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Happy Holidays

Today after work, husband and I went to Target with a long wish list from a local womens shelter.

We got a minimum of one (and as many as 6) of each and every thing on the list. They’ll be able to make multiple gift bags for multiple women from our $100 shopping.

Here is the list we were given as a wish list:
Gift or phone cards ($5 or $10)
Bus tickets
Collapsible umbrellas
Night eye masks and ear plugs to make shelter living easier
Fun pieces of jewelry
Toiletry items (deodorant, disposable razor, hair products (African American hair products always requested) tissues, chapstick)
Puzzle books with a pen or pencil(crossword puzzles, Sudoku)
Daily planners or pocket calendars, inspirational books or quotes
Hot tea, cider, or hot chocolate packets
Microwaveable popcorn, granola bars, or small bags of snacks
Throw Blankets

So many of these items are $1 at places like Target. It made it exceptionally easy.

Those of us who are lucky enough to have gifts to give and receive should all consider giving the equivalent of one extra gift (in cash or goods) to someone in need. Youth shelters need MASSIVE help right now. So do food banks. Don’t forget pet food for the animal shelters too. And if you have no money, give an hour of your time to help sort others’ donations. I promise you will be glad you did.

The ultimate gift to me would be for my whole family to spend a few hours together, helping to make someone else’s day a bit better. I think I’ll suggest it! Who’s joining me?


Benefit for Seattle kids – Help give them Christmas!

EDIT: This has been postponed until next week due to the ice on the roads. Please come next Sunday.

Holiday potluck and benefit for Seattle kids tomorrow!

3 pm Sunday 12/14 at Big Al’s Brewing in White Center Event will be upstairs, so all ages are welcome.

Bring a dessert or appetizer, homemade or store-bought, to share. Or just bring a gift and come enjoy the company of other Seattleites. We will be collecting for three great causes:

1. Foster Kids: As many know, the State of Washington has had its budget slashed this year, and as a result cannot provide Christmas for children in foster care or in low-income homes as they have in previous years. They are depending on the community to come through with some help. We are hoping to raise gifts for the kids(all ages up to 18), and gift cards (target, grocery, etc) for the parents and foster parents. These are local families who are part of our community and need a helping hand.

2. West Seattle and White Center Food Banks — Bring donations of food.

3. Seattle Education Access – supplies for homeless kids who are going to college. Mission statement: “Seattle Education Access provides higher education advocacy and opportunity to people struggling to overcome poverty and adversity.”

Listed below are some of the commonly requested items that our young people want and need. All gifts should be $30 or less.
– Gift cards
– Discmans
– Large-sized hooded sweatshirts (dark colors preferred)
– Sleeping bags
– Backpacks
– Disposable hand warmers
– Travel-sized sewing kits
– Battery-operated travel alarm clocks and flashlights
– Bus tokens
– Pre-paid phone cards
– Gloves, hats and scarves
– New underwear
– White tube socks
– Dry dog food
– Travel-sized toiletries
– African American hair products
– Playing cards and Silly Putty
– Journals, notebooks, or art supplies

If you’re not in Seattle or cannot attend but would like to help, please click the paypal button below, and put “benefit” in the donation description. I will ensure the money is donated to the organizations above. If you’d like to specify one of the three, please do that as well.

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Recipe: Cranberry Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

2 cups cranberries, halved (don’t chop – substitute dried ones in a pinch)
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup hot water
2 tsp baking soda

Mix all ingredients together and pour into well-greased 15 oz. cans with space to raise (about 3 cans). Do not grease with cooking spray as it isn’t thick enough. Use a thick coat of butter or shortening. Cover with Aluminum wrap and secure well with string or crunch foil down tightly around the cans.
NOTE: they rise to at least double their size — it will look like 2 cans are plenty; you do want to divide it among 3 cans.

STEAMING INSTRUCTIONS: fill roasting pan with approx. 3″ of water, heat oven to
350*F, set 3 cans in pan and set pan in oven with LOTS of room in case it raises above top of can — put it on second-to-lowest shelf slot. Let cook 3 hours. They will be very soft after 3 hours and may not yet seem “done.” Remove from oven and leave foil over it to keep a bit of steam in. As it cools down it will cook a bit more. Even if *wet* inside, do this. The first time I made this I thought it was horribly undercooked until we ate it.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 jigger rum, or 1 tsp rum flavoring for the nondrinkers
Bring butter and sugar to boil, stirring, take off heat. If candy pieces form due to failure to stir constantly, do not worry – you can strain them out after. Add cream and rum, stir until blended.

To serve, slice pudding into rounds and cover with warm sauce.