Teal Pumpkin sighting.

I do like the new Woodman’s Buffalo Grove. It still is a bit overwhelming.

On kids last trip there they had some Teal Pumpkin products.

I like the teal torches. And the the teal trick-or-treat buckets are great!

Have you seen any Teal Pumpkins yet?

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Love these bars

Lately one of my go to snacks have been these BoBo bars. I like that they are a little bigger than a regular granola bar so they can get me through a morning of meetings.

Today I’m at the monthly NAPO Chicago meeting. As the Director of Membership I enjoy meeting new people and helping celebrate the accomplishments of our chapter members.

Woodman’s, Buffalo Grove – It’s Finally Open! (Allergy Friendly Grocery Shopping)

This morning I went to Woodman’s in Buffalo Grove.  Their Grand Opening is Saturday, but they are open for business as of yesterday afternoon.  There were still some holes on the shelves which I am sure will be filled by Saturday.

I have been hearing good things about the selection of allergy friendly products at Woodman’s for years now, but there has not been a store conveniently located to me.  Last weekend while visiting friend in Wisconsin I stopped by a Woodman’s near their house to check out the selection.  They had some products, it was crowded, I was tired.  In the end I came away overwhelmed and anxious about the selection.

When I arrived this morning I entered the door to the store that enters into the bread and bakery section.  They had Sweet Ali’s and a few other brands in this section.  I did not find any Udi’s or Canyon and started to panic.  This place was known for having all the best gluten-free brands. They had to be here.

What I discovered was this Woodman’s has a dedicated Gluten-Free Section!!! Plus two dedicated refrigerated sections for dairy-free milk and yogurt and another for dairy-free cheese.

Here are some of the selections…

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Look at all that Canyon Bakehouse and Schar selections.  They even had the long-awaited Hawaiian Bread!

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The Gluten-Free frozen bread selection is pretty good too.

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Almost any Katz product you wanted!

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Our favorite Kinnikinnick cookies in new packaging.

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The elusive Diaya cheese sauce only pouches.

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Free2b Sunflower cups.

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And our favorite Yummy Earth Lolly Pops, which are an essential in our house for the winter months.

They truely had the best gluten-free and dairy-free selection I have seen.  The one brand I could not find I believe was operator error and I’m hoping on my next trip to locate.

Welcome to the neighborhood Woodman’s.  -Susan B.

Sugar Cookies (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, tuee nut-free, peanut-free, nightshade-free)

I love to garden.  For the past few years I have not grown tomatoes.  I found it really hard to have a vegetable garden without tomatoes.  So this year I planted a few plants and have been giving the tomatoes to friends.

I try to take a turn through the garden multiple times a day and enjoy taking my morning coffee or an afternoon snack out to enjoy while watching the pollinators buzz around.

These little sugar cookies are so wonderful and they are good coated with sparkling sugar or without the crunchy coating.  These are definitely one of those “people will never know” food allergy friendly treats.

Gluten-Free Dairy-free Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 36 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cygnet Organizing LLC Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Soy-free butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 3/4 cups Namaste flour
  • Sparkling sugar (icing sugar)

Directions

  1. Cream together sugar, butter substitute, shortening, egg yolks and vanilla.
  2. Mix in baking soda, cream of tartar, and flout until combined.
  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  5. Using a tablespoon or small scoop make one inch balls out of the chilled dough.
  6. Roll the dough balls in  the sugar and place on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 13 minutes.
  8. Cool on the pan and then transfer to cooling rack or plate.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy these little crunchy cookies anytime of day! – Susan B.