Give A Meal

Thanksgiving is a time of feasting for many. A time to gather around, enjoy great food, and pause to give thanks. However, for many it’s a blaring reminder that they don’t have enough to eat. People in our own communities, in our everyday lives, face the pains of hunger each day (hence the food drives and fundraisers this time of year). But there are ways we can each personally help and it’s pretty simple — share a meal.

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This month I have been partnering with Unilever to spread awareness about their #ShareAMeal campaign. There are many simple ways you can help someone in need, especially this time of year. My family often gives food gifts this time of year to friends and family but instead of our typical cookies and desert boxes, we decided to make up meal boxes to gift families we know can use a little extra help this time of year.

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Make It :: Chalkboard Sign

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Looking for an easy fall project? Make this rustic chalkboard sign for a fun fall greeting. Chalkboard paint can reinvent almost any surface and create a fun, writable space for adults and children alike. Here, I’ve turned a piece of round wood into a fun fall sign that is now displayed in my kitchen.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte :: Cake in a Mug

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If you’re like me and find yourself ordering several pumpkin spice lattes during the fall, then you’re bound to like this dessert. It has all the flavors of your favorite fall latte, it’s warm, and it’s even baked right into a mug. I know! Right? In the recent years when I think of fall, I think of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. They just make me happy and scream, “It’s fall!”

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Make It :: Fall Flower Crowns

how to make a flower crown This fall it seems wildflower sunflowers have sprung up everywhere near our home. One day while out on a walk, my youngest daughter had the idea to make sunflower crowns together, which sounded like a great idea to me! We picked a bunch and carried them home with us. She invited her friend to join in the DIY fun and they had fun making their individual crowns. Their favorite part was choosing the perfect flowers to use. The entire project took us about 20 minutes to make and the fun lasted all day as they wore their crowns around while playing together.

sunflower crownBegin by gathering 5-10 small sunflowers.  Trim them so stems are about 2” in length.

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Serve It :: Simple Football Cupcakes

It’s that time of year again—football season! Chances are you’ll find yourself either feeding a hungry sports crowd or being invited to a football viewing party at some point this season. When that happens, have this easy football cupcake idea handy and you’ll be sure to please a crowd (of any age!).

You’ll first need to bake up a dozen cupcakes (any flavor will work) and then follow two simple decorating steps in order to turn your plain cupcakes into mini footballs. For decorating purposes, you’ll need one container of fudge icing and one container of white or vanilla icing.

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Fill a pastry bag or Ziploc® Brand XL Sandwich Bags with the fudge icing. To make the “football” I used a pastry tip (#18) but that is not necessary. You can simply cut a hole in your icing bag.  Squeeze the icing dragging it like a zigzag (back and forth) until the top of each cupcake is covered.

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Next, make the laces using the white icing. Place it in a separate pastry bag and trim a small hole in the end. Gently squeeze out the icing to make the “laces” of the football. Make one long line across the top of the cupcake, with three smaller lines crossing, going the opposite direction.

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Serve It :: Mini Pumpkin Milkshakes

 

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I am a self diagnosed canned pumpkin junkie.  This time of year I come up with all sorts of reasons to use it; cooking, baking, or otherwise. That is just how these mini pumpkin milkshakes cam to be. They are so creamy and taste like your favorite milkshake just collided with a pumpkin pie. They’re rich, so making them in mini form seems to be the perfect choice. Served up in mini glasses also make them adorable to offer to guests or little ones during your next gathering or special dinner.

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