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Tip of the Week – Halloween Treats

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This Halloween nearly 60 million kids will go trick or treating (I think half of them come to my front door). The average child hauls in 91 pieces of candy, one-third of which will be pilfered by their parents. Over the years I have tried different ways to deal with all the candy in the house – now I let my children eat quite a bit on Halloween night (I admit, I help a lot) and then I dole out one piece a night until it’s gone. Well, really until it gets down to the gross candy no one wants, which is then thrown away. One memorable year my second oldest begged me to let him eat all his candy on Halloween night. The next day he called from school, where he was in the nurses office, and said, “Guess what, Mom? You were right – I did get sick from eating all the candy at once!”

In our house, pumpkin carving the week before Halloween is an exciting time. I usually make a crockpot chili or beef stew for dinner and we carve our pumpkins. I save the pumpkin seeds and toast them in the oven (you can also use a skillet). I wash the seeds with water, and then toss them in a little olive oil, spread on a cookie sheet, put some salt on them and bake them in a 450°F oven until they are brown and toasted. They are delicious when they are eaten warm from the oven. As we eat dinner and carve our pumpkins, we relive memories of past costumes and ideas for future costumes. My husband and I talk about our childhood Halloween memories and we tell our children about the costumes they wore as babies. It’s a night for family memories and for our children to learn about those family stories that happened before they were born.

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Holli Seabury


Tip of the Week: No Candy Baskets


Easter Candy Facts

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All of the ads for clucking bunnies (they are memorable!), should have let you know that one of the biggest treat weekends is quickly approaching.  Easter is the second largest candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner’s Association. In 2012, Americans spent nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy and among the most popular – the chocolate bunny and those crazy (and I say creepy) marshmallow Peeps. Follow the link above for more interesting Easter Candy Facts.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, snacking is where we often consume unintended calories, and the pounds of jelly beans and peanut butter eggs certainly count into those. If you are planning on making an Easter basket for this weekend’s celebration, you might consider one or two of these 50 novel ideas that are not confectionary:

1)      Coupons for getting out of chores

2)      Sidewalk chalk

3)      Jump rope and other outside play toys

4)      Grow-dinos (capsules that you put in water and watch grow)

5)      Sun glasses

6)      Food and cooking utensils for their play kitchen

7)      Mini flashlights

8)      Bead necklaces

9)      Fancy duck tape (bright colors and zebra prints, etc.)

10)    Sports balls – basketball, baseball, football

And hopefully, the weather will start to cooperate so we aren’t searching for Easter eggs in our snow boots!

– Frances, wife and mom of 2Director of Operations & Marketing


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