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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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Keto your way into 2019!

Over did it during the holidays? Trying to get yourself back on track to a healthier YOU? You’re in luck! This season brings about many “lighter/healthier” bakery options for you to choose from.

With our amazing Keto and Paleo products line, we offer a variety of baked goods that will be pleasing to your body, and pleasing to your heart. We start with our signature Keto Bread; which is made from our almond flour and olive oil blend. It is packed with moisture components and gives you an amazing bursts of flavors with every bite. At only 4, yes 4 Net Carbs per serving, how can you NOT want to gobble this bread up?

Of course we always have our Keto Bacon Cheese bread and Keto Breakfast cookies upon request. Our Paleo Banana Nut and Blueberry muffins are to die for and they are available for all of your ordering needs.

You should try our NEW Keto items here at Mixin’ It Up. We have Keto Blueberry muffins, 8×8 pan of Cream Cheese Blueberry Bars. That’s nine servings of  Keto cream cheese deliciousness! Have we mentioned that we have a new Keto Chocolate Espresso Cupcake? The first Keto Cupcake to enter into our bakery. And at only 4.5 Net Carbs per cupcake, who wouldn’t want to get in on this goodness with no guilt in sight?

Give us a call at (320) 259-7105 today to place your order. We have a limited selection of these items in store; in order to ensure you get all of our wonderful Keto products, make sure to place an order for all of your low carb treat needs. Don’t miss this chance to catch the low carb treats YOU have been craving while striving for a healthier you.

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Good Bye 2018, Hello 2019!

Happy New Year Everyone! As we close out 2018 and embark on 2019, we tend to look back at the previous year and remember all of the good times the year has brought us. One thing that we like to do here at Mixin’ It Up, is look back on all of the wonderful people and families that we have met over the past year, learning about our customers and hearing the stories that you all share with us.

It brings true joy and happiness to our hearts to hear the stories that you all have to share with us and how Mixin’ It Up has helped you, your family or someone you love.

We not only take pride in the work that we do and the products we provide to our customers, but we also LOVE looking back on the stories that you all have shared with us and seeing the impact we have had on our community.

Sometimes in the midst of the holiday craziness, we don’t always get the chance to hear these stories not because we don’t want to hear them, but because we are in the kitchen baking the days away making the best possible products for our customers both in store and those who place orders with us.

The one thing we have tried to invest into our customers is time. Time to hear their stories. Time to work with them to offer them a variety of products that can and do fit just about any type of special allergy need or preference. We want you to know that we strive to do our best, and to be the best to each customer who calls our store or walks through our doors. Why you ask? Because YOU matter to us and we want serve you to the very best of our abilities.

Before we plunge into 2019, we would love to hear from you. If you have a story about your Ceiliac journey and how you came to find Mixin’ It Up, or you have had a positive experience with us, we would love to read your stories. If you have a story or a positive experience with Mixin’ It Up or the owners/staff that you want to share with us, please leave a comment below this post, or leave us a comment on our Facebook link to this post.

Thank You all for an amazing 2018! Without you, Mixin’ It Up wouldn’t be possible. Thank you for all of your trust and support over the last two years. We hope there will be many more to come.

Let’s step through the door of 2019! Happy New Year!

 

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Christmas Cookie Trays

Every Year the snow starts to fly, the Christmas trees go up, and the holiday music is playing on the radio, and in our hearts…. and it can only mean one thing…COOKIE TRAY TIME!!!! cookietray3

Our absolute favorite time of the year, ugly Christmas sweaters and all, we hand made over 12,000 cookies for you and your families holiday enjoyment.

Each of us has a favorite, whether is Molasses (Lisa our star Sat employee) Peanut Butter Blossoms (Johns favorite) Russian Tea Cakes (mine and Melissa’s favorite which may or may not be eaten by the handfuls and pocketed in cheeks throughout the day…dont judge!)  each of our cookies are made from a special recipe, with one purpose in mind, to bring our family favorites to your family and to show your a holiday blessing from us.

Make our days a little merrier and order yourself a Cookie Tray, or a holiday pie, and spread the holiday cheer!

 

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All Baked Up

Every family has a particular Holiday tradition they partake in this time of year. One iconic baked good that screams Christmas is COOKIES! Whether you are fond of the traditional chocolate chip, or other holiday favorites, like M&M, classic Sugar cookies, holiday themed Spritz cookies or even the classic Gingerbread; let Mixin’ It Up provide you with a show stopping cookie display that will leave your guests wowed by the vast variety and taste!

Our holiday cookie trays are both the perfect gift for any cookie lover this holiday season; and a great addition to your celebrations. We have a few different tray options to fit any gathering both big and small. They range from small trays starting at $5 up to $29 for our biggest variety platter. We couldn’t possibly pick one favorite holiday cookie; so we offer an array of our favorites to you for the holidays. Whether big or small, Mixin’ It Up Gluten Free Bakery can do it all.

Call in advance to ensure your order will be ready for YOU this Holiday Season. We have a limited supply, so give us a call (320) 259-7105 to place your order today! Wishing you all the best from our family to yours.

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Blessing others with FREE PIES!

Every year Mixin’ It Up chooses several different families in Minnesota, that you our customers nominate, and blesses them with holiday pies. Image result for pie giveaway

We all know someone who has fallen on hard times. Maybe you know someone who just got diagnosed with Celiac disease, and are struggling to figure out the holiday season. What about a mom who is single and trying to make ends meet. Perhaps a family member who is dealing with an illness that makes the holidays harder to do get through all the baking.

We are asking you, our customers and friends, to nominate families who could use an extra step of cheer in their holiday this year. We would love to partner with you to make this happen for some of our local families.

We are asking from you, please email us their name (and we would also love to hear if there is a story you would like to share as to why they are being nominated). You can go on Facebook to tag people, send us a private message or even give us a call. Our hearts desire is to bless those in need and to partner with you in doing it! What a great feeling for this, the most magical time of the year!

Lets make someones season better, and a lot tastier! We will chose winners on Tues Nov 20th, so now is the time to get nominating!!

 

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Keto, Give me bread…low carb that is

This time of year brings about enormous amounts of food; so much that we tend to indulge a bit more than we should. Here at Mixin’ It Up, we have a great alternative for you this holiday season. If you are looking for a good, low carbohydrate bread to make your sandwiches or burgers complete, look no further than our delicious Keto Bread!

This bread is made from an Almond Flour and Coconut Oil base. It is seasoned with our perfectly blended Flax and Chia Seed mixture. It has the consistency of banana bread but without all of the sugar. This bread melts in your mouth like butter. The delicious flavor of our Keto Bread speaks for itself.

It’s perfect for breakfast bread, lunch for that amazing meat and veggie sandwich or for your dinner bread side. At only 4 Net Carbs per serving, it’s sure to treat you right this Holiday Season. We have a limited supply on hand; so be sure to stop in and try it today. Or you can pre-order yours in time for all of your dinner needs this holiday season.

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I’m Fallin for you cookie…

Seriously, I mean I love fall…like love it so much it makes me want to wear warm fuzzy socks, sit on the couch with the fireplace roaring, and drink a lot of coffee.

Well, to be fair the drinking coffee part comes no matter what the season, but the other things, they I only feel really like doing in the fall. I mean, its all the beauty that Minnesota can offer, somewhat cool temps, but yet we are not freezing our hind ends off…yet!

So you may ask what this has to do with cookies…well, frankly in my life there are so many things that have to do with cookies because, I love them! To me, they are the perfect little snack. The right size so I can feel like I am having a little something, but not so much that when I get up the next morning I dont feel like I have been in a sugar coma! Unless I eat 12, but than, I was going for the sugar coma, so I got what I needed 😉

Molasses cookies SCREAM fall to me, they are warm, homey, and sooo yummy.  They are the number one sellers in the store, for a reason! They arent snappy like their gingerbread counterpart, they are soft, chewy, and with just enough sugar to make you consider going back for another…and another.

So now is the time! Get your bag of this amazing cookie mix, make some for the kids, your spouse, or most importantly yourself! And enjoy! You will be so happy you did, after all, fall goes by quickly so embrace it with cookies!

 

 

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Our heart to yours…cookies and life

Today, in honor of our love for all things Fall, and Molasses, we wanted to share our “reason” why, and how these yummy cookies came to be.

May we introduce you to Lisa, and her Molasses cookie story (yeah its a thing!)

The Story
It started when a sweet, elderly gentleman came into Mixin’ It Up looking for Molasses cookies for his lovely wife. He’d gotten them once before at a bakery, and his wife loved them.

Now, needing Gluten free, he stopped by our bakery to request his wives favorite, Molasses. Not just any molasses would do, it has to be chewy, soft, and melt in your mouth good, just the way she remembered.  The sad news, we didnt carry Molasses cookies…yet!

Making this special trip to town just for cookies, was something he felt joy in doing, and seeing his devastation, Lisa, one of our MIU bakers, determined, “I HAVE to do something!”

So she personally took on the task of creating and developing the best possible gluten-free and dairy free, molasses cookie.

Now that gentleman and many other customers enjoy our delicious cookies all year long. Lisa has prided herself on making these (and when she sees her favorite customer pull up in front of the store, you will often see her going out to the car to hand deliver these wonderful little sweet treats!)
Now you can make Lisa’s famous gluten-free Molasses cookies right in your own home, filled with deliciousness and love – from Lisa’s heart to yours!molasses