you who don't know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Primary is the name for our children's group (ages 18 months - 11 years). It's a program that meets as a Sunday School while the adults and older kids attend their church meetings ... and it's the BEST place to be on a Sunday. 

Since we are not yet able to meet on Sunday's due to the pandemic, we (our Presidency) are dropping off little goody bags to all the kids in our Primary for Halloween. Usually we do a Trunk or Treat as a Ward (our congregation), but since that isn't happening we wanted to do something for our kids. 

I am including download links for both Primary tags, and ones that are blank on the bottom so that if you are a teacher, from another church and want to use them, or just want to give a little something to someone you love,  you totally can! 

Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe

 Fall is one of the BEST times to work with apples because they are in season and if you are lucky enough to live by an orchard you can get some of the sweetest apples straight from the tree! 

I don't live anywhere near an apple orchard, unfortunately, but the good news is that homemade applesauce can be made with any apples, especially if you have had some lying around for a while that aren't getting eaten....