Monthly Archives: September 2014

Brussel Sprouts are my Buds!

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I have learned to appreciate and love Brussel Sprouts. Brussel sprouts are a good source of protein, iron and potassium, and have many other health benefits including Vitamin C, fiber, folate, and antioxidants. Here is one of my favorite recipes, feel free to play with it.

Ingredients

Pound of Brussel Sprouts, cut into quarters
5 garlic cloves sliced thin
Package of mushroom, white button, or crimini
package of pancetta (cut into pieces and cooked with olive oil till crisp)
drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste

Directions
drizzle a saute pan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
add garlic and pancetta cook until crispy, be careful not to burn garlic
add Brussel Sprouts, and mushrooms, toss about and add salt and pepper.
transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Such a yummy and healthy vegetable side! Add some chicken or shrimp and make it a nice low carb meal. Bon Appetite.

Memories in a bottle

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Call me a sentimental love junkie. When my girlfriend Ilene, who I have known since attending Madison Elementary School a very long time ago, posted this idea on Facebook, I just loved the idea of it, and I wanted to share. She recently went on a trip with her love, she collected sand from the different beaches, dirt from the roads in different cities and states. She layered the memories in a jar. I think it is a sweet idea to collect tiny mementos from travels and adventures with your love. I am going to start doing this. My first one will be from places I visit with my number 1, my daughter Madison. One day we really want to branch out and explore the United States together. I am so blessed that she wants to spend time with me and wants to plan trips in our future. I couldn’t imagine anything better! You may or may not appreciate this idea, if you do I wish you lots of fun making and collecting little memories. XO Karie

Yamaha Corporation

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I wanted to write about one of my wonderful customers, The Yamaha Corporation. Yamaha is an amazing company and all the employees I have encountered over the years are nothing but gracious. The work environment is one that people envy, I think the folks at Yamaha have a good thing going. Miss Priss Cupcakes, has been the bakery of choice for many events over the years at the Yamaha campus from monthly birthdays to company wide events.

Whenever I deliver cupcakes or cakes to Yamaha, I always ask what they are for, just out of curiosity or just call me nosey! One of the events I know about is the Halloween Party, Yamaha each year holds Halloween for the employees families and provides cupcakes and treats. I think involving the families is such a welcomed and wonderful thing to make everyone feel like they are valid to the company.

Recently Yamaha ordered cupcakes for a week-long event, they wanted to reward the employees for their kindness of giving. It was called, Yamaha’s Week of Caring. The intention of Yamaha is to give back to the local community, a pay it forward so to speak. From August 18 to the 22nd, different collections and or donations were collected. Four charities were selected, they were the Orange County Humane Society, Feed the Children, and the Second Harvest Food Bank and Pyles Elementary School in Stanton, California. For the OC Humane Society they collected dog and cat food and donated in that manner. They collected spare change each day for feed the children, and non-perishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank. I was told that their biggest accomplishment was the donation for Pyles School. Many of Pyles school children are in great need of basic supplies for their education. Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA sponsored the purchase of 75 backpacks. School supplies were purchased from Staples and inserted into each backpack. Employees had an opportunity to sponsor a backpack by providing a donation of $14.00 which covered the supplies. By the end of the week, all backpacks were sponsored by the employees. Employees found this a very convenient way of giving back. I again, think that Yamaha employees are caring, and amazing people. This year they added, “Brother, can you spare some change?” Employees brought in their spare change and filled a gold-fish bowl. The monies collected will sponsor 3-4 trucks filled with 400 boxes of food, peanut butter, soups, cereal, etc, and 400 boxes of hygiene articles, (shampoo, Kleenex,, toothpaste, etc). This year the trucks have been in Pleasant Prairie, WI, Kennesaw, GA and Cypress, CA. At the end of the week the employees were treated to Miss Priss Cupcakes, which I am so proud to be part of!

I have had the privilege of working with several people from Yamaha, Dede Bolin, Monica Popp, Marisol Castaneda,and Tricia Slevcove, all ladies are first-rate, upstanding people and employees. Thank you for always treating me with kindness!

Yamaha also supports the Counsel on Aging, a special program called Aging Angels. Donations of clothing and toiletries are collected in bins toward the end of the year and proudly donated. Yamaha also collects toys for Toys for Tots.

Another end of the year event Yamaha sponsors is a Charity Gift Basket. Departments in the facility are given a budget to purchase or create themed gift baskets. Employees can contribute from their own pockets as well. The baskets range from Yamaha gear, baskets with tablets and gift cards, family fun night, etc. Employees then purchase raffle tickets and submit their tickets to the basket items they wish to win. At the end of the week-long event, they host a drawing and provide refreshments and treats. Each basket is raffled off. The wonderful thing about this event is each basket is associated with a charity. Each charity is also put into a raffle box and they draw three charities. All the proceeds collected from the sale of the raffle tickets gets divided among the three charities that were drawn.

Yamaha also partners with Feed the Children throughout the year. This year Yamaha celebrated 20 years working with Feed the Children. That is an amazing partnership, I love to see business and community coming together!

Many Yamaha employees hold their own fundraisers throughout the year such as Jean Friday, Golf Tournaments, Raffles for Yamaha Products, and eBay auctions of Road Racer Gear.

Now… didn’t I tell you what an amazing company the Yamaha Corporation is! I had the privilege of being a guest of Yamaha this year at Super cross where I cheered on their team! I had a great time and admired all the employees and guests proudly wearing Yamaha Blue! Thank you Yamaha for all you do and for being an inspiring example of what companies and employees alike can accomplish together. BRAVO! Please leave your comments or sign up to follow my blog. Also if you know of any extraordinary companies or people who have given back, I would love to hear about it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little story. Have a wonderful Day!