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Halloween Treats

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Sweet Pumpkin Carrot Squares
Adapted from SparkPeople

Yield: 48 Squares
Cook Time: 1 hour
Only 71 calories per serving, the bars are sure to put a smile on even the most ghoulish face at your Halloween party.

-2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup Earth Balance (or other butter substitute)
-2 eggs
-2 large egg whites
-1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
-2/3 cup finely shredded carrot
-Cream cheese topping:
-4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon skim milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 15 × 10 inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, and baking soda.
3. In a larger bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar, brown sugar, and Earth Balance until crumbly. Add the eggs, egg whites, pumpkin pie filling, and carrots. Beat until well blended.
4. Add the flour mixture and mix until well blended. Spread onto greased pan.
5. To prepare cream cheese topping, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and milk until thoroughly blended.
6. Drop teaspoons full of topping over pumpkin batter and swirl and cut mixture into batter with a butter knife.
7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Cool in pan completely on wire rack before cutting into squares.

Family Friendly Trails on the First Coast

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Here is a list of bike trails that are great for a family ride. You can ride the whole loop, or just do a short stretch.

The S-Line Urban Greenway
Length: 1.5 miles
Built along a former CSX railroad line, this urban bike trail runs through the historic Springfield and Durkeeville neighborhoods. It starts across from the intersection of Kings Road at Myrtle Ave. North near the Beaver Street Farmer’s Market.

The Amelia Island Trail
Length: 6.2 Miles
This trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail network that stretches from Florida to Maine. The trail begins at Peters Point Beachfront Park (1974 S. Fletcher Ave) and goes to Amelia Island State Park (parking available, State Road A1A North).

Timucuan Trail
Length: 18 Miles
This trail offers camping options and beach accesses. The ride traverses through Big Talbot Island State Park and Little Talbot Island State Park. Parking and trail access can be found in Big Talbot Island State Park (located on State Road A1A North) and Little Talbot Island State Park (12157 Heckscher Drive).

Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail
Length: 15 miles
Canopied paved trails rich with wildlife, this is a wonderful trail for a family ride. The Imeson Road trailhead is closest to Jacksonville, and a great place to start. Midway along the ride you will come across the remains of a Civil War encampment. To reach the Imeson Road trailhead from downtown Jacksonville, take I-10 west to Exit 356/I-295 North and head up I-295 to Exit 9/Commonwealth Avenue. Drive west on Commonwealth about 1 mile to Imeson and turn right. The marked trailhead is on the left.

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