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    Five “Warm and Fuzzy” Ways to Give Back

    Five “Warm and Fuzzy” Ways to Give Back

    With the December holidays in full swing, (slow your roll, Hanukkah!), the idea of
    giving back is on our minds. We adore spreading joy and love all over the world through our dough, but, overachievers that we are 😏, we always want to do more.

    That’s why we’ve connected with the Food Recovery Network, a spectacular national non-profit  that brings college and university students together to fight food waste and hunger.

    How does it work? We thought you’d never ask.

    Basically, students at universities all over the country rescue surplus dining hall food and deliver it to local "hunger-fighting partners." From there, the food gets served free of charge to the people who need it most. We honestly can’t think of anything cooler.

    Throughout the year, we donate 5% of our net proceeds to this more-than-worthy cause. If you’re looking to give back through your school, it’s super easy to see if FRN has an active chapter near you. If not, there’s plenty of information on how to start one!

    If you’re…ahem…a few years past your co-ed years, don’t worry. We’ve got a few other a-dough-rable ideas to get your “giving back” vibes going.

    Spoil a teacher

    Teachers are real-life magicians—capturing imaginations and passing along life-long skills with a few swipes of a dry erase marker. You can never go wrong giving them a little extra love this time of year. Especially, if they’re with your kids all day, are we right? 😂 A gift card is a perfect way to sweeten a teacher’s holiday.

    Make a furry friend

    Did you know you can foster a shelter dog or cat over the holidays? It’s the news we never even knew we needed! There are a few things you should know before sleigh riding over to your local shelter, so read up on some must know’s before you take the plunge. If the fit seems right, you could be giving a shelter pet a great start to 2019.

    Send some holiday cheer to a soldier

    Servicemen and women all around the world would love to hear from you—even if you don’t know anyone in the military. Shutterfly has put together a fantastic guide on organizations that deliver letters to soldiers and even a little help on what to say. It’s a few minutes out of your day that could mean the world to a hero who’s missing home.

    Throw a party

    Ok, this one may not seem so altruistic, but if you theme it right, a get together with friends and family could make a huge impact on a local charity. From offering to gift-wrap donated toys to a holiday cookie sale where all the money goes to a women and children’s shelter, there are a million creative ways to enlist the help of a crowd. Oh, and if you need some treat ideas, we’ve got you covered there too.

    There are seriously so many ways to spread the holiday spirit! All it takes is a sprinkle of imagination, a touch of planning, and poof…you get the amazing gift of knowing you made someone smile this season.

    What We Are Grateful For This Year

    What We Are Grateful For This Year

    Guess what, friends? We’re under a week away from Thanksgiving (we know 😨), and we still have serious prep to do. Birds to brine, hand turkeys to make, and of course…sides to plan. Because, of course, we all know Turkey Day should really be called Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes Day.

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    The Sweet Side of Serotonin

    The Sweet Side of Serotonin

    Hey guys! Has 2018 seemed like about seven years stuffed into one or what?

    If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably celebrated some big milestones, cried over a mess up or two, and found a way to just keep on trucking through. But today, on World Mental Health Day, we want to press the pause button for just a minute and talk about…wait for it…stress.

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    Paleo Ice Cream Sammys

    Paleo Ice Cream Sammys

    So, i'm trying to limit my sugar intake, aka i'm miserable and all I can think about is cookie dough.  So I had to get up from my laptop and make these dreamy paleo friendly ice cream sammy bites. 
    I used Hakuna Banana vegan/refined sugar free/gluten free "ice cream" as my center and That Paleo Dough, Tho by yours truly! This is more of an assembly project than an actual recipe so it can be done with the kiddos or boyfriend (teach that man how to make something special for ya!).
    Meticulously detailed steps below:
    Step 1: Press the room temp Paleo cookie dough (or any Edoughble dough) on the bottom of an ice cream sammy tray, or a sheet pan (on top of parchment paper)

    Step 2: Freeze
    Step 3: Spread on your delicious banana nice cream (or your fave ice cream/gelato/sorbet)
    Step 4: Freeze, again - practice your patience (it's what I tell my girls)
    Step 5: Spread the last layer of cookie dough on top and flatten
    Step 6: Freeze for the LAST TIME
    Step 7: Slice into bite size squares and serve with fresh strawberries or dip in chocolate (for those that aren't on any lame diet, go crazy).
    Enjoy and smile:)
    Sweetly, 
    Rana