Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010 IHOP National Pancake Day

What a day! Breakfast was busy busy at IHOP in Newington. I was able to help sell balloons in the morning to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. IHOP was doing a promotion where it was free pancake day and then people had the option to donate to CMN. I can't wait to see how much we raised today. I was there for Breakfast and Dinner and they looked like they got a lot of donations, I am going to guess over $8,000!!!! I can't wait to hear the news. By the way how cute are these kids!! Above you will see me with Lissa Silk, Bess Brooks, and Lindsey Graham.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Feburary 22, 2010 SVDP Food Pantry

The Saint Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry in Exeter was in full force tonight. They were open from 7-8pm and the waiting area was full. I went to volunteer and drop off some bread products from Panera's operation donation program. Miss Granite State Merrimack Valley had a bunch of Panera Bread products left over so they gave them to me to donate to the Pantry. It went to good use. The smell of bagels lit up the faces of many. One woman was so excited that her kids would be able to have bagels for breakfast in the morning! She said it was a real treat. I'm glad the people took things home.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Break 2010!!!

I'm so excited to go to Kentucky for 7 days!!! It is my goal in life to do volunteer work in as many states as I can....I have a lot of years to live so I have plenty of time! I am going with UNHers :) from St. Thomas More and some of my friends from last years mission trip to West Virginia are going again and I am sooo excited! I need to raise $250 for the trip. It is with the Christian Appalachian Project and we will be staying in cabins, eating good food, and working hard all day. I can't wait to crack out my overalls, bandana, and hot blue worker gloves.....it's going to be so much fun. If anyone wants to make a donation email me: a_ross15@hotmail.com

Girl Scout Conference hosted by Chantel McCabe Miss Keene February 21, 2010

Today I had so much fun with the Girl Scouts! Chantel McCabe who is Miss Keene hosted the event at the Henry Moore Elementary School in Candia NH. Chantel's platform for the Miss NH Competition is Girl Scouts: Growing with Courage, Confidence and Character! It's a great platform and she is very passionate about it which makes it very easy to support her mission! Oh...and did I mention she gave us girl scout cookies! My favorite are Thin Mints and Simoas ...yep that's what kind she gave us!

My seminar was called Make it Eat it! The girls got the badge for learning about nutrition and cooking. I think just about everyone in the room tried the pancakes...they were really good. We made Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes. Thank you to Chantel for organizing the event and to her mother Linda for helping her with the location! it was very beneficial to the younger girls in the NH Community and to the older girls as well. I was joined by Rebecca, Lissa, MC, Krystal, Bess, and Jenn. We had a lot of fun!

Singing the National Anthem at Miss Granite State Miss Merrimack Valley February 20, 2010

Thank you to Kristen Anderson and Lisa Van Orden they put on a fantastic show and asked me to sing the National Anthem to kick the show off.
Congratulations to Brit and Caitlin!!! I am so excited that they will be back to compete at Miss NH they are both so much fun! You should have seen how excited both of their moms were too! It was a long year of competition for everyone and the Miss NH Program will have 26 wonderful contestants.

Great American Bake Sale for The Community Kitchen Inc! February 13, 2010

Thank you to Marion Murray for asking me to host a Bake Sale at Miss Keene KS Valley! There was a big team that she helped put together to bake. We raised $75 for the Community Kitchen Inc and Margaret came to accept the donation. The show was great and Chantel McCabe is the new Miss Keene and Lauren Gorgol is the new Miss Kearsarge Valley! They both looked stunning and I am so excited they will be at Miss NH with me again this year.

Community Dinner at St. Thomas More February 12, 2010

I had so much fun with the UNH students cooking at St. Thomas More on Campus for the Community Dinner. There were over 15 volunteers that helped make dinner. We got had carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, and beats fresh from the UNH Organic Garden and another local farm. My job was washing peeling and cutting the carrots....what a task! We were making sweet potato burritos and they ended up being delicious. My friend Thais joined us for dinner and I saw a lot of familiar faces from when I was a student and met a lot of new students. Community dinners are a great way to meet new people and to share the joy of cooking. You would be surprised at how much some students know about cooking and how much some students don't know!!! Example.....once you take beans out of the can you need to was the gritty mess off them! Something my mom taught me at some point in life. Something I learned was how to make red velvet cake with beats! Pretty neat to eat local foods year round, I bet you didn't know you can grow carrots in the winter in NH- well you can! SWEET :)

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial Elementary School Class 7

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial Elementary School Class 6

12:30 Mrs. Donna Maher Kindergarden

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial Elementary School Class 5

11: 45 Mrs. Ashley Page Grade 4

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial Elementary School Class 4

10:15 Miss Amy Beauchesne Grade 4

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial Elementary School Class 3

10:15 Mr. Gagnon Grade 4

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial School Class 2

9:30 Mr. Harrison Grade 4

February 10, 2010 Stratham Memorial Elementary School Class 1

8:45 Mrs. Audet's Class Grade 4

I had so much fun volunteering