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What’s in Your Garden?

18 Aug

Every Spring I start a vegetable garden in my yard as well as a few pots of herbs.  My kids help pick out the vegetables we will grow each year.  This year we focused on a variety of tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, broccoli and spinach.  We already ate all the carrots, broccoli and spinach.  But the tomatoes and green peppers are just about ready to pick.  tomatoes greenpeppersI feel like growing your own vegetables inspires healthier eating.  My kids learn so much about where food comes from when you start with a bed of soil and some packets of seeds.  And when the vegetables are ready to pick, we all discuss what we should make with our fresh veggies.  The green peppers are perfect for chicken fajitas and stuffed green peppers.  The tomatoes are great for BLT’s and homemade marinara sauce.

Do you grow your own vegetable garden?  What kind of vegetables do you grow and what dishes do you make?  Share in the comments … I love to hear from you!

xoxo

Jennifer

Summer Party Favorite: Peanut Butter Bars

10 Jul

This weekend I have two parties to attend and was asked to bring a dessert.  When it’s summer, I always fall back on my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars.  This recipe was handed down to me years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  People always ask me “Are you bringing your peanut butter bars?”  I could probably make them in my sleep (although I’d rather not).  I thought I’d share the recipe so you, too, can be the hit at your next Summer BBQ or get together.  If you make them, let me know how everyone liked (or LOVED) them!

75648_977Dorothy Congdon’s Peanut Butter Bars

3 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 stick butter, melted

2 c. powdered sugar

18 oz. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

Frosting:

1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 stick butter, melted

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until moist.  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Heat butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Pour on top and smooth with a knife.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  *You can substitute margarine for butter and use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Jennifer

The Stationery Studio Gives Back to Community this Holiday

9 Dec

I love this time of year.  The decorations, making cookies, buying presents for loved ones.  But I think more than anything, I really enjoy giving back.  I am happy to work at a company that feels the same way and truly reached out to it’s community this year.   The Stationery Studio gave back this holiday season by hosting a coat drive and helping their local food bank.  The coat drive was run through One Warm Coat and benefited JOURNEYS.  The Stationery Studio donated money to the Vernon Township Food Pantry to help those in need in their community.

“We wanted to help those in our community,” said The Stationery Studio owner and President Marc Redman.  “Hosting the coat drive and helping our local food pantry help those who live where we live and work.”  Over 300 coats were collected through the coat drive and came at the perfect time since the weather in the Chicago area is starting to drop.

 

FoodBank

Renee and Marc Redman, owners of The Stationery Studio, hand a check to William Peterson, Vernon Township Supervisor.

 

The Vernon Township Food Pantry said the money donated helps to provide for over 140 families who are in need.  William Peterson, Vernon Township Supervisor, was there to accept the donation from The Stationery Studio owners Marc and Renee Redman.  “We truly appreciate this monetary donation,” said Peterson.  “We were able to help all the families in the area this year.”

xoxo

Jennifer