As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about………..(With help from Target) more Meals for Moms staying at Ronald McDonald House. My mantra is more of everything is always better, especially when it comes to family and giving to a worthy cause.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home away from home” for families with children that are receiving treatment at local hospitals. I can’t think of a nicer way to show these families warmth and support in their time of need than with a homemade meal.
This past fall, Amanda and I had the pleasure of bringing a meal to share with the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, serving University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. We were so moved by the experience, we knew we had to do it again.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am absolutely Target’s biggest fan. As a slave to style, I’m addicted to Target’s smart and sassy designs. To quote Billy Crystal, parodying Fernando Lamas, “It’s better to look good, than to feel good, and you look…..mahvelous!” At Target, you can look good and feel good because you get more for less! (this is not a paid advertisement……unfortunately)
I suddenly had an epiphany. Target was invented for moms like me; maybe they would want to help me help other moms. I zipity-zipped over to my favorite Target, in Warrenville, IL (because they have a super-duper grocery store; shop for food, shop for clothes, shop for home, shop for fun!) and I made a wonderful new friend in Store Manager Madeline Smith. When I shared with Madeline my plan to make a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Memorial Hospital, she jumped at the chance to get Target involved. They contributed $150.00 in groceries!
The moons and planets all moved into alignment when my dear friend Sal Swanton, of Swanton Video Media, Inc. (firstname.lastname@example.org), had an amazing idea; let’s make a video to raise awareness about Ronald McDonald House Charities and their Meals for Moms program. Once again, Target jumped at the chance to help the community, allowing us to shoot our video in their store.
Now, I’m practically a movie star since Sal and his crew of 5 (including Megan, hair and makeup guru, who followed me around all day. Perhaps she makes house calls……) filmed me shopping (my all time favorite activity) at Target, making my famous Egg Casserole, and visiting Ronald McDonald House. To see our awesome video, please visit me at my website http://moreismoremom.wordpress.com/video/
Now that I had done all of my grocery shopping, it was time to bring our meal to Ronald McDonald House. On a warm and sunny Sunday morning, my friend Missy and I, along with our own families, brought a brunch feast to share with the families staying at Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Memorial Hospital. Our menu included:
- Egg Casserole
- French Toast
- Fresh Fruit
- Homemade Buttermilk and Cinnamon Bundt Cake
- Orange Juice
Everybody loves a good egg casserole. For the recipe, and step by step photos, please visit me at:
My Bundt Cake was also a HUGE success; light and fluffy, cinnamon-y goodness! Here’s the recipe:
Buttermilk and Cinnamon Bundt Cake
It’s so tasty you might want to make two!
Pre-heat oven to 350°
1 package of white cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup butter, melted
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp sugar
Top with Creamy Buttermilk Frosting (for details, see end of recipe)
In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat;
White cake mix
5 eggs, 1 at a time
Beat until creamy smooth
In a small bowl, combine;
Using the shortening, grease the Bundt pan and sprinkle with sugar
Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the Bundt pan
Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly over the batter
Pour the remaining batter in the pan
Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake sets and a toothpick comes out clean
Cool then flip over onto a wire rack or platter
Drizzle with Creamy Buttermilk Frosting
1 cup of powdered sugar (plus more if necessary to thicken)
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp buttermilk (plus more is necessary to thin)
Slice and serve to the delight of your family and friends…….
While we were at Ronald McDonald House, we had the privilege of learning about the guest’s family stories and their struggles. We made a small contribution, but what we received in exchange was immeasurable. It really does feel good to give. Visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities website to find out how you can help www.rmhcccni.org
More caring, more healing, more nurturing, more moms helping moms……
To contact Sal Swanton:
Swanton Video Media, Inc.
913 W. Liberty Drive
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-221-0331, ext. 12
To schedule and Interior Design appointment or a speaking engagement, please email me at email@example.com