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10 Better Halloween Treats

Halloween is that one day of the year when it’s all about the candy from the moment the kids wake up to that serene moment when you tuck their sugar laden bodies into bed. Although most people have to go with the flow and tolerate their kids bringing bags of sugary candy (is there any other kind?) home, there are ways to work around the system and provide trick or treaters (and your kids) with a delicious treat that isn’t loaded with garbage. Read more »


Vegetarian/Vegan Dining in Des Moines, Iowa

Vegetarian and vegan dining options in the Des Moines metropolitan area have greatly expanded in the past few years and now include several choices for those looking for fresh, organic, or just plain delicious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Surrounded by farms in every direction, Des Moines is a casual city where the restaurant scene is best described as easy-going and informal so whether you’re looking for a coffee bar, cafe, fast food, or a white table clothed restaurant, Des Moines offers a wide variety of choices. Within these establishments, the emphasis is on fresh, delicious wholesome food – much of it local – so¬†consider any of the following (in no particular order): Read more »


Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market

Many people start thinking about Farmers Markets during the early days of summer but Iowans living in the central part of the state have been patronizing the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market since early May. They haven’t forgotten about meat and potatoes (the market has plenty of these items) but instead celebrate the fresh local harvest of ¬†fruits and vegetables every Saturday from May thru October in the capital city on the west bank of the Des Moines River. Read more »


Cleveland’s West Side Market

On a recent trip to Oberlin, Ohio which is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farmland, and about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, I suggested to my husband and daughter that we visit West Side Market: one of the largest and oldest European-style markets in America. Read more »


ThanksLiving 2014: Woodstock, NY

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is all about showing thanks for what we have been given but what about celebrating a day where we give thanks for the living?

If you happen to be in the northeast (NY, NJ, CT, MA, VT, or NH) and are looking to see the Fall foliage leaves, enjoy a delicious meal, and spend an afternoon with family, friends, and 300 very sociable animals, consider driving to Woodstock, New York on Sunday, October 12, 2014 when the 9th annual ThanksLiving will take place at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Read more »