Now, this year, my husband & I have agreed to give each other a gift that will actually help another family, through Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog, and we're also doing this as gifts for a few who we know will enjoy this concept.
Choose a gift that is the amount you would normally spend on "stuff", then find something in the catalog for that amount that touches your heart and will help families in underprivledged countries. The gift will be given in the name of your friend/family.
Think of it:
a basket of chicks given to a family as a way to make money for themselves by selling eggs & chickens, plus food for themselves
medical supplies & vaccinations for Samaritan's Purse doctors to use in the field
supply a family with clean water through well-digging projects
One of the reasons I love the cool days of fall is that I feel like making soup again! Here's one of my favorites, and I get requests for this recipe a lot:
Set One 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 2 medium carrots, diced 2 tsp. garlic, finely diced
Set Two 1 (32 oz) box of chicken broth 1 (15 oz) can corn, not drained 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 (4 oz) can green chiles 2 (12.5 oz) cans chicken breast, or 1 lb. cooked chicken breasts, shredded 1 cup salsa 1 (15 oz.) can black beans
Set Three 1 ½ tsp. cumin 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt ¼ c. cilantro, chopped
In large pot, heat olive oil, add remainder of Set One & saute’. Add Set Two to pot & bring to slow boil, stir & mix well. Add Set Three, stir to mix & reduce pot to low heat. Simmer for 25-30 min. Serve with avocado slices & tortilla chips.