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Promoting creativity, peace and a positive lifestyle, one thought at a time -- oh, and having fun along the way!

Thought for Today

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.” 
― Jim Carrey

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“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.”  —Dwight L. Moody
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Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light: Celebrate the Hanukkah Story

Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight.  Do you know the story behind this light holiday?  If you don’t, you need to read it.  The story of Hanukkah is full of adventure and drama surrounding events leading up to a great miracle.  It is a story of liberation, freedom, reclaiming what was lost and hope.

Even if you are not Jewish we can all learn from the traditions of those who may believe differently than we do.  So go ahead and read the story.  If you want to try your hand and making latkes or sufganyot  go ahead and do that too.  If you have a copy of the Apocrypha check our Macabees I and II.  For a brief synopsis of the story go to https://reformjudaism.org/hanukkah-history.  If you want a more detailed scholarly look at Hanukkah visit  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah.  For information on food and ways the holiday is celebrated today take a look at http://www.bhg.com/holidays/hanukkah/traditions/hanukkah-history-traditions/   And what would Hanukkah be without recipes?  http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/454611/jewish/Chanukah-Recipes.htm

Thought for Today

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“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. “ — Alan Cohen
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Thought for Today

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“We all have life storms, and when we get the rough times and we recover from them, we should celebrate that we got through it. No matter how bad it may seem, there’s always something beautiful that you can find. ” — Mattie Stepanek
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Healthy Little Holiday Tips

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

From now until at least Christmas you will find daily tips for having a #healthylittleholiday on Twitter and Facebook.  Please check these out and share them.

Also don’t forget my holiday book Have Yourself a Healthy LIttle Holiday with healthier gluten, free, dairy free, egg fre and reduced sugar recipes and celebraton ideas is available in the Amazon Kindle Store.  

Healthier Holiday Sweet Potatoes

Who needs candied yams when there are so many other wonderful ways to prepare sweet potatoes?  Sweet potatoes are loaded with so many wonderful nutrients it seems a shame to load them up with refined sugar.

So here are a few of my favorite ways to serve sweet taters:

Simple Sweet Potato Soup is a great way to start the holiday meal.  Beginning a meal with a light soup makes you less likely to over eat and this just tastes good too.  The recipe is available in my e-book Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday.

Sweet Potato Oven Fries are good any time, not just at the holidays.   Cut a sweet potato into wedges.  Coat with a little extra virgin olive oil and spices.  I like to use what I call “sweet and heat” with sweet potatoes which is cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  Go easy on the cayenne if you’re not used to it.  Bake at 400 degrees until they are browned on the outside and fork tender.  You will need to turn them over as they bake.

Baked Sweet Potatoes  are great plain, with a little butter, sprinkled with a little cinnamon, or I like salsa on mine.  Or you can get fancy and make them “twice baked” by scooping out the shell and mashing the pulp with a little milk or juice and putting it back in the shell.  Of course you can fancy it up with cheese, nuts, dried fruit — whatever, just try to keep it reasonably healthy.

Orange Spice Sweet Potatoes are my fancy version of mashed sweet potatoes.  The recipe is available in my e-book Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday.

 Sweet Potato Apple Bake begins with layering cooked, sliced sweet potatoes and cored, sliced apples in a baking dish.  Pour a mixture of 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 Tablespoon molasses over the top, Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake covered at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, until apples are tender. With the sweet taste of sweet potatoes, apples, orange juice and a hint of cinnamon, you won’t miss the marshmallows.

So go out there and enjoy your sweet potatoes, just be careful what other ingredients they associate with.  Don’t worry, they can still taste wonderful.

Please feel free to leave your ideas for healthier sweet potatoes in the comments below.