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Chocolate Sunbutter Crisp Pops

This winter, we took the kids to see the movie Creed and it's been non-stop, all things Rocky since then. We have all watched & re-watched, every single movie over the past 2 months and even now, I’m sitting here with my daughter, watching as Rocky admits to Adrian that he is afraid to fight & lose everything shortly after Mickey's death. As always, Adrian ends up encouraging him, telling him that she believes in him which leads to a more intensely driven training sequence. Enter “eye of the tiger”……..

This is seriously such a great movie series (Rocky V included)!  

Do you know what else is seriously good?  Nestle Crunch candy bars, or at least they use to one of my favorites when I was younger.  Something about the sweet chocolate with crispy rice in each bite, had me running to the corner store to spend what little money I had as a kid.

  I'm reminded recently that we are in the months of winter.   Up until now, Tulsa has had a fairly warm season and there hasn't been much need to run to those typical comfort foods. But now, I'm cold! I wake up cold, I turn on the little heater next to my desk to warm my toes, I keep a hot coffee with me most of the day (it's like a hand warmer with benefits). Because of that internal chill that is so difficult to shake, I'm starting to turn to soup and stew and chili  to warm myself and my family on the inside. This Sweet Potato Gnocchi did the trick!  Not only was it nice and hot, like most soups should be, but the combination was quite enjoyable. I never had gnocchi in a soup before but I wanted to do something other than topping it with pasta sauce (although that would be delicious as well).

Deliciously dairy-free Hot Cocoa mix, perfect for 1 mug or 10. Top 8 free & vegan

Deliciously rich, hot cocoa mix. Top 8 free "Ohhhhhh, the weather outside is frightful....but this Cocoa's so delightful,,,,."

To be perfectly honest, the weather outside is B-E-A-U-tiful  (60 degrees and only 5 days away from Christmas) & the Cocoa is still so delightful but this doesn't make for a great song, does it?

Regardless of the unseasonably warm weather, December holiday festivities have continued, the latest event being the showing of The Polar Express at my son's school that included a special delivery of Hot Chocolate for their viewing. I'm pretty sure most parents wouldn't even blink at hearing that but for us Food Allergy Mom's, it's a completely different story, and thankfully, my son has a teacher who called and gave me a "heads up".

Mixed Berry Pepper Jelly There is an abundance of peppers growing in my garden, so much so, I can barely keep up with using them.  I've frozen some, made salsa, incorporated them into sauces and meals and even-handed them out in little brown bags to the adults during Halloween (I seriously have that many!). I felt like I was running out of ideas on how else to use these Serrano, until I ran across a jar of pepper jelly in my fridge and was inspired to make my own homemade jelly. 

Healthy & nutritious, Top 8 Free, homemade granola bars. 

Homemade granola bar, loaded with only good stuff. Top 8 free!

(this post has been updated with more recent photos)

Say goodbye to boxed granola bars! These delicious, no-bake, Vegan and Allergy-free bars will have your kids begging for more and you won't feel guilty for saying "yes".

These bars were inspired by the 'not-so-healthy", "not-so-allergy-friendly" bars on the market today.  I cannot tell you how many times I've just stood and stared at the rows and rows of bars in the grocery aisle.  Have you ever done that?  It can be overwhelming just looking at all the choices but then take into consideration trying to find ones that are allergy-safe, and that's a whole nother level of stress. There have been a few times when I thought "this is it, I think I found a bar that is healthy", but then read through the ingredients only to see that it contains 1 or more of our allergens. 

Because of this, there aren't very many bars that I can safely recommend, so I decided to make my own homemade granola bar.  This recipe is by far our favorite and since they never last long, so be sure to make an extra batch! I call it our "Go Go Granola Bar" because it's perfect for moms, dads and kids on the go, and they go rather quickly :). It's also perfect for those of us who want a healthy bar, filled with real food, good fats, protein and none of the Top 8 allergens!