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Year-Round Giving: October 2013

October 31, 2013

What to Pack in an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

Operation Christmas Child National Collection week is November 18 -25. Wondering what to pack? Here are some ideas to get you started on packing your special shoebox for a child. Please check Samaritan's Purse for the complete instructions and details of what you can and can not pack.


October 30, 2013

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Don't forget to set back your clocks and sleep in that extra hour.

October 28, 2013


Click the links below for Recipes.

Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Mini Apple Pies

Vanilla Cream Cheese Brownies

Come find all sorts of Fall inspiration on my Pinterest Board.


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October 16, 2013

Fall Bake Sale: Vanilla Cream Cheese Brownies

Brownies are my absolute favorite. Cream cheese and brownies are one of my favorite flavor combinations. These tasty treats need to be refrigerated. I added a mixture of red & yellow food coloring to the vanilla cream cheese. This changed the color to orange to keep with the fall theme. Adding food color is not necessary and does not effect the taste.

 See all the Fall Bake Sale Recipes Here

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October 09, 2013

Fall Bake Sale: Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Swirled Sugar Cookies

This post is for that busy mom who got roped into participating in a bake sale. This really is not a recipe but an idea for a quick cookie that has flavor and style for this fall!

 See all the Fall Bake Sale Recipes Here

- Pre-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough 
- Pumpkin Spice

- Preheat your oven as directed on the cookie dough package
- Pull apart your dough and roll into balls
- On a plate shake a layer of Pumpkin Spice
- Dip the top and bottom of the cookie balls in the Pumpkin Spice
- Roll the ball again in your hands (This should give you a cool marble or swirl design on your cookie.) 
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake as directed on your cookie package

Here is a great shot of Elise's Pumpkin Spice Cookies she shared with her neighbors. 

Shared with: My Turn For Us, 

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October 07, 2013

P&G Brand Free Samples

Head over to P&G Brand Sampler and scroll down to "Samples by Mail" click on the box and you can select your free samples. Samples will arrive in 6-8 weeks. 

These little samples are great to put in House Warming gifts.

October 02, 2013

How to Harvest Black-Eyed Susan Seeds

I love this flower. It is a bright burst of color in a garden or in a flower arrangement. Fall has arrived and your Black-Eyed Susans should be losing their petals and dying back. This flower is biennial which means the first year it will not have a flower. This is the time to harvest seeds.

1. When the petals have fallen off you are left with a  black cone. Cut the cones off and place in a container that has a lid.

2. Cover with the lid and give the container a 30 second hard shake. This will loosen the seeds from the cone.

3. Place a colander over a bowl and pour the cones & seeds into the colander. The seeds will fall through the colander. Save seeds in an envelope and store until next planting season. See chart below.

Zone 7 - June-July
Zone 8 - May-June.
Zone 9 - April-May
Zones 10 & 11 - March-April, October-November.

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