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Who Can ♥♥♥♥ the Salt Lake County Firefighters Like We Do………..Ain’t Nobody Loves ‘em Like WE DO!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did you know that any abandoned or refused produce (that is still in good shape) must be donated to our local fire stations? I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit with some of our local firemen these last few weeks, by delivering abandoned baskets to them.  They ever so much appreciate the food donations we share with them.  I learned so much from my visits with them, like…. They run 3 shifts, and each shift is 48 hours long.  Let me explain, they work 2 full days and are off for 4 days.  During those two full days they eat, sleep, work (take calls) and live at the fire station. (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Mandy E. at South Jordan Fire Station in South Jordan, Utah

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015


When/How did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

My sister from Idaho told me about it.

Why did you become a site Coordinator?

I was asked by my friend Anna to train to be a backup for her.  I was subbing fairly often for her and others when the regular Site Coordinator for B Week at our site said she had to step down. My Area Coordinator asked if I wanted to take over since I subbed there and knew the routine.  I was excited to see my people more often. (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Anna N. at Paradigm High in South Jordan, Utah

Monday, June 8th, 2015

When/How did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

I was talking to my Aunt many years ago about how I could not afford fresh fruit to keep on the table for my kids.  She told me to look into Bountiful Baskets.  I forgot all about it, then one of my Co-Workers was telling all about this food co-op that she had found and the great deal that she got and it clicked that this was the same as what my Aunt was telling me about a year prior.

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

I LOVE meeting new people, and making new friends.  What better way to get to know people those who have

a passion for produce as much as I do!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

I love it when I get something “new” in my basket, something that I have never tried before.  Also a great way to get my kids to try new things as well.

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

It is my “Girls Night”, every week I get to get out with other people that are grown ups!

Tell us a little about your site?

I have a Thursday night site at Paradigm High School, it is awesome that Bountiful Baskets now has evening sites in Salt Lake County.  Some of us people are not morning people!

What makes your site fun or unique?

Did I say that we are a Thursday night site?

What is the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

My Truck driver asked me if I was single….And I will leave it at that! ;)

Any weird basket dreams you would like to share?

I had a dream not long ago that I was getting calls from all the other Volunteer Site Coordinator’s about their sites, but I forgot to go and run my site.  I woke up freaking out that I had missed my time to leave to go run my site.

How has Bountiful Baskets changed your life?

I love Bountiful Baskets, I have made so many new friends because of Baskets.  I don’t know what my life would be like right now without baskets.

What do you do when you are not doing Bountiful Baskets?

I work full time at a local Hospital three days a week.  My days off are reserved to spend time with my family.

Tell us about your family?

I have been married 15 years, have 3 boys and 2 girls.

If you could have 1 super power… What would it be?

I would love to be able to control the weather.  I would have it be a perfect spring day every day!

How many baby giraffes did you contribute for last April?

:) The Giraffes were offered on a Tuesday, and I contributed on Monday. But when I saw that they were offered I was so bummed, because I would have contributed for 5.

Anything else you would like to share?

I love Bountiful Baskets, and the people that are a part of it with me.  I hope everyone else that contributes for baskets, new & old, have the same love for baskets that I do!

20 Minute Tostada’s

Saturday, January 31st, 2015


I picked up my Half time hostess pack last night and saw my prizes….I was so excited. I don’t think people realize the value of these babies, the gazillion things we can do with them! I think I will be testing out the possibilities in the near future. But, I am all about instant gratification so I wanted something fast, easy and healthy. So I whipped up these tostada’s and they were FABULOUS! Just like all great things. It must be shared. I’m sure with a little time this too can be perfected but for now. Fast and ooooh so good will do. The great things about tostad’s is you can fit them to your liking. (more…)

A Bountiful Thanksgiving~2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.

This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! ;)

The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! (more…)

Bacon and Hatch Chile’s, Enough Said!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

You know what I love about Bountiful Baskets? What I REALLY love? Beyond the healthy food on my dinner plate; beyond the rewards I get when I volunteer and do my part to ensure the success of our co-op, which is helping countless people; even beyond money I am saving by participating in Bountiful Baskets….

What I REALLY love about Bountiful Baskets is that because of Baskets, I have found joy in food! Clean, healthy, amazing food that I had walked past in grocery aisles for years. Not noticing them, not knowing how to use them and especially not knowing how much I loved them! (more…)

Garlic Pesto Chicken

Friday, July 18th, 2014


Have you ever tried pesto? I saw it for the first time about a year ago….Standing there in the noodle aisle, doing what I always do; trying to get some inspiration from the food in front of me. I saw this little jar that struck my fancy. Skip forward, the pesto is still here. The stores version. Not so much.
So anytime I try something new, I immediately start thinking of ways I can make it different; make it my own. I love cooking. I love making food taste gooooooood! I LOVE seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are trying a new food and the moment it hits their system, when the flavors come together and it all reaches their brain…THAT moment, is the moment that I cook for.
Pesto, it has many purposes, each one good in their own right. It can be an appetizer dip, spread on a bread or used with noodles; the possibilities are endless! And lucky for us, it’s easy to make. (more…)

Just Juice

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


I have heard that I’m a “bird of a different feather” because in my house; fruit is the last thing to get used. Sometimes I have a hard time using it. I would much rather get all vegetables! I can use fruit to make pies, a snack here or there; but mostly, we struggle to use the fruit up. One thing I have found to help me beat the battle of the forgotten fruit is a juicer! (more…)

Bountiful Dessert Bowls

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


Last night I opened my fridge to find the dessert wraps from a few drops ago. Did you try them!? I made them for my family a few different ways (all of them fabulous by the way!), but I saw a few posts about making them into bowls and I wanted to try this idea. (more…)

Italian Pack Pasta

Monday, April 28th, 2014


I wanted to use my Italian pack items and my beefsteak tomatoes but I also needed a quick, easy dinner while life is so busy! I felt like challenging myself today cause lets face it…Life has been busy and I have let my kitchen inspirations fall to the waste side lately. I was hoping my instincts hadn’t left me when I started this meal out. We can let you be the judge of it ;) (more…)