Continuing with the lunchbox theme and heading quickly into Halloween, I thought a good pumpkin recipe was in order. This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but the finished product is wheat free and sweetened with maple syrup. Baked into little loaf pans or muffin pans, it will easily pack into your child’s lunch for a homemade bite of deliciousness to warm them with love from the inside out. Enjoy!
Last October over 1500 retailers across the country participated in the third annual Non-GMO Month and all experienced an average sales increase of 11.3% for Non-GMO Project Verified items. Nearly 700 new products were verified during the month making this one of the fastest growing sectors in the natural foods industry. This October watch for special promotions on verified products throughout the store and enjoy sampling them all month long at the Culinary Kiosk!
It seems that Rice Crispy Treats are synonymous with Halloween, why is that? Every magazine that I have thumbed through for the last month has had a Halloween theme with a ghost or pumpkin or witch shaped rice crispy treat at the center, and to make matters even more sugary, these treats are then dipped in chocolate. The fact that you can cut them into shapes makes them easy to theme with holidays, but marshmallow cream, butter, rice cereal and chocolate are not going to make the cut into my kids lunchbox, no sugar rule or not.
In addition to the no meat or shellfish rule at my daughter’s school, there is also a no sugar rule for lunchboxes. So, Stella and I did some baking last weekend to come up with some yummy refined sugar free treats that we could pack into her lunch for the entire week. The recipe is a collage of many different recipes that were all close, but not quite. We had such a nice time together in the kitchen as the rain came down, they turned out really good and most importantly, Stella love them! Here is the recipe; I hope they make your child’s lunchbox extra special this week.
Packing a lunch for your child to take to school requires proper planning to avoid the lunches you pack ending up in the garbage or traded away. As we approached the school year, I purchased all of the required lunch box reusable paraphernalia required, and got to work packing lunches. Now only 30 days into the school year, my daughter has exclaimed “if I have to eat another almond butter and jam sandwich I am going to pass out.” I realized that the no meat/shellfish rule at her school was limiting my creativity.
As we come to the conclusion of our boozy fruit series, I want to give you some other ideas to try. I have been having so much fun with this idea and have come up with some pretty exciting combinations that I cannot wait to taste! So far, I have preserved blackberries in bourbon, apples in brandy, plums in brandy, figs in rum, figs in gin and peaches in gin. I am looking forward to pomegranate season as I would like to try those in gin as well. I don’t know why I chose which fruit to which alcohol; I am just experimenting and guessing they will all be good.
This October, one billion cooperators around the globe will celebrate all the ways cooperative enterprise builds a better world. There are 30,000 co-ops in the United States, with Americans holding 350 million co-op memberships. In nearly every part of the economy, people have joined together to do business more effectively, or to get the products and services they need – from food to banking to childcare – through cooperatives.
Jackson Co. Plastic Round-up, Oct 25-26, 9:00 – 4:00
Nursery pots, bubble wrap, baling twine, snack food bags, cassettes, discs, irrigation components, lawn chairs and toys are among the long list of plastics accepted for recycling at the Jackson County Plastic Round-up. Gather plastic from your home, garden, garage and business to keep it out of the landfill, and have it recycled into new materials.
The event takes at Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road in Central Point, Gate 1.5.