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October is Halloween

October is Halloween…. Leaves falling…. Crisp autumn days and cold nights…. Warm soups and stews and an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits from our harvest gardens…Find time to take long walks or bike rides with your friends or family. Gather in the “fruits of your labors” and make some delicious, healthy and satisfying soups and casseroles for dinner….bake some sugar free and/or gluten free spicy pumpkin muffins (my recipe is included here.) Connect to the Earth…enjoy these last warm days……maybe preparing the gardens for winter, maybe planting bulbs that will bloom in the spring. This is the time we ‘let go’ of summer and embrace Fall and the transitions to the colder days and nights. Find something to be thankful for. Even if you don’t have children (or they are all grown up like mine are)… decorate for the season anyway….buy some pumpkins and make some jack-o-lanterns…dig out some decorations for the little “Trick or Treaters” to enjoy when they come calling for candy in a few weeks….. just celebrate the seasons as they come and feel gratitude as they move on.

*****Pumpkin Spice Muffins:

½ cup soft butter ½ cup raw honey + 1/2 cup Stevia in the Raw

½ tsp. baking powder ½ teas. Baking soda

2/ TAB. Milk ½ tsp. Salt 1 tsp. real vanilla

2 eggs (or 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger + pinch of cloves/nutmeg)

2 cups all-purpose (Gluten Free) Flour mix 1 can of real pumpkin

Mix well in electric mixer… add in pecans or almonds or walnuts if desired (even mini choc. Chips? Or maybe raisins? *** bake @ 350* for 15 minutes until done (or mini muffins for 8 min!)

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