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Roasted Pumpkin, Chestnut and Pine Nut Sharing Plate

Food that is shared takes on a special meaning.  It is an act of love, of gratitude, of belonging.   Sitting around a table, eating the same meal has a way of bringing people together that is unique and universal all at once.  Especially at this time of year, eating together can be a panacea for the colder weather and longer nights.   This sharing plate is one of my favourites.  The colours alone are a rich tapestry to liven up any table.  Pumpkin cut into wedges, slow roasted with maple syrup, cinnamon and sage leaves for a deep flavour and enticing aroma.  Chestnuts and pine nuts add a satisfying crunch and counter balance and jewels of pomegranate seeds make for...

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Blessed Being: Three Gratitude Practices to Try this Thanksgiving

We all know that we should be grateful, to express our appreciation, count our blessings and to say Thank You. However, culturally, we are conditioned to focus on everything we don't have - instead of focusing on what we do have. Practicing gratitude can shift your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Cultivating gratitude means not taking things for granted. The more we recognize how much we do have and how many things are going well, we become increasingly aware of life’s miracles and everything we have been given. Then, we can come from a place of abundance. If we think we don't have enough, and think everyone else has more than we do,...

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