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COVER STORY 10 Friday Night Lights
8 West Metro Chamber Awards Dinner 16 Lexington Medical Center Cancer Services 14 What Holds the Whole World Together David Clark
15 Word for Today Pastor Rocky Purvis
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Events CWC Leaders Bill Mooneyhan Spice of Life Halloween Treats
Your CWC Life staff (L-R): Anne Reynolds, Garrett Hope, Allison Caldwell, Ron Branson, Tiffanie Wise, and Cory Bowen
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Thank you for reading the premiere issue of CWC Life, short for Cayce-West Columbia Life. No matter how we tried, the whole title wouldn’t fit on the cover, so we opted to shorten it to CWC. We’ll publish six months a year to start; the magazine will be delivered to your mailbox every other month. We focus on positive stories, people, and events that occur right here in your own backyard, and welcome your comments and suggestions. What better way to kick things off than with stories on B-C and Airport football and Lexington Medical Center? My wife Donna and I lived in West Columbia from 1996 until 2001. So much has changed in the past decade. We currently reside in Lexington with our three children, and have published Lexington Life Magazine for nine years and Lake Murray Life Magazine for three years. I have many fond memories of our time in West Columbia. I loved watching football at the old Gooney Birds, and still occasionally make the trek down 378 to pick up my favorite #19 (Hot & Nutty Chicken) at Egg Roll Station. Please share your story ideas, suggestions for potential CWC Leaders, and, if you own or operate a local business, ask about special ad rates to share your message with others for just pennies per household. Your feedback and support is essential to make CWC Life a success for the community.
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Fri-Sun through November 1 CWC Jaycees Hall of Horrors 1153 Walter Price Street, Cayce Don’t miss the longest-running nonprofit haunted house in South Carolina—get scared for a good cause! All proceeds benefit numerous local and statewide charities including Camp Hope, Children’s Chance, Relay for Life, Hidden Wounds and others. Open 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6-9 p.m. Sundays, and 7-10:30 p.m. on Halloween. $10 opening weekend, $12 general admission, $20 to skip the line; tickets available at the door or online at HallofHorrors.com. Saturday, October 5 6th Annual Congaree Bluegrass Festival Cayce City Hall Complex, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Award-winning bluegrass band Grasstowne headlines this year’s event, with additional performances by Southern Gospel Express, Barefoot and Reckless, Split Rail and Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Free admission with food and craft vendors, children’s play area, and tours of the Cayce Historical Museum. No pets or coolers. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and canned goods for God’s Helping Hands and Harvest Hope Food Bank. 5509520 or CongareeBluegrassFestival.com.
ride tickets, and concert tickets available through October 8 at SCStateFair.org.
Thursday, October 10 Lexington County Education Association-Retired Meeting Flight Deck Restaurant in Lexington, 1:003:00 p.m. Retired educators and support personnel are invited to connect over lunch while enjoying Helpful Hints for Home and Garden, presented by Judy Derrick and Marsha Wash. 892-2765. Saturday, October 12 8th Annual Ray Tanner Foundation Home Run Carolina Baseball Stadium, 8 a.m. Register now for a 12K, 5K, Kids Fun Run or 1-mile Youth Run for ages 18 and under. Proceeds benefit the Ray Tanner Foundation, working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families while promoting the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles. RayTannerHomeRun.org.
Egyptian theme to celebrate the blockbuster King Tut exhibit. Come in costume for $1 off regular admission. 898-4952 or SCMuseum.org. Saturday, October 19 2013 Fur Ball Moonlight Gala Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 7:30-11 p.m. Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeurves and dancing with live and silent auctions with over 200 exciting items to bid on! $125 per person; proceeds benefit Pawmetto Lifeline. 465-9174 or PawmettoLifeline.org. Monday, October 21 Golf for Conner Charity Tournament and Silent Auction Country Club of Lexington Proceeds from this sixth annual event benefit various scholarships, grants and programs supported by the Christopher Conner Foundation. Registration begins at 10 a.m., tee off at noon, silent auction at 4:00 p.m. Register online at ConnerFoundation.org.
Saturday, October 19 Tricks & Treats SC State Museum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Family-friendly games, prizes, scavenger hunt, crafts and more —with an
October 9-20 SC State Fair State Fairgrounds, Columbia Retired, active military and dependents admitted free with ID; ages 5 and under admitted free every day. Pepsi Grandstand entertainment includes The Band Perry, Corey Smith, Foreigner, Hunter Hayes, Kirk Franklin, Needtobreathe, The Temptations, and Justin Moore. Advance discount admission, pay-one-price
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cwc by Jackie Perrone
Bill Mooneyhan Everyone in Bill Mooneyhan’s family has always lived in the Cayce-West Columbia area, and he hopes they always will. “My grandfather was the mayor of New Brookland, and became the first mayor of West Columbia when the name was changed,” he says. “His name was William Price. My other grandfather, Levi Mooneyhan, was Fire Chief and a mill boss in the early 20th century. The rest of us are still here.” The name of Bill’s father, Bob Mooneyhan, rings a bell with sports fans in the area. He played football, was All-State at B-C High, and head coach at both BrooklandCayce and Airport. He’s now installed in the Hall of Fame at each of these schools. In 1946, Bill’s uncle Jesse Rish started the business now known as Mooneyhan’s Auto Center. Originally a Gulf station, it grew into a full-service auto repair business, thriving and expanding over the years. His energetic nephew liked to hang around the shop, and from age 14 on made himself useful while learning the trade. Here’s what happened in 1980: a 72-year-old Jesse Rish, who had felt the lack
of a college education all his life, decided to enroll at the University of South Carolina as a student, and his 19-year-old nephew Bill Mooneyhan came on board full time. He’s been there ever since. Bill’s mother, Ann Price Mooneyhan, graduated from B-C and from Newberry College. She was a schoolteacher, now installed in the Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Then there was Uncle Earl Williams, who was mayor for 25 years, from 1950 to 1975. Several themes seem to run through the blood of this local family: sports, community service and politics. Bill Mooneyhan thrives on them all. He is proud to serve on the West Columbia Beautification Committee, pointing out improvements at the Gervais Street bridge with landscaping and a welcoming sign. This service ties in with his commitment to the West Columbia Planning Commission. “We are working on a 10-year plan,” he says. “When we get some fundraising going, we’ll start a West Columbia Museum. Got an eye on some property already. We work on getting grants to make things possible.”
This museum of the future won’t have any trouble acquiring artifacts and mementoes to exhibit. They can start with the massive collection on display at Mooneyhan’s Auto Center. This guy likes saving things and showing them off. Many photographs of sports teams and personalities from the past, souvenir balls, banners and posters, newspaper clippings, shirts and uniforms, and more — if you’re nostalgic about West Columbia’s past, just drop by and the owner will enjoy giving you a tour. He has been active in the West Metro Chamber of Commerce for a long time, and now the Homeowners Association at River’s Edge. He says the West Columbia extension of the popular Riverwalk is already funded. With his wife Laura and their four children, this family has deep roots in West Columbia. That slender young man on duty at Mooneyhan’s Auto Service? That’s Bill Jr., who’s been there seven years and expects to make it about 50 or 60 more. The three generations of this family serve three generations of customers also. It’s a West Columbia thing. n
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West Metro Chamber Awards Dinner & Silent Auction September 10, 2013 Photos by Pretty Pictures Photography and Barber Photography
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Congratulations to all 2013 Chamber Award Winners! Lifetime Achievement Award Gus Manos, Zesto of West Columbia Citizen of the Year Theresa Sims-Libby, Pineview Florist Volunteer of the Year Suzanne Riley-Whyte, Matrx Coaching Ambassador of the Year Sandi Owens, Embassy Suites Business of the Year Chick-fil-A of West Columbia Small Business of the Year Mooneyhan Auto Service Teachers of the Year Carla Adams (Lex. 2), Beth Tuten (Lex. 4) Students of the Year Brooke Lucas (Lex. 2), Jessica Rhodes (Lex. 4)
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by Kevin Oliver Photos by Kreations by Kris Photography
If it’s Friday in the fall, it’s time for high school football. Bright stadium lights, mascots, cheerleaders, marching bands, booster clubs, concession stands, students painted in school colors — it’s all part of a community-wide focus on student athletes and how they fare on the field, with school pride and bragging rights on the line.
n Cayce and West Columbia, Airport and Brookland-Cayce are crosstown rivals who play in the same region. Their traditions collide twice a year with head-tohead contests at the beginning and end of the season that get their players, coaches and fans even more excited about high school football in our area. With region play coming up, both teams are entering into the games that decide who will go to the playoffs for a shot at the state championship. Both head coaches are gearing up to get their players ready. “That’s the goal, to play well in the region,” says Bearcats head coach Rusty Charpia. “This is my third year in a program that has struggled in the recent past, so every win is gold. We’re taking every game like it’s the region championship — every game is a challenge.” “We have a tough region,” says Kirk Burnett, head coach of the Airport Eagles. “Swansea is good, and B-C is better this year, too. Hopefully we can play our best football the last two months of the season.” A Winning Attitude at Brookland-Cayce B-C kicked off the year doing something that had not been done in the last
dozen or more tries: beating their Airport rivals in the opening game. That alone gave Charpia some idea of how the season might unfold, he says. “We started out the year 3-0, and still don’t know how good we are yet,” Charpia says. “We did beat an Airport team we think is pretty good.” It’s a daily goal to instill that winning attitude, he says. “The mindset of a program that hasn’t won for a long time is different,” Charpia admits. “To break a losing habit takes discipline, doing things a certain way to get over that. Trying to win, you work hard, practice hard and take each game one at a time.” Those games have seen a
part of us building up our program is getting those good players more touches on the ball.”
“Trying to win, you work hard, practice hard and take each game one at a time.” — Coach Rusty Charpia, B-C Bearcats number of different players contribute in the offense and defense, he says. “We have installed a wing bone offense that starts out of the shotgun. It’s a pistol formation that takes advantage of the players we have,” Charpia explains. “Our offensive line is good this year. Our backs are small but quick and strong, so we are spreading the ball around—I think we had 10 different people score in just the first two games. Being in the shotgun allows us to get the ball out quicker, and
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Charpia knows that he only has his players a short time, so his coaching philosophy takes their overall development into consideration. “Good coaches are also good teachers,” he says. “In business when they need to discipline employees, it’s called coaching. It all goes toward creating a good outcome, especially in high school with the kids. Teach them wrong and right, and give them a chance to succeed not just on the field, but in life.” www.cwclife.biz
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“I try to make kids understand that it’s a daily job to be a student athlete.” — Coach Kirk Burnett, Airport Eagles
Finishing Strong at Airport The Airport Eagles are looking to the full region schedule to finish the year strong, says Coach Kirk Burnett. “We still have a lot of question marks, and I don’t think we’ve settled into our offense,” he says. “We’re looking for the guys who will be able to make some plays for us.” They’ll be doing that in a spread offense, he says, as well as a 4-3 defense. The early loss to the Bearcats counts toward their region record, so there’s extra motivation to play well through the rest of the region schedule. “We always want to compete for the region championship,” Burnett says. “Since losing to B-C for the first time in 13 games, we want to beat them when we play again at the end of the season. We just want to be playing our best ball at the end of the year.” That cross-town rivalry and twice-ayear meeting has been good for football
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culture in the area, says Burnett, describing the games as bookends to each team’s year, no matter what else happens during the course of the season. For Coach Burnett, the attitude he’s looking for from his players is commitment — not just to playing well, but also to being a good student and local citizen. “I try to make kids understand that it’s a daily job to be a student athlete,” he says. “I want them to understand the commitment, and that what happens off the field that matters as much or more than what happens on the field.” No matter which team you cheer for, that piece of the puzzle sets our high school athletes apart. Making sensational plays under Friday night lights is no less special and exciting, but ensuring that they have as much to look forward to once the lights are turned off at the end of their high school career is something we can all support. n
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What Holds the Whole World Together
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I asked Daddy why pecan trees died in winter. “They don’t die, son. Their roots are growing so the tree can grow taller next spring.” “How far down do roots go, Daddy?” “A long ways, son.” We found a new-fallen tree. I poked at the squiggly roots holding sticky red dirt. “How come it fell, Daddy?” “Because the roots weren’t deep enough, son.” One day I kicked the trunk of the shallowrooted tree. I reached into where my foot had gone in. The rotten wood crumbled in my hand. “It looks like dirt, don’t it, Daddy?” In those days, Daddy was approaching fifty years old. I’ve never been fifty before, but I’ve noticed there’s something about living a whole half-century that makes some folks get jumpy about the end of living. I don’t know how Daddy felt back then about dying. Maybe my innocent questions helped him think it through.
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“Everything goes back to the dirt, son.” “Even me and you, Dad?” “Even me and you, son.” “Even the big pecan trees?” “The big pecans put down deeper roots.” “So if a tree’s roots go deep then it lives a long time?” “That’s right, son. But sooner or later we all go back to the dirt.” “How do roots grow, Daddy?” “The Good Lord makes them grow, son. That’s what winter is for.” I already knew about the North Star. I knew if a person faced North and walked to the right, he would end up in Savannah. If he walked left instead of right, he’d still find an ocean. Since all oceans joined together, he could swim around to Savannah after all — it would just take a little longer. I knew the world was round. I knew a person could reach China if he journeyed far enough — China was on the way to Savannah. The main thing was finding something one could be sure of. A lost person just had to wait until it got good and dark to find his way. That’s why North was important, because that old North Star never moved. So I had already thought about walking around the whole wide world. I knew when I did I would see China. But tree roots knew something I hadn’t thought about. “How far down do roots go, Daddy?” “I reckon if a tree lives long enough, the roots go clear through to China.” I started digging that afternoon. I thought about old Chinese tree roots meeting up with our old Georgia pecan tree roots. I remembered the fallen tree’s tangled roots holding the dirt. Right then I knew it was roots that held the whole wide world together. Roots grow deep while the winds blow cold, growing through their parents and deep into where their parent’s roots had grown. I wondered how the Lord made tree roots grow. I wondered why the old North Star never moved. And I wondered how long before I’d make it to China using Mama’s favorite tea-stirring spoon. n
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I like new things, don’t you? I enjoy getting new things, meeting new people, going to new places, seeing new sights and even tasting new foods (most of the time). I think everyone enjoys that “new car” smell! This past year, my wife and I became new grandparents. In six months we moved from no grandchildren to two grandchildren, Gracelyn and Noah, and we love it! But nothing compares to the new life we can have in Jesus Christ. General Butt Naked would agree. His real name is Joshua Blahyi, but for many who survived Liberia’s 14 year civil war, he is still known as General Butt Naked. At age 11, he was initiated as a tribal priest and participated in his first human sacrifice. During the course of the ritual, Blahyi says that he had a vision in which he was told by the Devil that he would become a great warrior. From that point on, he took part in monthly human sacrifices and was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. He got his nickname because he would lead his troops into battle wearing only shoes and carrying their guns. But then something happened. He met Jesus, and his life was radically changed. He turned from his sins and trusted Jesus to forgive him. Today, he shares God’s message of forgiveness to anyone who will listen. The Bible says it this way: “Anyone in Christ is a brand new person. The old is gone. Everything becomes new.” In another place it says, “I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart.” If Jesus can do that to Joshua Blahyi and to Rocky Purvis, He can do it to anyone! Do you want a chance to be a new person? Do you need a new heart and mind? Jesus will give you one. Just ask. And that’s the Word for Today.
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Supporting Survivors from day 1 by Allison Caldwell Photos courtesy of Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager
Who among us has not been affected by cancer? More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed each year. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease. An estimated 1,660,290 new cases will have been diagnosed nationwide by the end of 2013, and more than 27-thousand in South Carolina alone (The American Cancer Society, cancer.org). Whether as a patient, caregiver, service provider, family member or friend, the dreaded C-word has touched every last one of us.
Here in the Midlands, Lexington Medical Center is committed to educating, treating and supporting Survivors from Day 1. Affiliated with Duke Cancer Institute since May 2012, the hospital’s comprehensive Cancer Services program provides “the highest quality technology and services, compassionate care and the knowledge to achieve the best possible outcomes” (Oncology Services, 2012 Annual Report). Lexington Medical Center diagnoses and treats approximately 1,600 new cancer patients each year, and recently completed an extensive renovation of its oncology facilities. If you or a loved one face a frightening diagnosis, it’s reassuring to know that high-level care is available close to home. A Team Approach to Comprehensive Care Just as Lexington Medical Center focuses on a holistic approach to address the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of patients and their families, its Cancer Services team uses a multidisciplinary approach to develop a unique treatment plan and supports for each individual. Nurse navigators guide newly diagnosed patients through the treatment process. Physicians meet weekly to review individual cases and develop a treatment plan. Support and therapy groups allow patients and caregivers to share their concerns and draw strength from the experience of others. Annual community outreach events like the Colon Cancer Challenge, Women’s Night Out, skin can-
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cer screenings, and a free physician lecture series promote awareness and continued support for the Cancer Services program. “We can’t stress enough the importance of a team approach,” says Dr. James Wells, a physician at Lexington Oncology, an LMC physician practice. “We have a robust, quality program and strive every day to improve our delivery of care. New research findings and treatment options are presented every day, and our staff does a tremendous job keeping up with the latest information and technology. Partners from other programs and facilities have been shocked at how up to date things are here at Lexington Medical Center.” “From a community perspective, our affiliation with the Duke Oncology Network is a huge asset,” says Dr. Quillin Davis, a radiation oncologist with Lexington Radiation Oncology, another LMC practice. “Community hospitals like ours must have a university partnership to enroll eligible patients in researched clinical trials. This academic affiliation provides that access and brings a superior review of quality to everything we do.” Cutting-Edge Research and Clinical Trials Of note, Davis mentions two clinical trials currently underway at Lexington Medical Center. The first is RTOG 1005, www.cwclife.biz
comparing the success of three weeks of boosted radiation therapy to six weeks of standard radiation for early-stage breast cancer patients. (RTOG stands for Radia-
“We can’t stress enough the importance of a team approach.” tion Therapy Oncology Group, a national clinical cooperative group based in Philadelphia and funded by the National Cancer Institute since 1968.) RTOG 1115 is a combined Medical Oncology and Radiation Medicine clinical trial for men with prostate cancer, evaluating the difference in overall survival rates of standard treatment versus the addition of 24 months of TAK-700, a drug intended to reduce the levels of testosterone and other male hormones that cause the continued growth of prostate cancer. “These new advances in treatment are available to us through the Duke affiliation,” says Davis. “It’s important to note that until the trial is complete and the data is analyzed, we don’t know if the new treatment for any trial is better than what we already have in place. In addition, patients must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in a study. Even patients who don’t particiwww.cwclife.biz
pate in a clinical trial will benefit from this kind of research at the local level.” A Patient’s Perspective Lexington resident Kelly Clinger was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after Christmas in 2012, at age 41. She and her husband own the recently opened Old Mill Brew Pub, and met with a Lexington Medical Center surgeon on the same day they received the keys to their new restaurant.
“I had my first mammogram when I turned 40,” Clinger explains. “That same year, I had a partial hysterectomy because of thyroid tumors. All was good, and then six months later I had a full hysterectomy due to ovarian cysts. I wasn’t going to have another mammogram at that time, but had met my insurance deductible and figured it couldn’t hurt. That second mammogram showed a small tumor the size of an acorn that I never would have found with a selfexam. I chose a lumpectomy first, but the
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8 Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk
Tips from the American Cancer Society n Stay away from tobacco. n Stay at a healthy weight. n Get moving with regular physical activity. n Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables. n Limit alcohol consumption (if you drink at all). n Protect your skin. margins came back not clear.” Clinger eventually had a double mastectomy with surgeon Dr. Paul Smith of Lexington Surgical Associates, an LMC physician practice. She also received six rounds of chemotherapy at Lexington On-
ter support group and learned how to apply makeup, tie scarves and other things you never really think about unless you’ve been on this journey. “What I appreciated most about Lexington Oncology is that everything is done
n Know yourself, your family history, and your risks. n Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.
“What I appreciated most about Lexington Oncology is that everything is done right there...” cology’s infusion center inside Lexington Medical Center, with oncologist Dr. Steven Madden. Her prognosis is good: no signs of cancer, minimal side effects from the chemo, and her hair is coming back. She goes once every three weeks for a Herceptin infusion treatment, and is counting the days until her last treatment in January. “As the mom of two young kids (ages 8 and 13 at the time), it was difficult for me,” says Clinger. “Chemo was rough. I couldn’t get out of bed to care for my kids, and my husband was stressed trying to care for me and run a new business at the same time. I was nervous, but felt like I handled the news pretty well. I tried to have a positive outlook.” “The LMC staff quickly became part of our family. My nurse navigator was wonderful. She called me almost every day for the first few weeks to let me know exactly what was going on with my treatment. My husband and I both connected with Dr. Madden on a personal and professional level. I attended the Look Good, Feel Bet-
right there — imaging on the first floor, surgery on the fourth. It made things so much easier on us. From doctors to nurses to administrative staff, everybody made that experience a good one for us.” “There’s something to be said for local treatment,” says Dr. Wells. “When you don’t have to leave family, friends and the comfort of your own hometown to receive top quality, compassionate care based on advanced research, it truly makes a difference.” n
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Witch Hat Cookies 1 package store-bought fudge stripe cookies 1 package chocolate kiss candies 1 tube orange icing Turn cookies upside down and attach chocolate kisses on top with a dollop of icing. Quick and easy! Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse 1 package (8-oz.) cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup milk or cream 1 tsp. vanilla 1 small container (8-oz.) Cool Whip, thawed Orange and yellow food color Candy corn (for garnish) Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, then milk (or cream), then vanilla. Continue mixing about one minute on medium speed. Fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture and stir until fully combined. Scoop about
1/3 of the cheesecake mousse into a bowl, and color orange. Color another third of the mixture yellow. Leave the remaining third white. Layer one color at a time (yellow, orange, then white) into small, clear dessert dishes of your choice (for easy layering, squeeze mixture from a piping bag or large ziploc bag). Refrigerate 30 minutes (or up to one day) before serving. Garnish with candy corn if desired. Makes four moderate servings or 6-8 mini servings. Recipe source: GloriousTreats.com. Sugar Free Option: Substitute 1/3 cup Splenda for the powdered sugar, replace regular cool whip with sugar-free, and omit candy corn garnish. Pumpkin Chili 2 pounds ground beef 1 large yellow onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. sugar
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2 (15-oz.) cans chili beans, drained 1 (46-oz.) can tomato juice or beef broth 2 (28-oz.) cans diced or stewed tomatoes with juice 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice Brown beef in a large pot over medium heat; drain. Add bell pepper and onion and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir; simmer 1 hour. Serve warm with toppings of your choice.
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