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Our Nine Favorite Holiday Treats

Here at Sparkle we are helping your holiday season get off to a very happy start with stories, crafts, and advent calendars. Today we've rounded up of some very lovely Sparkle holiday treats to get your taste buds and tummy in the mood as well....

sparkle kitchen: best of thanksgiving round up

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means communal meals with all the best foods. Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday because my mom — a busy single mom — would make this extravagant meal that was so far from our normal sandwich or chicken-breast-and-mashed-potatoes-from-a-box dinner. She would make a turkey and potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. She'd put out platters of veggies and cheese to snack on so there would be no complaining. Then all my relatives would come and we'd have this huge feast. It always felt so warm and happy and full of connection. With communal...

sparkle kitchen: four dishes for giving

This week we are trying to inspire you all to do some good deeds like those featured in the upcoming "Libby & Dish's Good-Deed-a-Day Club." I've rounded up four great recipes for sharing. These recipes are great for bringing to a family who has had a new baby or is moving or just needs a little help with meals during a stressful time....

sparkle kitchen — starry night chamomile shortbreads

In the At Home With Martin & Sylvia story “Night Magic,” Daddy has borrowed Mr. Brown’s telescope with the intention of seeing the full moon. They all decide to stay up late that night, but Martin starts to worry he might get scared in the dark. When the sun finally sets, however, he is dazzled by the magic of the night....

sparkle kitchen: halloween treats round up

When I was young, my mom would tell me about her experience as kid going out on Halloween night in the 1950s. She told of how people would pass out homemade cookies and popcorn balls, candied apples, and full-size candy bars. These days, it's just not socially acceptable to pass out homemade cookies due to so many food allergies and dietary preferences. Trick-or-treaters expect to reach into that big bowl of store-bought candy. But this doesn't stop me from making my family and friends homemade treats on Halloween. They've now come to love and ask for these treats every year as Halloween...