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November, 7, 2022 Pumpkin Spice

As you drive around town, all over there are orange pumpkins, squash etc.   Pumpkins are  delicious.    I buy medium sized pumpkins and wash the outside and dry off.  Put in the oven for about 20 minutes at 170 degrees, just enough to soften the outside skin.   Then cut the pumpkin in half and remove seeds and stringy membranes.   Keep the seeds in another bowl.    I put pumpkins in an oven proof bowl with water in the bottom and bake till done.   You can mash the pumpkin up like mashed potatoes.   I mix softened butter, creamed cheese (Not Pillsbury as this brand uses fetal tissue in all their products), nutmeg, clove and cinnamon oil   (Go easy on clove oil as it is powerful).    I top it with toasted pecans.     
While the pumpkin is cooking, wash the seeds off and spread out in a cake sheet pan, or other oven pan, melt butter to cover the bottom and spread the seeds out to bake till the crunchy way you like them. 
Pumpkin seeds have enormous health benefits as does pumpkin.
Pumpkin is also good for your dog.

Using Pumpkin spice in our teas, coffee, on top of sweet potatoes etc – takes the desire for using sugar. 
This is the season for way too much sugar intake.  We had Halloween, now Thanksgiving and then Christmas and about the time that our bodies are starting to get over these sugar rush holidays, along comes Valentines day candy followed by Easter candy treats.   
I think these candy Holidays were planned to keep people’s immune system compromised.
Use fruits like bananas, apples, tangerines, oranges, figs, dates, apricots etc for your sugar snack needs.   
Pumpkin Spice Season isn’t quite over
 There are such wonderful health benefits of pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin and the warming spices used in pumpkin spice lattes are great in your health arsenal this season.  The spices help the body transition to the seasonal cold while supporting healthy digestion, while the sweet pumpkin and winter squashes nourish and sustain us.  Learn more about using these delicious traditional foods in this discussion with Chris and Sarah.