It often takes a person with a big heart to do something for others, the much more needy. My mum often told us, when we were growing up and were "wanting" or "needing" or "could not live without" this or that because one or the other friend of ours had it, we should look to those below us instead of above us. By saying "below" she was not segregating anyone into a cast or level - she chose those words carefully to make an impact on us. It was her way of showing us that there are times when we should look at those who are less fortunate, but are happy and other times we should be inspired by those who are well off and set our goals accordingly.
It always worked. We stopped whining and re-organized our priorities.
I did not realize it was so hard to teach such lessons until now. As a parent myself, I am horrified when my son seems unhappy with a certain gift or thinks he deserves something just for being good. So, I have started to teach him a few of those lessons.
Twice a year we collect food for our Food Drive and bring it to the people there. Last year the entire school got involved and parents and kids collected canned food, pasta and other food stuff for two weeks. Just before Christmas we donated everything we collected to our local food drive.
Drop In & Decorate was another opportunity for us to do something for those who need it more than us. Not only that but our own cookies baking session was so much fun that we are planning to do it more often. It encouraged me to dedicate a whole Monthly Mingle for this.
It was a cosy mingle this time, with seven people joining in on this wonderful event. I thank you all for your kindness and big hearts.
Before we get into the roundup let's see what I have in store for you this mingle.
Monthly Mingle January 2008 - Comfort Foods
After all the big fancy meals we have been eating the last few months, wouldn't it be simply great to go back to the simple, undressed-up charms of comfort foods? I keep finding myself creating simpler foods right now. Food that hugs me from the inside out!
It's the type of food that picks us up when we are down, warms us when we are feeling lost and cold and blurs out the bad mood. The first mouthful takes us straight back to the familiar, the good; to the time when all was well. That is what I am looking for this month. Your very favorite comfort foods. Comfort food is not to be confused with favorite foods though. Favorite foods are more fancier like a lemon tart, mousse au chocolat or a Chateaubriand steak. Comfort foods are often simple, no frills and easy to prepare kind of foods. So, do something good for yourself and bring over your Comfort Foods to my mingle this month.
Here's how it works:
- Create a dish that fits this theme. Blog about it anytime from now till February 4, 2008.
- Email your entry with
- your name
- the name of your blog
- name of dish
- your permalink
- In the subject field of your email please state "Monthly Mingle - Comfort Foods"
- In your post please include a link to this post and/or the MM logo, so your readers get a chance to mingle with us.
- Please send only one entry per blog. If you do not have a blog, simply email your entry, with a picture (if you would like me to add a picture) to email@example.com.
- Although it's great to get entries from all over the world I have to insist that they be in English. If you have a Blog in another language I would kindly like to request you to post your entries in English as well.
Please make note of the new email address for the Monthly Mingle!
I'd like to remind those taking part to please check these guidelines carefully and when you send your emails to make sure all the required details are included. Also please check the permalinks you are sending and take a note of the deadline. You will find a comprehensive guideline and event etiquettes for event participation here.
And now the lovely Drop In & Decorate roundup!
- Half Baked - Drop In & Decorate Party
- Foodies Hope - Festive Cookies
- Tartelette - Sugar Cookies for a Good Cause
- Saucy In The Kitchen - Gingerbread Cookies
- Dine and Dish - Strawberry Valentine Cookies
- Spice and Curry - Carrot Cheddar Cheese Cookies
- What's For Lunch, Honey? - Lime Kisses
If I've missed your submission, please forgive me! Just send me an email and I'll be glad to update the roundup. If you too have had a cookie party and you would like to share it with us add it to the comments section of this post.
See you all next month!
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