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Have you thanked a volunteer?

24 Apr

The Stationery Studio staff finishing up another successful yearly coat drive.

This morning on twitter I saw that #NationalVolunteerWeek was trending.  I was excited to see that there’s a whole week to bring attention to volunteers.  Sometimes in our busy lives, we forget about the people who selflessly give their time to make things happen all around us.  If you do volunteer for something, you might not ever think about getting thanks or praise because you don’t volunteer for that reason.

I am lucky because I was raised by a family who lives by the motto of giving back.  My parents are now retired and live a life of philanthropy.  I am always in awe of the lives they change through their volunteering.  #NationalVolunteerWeek reminds me to thank my parents for all they do.  It’s reminding me to thank ALL the volunteers in my life from soccer coaches to PTO members.  Take a moment to think about the people you know in your own life and your community who volunteer to make things happen.  Maybe it’s someone at your church, your local pet shelter, the food pantry, your neighborhood … you get the idea.  Why not send them a quick email to thank them and know how much they’re appreciated?  Or you can stop by and bring them a gift card for a cup of coffee or some fresh flowers.

Working at The Stationery Studio, I have had the opportunity to give back by working with organizations that positively impact our community.  I thank The Stationery Studio for allowing our workplace to give back!

Take a moment this week to thank volunteers.  I promise you they will appreciate it more than you know!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe for Cozy Winter Days

21 Jan

Soup

On those cold days of winter, if you are working or need to be out of the house all day but want some homemade soup when you get home, try this tried and true homemade chicken soup recipe which is made in a slow cooker.  My slow cooker capacity is 7 quarts so if you have a smaller one you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly.

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Ingredients:

Put all the following into the slow cooker:

1   32-oz box chicken broth (I like the Kitchen Basics brand)

8 cups of cold water

3  chicken bouillon cubes (I use the Telma brand, found in the Kosher aisle)

1 whole chicken, small or medium sized

2   12oz. bags of small baby carrots  (or 3-4 cups of carrot slices)

8 large stalks celery, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

3/4 cups barley (not quick barley)

Set the slow cooker for 4-5 hours on high.  Be sure the temperature of the chicken is at least 165-degrees when you remove it.  I place it on a jelly roll pan and break it apart to cool.  When it’s cool enough to touch, I shred the chicken pieces and return them to the soup.  Now the important part – taste the soup!  You can salt to your taste but I rarely add more salt.

SoupOnce soup cools a bit, I ladle out servings in disposable containers, label them and freeze them.  I leave enough in a larger container to put in the fridge for the week.  The frozen servings are wonderful to use in the future on a cold day when you just want one serving of homemade soup. If you prefer white rice, brown rice or noodles instead of barley, I’d recommend cooking them separately and then just adding after the soup is done.

Enjoy!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

#GivingTuesday

11 Nov

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Turn on any TV right now and you are seeing ads for Christmas already.  {sigh}  Halloween just ended, didn’t it?  While everyone at The Stationery Studio is ready for holiday shoppers, we also turn our focus to helping those in our community.  The Stationery Studio is hosting a food drive November 1 – November 28 to help fill their community food pantry this holiday season. Partnering with #GivingTuesday, TheStationeryStudio.com is hoping to raise awareness of the need in our community and fill their local food pantry.

Our food drive will benefit the Vernon Township Food Pantry. The Stationery Studio has been committed to helping the Vernon Township Food Pantry for years and chose them as their #GivingTuesday partner this holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Do you have something special you do for #GivingTuesday?  Or do you give back in some other way during the holiday season?  Share your story in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer