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Taste Test

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 Hi Missy,

Thanks for the quick reply to my question about the whole grain pastry flour vs whole wheat pastry flour.

I just had to share what happened at our house yesterday. I was just finishing making the orange puree and my two oldest both said in unison "That smells good mom". So I asked if they wanted a "taste test" of course they all said "yes". After giving each a spoonful of the puree my oldest came back and said this is great can I have more? My middle child came back, gave me a thumbs up and said "yummy!" My youngest who can't really speak words yet just kept coming back (3 times) for more. Gee! I didn't even have to hide it in anything and they loved it. 

I own all three of your sneaky books and really appreciate how easy the recipes are to make. I home school all of my kids and run a home based business so there isn't much time to prepare meals. By freezing the purees and even preparing and freezing some of the main dishes in advance I can feed my kids healthy meals in less time than it would take to get fast food at the drive thru. 

Thank you from a very grateful mom,

Yuki C.

Homeschool mom to Ashley 7, Jasmine 4, & Sophia 18 months.
Owner - www.mycdesigns.com


Dear Missy,

I love your books.  I had such a hard time getting one of my

children to eat certain types of veggies and the other is a veggie all
the way, and now I have both of them eating all kinds of
veggies...just not knowingly.  They helped me make the brainy
brownies, and the healthy chocolate cookies, they were trying to eat
the batter from both.  I created my own shopping list with a word
program but I would imagine that all your fans would love to have a
grocery list that can be either printed or downloaded from your
website as it would make the shopping time even easier.
Keep up the great work!  Thank you for helping changing the eating
lifestyle of my family.

Dear Jennifer,

Right you are! I've got a downloadable shopping list on the free recipe page of my website. It's a little buried so I'm not surprised you missed it. Here's the address:


I also have the list in my latest book, Sneaky Chef to the Rescue.

Keep up the great work!


Love your new book! I made the blondies tonight.  Problem is that I cannot keep my hands out of the pan!

My question is about the baby food. When you give baby food as a substitute, how much do I need to use?

Thank you!–Stefanie 

Dear Stafanie,

Believe me, I'm just as thrilled with my recipes as you are! Making scrumptious treats and dishes with fantastic ingredients is a great job for this foodie! As for baby food, just use the same amount as the recipe calls for. Enjoy!


Dear Missy,

My son is allergic to cocoa powder and can't eat the choc-ful donuts.  Do you have another kid friendly donut recipe.

Thanks! –Donna

Dear Donna,

In my third book, "The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue," I have a fabulous Pumpkin Spice Donut. Here it is.

With healthiest regards,



Makes 6 muffins or 12 donuts

1 ¼ cups Flour Blend (see Make-Ahead Recipe #13 on Free Recipe Page of this website
2 teaspoons baking powder
One-half teaspoon salt
2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or equal parts cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg)
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons walnut, canola or vegetable oil
6 tablespoons Orange Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #2 on Free Recipe Page of this website)
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
One-half cup brown sugar, packed

Optional decorations: white or orange colored frosting with orange and black sprinkles or Halloween candies


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