Beth Siegalkoff

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins find the combination simply irresistible. Following the logic, chocolate is made from cocoa beans (a vegetable) and raisins are dried grapes (a fruit). And we know vegetables and fruit are good for you.

Let’s break it down – Raisins are dried grapes and are used in many parts of the world for cooking, baking and as a snack. Usually sundried, raisins have a high amount of sugar – almost 75% of their weight is sugar. Raisins contain antioxidants, are high in fiber, and have a low glycemic index. They are also known to have blood pressure reducing properties.

Chocolate is considered to be a health food, especially when it is not consumed with high amounts of sugar. Eaten in its purest form or with a little sugar, chocolate can help reduce risks of stroke, heart disease, and blood pressure. Chocolate can also help boost mood and improve eyesight. Therefore, shouldn’t chocolate covered raisins be considered good for you? I’m thinking so.

Most of you know I work for the high school district. It was such an absolute joy to watch students come back on campus last week. I don’t know who was more excited, them or me.

Although the students had their masks on, you could see the smiles of happiness in their eyes and hear it in their voices when they greeted the staff. All of us were conscientious about distancing and, in general, we were just happy to be back in school. Well, most of us are – about 95%. I am sure there are about 5% of those who are apprehensive about returning to campus, and that is OK. Those people are needed to keep the rest of us reminded to practice safety.

Congratulations to the senior Liberty Ranch cheerleaders. They had their Senior Night last Friday. Senior Night is one of the activities senior athletes look forward to during their final year at high school. Special shout-out to granddaughter Grace – she is one of those seniors, and we are going to miss seeing her cheer.

Next week is Easter Vacation. With no school for a week, keep a lookout for the kiddos on their skateboards, scooters and bikes traveling around town. With no school or distance learning, the young people will be out and about. And, hey, you may even catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny checking out the best egg hiding places.

One last birthday for our family’s March birthdays. Grandson Paul will be 21 on March 28. Now, how old do some of you feel who remember when he was born? He is an amazing young man (and yes, this is a proud Grandma writing). Happy birthday, baby boy; enjoy pursuing your dreams; we love you.

Recipe of the day: Pumpkin Raisin muffins. Flower of the day: Scarlet Runner Bean.

Dates to remember:

March 27: Passover

March 28: Palm Sunday

March 29 to April 5: Spring Break – Schools will be closed, and they get the Monday after Easter off.

April 1: April Fools Day

April 2: Good Friday

April 4: Easter

Until next week: Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.