November 19, 2013

It Takes a Village to Feed Those in Need

Hillary Clinton popularized the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."  The same can be said for feeding those less privileged.  The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities sponsors a community meal program where hot meals are provided for those in need, five days a week.

With the help of many loyal volunteers, once a month I am the lucky one who gets to coordinate and cook the community meal.

This time we prepared and served roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, apple sauce, corn muffins and pumpkin pie.

Via Facebook, I asked for donations of corn muffins and pumpkin pies.  Krista and her sons baked and delivered 100 corn muffins.  Thank you!

Fourteen pies were donated by caring friends.  Pottsgrove Middle School's Life Skills class baked two pumpkin pies.  How awesome is that?

Pies and muffins!

Our village preparing mashed potatoes, with Chris serving as the muscle (thank goodness!).

My right-hand woman, Bev, peeling a mountain of carrots.


 A time of celebration!

Hunger knows no age limits.

There is no THANKS without GIVING.  Would you please consider helping those in need in our community?  It is easy to make a donation to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities by clicking HERE.  Thank you!


November 6, 2013

Birthday Balloons in a Box

Birthdays are a big deal in our house.  So when the birthday girl is a college student and not in the house, the party goes to the girl.  I mailed this huge box to my daughter at school, with each birthday balloon containing a special surprise.

The balloons were filled with money (rolled up bills), gum, erasers, mascara, bubbles, a ninja, a mustache, candy, pens, a crazy straw, lip gloss and more.

I used 9-inch and 12-inch round balloons from a party store as they were thicker than those I first tried from the dollar store.  The 9-inch were perfect for rolled up bills, and the 12-inch, with patience, worked for the small toys.  The ninja was the toughest, but everyone should have a ninja in their life.

I taped a safety pin inside her card for ease of popping.

Her Facebook post.

Happy birthday, Sweet Pea!