Hallelujah Toffee – It is available!

The online store is open at http://hallelujahtoffee.org/  for Hallelujah Toffee.  If you are in Northern Nevada it is also available at a few craft fairs which are listed on the website.

I am so glad that I got to volunteer with Hallelujah Toffee again this year.  We made over 4,000 lbs of toffee in less than three weeks!  This year I was able to help by cooking and packing toffee into bags.

A friend asked and it is all made by hand with love by volunteers in single pan batches.  It definitely doesn’t taste like normal store bought toffee.

So if you want to buy some great, handmade toffee and support a great cause then please buy a box.

My only warning is it is addicting and we are selling out earlier and earlier each year even though we make over 4,000 pounds.

100% of our profits go directly to 40 well-deserving students from the slums of Kenya, each with their own personal story of difficult circumstances and even stronger resolve. Affectionately referred to as our “Candy Kids,” these secondary students are now receiving a full year of education, room and board, mentoring, an emergency medical fund, and summer camp experiences during their holiday months.

http://hallelujahtoffee.org/

What organizations do you volunteer with?

Later – Heather

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iHerb.com 10% off storewide

Right now through October 31, 2018 iHerb.com is having 10% off storewide.  And if you use this code I would also get a percentage of what you buy.

https://www.iherb.com?rcode=HER481

Since we had recently ordered our vitamins, etc the only thing I needed was a box of Almond Bliss One (protein) bars.  I will definitely accept a 10% discount.

https://one1brands.com/products/#one-bar

Do you eat protein bars?  If so, what is your favorite brand and flavor?

Later – Heather

Authors you would recommend?

So, when I originally thought of this post it was going to tell you a book I didn’t like.  It was so bad (in my opinion) that I stopped reading it after the first chapter.  That alone shows that I am changing since when I was young I would read a complete book, even if I didn’t like it, with the hopes that it got better.  Now I have too much I want and have to do so I stopped reading this one and it is already in the give away pile.  And, no I won’t give the author or title since I know other people like the author.  I found this book and others by the same author at a garage sale recently.

I will say that I do like Joanne Fluke and I recently finished Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery).  And if the name sounds familiar it is because the Hallmark Channel has started turning these books into movies.  I like the movies too.

I won’t give any secrets away about Devil’s Food Cake Murder , but I will say that there were a few slow parts, but it doesn’t help that I usually only read a little fiction before going to bed.

What fiction (cozy mysteries, etc) authors / book titles would you recommend?

Later – Heather

Hallelujah Toffee

For November I want to focus on the positive. We will see if I can post daily.  If there are no photos, etc involved I will have a higher chance.

Today I am glad that I get to volunteer with Hallelujah Toffee.

http://hallelujahtoffee.org/

This year I was able to help by cooking and packing into bags, helping at the boxing party and I will be helping sell it at a craft fair.

Oh, and by the way, the online store is open as of today so if you want to buy some great, handmade toffee and support a great cause then please buy a box.

My only warning is it is addicting and we are selling out earlier and earlier each year even though we make over 4,000 pounds.

100% of our profits go directly to 40 well-deserving students from the slums of Kenya, each with their own personal story of difficult circumstances and even stronger resolve. Affectionately referred to as our “Candy Kids,” these secondary students are now receiving a full year of education, room and board, mentoring, an emergency medical fund, and summer camp experiences during their holiday months.

What organizations do you volunteer with?

Later – Heather

Starbucks Rewards

Do you drink coffee?  Do you drink coffee at Starbucks?  Well, I am not a coffee drinker, but I would randomly go to Starbucks with friends and have a hot chocolate in the winter or an iced tea or lemonade in the summer.

Well, since Starbucks changed their reward program I don’t spend enough money to collect or keep my points.  So, as of this Saturday I will have zero points (there is no way I was going to collect 80 points in the last couple of months).  I don’t know if this is goodbye to Starbucks or not for me.  I know I won’t be suggesting to friends that we meet there.

Do you go to Starbucks very often?

Later – Heather

Pepper’s winter sweater

So, before Christmas 2015 I saw this in the local Target ad.

target dog sweater.jpg

And my first thought was that dog looks like Pepper (our ‘red’ Golden Retriever).  I knew Pepper needed a sweater to keep her warmer when she slept out in the dog house so I went looking the next time I was in the local Target store.

Target was out of the dog sweater that was shown in the ad, but I was able to get Pepper a sweater.

Here she is modeling it.  She definitely doesn’t look as happy as the dog in the ad, but she didn’t complain when we went to put it on her before bedtime.  And I am happy to say that it lasted through the winter and will definitely get more use this coming winter.

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Pepper modeling her winter sweater

Do you dress up your pet?

Later – H

Why do you live where you do?

In June, Nevada (and at least California) are having elections for local supervisors, etc.  In our area it is becoming clear that the people running for office are either for big growth or against it (i.e. want the area to stay like it is).  In trying to decide who to vote for I am realizing I have to decide why we live here and how/if we want it to change in the next 5 to 10 years.

We moved here 20+ years ago since it was a semi-rural area with a technology company where we could get jobs.  Over the years we have had the opportunity to move to different ‘big’ cities for jobs (in different states).  We have always decided it was not best for our family with one reason being we didn’t want to live in a ‘big’ city (and deal with everything related to it – higher crime, more traffic, potentially higher taxes, etc).

Nevada is becoming known as a potential place to move technology and other companies (Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. either have plants near Reno, NV or are in the process of building them now).  Overall, I am happy to see this happen, but I think it needs to be carefully thought out.  Not everyone wants to have their rural area changed into a ‘big’ city.

Where we live we have to drive to another town if we want to do major shopping  in person (Costco, JCPenney, etc).  We knew this when we moved here and I can at least say it has gotten easier.  Now it is about a 20 mile drive instead of 50+ miles (which would turn into an all day event).  Besides, a lot of the shopping can be done online and shipped to your house if you really don’t care to see the items in person.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems that when people move to a new area they want to change it to be similar to where they just left – i.e. want closer shopping, want specific restaurants to come in, etc, but they don’t want the things they didn’t like (more crime, higher taxes, more traffic, crowds, etc).  Well, after living in the same semi-rural area for over twenty years I can tell you that as more shopping, restaurants, housing areas, etc come in you get more traffic, crime, etc. (For example, it is amazing how many articles in the local papers are about people stealing items from the local Walmart stores.)

I know people that drive 50+ miles to be able to live in a smaller area, but work in a larger city and I know people who have done the opposite (live in the larger city and travel to get to the smaller area for a job they want).   It just depends upon what you want and sometimes where you have extended family.

So, why do you live where you do?  Did you move there because of family, a job or what the area was like?  Do you have plans on staying there long term?   Are you happy with the way the area is changing (or not changing)?  If not, maybe it is time to voice your concerns and get involved.

Later – H

2016 Northern Nevada quilt activities

In case you are in the Northern Nevada area this summer here are some of quilting / sewing activities you might be interested in.

June 4 –  June 5, 2016

Carson Valley Quilt Guild show

10 am – 4 pm

Douglas County Senior and Community Center

1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410

http://quiltshow.cvqg.com/

 

June 21 – September 6, 2016

Row by Row Experience

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

 

June 23 – 25, 2016

Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expo

Grand Sierra Resort

2500 E. Second Street, Reno, NV 89595

http://qscexpos.com/reno.html

 

Do you know of any other events in Northern Nevada?

Later – H

Favorite clothing / fashion blog #1

Well, a long time ago I posted my favorite blog #1.  It was one of the first blogs I had found, but I haven’t seen a new post from her in a while.

Since I have multiple interested I figured it was best to start multiple favorite lists.  This time it will be a clothing / fashion blog.

Grace & Beauty:    http://www.cyndispivey.com/

I can’t even tell you where I found Cyndi’s blog, but I love reading her blog in the morning.  Besides giving fashion trends, etc she has a Beauty for the Heart (Bible Verse) at the end of each post.

I love when she does a series – 27 Days of Spring was her latest.  I just saved the latest series to a Pinterest board so I can review them again.  Hopefully I can come up with some new clothing combinations for Spring/Summer without having to buy new clothes.

Cyndi’s personality comes through the blog and we have communicated through email a few times.  I wish we lived closer, but it is a long way between Kentucky and Nevada.

Can you believe another post in one month?  Maybe I am back to blogging…

Which clothing blog would you recommend?

Later – H

 

 

First eleven tips for Hawaii (or other locations that require you to fly)

My family finally got to go on a much needed vacation.  We have been home for just over 24 hours and I am happy that I have gotten two loads of laundry already.  I figured I would post some tips that came in really handy for us (in no special order).

  1. Carry on luggage – Each family member was able to travel with one carry on suitcase and a backpack.  Unless you have fancy events planned you will find that you will spend most of your time in your swimsuits and shorts anyways.  But, at the same time you will sometimes find that the airlines will gate check your suitcases to your final destination (that happened to us each way).  (We even had space in our bags to bring home new beach towels and a few other new items.)
  2. Roll your clothes – If you aren’t on Pinterest you might not have seen the posts that by rolling your clothes you can store more in a drawer, etc.  It really does work so I would suggest you try it next time.
  3. Detangler spray & TSA liquid rules – Each person is able to take a quart-sized bag with your liquids/creams as long as each original container is less than 3 oz.  The humidity and salt water makes it so we get more knots in our hair so this time I put some detangler spray in a small bottle and took some with us.
  4. Bug spray – We usually go hiking when travel and this trip wasn’t any different.  So, we bought a small container of bug spray and took it with us (in the quart-sized bag with our other liquids).
  5. Breakfast in the room – The hotel we stayed at this time had a Keurig coffee maker and a mini fridge (no microwave).   We bought instant oatmeal at the grocery store and made it for breakfast most mornings.  (See #6, #7 and #11)
  6. Metal fork and spoon – I packed one for each family member.  These came in very handy.  Note: You are not able to take sharp knives in the carry on luggage so I took a couple of plastic knives.
  7. Plastic bowls – Since we had room in our suitcases (by not taking too many clothes and rolling what I did take) I was able to pack plastic bowls for each family member.  These came in very handy for breakfast and for eating pie, etc (see #11).
  8. Plastic Ziploc bags – I took a few new quart-sized ones and a couple of gallon-sized ones.  These were very useful!  (One thing we did daily was put ice in a bag and used it as an ice pack in our ice chest.)
  9. Plastic, see-through water bottle – You can take an empty water bottle through security.  We filled it with water at the airports and put ice inside of it when we traveled and it helped keep our snack foods and drinks cold.
  10. Ice chest – The last few trips we have been able to put a collapsible ice chest in one of the suitcases.  We used this to keep our drinks and snacks cold for when we went to the beach or driving around the island.
  11. Grocery store – Usually when we arrive we look for a grocery store so we can buy some food.  This time we lucked upon a local grocery store chain (Tamura’s Market) which definitely had cheaper prices than the big mainland chain that we found the first day.  We were even able to find locally made (Ted’s Bakery) pie.  The Macadamia Nut Cream Pie was really good!

So, hopefully these help you out and they will come in handy the next time we fly somewhere on vacation.

Later – H