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Mason Neck Park

“Mason Neck Park is located at 7301 High Point Road, Lorton VA 22079, just a stone’s throw away from Washington D.C.”

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Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin gluten-free vegan cookies made with Arbonne protein & fiber boost! YUM!!!! Only 15 min to make!
8 scoops of yummy Arbonne protein
2-scoops of Arbonne Fiber boost
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1- tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1-can organic pumpkin
Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees



Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili for dinner, yummmmmy



1 tablespoon vegeatable oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1½ tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (15 ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained & rinsed


Heat the oil over medium heat.Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.Add the garlic and cook one more minutes.Next, add the sweet potato, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cinnamon. Stir until the sweet potatoes are coated with the spices.

Next, add the diced fire-roasted tomatoes, 3 cups of the stock, and the tomato paste. Bring it to a boil, and then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

Stir in the black beans and cook until they are warmed, a few minutes more.If the chili is too thick for your preference, add another cup of stock.


The Colors Of Autumn & A Recipe


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¼ cup Spectrum® coconut oil, melted
¼ cup honey
1 cup rolled old-fashioned oats
1 cup quick cooking oats
â…” cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
â…” cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs, beaten


Apple Kale & Pomegranate Salad


Apple Kale & Pomegranate Salad 

National Eat A Cranberry Day

Bowl of cranberries surrounded by cranberries on wooden table, elevated view

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Cranberry Antioxidant Punch

Makes approximately six drinks

2 cups fresh cranberries

6 to 8 pears, medium size

1 cup quince simple syrup — make ahead, recipe below

Feed cranberries and whole pears into a juice machine. Double strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the cranberry seeds. In a pitcher, mix the pear and cranberry juice with the quince simple syrup.  To serve, pour over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries.

Recipe By: Gina Chersevani



Cranberry Relish

3 cups (12 oz bag) cranberries
2 apples, cored
1 orange
¼ of orange peel
½ cup coconut sugar, brown sugar or other equivalent sweetener

Combine first 4 ingredients into food processor and chop. Mix in sugar. Let stand in refrigerator for several hours. Makes 7 servings


Nut Roast

3 oz dried cranberries
3/4 cup hot water
8 oz cashews, toasted and chopped fine
6 oz breadcrumbs
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onions, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely shredded
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 small mild or hot red chilies, finely chopped
3 oz flour
A little under 1 cup vegetable stock or broth

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease and line a 2lb loaf pan. Put the cranberries into a cup and add the hot water, set aside to soak. Mix the breadcrumbs, nuts and rosemary in a bowl and set aside. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan or pot. Add the onions, carrot and saute for several minutes until tender. Add the crushed garlic and chopped chilies and continue to saute for a couple more minutes until the garlic releases it’s aroma.
Take off the heat and stir in the flour. Then pour the hot stock into the pan and stir well to form a sticky paste. Strain the cranberries and stir them into the bowl containing the cashew and breadcrumb mixture. Then tip the cashew, breadcrumb and cranberry mixture into the pan. Mix well so that everything is thoroughly combined. Pack the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Smooth down the top with the back of a water dipped metal spoon.
Bake for around forty-five minutes to one hour, or until firm and an inserted knife comes out clean. NOTE: Once baked, let loaf sit in the pan for about half an hour before serving so it will firm up.





Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

For someone who loves and uses sweet potatoes as much as I do, I have been seriously neglecting some of the other delicious fall/winter root vegetables. For example- the acorn squash. (Where is the…

Recipe @ A Rented Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Green Lentils


Delicious and healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Green Lentils! Super easy and quick meal or side dish. Gluten-free, Grain-free and Vegan.

Recipe @ pure ella

The Great Stuffed Pumpkin

This stuffed pumpkin recipe is a dramatic side dish or vegetarian main course that will command center stage on your table.

Recipe@ the view from great island

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes


This recipe reminds me of days gone by and Thanksgiving mornings with a chill in the air where can almost just feel frost coming in. This recipe will be a regular in our home!



Gingerbread pancakes made with pumpkin puree, whole grain oats, and molasses. Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free! Well, hello there! Long time, no talk. I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. Mine turned out better than I could’ve hoped for. We took a couple of days to go sightseeing with our family that was …

Recipe: Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes