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It is time to prepare for all the adorable little trick or treaters that will be coming out for Halloween. Usually the preparations take us to the local market for some bags of over-sugared candies that we parents usually end up eating. Well, this year you might want to try something a little more healthy so you won’t feel so guilty about sneaking a few here and there. There are many great candy companies out there that offer healthier alternatives to the standard Snickers, M&M’s and more. Here are some truly yummy organic and sugar-free options that kids will love.
Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruity Snacks
These fruit snacks may not be a traditional candy, but they are still sweet and delicious.
Unreal Candy Bars
Unreal candy bars offer a wide variety of candies that are modeled after conventional candy bars such as Snickers, Peanut M&M’s, Peanut Butter Cups and more.
Bug Bites Organic Milk Chocolate
Individual pieces of delicious milk chocolate that are perfect for passing out to all the kids in the neighborhood. Each square contains a fun and educational insect trading card.
Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Halloween Treats
These tasty, fruity snacks are made with organic juice and no artificial colors or flavors.
Yum Earth Organic Pops
Another great alternative to the standard lollipop are these organic and healthy pops in many different tasty flavors, from Pomegranate to Razzmatazz Berry.
Halloween Glee Gum Pops
These gum pops are 100% natural, with a hard candy exterior and a delicious gummy middle. These gum pops come in 3 different flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange.
Whatever you chose to hand out to the kiddos, make sure it is an “eek”-o-friendly option!
With the crisp Fall weather here, it’s time for all the delicious Fall favorite treats! I love all things pumpkin, but I needed to add a new recipe to my usual lineup. So after searching high and low, from the Internet to good old-fashioned cookbooks, I came across this delicious Pumpkin and Bourbon Cheesecake recipe. The original recipe comes from Epicurious, but I changed the recipe slightly to make an organic version. This cheesecake was such a hit with my family and friends that I will be making it again!
Makes 12 to 14 servings
1 1/2 cup organic graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated organic sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) organic unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 can (15 oz) organic pumpkin
3 large organic eggs
1/2 cup packed organic light brown sugar
2 tablespoons organic half and half
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon liqueur or bourbon
1/2 cup granulated organic sugar
1 tablespoon organic cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons organic cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated organic nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground organic ginger
1/2 teaspoon organic salt
3 (8-ounce) packages organic cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups organic sour cream (20 ounces)
2 tablespoons granulated organic sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon liqueur or bourbon
Stir together crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press in a single layer on the bottom and up sides of a springform pan. Chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
Whisk together pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, cream, vanilla, and liqueur in a bowl until combined.
Stir together granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt in large bowl. Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, then add pumpkin mixture and beat until smooth.
Pour filling into crust, smoothing top, then put springform pan in a shallow baking pan (in case springform leaks). Bake until center is just set, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool 5 minutes.
Make topping: Whisk together sour cream, sugar, and liqueur in a bowl, then spread on top of cheesecake and bake 5 minutes.
Cool cheesecake completely in pan on rack, about 3 hours.
Chill, covered, until cold, at least 4 hours. Remove side of pan and bring to room temperature before serving.
Enjoy this yummy Fall dessert!
Mornings can be a rough time of day if you’re not a morning person. It’s a time when you run around trying to get yourself ready and gat all your stuff together, and in the end you’re stressed and grumpy. As frustrating as morning can be, it’s a great time to change your attitude and start the day off right. Here are some ideas on how to become more of a morning person.
1. Relocate Alarm Clock
Move your alarm clock to a location you can’t reach from your bed, such as across the room. This will force you to get up and out of bed to hit the snooze button, making it harder for you to climb back into bed and fall asleep.
2.Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Be sure you get deep and restful sleep by not watching TV before bed. Be sure to leave all other devices, such as cell phones, laptops, etc., away from your bed, as they can overstimulate you, disrupting your sleep. Rather than play on your phone, curl up with a good book.
3. Don’t Rush
Part of the reason people hate mornings is the feeling of being rushed. So rather than run around like a crazy person, organize your things in preparation for the next day, have your outfit selected and ready to go the night before. Make lunch ahead of time, and have your things ready and together so you don’t have to spend any time running around looking for your misplaced keys or that missing shoe.
4. Welcome the Sun
Go ahead and open the curtains and let the sunshine in. The bright natural light will help you wake up naturally.
5. Develop Habits
It has been shown if you repeat the same action for 15 days in a row, it will become a habit. So the moment you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water. If you try to go back to sleep, chances are that you’ll need to use the restroom, destroying your ability to go back to sleep.
6. Preset Your Coffee Maker
If you have a coffee maker with a preset option, use it! Having your coffee brewed and ready to go before your feet even touch the floor is definitely an incentive to get out of bed. If your coffee maker doesn’t have a preset option, set it up so all you have to do is hit the brew button, creating one less task to do in the morning.
Wake up and take a walk. Walking around the block will get you up and your blood flowing.
8. Reward Yourself
Now that you have been waking up early and are on your way to being that morning person, treat yourself to something you enjoy. Take yourself out for a delicious lunch, or buy that item you’ve been eyeing.
However you tackle the day, try to make the morning less painful and more enjoyable.
The OTA is the leading voice of the organic trade industry in North America. They conduct surveys and reports on what is currently happening in the organic market. The OTA released their 2013 Organic Annual Report this year, and it is full of exciting information regarding the continued growth of, and interest in, the organic market. Here it is:
Check out our previous blogs about the organic market and the OTA, The Organic Market is Growing and OTA Reports 8 in 10 Parents Purchase Organic Products. For more news, articles and insight into the organics industry, visit the Organic Trade Association website HERE.
The hot summer weather is here and it is creating a drought, making water conservation a must. This year California businesses and residents were asked to voluntarily reduce water usage by 20 percent to help save water. There are hundreds of things that you can do to help conserve water. Here are a few ideas that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life.
- Minimize the number of dishes used throughout the day by designating a drinking glass for yourself. This eliminates the need to wash multiple cups.
- When serving dinner, serve right out of the pots and pans, as this will eliminate additional dishes.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of using running water from the tap.
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water.
- Dishwashers can use less water than hand washing, especially new energy-efficient models.
- Collect water used for cleaning fruits and vegetables, drained from pasta, etc. to water your plants.
- When doing laundry, wash in cold water, as it saves water and energy while helping clothes keep their color.
- Also, when doing laundry be sure to match the water level with the size of the load.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and save up to 150 gallons per month. If your whole family did this, imagine how much water your house could save!
- Aim for 5-minute showers and you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water per year.
- Skip the baths, as a full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
- Turn off the water as you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
- Be sure to check all faucets for leaks, as one drip every second can add up to 5 gallons per day! Also check all pipes, hoses, toilets, and faucets inside and out for leaks.
- Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. This can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- In your yard, be sure to plant species that are native to your area, as they require less maintenance to flourish.
- Start a compost pile or bin. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
- Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs to be watered.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, and driveways, and save water every time!
- When washing your car, use commercial car washes that recycle water. When washing your car at home, be sure to turn the water on only when rinsing.
Try to incorporate as many of these as you can, and see what a difference a few little changes can make to reduce the amount of water you use.