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'Tis the Season For Giving

It's not too early to be thinking about where your holiday donations may make the biggest difference.  There are many Vermonters who are in need.  One of the most gratifying traditions is giving to those who need assistance.

There are many ways to give back to our communities and neighbors.  The following organizations are in continual need of donations and additional support during the holidays, and throughout the year:

The Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville receives calls and visits from families experiencing crises, every day.  The nurturing staff educate and support families through home, and community services.  They are also always in need of volunteers.  You can drop off food, gift and gas cards, and find out about other ways you can help by going to their website.

The Lamoille Community Food Share in Morrisville provides food security around Lamoille County.  You can drop off food items, volunteer your time at the Food Share, or make a donation through their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.   If it's easier for you, we at Carlson Real Estate collect food items for the Food Share on an ongoing basis, so please feel free to drop off any of your healthy canned and boxed goods, and we'll be sure to get them there.

Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Clarina provides advocacy programs, emergency shelter, support and direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as community outreach programs to affect social change.  Learn how you can help.

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for lower-income  families in north western VermontYou can donate funds, labor, materials, and services to help ensure the availability of affordable homes for Vermonters for generations to come.   

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi

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Ready for the Holidays? If not, hopefully this recipe will help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seafood Cioppino

During the holidays, I'm always looking for recipes that are quick and easy - and delicious.  This one pot seafood dish is a winner, and all you need is a salad and a fresh baked loaf of bread, and you're done.  There are many versions of Cioppino, but this one from goop is a really good one.  Follow below, or go to the website.  And, there of course, you will find other ideas for one pan dinners, during the Christmas and winter holiday period.  Enjoy!

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely-diced

1 medium fennel bulb, finely-diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 large pinch red chili flakes

1 fresh bay leaf

1 cup white wine

1 28-ounce can chopped or crushed tomatoes

3 cups fish stock

¾ pound halibut, cut into 1-inch pieces

¾ pound clams, very well scrubbed and cleaned

½ pound large peeled shrimp

salt and pepper

pinch of sugar, optional

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1. Heat olive oil in a 4 or 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and fennel and sauté until translucent and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Add garlic, fennel seeds, oregano, chili, and bay leaf, and sauté for another 3 minutes.

3. Add the white wine, turn the heat up to high, and cook 3-5 minutes or until the alcohol has cooked off and most of the liquid has evaporated.

4. Add crushed tomatoes and all of their juices to the pan along with a generous pinch of salt. Bring the mixture up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then partially cover with the lid and simmer gently for 45 minutes.

5. Add the fish stock and continue simmering for at least 10-15 minutes.

6. Add clams, let them cook in the broth for 2 minutes, then add fish and shrimp, and cook 4-5 minutes more, or until clams are open and fish and shrimp are just cooked through.

7. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar, if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with warm bread on the side

 Source: goop.com 

 

 

Holiday Festivities in Stowe and Waterbury

                                 

During the Christmas and New Year holidays it is a very festive time in Stowe and Waterbury.  There are planned events, celebrations, performances, and activities.  So, no matter the weather or your busy schedule, there is something for everyone:

  • Cork Wine Bar and Market are kicking things off in Waterbury, Friday evening from 6-8.  Eat chocolate, drink wine, buy holiday gifts, be merry!

  • The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to Stowe Mt. Lodge Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st featuring over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont.

The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
  • Live Music at Spruce Camp, Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Join in to sing Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Jane Bouffard and accompanied by orchestra.  Stowe Community Church, Monday, December 22 at 7:00 P.M.
    No rehearsal required.

  • Through December 28, at the Helen Day Art Center, Festival of Tree and Light.

  • The Logger - performance by the inimitable Rusty Dewees, December 26, 27, 28, and 2 shows New Year's Eve.  Tickets do sell out
  • James Taylor performs New Year's Eve, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts

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    A Season For Giving

    As we approach the holiday season, there are many Vermonters who are less fortunate, and in need.  One of the most gratifying traditions is giving to those who need assistance, which is a wonderful way to truly feel the spirit of this time of year.

    Vermonters have always been known for their generosity, and there are many ways to give back to our communities and neighbors.  The following organizations are in continual need of donations to further support our Vermont friends during the holidays, and throughout the year:

    The Lamoille Community Food Share in Morrisville provides food security around Lamoille County.  You can drop off food items, volunteer your time at the Food Share, or make a donation through their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

    The Vermont Food Bank runs programs that help feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters who need food assistance.  Find out ways to give at their website here.

    Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for low-income working families in north western VermontYou can donate funds, labor, materials, and services to help ensure the availability of affordable homes for Vermonters for generations to come.    

     

      

    Habitat home build in Morrisville 2013

     

    The Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville receives calls and visits from families experiencing crises, every day.  The nurturing staff educate and support families through home, community and center based services; and they are always in need of volunteers.  You can drop off food, gift and gas cards, and find out about other ways you can help by going to their website.

    Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Clarina provides advocacy programs, emergency shelter, support and direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as community outreach programs to affect social change.  Learn how you can help.

    "For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi