Photo of salad greens, olive oil and apples.
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“Healthy eating is a way of life, so it’s important to establish routines that are simple, realistically, and ultimately livable.”

– Horace

Eating the leftover veggies from the thanksgiving stuffing recipe while adding an apple or two is my back-on-track meal.

First, choose the greens, like spinach or lettuce, filling…



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“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.”

-Roy T. Bennett

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing always brings plenty of gratitude!

Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing
2–9 inch corn breads (cubed & dried)
1 1/2 sticks of butter
2 onions (chopped)
4 carrots (peeled & chopped)
4 stalks of celery (chopped)
1 tablespoon olive…



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“Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries in life.”

-Lindsey Bareham

Life wouldn’t be the same without potatoes!

Tastiest Baked Tator Casserole
4 lb. russet potatoes (baked & hallowed)
12 oz. bacon (cooked & crumbled)
1 stick butter (melted)
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 cup milk (warmed)
1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz…



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“Recipes don’t work unless you use your heart!”

-Dylan Jones

Gratitude guarantees a delicious dish every time. This dish boils down to the topping!

Scrumptious Topping
6 tablespoons flour (all-purpose or gluten-free)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon rosemary (dried & crushed)
Pinch of cayenne pepper



Photo of pumpkin pancakes.
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“Pancakes and pajamas.”

— Unknown author

And pumpkin! Morning or night, pumpkin pancakes hit the spot!

Cheesy Pumpkin Pancakes
2 cups flour (all-purpose or gluten-free)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs (beaten)
3 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 cup three cheese blend (shredded)…



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“The fifth one said, ‘I’m ready for some fun!’”

-Five Little Pumpkins

Return next week for the best pumpkin casserole created from the following puree.

Buying pumpkin puree in the can is simple. Yet, might you try this recipe?

Pumpkin Puree
1. Slice a whole pumpkin in half.
2. Remove the seeds.



Photo of a Trick or Treat sign with a pumpkin.
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“Sugar and Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice!”

-Robert Southey

I always have pumpkin spread in my fridge for October — it stays fresh for thirty days!

This crock-pot recipe is award-winning. You only need five ingredients, roughly five hours, and cute little jars to share a taste.

Crock-pot Pumpkin…



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“I feel a recipe is only a theme which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.”

— Madam Benoit

Pumpkins are a favorite treat this time of year. I found a new way to indulge in their goodness.

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
12 large eggs (hard-boiled)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup…



Kris Bedenian

Kris Bedenian


I’m a writer who has journaled for 24 years. My battle with breast cancer has given me a new perspective on life. Writing is a way for me to give back.