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Above view of thanksgiving dinner and family eating at table

Lessen the Effects of Thanksgiving Dinner!

While I would never suggest that you skip your favorite  Thanksgiving goodies, this article shares some sensible tips to make the festivities a happy memory rather than a regret! 

Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and family, indulgence and indigestion. Embrace the former while ditching the latter with these actionable ways to limit your belly-bulging binge at this month’s high-calorie celebration of appreciation and appetite.

via 6 ways to lessen the gut-busting effects of your Thanksgiving binge.

pumpkin pie recipe using real pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Using Real Pumpkin

Here is a pumpkin pie recipe using real pumpkin that all your guests will love.While you may choose to buy pre-cooked and canned pumpkin, you should at least give this version a try once! You might find you like it better!


2 eggs separated

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1 1/4 cups cooked mashed pumpkin 

3/4 cups evaporated milk

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup cold water 

1/2 cup sugar 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 baked 9 in pastry shell 


Beat egg yolks until thick. Add brown sugar, and beat until thick.  Add pumpkin, milk, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg stirring well.  Pour pumpkin mixture into top of double boiler; bring water to a boil.  Cook over water until mixture is thickened. Soften gelatin in cold water; add to pumpkin stirring well.  Set mixture aside to cool.   
Beat egg whites until foamy.  Gradually add 1/2 CUP SUGAR, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Fold egg whites into pumpkin mixture.  Pour filling into pastry shell. Chill. 
Next, the most important part of all.  Make some home made whipped cream and put lots on each piece you serve.  That will make it even better.  If you have never made home made whipped cream just look for a recipe any where on the internet its really simple and well worth it.   

Mash Potatoes

Best Ever Mashed Potatoes

Everybody has their own method for making mashed potatoes, here’s mine. I use Yukon Gold potatoes for a couple of reasons. They are less starchy than Russet potatoes but mostly I use Yukon’s because I don’t have to peel them!  

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It really is a time saver not having to peel all those potatoes!

2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes

1 stick unsalted butter, cubed

4 Tbsp Heavy Cream

1 – 2 Tbsp milk

Salt and Pepper to taste 

1. Wash, scrub and quarter the potatoes. Place them in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover. Heat on high until the water boils. Reduce the heat and simmer potatoes, covered, for about 20 minutes. You want to be able to push a fork through the thickest potato.

2. After the potatoes pass the fork test, drain completely. At this point, you can either put them back into the pot that you cooked them in or go ahead and put them into the serving bowl. I usually put them back into the pot so that the butter has help melting. Add butter and cream, mash everything together using a potato masher. Add milk only to achieve desired consistency.

  3. Once the potatoes, butter and cream are well mixed and smooth, add salt and butter to taste. 

veterans day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11.It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). 

The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran's or Veterans').

Here's a list of what will be open and closed for Veterans Day on Wednesday.

•    Banks: Closed.
•    Financial markets: Closed.
•    Government offices: City, county, state and federal offices are closed.
•    Libraries: The County's central library and all city branches are closed. Suburban branches vary. 
•    Mail: No mail. Post offices are closed.
•    Parking: Parking at city meters is free.
•    Trash collection: City trash pickup will be on schedule. Other municipal and private haulers may work on a different schedule.


Clear clutter

Clear Clutter Before The Holiday Rush

Before you know it, the holiday hustle will have begun. Now is the time to look around you and take stock of your surroundings in order to be ready!

Do you have plenty of supplies for your business? Not just creative supplies, think cleaning, packing and shipping. 

Are you offering gift wrapping? A great way to add value to your product is to offer gift wrapping for your customers. If gift wrapping is part of your service, make sure you are ready for it!

One great way to get ready for the holiday rush is to do a bit of (Summer) Spring-cleaning. Get your workspaces clean and squared away so you can focus on what's really important! 

Artist Blog | Clear the Clutter in August | IndieMade.

baking with coconut flour

Coconut Flour for Gluten-Free Baking

Baking with coconut flour

Have you decided (or has it been decided for you) to try going gluten-free? If so, then you've probably been looking for flour substitutes.They do exist, and I've tried a few. I'd like to share with you what I learned about baking with coconut flour:

It's not a one-for-one substitution for flour. You can't just straight-up replace regular flour with coconut flour. A little coconut flour goes a long way. I used only 1/3 cup of coconut flour to make 10 cookies.

Lots of hydration is needed. Coconut flour absorbs lots of moisture, so you'll need way more eggs or other forms of moisture than normal to hydrate coconut flour.

Coconut flour doesn't spread. Once I scooped the cookie dough onto the baking sheet, I gently spread the mounds out into the thickness and size of the cookie I wanted since the mixture doesn't spread during baking.

Thoroughly mix coconut flour. To make sure the end product is evenly textured, really hydrate and mix the coconut flour together well with the other ingredients. Since there's no gluten, you don't have to worry about the final product being tough.

via Coconut Flour in Gluten-Free Baking: What You Should Know — Let's Try Something New | The Kitchn.

habits of fit women

Habits Of Fit Women

What are the habits of fit women? 

The efforts we make to achieve our wellness goals can be hampered by the subconscious choices we make every day. Even minor bad habits and negative thoughts can unintentionally prepare us for failure, even when we are working hard to succeed.

As a lifelong athlete, I’ve spent a lot of time with other healthy, fit women. Below is a list of habits and attitudes that I’ve observed elite female athletes and healthy women possess:

via 12 Habits Of Fit & Healthy Women – mindbodygreen.com.


Quinoa & Toasted Coconut Breakfast Porridge

It’s October – like, hold the phone – IT’S OCTOBER!!! – and cozy is the name of the game right now. And when cozy is the name of the game and healthy is trying hard to be somewhere in the mix, breakfast porridge becomes everything.

So, uhhh, I realize we’ve got some Goldilocks vibes going on here. Really – “porridge?”

More important question: when are you, judger of porridge recipe name, going to eat this coconut breakfasty bliss? Say soon, or else you’re getting kicked off in three, two…

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via Toasted Coconut Breakfast Porridge – Pinch of Yum.

Ease Inflammation

Ease Inflammation 

You may be able to ease inflammation drinking these time tested concoctions and avoiding others! 

The danger of chronic inflammation is a frequent, recurring theme in the health world today.Though inflammation is a normal function of your immune system—it's a defense mechanism that your body activates when it senses it's under attack—it can easily reach abnormally high levels.Many people suffer from chronic, out-of-control inflammation throughout their whole body as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. If you don't eat right, don't exercise, or get too little sleep, it’s quite likely that your inflammation is off the charts.

Source: Control Your Inflammation With These Drinks – mindbodygreen.com

pumpkin soup recipe

Pumpkin Soup Recipe with a Kick!

This Pumpkin Soup Recipe first appeared in Simply Recipes a couple seasons ago. It has since become an absolute favorite in our house.


Ah, fall, a perfect time for a spicy pumpkin soup! This soup comes together quickly, and has warm notes of ginger, curry, cumin, coriander, and black pepper. Great flavor additions that enhance not detract from the pumpkin.What gives the soup its heat? Not chili this time, but some freshly grated ginger. I love the zing ginger brings to the soup. (If it’s too much for you, just scale back.)

via Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com.


Superfood Powders

Superfood powders – You may have heard about superfood powders somewhere online, from friends, family or perhaps you’re already taking some yourself. If you’ve never heard of them before, I’m hoping to convince you of their wonderful health benefits and why you should be taking one every day. Superfood powders typically consist of a bulk, powdered version of a superfood(s) in a raw, natural state. The powdered version makes them easy to mix in water, smoothies, juice or any other beverage for consumption. Most are carefully processed, freeze-dried or cold temperature processed to ensure that all the whole food nutrients are kept intact and fully undenatured. These nutrients: vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols, bioflavonoids and many others, are incredibly healthy micronutrients that can help inhibit cellular damage and oxidative stress in your body. They can also help boost your natural energy levels, protect your immune system and provide a host of other healthy benefits.

The best way to think of superfood powders is to think of all the wonderful whole foods that make up each powder. Picture each whole food berry, plant, root and vegetable in its undenatured state, and then picture all of the nourishing nutrients from each one of those superfoods in a convenient powder form. It makes perfect sense to supplement with superfood powders because let’s be honest, we all are probably deficient in the fruits and vegetables department. Maybe not all the time, but some days we all fall short of getting our daily requirement of fruits and veggies. Having a superfood powder on hand ensures that we can always meet our fruit and veggie needs. Plus, if someone is on a low carb diet or not eating fruit, it is a great way to still get all the essential nutrients from fruit without the calories or carbs

via The different types of Superfood Powders | All Star Health Blog.

3 Meatless Main Dishes

3 Meatless Main Dishes



Tofu’s proponents have tried to get us to see all the ways to improve its texture — freezing or pressing or boiling to rid it of spare water, broiling or roasting to crisp it up. These are all effective at making tofu friendlier to cook with, but nothing is as guaranteed to seduce a skeptic as dredging tofu in cornstarch and pan-frying it to a shiny crisp, while the inner bits go soft and custardy.


The just-fried nubs are almost too crunchy to eat, which is why it’s a good idea to add them to a pan of shallots, chiles, ginger, and garlic that have stewed in butter and soy and heaps of black pepper. In the sauce, the fried cubes will relax just enough, but main- tain all the integrity you’ve fried into them.

This — with some brown rice — is as impressive a vegetarian dinner party main dish as you can get. And cheap, too — despite the 11 tablespoons of butter and 5 tablespoons of black pepper. The tofu called for, even organic, costs less than $6 and feeds at least four, generously.


From: www.mindbodygreen.com


Fall Recipe, Butternut Squash in Green Curry

This simple fresh curry paste takes only minutes to prepare. It envelops sweet, golden chunks of butternut squash with a beautiful and savory green sauce in the time it takes the accompanying rice to cook. Try making it with any prepared curry paste for an even simpler dish.

Blending shallots, garlic, ginger, green chiles, and cilantro together produces a wonderfully fresh and vibrant curry. Make extra of this paste and stash in the freezer to pave the way for future easy weeknight meals.

via Recipe: Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry — 5 Fall Soups and Stews from Nancie McDermott | The Kitchn.


Cleaning Your Stove and Oven

There are in fact secrets for cleaning your stove and oven.  I have gathered the best ideas for you below so just follow along and learn how to get your stove and oven clean with minimal effort.  We have some great all natural alternatives for you below as well so be sure to check those out if you are trying to minimize the chemicals in your home.

via Secrets for Cleaning Your Stove and Oven – * THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE (DIY, Home Decor, Crafts, Farmhouse).

Savory Seasoned Rice

Savory Seasoned Rice

This savory seasoned rice recipe from wifemomgeek.com is one of our favorites! We have rice several times a week so it's nice to mix things up! It's subtle enough that the whole family likes it, even my picky eater!

Yesterday, I made spicy pork chops for dinner, and we needed a side with great flavor that wouldn’t overpower the chops. This rice turned out perfectly, so I’m sharing it with you today!Normally, we prefer a low-carb side, like the savory riced cauliflower that I shared a couple of months ago. But since we we’ve been eating down the pantry, the pickings were slim. We always have white rice on hand, though, because I use it frequently for the kiddo’s sensory bins.This combination of seasonings will also work well for brown rice, jasmine rice or even cauliflower with some adjustments.

From: wifemomgeek.com

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

diy vertical plant hanger


Yes! This is a wonderful and quick project that you could whip up in an afternoon. If you've joined the succulent team, you probably are finding that you need more creative ways to display your lovelies! While a shelf full of plants is beautiful, this DIY Vertical Plant Hanger is just the thing to tuck into a corner and fill with your beautiful potted friends. I hope you enjoy the article and get inspired to create something new!

Hi again, friends! Are you ready to get your hands a little dirty? Go grab your garden gloves and some pretty plants, because today we’re going to create a gorgeous DIY Vertical Plant Hanger! This project makes a beautiful display for your potted plants without taking up a ton of room. Perfect for small spaces! Let’s get started…



From: www.iheartnaptime.net


Give Up Sugar For 8 Weeks?

Eight weeks ago, I made the big decision to give up sugar. I have Autoimmune Metaplastic Atrophic Gastritis, a condition where my immune system attacks the cell walls of my stomach and leads to digestive problems. Because of my diagnosis, I became a modified Paleo eater about three years ago, meaning my meals mainly consist of fresh vegetables, fruit, organic grass-fed meats, broth, and no grains, dairy, gluten or processed sugars.

But though my diet had kept my symptoms at bay for three years, I still felt sugar had a hold over me. That's because I'd still make raw desserts with natural sweeteners (like pure maple syrup) and I'd add sugary fruits like banana, dates, mangoes and grapes to my daily smoothies. I also snacked on some fruit throughout the day as well, because I felt I needed the treat.

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via I Gave Up Sugar For 8 Weeks. Here's What Surprised Me – mindbodygreen.com.

How to make chalk paint

How to make chalk paint

So I’ve heard about the glorious chalk paint for a few months now and decided to see what all the hype was about. If you love the shabby look you will l-o-v-e chalk paint. It gives you a nice chalky finish and makes distressing a piece of cake.
One thing I love about chalk paint is it can be used on any surface. AND {bonus} there’s no need for sanding or priming your piece beforehand. Anything that saves me less steps–>I’m there! 😉


From: www.iheartnaptime.net