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Truck-Driving Jobs and Nutritious Truck Stop Crockpot Pork Chops

The total amount of available truck-driving jobs in High Desert’s Hesperia, California are 1,136 according to Change the search from “truck-driving jobs” to clerical and get 309; IT Manager, 451; HR, 120; warehouse, 561; teachers, 463; and social media, 35. That is something for the unemployed – men as well as women – to consider.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4.9 percent unemployment rate, and Donald Trump says it’s between 28 and 35 percent. Whatever the true jobless rate is, the struggle continues for the unemployed. The challenge of job seeking is stressful for all age groups, but older people 50 and over must also deal with age discrimination.

According to a 2015 truck-driving analysis, the average age of over-the-road (OTR) drivers is 49, and more women (5.8% of truck drivers are women) are turning to the truck-driving industry for employment.

While you consider if an OTR career is for you, may offer some answers for you. A professional trucking occupation is certainly not for everyone. Take a look at a few advantages and disadvantages to the truck-driving industry:


  • It’s one of the most dangerous occupations due to so much traffic on the roads and crazy and distracted drivers.
  • It’s easy to gain weight and become unhealthy on this job because you sit all the time and eat fast food.
  • You’re away from home and family much of the time.


  • You can pay the bills and put food on the table for the family.
  • The pay is good.
  • You can see the country.
  • You can see family and friends who live near places you deliver goods to.
  • Some companies will allow a family member to ride with you (eventually, not at first).

In spite of having to sit all day and eat not-so-nutritious food on the go, a trucker can choose to include exercise and healthy foods as part of the OTR lifestyle. Stopping occasionally to stretch the legs and walk around helps. Google Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) to find ways to prevent blood clots.

Cook Nutritious Meals in Your Truck

Save money on all-you-can-eat truck stop buffets and cook your own dinners. All you need are the right kitchen appliances for trucks. For instance, let’s say you like homestyle pork chops. They’re easy to make in the truck. You need a 12-volt crockpot, and it will taste even better if you also have a 12-volt mini griddle. Why? Because the meat is best if you sear it first before putting it into the crockpot. You could get by without the griddle and just put the chops in without browning them first. The difference will be in the flavor.

Truck Stop Crockpot Pork Chops

Truck Stop Crockpot Pork Chops

Truck Stop Crockpot Pork Chops


  • 2 Porkchops, thawed
  • 1/2 Tsp. Olive Oil (if searing on griddle)
  • 1 Can Sweet Peas (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tsp. Knorr Chicken Bouillon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Basil
  • 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 Bag Small Carrots
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Sear pork chops on griddle (or put in crockpot without browning)
  2. Season the pork chops and place them in a crockpot.
  3. Add broth and bouillon.
  4. Cook on high for 1 hours.
  5. After 1 hour, turn crockpot on low and cook for 6 hours.
  6. Add the rice and peas when you have 1 hour left to cook.
  7. Option: Use baked beans instead of peas, and have barbecue sauce on hand as a condiment for the pork chops.
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The recipe above was modified from a pork chop recipe at The recipe above is for 2 pork chops instead of 4.

When stopping at a truck stop for the night, the nutritious driver who cooked dinner in the crockpot while driving will have a delicious home-style meal. All it takes is a little planning ahead, a trip to the grocery store, and one or two truck-friendly kitchen appliances. You can cook about any meat you like in a crockpot – ribs, chicken, sausage – your very own home-cooked meal at the truck stop.


Food for the Big Game Day

Fruit Dip

Bananas, Blueberries, & Pistachio Dip

Tomorrow’s the big food day! Yes, I know. It’s the Big Game, but who is going to be in the kitchen making sure you have plenty of appetizers and snacks?

Are you preparing food at home or going out to watch the game? Maybe you’re going to church or don’t have interest in the game. Whatever the case, you’re planning to eat sometime Sunday, right? I’ve discovered some super easy snacks, appetizers, and dips for the game or any occasion. A few of the recipes are mine, and some recipes I’ve found are from other food bloggers.

One snack I made recently (my toddler granddaughter really liked these) was the Pretzel Pecan Turtles I saw at I just discovered a Caprese and Olive appetizer at If you’re looking for dips to make for veggies, crackers, and chips, visit for some quick and easy recipes.

Here’s an easy fruit dip for you to try. It’s quick, easy, low-fat and sugar-free.

  • 1/2 Ctn Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Sm Box Low-Fat, Sugar-Free Pistachio Pudding Mix
  • 1 Cup 2% Milk

Mix the pudding mix and milk. Blend in the yogurt, and mix well. You can use a whole carton of yogurt but will need another cup of milk.

Now tell me what special treats you’re making for your family tomorrow. Got a super easy recipe you want to share?


February Garden Planning Tips


Yellow Snapdragons

Gardeners are already planning their spring gardens and planting. The garden lover thrives on how to keep flowers and vegetables growing all year long, whether it be seed-planting, weed-pulling, and vegetable harvesting. The most challenging gardening I’ve ever experienced has been in high desert garden zones.

I googled “high desert garden planning in February” to see who and what popped up. The links listed below are the first ones that came up. Whichever zone you garden in, these tips will be useful to you.


Each one of these sites is very fascinating, interesting, and inspiring for anyone who wants to start a garden in the high desert. The cool thing is that no matter which high desert area you live in, you can benefit from any of these three websites mentioned, even the last one that isn’t focused specifically on the “high” desert.

All three of the above garden websites include gardening tips. Moana Nursery points out the three challenges of climate, soil, and water and offers a very helpful planting guide.

Barbara with “Surviving the Middle Class Crash” (I love that blog title) gives tips on how to cut down on weeds. She also offers a list of fruits and vegetables grown successfully – in spite of being told that hardly anything grows in the Sprague River, Oregon high desert.

The third link that came up with my Internet search is the “full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls” (I fell in love with her blog). Though she’s from the Tucson low desert area, her suggestions work well for growing vegetables in the high desert as well. She covers topics on your hardiness zone, soil testing, raised beds, wilting, mulch and more. But I like what she says about keeping a journal as a reference guide of your successes and disasters.

I’ll never forget the first time I spotted an ugly dragon-looking neon-green-alien-looking tomato hornworm. It creeped me out so much that I put my garden gloves on and knocked the pest off of the plant and into a sandwich baggie. Where there is one, there is bound to be more. Brave vegetable gardener that I was, I managed to save the sandwich bags for the next alien culprits. Gloves and a small spade helped me do the trick of sending them out of my garden. I read somewhere that tomato hornworms are hard to see in the sunlight (because they blend right in with the green leaves), so use a flashlight when it’s dark to shine on the plants. The little monsters are easier to spot that way with their neon color.

Like Middle Class Crash Barbara, I was determined to learn how to grow vegetables and fruit in a high desert climate. I had helped my vegetable-garden-growing mother and grandmothers enough that I had the confidence that I could grow my own home-grown food despite desert conditions.

My garden upbringing was in the Deep South, quite different than hot, dry summers with strong winds. Eventually, however, the garden grew. What has amazed me is that this winter my herbs, specifically dill and oregano, have withstood the cold and are actually thriving beautifully. It’s so exciting to step outside the kitchen into the herb garden and snip a few for seasoning, like the dill herb for one of the Big Game dip recipes I’m wanting to try.

A list of flowers and herbs that have made it through the winter season so far:

  • Snapdragons (they’ve grown quite tall)
  • California Poppies (that shocked me – I haven’t had them stay so pretty through the winter before)
  • Pansies – Oh how pretty they are in purple and yellow!
  • Dill – Before winter it looked tiny and scraggly-looking. Winter must be its friend more than I realized.
  • Oregano – It’s planted in a a corner of a large square pot. Two small pots of other herbs were placed inside the big garden pot. Since the oregano is spreading out so nicely, I’m removing the little pots and am going to let the oregano take over.

High Desert Areas of the United States

High Desert Joshua Tree

Mohave High Desert Joshua Tree

There are four main high desert areas (at least 2,000 feet above sea level) of the United States. Bloggers who publish posts on High Desert Blogging generally write about the Victor Valley vicinity of San Bernardino County in Southern California (So Cal).

One of the topics of this blog is high desert gardening. If you have learned the tricks to growing a successful garden in So Cal’s dry, hot, and windy summers, high desert gardeners from any of the four high deserts (listed below) of the U.S. can benefit from your garden tips.

4 Most Popular High Deserts of the U. S.

  • High Desert in California (mostly Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County)
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Oregon (central & eastern)
  • Colorado Plateau

The more populated high desert California areas are in Los Angeles County cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, San Bernardino County cities of Victor Valley (Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville), and Barstow. Other high desert cities include Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bend, Burns, Lakeview, and Prineville in Oregon.

Interests such as the following commonalities can be found in most or all of these high deserts:

  1. Old and/or historic touristic area of town
  2. Coffee shops
  3. Cafes & cuisine
  4. Vintage shopping
  5. High desert gardening
  6. Art & culture
  7. Writer events
  8. Wagon trail history
  9. Surrounding mountains

Old and/or historic touristic area of town

Albuquerque, Oregon, and California high deserts offer a wide variety of things to do and places for tourists to visit. Old town and historic shopping venues are available in each of these high desert areas. Albuquerque has its Old Town, Victorville Old Town is known for its National Old Trails Highway, Route 66, and Bend, Oregon has the Old Mills District.

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon

Rowena Point Columbia Gorge, By johninportland

Tour the Old Mills District in Bend on a Segway. High Desert Museum has high reviews, so include it in your list of places to see. Learn more about Oregon’s things to do in the high desert at

Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque Old Town

Albuquerque’s Old Town Adobe Historic Church

Old Town Albuquerque has the best little coffee shop, Velvet Coffeehouse with specialty coffee and tea and the best berry scone ever.

Albuquerque Old Town Coffee

Velvet Coffeehouse, Albuquerque Old Town

Coffee in Old Town Albuquerque

Velvet Coffeehouse, Old Town Albuquerque

A short distance from Velvet’s is Wild Hare Studio.

Albuquerque Shopping

Wild Hare Studio Art, Albuquerque

Art Studio, Albuquerque Old Town

Wild Hare Art, Albuquerque Old Town

Another shop worth visiting is the Old Town Basket & Rug Shop with a large collection of Southwestern home decor. Take time to tour the church built in 1793, San Felipe de Neri Parish.

Victorville’s Route 66

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

See the Route 66 Museum in Victorville, shop at Santa Fe Trading Company for Southwestern home decor. If you like vintage shopping, it’s worthwhile to travel down Route 66 to Oro Grande.

antique shopping at Antique Station, Oro Grande, CA

Antique Station vintage shopping, Oro Grande, CA

Albuquerque, Oregon, and California high deserts’ are packed with Southwest, wagon trail, and Route 66 history for the writer. In fact, there are several writers’ events held annually in each of these areas including conferences, contests, retreats, and workshops.

Interested in guest blogging about your high desert? Contact us at


6 Best High Desert Restaurants to Watch the Big Game

Cajun Seafood, Hesperia, CA

Louisiana Cajun Seafood House

What do you have planned for the big game party menu, or do you plan to dine out? If you choose to dine out in the High Desert, here are six restaurants to view the game:

  1. Oggi’s, 19201 Bear Valley Road, Apple Valley
  2. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 12728 Main Street, Hesperia
  3. Louisiana Cajun Seafood House, 14466 Main Street, Suite 103, Hesperia
  4. Buffalo Wild Wings, 18965 Bear Valley Road, Apple Valley
  5. Sizzler, 16988 Main Street, Hesperia
  6. Knockout Pizza, 8125 I Avenue, Suite 2&3, Hesperia

All six of these restaurants have great food. They are rated here beginning with #1 as first choice of best food and plenty of TV screens.

No matter where you sit at Oggi’s, you can see the big game easily on a large flat screen television. Their pizza tastes incredible. The menu includes salads, specialties, appetizers, and more from the Italian cuisine with choices from a lighter side like the Quinoa Stuffed Portabella Mushroom.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is among the best of Hesperia’s family style sports restaurants and has burgers, pizza, a lighter side, and gluten friendly entrees. Save room for dessert – Funnel Fries dipped in caramel or chocolate sauce or the Molten Chocolate Cake.

Louisiana Cajun Seafood House – best seafood place in town! Enjoy watching the game and eating gumbo, lemon pepper fries, shrimp, lobster, or catfish.

Buffalo Wild Wings is all about making their fans happy with sports, wings, and beer. So if you are into all three, head over there to enjoy the game.

Families who prefer eating steak, chicken, and salad while watching the Super Bowl may want to visit Sizzler on Main Street.

Knockout Pizza even has a gluten-free pizza. Last year they offered barbecue, hot off the BBQ pit outside as an option for those not wanting pizza.

If you are not dining out for the big game, what are you planning to serve for appetizers? Wings, mushrooms, cheese dip and chips, or something different that you’ve come up with? Try any of these palatable snacks for your party:

People typically prepare high calorie, high carb foods for the big game day. Health-conscious sports fans, what foods do you munch on during the game? Inspire us with your nutritious recipes. Maybe you’ll save someone a hunk of unnecessary calories and carbs with an alternative appetizing menu.

Enjoy the big game!

Louisiana Style Dining in Southern California’s High Desert

Hesperia, CA Seafood Restaurant

Louisiana Cajun Seafood Restaurant

Visiting Southern California’s high desert anytime soon? Dining will, most likely, be included in your agenda. If you’re traveling to or from Las Vegas, Nevada on I-15, Hesperia and Victorville have several great restaurants to choose from. One restaurant that is gaining more popularity (they’re even opening a second restaurant in Victorville) is the Louisiana Cajun Seafood House on Main Street in Hesperia. It’s in a shopping center behind McDonald’s on Main Street and Maple.

There are other great places to eat in Hesperia that are close to I-15 at the Main Street exit like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Golden Corral, and In-N-Out Burger. Wood Grill Buffet, not too far from I-15, is another good place to dine if you enjoy buffet style.

Victorville also has plenty of restaurants to choose from at the Bear Valley exit near I-15. These include:

  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Marie Callender’s
  • Applebee’s
  • Chili’s
  • Steak ‘n Shake

Now, back to that Cajun style hotspot in Hesperia, you’re in for a fun experience. Louisiana and Texas visitors, this is not your typical seafood restaurant from the Gulf Coast. Similar, but not the same. It is common to find paper towels on the tables of seafood restaurants on the eastern side of Texas and all of Louisiana. Hesperia’s Louisiana Cajun place offers more than paper towels. You get a bib. Wear it, and you’ll be fine.

Menu items available at Louisiana Cajun Seafood House are seafood such as crawfish, king crab legs and lobster, awesome fried catfish, incredible lemon pepper fries and gumbo. If you like shrimp, pay extra to get the peeled kind with lemon pepper and garlic. Oh, my!!!

You may want to venture out further from I-15 to dine. If you do, there are fabulous restaurants from Italian to Mexican cuisine and great diners in Hesperia, Victorville, and Apple Valley. Some are:

  • Mama Carpino’s Italian
  • Oggi’s Apple Valley (Pizza)
  • Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant
  • Juliano’s Italian Restaurant
  • Apollo Restaurant (hamburgers)
  • Cross Eyed Cow Pizza
  • Molly Brown’s Country Cafe

The list could easily continue because the Victor Valley area is filled with many excellent dining choices. Food connoisseurs, plan on making extra visits or stay a few days to try out High Desert’s best dining.

Happy Eating!

High Desert California Writers

The Victor Valley area is home to talented writers and authors. You can read about their craft, books, and events often by reading their blogs. The High Desert California Writers Club holds a monthly meeting for writers. Currently, they meet at the Community Church at Jess Ranch located at 11537 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA. Special writing events and opportunities, such as writers’ salons and critique groups, are accessible to members of the group.


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Writing salons became popular in the early 1900’s when Jack London and other literary enthusiasts, poets, and writers met in the Oaklands hills of California. Jack London authored notable books such as The Call of the Wild, The Iron Heel, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf. In 1909 the popular literary salons officially became known as the California Writers Club.

Blogging Salon

Writing Salon, HDCWC

The craft of writing requires dedication and consistency. London, the most popular author in the early twentieth century, wrote 1,000 words a day. His regular writing habit, obviously, paid off. The Call of the Wild made him famous in his 20’s. He was known as the best paid American writer in his era. A recent book about him is Jack London In Boyhood Adventures, a memoir by Frank Irving Atherton.

Anyone can publish a book in the twenty-first century. Print-on-demand publishing makes it easy for authors to see their books in print. Editing isn’t always a top priority for all who choose the self-publishing route, however. Perhaps the extra cost of hiring proofreaders and editors discourages some individuals. Writers owe it to themselves to find someone to critique their work. One of the most valuable benefits to becoming a member of the High Desert Branch of California Writers Club (HDCWC) is the opportunity to join a critique group.

You can learn more about HDCWC authors and their books as well as follow their blogs. Three are listed below for you, and you can find others listed on Angie’s Book List on this site.







9 Coping Tips for Holiday Blues


Mourning the loss of a grandfather

How do fall and winter holidays make you feel? It’s common for the blues to affect people during this season of the year. Finding a solution to the depression caused by holiday loneliness does take some effort.

Holiday glee suddenly stops for those who are feeling sorrow and pain due to death of loved ones like the families of the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center. We pray for those who are feeling the pain, numbness, and shock of the massacre that took the lives of their dear ones. There is no reasoning of why the shooters (the couple who had a new baby in their lives) committed the horrific massacre that can ease the pain families and friends are feeling. You may help by donating to Arrowhead United Way or donating blood to Lifestream.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are favorite holidays for many people but not for everyone. Holidays can be exceptionally difficult for people who don’t live close to family. It can be a lonely time.  Those who have lost a loved one due to divorce or death may fight depression any time of the year but especially during November and December.

Losing parents or loved ones is hard no matter what time of the year it is. A month ago, on November 7th, my dad passed away.  There is nothing that can take away the fact that you can no longer hear your loved one’s voice or laughter, see his or her smile, or spend time together. Nothing and no one, however, can ever take away sweet memories.

Every person grieves differently. Take it one day at a time. If I have time alone that I feel like crying, that’s what I do. If I’m surrounded by my granddaughters, there is no time to cry. They make me laugh, and they demand my attention. Filling spare time by doing activities with family or friends is very important when grieving. Learn to cope through the grief by finding something to do when you have to be alone.

9 Coping Tips for Holiday Blues

I thought of things that have helped me since the loss of my father. If any of these seem helpful to you, try them. Either they can make you smile or keep you so busy that you don’t have time to dwell on the sadness you feel.

  1. Focus on needs of family members and friends – Cooking Thanksgiving dinner was one way I filled the holiday blues. This was one day that I absolutely did not want to be alone.
  2. Read an inspirational book – I purchased a Where Women Create magazine and browsed through its pages.
  3. Watch Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna on Netflix – Seeing a dilapidated house turn into a beautiful home is fascinating and lightens the mood.
  4. Babysit your grandchildren – You can’t help but feel joy with them.
  5. Pray – Prayer always helps the soul.
  6. Blog – Making yourself sit down at a computer and write blog posts to encourage others is actually therapeutic.
  7. Drink a cup of your favorite coffee – It can give you a feeling of comfort.
  8. Bake a special dessert to enjoy with someone – A favorite dessert is a comfort food.
  9. Cook a meal for relatives or friends – Doing a good deed for someone else draws your attention away from yourself.

Do you know a friend who has lost a loved one? Knowing what to say is nearly impossible. Being able to relate by having lost a dear one yourself still doesn’t seem to give you the right words to comfort another.

What do you say to or do for people who have lost a loved one?

  • Listen! Let them know you want to listen if they want to talk. One of the difficult things for me has been that when some friends do call to comfort, they want to talk about when their loved ones died. There is no chance to convey what I feel inside. During the time of loss, the survivors of are hurting and feel the need to talk. Telling another friend about the pain and memories helps.
  • Tell your grieving friend a story about a memory you have of the loved one they have lost.
  • Tell your friend you want to spend time together over coffee. Schedule a date and time. Treat them to coffee. Over coffee, ask how your friend is doing that day and be attentive. Then you can go on to other topics that you both enjoy talking about.
  • Take your friend shopping. Of course, shopping trips always are nice when lunch breaks are included.
  • Invite your friend over during the holidays. Plan a Christmas dinner with games, or go for a drive to look at Christmas lights.

An important part of holidays is doing something special for others. Giving is better than receiving. Need encouragement? Give your time, cook a meal, bake cookies, or make a craft and present to a person suffering from holiday loneliness.


High Desert Blogging Network

What is the website,, all about and who are the authors? If you’ve been wondering, it’s about the High Desert in Southern California, especially the Victor Valley area. It is also a blog. Not sure what a blog is? Think of a blog as a web-log, a website, a journal online, articles, etc. This particular blog is not just written by one person (or blogger) but by multiple people. Therefore, it’s called a blog network.

Our bloggers write specifically about topics related to the High Desert area of Victor Valley. Network Topics

Our bloggers write about a variety of topics which are all related somehow to the High Desert. The blog post may be about things to do in the area, written by or about one of the local writers or artists, an event happening, or places to shop, etc. The newest topic is our diner guide. Topics include:

  1. Blogging
  2. Book Publishing
  3. Books
  4. Cash Flow
  5. Comedy
  6. Community
  7. Contests
  8. Decorating
  9. Entrepreneurs
  10. Food
  11. Frugal Living
  12. Gardening
  13. Day Trips to and from the High Desert
  14. Jobs
  15. Beauty and Fashion
  16. Fitness
  17. Vintage
  18. Shopping
  19. Route 66
  20. Southwest
  21. Spirituality
  22. Poetry
  23. Writing
  24. Things to do, sites to see, and places to go in the High Desert

We have writers who also have other blogs like:

If you are interested in joining our blog network or want to submit an article about one of the topics listed above, contact Rusty or Angie at

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High Desert Bloggers, Route 66 Molly Brown's

High Desert Bloggers at Molly Brown’s on National Trails Highway


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Alternative Treats for Kids

Candy Alternatives

Candy and Sugar Highs

Trunk or Treat festivities have begun. You’ve already decorated your trunk, purchased several bags of candy, and helped your children choose costumes (or picked out your own). Right?

If that doesn’t describe your agenda and you are shopping at the last minute for a party on October 31st, then how about a totally out-of-the-norm candy substitute?

Did you ever wonder how candy became popular for Halloween? I was curious about it and did a little online research. According to, Halloween’s history can be dated back to All Souls’ Day (a practice of honoring the dead) that began on November 2nd in the year of 1000 AD. Poor people would visit wealthy homes and receive soul cakes (pastries) in return for praying for the homeowner’s dead relatives.

A type of community trick or treating became popular in the 1930’s. Then sugar rationing came with World War II. After the war, “candy” treating became popular for Halloween which is now the second largest commercial holiday with approximately $6 billion spent by Americans.

What if parents nationwide decided to rally together and begin a new Halloween tradition of candy alternatives that would minimize candy and promote family and nutrition? Imagine with me, and let’s come up with ideas. Send in ones you come up with in the reply/comment section on this page. I’ll start off the list of possibilities and alternatives.

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  1. Oranges
  2. Raisins (mini boxes)
  3. 100 calorie packets
  4. pretzels
  5. dried fruit
  6. coins
  7. glow sticks
  8. coloring books of popular kids’ movies
  9. toy cars and trucks
  10. Bubbles
  11. organic crackers
  12. red foam clown noses (fun for Christmas stockings, weddings,and  birthday parties, too)
  13. Glow in the Dark spider rings
  14. organic animal crackers
  15. fun stamps for kids
  16. whistles
  17. stickers
  18. crazy straws
  19. mini colorful containers
  20. smiley face squeeze balls

That’s 20 alternatives to candy. Now it’s your turn.

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