Tuesday Tots ~ Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Apple Muffins

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2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)

Directions

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups, or line the cups with paper muffin liners.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. Combine the brown sugar, white sugar, oil, applesauce, pumpkin, buttermilk, and beaten eggs and mix until well blended. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the raisins, if desired.

Divide the batter evenly in the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the muffin pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.

**These are delicious treats for not only kiddos, but for parents alike. Great for breakfast, or an afternoon snack!

Monday Moments ~ Glucose Tolerance Test

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Pregnant women can develop a condition known as Gestational Diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy) that can cause risk to both a mother and her baby. A glucose tolerance test is a common types of testing for potential gestational diabetes.

There are several different tests that are intended to identify gestational diabetes in women who are expecting. The first, which is called the Glucose Challenge Screening, is a preliminary screening test usually performed between 26-28 weeks. If a woman tests positive during the test, the second test, called the Glucose Tolerance Test, may be performed. This test will diagnose whether diabetes exists or not by indicating whether or not the body is using glucose effectively.

Have you gone through the Glucose Tolerance Test? If so, what were your results? Share with us!

Foodie Friday ~ Chocolate Pretzel Treats

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20 small mini pretzels

20 chocolate covered caramel candies

20 pecan halves

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place one chocolate covered caramel candy on top of each pretzel.

Bake for four minutes. While the candy is warm, press a pecan halfway onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.