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    Perfectly Sweet Healthy Birthday Snack

    A very Happy Birthday to my middle-son today!  7 years old and I feel like he should be turning 3 or 4.  How does time pass so quickly? Every child loves to bring in a sweet treat to school to celebrate their special day.  Before Spring Break I sent in a note to his teacher asking if I could send in cupcakes, a sweet-tooth favorite for the birthday boy.  The note that came home was a bit disappointing.  “We would love a birthday treat, but please send in something healthy.”  Humph…  My thought, ‘Come on! It is a Birthday!’  But I polled Facebook friends for a healthy, yummy treat that would satisfy…

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    Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich

    I love carrot cake. It is rich, moist, has great ingredients: it is a party just waiting to happen! Cookies are a great dessert, snack and pick-me-up. Limiting the amount that I happen to pick up is another story.These frosted delights have the icing on the inside! Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich takes a great idea and makes it simple. Makes 1 dozen cookies. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 1 1/4 c flour1 t cinnamon1/2 t salt1/2 t baking soda1/2 c butter, softened1/2 c brown sugar1/2 c sugar1 egg1/2 t vanilla1 cup grated carrots1 cup chopped walnuts1/2 can WELL DRAINED crushed pineappleFrosting1 (8 oz) package cream cheese1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar1/2…

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    Fruit Basket Upset

    Childhood games were the best: interaction, laughter and goofiness reigned in my ‘organized fun time’. Fruit Basket Upset required at least 10 friends, names of fruits: each child picked a fruit type. Then, with one less chair we waited for the ‘it’ to call out two or three fruits – at that time up we would jump and change chairs before ‘it’ could take our spot. Perfect name and game for this time of year. Soon the Thanksgiving fruit bowl will be assembled: pineapple, pears, apples, grapes, bananas, oranges and tangerines. The table will be arranged… and usually there is one less ‘good’ chair than I would like. (NEVER too…