Friday, March 27, 2009

March Madness: Texas Wins By A Tidbit

Free For All Friday question at the end...

Good morning, Highlowaha! It's Katie here again bringing you the results from yesterday's semifinal match-up between the Wisconsin Cheese Hens and the Texas Tidbits. The crowd was truly split yesterday on which idea was the most creative or valuable, but the Texas Tidbits pulled out the win by a very close margin! This means they will advance to the finals of March Madness next week. As a result, we say farewell to the Wisconsin Cheese Hens by sharing their remaining ideas, products, websites, etc. with all of you.

Pudgie Pie Camping Dinner- Iron Chef Edition
Each summer the hens and their families go camping and on Saturday evening, we cook pudgie pies-aka tonka pies, aka- pies with a pie iron. Any way- we use a pie iron and use bread or a bread substitute (tortilla, etc). Once it's filled the iron is placed into the campfire and cooked to perfection. Each family is assigned to bring a secret ingredient and then the families go to town creating the most inventive and tasty treat possible. We have a blast concocting creations- ingredients have included crab, guacamole, blueberry jam, chipolte, and pineapple!

Social Networking Sites
We can personally attest to how helpful sites like facebook, linked in and twitter have been in helping us reconnect with old friends -CLAUDIA! They are also a great way to professionally network.

Studying Technique- let your kids test you!
For those with school aged children who need assistance studying for tests: Have them create a test for you and let them grade it. Through the development and grading process they learn more than rote memorization and it has proven to be quite successful!

Thank you to the Wisconsin Cheese Hens for their participation in March Madness! Your ideas have helped to enhance our community and we have enjoyed having you around! Best of luck to the Texas Tidbits on Monday versus the California Golden Girls!

Free For All Friday
As mentioned above, since today is Friday, we do have a Free For All question for you this week! On February 23, 2009 we introduced our new service project, the Gift of 218, to our community. The "Gift of 218" coordinated fundraising efforts to provide an experience for a family that might not otherwise be able to afford it. We spent that day raising money for the project and just a few days later we were well on our way to providing our first experience or memory to a family in Louisville, Kentucky.

We are now in search of more stories and nominations of families in need throughout the country. Claudia, Cheryl, Heather and I have brainstormed some possible a way to begin collecting these stories. Our idea is to create a blurb of text that we will place in a number of places to gain exposure and encourage others to nominate a family in need. We have discussed placing this text in church bulletins, PTA newsletters, sharing it with the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club organizations. Now, we are in need of more ideas!!! What suggestions/ideas do you have of other places we could share our text with in the hopes of gaining stories of families in need? Let us hear it in the comment section!

Signing off until tomorrow...


Katie K said...


Is anyone out there?!

What ideas do you have for spreading the word about the Gift of 218?

We want to hear from you!

cristine said...

Join BlogHer and put the information on there. It's a great tool to share information with other women bloggers. I'm sure that they would fully support a charity event.

Speaking of charity - Matt's step mother is involved with the Relay for Life, which is part of the American Cancer Society. Her sister died from cancer and her brother-in-law has been diagnosed with the same cancer and has little time yet.
Susan is in charge of the luminaria for the North Port FL Relay for Life (she's also walking in the event). If you are interested, you can purchase a luminaria to be placed at the event (which will be lit all night while the participants walk). I have a link on (upper right hand corner) or you can go to

Each luminaria can be listed with a name of a loved one or other message of support.

As a child who has lost both parents to cancer, I hope that we find a cure to this disease.

Thanks for listening to my speech today - Have a great weekend everyone (and yes, Chicago is going to have snow this weekend - yuck)

Cheryl said...

Good morning everyone. Was waiting to see input from others before I posted but it must be a busy Friday out there. :) Even if you don't have an idea for spreading the word about Gift of 218 let us know you're out there.

If you build it, they will come. Just keep us in mind when you're with your friends and family and you hear of someone that is in need of a little help or you hear of a good idea, let us know.

And, maybe you have a Free for All question that we can help with.

How's your goal fishing goal going? Mine is going slow. Cristine... I haven't sent you one piece of mail but YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!! I've got you set up on my Reader and I'm reading all your posts! I know some of you had getting in shape or losing weight... I thought I would be the last person in the world to be able to support this but... we had a fitness challenge at work and I've lost 12 pounds since Feb. 1st!!! It's true what they say- healthy diet and exercise but it takes discipline. Or in my case, a healthy dose of competition!

Okay that's long enough but I miss you guys posting on here... Tera, Julie, Maureen, Cassie P, Kat, MT Kelly, AZLori.. who am I missing? I wonder how our Luminous Lurker is doing. Think about me, me, me! ;) Who will entertain me?

Happy Friday!!

Tera said...

I'm just recently got involved with BBBS so if you need to get anything out that way, please let me know.

b.k.root said...

You can share the text via local Public Access TV channels, local service organizations (such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs), University bulletin boards, etc.

Post ads on Facebook.

Cheryl said...

I'm a-walkin' in the rain,
Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain,
Wishin' you were here by me,
To end this misery
And I wonder--
I wah-wah-wah-wah-wonder,
Why, why, why, why, why she ran away,
Yes, and I wonder,
A-where she will stay-ay,
My little runaway,
Run, run, run, run, runaway.

Oh... hi. Don't mind me. Just singing a little Del Shannon over here... wondering where you are...

Heather said...

Oooh Brian I like the idea of public access tv...

I too wonder where everyone is? It was a busy Friday so I'll assume it was busy for all of you as well. But... MT Kelly, Robin, Stacie, Nicole, Misty, Julie, Kristen, AZLori, Peggy...everyone!!! Where are you guys!!!!

I miss my HLA friends!

Peggy said...

Spring break... went to the Field Museum in Chicago.