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Fall Recipe Favorites!

We are right in the middle of fall, getting ready to break out the winter clothes for the freezing weather coming up. But what’s great about fall of course is….the FOOD!

I have to admit, I am not a fan of cold weather, but then again who is? It’s been hard for me to accept that yet again winter is knocking at our doors and pretty soon white flakes will be drifting from the sky. But I can’t fight it any longer, not with Halloween only two days away!

What’s really great about fall weather, Halloween and the amazing feelings this time of the year brings (bright colors, falling leaves, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, etc.) is the tastes and spices that come with it.

Another of my secrets is that I love to bake! And what better time to bake then when the weather starts getting chilly and pumpkin starts appearing on everyone’s grocery list!

This fall, my family and I tried our hands at some pretty amazing recipes that you must try! These recipes are great for family gatherings, which will be coming up before we know it.

My top favorite fall and Thanksgiving recipes:

1. The Pumpkin Roll

You never beat the taste of a perfectly made pumpkin roll. This delicious dessert is the best way to say hello to fall. It’s great for any Thanksgiving or family gathering during the season.

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2. Classic Pumpkin Pie.

There is no better way to welcome the season than with a classic favorite. This pumpkin pie will have all of your family members asking you for the recipe and patting you on the back.

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3. Chocolate Brownie!

I know what you’re thinking, a chocolate brownie doesn’t really scream fall, but this chocolate brownie does! It’s about taking a classic that everyone, especially the kids, love and adapting it to the different seasons.

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My homemade brownie pumpkin. Got some help from my niece and nephew.

4. The pumpkin muffin from Starbucks.

Yes, you too can make this delicious muffin and have it taste just as good as getting it out of the café. This muffin is a personal favorite of mine whether I choose to make it myself or spend some cash at Starbucks.

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Try these amazing recipes and let me know what you think!

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Growing Up Online

We have entered the generation of technology and internet, but are there certain side effects that could greatly affect us in the future?

Sure having 24 hour internet service has it’s major perks, I mean we all love to check our Facebook every hour or post a new picture to Instagram with a trendy hashtag. But there is a dark side to being online that is outlined in this documentary, Growing Up Online.

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Online safety is something that is often being taught, or at least covered, in schools this generation. I know it’s something we all know and hear everyday, but it’s also extremely important information.

After watching this documentary in class, I felt like it covered a lot of subjects people in our generation are already aware of. We know about cyber bullying and fake profiles and everything you post is ‘out-there’ for the world to see. It’s still really important information to know.

           

Everyday, the age of holding cell phones or having a Facebook profile gets younger and younger. Now, I see ten year olds on their phone updating their latest status or posting selfies to Instagram. It’s a little shocking to see.

We can’t exactly stop them from being online, but we can make sure they understand the dangers of it and how to help avoid online predators and cyber bullying.

This documentary is outdated for our generation, but still covers the basic facts and is relevant to our society today. The video covers many situations that many people, especially younger people, go through ever day online.

These dangers include holding fake online profiles, sharing bad/nude pictures that could possibly be hacked and exposed, sharing information to bad websites or online predators, cyber bullying your friends or peers, and the list goes on.

Being aware of the dangers and knowing what is out there is an important step in protecting yourself and your children.

I’m not saying that we should do away with Facebook or any other online social media site, because I myself love Facebook and Pinterest, etc. All I’m saying is, please keep yourself and your kids protected online. Know the dangers and know how to stay safe from them.

                               

Here are some videos they may help: