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Choose your favorite combination of colorful dried fruits in this simple nut bread. Serve thinly sliced or package mini loaves for gifts.

Fruit and Nut Holiday Tea Bread

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour (“Mom” prefers organic)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest
1 (6- to 7-ounce) package Sun-Maid Cape Cod Cranberries or Goldens and Cherries
3/4 cup toasted walnuts or pecans
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice

Preparation

PREHEAT oven to 350 F.

Coat one large 9×5-inch, two medium 8×4-1/2-inch or three small 5×3-inch loaf pans.

In a small bowl COMBINE flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Set aside.

In a medium bowl STIR together sugar, yogurt, oil, eggs, vanilla and zest. Stir in dry mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in dried fruit and nuts. Pour into prepared pans.

BAKE large pan 50-55 minutes, medium pans 35-40 minutes, small pans 30-35 minutes or until well-browned on edges and pick inserted in center comes out clean.

COOL on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan(s) and cool completely.

STIR together powdered sugar and enough orange juice to make a pourable glaze. Drizzle over cooled bread.

Makes 1 large loaf or 3 mini loaves.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sun-Maid.*

Fall is here, and as the weather starts to cool down, now is the time to head outdoors with the family for a day hike! No need to pack a tent or sleeping bag – just carry the essentials for a fun-filled morning or afternoon! What are “Mom’s” top picks this season? She has rounded up a bevy of eco-essentials for a successful trip!

Top Fall Hiking Eco-Essentials

Ditch the plastic baggies and have your little ones each choose their own reusable zippered snack bag from Munchkin! Available in a set of three – Munchkin’s Three Snack Bags can hold carrots, grapes, celery sticks, and other goodies, such as trail mix. The durable, stylish pouches are machine washable after a long day spent hiking!

Two nutritious snacks that pack well for hiking and can be tucked into Munchkin’s snack bags are Sun-Maid’s Cape Cod Cranberries and Fruit Bits! These naturally-sweetened dried fruit snacks will be a huge hit with little hikers (and big hikers, too!) “Mom” loves the Fruit Bits – there is something for everyone in this medley, including California raisins, apricots, plums, cherries apples, and peaches!

Keep yourself hydrated while being planet-friendly with the heavy-duty BottlesUp Glass Water Bottle! We know what you are thinking – glass, on a hike? These are extremely thick water bottles, meant for everyday wear and tear, made from recycled glass (up to 75% recycled post-consumer glass sourced on-site). These uniquely designed bottles were designed with the human hand in mind – the midsection taper and bright silicon rings provide an easy, comfortable grasp of the bottle. BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), and polycarbonates.

Pop a package or two of Dr. Sears Family Essentials POPUMZ All-Natural Crisps into your day-pack for a crunchy whole-grain snack while on the trail! These new whole grain crisps are packed with protein, fiber, and Omega-3 DHA, and come in 6 delicious flavors, including Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Barbeque, Ranch and Cheddar.

A Tiny Green Mom favorite! For the tiniest of hikers, the eco-classic carrier™ by kokopax offers a safe yet luxe ride for babies & toddlers up to 35 lbs. This eco-fabulous carrier is made of 100% cotton canvas fabric printed using a combination of Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 and GOTS eco-friendly certified dyes. The carrier features an adjustable frame that provides a perfect fit for either parent, a stowable, softly padded hip belt, a 5-point safety harness, a convenient pocket with button closure, a toy ring for keeping baby’s favorite toy close at hand, and a kickstand for holding the eco-classic carrier™ upright when off your back. The eco-classic carrier™ comes in six bold planet-friendly fabric patterns, including flutter, road trip, whisper, sprout, bubbles take-two and pax. Each carrier arrives with its own stylish and matching koko™ carry bag.

Image: John Thompson / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece.*