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The Best Sourdough Glazed Donuts

My family and I drove to Canada to spend Thanksgiving with my family (Canadian Thanksgiving, that is). I love the years when we get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice. Who would turn down all of that amazing food? My mom never disappoints and I always look forward to her classic recipes. We had an amazing trip and it always makes me feel like the holidays have officially begun! Halloween will be upon us in just a couple of short weeks. American Thanksgiving will be next, which we will spend with my husband’s family, and then Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. Because I am due on December 31st with baby girl #3, the holidays will be a bit different for us this year — more quiet, at-home time and less running around. I have already started some of my Christmas shopping and that’s a miracle in itself. I am usually a last-minute shopper, but I fear I won’t want to walk the stores at 38 weeks pregnant.

With all of these holidays and all of the food about to appear on our tables, I know it’s difficult to eat well. Unless your entire family (extended family) is committed to eating well, you are likely to find yourself in front of many delicious and tempting treats. I’m not here to tell you not to enjoy yourself. On the contrary, I think that part of the joy of the holidays is enjoying good food, lots of laughter, and family. However, there are some tips I have that may help you to not feel so guilty as the holidays come upon us and up first is Halloween!

Take your kids trick-or-treating. Part of the fun of this holiday is just getting dressed up and going door to door anyway. When you return home and your children have bags full of candy (most of which is disgusting anyway), go through it with them. Let them pick out their favorites for the next day, and throw the rest away. I know it sounds wasteful, but I don’t think the world will miss a few tiny candy bars, gum that sticks to your teeth, or gross suckers.

Another idea is to have them pick out a certain number of items (for our 4 year old I let her have 10, which is PLENTY) then leave the rest out for the Halloween witch who comes during the night to trade their candy for a present, movie, money, etc. Here is a cute poem I found about the Switch Witch:

I loved this idea the first time I heard it a couple of years ago, and I think the poem is a great little addition. I would stick to a simple gift for my kids, as there is no need to get extravagant or feel pressured to come up with something big every year for yet another holiday. I have even thought that with my girls as young as they are, switching out all of those tiny treats for one bigger one would be fun for them (and they wouldn’t know the difference). That way, I can decide what they’re putting into their bodies. You could also make it a tradition to put away some of the candy (and throw out the rest) and the weekend following Halloween enjoy a family movie night and binge. Then it’s all over at once, and you don’t have little fingers snacking on treats for months on end. I think it’s much better to just get it over with all at once, instead of drawing it out as children try to savor their loot. A lot of dentists will buy Halloween candy from children as well and then send it to soldiers overseas. 
There are a lot of great options, and if you discuss them with your kids before hand (or start them young) then it won’t be a struggle! Good luck, and let me know if you decide to try something new this year.

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  1. Lacey says:

    Noah told me he doesn't want to go out for candy this year because it's “too much sugar.” I'm sure he'll still go, but I'm so glad he's somewhat aware of it at such a young age. I like the idea of the switch witch, and we might have to try that this year!

    P.S. Please do post about the ranch dressing! I hate the taste of bottled ranch and would love to find a good recipe for homemade.

  2. great idea Kelsey.
    As always.

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a homeschooling mom of four who used to blog about food, has a book about sourdough, and who is now walking through the grief of losing my dad.

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