Happy Friday my friends!
According to my advent calendar, the Christmas countdown is on and things are getting fast and furious. The tree is up. The presents are bought. The presents STILL need to be wrapped, but hey! That’s what weekends are for, along with some volunteerism mixed in.
Two years ago I felt like my daughter needed a little philanthropy in her life and to help others during the holidays so she’d appreciate all she is so lucky to have. We volunteered with the Utah/Nevada Dairy Council and Smith’s Food and Drug to create a one-day donation event we called Santa’s Milk Drive.
My daughter and her 10 year old friends and other volunteers were in the aisles asking customers to donate, running back and forth loading gallons of milk in shopping carts. It was awesome and they did such a good job (see it here), because who can say no to a kid in a cow hat? And I can’t believe how little they all look from just 2 years ago!
The day resulted in over 200 gallons of milk donated to the Utah Food Bank and everyone was thrilled with the results.
But we’re just getting started…
Did you know milk is the LEAST DONATED grocery store item across the nation??
That’s why this drive is so important and why we’re back, but with a way bigger impact this year because in addition to what we raise in store and online, Smith’s has generously committed to donating $5000 worth of milk to the Utah Food Bank as part of our drive.
You can help too! And it’s totally simple to do.
Contribute to Santa’s Milk Drive by donating a gallon of milk (the most under donated store-bought item across the nation) as part of the Great American Milk Drive with Feeding America. Just one gallon of milk is all we’re asking for.
After entering your zip code, that gallon of milk will be delivered to your own local food bank, keeping the charity where it’s needed most: in your own community.
It’s really that simple.
If you’re a local to the SLC area, join us this Saturday at Smiths Marketplace at 3215 Valley Street (3300 South off Wasatch BLVD and I-215 by REI) from 12 pm to 4 pm to make your milk purchase that will be delivered straight to the Utah Food Bank. There will be milk and cookie samples, giveaways and oh, sooooo much more :)
We’ll be there with our Santa hats and Got Milk shirts, ready to load your milk in the refrigerated truck to head to the food bank to help everyone who needs a little milk with their cookies.
You can also follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #santasmilkdrive.
But until then, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves!
And PLEASE: More milk! More milk! More milk! donate here.
This Hamilton meets Rudolph mash-up will get you in the ho-ho spirit! And, they’re from Utah! Represent.
This hasn’t left my kitchen since I got it. I’m obsessed with it!
I am so going to ROCK 2017, and here’s why. (hint: enter FRIENDS at checkout for 30% off!)
20 make-ahead Christmas breakfasts. Because who wants to be in the kitchen slaving away on Christmas day?
Turmeric is such a hot ingredient right now. I need to try this soup to get my tastebuds whet.
This savory braided bread would be a total scene stealer at the holiday party.
Got this cookbook for my man. And if you’re GDawg, be the only one who DOESN’T click!
These 23 kitchen gifts are so designer-y you’ll never believe they’re from Target. Bonus $$$ in your pocket.
You won’t believe what this candle smells like. And it’s making me hungry.
These cooking tips from this 100 year-old grandma are golden.
These brussels sprouts are on point.
Totally craving these chocolate peppermint s’mores.
These peppermint cookies totally need to go on my Santa plate.
It takes a village to put up a mammoth tree like this one in this stunning estate!
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These ugly sweaters are so bad they’re good. Check out #6. DOH!
photo: Lauren Scotti
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This playlist is one that holiday music haters will LOVE.
I’m ready to see some holiday movies!
This one is so totally on my list (what an all-star cast!) Bring the tissues, I’m crying through the trailer!
This movie looks hilarious. In that total oddball way.
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There’s a Love, Actually drinking game. Oh boy…
Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is going to perk everyone up, new beginnings!
I bought this for me as a little early Christmas present. I’m getting pretty good at that.
This scarf would look great with it. HINT HINT
I have this nightgown, but really need another. More HINT HINT Santa!
Tall boots SO need these ridiculously cozy socks.
Love this wrap dress. Totally cozy.
Rifle Paper Co. has candles now? I MUST HAVE THEM ALL.
Recipes I Pinned This Week
Brrrr, it’s cold! I can’t think of a better way to warm up than with these three cozy recipes that I’ve pinned, and I think you should pin them too.
Spiced Chamomile Hot Toddy
There’s no grander way to escape the chill than with booze, and the hot toddy is the quintessential winter tipple. This chamomile version has me all starry-eyed — it would make a lovely nightcap.
Potato Leek Soup with Italian Sausage
I’d like a bowl of this hearty, soul-warming soup. And then another.
Coq Au Vin
When winter strikes, we need hibernation fare. We need food that will stick to our ribs. That’s why I say oui, oui to this French classic!
Thanks for reading, fabulous foodies, and I hope you have a stellar weekend! And remember, MILK, MILK, MILK!!!
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