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All Natural Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love chocolate chip cookies, but have an allergy or intolerance to ingredients inside of chocolate chips that stops you from eating chocolate chip cookies? Other chocolate chips contain milk, soy, artificial flavors, and may be made in machines that also process peanuts that stops many people with allergies from eating chocolate chip cookies. Try making cookies using Guittard, all natural, Non-GMO, peanut free, gluten free, chocolate chips instead. These chocolate chips have 5 simple ingredients: sugar, cacao beans, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin and real vanilla. These cookies are soft with the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite. You can’t …

 

Healthy Thanksgiving

 
Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you …

 

How to Help Patients During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, but the season can bring challenges for cancer patients and those who have recently completed treatment. The stresses of cancer may leave them feeling out of touch or overburdened with traditional holiday responsibilities. If someone you know is in, or has recently completed, treatment for cancer, consider these tips for helping during the holidays.

Let the patient take the lead. Some people will want to celebrate the holiday season as they always have, but others may want to step back and be less festive. Even if treatment is over, your …

 

Holiday Cookies – Naughty & Nice

Seasons Greetings!
This is Bakes for Breast Cancer volunteer and Miss Boston contestant, Michelle, again. Christmas is a week away, I can hardly believe it! It’s time for me to buckle down and ramp up my holiday cookie baking or I’ll have some family and friends to answer to if they don’t receive my annual box of Poppy-Raspberry Kolachkes!
With Miss Boston two months away I’ve been working out and eating healthier to train for the swimsuit portion of the competition. I talked to a wonderful nutritionist who suggested I try a gluten-less diet to help me incorporate more vegetables and lean …

 

Miss Boston Contestant & Boston Bakes

Hello! My name is Michelle Nigro and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to start volunteering with Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. I’m 23 years old from the Boston area and I am passionate about breast cancer awareness and fundraising.
Throughout my entire life I’ve tried to do my part to spread awareness and fundraise for a cure. Growing up I would hold bake sales at school and sign up my sports teams for Breast Cancer fundraising walks in Boston.
When I entered college I started organizing my own fundraising and awareness events. As the philanthropy chair of my sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi, at …

 

Happy Holidays – Male Breast Cancer Survivors

Happy holiday season. I really hope people are able to enjoy and really appreciate the holidays and cherish them. I know a lot of people with terminal cancer sometimes struggle through the holidays. I think a lot of them may think it’s their last one. The bottom line is no one really knows. I really hope each of us can focus on the all the good of Christmas and not just the present. I really enjoy all the good energy of Christmas, all the lights and decorations. My ultimate present would be to see everyone enjoying the holidays, not matter …

 

Garlic Goodness

garlic from eatingwell.com
One word: Garlic. I use garlic in so many things when I cook. Tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, stir-fried veggies; they all taste so much better when I add a little (but usually a lot more than a little) garlic.
For the amount of garlic I use when I cook it’s surprising that I don’t own a garlic press. Chopping garlic the old fashion way, mincing and slicing on my wooden cutting board, works pretty well. I still get the same delicious flavor, it just takes a little longer and leaves my fingers smelling like garlic for a couple days, …

 

Great Party Ideas!

The fall is quickly passing! Thanksgiving will soon be here before we know it and it is time to think about holiday parties! Whether you choose to go out to a restaurant to have your party or do one at home, time is now upon us to start thinking about it and to start planning it!
Last year a friend who does not bake was invited to a holiday party where she needed to bring a dessert and asked me to bake the dessert for her! Of course I said yes and when she told me about the party …

 

The Truth About Pumpkins

I think I was seven when I made roasted pumpkins seeds for the first time.  My mom, sister, and I gutted the orange gourds, rinsed the stringy flesh from the seeds, and placed the little teardrops onto a baking dish.  After the oven timer beeped we sprinkled the toasty snack with salt and ate until with couldn’t eat any more.
Fall always brings me back to that memory and I’m sure it has everything to do with the abundance of pumpkin-flavored everything.  There’s just something about pumpkins that changes the atmosphere of an entire season.  Perhaps it’s the flavor: for three months of …

 

Autumn Apples

from pumpkinfarm.com
October is here, and with it comes the smell of fresh, crisp air, the beautiful colors of changing foliage, and the sound of crows cawing. Pumpkin and apple picking are in full swing for the autumn season. And what better way to sweeten those freshly picked apples then to coat them in candy!
Caramel apples are a traditional fall-time favorite. The sticky sweetness brings back memories of my mother melting caramel in a double-boiler over the stove so that my sister and I could dip our apple slices into the warm, silky candy.
hammacher schlemmer candy apple maker from westpennjournal.com
The Caramel …