• Jendeis

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Not sure that I will make sense but I just wanted to let you know that I so admire you and Joe for taking your depression from infertility and turning it into this amazing thing of helping St. Jude’s. IF is so draining and it seems like your actions really lift you up.

    You have inspired me. Thank you.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jendeis, I believe in my heart and I know from my experiences that there is a HUGE blessing in all things if we choose to find it. Being able to help St. Jude’s is one of our blessings in this situation. The other big blessing is that feeling of peace and calm in our relationship where there used to be stress and worry. We’ve taken the focus off our lack and started looking at how we can add to. It changes everything.

    Thanks for your comment. Big hugs.

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  • Lynn

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 10:12 am

    This is a great thing you are doing. I think it is great that you have decided to take your pain and help others. And I know what you are going through. My story has a happy ending, in that I now have 3 children. But for quite a few yrs we did not think we would ever have any and I am unable to have anymore. I learned through it all, that I need to focus on what I do have and not what I do not have. Things like this project you are working on are good ways to do that. They don’t take away the pain, but it helps.

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  • angi

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

    thanks for the recipe granola bars is one thing we can never get enough of

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  • Fayinagirl

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Amy, creating an ebook to benefit St. Judes is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be involved. The kids are very excited about being able to do something to help other children…they’ve started brainstorming recipes.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Fayinagirl, That’s wonderful to get your kids involved. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. :)

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  • Sara

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Amy, you are such a sweetheart. I have no children to critique my work, but I will try to come up with a delicious kid-friendly recipe.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sara, Anything that a kid would eat works. I’m sure you have something in your archives that would be perfect. Thanks for your willingness to help.

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  • Lauren

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Good Luck Amy, I don’t know what you’re going through, but I admire your ability to turn the hurt into help. Children’s Hospitals are close to my heart, not only in my own experiences, but those of my best friend (who had heart surgery in the past year). I’ve heard of St. Jude’s, and it looks like a good one. I’m going to figure out a recipe to submit to this – its a great cause.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Lauren, Thanks so much! Anything would be perfect. I think that we all have the ability to turn hurt into help – isn’t that what our blogs were born out of? Hugs to you.

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  • Liz@HoosierHomemade

    posted on October 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Amy, you really inspire me! I wrote a post for this, maybe you will get a few more recipes. I’ll be sending you the lollypop recipe.
    Thanks for all you do! :)
    ~Liz

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    Amy Reply:

    @Liz@HoosierHomemade, Thanks so much – it’s neat to see that this cause matters to other people, too. It’s easy to put my head down and just think about me but it feels better when I remember that my life is of much more value when I am of service to others.

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  • Alta

    posted on October 24, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Amy, what a great idea. I’m inspired by you and Joe and your decisions to help – and the ebook is a great idea. I’ll dig through my recipes and find a kid-friendly one to send your way.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, I got the link to your recipe. Thanks so much! Your Kids in the Kitchen Spaghetti and Meatballs is perfect for this.

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  • Amy @ Finer Things

    posted on October 24, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Such a great way to give! I need to start making my own granola bars…

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    Amy Reply:

    @Amy @ Finer Things, I have been thinking about other granola bar recipes…maybe pumpkin seeds or almond butter. And different dried fruits…once I got the bars to stick together the rest was easy. Honey would work instead of agave, too.

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  • Betherann

    posted on October 25, 2009 at 8:59 am

    How wonderful. Great ideas! Good luck!

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  • CELLULITE ANALYST

    posted on October 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    You’re right, Amy. Sometimes the dollar donations are the most meaningful. My grandmother used to love writing letters. She had trouble writing them herself in the later years, so she would dictate them to me and I would write them for her. It was so interesting to hear what she wanted to tell people. She often sent dollar donations to various charities, along with eloquent letters of encouragement and hope. I learned a lot during those hours of letter writing with her. What a wonderful project you are working on! I regret that I don’t have a recipe to contribute (I’m not the most creative cook…) Also, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @CELLULITE ANALYST, Thanks for sharing your grandma story. I have so many wonderful memories of hours in the kitchen with my grandma. More than anything, they always remind me to slow down and appreciate what’s right in front of me.

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  • Kim, The Food Allergy Coach

    posted on October 26, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Very inspiring! I will send you a recipe!

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  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on October 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hi Amy! I know what you mean about having sadness related to trying to start a family. This has been a tough summer for us too. This is a great way to help to keep that sadness at bay. I am sending you a recipe, I think will work! :)

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  • Janet

    posted on October 31, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Amy, I just emailed you a recipe for the e-book. As a parent of a child who has gone through cancer treatment I want to thank you for what you are doing. It really means alot. I pray that God will bless you and help you through your pain.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Janet, I have been completely humbled by your reply. I read it and took a deep breath – and though I’m struggling for the right words am just grateful that our paths have crossed. I’m even more grateful that your child has gone through the treatment and has recovered. Thank you for your prayers – I’ll keep your family in my prayers, too, for continued health and happiness.

    Thank you so much for contributing to the e-book. I will let you know when it’s ready to go.

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  • Irene

    posted on January 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I just found your site and this post today. Thank you for posting about St. Jude’s and your commitment to supporting their work. 2009 was a very difficult year of many losses, culminating in the loss by a co-worker of her 2 year old nephew to cancer late in 2009. St. Jude’s was a haven for that family. Thank you again for your support of a very worthy and compassionate organization and also for raising awareness that no effort is a wasted effort.

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  • Katie

    posted on May 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    These granola bars are fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe.

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  • Christina Stang

    posted on September 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I have been without gluten and sugar for 25 days and in the process it has had me looking at my children’s diets. Our house has never had juice in the fridge and for the most part we eat healthy but lately I’ve really been wanting to remove sugar and gluten from my kids diets also. One of my kids favorite snacks are granola bars and I was having a hard time getting my head around removing them from taking them away. Today I went and got the ingredients needed for these granola bars and the kids (and my husband and I too) LOVED them! These are a million times better in taste and I feel SO good about giving them these granola bars as a snack. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! This website is helping me more than I can put into words! I’m so thankful for you and your awesome recipes. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Christina Stang, Thank you, Christina! You made my week…I am so glad that this recipe works for you and your family. Sending hugs…Amy.

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  • Rebecca M.

    posted on November 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks for posting this recipe. I am so glad I stumbled on your food blog. We just went Gluten and Casein free and are now trying to go sugar free with myself and my almost 7 yr. old autistic son w/ ADHD. He is doing so much better and getting much stronger since starting the diet! Mom feels better, bloated tummy is flat, and I have the energy now to keep up with two active boys! I am going to be cooking your recipes and will let you know how we like them.

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  • nicola @ gfreemom

    posted on November 23, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Your support of St Judes is phenomenal. It is one of my favorite charities. The work that they do leaves me speechless. Did the kids recipe book happen?
    The granola bars look great too. ;-)

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  • Ari

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Anyway to make these egg-free? (I can’t have many eggs anymore.) Applesauce maybe? And more flax? What do you think?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ari, Yes, applesauce and more flax should do the trick. Or use sunbutter or almond butter to help bind them.

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  • Ellyn Sprissler

    posted on March 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t have a food processor, so I skipped that part and they still turned out good. Also, I substituted dried apples and apricots for the figs. Instead of 1/3c agave I used 1/8c agave and 1/4c honey. And I used apple juice instead of water for more flavor.

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  • Sally Boobberrun

    posted on August 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hi Amy!
    I love your recipies! I was just wonsering, doesn’t dried fruit have sugar?
    Thanks.

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  • Linda

    posted on January 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Hi, I’d love to know where you can get sugar free mission figs. Also I missed the carb count on this recipe ??

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