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Happy, Healthy Holidays: Nov.- Dec. 2015

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

November and December are especially busy months for many people. From after Halloween to New Year’s we are busy, busy, busy. Much of that has to do with shopping and cooking for family events. If you are working full time, this time can be especially stressful. So, hopefully, the postings will help you navigate the next two months with ease and joy.

This time of year seems to go with a fireplace. Picture downloaded from Home Depot’s website.

Part of my postings are obviously about recipes. Now that colder weather is on its way, I will be featuring soups, root veggies and denser foods to keep your energy levels up in the colder weather. Below is a beet salad I will be posting:

While many of you are too busy to read, I would still like to review some books that may help you through the holidays, even if just to unwind. This one is in the latest issue of an online magazine called It’s Your Life and I will report the review here as wells give you the link to this terrific new publication.

Don’t be fooled by the title. There are lots of recipes for adults with allergies, as well!

When I searched for other events for November and December, I came across some interesting ways to celebrate or ruminate or investigate. Here are just some:

November 1st– National Author’s Day – As a writer, I may investigate this further. It is also National Literacy Day and my older daughter has just signed up to be a literacy volunteer for a young Hispanic woman. What a great way to contribute to another person’s education. Computers, Kindles and iPads notwithstanding, I still like the feel of a pencil and pad and a book in my hands to read.

November 2nd is National Deviled Egg Day, so maybe I will post my curry inspired deviled eggs.

It’s also Election Day, so don’t forget to VOTE!

And Daylight Savings ends, so “Fall Back” with your clocks.

November 11th is Veterans’ Day, a day to remember all theme and women in the military who help defend us and others in need.

The Great American Smoke Out is Nov. 20th, a good day to stop smoking and think about what it does to your body. Because smoking has been linked with cancer, I will also have some more information on cancer as a follow up to Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

Of course, the big day in November is Thanksgiving on November 26th and I hope to post some recipes suitable for your consideration. (I may be able to post a couple of seasonal recipes from a cookbook I reviewed in the Spring called Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas.


I would like to think that this was a time when Native Americans and Europeans co-existed peacefully!

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a family day and I hope to have my article about a family that is giving up half their day to serve the homeless in Center City Philadelphia. I went to the Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen in late October with the husband and wife who volunteer weekly to get an idea of what happens on any given weekday and ended up helping to serve more than 200 men, homeless or in the shelter, feeding them casseroles made by dozens of volunteers in the Philadelphia area. Quite an experience!

I will post December events during the first week of December, since there are already enough in November for you to digest!

Finally, I found a list of 100 ways to reduce stress and hope to post some them throughout these last two busy months of 2015. And I couldn’t resist posting one more leafy photo, since we still have trees that are brilliant!

P.S. on Nov. 9th- I forgot that November is National Diabetes Month. An article appears on Nov. 10th in Health Flashes & Special Reports.