The Holiday season is upon us. This means people will be hosting parties, gifts will be exchanged, and celebrations will begin!
This means we will also be asked:
What can I bring to the party?
What do you want from Santa?
Most people will reply with,
“Oh, just bring yourself to the party! We have everything covered!”
“Oh, I don’t need anything from Santa – just time together!”
These responses have almost become automatic. However, they do not allow us to live out the full potential of the holiday spirit. The ironic part of these responses is that I know I have given them more times than I can count personally, however, I hate when people give me the same answer. What if there was another option?
Yes, you might have everything you need for the party. BUT you could use this as an opportunity to ask each guest to bring a non-perishable item which can be donated to FeedMore. Then later in the party you can make a game out of what dishes could be created from the items which were brought. This allows you to celebrate while giving back.
The same is true for the question - what do you want from Santa? Rather than leaving your present up to risk, you could ask for your loved ones to give you food which can be donated.
Not sure which foods to ask for? How about:
12 Jars of Peanut Butter
11 Cans of Tuna
10 bags of Rice
9 cans of vegetables
8 tubes of toothpaste
7 bottles of body wash
6 cans of Spam
5 Jars of Fruit
4 Bags of Beans
3 boxes of Mac and Cheese
2 Cans of Nuts
1 donation online by visiting: https://secure3.convio.net/feed/site/Donation2?1400.donation=form1&df_id=1400&JServSessionIdr004=73cvk619w3.app337a
Many years ago Smiley’s decided to join the Think, Shop, Buy Local campaign which supports local small businesses in the Richmond area. However, to us here at Smiley’ Mobile Glass Shop, it made sense to have this same mindset when toward volunteer efforts. We see that change within our community can start with just one person who decides to stand up and make a change. There are several amazing non-profit organizations to partner with. After a prolonged search we found Rotary partnered perfectly for us.
If you are not familiar with Rotary, I would highly recommend visiting the official Rotary website (https://www.rotary.org) for more information on this organization. Their site states it best:
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:
We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.
We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.
One might be surprised to find out there are multiple Rotary clubs with in the Richmond area, Smiley’s own Bart is a member of the Brandermill Rotary. Throughout the year, this Rotary is a part of various fundraisers and charitable events. One which they are the most well-known for is the Annual Golf Fund Raiser. The great news is, the time has not passed for you to join in on this amazing event.
As it has been for almost 30 years, the Brandermill Rotary's Annual Golf Fund Raiser will be held at the Brandermill Country Club the first Monday in May -this year the date is May 4. Lunch will be served at 11:00. Following the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the first foursome will tee off at noon. Following 18 holes on one of the area's most enjoyable courses, attendees will be served beverages of all preference in the clubhouse followed by dinner. The evening concludes with the tournament awards presentation, our exciting live auctions and final bids on the silent auctions follow.
All in all, the annual Brandermill Rotary Golf Outing has been an event that provides a good time for all attending while helping to support many of the area's worthwhile charities.
Please join us for a day of fun and Charitable giving on May 4, 2015.
We have all been there before.
You come home late and now it's time to fix dinner.
Here is a perfect fix!
You can have some for dinner and the leftovers are delcious for breakfast.
3/4 cup Whole Milk
2 1/2 cup Frozen Shredded Potatoes
3/4 cup Chopped Fresh Spinach
1/2 cup Cubed Gluten Free Ham (Optional or feel free to substitue other meat)
1 tablespoon Chopped Green Pepper
1 tablespoon Chopped Sweet Pepper
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Chopped Fresh Chives
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 5 cup shallow baking dish. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl beat eggs with a wisk until well blended and frothy. Beat in Milk. Set Aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine potatoes, 3/4 cup cheese, spinach, ham (if desired) green and sweet pepper, salt, chives, and black pepper. Mix well.
Add egg mixture to potato mixture.
Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese. Bake about 45 minutes or until mixture is set and knife comes out clean when inserted in the ceter. Serve immediately.
Serves approximately 9.