Seventh Day of Christmas

December 20th

Granola up close: Seventh day of Christmas

I wish for lots of opportunities to feed family and friends.

It is a bit of a selfish wish, I know, but I find such joy in cooking for others. I made this granola again as a “boy” gift for Christmas. This time around, I added lots of almonds, bran cereal, peanuts, honey, cardamom and vanilla protein powder. It smelled heavenly toasting away before I spooned it into more recycled containers. I delivered the last of these today. {It is a darn easy recipe that you can easily modify if you are looking for another gift or snack idea.}

: Seventh day of Christmas

On the same note, I am a volunteer for a local food bank organization. If you have the chance or the ability to give to your local food bank, they could really use your help. Food banks are currently experiencing unheard of shortages because of the subprime mess and waining economy. More people who used to be able to feed themselves and their children (and potentially their elderly parents) are now standing in food lines and going to the food banks for emergency rations. {The majority of people fed by food banks in the US? Children and the elderly. These aren’t people “milking” the system.} Food banks nationally are empty and in true need of help. Another thing — food banks can buy canned goods much, much cheaper than the average consumer can. Typically they can buy three times the amount of food a consumer can for the same amount — and they can use the cash to get the supplies they really need.

putting my martha labels to good use: Seventh day of Christmas

So, feeding those we love — including our neighbors — is exceptionally important to me this Christmas. Living simply, so others can simply live.

~K

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  1. Hey, that’s really good information; thanks for passing it along. I can believe that there is a strain on local food banks, considering how expensive *everything* has become lately. Anyway, it’s always nice to be able to be effective in your giving, you know?

    More and more I’m enjoying giving consumables as gifts. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and who doesn’t appreciate a tasty morsel that they didn’t have to prepare? Always good!

  2. All charities are hurting in our area. I think I’ll go write a check to our local food bank. Thanks for the inspiration!

    My family would shoot me if I didn’t deliver my famous honey shortbread every year. In fact, when I ask them what they want, they tell me “shortbread.” So, less money spent on non-wanted gifts. Love that.

  3. Great post on what we should all be mindful of now and all through the year. Our local news just did a report on this very subject. They said that the food banks are suffering severe shortages and cannot meet the needs of the community. I especially love that you mentioned the elderly. Age is to be honored, not ignored.

  4. We even noticed a dramatic decline in participation at our children’s school Food Bank drive this past month. I used to rent kitchen space from a Food Bank and witnessed first hand how amazing the employees and volunteers are. I am so thankful for everything they do. The granola looks so yummy. We made consumable gifts this year as well. Although, it was alcohol (kahlua, limoncello and cranberry sipping drink). I will definitely remember to use my recycled jars next year.

  5. Thank you for this post. It reminded me that we need to give back for all the blessings we have received.

    That granola looks yummy too!

  6. Great ideas Kelli.

    Have you heard of couponmom.com? Well the site gives me a weekly list that matches coupons and sale prices. Using this site more than pays for my newspaper, but it also lists products that are free or nearly free due to sales and coupons that food cupboards can use. It’s a small thing to pick up a few cheap (or free) items each trip to the grocery store.

  7. If y’all live in the SF Bay Area, Second Harvest Food Bank could use online donations in any amount. They are an incredible group providing food to those in need in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. We work with them every year and it’s great to see what they can provide to those in need.

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