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Four Autumn Apple Recipes

Dear apple, on your branch, please fall into my hat. For if I take you off the tree, they'll not be pleased with that!...

sparkle kitchen — Momma B's Tea Cakes

I have only a few memories of my maternal great-grandmother, Momma B. I remember she was lovely, kind, and gentle. I remember that she smelled wonderful. And I remember that she made the most beautiful, sizeable tea cakes....

sparkle kitchen: car snacks round up!

When I think car trips, my first thoughts are how long with it take? and what will we eat? I live in the west and often cities are few and far between. When we do find a place to stop, they usually don't offer the healthiest food — mostly gas station fare. So I like to bring my own food. I try to bring a mixture of fresh and dried foods as well as a few treats. I pack cut-up veggies and hummus, seasonal fruit that doesn't bruise easily, crackers or pretzels, a baked good of some kind, mixed nuts and dried fruit, and some sort of sweet treat....

Back to School Crafts and Recipes Round Up

In this season of back to school, we are all looking for ways to encourage our children as they settle into their new routines. That's why we're offering four free stories that inspire courage, curiosity, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging....

Back to School Lunch Ideas Round Up

Summer vacation is almost over and the buzz of new things is in the air. Stores have stocked their school supply sections. There are pencils and notebooks, erasers and crayons. But if you are like me, you want to make sure that your little ones have something good to eat midday to fuel all that learning they are doing. Here at Sparkle we've got lots of ideas for healthy meals and snacks. I've picked a few for you to try out. They are far from your typical PB&J. I know food allergies can be a concern for many schools so I've picked some that are nut- and dairy-free. Many of them are gluten-free...