Amy’s Gluten Free Cookies, Spinach Lasagna and Halloween Fun!

Happy Halloween everyone!!! My kids have been counting this day down all month :)

To celebrate the holiday, we wanted to announce a new “sweet” giveaway ! Amy’s Gluten-free shortbread cookies….They are so incredibly yummy..and I’m not even gluten-free ;-) My kids loved them too.  They come in 3 flavors – Almond, Classic and Chocolate Chip and are made with organic almond flour.  My favorite was absolutely the almond (the box lasted about 1.5 days), but the classic came in a close second.


Amy's Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

The giveaway will include : 3 boxes shortbread cookies, 3 free Amy’s product coupons, and an Amy’s canvas tote bag…approx. value $50 !! All you have to do is comment on this post !  Giveaway open to US residents only.  And while you’re at it, go “like” Amy’s on Facebook : !

Thanks and good luck everyone !

I also made this spinach lasagna over the weekend…it is a family favorite … got the recipe years ago out of a cookbook written by our pastor’s wife called “Body for God”.  There are so many recipes from it that I make over and over but this is definitely one of our faves!  And it’s really easy too :)

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

  • 2 containers (12 oz) fat free cottage cheese
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 packages (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained or 2 packages of prewashed spinach, sauteed or steamed)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese (part-skim or low-fat)

Preheat oven to 350.  Coat the bottom of a 13×9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.  Combine cottage cheese, egg whites, chopped spinach and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese.  Mix together and set aside.  Pour 1/2 of one jar of spaghetti sauce in casserole dish and layer uncooked noodles over sauce.  Spread a portion of the cottage cheese and spinach mixture over noodles and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Add the remaining half-jar of sauce and repeat these steps ending with sauce.  Top with the mozzarella cheese and remaining parmesan cheese and bake for 45 minutes.  Serves 8.

I will close with some helpful tips to keep your young ones safe this holiday ….

Practice Fire Safety

When decorating your home do not place exposed flames in paper lanterns.  Keep a look out for costumes and accessories labeled “flame resistant.” These products not only resist burning but also snuff out quickly if they get too close to a flickering jack o’ lantern.

Keep Your Child on His Feet

When choosing or creating a costume, make sure it’s short enough to allow your child to walk with ease. If you’ve borrowed a costume that’s too long, sew or tape a quick hem at the bottom. Another option is to hike up the costume with a belt. Be on shoelace alert too and double-tie them before going out. Remind your child to watch out for pumpkins and other decorations on neighbors’ steps and porches, since these can also pose a tripping hazard.

Make Sure Your Child Stays Visible

Hitting the trick-or-treat trail while it’s still light outside is a great idea for young kids. Most cities host a Halloween trick-or-treating event like this.  If you and your child will be out after dark, it’s a good idea to decorate the costume with strips of bright reflector tape (available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores). The tape will make your little one visible to cars and help you keep him in sight when he’s thronged by trick-or-treaters. Carry a small flashlight, too — it’ll come in handy for negotiating long walkways and dimly lit doorways.  I love using glow sticks and glow in the dark jewelry for my kids. They are great fun as well as handy safety devices. Pass them out to the kids to wear so you can keep an easier eye on them.

Pass on Masks

Masks can make it hard for your child to see, breathe and cause limited vision.  Be creative and safe by offering to paint his face with nontoxic makeup instead.

Candy Care

Before letting your child dig into that Halloween loot, scrutinize the treats for evidence of tampering. Carefully examine each wrapper to make sure there are no pinpricks or signs of opening. In addition, accept homemade treats only from neighbors you know, and cut up fruit before serving it.  Even though your little one may have a mouth full of teeth, some candies are still a choking hazard.  Keep an eye on them while snacking!

Talk Safety BEFORE You Head Out

Kids like to know the rules for play and Halloween night is no different.  Review the below information while you’re getting ready. Repeat a handful of reminders as energy is high and the impulses will be tugging at them!
•    No running.
•    Cross street only with grown-ups.
•    Stay with the group.
•    Don’t go to houses with the porch light turned off.
•    No pushing.
•    Stay on sidewalk and lit paths. Don’t cut across the yard.
•    Don’t pet anyone’s dog unless the adult you are with AND the pet owner says it’s okay.
•    Keep your shoes on.  (That said, wear comfy ones with no heels.)

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween everyone !!!!!

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!


  1. Kristin says:

    Those cookies sound delicious. Amy’s rarely goes wrong! Thanks so much!

  2. Martha says:

    I love Amy’s products — tasty and healthy!

  3. sandy hilty says:

    Would love to win the Amy’s cookies. YUM!

  4. Tiffany A. says:

    I love all of Amy’s products! I would love to try the cookies!

  5. Teresa Tolmosoff says:

    Amy’s products are great!

  6. Trish Stewart says:

    Amy’s products are so tasty!

  7. Diane Morgan says:

    Those cookies sound yummy! I’m wondering, though, are you still doing the Engine 2?

    • Kim says:

      Hi Diane – YES, I am still doing the Engine 2, but Jennifer is not. There are three of us that write the blog – Kim (me) and Melissa are taking the challenge – :) I’ll update my journey later tonight or tomorrow! :) ~Kim

  8. Karibeth says:

    Ooh! Those short bread cookies look yummy! :)

  9. Katie Stewart says:

    I love amy’s products! My fav are her frozen non dairy burritos and refried beans! I love that its a mother/daughter team that really is the backbone of the company! I’ve been a fan for many years!

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  11. Elisabeth says:

    Something tells me I would love the chocolate chip cookies! :)

  12. Tracy says:

    I love Amy’s frozen vegan and vegetarian entrees and I LOVE shortbread cookies so I’m excited to try them!

  13. Julie Hager says:

    pick me please … LOVE Amy’s products !!!

  14. Kim says:

    I have never tried this line but sounds like I need to.

  15. Misty says:

    I have been obsessed with eating plant based recently. Started out as a 28 day challenge, and by the time my time was up, I decided I have never felt better, and I’m sticking with it. I do eat meat from time to time, and when I do, I don’t beat myself up about it, like I would have in the past. I have never tried any of Amy’s products, though, and I would absolutely love to! Thank you for this giveaway!

  16. Pamela says:

    I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and I am obese. But I have switched to a plant-based diet which is mostly vegetarian, not vegan. I did do a 21-Day Kickstart that was vegan. I think I need to go back to vegan as I’m stalled on weight loss. I am glad I found your page as I am so new at this I need the tips, recipes and encouragement to keep it going and change my lifestyle. Getting a “prize” of Amy’s and other items will definitely help me on my path. Good luck to everyone and thanks for your hard work putting out this info to benefit all of us! :)

  17. Nadia says:

    LOVE Amy’s products!!! This would help me out so much with my diet!!!

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