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gratitude jar thanksgivingMake a Gratitude Jar

Katie from the blog Katie’s Nesting Spot shares how to make a Gratitude Jar, a lovely family tradition for November. Decorate a glass container and add a “Gratitude Jar” label, then cut out 30 small pieces of decorative paper and fold them in half. Place the papers and the jar in your home somewhere convenient, and each day have different family members select one piece of paper, write down the date and something they are thankful for, and put it in the jar. At the end of the month, take the notes out and read them together. 

pumpkin pie smoothiePumpkin-Pie Smoothie

Like most orange-colored vegetables, pumpkin is packed with vitamin A, which keeps your eyes super-healthy. This smoothie tastes like pie in a glass with its vanilla and spice flavors. Short on time? Just open a can of pumpkin instead of cooking your jack-o-lantern. 

 

Ingredients

Did you know? A “dash” and a “pinch” both mean an amount too small to measure—although some people say that a dash is about 1/8 teaspoon and a pinch is 1/16.
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1⁄2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1⁄4 cup canned pumpkin puree* 
  • 1⁄2 very ripe banana 
  • a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 ice cubes

* Note: Use pumpkin puree, not canned pie filling. You will only use a part of the can, but don’t waste it. Measure out quarter cupfuls of the rest of it, freeze them solid on a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet, then store them in a labeled plastic bag in the freezer, where they’ll be ready for future smoothies.

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender. 
  2. Put the top on tightly. Turn the blender to a medium setting and blend until the ice is chopped and the mixture is smooth, about one minute.
  3. Serve right away—or store in a thermos (or covered in the fridge), up to 4 hours.

Reprinted from the Fall 2012 issue of ChopChop magazine.

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