There is nothing better for warming the tummy than a bowl of homemade chili. It is even better if that bowl is a sourdough bread bowl. This recipe can easily be changed up to make it totally yours, so jump in and play with it!
Carrie R. is the newest addition to the Volunteer Team responsible for the awesomeness that happen at Fort Morgan Bountiful Baskets! There’s a team of seven that keeps this organized and fun site going throughout the year even when it is -24 degrees like today. We are so grateful to Carrie for all she does to help make the site run smoothly and make healthy food available to her community very affordably! Woot Woot for getting it done Carrie!
When & how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
I started getting baskets in March 2013. I saw a flyer at the rec center and figured I would try it out. The produce couldn’t have been any worse than what I was buying locally.
Why did you decide to become a Site Coordinator?
I decided to become a site coordinator because Bountiful Baskets is something I believe in and if you want to keep something around you work it!
What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
My favorite part of baskets is it’s like Christmas every week! You never know who is going to show up to volunteer and you never know exactly what your basket will contain!
What are your favorite basket items?
I am always get excited to see mangos! Well and everything really!
Tell us a little about your site?
We have so much fun at our site! So many great people come and we love to welcome new faces!
What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you during baskets?
The first time I ran the site without Nicci I forgot to distribute the case ends! Thank goodness one of the volunteers noticed before I started checking people out!
Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?
The weirdest basket dream I have had is that I forget how to count.
How has Bountiful Baskets changed your life?
Beyond the fresh produce, Bountiful Baskets has given me friends!!
What do you do when you’re not doing Bountiful Baskets?
When I am not doing Bountiful Baskets I am planning what to make with the products I have gotten from Bountiful Baskets. And totally rocking the stay at home mom gig I have!
Tell us a little about your family
I have been married for 17 years to (a very patient man named) Michael. We have 3 children. Emily 14 (who volunteers regularly) Michael 11, and Joslyn 7, and a dog too!
One of my first Christmas memories with my then-new-boyfriend 10 years ago (now he’s my fabulous husband) was experiencing some of his deeply rooted family food traditions with his parents. Norweigan Sweet soup. Spritz cookies. Norwegian Krumkake. These foods have come to mean the holidays for me, and are things I look forward to eating every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, as do my children. Growing up, I had a couple of family recipes that got handed down, but there was not really something we ate and made every year that had historical significance, so these traditions from my husband’s family have come to be a treasured part of my holidays. What traditional foods do you eat around the holidays?
To start our Thanksgiving this year, we had Sweet Soup and Swedish pancakes for breakfast. The sweet fruity goodness of the soup warms me heart and my belly! Read the rest of this entry »
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! Read the rest of this entry »
In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day. My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays. I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day. This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. Read the rest of this entry »
We have enough demands in life, don’t you think? Everyone that I know is running high on “to do” and short on time (and maybe patience). Sometimes we have to start making demands of the things in our life. Today, I demanded that dinner be quick, easy and comforting. It is darn cold around here and I can’t tolerate for one of these demands not to be met.
Luckily, dinner met all of my specifications. I chopped up everything and put it in the crockpot this morning. I had red corn in the freezer from a case that I processed and froze over the summer. I also put in a jalapeño to add a little bit of spice. If you like more spice, you can add more jalapeño than this (or leave the seeds in). If you don’t like it you can leave it out. When we got home from my daughter’s dance class, I added the butter and cream. Read the rest of this entry »
One pot pasta ideas have been super popular for quite awhile now. The idea was pretty revolutionary for me – you put basic ingredients in a pot for 20-25 minutes and end up with pasta in a delightful sauce. I had nothing planned for dinner so it was a perfect night for this miracle dish. Of course, it is still pumpkin palooza so I shook it up with some pumpkin pizzaz. This pasta was wonderful! It was easy, creamy and delicious. Read the rest of this entry »
I was gifted several persimmons at pickup last week and I knew that I wouldn’t get them all eaten or baked before they went bad so I had to really think outside of my box for other uses. I came up with this delectable persimmon sauce to serve over leftover turkey breast. My big kid (hubby) isn’t a very adventurous eater and would definitely give a side eye to fruit on his meat (welcome to my life) so I just didn’t tell him what the sauce was. After he happily ate up his serving, I (smugly) confessed that it was a persimmon sauce and he still got seconds. My daughter loved it too. We’ll definitely be doing this again while persimmons are in season. It would also be yummy on chicken or pork. Read the rest of this entry »
Salads are a great way to use up my basket contents and it is just so convenient for me to keep a huge bowl of salad in the fridge. I serve salad as sides several nights per week so I try to keep salads interesting for my family and one of the easiest ways to do that is by keeping tasty dressings on hand. We all love jalapeños in my family (even my 5 year old) so I wanted to make a jalapeño dressing. The result is bright and flavorful jalapeño vinaigrette. My daughter declared that this dressing was better than pancakes. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have too many apples right now? Well one good way to use those fantastic bountiful basket apples is to make Fried Apple Pies. This may seem like such a lot of work but when you have company stop by you can take them out of the freezer, fry them and in a few minutes everyone will be happy. Serve with ice cream or for adults a little rum hard sauce is fantastic. I always keep them in the freezer along with peach and cherry filled pies.