Monday, April 29, 2013

DONUTS.....

....I wonder if when hubby gets home tonight if he won't laugh at me.

It is raining today so that meant no working on outside projects.  Last spring we spent our time focusing on the overgrown hedges, all 7 trees on the property and needing a new roof so this year we are really working on the "curb appeal" and the lawn itself.  We have nearly finished with the new wood fence, pulling the weeds in the yard, creating a vegetable garden, grass/lawn care and working on renovating the back patio which we shrunk in size.

On these days when I am not working on house projects I try to unwind by cooking/baking.  I really don't like not being in the kitchen.  I almost feel lazy if I am not cooking and experimenting.  That is not the best description.  I think part of me knows that it is something that I am fairly good at and when you find a niche that gives a self-esteem boost you have a tendency to want to go back to it.  Maybe it is part of that old-wives tale (or maybe it isn't) about the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and hubby gives me regular compliments on meals.  If he likes what I cook and he is happy then I know I have his heart.  Of course I want to make him happy.  Now I am just writing on a tangent.

I have made donuts before.  Prepare the dough, roll it out, cut, and then fry them.  The first time this was hysterical because I didn't flour the board enough to roll them out and wasn't able to cut them properly which made for not so pretty looking donuts.  The second and third time I got better.  Hubby and I are really trying to eat "healthier".  I know you are thinking the same thing, donuts aren't healthy.  But after all the hard work we have been doing I thought a small treat would be nice.

Since I wanted to bake the donuts I needed to do a Google search for a DIY donut pan because I don't have one.  I found this and tried it, http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2011/11/baked-cinnamon-vanilla-donuts-plus-diy.html, but didn't like the end result.  I followed the second half of this idea but instead of the pre-template donut (from the paper towel wrapped in aluminum foil) I used a round cookie cutter I had.

The donuts didn't take long to bake at all. I am fairly certain I made mini-donuts.  This is what they look like after they have cooled and I coated them.


I will post an update to let you know how they tasted.  This was a buttermilk and half wheat flour based donut recipe.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Your help for Military Spouse and Veteran Entrepreneurs

...PLEASE

Some of you know that I volunteer my time working for a 501c(6) non-profit organization, Military Spouse Business Association (MSBA), that provides resources and tools for Military Spouse and Veteran Entrepreneurs.  This year we launched the 1st Annual Red, White & Blue Awards.

The purpose of the Red, White, & Blue Awards is to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of businesses run by veterans and military spouses.  Our goal is to award six business grants; three to military-family owned businesses and three to veteran owned businesses. In addition, we want to help promote these businesses, not only within the military community, but in the local communities these businesses help to support.

If you could do the following I would be appreciative:
  1. SHARE this link to the fundraising campaign, 'http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/372100/emal/2864478, and see to the right ---->.
  2. CONSIDER donating.  I am willing to promote your causes on my social media outlets.  Offer virtual assistant services in place of a donation.  Would appreciate you donating to this cause in lieu of gifts (for myself).
MSBA is also looking for sponsorship for the Red, White & Blue Awards.  If you know of an organization or a person who would be willing to sponsor Red, White and Blue Awards, I would be indebted if you passed on my contact information.  Areas of funding would be all or portions of the grant monies for any one of the six awards, marketing, or trophies awarded to the winners.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Much Obliged!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My 1st Video Blog

Yesterday I recorded my first video blog and it was for opening day nominations of the Red, White & Blue Awards.  I am not going to lie and say I liked what I recorded the first time.  It took me a couple of tries before I ended up posting this video to the MSBA Facebook Page.

Working for a "virtual" organization doesn't mean that I am in the "face" of the public often.  I do talk about MSBA when one inquires what I do but we don't get much in the way of "attention."  You all know that I am introvert.  I am not very good when it comes to answering questions on the spot.  I don't have confidence in myself and I can't think that quickly on the spot.  For me this video blog was a way to adjust myself to getting used to being in the "public eye."

Let me know what you think when you see the video.  Any feedback would be appreciative.  I would like to know, what do you think about video blogs?  Is it more helpful than just reading/writing a blog post?  If you like video blogging how often would you suggest/recommend it be done?

If you wouldn't mind sharing the fundraising campaign link I would be grateful!

Monday, April 01, 2013

1st Annual Red, White & Blue Awards




MSBA is so EXCITED to announce the launch of their first ever Red, White & Blue Awards.  These awards seek to recognize outstanding Veteran and Military Spouse Owned businesses by awarding six business grants ranging from $500 - $1000. But to make this happen they are looking for help!

If you can share the link to the fundraising campaign to help fund the grants: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/red-white-blue-awards

And then get ready to nominate your favorite Military Spouse or Veteran owned business.  Nominations begin April 15th!  Get all the details by visiting their business directory website: http://www.redwhiteandbluepages.org/node/red-white-blue-awards