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September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month

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30 Ways in 30 Days Hunger Action Campaign

1 in 6. Did you know that is the number of Americans that will struggle with hunger today? September is Hunger Action Month and Feeding America is asking all Americans to take action to fight domestic hunger. The need in this country is tremendous - but so is the impact that you can have.

Throughout Hunger Action Month, Feeding America's nationwide network of more than 200 food banks is calling upon communities to take action through the "30 Ways in 30 Days" campaign. Whether it's by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or giving of your time and energy, find the way that's right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

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About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, their network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit Feeding America's Website.

Writing this post is just one of the things that I'm doing to fight hunger in America by raising awareness and passing along the information about how we can ALL help. Please join me by taking action - it doesn't have to cost you a dime!

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Take The Pledge Today!

Take The Pledge Today!
Take The Pledge Today!

Feeding America is asking everyone to make a commitment to fighting hunger in America by pledging to take action. The food banks who get the most pledges by population percentages will win a truckload of food.

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The 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar - 30 Ways That Can Help

30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar - September is Hunger Action Month

30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar

Atlanta Community Food Bank has put together a great calendar that lists a way you can help each day during Hunger Action Month. The calendar is available as a printable PDF and you can integrate it directly with your Google Calendar as well. The calendar includes ideas such as taking the pledge, volunteering at your local food shelf, sharing the campaign info on your social media sites, finding your local food shelf, planting a garden to donate veggies, and more.

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Donate $5+ and Get A Free Slice of Cheesecake

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The Cheesecake Factory has teamed up with American Idol and Feeding America in the fight against hunger. Share Your Voice for Hunger Action Month!

Help The Cheesecake Factory in support of Hunger Action Month with a pledge to Feeding America. Every dollar you donate to Feeding America helps provide 7 meals to men, women and children facing hunger in our country.

Make a donation of $5.00 or more, and The Cheesecake Factory will reward your generosity with one e-Slice** redeemable for a free slice of cheesecake at any Cheesecake Factory restaurant (valued at $7.75). It's like being paid to eat cheesecake!

Please CLICK HERE to make a secure online donation to fight hunger and receive your free slice of cheesecake!

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How to Make Microwave Cookies

How to Make Microwave Cookies

Fast, Simple & Yummy!

Maybe your oven is broken; maybe you're at college and only have access to a microwave; maybe you are tired and just want to press a button to make yourself a warm, delicious dessert. Whatever the reason, making microwave cookies is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you didn't know you could microwave cookies, welcome to the wonderful world of fast, easy treats!

You can microwave ANY of your favorite cookies! These are hard to resist whether you bake them in the oven or the microwave.

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Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Cooks.com

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup Bisquick
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

Put the vegetable oil in a bowl, and stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend this until it is lump-free. Next, stir in the Bisquick mix. When this is thoroughly blended, fold in your chocolate chips and nuts. Drop the cookies onto a microwavable dish (make them smaller than you would for a conventional oven). Each microwave cooks differently, but in general, it takes about 2-4 minutes on medium setting.

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Courtesy of Associated Content

This recipe calls for the microwave - but not to bake the gourmet cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats

Directions:

Start by placing the butter into a microwavable bowl and melting it (usually about 45 seconds on high). To the melted butter, add the sugar, cocoa, and milk. Stir this well and then microwave it for about four minutes on high. Remove, stir it well, and put it back in for one more minute.

Next, add the peanut butter, vanilla, and quick oats. Stir well. This is your dough. Now all you have to do is cover a cookie sheet with wax paper, and drop dough by the spoonful onto the sheet. Let these cool completely - you can put them in the refrigerator to help them along). When they are firm, they are ready.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Courtesy of Cooks.com

This is a hearty cookie that will not fail to cheer you up on a cold day.

Image by SHX666

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons grape jelly

Directions:

Mix together the flour, peanut butter, sugar, and butter until combined. Add water a drip at a time until the mixture holds together. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and arrange them on a microwave plate. Use a spoon to make depressions in the cookies.

Microwave these for 2 to 3 ½ minutes. Press the cookies with the spoon again and fill the depression with ¼ teaspoon of jelly. Put it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds. Let the cool completely and enjoy!

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Microwave Mug Brownie - Watch & Learn

Thought cookies were good, how about making a brownie treat?

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Cranberry Coconut Bars

Image by thedeliciouslife on Flickr

From Prepared Pantry

Delicious, decadent. What more can I say, besides, "yum!"

Image by thedeliciouslife on Flickr

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cup quick rolled oats
  • ¼ light corn syrup
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

Get an 8 inch microwavable baking dish, and start by melting your butter. Stir in the brown sugar, and continue stirring until it is dissolved. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients, and press the cookie mixture firmly into the dish. Microwave this for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Let them cool, cut them into bars, and enjoy!

Try some of the delicious microwave cookie recipes you can find online, and give your oven a rest.

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

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Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Frozen yogurt is a delicious and easy way to have a cold dessert with less impact to the waistline than ice cream. It can be made in so many flavors and personalized to every one's different tastes.

This blueberry frozen yogurt recipe is super simple and takes less time to make than it does to run to the local ice cream parlor. And I know it has less calories than my favorite gourmet cheesecake with blueberry topping!

Give this recipe on those hot summer nights when nothing else will do. Trust me... your family will thank you.

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Easy Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

How to make blueberry frozen yogurt

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint blueberries, pureed and strained

Picture courtesy of sierravalleygirl on Flickr

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, milk and sugar.
  2. Mix until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Carefully add the pureed blueberries into the mix until combined.
  4. Add to your frozen yogurt maker and allow to churn for 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. Ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving.

NOTE - If you've got fresh fruit in your fruit basket, this is always better, but if you can't find blueberries that are reasonably priced, you can always use frozen whole blueberries as a substitute in this recipe.

Recipe courtesy of FoodReference.com

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Ten Most Popular Homemade Cookie Flavors

Ten Most Popular Homemade Cookie Flavors

Get to Know Your Cookies

Cookies are America's favorite leisure time snack. There are hundreds of choices on the supermarket shelves for the cookie lover to choose from. But nothing can compare to the flavors and textures of homemade cookies.

From the thousands of cookie recipes out there, here are the ten most popular homemade cookie favors.

1. Chocolate Chip

Everyone's Favorite Cookie

This delicious, buttery and oh-so-sweet cookie is the most popular for a good reason. Its melt in your mouth goodness has just the right amount of chocolate and cookie. Whether they are frozen or warm, soft or crisp baked, chocolate chip cookies will forever reign as the perfect cookie for all ages. Not to mention, easy to make for all ages and occasions as well.

Kids love 'em

Top 10 Types of Cookies

Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

2. Peanut Butter

Some people love the peanut butter cookie, and some can do without it. But its fan base has kept it going throughout all the years of happy baking. Perhaps it's the criss-crossed fork marks on top that leave an indelible stamp in our minds or just that they look great in gift baskets. But the peanut yumminess is a classic American taste.

3. Oatmeal Raisin

When it comes to the general consensus, I've found that you either love the oatmeal raisin, or you hate it. For the oatmeal raisin lover, this cookie brings joy with its delicious oat texture and chewy raisins. Some home bakers even add nuts to the mix making it a delightful combination of tastes and a delightful little treat to the unsuspecting.

Making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

4. Sugar

The sugar cookie still endures after all these years because of its sweet simplicity. Everyone loves rolled out sugar cookies spread with thick, colorful frosting and sprinkles. The sheer versatility of this cookie makes it a blank canvas for home bakers to create masterpieces on. Frosting, sprinkles and food coloring are certainly optional, however.

5. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

For some, the macadamia nut is the ultimate in luxury and often times spotted in Christmas gift baskets. Add white chocolate to it and you've got a delicacy of a cookie that is far from the everyday ordinary snack. Those who love it pine for its chunks of nuttiness.

Making White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

6. Chocolate Sandwich

The chocolate sandwich cookie is the poor man's Oreo. No one can replicate the taste of the original Oreo, but home cooks have certainly come close. With homemade cream filling, this sandwich cookie is a year round favorite for many households.

7. Coconut Macaroon

Because there's no baking involved, these gourmet cookies almost seem like magic when they're made. Coconut lovers around the world now have an exotic cookie to call their own. It spans generations as a sweet treat that's light and oh so edible. Oh and did I mention that there's no baking involved?

Making Coconut Macaroons

8. Shortbread

Whenever shortbread comes out, you'll find that hands from all over come grabbing. It's simple but just so right for tea time. Even lovers of more complicated cookies fall for the pure golden delight of a shortbread square. And what's not to love about shortbread? It tastes great with anything.

9. Gingerbread

Is it that it comes out once a year that makes the homemade gingerbread cookie so fascinating? Maybe it's the shape or the decorations. Whatever the reason, the gingerbread man and woman live on as symbols of holiday cookies and good cheer. Not to mention, they're worth waiting for.

Making Gingerbread Cookies

10. Animal Cookies

Those daring bakers who take on the task of baking animal cookies have the hearts of children throughout the neighborhood. And then some adults as well. Who can say no to a crisp baked circus animal freshly cut from dough so lovingly prepared?

Add Some Variation

Switch It Up A Bit

If you're getting started on your cookie baking hobby, try these flavors first. There are so many variations you can add to make them uniquely yours. Add nuts or dried fruits. Try different shapes and frostings.

Bake for a shorter or a longer time. Pair them with jams and jellies. Your cookies are your own palate to create tiny masterpieces that will quickly be gobbled up by eagerly awaiting mouths.

Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Easy Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Homemade Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Cherry cobbler is a great summer time dessert. It is a sweet and fruity dessert that is perfect for any family gathering. This easy cherry cobbler recipe would be a delicious pick to bring to a pot luck dinner.

The beautiful red color scheme of this dessert means that it would also do very well at a holiday gift and craft show or bake sale. You should probably make two because you are going to want to keep one. Trust me... your family will thank you.

How To Make Cherry Cobbler

How To Make Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • more sugar or cinnamon sugar, to sprinkle over dumplings
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Picture courtesy of awhiskandaspoon on Creative Commons

Preparation

  1. Spread pie filling in buttered 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Place in a cold oven; heat to 400° then continue to bake for 10 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven.
  2. While pie filling is baking, combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl; stir until well blended. With a tablespoon, drop dough onto hot pie filling (about 6 dumplings).
  3. Sprinkle each dumpling with a little more sugar (cinnamon sugar, if desired). Put casserole back in the oven and continue to bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until topping is nicely browned.
  4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream of a dollop of whipped topping.

Recipe courtesy of Diana's Kitchen.

How To Make Cherry Cobbler

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