Christmas Greetings and a Project Feed Me Photo

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! I’m so excited; I feel like a little kid. I’ve enjoyed my first 3ish weeks of work more than I thought I would, but I can’t wait to see my family and celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, it’s snowy and icy in Wisconsin and I reallyreallyreally hope my flight(s) home tomorrow aren’t impeded by bad weather here or in Detroit, where I have a layover. Keep your fingers crossed!

Anyway, I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful holiday, if you celebrate Christmas. If not, I hope your Chanukah or Solstice or holiday of choice was/is absolutely delightful. I also wanted to post a photo of the food I collected for Project Feed Me.

Pantry staples?

To be honest, I didn’t manage to buy food for every week and I ended a week or two early because I was in the middle of moving to Wisconsin. But I still feel good about participating, especially since I donated everything to a collection at my mom’s school (she’s a special ed teacher), and a local philanthropist will match all donations collected there. Oh, and I also ended up switching up some of the recommended food items because they weren’t veg*n, but I hope that my meager offerings help people in need this season. It’s so easy to forget how lucky and blessed I am sometimes, so I think I’m going to make an effort to donate more food, money, and time to those less fortunate than me in the year to come. After all, I’m a working girl now, so there’s no excuse! :)

Well, I’m going to go scrounge around in the kitchen for a snack, hehe. Merry Christmas, friends! I hope the next few days are filled with lots o’ love&joy. Cheers!

Chocolate-Covered Charity

Hi, friends! Maybe you remember my post about giving back during MoFo – I was promoting Project Feed Me and talking about the importance of recognizing that not everybody is lucky enough to be able to participate in a whole month dedicated to blogging about delicious food. It’s not too late to join Project Feed Me, by the way, and all you have to do is commit to buying two nonperishable food items a week. So go check that out!

If you’re looking for another way to help do some good during the holiday season, look no further than everybody’s favorite chocolate-covered blogger, Katie. The wonderfully generous and giving Miss Katie has come up with an awesome idea to help raise money for charity. Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness makes participation super simple. Since Katie makes a small amount of money for every link clicked and page viewed on her blog, she’s decided to host a page-view charity drive. Basically, all you have to do is click around her blog as much as possible, and she’ll donate all the money she makes this month from her blog to a wonderful charity. Let me say that again – you click links, Katie gets money, Katie gives money to charity. So easy, a caveman could do it! Provided said caveman had internet access… so, maybe not. Anyway.

Chocolate-Covered charity - the best kind!

You probably already drool over Katie’s delicious creations, so why not check out her Fudge Babies again? Perhaps you could reconsider eating Brownie Batter Oatmeal for breakfast. Or maybe you just want to have a little “aww” moment while you look at her adorable pups. So what are you waiting for?! Get thee to the best chocolate-covered blog around and click your little heart out! Post about Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness on your own blog! Encourage others to participate! Katie’s making this so easy that you have no excuse not to participate.

Also, don’t forget to enter my Papa Tofu (+ some sort of surprise!) giveaway! I’m so excited to be doing this and I can’t wait to pick a winner next week. :)

Giving Back During MoFo: Project Feed Me

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Hey friends, please bear with me while I use my daily MoFo post to draw attention to something pretty fantastic that’s going on in the blogosphere. It’s about food, so hey – I’m using my MoFo banner and calling it acceptable. ;)

In case you haven’t heard, Natalie at NoNo2YoYo is organizing a wonderful nine-week program designed to help feed families in need during the upcoming holiday season. The concept of Project Feed Me is pretty simple. Every Monday during the program, Natalie will post a list of recommended food items that food banks nationwide need. Participants will purchase at least two of these items per week, and when the nine weeks are up, everyone will donate the food to a local food bank. Not too difficult, right? But Natalie’s really kicking the project into high gear by asking that every participant commit to recruiting at least three more people to participate in Project Feed Me. If everyone at least tries to spread the word, the number of people who participate could be pretty impressive. Check out Natalie’s Project Feed Me page for a FAQ section and more information on the project, including a seriously awe-inspiring chart showing just how much food we could gather if we commit to recruiting participants and work to rally the troops. ;)

During this merry month o’ MoFo, when we blog all about the delicious food we eat and the restaurants we visit, maybe we also need to step back and consider how lucky we are to be able to live this lifestyle, to put yummy food in our bellies, and to have computers and internet access that enables us to blog about said food. How many people are have no idea what – or if – they’ll eat next? And for how many people would the idea of blogging about food just seem purposeless, when they’re struggling to eat? If you step back and think about that, it’s pretty humbling. It seems to me that Project Feed Me is the perfect accompaniment to MoFo, and I’ll proudly participate throughout the next nine weeks, even after MoFo is done and my poor little fingers are worn down from blogging so consistently. I encourage all of you to do the same and to spread the word about this great idea. So, what are you waiting for? Head over here to register for Project Feed Me and to be part of something great. :)