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…


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


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


Almost any Katz product you wanted!


Our favorite Kinnikinnick cookies in new packaging.


The elusive Diaya cheese sauce only pouches.


Free2b Sunflower cups.


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.


2018 Goals

I’ve always been a goal and list person.  Part of my business goals for this year is to finish some certificate work.  Today I’m back at the library working on my NAPO Workplace Productivity Certificate courses.

My life works better with my Passion Planner, a small notebook (I remember things better when I write them down), and a pencil bag full of colored pens.  A snack and drink help too.

I try to break up my time and change where I am listening/watching the coarse.  Also being in an area where I can stand up often helps me stay focused.

My break is up.  Back to being productive!



Poppy Seed Cornbread

We have all been there.  At a fancy party where there is nothing you can eat and everyone is RAVING about a certain dish.  This was one of those dishes.

I can see why everyone loved it.  It is very indulgent and makes boring old cornbread something to celebrate.

Of course my favorite thing to serve it with is Quinoa Black Bean Soup topped with copious amounts of cilantro.


Poppyseed Cornbread

  • Servings: 24 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Poppy Seed Cornbred
Cygnet Organizing LLC http://www.cygnetorganizing.com
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 12 ounces sweet rice flour
  • 5 ounces yellow corn meal
  • 1 ounce baking powder
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 4 ounces butter melted
  • 10 ounces of full fat coconut milk
  • 8 ounces cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a bowl combine dry ingredients (sugar, rice flour, corn meal, and baking powder)
  3. In another bowl combine egg yolks, heavy cream, bacon, and butter.  Stir to combine.
  4. In a bowl whip egg whites till stiff peaks form.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, along with the poppy seeds.
  6. Fold in the egg whites.
  7. Once the mixture is completely incorporated pour into a greased 9×13 dish.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.