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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-07-2019

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4 AT HOME NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION Pumpkins are perfect for autumn cooking and decorating LINCOLN — It's been a dreary week this last week of October and already the commercials on the tele- vision are pushing Christmas music – and vying to be the first to get your dollars. The autumn season upon us is not yet half gone, and hardly a serious frost has occurred. I suppose sug- gesting we take in the here-and-now and fully experience the moment at hand would fall on deaf ears? But, I'm going to try. One of the wonders of fall is pumpkins, and like people, some are smooth and perfectly shaped while others are more irregular and bumpy. But on the inside, you'll discover flesh with many good parts. Is a pumpkin a fruit or a veggie one might ask? Well a Google search discloses that "A pumpkin is a fruit," because it matches this dictionary defi- nition of fruit: The edible plant struc- ture of a mature ovary of a flowering plant, usually eaten raw. But the same entry goes on to add: "Many fruits which are not sweet, such as tomatoes, beans, green peppers, etc., are popu- larly called vegetables." So do we get to pick? The nutritional value is a good deal with only 49 calories for a one-cup serving of the cooked, boiled and drained pumpkin with no salt added. As for this week's pumpkin cookies recipe, well they are not low calorie but they are delicious. An old Weight Watchers friend shared the recipe. And yes, the pumpkin does add a nutritional component along with the almonds if you are a creative thinker like me. I use pumpkins for decorations outdoors and they make an awesome vessel for a bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers. Use the little ones, mini- pumpkins, to carve out, place a tea light in and function as dinner table decorations. I prefer the small battery tea lights as there is little danger of forgetting it and having a fire. I also love my authentic-looking candles sprinkled around my home for autumnal ambiance. They look like real beeswax and have a small battery and a timer on the bottom. I set them (after daylight saving time) to come on around 5 p.m. and they shut themselves off before my bedtime. No need to worry about dosing off in the recliner and forgetting them. Please take some advice right now … plan your holidays, menus and events of the season, making good choices and memories while sharing some real time (face to face) with your family and friends. Drop the cell phones into a basket at the door and skip the numerous interruptions: phone calls and email messages, texting, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and all the other impersonal vehicles that we now consider com- munication. Quite frankly, it borders on rude behavior to be in the com- pany of someone and stop a conversa- tion with them to talk to a machine. What is the take-away here? What are we teaching our children? And do we really need to be that busy? I dare you to find out what intimacy and real life slice-of-life awaits you! We are getting near the time of year when those special family recipes come out of PUMPKIN COOKIES are a delicious autumn treat to share with friends and family. The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON Add some flowers to hollowed-out pumpkins for a seasonal centerpiece. Continues on next page Dining Guide Thanksgiving Dinner 2019 To Go At your house! New England Steak and Seafood ~ Announces ~ Turkey with all the fixins Fresh Birds •Never Frozen Cooked or ready to cook with reheating and cooking directions "Let us do the work for you." Call 508•478•0871 NOTE: PLEASE ORDER EARLY!! Please look for our Christmas Dinner To Go Special All orders must be in by Nov. 26th and picked up on Nov. 28th between 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. $ 315 .00 $ 175 .00 Approx. 22-24 lb. Turkey Approx. 12-14 lb. Turkey (feeds approximately 14 people. Includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce and dessert.) (feeds approximately 7 people. Includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce and dessert.) NOTE: All birds are cooked fresh Thanksgiving Day Cinnamon Rolls ....................$12.99 dozen Onion Rolls ......................... $12.99 dozen Pumpkin Bread ................... $12.99 dozen APPETIZERS • Antipasto: prosciutto, salami, sharp provolone, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, artichokes, roasted peppers & much more • Large Stuffed Artichokes: Bread stuffing with olives, Fully cooked • Stuffed Mushrooms: Tasty cracker stuffing with roasted pepper & olives SOUPS • Chicken Escarole PASTA • Lasagna • Stuffed Shells & Manicotti STUFFINGS • Bread Stuffing • Italian Bread Stuffing • Cranberry Orange Stuffing DESSERTS • 10" Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Custard, Pecan, Coconut Custard or Squash • Cream Pies: Chocolate, Banana, Apple Pauly Penta's G o u r m e t I t a l i a n D e l i 722-3222 Too busy to call? E-mail your order: FARM FRESH PREPARED TURKEY We will clean, stuff, season & tie the turkey of your choice. You just place it in the oven. We will give you baking instructions. VEGETABLES • Peas w/ Rice & Onion • String Bean Almondine • Mashed Potatoes: Traditional Mashed Potatoes: Red Bliss Oven Roasted Potatoes • Glazed or Roasted Carrots • Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes • Glazed Sweet Potatoes • Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole • Mashed Butternut Squash • Mashed Turnips & Carrots-mixed • Cranberry Sauce • Orange Cranberry Sauce 1290 Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence

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