Relay for Life

According to RelayforLife.org, “In May 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since those first steps, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising more than $4 billion to fight cancer” (RelayforLife.org).

Relay for Life is an over night, community fundraising walk, taking taking place on a track. Fundraising teams are made, and they camp out around the track, with members on the team taking turns walking throughout the night. Activities, entertainment, and games make Relay for Life events fun and exciting!

It’s that ‘Relay’ time of year again! Are you part of a community that puts on a Relay for Life event? If so, what are you waiting for? Get a team together and start fundraising! All money raised goes  to benefit the American Cancer Society and supports the fight against Cancer.

I am very excited to participate in a Relay for Life event this Friday at Bridgewater State University. As a college community, (as of today) BSU has raised over $43,000 to support the American Cancer Society via a Relay for Life event!!! (Go Bears!)

Relay for Life ‘s theme color is purple; the purple ribbon is the universal sign designated to represent all Cancers. Add a couple purple accents and accessories to your wardrobe to help “paint your community purple”, and spread awareness about Relay for Life!

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I ‘Relay’ for SarahBoczanowski and Cathy Brossi, two very important people to me, whose lives have been effected by Cancer. With individuals coming together, small communities will be able to make a huge impact on those suffering from Cancer, by spreading hope, awareness, and support to loved ones who need it, and honor to all survivors.

Why do you ‘Relay’?

XO, Christine

DONATE to Relay for Life TODAY!!! 🙂

Click HERE to learn more about Relay for Life!

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EASY Desserts For Your Thanksgiving Feast!

I cannot wait to get home for Thanksgiving break! For me, Thanksgiving means spending time at home with my family, a little vacation from classes, and some really spectacular food…. especially desserts.

To celebrate the holiday, my family usually hosts a Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Our meal is potluck style, so everyone who comes to eat brings something to add to the table. I like to contribute by making some sort of dessert. For my Thanksgiving themed post, I’d like to share with you some big hit recipes that I have used in the past–

 

1. LIBBY’S® Famous Pumpkin Pie 

‘Pumpkin’ is my favorite seasonal flavor..so as you can guess—Pumpkin Pie is my absolute favorite type of pie to have during the holidays…The LIBBY’S® recipe is fabulous because it is SO EASY to make, yet tastes SO GOOD to eat!!!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  •  1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
  •  1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  2. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

 

2. Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

With so many possibilities and combinations, Trifles are perfect deserts to serve at any holiday meal. Sometimes for Thanksgiving I’ll make this pumpkin and gingerbread flavored one. The pairing of the gingerbread and pumpkin make this dessert not only so yummy, but so festive too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14-ounce) packages gingerbread mix
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup gingersnaps, optional

Directions:

  1. Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool.
  3. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cardamom into the pudding.
  4. Crumble 1 batch of gingerbread into the bottom of a large, pretty bowl.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping.
  6. Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight. (Trifle can be layered in a punch bowl).

 

3. Caramel Apple Crisp

Between the months of November and January, someone in my family can pretty much always be found in the kitchen baking apple crisp—this recipe is a favorite in my household. I love the caramel mixed in as an added bonus!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels, halved
  •  1 cup apple cider, divided

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  3. Layer with half of the apples, caramels and 1 cup oat mixture.
  4. Repeat layers. Pour 1/2 cup cider over top.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  6. Drizzle with remaining cider
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until apples are tender. 

 

Whether your Thanksgiving dinner  is at your house or not, I think its always a nice gesture to contribute to the meal! Why not bring along a nice dessert!

What are your favorite desserts to have on Thanksgiving? Leave it in the comments!

XOXO, Christine

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