Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. A while back, I got this cookie cutter. It’s the Fred and Friends Gingerdead Men Cookie Cutter/Stamps, and it’s under 7 bucks on Amazon! F&F has all kinds of fun and funny gadgets that will make you smile, some for the kitchen, some for entertaining, and many for around the house. I knew I wanted to make a chocolate pumpkin cookie dough for these.

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Do you eat Kale? Well, you should! But most people either don’t know what to do with it, or don’t like it. One of the Bountiful Basket volunteers told DH that she feeds it to her rabbits! Wow! Her rabbits are eating healthier than she is! Kale is loaded with nutrition that your body needs. Three and a half ounces of raw kale contains 13621 IU of Vitamin A, 72 mg of Calcium, 10 mg of Magnesium and 228 mg of Potassium!

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I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a healthy, crunchy snack-type food in the dehydrator for several weeks now. One of the biggest problems I’ve had is spreading out my mixtures on the ParaFlexx sheets. I’ve just had no end of sticky messes. I’ve tried everything from spatulas to rolling pins to get everything even so it dries properly. My mixtures have (mostly) tasted good, but the texture has been a bit weird, drying uneven, and sometimes just too dense and chewy because of the thickness or ingredients.

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Because we eat a lot of hummus here, we are always looking for something crunchy to go with it. There are plenty of tasty chips and crackers on the market, but they all contain a fair amount of sodium. So my goal was to attempt making crackers in my dehydrator. Equipment: Food Processor and Food Dehydrator   Recipe: 1⁄2 c Bob’s Red Mill Organic Creamy Buckwheat 1 c pinto beans, cooked, drained (reserve 1⁄8 cup water from cooking beans in case needed)

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These are quick refrigerator pickles, so DH has dubbed them “Quickles”. They can be made with any combination of fresh vegetables you like. They are a really healthy snack, and will add the vinegar and dill flavor to main meals, such as the Southwest Veggie Burger! They don’t really need any salt in the mixture if you use some Balsamic vinegar. From the left, the vegetable mixtures in the picture are:

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