Allergy Friendly (non food) Treats for Halloween

With Halloween approaching, we are all starting to think about buying treats for Halloween before all the ‘good stuff’ is gone, and we have to resort to handing out bags of chips (kids always seem to hate the minuscule bags of chips!). Our problem has always been buying too soon, and then having to go out again and re-buy candy because someone (ahem) has eaten it all before the 31st.

But why not try something different this year, and give out treats that are both fun, allergy friendly, and something that they will remember? And as added bonus, they won’t end up eaten before the big day.

Here are some fun ideas that will be sure to delight the little ones:

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What does your key chain say about you?


You can tell a lot about someone by looking at their key chains. When I was a teenager, I didnt have much of a one to speak of, because I didnt own anything. As time went on, my key chain got heavier, and more expressive of my personality. I would buy novelty key chains when I travelled, get special ones as gifts, and eventually it was so big and heavy that I wondered whether it would one day cause the car key to fall out of the ignition while I was driving.  After a number of years, there were keys on there that I couldnt even identify anymore. I eventually pared it down, but I couldn’t bear to part with the extra key chains I had been carrying around forever. It felt like I was throwing away a little part of history. Continue reading

Homemade Potato Chips

I have been thinking about making Homemade Potato Chips for a long time, but didnt have a slicer that could cut them thin enough. I recently bought a mandolin to replace my broken fry maker, and thought I would try out these chips and see if they lived up to the hype.

I researched mandolins before deciding to go that route. I am not the most graceful person, and for that reason, I have avoided mandolins until now. However, this one was rated by America’s Test Kitchen as their top choice in their tests of over 9 mandolins. (America’s Test Kitchen – Best and Worst Mandolins) Continue reading

Coursera – Child Nutrition/Cooking Course


I have to say that I love free stuff – coupons, samples, rebates, etc. But one of the best deals I have found is Coursera.

Coursera is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that is free to use, and makes University level courses available to everyone.  I have wanted to take some courses for the last few years, and since my schedule doesnt really permit me to be gone one or two nights a week, this is a perfect solution. You can complete these right from your own home.    Continue reading