Today was my first day "on the job" as Winthrop University's Relay for Life staff advisor and it was pretty exciting. Our first interest meeting had a pretty good turnout (thank you guys!) and I'm already recruiting teams... if you're free April 23-24, 2010, come out and help celebrate, remember and fight back!
Tomorrow is Delta Zeta's 107th Founders Day and I couldn't be more proud than the day I was initiated. It's been 8 years since I made one of the best decisions (besides marrying my wonderful husband, of course) and it's truly amazing at all the wonderful things we've accomplished. I wish all my sisters the happiest of Founders Days and look forward to celebrating the next 107 years!
I don't go overboard price-wise with a lot of things. In fact, it drives me crazy when I do. My kryptonite? Coach. I found this sweet little number the other day and got so excited... until I saw the price tag. Oh well, a girl can dream!
Brad and I went to visit my mom this weekend to celebrate her birthday and I was able to have some good shopping/bonding time with her, which is ALWAYS exciting! One of the stores we were able to thoroughly enjoy was Palmetto Moon, which is every southern girl's dream. USC Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers and everything Palmetto! Lucky for me (and my bank account), there aren't any locations near me but online shopping is available... woohoo!
Check them out for birthdays, housewarming gifts, any holidays...
With Founder's Day quickly approaching, the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Zeta is looking forward to celebrating with area alumnae and hopefully, will be able to support The Painted Turtle with this year's donation! The Painted Turtle is a national partner and philanthropy for the Delta Zeta Sorority and this year's goal of $550 will benefit area needs for this incredible part of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall camps. This is how we're helping:
Our chapter was inspired by the Delta Zeta national convention Rose Tree, which is present each convention and encourages alumnae to donate the the Delta Zeta Foundation to support various programs within our Sorority, including scholarships (both collegiate and graduate) and even assisting with programs that will benefit alumnae chapters across the nation. At the 2008 convention, the Rose Tree, which is a snow-white tree covered in pink and green ribbon to signify the donations that have been made, raised over $13,000! What a success! On a much smaller scale, the Columbia Alumnae Chapter adopted this idea with its very own Rose Tree: a pink 2' 5'' tree that was unveiled at last year's Founders Day celebration, encouraging alumnae and collegians alike to "give graciously" as our Creed reminds us to each day. We were incredibly grateful with the amount of attention it received and raised $500 to donate to the Delta Zeta Foundation! This year, we agreed that since the Painted Turtle gives so much to families and patients in need, our goal is to help give comfort to those who need it the most.
How YOU can help!
The Columbia Alumnae Chapter has Rose Tree donation cards that sisters, family and friends can purchase for just $5 each. These cards can be purchased in honor of a Delta Zeta in their lives. If the sister you're honoring doesn't live in the same city or state as you and you'd like to have it mailed to them, just provide me with their mailing address. We had a great response from sisters that received these cards in the mail and even inspired some to reconnect with Delta Zeta. Donation cards will be available through October 31st and also at the Founders Day celebration on Sunday, October 25th; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to make a donation, help us reach our goal and support The Painted Turtle for this years Founders Day celebration! Thank you for your support!
I discovered this scrumptious and festive recipe in this month's edition of Southern Living and just had to share! These mini pumpkin cakes will add some flair to your holiday baking and is sure to be a favorite even Martha Stewart would love. :) If you try this wonderful recipe, let me know how it turns out - happy baking!
Hands-On Time: 30 min.; Total Time: 1 hr., 44 min. (including Caramel-Rum Glaze).
Yield Makes 8 pumpkins
Ingredients 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Caramel-Rum Glaze* (or Vanilla Glaze) Caramel Stems, Leaves, and Vines (optional, instructions below)
Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in pumpkin and vanilla.
2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Spoon batter into 2 lightly greased pumpkin-shaped muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.
3. Bake at 350° for 24 to 26 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
4. Cut rounded tops off muffins to make them flat. Invert top muffins onto bottom muffins, forming pumpkins. Drizzle Caramel-Rum Glaze over pumpkins. Decorate with Caramel Stems, Leaves, and Vines, if desired.
CARAMEL STEM: Press 1 caramel between fingers, lengthening to 1 1/2 to 2 inches to form a stem. Curl stem gently.
CARAMEL LEAVES: Roll caramels into 2-inch squares on a flat surface, using a rolling pin. Cut into leaves, using a paring knife. Gently press tips of leaves to flatten, if desired. Score leaves, using a paring knife. Pinch bottoms of leaves together.
CARAMEL VINES: Cut 1 caramel into 3 equal pieces. Squeeze each piece gently to flatten, and roll between hands or on a flat surface into a long thin rope. Twist ends to curl.
A BIG thank you goes out to my best friend and fellow blogger Amanda for this exciting award! She was part of my inspiration to start a blog and now, I can't get enough! Check her out - I think you'll find yourself following her, too. : )
Here are the rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award":
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Brad and I officially started the P90X system on October 2nd and I can't help but be reminded of the quote, "Pain is weakness leaving the body". A couple people have asked if I'm nuts. I must be - it's no joke - but I can't wait to see myself in 90 days.