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Guiding our children to become the best versions of themselves and our future leaders is a big job. It is also one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life.

Susan Arthur
President, The ABCs of Everything, LLC
MA, Counseling Psychology

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish
An easy no cooking required cranberry sauce! Ingredients: 1 Bag of fresh cranberries 2 Medium red delicious apples (cored-leave skin on) 2 Cups of frozen raspberries (slightly thawed) 2 TBSP of orange marmalade 2 TBSP of sugar Directions: 1. Combine fresh cranberries and apples in food processor and pulse until finely chopped 2. Add raspberries, or...
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for any holiday feast! Ingredients: 2-3 lbs. of russet potatoes peeled and diced 4-5 medium cloves of fresh garlic peeled and left whole ½ cup of milk 1/3 cup of butter 2 tbsp. fresh chopped chives Directions: 1. In large pot boil potatoes and garlic cloves until potatoes are soft but not mushy 2. Drain pot...
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Prime Rib With Mushroom Gravy

Prime Rib With Mushroom Gravy
​A delicious and elegant dish for the holidays. Ingredients: 1 standing rib roast trimmed 1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary 1 Tbsp. salt ¼ cup of butter softened 1 medium onion chopped 1 ounce dried Shiitake mushrooms ¼ lb. fresh mushrooms sliced 2 1/2 cups of beef broth ½ cup sherry 4 Tsp. arrowroot dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water Directions: 1. Let r...
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Sharing The Holiday Spirit

Sharing The Holiday Spirit
The holidays are traditionally the time of year when we seem to put more attention on others and look for opportunities to be more giving and kind to each other. Of course this is a state of being that we really want to practice every day. A lot of research has been done around why we feel good when we are kind or giving to others. Researchers call...
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Green Bean Almondine

Green Bean Almondine
Green Bean Almondine is such a simple yet elegant dish. Impress your guests with this side dish filled with fresh green beans and nutrient dense almonds. This recipe is spiced up with the addition of sliced red pepper! Adults and kids alike are sure to enjoy. Green Bean Almondine Ingredients: ​ 1 LB of fresh green beans (I prefer Haricots they are ...
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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Roasted Winter Vegetables
These Roasted Winter Vegetables are a great way to enjoy all of the wonderful vegetables that are in season. We love hearing from you so let us know what you think in the comments section below. ​ Roasted Winter Vegetables Ingredients: ​ 4 large beets, peeled and cut into ½ inch wedges ​ 1 pound of turnips, peeled and cut in ½ inch wedges ​ 2 pound...
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Pear and Berry Crisp with Lavender

Pear and Berry Crisp with Lavender
​The addition of lavender buds to this recipe elevates this crisp to a whole new level! We think you'll enjoy this heart, healthy dessert the whole family will love. Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. ​Pear and Berry Crisp with Lavender  Filling:   1 cup of fresh blackberries  1 cup of fresh raspberries  3 TBS. of brown...
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Sweet Potato and Apple Puree

Sweet Potato and Apple Puree
The mixture of sweet potatoes and apples makes this puree so delicious and so easy to make! This is a good recipe to have the kiddos help out with in the kitchen. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Attached is a printer friendly version for printing. ​ Sweet Potato and Apple Puree ​2 lbs of sweet potatoes (or yams) 2-3 large ...
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Herbed Green Olive Tapenade

Herbed Green Olive Tapenade
This Herbed Green Olive Tapenade is great served with crusty crackers or as part of an antipasto! We love hearing from you so please leave a comment in the section below to tell us what you think. A printer friendly version is attached for easy printing. ​ Herbed Green Olive Tapenade ​2 cups of firmly packed pimiento-stuffed green olives (sliced cr...
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Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce
​ Cranberry sauce is a staple side dish during the holidays. Everyone loves it! This recipe, with the addition of orange is sure to impress the entire table. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below! Attached below is a printer friendly PDF version of this recipe. ​ Cranberry Orange Sauce ​1 lb of fresh cranberries 1 cup of fresh or...
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Ginger Carrots

Ginger Carrots
These glazed Ginger Carrots make a great side dish for any festive meal! We encourage you to cook these simple and delicious recipes with your kids. Please give them a try and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Attached below is a PDF version for east printing. Ginger Carrots ​3-4 bunches of fresh baby carrots (true baby carr...
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Maple Glazed Beets and Carrots

Maple Glazed Beets and Carrots
​The beautiful fall colors of this side dish are a perfect fit for any Thanksgiving meal. Attached is a printer friendly PDF version. Maple Glazed Beets and Carrots ​1 LB. of carrots cleaned and sliced about ¼ inch thick  1 LB. of beets cleaned and sliced about ¼ inch thick 2 TBS. coconut oil  1 TSP. whole fennel seeds crushed lightly&nbs...
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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
​ This potato hash is made healthy by the substitution of white potatoes for sweet potatoes! You can also use Yams. The natural sweetness from the sweet potatoes pairs wonderfully with the salty breakfast sausage and the earthy green peppers. You can also bake some eggs on top for some added protein! Let us know what you think in the comm...
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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup
​ This butternut squash soup recipe is sure to warm you up! Please let us know what you think in the comments section. We love hearing from you!  Attached is a PDF version of the recipe for easy printing. Butternut Squash Soup  ​1 garlic clove chopped  ½ of small onion diced  2 TBS. of olive oil  1 large butternut squash, p...
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GUILT FREE EATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Most of us are already thinking about holiday meals and how much delicious food is going to be in front us for the next couple of months.  Between family celebrations, office parties, holiday dinners and the traditional goodies available only during this time of the year, it's almost impossible not to overeat and overindulge (and possibly put ...
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