Healthy Halloween

Candy is the currency of Halloween, but it shouldn't be the only food group. Kids need healthy food everyday, particularly during times when they are offered extra treats.  With a little creativity, it is easy to make healthy Halloween treats a part of the celebration.  Here are some of my favorite healthy Halloween foods. Spiderweb Soup A blend of butternut squash and black bean soups. Halloween Candied Carrots Gorgeous Carrots sweetened just a touch. Ghost

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Pumpkin Forbidden Rice Bowls



Here's a fantastic harvest recipe that can take you from Halloween through Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Forbidden Rice Bowls.  Absolutely delicious and succulent with fall flavors, you might not realize how healthy this vegetarian (in fact, vegan) recipe is.  Pumpkin, pecans, cranberries,

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Things That Don’t Get Said



There is so much wonder in the world, it is almost unbearable. Sometimes my heart is so full I almost hear it singing, but then I speak to my beloveds and mundane things pop out of my mouth.  What I'm feeling and wanting to share is beyond words.  Or maybe it's that language makes joie

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Sunbeam



As a child, I spent hours, days, in the sunbeam that fell across our living room floor.  It came from a high, leaded glass window above our piano and sheared down a diagonal path to our zebra wood floor which mama covered with a soft beige carpet remnant. Besides being light, it was also

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes



Good Lord, these are the best! What a treat is in store for you!  These pumpkin spice pancakes are absolutely perfect.  Robust fall spices mingle with the harvest flavors of pumpkin, maple, and pecans.  These hardly have any sugar, because the syrup will create balance without making

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How to LET IT GO for Real



This morning my children had doctor appointments at 8:30 and 8:45 am.  Yesterday afternoon I called to confirm the times.  We arrived at 8:26 and the office door was locked.  A sinking feeling washed through me, and sure enough nobody showed up until 8:45, and even then the doctor

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Walk on the Sky



It never ceases to amaze me how easily it is to walk past and even through the stunning beauty of life without seeing anything. Take this puddle, for instance. It is just a puddle on road broken up with potholes and littered with small rocks a dump truck spilled months ago.  You could

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Everglades in the Summer



Everybody knows it's a bad idea to visit Everglades National Park in the summer.  But it was my husband's idea, so we were all dragged along.  In January we had such a lovely time, Andres thought we should visit during all the seasons to see the changes. That sounds reasonable unless you

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Making World Peace: A DIY Project



Halloween is just around the corner.  Already grotesque images of zombies pop up during commercial breaks in family comedies jarring me with disgust.  I'm not into playing scared for fun.  I see too much real terror in life to enjoy flirting with it for entertainment's sake. Right now,

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Dearest Jack,



Happy birthday my darling boy! You are now a whole hand old.  This thrills you, but has caught me gasping for air.  Being five seems like I can no longer hold onto any vestige that you are a baby.  On the eve of your birthday you assured me that you will still be silly and cute when you

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