It’s that time of year when so many are feeling left out or in need. It’s a hard time of year for people when they feel like they can’t even meet their basic needs such as food let alone think about all the extras that we think about and take for granted at Christmastime. Many communities are doing their part in making sure the less fortunate get an extra dose of love this year.
Since 1991, Sue Stultz and her team have been collecting turkeys for Christmas that go to the Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton which then distributes food to the food banks throughout Southeastern NB. They exceeded their goal this year again by collecting 4292 turkeys! You can read about the history of the drive and updates on their website here. The Albert County Food Bank is one of our local organizations that benefits from the turkey drive. For the last 30 years, food boxes have been put together and hand delivered by local drivers, Lions Club and Kiwanis members, local firefighters and others. Debbie Flewelling has been the coordinator of the Albert County Christmas Aid project for the last number of years. I had a chance to speak to her about the history of the project and what it entails. The project started when pastors in Riverview received requests for families in need at Christmas and the project was initiated. With help of donations from local churches, businesses, Lions and Lioness clubs, private sponsors and from the Albert County Action Committee an action plan is put into place when the Aid Committee gets together the 1st of November. Phone lines open for 2-3 weeks for people to register for a box. It serves all of Albert County from Alma to the Salisbury town line and Elgin. In the past they have served up to 350 boxes.
Well, we are definitely in the swing of all things Christmas! Shopping, singing, concerts, events, tree trimming and baking! Baking is one of my favourite activities, not only because I like sweets but I like how satisfying the end results usually are. I baked some of our tried and true recipes this past weekend- family requests and personal favourites. I also tried a few new recipes with a couple that are more on the healthy side. I am going to share them with you here.
First up is the classic peanut butter ball. What is better than peanut butter and chocolate together? For the last few years I’ve made them with natural peanut butter and nobody has mentioned they taste any different so it’s been nice to cut out some of the sugar in them! I also use the organic brown rice crispies from Nature’s Path to also cut out some of the simple sugars. There is still plenty of sweetness in them!
Good evening everyone! Since I saw Jenna from Pickle Planet Moncton and Ruth from Everything Unscripted sharing their NB themed Christmas trees a couple weeks ago I had to find out what it was all about. It turned out they were sharing for a “My NB Christmas Tree” contest that had been started by Jenna and another Jenna joined as well from There’s a Shoe for That to promote the contest. This looked like something right up my alley. It didn’t take me too long to come up with a theme. What was more linked to New Brunswick than the iconic maple leaf as well as all the wonderful maple syrup and products we produce.
I had a litte tree in my dining room I usually decorate so I thought it would be perfect for trying to decorate in a “Maple” theme. I envisioned maple leaves painted in the new metallic colours that just got released this month from Fusion Mineral Paint. I found some artificial maple leaves that The Hospice Shoppe still had around in their back room and painted them them with all 3 colours- Rose Gold, Champagne Gold , and Vintage Gold. Thank you Front Porch Mercantile for letting me try out these new colours!
It’s December which means it’s my favourite month to decorate and make new items whether for the house or as gifts. It’s a form of relaxation and an outlet for me to be able express my creativity by making something beautiful with a little recycling , paint and ingenuity. I don’t consider myself naturally gifted but I do like to try my hand at making things.
This year I picked up some items at Front Porch Mercantile like this burlap pillow cover and stencil. I picked up a piece of pine at Kent and some Fusion Mineral Paint and got to painting. The stencil is from Funky Junk Interiors and it makes a buffalo check pattern!