Get your nut free candy corn at dollar tree to make a quick, easy and safe Halloween trail mix. Save your labels if you are making this for a family that has food allergies, please save the label.

Nut Free Candy Corn Trail Mix

I am a mom of a boy who has severe food allergies, including nuts. Do you know how exciting it is to fine a NUT FREE product around holiday time? Well it is terrific! I found it! It’s peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free and wheat free. On top of that it is manufactured in a facility that does not process any of these allergens. This is terrific and it gets even better, because of the place where I found it. It’s very reasonably priced and if there’s not one near you can order it online.

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Tahini free homemade garden hummus is a great recipe to make with ingredients from your garden. This is tahini free due to sesame seed allergy. Try this dip or spread to increase your families flavor options.

Tahini Free Homemade Garden Hummus

Today I made myself tahini free hummus. Hummus it is one of my favorite dips. But alas, we cannot have traditional hummus in our home due to my son’s food allergy. You see tahini is made with roasted sesame seeds. My son is allergic to sesame seeds. Instead we make tahini free hummus and this time we used some ingredients from our garden to add to it’s flavor.

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Easy homemade oven roasted tomato paste is a great way to preserve your tomato harvest. This tasty paste is so much better than the store bought tomato paste. It is freezable and if stored correctly can last very long in the fridge.

Easy Homemade Oven Roasted Tomato Paste

It’s mid August and my tomato plants are producing, are yours? What do you plan on making with ALL THOSE TOMATOES? Oven roasted tomato paste is an easy way to use up a ton of the tasty fruits while holding onto that great fresh tomato flavor. This year I only planted Roma tomatoes, this recipe works great for these. It can also work for your basic fleshy tomato. The majority of the time to make this recipe is hands off oven time, otherwise it’s about 15 minutes of hands on time. 

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Natural bug repellents are a great alternative to using DEET. These plants and essential oils can ward of mosquitoes and other biting insects so you can enjoy your summer without all the toxins

Top 3 Natural Bug Repellents

As I was picking out my plants for my garden this spring I came across a few natural bug repellent plants. That got me thinking about making myself an all natural bug spray. I live in the state of Wisconsin in the summer our state bird changes from a robin to a mosquito. Just kidding, but really we have an onslaught of mosquitoes during the summer and fall. Our family uses a bunch of bug spray so that we can enjoy the outdoors during the warm months without becoming totally irritated by the little biting menaces.

I wanted to try to make my summer less full of toxins and chemicals while still enjoying the outside. I have three homemade, homegrown and sure fire ways to make your own natural bug repellents. As proof I am using one of the repellents as I work on my post. It’s August 7th and the sun is going down after a warm day. For anyone that lives in this part of the county you know that it’s the prime time for the  blood suckers to come out. Continue reading “Top 3 Natural Bug Repellents”