Why the Red Poppy? Remembering Veteran’s Day

My sweet Canadian husband and I were talking just the other day about the upcoming holiday (today!) Veteran’s Day, also known as Remembrance Day in Canada. I commented that one of the many things I love about Canada is how Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day) is solemnized with everyone wearing a red felt poppy on their lapel.

My American children are not exposed to the red felt poppy on the same scale as their Canadian cousins, nor do they fully understand the significance of Veteran’s Day/ Remembrance Day. Here is a short history lesson geared to grade-schoolers to help explain why there is a moment of silence at the 11th hour on 11th day of the 11th month of the year, why the red poppy is worn around the world, and what this day means for their future:

For those who are not familiar with the poem, In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae, here is an emotional recitation:


May we always remember what happened almost 100 years ago. May we never lose hope or our humanity. May we always respect, love, and honor those who serve around us.

May you have a blessed Veteran’s Day.




Soft Ginger Cookies with Pumpkin Ice Cream

I love autumn. The leaves changing color, wearing sweaters outdoors, curling up with that special someone at the end of the day eating the latest bake good. My favorite ingredient in baked items (right now) is pumpkin. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin hot chocolate, and pumpkin pie… Yummy!

And what can be better than pumpkin pie with a side of vanilla ice cream? By combining the pie and ice cream, of course! I must insert a disclaimer here…

What I am about to share with you is not healthy nor is it going to melt the pounds off like some of my other posts on food. This is a post on quality and flavor. One does not have to eat a large quantity of any dish is there is flavor for every sense. This dessert suggestion and recipe (Yes, I’m SHARING!) has everything for all senses. Even hearing! Who doesn’t like hearing people rave over your food with accolades and praise? 🙂

Pumpkin Ice Cream found at Trader Joe's

Pumpkin Ice Cream found at Trader Joe’s

First, and the most important ingredient to this desert, is two scoops of the Pumpkin Ice Cream made by Pilgrim Joes and found at Trader Joe’s. Don’t have a Trader Joe’s close to your home? I suggest as a back-up option the Pumpkin Ice Cream made Dryers.

Soft Ginger Cookies

1 1/2 cups Butter

2 cups Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1/2 cup Molasses

4 1/2 cups Flour

4 teaspoons Baking Soda

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

2 teaspoons Ground Ginger

1 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 teaspoon Salt


Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and molasses and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Roll into balls with a cookie scoop and roll balls in sugar. Back on ungreased cookie sheets (a baking stone works VERY WELL) at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Kristen's Soft Ginger Cookies with Pumpkin Ice Cream

Kristen’s Soft Ginger Cookies with Pumpkin Ice Cream

The Coat: A Story of Charity

“The Coat” inspired real people–teenagers, in fact–into action.

Although I do not work outside my home in the W-2 sense, I have the opportunity to perform small acts of charity everyday with my neighbors, fellow parents at school, and random people in my urban community.  I am thankful for these two videos as they remind me that I can make someone’s day brighter, and warmer, through simple acts of kindness.

I hope you, too, know how powerful you are and how much greatness you can do through your simple acts of kindness. Share the love, pass it on.