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What happens if you lose a teaching job that you've been doing for a long time, that you do well, and that you totally love, with no hope of finding a similar position elsewhere?  You go nuts!

That's what East Greenwich resident Colleen Howard did.  She started a home-based business, making an irresistable candied nut mix, and selling it to markets around Rhode Island.   
Did you ever consider buying spiced or sugared nuts as a healthy and enjoyable hostess gift?  Or do you ever have trouble thinking of a good guy's gift?  Most guys go nuts for nuts; it's in their genetic coding.  Look for Colleen's nutz at the Dave's Market Gift Shop, Shartner Farms, and other locations.  Interested shop owners can contact Colleen at dczh23@verizon.net or call her at (401) 398-1019.
party nuts!
by sally sampson
Party nuts! has 50 recipes for making sweet or spicy nuts that you can make for gifts, entertaining, or just to provide a healthy treat for your family.  Imagine Hot Peppered Candied Walnuts, Curried Chili Cashews, or Hot-Sweet Back and White Sesame Almonds.  Imagine Pesto Pine Nuts mixed in with angel hair pasta or Pecans au Poivre sprinkled over mixed garden greens.  Protein-packed nuts turn a salad into a meal.

Our daughter has a tradition of whipping up eggwhites and sugar for big batches of "classic sugared holiday nuts".  She fills sandwich bags with the coated toasted nuts and ties the packets with a ribbon for a quick and easy Christmas present.  They are so good, she has to then hide them to be certain they don't disappear before she can hand them out.

Sally Sampson's Party nuts!  makes a fabulous gift all by itself.  But you could combine it with assorted bags of nuts from Job Lot to make a fun gift basket.


Put the “Doctrine of Signatures” to work for you over the holidays.  Give a gift that combines brain and heart power AND reduce stressDid you ever notice how the meat of the walnut shaped like a human brain?  And it rests inside a hard skull-like shell?  Walnuts support optimal brain functioning.  Of all the nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of Omega-3 fats, making them excellent brain food.  Omega-3 oils also shown to boost moods and relieve depression and other behavioral disorders.  In fact, studies have demonstrated that children given Omega-3s have fewer attention deficit problems, making walnuts a really smart snack to pack for school.

Please click here to read an important article about walnuts.


Nuts and seeds, in general, are nutrient rich and loaded with energy.  Nuts contain the amino acid arginine, celebrated for its ability to lower the risk of heart disease.  Walnuts are packed with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese.  In purchasing walnuts, buy them fresh, making sure the flesh is white rather than yellow. 


Pecan and almonds are also smart choices for nuts, while pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds pack the same list of nutrients, as well as cancer-fighting selenium.  Nuts and seeds can be added to salads, tossed into trail mix, baked into oatmeal bars, or blended dried fruit into yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast.  Trader Joe’s offers bags of pre-packaged single portion nut assortments provide a quick mid-day energy and brain boost.


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