Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with Chocolate Chips

This time of year is definitely cookie-baking season, and these Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with Chocolate Chips are a nice sweet treat all autumn and winter long! You can always omit the chocolate chips if you prefer just the brown sugar-and-pecan flavor, but if you’re a chocolate-lover like me, you’ll probably prefer these with chocolate chips! 🙂

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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

As the weather gradually gets more chilly, I like making soup—all kinds of soup! And this is a soup you may not have tried yet—Pumpkin Black Bean Soup. It’s a savory-flavored soup that tastes a little like chili. So if you like chili and black bean soup, I’m sure you’ll love this!

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On Blessings and Gratitude

We tend to think about our blessings a little more this time of year, over the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all that we’re grateful for, after all. Here’s something from a book by Max Lucado I read recently that seems fitting for this Thanksgiving weekend, as we relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of life. It is the greatest of virtues. Studies have linked the emotion with a variety of positive effects. Grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others. People who keep a gratitude journal are more likely to have a positive outlook on life. Grateful individuals demonstrate less envy, materialism, and self-centeredness. Gratitude improves self-esteem and enhances relationships, quality of sleep, and longevity. If it came in pill form, gratitude would be deemed the miracle cure. It’s no wonder, then, that God’s anxiety therapy includes a large, delightful dollop of gratitude.

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Maple-Pecan Sweet Potatoes

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is coming up so soon! And who doesn’t look forward to eating all that special holiday food? It’s always great when you can find delicious and healthy holiday recipes, like these Maple-Pecan Sweet Potatoes. I discovered this recipe several years ago when I reviewed a cookbook called Vegan Holiday Kitchen. It’s a beautiful cookbook with lots of full-color photos of the healthy, delicious recipes that are throughout the book.

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Pumpkin Cornbread and Cornbread Muffins

If you like cornbread, this Pumpkin Cornbread and Cornbread Muffins recipe is great for the fall season! You can either make an 8 x 8″ pan of cornbread or 12 nicely rounded-top cornbread muffins. Both taste great warm out of the oven, spread with some butter and drizzled with some honey!

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