Okay so a few things to mention today. First off, for everyone who has emailed and sent messages about my son I thank you. For those who do not know my son lives in Calgary, Alberta. If you’ve been following the news there has been a natural disaster of epic proportions there. Flooding has hit the area and about 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The devastation and damage are massive.
My son called the other night saying his girlfriend’s area was under evacuation order. He brought her, and her kitty cat Salem, to his place so they would be safe. No sooner were they settled in before his area got the evacuation order. I think they encouraged folks to leave within 15 minutes. Well, let’s just say it took hours to find a place and a way out. We took to facebook and twitter trying to find help. Luckily my cousin Bobbie saw the facebook call for help and mobilized my Auntie Judy and my sis, who happened to be visiting them at the time. They tried to go get them but they roads were under water and they were told to turn back. The kids finally found a cab driver still in the city, he drove the hooligans, Salem, and B-Dude’s cat Azazel to my aunt’s place on higher ground. The good news is they are okay, as is our family in the area. The bad news is we have no word yet on B-Dude’s apartment. It’s partially below ground so we’re just praying the water did not reach his area.
So many people were affected and lost homes that he’s one of the lucky ones. They got out safely and hopefully there’s minimal damage to both their places. So many are not that lucky. If you have the means please consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross to help out. People are without homes, clothing, food and basic necessities. Animals have been put in shelters. Anything you can do to help, no matter how big or small will make a difference. I’m all about giving back in life. This is a very worthwhile cause close to my own heart for obvious reasons.
Now speaking of good causes I’d like to invite you all to visit Wanna Be A Country Cleaver. Megan’s bestie, Beka, has Crohn’s Disease, and if you follow Megan’s blog you get to know and love Beka. They are true soul sisters and Megan does this event to help raise awareness and money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. You know I love good causes so when Megan put the call out she was looking for people to help with the bake sale I was more than happy to donate an item. Since I live in Canada and the postal service crossing the border is slow as molasses I decided to offer up a gift box of my homemade salts and sugar. So hop on over to Megan’s site asap where you can bid on my item, or any other item that catches your fancy. In fact feel free to bid on multiple items. It’s for a good cause!
For those who know me well you know why this cause is important to me. For those new to the site I have severe IBS so I can relate to those suffering with Crohn’s and Colitis. I get checked every 2 to 3 years to make sure my IBS stays in check and never becomes anything more serious. I do this because we have a family history of colon cancer. My Aunt Donna passed away from it many years ago. She made trips to all the family members when she got the news. She wanted to make sure she got see everyone before the worst came. So she spent time with all of us and I look back on that time fondly. She was my father’s sister, but also one of his very best friends.
My hubs also has family members with Chron’s and Colitis. So this cause hits close to home for us on every level. I applaud Megan for doing this and once again I encourage you all to stop by Megan’s site on June 22 and 23 to help her raise lots of money. Big shout out to Beka who is just a shining example of how to live fearlessly with illness. You ladies inspire me, and I love seeing photos of you two. We should all be so lucky to have that kind of friendship in our lives.
I’d like to take a minute to give a shout out to all the bloggers who helped me make my Cancer and Hospice Awareness campaign a huge success. If you didn’t get a chance to read everyone’s personal stories and see the recipes I’m sharing the list again so you can take some time to visit. A huge shout out to Jen of Juanita’s Cocina for helping me plan the event and holding my hand through the tricky bits.
Chili Verde by Juanita’s Cocina
S’Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi
My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort
Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb
Sauteed Strawberry and Sugarsnap Salad by Cook The Story
Cranberry Cashew Breakfast Muffins by In Fine Balance
Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie’s Cucina
Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious
Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Bars by The Messy Baker
Berry/Cherry Fro-Yo Ice Cream by Cookistry
Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple
Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy
Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos
Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana’s Home Baking
Angel Cake by Ninja Baking
Knit (or crocheted) Grey Brain Cancer Mustache Pin by Knit, Purl, Damn!
Today we held a PinChatLive event and announced all the winners for the prizes. Thank you to Carla and Christine for your amazing help. If you’d like to learn more about PinChatLive you can visit their website. I’ll also be sharing a post about their business this week. It’s been a pleasure getting to know these ladies and to work with them.
Winner of the $30 Amazon Gift Card is Ritika Sehgal!
Winner of the Meyer Lemon Gift Box Set is Pat Scalione!
Winner of the Vanilla Gift Box Set is Jennifer O’hara!
Congratulations to all our winners!
And a huge shout out and thank you to KitchenAid Canada for donating the Stand Mixer and Ice Cream Attachment. We’re so proud to have you involved in this amazing cause.
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends and I look forward to returning to my normal posting schedule this week.
Now go get yer rumps over to all these great causes and make a difference people!
Toodles and smoochies! xx