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First Time Frosters!!!

kids frosting1Do you have a young one who is interested in learning to frost? Well, now is the time to let them explore the fun side of frosting a cookie, and cupcake. They get to explore the world of frosting, piping tips and even learning a few of the professional techniques cake decorators use to make their cupcakes beautiful! Mostly, we are just here to have fun, laugh, and enjoy a fun hour of frosting with your little ones!  Each child takes home a cookie and cupcake to enjoy!

Classes held at Mixin It up Gluten Free Bakery 106 2nd Ave N Sauk Rapids

This class is for ages 5-9

Class Date: September 28th 9-10am

Class Price: $15.00

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Bring on the cake…wedding fun

Weddings, oh the joyous and wondrous celebrations they are! The blending of 2 families together, the joining of 2 lives together, and the exciting beginnings, oh, and let us not forget…that cake!

I love me some good weddings! I still get all sentimental everytime I look at my own wedding dress hanging in my closet, and yes that was 15 years ago and it is still there. I even tried it on a while back and danced around in it with my children. It was silly, but it was so much fun! There is so much joy, and hope in the adventure of life, and celebrating with family, friends and food really could not be a better way to make the start of a life perfect.

As a bakery owner, we have had the blessed opportunity to be a part of many weddings, showers, and parties. As many of you know, we love all the festivities that go along with it.

Some of the most cherished times, for me, is when I am asked to do a wedding or shower of a friend or family member. That way I also get the added fun of seeing and hearing all the oohs and ahhhs over how yummy gluten free can be! I love that by the way!

jessi wedding For me, this summer and upcoming fall, I have had the privilege of being a part of my nieces upcoming wedding. From cupcakes to cakes, Mixin’ It Up will have had the opportunity to cater them all! It has been such a joy to bring our love of all things gluten free to family members far and wide. I inserted a photo of the cupcake tower we made the lovely bride, for one of her showers, and what a fun and yummy day it was!

So if you have upcoming wedding plans, and are wondering where to go to get a wedding cake, or cupcakes, we are the place! We love to be a part of your celebrations and help to make your memories even more sweet!

Call us at 320 259 7105 and lets make your wedding beautiful.

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Its back to school, are we ready?!

Its that time of year again! The one where all of us parents take a large, collective sigh, the first few days of the school year, where I want to cling to the lazy days of summer, and I am yet not fully ready to embrace the hectic school year schedule and all that comes with it.  But… I am kind of ready for the steadiness that comes with having a set schedule…

One of the challenges that many of us face during the school year is school lunches. While many schools in our communities do lunches well, those who face severe allergies, and intolerances there is constantly that extra added stress of not knowing how to protect our kids from the onslaught of things they may or may not be exposed too.

I have 3 kids, in 2 different schools, with different set of food challenges we face on a daily basis. Whether it is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, or a mixture of any number of other food sensitivities we face, it is always stressful not being there (yes I can be at times a bit of a helicopter mom, but I digress) and making sure they are getting what is best for them.

That struggle is real, for many of us moms, it is frightening!

With Pinterest, Google, and Blogs a plenty, there is no shortage of ideas on how to tackle these things, and often in our world, to be honest, simple is just…simple. And as a working mom, I need simple. So we do a lot (dont judge) of lunch meat or sunbutter and jelly sandwhichs. They are a simple items in the rush and chaos of a school morning that the kids can help make and they enjoy being a part of their lunch! 

One way we have made it easier, and as many of you know, is one of my favorites, are our dollar buns, small enough to eat in one sitting for a little one, easy to slice, and oh so yummy! So, as I like to say, moms and dads let Mixin’ It  Up make your life easier, and pre order or shop online and get shipped right to your door, these amazing buns! Buy a couple and throw them in the freezer, and you have yourself a much easier and less stressful lunch time already built in! 

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Mini Donut Day

Hip Hip Hooray!!!! Its mini donut day! August 10th from 10-12p.m.

Okay, we know, we had one of those already in July…but it was AWESOME!!! So we felt we needed to do one more before that dreaded back to school time was upon us!

Mark your calendars, gas up the car, and make sure you have this one planned out. We know some of you were out of town last time, but 150 of you managed to get here, and this time we want to make it even better!!!

Who says gluten free isnt awesome…we would have to disagree *while handing you an amazing hot mini donut to prove our point!!!

Always eat fresh.

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Summertime ~ Takin It Easy

Don’t you just love summer. The sun on your face, the smiles and squeals of your children running through the sprinkler, or jumping into that swimming pool. What about the grill outs, camp outs, and long summer nights by the campfire… ahhhh.

One of my favorite memories growing up as a child was going to the beach. Oh the days of laying in the sun, back then of course with no sunscreen in sight!, and cooling off by jumping in that refreshing water. Oh yes, and the treats! Those I loved too.

We would pack a cooler filled with sandwiches, snacks and all sorts of yummies and just sit back and enjoy the lazy days of summer. Ahh, I can feel the waves even now.

Sometimes for those of us who are gluten free, or have other food allergies, a day out, whether it is at the beach, at the ballfield, or on a weekend camping trip turns into endless hours of prepping, planning and oftentimes frustration. You are not alone my fellow food sensitive people!!! I am right there with you!!

We can not control the world around us, and we can not control others peoples understanding of our sensitivities, so pack we must! For all occasions, for all celebrations, and for the safety of our loved ones!

Before you start gearing up for that next round of camping, ballfields, and family reunions, make your life easier and give us a call. From breakfast through dinner we are here to help!

Wake up to cinnamon and caramel rolls, or coffee cake muffins. We have dollar buns, hot dog & hamburger buns, and fresh loaves of the softest bread around. What about pizza over the campfire, and mix that with our garlic bread and cupcake special and you have yourself a gluten free meal for $20.00. And do not forget grab and go cakes, cupcakes and cookies!! All here for you to enjoy! Don’t worry, if you cant stop in, we also ship!!

We want to help share in the journey, and this is our way to help make some of that a little easier! So give us a call, and we can help to make packing up those coolers a whole lot more enjoyable!

 

 

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Celebrating a Month of Celiac

celiacawarenessmonthWhen one thinks of an autoimmune disease, they dont usually align that word with celebration.  Typically, I agree, however there are times when perhaps celebrating is not only appropriate but frankly needed in the face of life’s journey and challenges.

May is Celiac awareness month, and for this one month, the light of Celiac and autoimmune disease in general signs just a little brighter and it gives a platform to use to educate people on the challenges, symptoms, struggles and triumphs of Celiac disease (yes there are some joys, like not feeling sick all the time once you know what you are eating is hurting you).

More people are getting diagnosed with Celiac, and as we all know, many Americans live with undiagnosed Celiac disease and suffer without knowing or understanding what this disease is doing to their bodies.

When we started the gluten free journey in our own world, in our family, few people had really heard of Celiac, and even worse, most people thought that Gluten Free was some sort of fad and buzz word. While it has taken some time and A LOT of education, more and more people are understanding what the disease IS and what it is not.

It is not made up, it is not something that can be “taken lightly” and it is not something that you can “have just a little of” (no you can not have just a little gluten in something you will get sick!)

As the month of May comes to a close, and the battle for many lives on day after day, we wanted to take a moment and remind you of a few things.  The most important is that you do not battle alone. Across the state there are more and more Celiac safe facilities that are working to make sure your food is safe.  There are communities of people who are battling the same things day in and out as you are, and there is continuously more awareness around what Celiac and other autoimmune disease are and do our bodies.

Most importantly: there are people who care, really care, just come in to the bakery and you will find people always on staff more than willing to share a smile and a listening ear (sometimes some advice).

We must keep fighting the battle of awareness for our kids, grandkids, family members and ourselves.

Finally, there are many things to be grateful for, because in the moment Celiac disease is frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be the definition of our life… (it is not the explanation point, only a comma in life’s storybook we are living) we still and always get to chose the kind of person we are, the kind of life we life and the gratitude in our hearts, and the joy, kindness, and compassion we get to share from our life experiences on to others.

Battle on Celiac Disease warriors, Mixin’ It Up Gluten Free Bakery, and others like us are here not only as a place to provide you with safe and healthy (and tasty!) food but to link arms with you and remind you, you never have to battle alone. There is support, and there is hope…Always!

 

 

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Gradually Reaching the Finish Line…

Here we are, it is the middle of May and the weather is finally nice! Whether you are celebrating Graduation, Summer Wedding Planning, or hosting a fun, summer shindig; you will have peace of mind knowing that Mixin’ It Up Gluten Free Bakery is on the job for you!

Whatever you may need for your celebration desert needs, Mixin’ It Up will provide you with amazing, delicious and 100% Celiac Safe Gluten Free deserts to suit any festive Summer occasion. From multi-tiered cakes, to a sea of cupcakes,  we have the best fried donuts you can find outside of an amusement park, Cinnamon and Caramel Rolls that will leave you drooling, to pies and desert bars; we have it for ANY special occasion this summer.

We offer many desert options from a small, cozy gathering, to a lavish Wedding celebration. There are also several options that are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free and Nut Free. Reach out to us on Facebook or give us a call at (320)- 259-7105. Don’t be caught walking through the doors of your next celebration without our safe, delicious, and oh so satisfying treats; to fit all your summer celebration needs.

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Shared Kitchen Rental

Ever dreamed of starting your own food business? Desire to open a restaurant one day, but just aren’t sure if you will have a following? What about those adorable little dog treats you make your four legged friends, that you just KNOW someone will want to buy… well we have a solution for you!

Come and check out our rental kitchen, where we not only help you with the steps to start up a small business, we also provide you with fridge, freezer, shelves and shared equipment which will save you thousands of dollars on your new start up adventure!

We offer low monthly rates, or one time rental fees (think canning!!! and who doesnt love salsa!!) we have what you are looking for!

Sounds like fun doesnt it! Well, it is! If you have the drive, and a great product, than let the world know, and start your small business today! From farmers markets, to vendor shows, to having your products on shelves of a store front, this is the time! commercial kitchen ad2

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Did you know, we like to share!

Shared commercial Kitchen

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Shared Rental Kitchen

Did you know that Mixin’ It Up is so much more than a bakery? commercial kitchen ad

Our commercial kitchen is equipped to handle the production needs of a variety of start-up and existing food entrepreneurs. Conveniently located in Sauk Rapids,  in a gluten-free facility.

What does this mean for you? If you are thinking of starting a small food business, but worry about the wear and tear on your home, cross contamination, or are looking for a place to work with, learn with and grow with other like minded small business owners this might just be the place for you!

Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for you to make your tasty treats, Mixin’ It Up gives you a place to safely prepare, and store your food items. We also give you the opportunity to showcase your items in our up front bakery, helping to grow your business.

Want to find out more? Call us at 320-259-7105