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More Mom’s Helping Moms; Meals for Ronald McDonald House Sponsored By Target!


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. (sal@swantonvideomedia.com), 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 https://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
  • Bacon
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Homemade Buttermilk and Cinnamon Bundt Cake
  • Muffins
  • Orange Juice

 

Everybody loves a good egg casserole. For the recipe, and step by step photos, please visit me at:

https://moreismoremom.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/moms-helping-other-moms-a-visit-to-ronald-mcdonald-house/

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

5 eggs

3 Tbsp brown sugar

3 tsp ground cinnamon

Shortening

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

Buttermilk

Butter

Add;

5 eggs, 1 at a time

Beat until creamy smooth

In a small bowl, combine;

Brown sugar

Cinnamon

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 moreismoremom@aol.com

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Moms Helping Other Moms… A Visit to Ronald McDonald House


As the More is More Mom®, I have been all about…..more moms helping other moms! I recently received a telephone call from my good friend, Bill Melka, of Ronald McDonald Charities. They are an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and education of children in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. He was excited to share with me some of the amazing opportunities for participating in support of Ronald McDonald House.

You know my motto: More of everything is always better…..especially when it comes to creating meaningful life experiences. The Ronald McDonald House was perfect for me. In the Chicago area, there are four houses that provide a “home away from home” for families with children that are receiving treatment at local hospitals. One way to help is to provide a home cooked meal for the families staying at the house. I jumped at the chance to make brunch for 25 people over the weekend.

I knew immediately that my friend Missy (a More is More type mom herself) would want to be a part of this with me. We got right down to the business of planning our menu, keeping in mind that whatever we made needed to lend itself to great, easy to re-heat, leftovers for families that missed brunch while they were at the hospital with their children. We made;

  • Baked French Toast Casserole (with syrup and powdered sugar)
  • Breakfast Casserole, Eggs both with sausage and without
  • Bacon
  • Fresh Fruit Skewers
  • Muffins
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Orange Juice

 

We decided that this would be a fantastic mother/daughter outing, and Amanda and Rosebud were right on board. They even asked another friend to help lend a hand.  By 7 a.m. the car was packed and we were on our way to Hyde Park to visit the Ronald McDonald House that serves the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. In no time we were in the city, with the ovens pre-heating and ready for our tour of the house.

 

What a truly moving experience! The house was absolutely amazing; 22 bedrooms with their own private baths, three lounges, a computer room, two laundry rooms, a playroom for the siblings with so many new toys and books that it looked like Toys R Us, an enormous Dining Room and a state of the art Kitchen. The entire house is run and maintained by an army of volunteers. What a gift; to be able to provide a warm and comforting safe haven for families that are focused on getting the best possible care for their children and helping them to heal. We were moved and honored to be a part of it, if even just for a morning.

The best part of our experience was meeting the families that came down for brunch, and learning a bit about their stories. Love and healing was a common theme. We all promised to keep their little ones in our prayers. Everyone was so appreciative.

Everything was delicious and so easy to make. I promised everyone that I would post the recipe for the Breakfast Casserole (all prepped the night before). You’re going to love it too.

Breakfast Casserole:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

In a skillet, brown;

 

1 lb of breakfast sausage

In a large mixing bowl;

 

Break 12 eggs

Add;

 3 cups of milk

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ground mustard

2 Tbsp chopped chives

Whisk together.

Add;

7 slices of sandwich bread, torn into small pieces

2 cups of cheddar cheese

Mix well.

Add;

Cooked, crumbled sausage

 

Butter a 13x 9 baking dish 

Pour egg mixture into the baking dish

Cook for approximately 1 hour

Cool, cut and serve….

Missy and I agreed we can’t wait to bring another home cooked meal to share with the families at Ronald McDonald House. More caring, more healing, more nurturing, more moms helping other moms……

For more information, please visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities at www.rmhcccni.org

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