Everything’s better when it’s dipped in Chocolate

IMG_1329Off to a friends Open House, and whipped up some Chocolate covered strawberries, some with sprinkles, some with heath candy, and some with nuts or extra chocolate. They were gone before I took off my coat. They were a hit the last time I brought them to a family event as well so I have to remember this as a “go to” item for events, potlucks etc. I feel like I am always bringing a salad and since I’m gluten-free it’s usually a good idea so I have something to eat too, right? Since I knew what other folks would be bringing and we had already had a good meal prior to going, this seemed perfect! I would love to know anyone elses go to items that super easy and quick to bring to a potluck that isn’t the standard chips & salsa, humus and veggies.

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Prepping for the sweep…

Typically after Halloween you hope to absorb a bit of Fall to enjoy and savor before the BIG holidays. Well, after hitting a local store on Halloween day and finding the shelves being stocked with Christmas items and holiday tunes playing, I became distraught! UGH, already! I love being in the moment, not being rushed, having time to enjoy the changes in seasons and the build up to each holiday. So, in beginning to aquire materials and supplies for creating gifts and crafts for fairs and family I’m trying to follow the flow of the season and sink into it’s transition slowly and between all of it, there’s nothing like a nice bowl of comfort food.

Ahhh, a rice bowl! I love rice bowls, a mixed collage of flavors and colors sprinkled in a bowl. I get a quick creative fix whenever there’s spare rice around, and there always is, whether brown, basmati or another grain like quinoa.

This bowl contains:
Rice, Black beans, Chick Peas (Garbanzo beans), Spinach, Salsa and some cashews. Add any spices you prefer, maybe tabasco? Add some cheeses or any veggies floating around and serve warm. One of the best comfort foods around! Enjoy!

Moving on from Halloween…

My absolute favorite holiday, halloween. The flow of fall sets in, the leaves get crunchy and pop beautiful colors and warm cider and cool air begins to become routine. Although it’s darker earlier and less sunlight can often lead me to a funk, I love the comfort of settling in, of keeping house, and creating whether it be crafts, food, or family fun.

We’ve relaxed into our new fall flow of schedules and for me having grown up in Salem, MA the witch city, Halloween is extra special to me. It’s not celebrated quite as it use to be, you may see a handful of kids in a pack and one street designated as a trick or treat destination, but I still love the spirit of halloween and here is how we celebrated.

Finding our pumpkins to carve at the farm…

Birthday parties with haunted walks through the woods by candlelight…

Kicking off Trick or Treating with some real food! Brains to start…

Our vampire bat waiting for dark…a mama made costume, complete with reflective seams, so she’s seen going house to house via her wings…

Hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween!!