Happy Halloween everyone!!! My kids have been counting this day down all month
To celebrate the holiday, we wanted to announce a new “sweet” giveaway ! Amy’s Gluten-free shortbread cookies….They are so incredibly yummy..and I’m not even gluten-free My kids loved them too. They come in 3 flavors – Almond, Classic and Chocolate Chip and are made with organic almond flour. My favorite was absolutely the almond (the box lasted about 1.5 days), but the classic came in a close second.
The giveaway will include : 3 boxes shortbread cookies, 3 free Amy’s product coupons, and an Amy’s canvas tote bag…approx. value $50 !! All you have to do is comment on this post ! Giveaway open to US residents only. And while you’re at it, go “like” Amy’s on Facebook : facebook.com/AmysGoOrganic !
Thanks and good luck everyone !
I also made this spinach lasagna over the weekend…it is a family favorite … got the recipe years ago out of a cookbook written by our pastor’s wife called “Body for God”. There are so many recipes from it that I make over and over but this is definitely one of our faves! And it’s really easy too
- 2 containers (12 oz) fat free cottage cheese
- 6 egg whites
- 2 packages (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained or 2 packages of prewashed spinach, sauteed or steamed)
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 jars spaghetti sauce
- 8 oz uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
- 1 lb mozzarella cheese (part-skim or low-fat)
Preheat oven to 350. Coat the bottom of a 13×9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Combine cottage cheese, egg whites, chopped spinach and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Mix together and set aside. Pour 1/2 of one jar of spaghetti sauce in casserole dish and layer uncooked noodles over sauce. Spread a portion of the cottage cheese and spinach mixture over noodles and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Add the remaining half-jar of sauce and repeat these steps ending with sauce. Top with the mozzarella cheese and remaining parmesan cheese and bake for 45 minutes. Serves 8.
I will close with some helpful tips to keep your young ones safe this holiday ….
Practice Fire Safety
When decorating your home do not place exposed flames in paper lanterns. Keep a look out for costumes and accessories labeled “flame resistant.” These products not only resist burning but also snuff out quickly if they get too close to a flickering jack o’ lantern.
Keep Your Child on His Feet
When choosing or creating a costume, make sure it’s short enough to allow your child to walk with ease. If you’ve borrowed a costume that’s too long, sew or tape a quick hem at the bottom. Another option is to hike up the costume with a belt. Be on shoelace alert too and double-tie them before going out. Remind your child to watch out for pumpkins and other decorations on neighbors’ steps and porches, since these can also pose a tripping hazard.
Make Sure Your Child Stays Visible
Hitting the trick-or-treat trail while it’s still light outside is a great idea for young kids. Most cities host a Halloween trick-or-treating event like this. If you and your child will be out after dark, it’s a good idea to decorate the costume with strips of bright reflector tape (available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores). The tape will make your little one visible to cars and help you keep him in sight when he’s thronged by trick-or-treaters. Carry a small flashlight, too — it’ll come in handy for negotiating long walkways and dimly lit doorways. I love using glow sticks and glow in the dark jewelry for my kids. They are great fun as well as handy safety devices. Pass them out to the kids to wear so you can keep an easier eye on them.
Pass on Masks
Masks can make it hard for your child to see, breathe and cause limited vision. Be creative and safe by offering to paint his face with nontoxic makeup instead.
Before letting your child dig into that Halloween loot, scrutinize the treats for evidence of tampering. Carefully examine each wrapper to make sure there are no pinpricks or signs of opening. In addition, accept homemade treats only from neighbors you know, and cut up fruit before serving it. Even though your little one may have a mouth full of teeth, some candies are still a choking hazard. Keep an eye on them while snacking!
Talk Safety BEFORE You Head Out
Kids like to know the rules for play and Halloween night is no different. Review the below information while you’re getting ready. Repeat a handful of reminders as energy is high and the impulses will be tugging at them!
• No running.
• Cross street only with grown-ups.
• Stay with the group.
• Don’t go to houses with the porch light turned off.
• No pushing.
• Stay on sidewalk and lit paths. Don’t cut across the yard.
• Don’t pet anyone’s dog unless the adult you are with AND the pet owner says it’s okay.
• Keep your shoes on. (That said, wear comfy ones with no heels.)
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween everyone !!!!!