I have something very exciting to share with you just in time for your holiday gift-giving. Not only will you bless the person you give the gift to, but you will also bless an organization that's purpose is to help women.
From the Women's Bean Project website:
Since 1989 we have been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. We are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in our gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.
When I discovered this organization, I knew it was something I could get behind. But
what could I do? Well, get a product, blog about and share with my readers. I was sent
the soup/cornbread gift basket pictured above. Nice, huh?
If you like the picture, I think you will love it once it is turned into soup and cornbread! YUM!
My first dilemma came the day I decided I was going to use this for supper. Beans need to be soaked over night....well, I didn't do that....oh,no....now what? As I continued to read the instructions I read these words:
"Soak beans overnight OR microwave beans covered with water in a partially covered container at 100% power for 15 minutes....."
I did not know this quick tip for preparing beans for the unprepared cook!
3 1/2 hours later we were enjoying THIS:
Here's my dad slurping away at his soup
(This was one of the last meals my dad had with us.
He can no longer eat solid food
Shortly after this picture was taken, he was diagnosed with
terminal bone cancer and hospitalized.
When he was discharged, he went back to Florida.)
The Women's Bean Project has an assortment of gift bundles and baskets to choose from.
Not a fan of beans? Well everyone loves cookies! Try this cookie bundle. Or how about a a bundle for that tea lover? There's a dip bundle for your veggies or chips, too!
They even offer a line of gourmet foods! Check it out!
The Women's Bean Project has teamed up with female jewelry designers to teach the program participates the skills to create handmade jewelry. Each piece is a beautiful, limited edition necklace or set of earrings at very affordable prices!
Learn more about this project by reading the "What We Do" section of the website. I think you will agree that 'what they do' is a wonderful service to struggling women. And now that you are informed, you can help too by visiting Womensbeanproject.com and begin your holiday shopping.
One of you can win the bundle that I received. Just complete the mandatory entries first, then as many optional entries as you'd like on the form below:
Winner will be drawn on November 9, 2011 and notified via email contact!