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Do you have some traditions your family celebrate every year or are you looking for fun new ones for your family to start? We’ve gathered a few of our favorites with even more below!
2. Gingerbread Houses
4. Classic Christmas movies
5.White Elephant gift parties
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Florence’s Equisite Chocolates
Start to plan your Thanksgiving Meal with some of our favorite holiday recipes!
To prep ahead, bake through step 2. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before proceeding as directed.
- Prep Time 30 minutes
- Total Time 1 3/4 hours
- Yield Serves 8
- 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
- 6 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make deep cuts into each potato, 1/4 inch apart, without completely cutting through. Place shallots in each cut (using about half the shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, cut sides down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Scatter remaining shallots around potatoes.
- Tightly cover dish with foil and bake until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sage and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Top potatoes with sage butter; scoop up loose shallots and divide among potatoes, then bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more.
Double Cranberry-Apple Sauce
- 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
- 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
- 1 small lemon, sliced and seeded
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
- Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in sweetened dried cranberries. Cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
- Note: Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
And now for the turkey….
Make the bird the way you like it: this step-by-step guide from Food Network Magazine leads to thousands of possibilities!
4. Make a butter
5. Roast the bird
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2013 calendars and planners are here and i’m going to break down some of my personal favorites.
One day per page planning notebook- Ideal for jam packed schedules
–The power of two: Planning and Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE
-Page size: 6″ x 9″; Gray flexible, perfect bound with bungee closure
-One-page-per-day format with ruled planning space
-Past, current, and six future months reference per two-page spread
-HOT spot reminder section
Monthly Planner and Notebook- Perfect for an all-in-one organizational tool
– 18 months from January to June and include 160 undated, daily journal pages.
-Two-page-per-month spreads include unruled daily blocks, Sunday-through-Saturday
One-page-per-day format includes ruled planning space for most of the page,
– Bookbound, stitched planning notebook
– Three-year reference calendar, future planning and contact pages.
– Black, 9.5 x 11
Two days per page Planning Notebook- My Favorite!
-This notebook also features a hot-spot reminder section on every lined page.
– Works for any year.
– Two page per page total of lined planning space
– Three-year reference calendar, index sheet, future planning pages
-Black, 5.25 x 8.5
Original recipe makes 6 servings
- Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
- Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
- Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
- Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.
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Expo Dry Erase Marker. Sanford donates a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to the nonprofit City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment, and education. Expo Pink Ribbon dry-erase marker displays your support for breast cancer treastment with a speical Pink ribbon logo. Marker contains specially formulated low-odor, pink ink and delivers a consistent color quality for bright, vivid messages during those important brainstorming sessions. Versatile chisel tip allows broad or fine writing. Use on whiteboards, glass, and nonporous surfaces. 2 per pack; Certified AP nontoxic ink.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Atlantis Retractable Ballpoint Pen. Keep track of all your weekly meals and tasty recipes with these great pink pens that support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Soft rubber drip and smooth click retraction provide superior writing comfort. And smooth gliding ink with a medium piont tip makes for a satisfying writing expereince. 4 pens per pack. BIC makes a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with every purchase.
Swingline Pink Stapler. Pink desktop manual stapler has soft grip surface and staples up to 20 sheets of 20-lb. paper at a time. the metal spine and magazine provide durability. Made from lightweight durable plastic housing with lanyard loop, this stapler has a 210- staple capacity. REfill with Swingline Half-Strip Color Bright Pink Staples for added recognition and a little flair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Besides “get one!”
There is a good time to start. Most doctors and health providers recommend that women get a mammogram once a year, beginning at age 40. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may need to start having annual mammograms at a younger age. Discuss this with your health care provider.
1. They can save your life. Early detection is crucial for reducing risk of dying by 25-30% or more.
2. There is no need to fear them. Mammograms are fast (done in 20 minutes or less, usually) and are minimally uncomfortable for most women. It is a safe procedure, with minimal radiation, and most centers will give you results before you leave.
3. Mammography is still the most important detection tool, but other things are important as well. Don’t forget to do breast self-exams and have clinical breast examinations on a regular basis.
4. Don’t assume the worst. An unusual result may require further testing (1 in t10 women), but may times biopsies or further tests will turn out to be normal . More information is always key.
We’ve all done a variation of the classic fundraiser, the bake sale. But baked goods can be used for a much larger variety of activities than just bake sales. The key is to tie in your baked item to your cause, like making ribbon cookies. Serve them atbreast cancer fundraising events, sell kits to make sugar cookies at home (give all components along with a ribbon cookie cutter), or just make a batch to feed your volunteers.
Sugar cookies are easy to make but what makes them really special is that they are so easy to personalize, decorate and make unique. Dye the frosting pink for breast cancer fundraising.
Here is an easy recipe for sugar cookies, and some fun ways to personalize them for your cause.
You will need:
2 3/4 cups all- purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the baking powder, baking soda, and flour in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the sugar and the butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and the vanilla then gradually add the dry ingredients . roll teaspoons of dough into balls or roll out and cut with a ribbon shapped cookie cutter. Place them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to set for two minutes before serving or decorating.
Put a few drops of pink food coloring in vanilla frosting. If you put the icing in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off, you have a hand, home-made piping bag.
Personalize the cookies by writing names of donors or sponsors on them, and then serve them at a walk-a-thon. Hand the cookies out as prizes for breast cancer fundraising games. The possibilities are endless to make these cookies unique for your event. Visit www.fundraisingforacause.com for more great fundraising ideas!