Tuesday, January 27th, everything is canceled due to lots and lots of snow.  Stay safe and warm!!!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we postponed our Healing Hearts Gala scheduled for Nov. 22 2014 . We’ll be holding it in the spring instead and the date has been finally confirmed as March 19, 2015.  We hope to see you there!

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Here’s a seasonal recipe that was  a big hit in last week’s  our “Healthy Choices” class.

Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins

Adapted from Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars

This recipe makes 4 dozen mini muffins OR 2 dozen mini muffins plus an 8×10″ cake pan OR a single cake using a 10 x 13″ cake pan


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 12 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Plus extra cinnamon and sugar to dust on top


Note, if you’re using mini muffins preheat the oven to 425. If you’re baking a pan, preheat to 350 instead. If you’re doing both at the same time, split the difference at 375. Grease your pan(s) with butter or use muffin liners.

Using a handheld beater or standing mixer, beat wet ingredients together until frothy: eggs, pumpkin, oil and apple sauce. Add the sugar. Put a sifter over the mixing bowl and add the flour, wheat germ, spices, baking powder, salt and soda. Sift into the bowl then stir together, breaking up clumps but don’t over-mix. Stopping at just the right time, when everything is well incorporated, will keep your cakes fluffy.

Fill pan(s) about 3/4 full and bake.

Mini muffins: 8-10 minutes (425 degrees F)

Regular muffin pan: 15-17 minutes (375 degrees F)

8 x 10″ pan: 25 minutes (350 degrees F)

10 x 13″ pan: 30 minutes (350 degrees F)

While your cake(s) are cooling, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.


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Healing Hearts Recreational and Social Division is dedicated to improving the lives of children with a wide range of developmental disabilities and neuro-motor challenges. Classes are open for children of all abilities. Healing Hearts staff has vast experience in education and acquisition of skills in play, language and motor/sensory. Each class emphasizes the importance of peer interaction, increasing language skills and age appropriate activities.