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Happy December !

National Handwashing Awareness Week

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the first week in December as National Handwashing Awareness Week. According to the CDC, regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Germs can spread when you:

  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
  • Touch surfaces or objects that have germs on them
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects

Recommended steps for washing your hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold); turn off the tap; and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

To keep you and your family healthy, the key times to wash hands are:

  • 1. Preparing food
  • 2. Eating food
  • 3. Caring for someone who is sick
  • 4. Treating a cut or wound
  • 1. Preparing food
  • 2. Eating food
  • 3. Caring for someone who is sick
  • 4. Treating a cut or wound
  • 5. Using the toilet
  • 6. Changing diapers
  • 7. Blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • 8. Touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • 9. Handling pet food or pet treats
  • 10. Touching garbage

If these simple steps are practiced daily, your healthy hands can lead to a heathy home.




Chocolate Amaranth Pudding With Cardamom Poached Pears

(Gluten-free & vegan)



  • 120g amaranth (1/2 cup)
  • 480ml rice milk or other plant milk (2 cups)
  • 100g dark vegan chocolate (3.5oz)
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt


  • 4 pears
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, open
  • 2tbsp raw sugar
  • 1l water (4 cups)


  1. Rinse amaranth and place into a small pot, add rice milk and bring to boil. Leave to simmer for about 35 minutes. Once the milk has almost evaporated towards the end of the cooking time, give it a stir once a while. Take off the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Finely chop the chocolate and stir into amaranth until completely melted, add maple syrup to taste and optional pinch of sea salt.
  3. Place into a serving dish. Serve right away topped with poached pears and chocolate shavings or chill in the fridge for at least an hour until ready to serve.
  4. To make the poached pears, place the spices, sugar and water into a medium pot and bring to boil.
  5. Carefully peel pears from top to bottom and place into the pot, simmer for about 25 minutes or until soft when tested with a knife.
  6. Serve warm with the pudding or chill until ready to serve.
  7. Enjoy!



Wishing you a truly wonderful holiday season filled with peace and love

Happy Holidays!

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