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Giving Back to People in our Community

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  • Contact your local hospital and ask if they have any patients who could use a holiday gift.
  • Donate gently-used coats and winter wear to free- and reduced-lunch schools.
  • “Adopt” a needy child for the holidays by requesting a name, buying gifts, wrapping and decorating.
  • Have your child pick out gently-used toys, books and clothes they can donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
  • Some organizations that focus on children:

Hunger and Poverty

  • Donate to your local food bank. Involve your child in choosing the items to donate, and in dropping them off.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter, or free holiday meal with your family. This is a great way to show your kids that you can also give of your time.
  • Raise funds for an organization by contributing, as a family, to a change jar.
  • Organizations working to fight hunger:



  • Visit a nursing home, and bring games, handmade cards and drawings, toiletries, and gifts.
  • Visit a Seniors’ Center to spend time, chat, and play games with seniors.
  • Ask a nursing home, hospice center, enrichment center, etc. what donations they need, and make a delivery with your family.
  • Some organizations working to serve seniors:


We want to hear from you, SuperFriends! How are you giving thanks and giving back with your family this season?

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My 1st Basket Brigade: Thanksgiving 2014!

Inspiring. Humbling. Genuine. Thankful

Those are the first four words that come to mind when I think about how I spent last weekend. I was excited to see that a friend, of a friend, was hosting a “Basket Brigade.” My first thoughts were: What is it? How can I be involved?

Nick Mazza, of Revive: Creative Property Solutions, was campaigning on GoFundMe, as he asked family and friends to donate to his cause. I was a bit skeptical at first, but a quick friend request later, and all of my questions were answered. I have finally witnessed a crowd funding event that I’m proud of. This was exciting!

The “Basket Brigade” is a national campaign, usually hosted by a 501-C, not-for-profit organization. They source donations, and then assemble full Thanksgiving meals to give to local families in need. The national slogan for the Basket Brigade is, “When a community comes together, magic happens.” I guess one could say their friend group is the community, because they totally made the magic happen. First, Nick, Ryan, and Dan reached out to their friends and family through social media. They raised over $2,000 which funded their trips to the supermarket. Then, they reached out to local churches and received the names of 23 families in need. So, they gathered baskets and got to work.

They cared about every detail that was put into this event—down to the bows and cornucopia that were hot glued to each basket. All that I want on my Thanksgiving table was included. Each family received everything from cranberry sauce, potatoes, and desserts to tin foil and a baking pan. They made sure each family received gravy, vegetables, and soup. The bread was bought on the day of delivery, in order for it to be fresh. And, the turkeys were chosen by weight—in order to feed the entire family.

When I offered to donate cases of MySuperCookies, I didn’t think the experience would be half of what it was. I helped put together the baskets, and was able to join in dropping them off to each home. The families welcomed us, with genuine gratitude. They made their kids stop what they were doing, come downstairs, and say thank you. I could genuinely feel their appreciation for what we were giving them—and that’s a feeling I’m not sure I experience as often as I want.

So, with Thanksgiving in the air… I’m sitting here thinking: what more can I do? What more can groups of friends do? How can I help make this Basket Brigade skyrocket next year? My ideas are endless! I’m thankful for being part of this event and having the ability to make a difference in the lives of people who need it.

So…What did you do to give back this season? What more can be done for the rest of the year? Drop us a note, we’d love to consider helping your cause, too!


PS— Stay Tuned, SuperFans… I’m going to need your help with the 2015 Basket Brigade!


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Our Family Pancake Recipe (and How it Changes All Year Long)

pancakesGrowing up, we always made pancakes from scratch.  The recipe we used came from my dad’s mom, who raised three boys alone and could make a meal on a budget like nobody’s business.  After I got married, my husband ordered pancakes at a restaurant that included cottage cheese and was never the same again.  He took my grandma’s recipe and messed with it a bit to recreate that extra fluffy goodness.  Today, it’s the recipe we use every couple of weeks to make big batches for the freezer to serve on constant rotation.

Like any good recipe, I like to continually play with the flavors, adding in-season fruit to play with colors (raspberries and strawberries for pink) and flavors (pumpkin for fall greatness).

Two weeks ago, I added pumpkin to the recipe and made small pancakes that I used in today’s lunchbox with bananas to create “breakfast kabobs”.  They were a big hit.  Below is the recipe:

Grandma Miller’s Pancake (Remix)

5 eggs

2 T sugar

2 1/2 C whole wheat flour

1 1/2 C whole milk

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 C ricotta cheese (turns out this works better than cottage cheese)

I generously add pureed pumpkin, strawberries, blueberries and banana or whole diced apples, pears or chocolate chip to each batch to keep my hungry kiddos guessing.  I also often add a couple tablespoons of ground flax or chia seeds to increase fiber and omega 3s without any change to the taste or texture.  Enjoy!

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10 Ideas for Giving Thanks with Kids


Kids learn by doing and making. Here are some craft ideas you can create with your family to share what you are thankful for. A lot of these double as fun holiday decoration. Thank goodness for that!

  1. Make a gratitude jar
  2. Use printables to count your blessings
  3. Decorate a colorful gratitude turkey
  4. Make and decorate a thankful tree
  5. Make thanksgiving placemats
  6. Decorate a table runner
  7. Craft a thanksgiving countdown banner
  8. Gratitude scavenger hunt
  9. Make thank you notes with construction paper and spiral drawings
  10. Put together a thanksgiving wreath
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Give Thanks and Give Back: Talking to your kids about gratitude and giving

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With Thanksgiving coming up, and the rest of the holiday season following quickly, MySuperFoods is sharing some tips and ideas for giving thanks and giving back with your family.

Beginning a conversation about gratitude and giving can take many forms. It can be as simple as reminding your child every day to say “Thank you,” or taking the opportunity to explain what the person ringing the bell outside of your grocery store is trying to do. Whatever your child’s age, there are plenty of ways to approach the importance of being thankful, what to give thanks for, why giving to others is valuable, and how giving is part of the holiday season.

A good place to start is by broadening your child’s horizons. Explain that not everyone has the same means and opportunities as your family. Some people don’t have food to eat, a coat to wear in the cold, or the ability to work. Jumping to conclusions by passing judgement about others’ circumstances does not give you a good picture of what is going on in that person’s life. Have them imagine “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes” and develop empathy for people who come from different walks of life.

Another approach is to talk about price and value. Explain that a price is what a store wants you to pay for something so you can own it, but value is how much that thing means to you. When you give to someone less fortunate, you do not ask for anything in return (charge a price). What you give is way more valuable to someone in need than it is to you. And giving and serving are valuable actions, both for the server and the served. It feels good to give back!

Model gratitude, giving, and goodwill for your children. Are you talking to the phone when the cashier is ringing you up? Do you treat those less fortunate for with respect?


Some other ideas for talking about giving thanks and giving back

  • Talk about who is in need, and what they need. Brainstorm with your family about how you can help, and determine any organizations you could join in giving back.
  • Discuss the types of causes you or your children deem important. Talk about your family’s values.
  • Make gratitude and giving relatable and personal. Help your child thank someone in their life, such as a teacher, school bus driver, crossing guard or mailman. Or have them pick out toys, make a card, and add their own touches to some gifts for a child in need.
  • When your kids ask about someone who is in need, or someone who is volunteering, take the opportunity to talk about thanksgiving and service to others.
  • During the week of Thanksgiving, ask everyone in your family to share something they are thankful for.


More tips on sharing gratitude and giving with your family:


SuperFriends, share your own ideas and tips with us!  How is your family starting off the season of giving?

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Fall Produce Recipe Round-up


We compiled a round-up of our favorite ways to enjoy fall fruits and vegetables, such as squash, sweet potatoes, kale, apples, parsnips, and more.

  1. Gluten-Free Apple Walnut Bread (with almond flour, flaxseed, and almonds).
  2. Apple Butter
  3. Creamy Avocado Spaghetti Squash (with avocado, lemon, and basil sauce).
  4. Roasted Squash Veggie Bowl (Easy, nutrient-packed ginger miso gravy).
  5. Kale Chips (Some tips from our test kitchen)
  6. Cauliflower Mac & Cheese (How to use cauliflower to make your mac and cheese healthier).
  7. Butternut Squash & Root Vegetable Soup (with carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes).
  8. Roasted Butternut Squash, Black Bean, Spinach & Wheat Berry Whole Wheat Enchiladas


    Making the enchilada filling.

  9. Turkey Pumpkin Chili
  10.  Sweet Potato, Corn and Kale Soup
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MySuperTicket TARGET Giveaway

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With this week’s launch of MySuperCookies in nearly 300 Target stores, we are offering a big giveaway.

Fifty lucky shoppers across the country will find a MySuperTicket (pictured here, to the right) inside random boxes at Target.  Each winner receives a $10 Target gift card (instantly) and if you share a picture of your with your MySuperTicket, a whole CASE of MySuperCookies.

MySuperCookies are located in Target on the shelves at the end of the aisle (“endcap”) in the grocery section of the store.  The store locator map is found here:

To recap, here’s what you need to do:

1. Find your nearest Target store where MySuperCookies are available.  If there isn’t a store near you, call a friend who IS near a store and have them buy a box for you.

2. Buy MySuperCookies with your fingers crossed.  (Ask for help if you need it.)

3. Once you pay, look inside and see if you are a winner!  If you are…

4. Snap a photo with your MySuperTicket and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we will send you a case of MySuperCookies.


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