The holiday season may sometimes prove difficult for families, but thanks to everyone's efforts the Venice Moms Helping Hands group was able to bring some joy to families in the Venice, FL area this Thanksgiving! The Venice community’s holiday spirit is inspiring and we have been busy spreading cheer around where ever we can!
On Saturday, November 22, 2014 The Venice Holistic Center hosted a Thanksgiving get-together for Venice Moms Helping Hands. The event was a wonderful success, thanks to our administrators Anne Mosier Pinches, Heidi Fraley and Alyssa Reinbolt who served up scrumptious eats along with potluck sides the meal turned out very well! Heidi's daughter Kayleigh and her friend Josie also volunteered at the event. They helped with cooking and cleaning up after leftovers had been distributed. Along with the delicious dishes and clothing swaps, the talented Tracy Adams of Lynnstar Photography attended the event and offered mini holiday photo sessions for the kids!
After the gathering we focused our efforts on Turkey day and how we could extend a helping hand this year to families who could use it. This year we are truly thankful for 20 turkeys gifted to Venice area moms and families!
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to the volunteers and sponsors for lending Venice Moms a helping hand! Coby German and Mike Bevelacqua are the owners and operators of B & G Window Fashions who were so gracious to contribute not only their time but also supply turkeys as well as roasting pans and some tasty side dishes. The wonderful couple Lisa and Frank Abbruzino(Known locally for the various "Scoop" pages as well as his news website, The Uncensored Report), Brian Kryzanski, Maria Dos Santos and Peggy Coppola all also contributed turkeys this year to some of the families in the Venice Moms Helping Hands group.
We were blessed to have the help of Git Chew Sum BBQ, owned by Allen Pomerleau and Lindsay King, who cooked several turkeys to be delivered! Along with administrator Heidi Fraley, Rose & Larry Heath helped deliver turkeys to Venice Moms who were unable to pick them up.
It means the world to us and our families that you thought of us this holiday and contributed so much to help deliver a delicious dinner to a total of 20 families! Thank you so much for lending a helping hand, filling some bellies and warming the hearts of families this Thanksgiving!
Please support our local vendors and "Git Chew Sum BBQ" and home window decor at B & G Window Fashion! If you are looking to adopt a family dog, please contact the lovely Maria Dos Santos who fosters pugs and works with The Pug Rescue of Florida!
We are so thankful to all the volunteers for this Thanksgiving, holidays past, as well as the various activities and day to day workings of the Venice Moms Helping Hands group! Christmas is right around the corner and our “holiday elves” have already been at work! We are excitedly looking forward to Christmas and setting up a gift tree in the Venice Holistic Center, as well as taking applications to adopt a child from our list to receive one special gift this year under the tree. If you can help us spread smiles and happiness this Christmas we will be eternally grateful!
I was granted the honor to join the Chick Fil A Mom's for this year, which has been a wonderful opportunity to share with other moms who LOVE Chick Fil A! I have had some wonderful discussions and received some pretty awesome goodies, and now I want to share the #DressUpYourNuggets promotion!
Here's my thought... You've got these incredible little nuggets. Full of flavor and perfect bite size pieces...why not create a crispy flatbread and some sweetness?
In the area of Florida that I used to live in, in Bradenton, we have a restaurant called "Crispers" that serves soups and sandwiches, along with some other goodies. Just about a decade ago (can't believe it's been that long!) Crispers was my first job as a 16 year old kid. My absolute favorite item on the menu was the Hawaiian Flatbread, and I've been trying to recreate it for a really long time since it is no longer on their menu. It wasn't until I tried to make it with these nuggets that it came out perfectly!
What You Need:
- 2 tbsp honey (I always use local honey, it's better for you!)
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of chopped macadamia nuts
- Honey Wheat Flatbread Wrap (can use a wheat flatbread "pizza crust" for thicker crust)
- 8 count of your favorite Chick Fil A Nuggets, crispy or grilled
- shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan to sprinkle on top to your tastes.
1. Start with your flatbread, drizzle the honey over top as the sauce, use a brush or the back of a spoon to spread evenly to cover leaving a small edge to be able to hold the piece without getting sticky!
2. Lay the nuggets on the honey, spacing them evenly.
3. Sprinkle the shredded coconut and macadamia nuts over the chicken.
4. Top it all off with the mozzarella cheese and parmesan.
5. If you have a toaster oven, even better, but a full size oven works just as well. Pop it in the oven at 300 for about 7-10 minutes or until the cheese melts and the crust has a nice golden color.
6. Cut it into pieces and serve
7. If you are sharing, observe the "Oo"s and "Ah"s and "Yum!"s from your friend, and be sure to take a nice bite yourself!
This recipe is delicious, just the right amount of sweet and savory with a crunch. Super simple recipe to follow, and thanks to the nuggets from Chick Fil A, this is easily a lunch that can be made in under 15 minutes, and isn't all that bad for you either!
Thanks Chick Fil A! I'd love to hear your thoughts... Will you try this recipe? What are some recipes you would put together with Chick Fil A? I'd also love it if you would share this post with #DressUpYourNuggets !!
Alyssa Reinbolt - Creator of the Helping Hands group in Bradenton. When the best choice for her family was to relocate to Venice, she left the Bradenton group in capable hands and started a new branch.