Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ready, set GO GO GO GO! Thanksgiving is Here

I have been awful at up dating this blog but at least people have been reading it and dropping by to volunteer. So here we are the night before the big day, here's what we have (I wish I had taken a picture of it) the kitchen is so full of food we could not have stuffed another thing in it.  So just to get your mouth buds watering and wanting and maybe to get your body over here tomorrow here is a sample of the goodies we have.
Besides turkeys courtesy of New Moon Health Food Stores, Safeway and more, stuffing of all sorts, homemade cranberry sauce, we have Ribs and broccoli salad from Jasons". Tri-tips from T's Rotisserie, homemade ice cream from Soule Domain (I am so not sharing that) Ham from Carnelian Bay 7-11. We have amazing vegetarian and vegan creations ( curried tofu yum) from Paige & Lisa (I don't remember the company name but they cater so ask for their # and book a party. We have 75 quarts of turkey soup and I better not have any leftovers, we have courtesy of Produce Plus, Central Market AND the Habeger family we have the best fresh veggies and my favorite blue lake green beans (I eat these fresh, like candy, maybe I am a closet vegetarian after all) sauteed with mushrooms and garlic and we have way more green bean casseroles than we need (I'm sorry it is my least favorite dish). sauteed  Zucchinis, tortellini salad, macaroni salad, carrot salad, green salad, Ethan "the card guy's" famous vegetarian bean and veggies salad (I have had this before and it almost made a vegetarian out of me)(but I can't give up my ribs from Jason's or the tri tip from T's). Pies, Pie, Pies,  cheese cakes, hummus, salsa, cheese and crackers. Hopefully a birthday cake because we have a TG birthday, Happy Birthday Kevin Zimmerman you are the best and we are grateful for you! I have a feeling we will have leftovers, make sure you come, eat and take a doggie box and pay it forward, feed your neighbors, and your friends who thought they would have more fun staying home. Okay now that I have peaked your interest and maybe your hunger:
Come to the North Tahoe Event Center at 8318 North Lake Blvd in Kings Beach the "event" begins at 2 and goes through 6:30. It is open seating, served buffet style. the "pre party" begins at 10 with volunteers going wild trying to get food cooked and ready for 2 o'clock and others getting set up for the Kid Zone and the reception committees, greeters and gofers welcome. Then the "after-party" packing up, snacking (it's sandwich time) finding people who need left-overs and the ever entertaining CLEAN UP!  In reality I am likely to be there Friday as well to finish the job so check in around 10-12 for food and more packing and cleaning.
I love, love, love the North Tahoe Event Center, the North Tahoe Public Utility District and all the wonderful people who make this thing possible, believe me it is NOT a one woman show.  It takes a Community to put on a Thanksgiving show like this one. Thanks you North Lake Tahoe & Truckee & Incline You All ROCK!!! Thanksgiving really is a foodies holiday.
Still my favorite Thanksgiving graphic. And last but not least all of this great stuff is brought to you by the love of Jesus Christ my Lord & Savior and the only reason I have the strength to do anything this big. Thank you Lord, I wouldn't be who I am without You by my side every step of the way.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wow, Ready, Set, Here We Go

Are we ready? Well we have turkeys and fixin's and volunteers. We have one sad lonely can of cranberries on the shelf.  I should have taken a picture of it, it's so lonely the gravy is trying to keep it company. More shopping to be done. Have I mentioned that I HATE shoppping. But in the interest of full disclosure I may treat myself to sushi after a grueling shopping trip In Reno.

Enough of that. Here are the current plans.  If you want to set up, prep cook, or drop off or pick up  ingredients come to the Event Center 8318 N. Lake Blvd. Between the hours of 9-3 Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. You will find us (oh I so hope it's us and not just me) slaving away in the kitchen. My phone gets absolutely NO reception at the event center so just show up or call 530-546-7249.

Wednesday is the set up and decorate day, kids welcome to help. If you plan on dropping by on Wednesday you might want to bring a snack to keep the troops happy.
Especially one that looks like this!
Happy Thanksgiving preparations to all!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Are you Thankful For?


I am thankful for so many things, how about you? Biggest thing; Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior and my best friend, without Him I am nothing. Big things like my family and friends. Fluffy things: my foster dogs, although Bizibela is not the least bit fluffy but she is adorable.
They are patiently waiting to see Santa Paws last year.
Or maybe they were waiting for their turkey leg.
Just like this guy.

So what are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS BEFORE DURING AND AFTER THANKSGIVING


Food Preparation and more on Monday-Wednesday Nov 24, 25, 26
Decorating & Set Up Wednesday November 26, 12 pm
Clean-up and help get the leftovers to hungry people! Friday November 28 10am-2pm Time approximate

Thanksgiving Day Volunteer Opportunities  I could also use some people who will coordinate these areas and the volunteers.
We need help to make this event run smoothly. It is a volunteer driven event, last year we used over 1000 hours of volunteer time, not counting me!!!
Call, email or just show up.
  • Transportation:
  • Kids Room handlers: Oversee and engage kids in activities
  • Kitchen Help: Cook, clean, pots, pans, dishes
  • run food from kitchen to the food line and back

  • coffee servers
  • table busers
  • food servers
  • greeters
  • Hosts & Hostesses
  • Security
  • Doggie Zone: handlers Oversee and engage the doggie guests
  • Clean Up: Stay All Day or Come later help clean up and Pack


Sunday, November 2, 2014

The I Hate To Shop Please Considering Doing it For Me List #1

The title pretty much says it all.
FRESH:
  • Potatoes: Idaho or yellow
  • Yams/sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Chopped celery/onions (about 10 pounds each)
  • Zucchini green and yellow
  • Broccoli
  • Red, yellow green peppers (just a few pounds needed)
  • Carrots
  • Salad greens (American Blend is fine)(need only about 6 pounds total)
  • Pearl or boiler onions (small bag)
  • Cranberries (fresh or canned)
  • apples (anything but red delicious works well)


Generally speaking these things come in cases of between 20 & 50 pounds. Since we do not want to be a burden to our donor’s, one of anything is plenty. If they want to do more that’s ok too. Remember to arrange a follow-up date (to remind them to order goods) and a pick up date. Fresh needs to be at the Event Center on Monday Morning November 24 by 10 ish. Any unused perishable uncooked food goes to Project MANA for the next distribution.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Lost for Words

Saw a great movie last night called "Words and Pictures" Clive Owen & Juliet Binoche. Well worth the $1.50 I paid for it and more. You should check it out.  Makes me want to go out and get a giant mop brush and paint like crazy.

On another note. I really need someone with more words than I have to work on the blog and Facebook page. So if you are a social media maven give me a shout.

 Updates! Oh my, oh my, oh my...is it REALLY gonna really snow really lots on Friday the 31st? Spooky news.

Looking for a good cause to support and great chocolate & wine offerings try  Chocolate Wine and Roses for Tahoe Safe Alliance on Nov 8th see more here: http://tahoesafealliance.org/chocolate-festival/

Or if you want great food and can't wait until Thanksgiving come to Passport to Dining at the North Tahoe Event Center on November 13th

We are working hard to cook up a great Thanksgiving Day event for the community. Show your support and come eat!! The more you eat the less we have to clean up!.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Race Towards the 4th Annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Is About to Begin

Isn't this too cute? The kids from the first Annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving created these pine cone turkey centerpieces.  This year kids from the local SOS program will be doing the decorating. I am having trouble believing this will be our 4th annual event.  It takes so much work but is so much fun for everyone. Last year I figured we used over 1000 volunteer hours, not counting the time I put in but for those 1000 hours we fed more than 600 people. 


Does anyone want to make this great plate for our decorating day on Wed Nov 26?