What Makes a Vidalia a Vidalia?

What Makes a Vidalia a Vidalia?
According to the Vidalia Onion website the answer can be summed up into 4 words

Special Care

Storage and Handling is also good information to know about…. you want these sweet delicious onions to last and you will find that information at the Vidalia Onion website.

Selling vidalia onions as a fundraiser is something that the Alpena Shriner Club has been doing for years. The Shriners even have their own logo on the bags of onions that they sell. This year the Alpena Shrine Club is taking pre-orders for their Annual Vidalia Onion Sale.

You can help buy calling one of the Alpena Shriners below

Alpena Shrine Club

Alpena is very fortunate to have a wonderful organization such as the Alpena Shrine Club. Alpena’s Club was first formed in 1945, the club is a fraternal organization which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Patients must be minors under the age of 18.

For well over 40 years Alpena Shrine Club members have been transporting children from around the region to the Shriners Hospitals in both Cincinnati and Chicago. The Shriner organization picks up all of the expense for the 2 day trip… meal, lodging and transportation costs. The child as well as one of his/her parents or guardian is also able to be transported along with the child.

The drivers will start out in Alpena and will often pick up other children along the way. The Alpena Shrine Club routinely transports about 200 children each year to either Cincinnati or Chicago Shriner Hospitals, about a 1000 mile round trip.

One of the fundraisers that the Alpena Shrine Club holds  annually is their Vidalia Onion Sale. This year the Shriner are taking pre-orders for these delicious sweet seasonal onions. Your support goes to help the Alpena Shrine Club continue their mission of transporting children to the Shriner Hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago.

Please help the Alpena Shrine Club

Vidalia Onion FACTS

Just the facts about vidalia onions can be found at the Vidalia Onion website. Such as how many counties in Georgia are vidalia onions grown in? Who gave vidalia onions as White House gifts?

Did you know that onions are fat-free and low in calories and are also a good source of vitamin C…. Just a few of the facts you will find on the Vidalia Onion website.

We hear it a lot about how sweet these vidalia onions are, BUT…how about making a cake with them. Didn’t sound very good to me until I read the list of ingredients…. after reading it I must admit it sounded like something that I might have to try. Happily Ever After Onion” Chocolate Cake

It is almost time for vidalia onions to be shipped to the Alpena area. Once again the Alpena Shrine Club will have these wonderful seasonal onions available for you to enjoy. This year the Alpena Shrine Club is accepting advanced reservations from you to get your own bags of these sweet onions…. and of course you will be helping a very good cause in purchasing them from a local Shrine Club member.

   Call one of the local Alpena Shrine Club members

Alpena Shrine Club Annual Vidalia Onion Sale

It is that time of year again….time for those delicious vidalia onions to arrive. The Alpena Shrine Club will once again be selling those much awaited onions that are only available at a certain time of year. This year the Club is allowing you to reserve your bags of onions in advance of them arriving in Alpena.

I eat these sweet onions with everything but my favorite way to eat them is to slice them up with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, I then pour over a good stout Greek or Italian dressing. So simple but so good. My mouth is watering now anticipating the flavor of that wonderful combination.

If you need more ideas of what to do with these vidalia onions you can go to the Vidalia Onion website. On this site you will find a handy widget that your able to select a main ingredient and category… You will then be given a list of ideas using vidalia onions. I put in Chicken & Casserole… One of the recipes I got back was
Mexican Onion Casserole  I am ignoring the number of calories that must be in it but it sure sounds good to me. You will have fun playing with that handy widget on their site.

Call one of the local Alpena Shrine Club member listed below:


Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education

If you saw a dime on the ground.. would you pick it up? I know that I would. I always pick up coins that I find on the ground…. yes, even pennies. I think it is habit more than anything. Over the years I am sure that I have found  a substantial amount of money.

Finding a dime on the ground may not seem like a lot but if you were to combined your efforts with 100’s of others on a routine basis…. those dimes would quickly add up. Campbell’s and General Mills both offer the same concept as finding dimes on the ground….they both offer a way for your school to benefit by placing a specific label on their products that you collect and when turned into your school they are able to redeem them for CASH….

There are 2 companies that are trading labels for CASH…. Campbell’s and General Mills.

Campbell’s = Labels for Education
General Mills = Box Tops for Education

General Mills launched Box Tops for Education in 1996 on its cereal boxes. Since then, the program has given more than $400 million to schools across the country. Today, 30,000 schools participate in this nationwide fundraising program. New products are being added to the program constantly, so keep your eye out for the logo on your favorite products.

On this page http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/clip/Brands.aspx you will find a list of products that have labels on them. Most are worth 10 cents each unless otherwise stated. Some Bonus Box Tops are worth more but they contain the amount and an expiration date. The schools turn the labels in for CASH and they are able to get a check twice a year… Up to $20,000 a year…. Just think what YOUR school could do with additional money.

If you want to PRINT off a list of participating box top products you can go here


Please keep in mind that more and more products are being added to that list. I am making it a habit to now look over all packages before I throw them out. It only takes a few seconds and it is able to produce such good.

I bet it you looked in your pantry now you would find lots of “Dimes”.

Labels for Education is for Campbell’s and many other products like Pepperidge Farms, Pop Secret, BIC, and Post just to name a few. These labels are turned into Campbell’s for points that can be used to buy items like computer games, supplies, and items to use in the classroom.


Take a few moments to check each website for specific products and to make sure your school is enrolled. Each site has a handy search box for you to see what schools in your area are participating

Just another hint…Tyson labels are great because they are worth 24 cents each so that really adds up.

I bet you have a pantry FULL of labels just waiting to be clipped.

Once collected you can send these labels into school with your kids. Perhaps you could set up a collection box at your work place or your church. If people simply know about this I am sure they will be happy to help. We do not have any kids but this is something that is so easy to do and so beneficial that I will be checking out my food containers before I pitch them from now on.

Our Ida Library has a collection box for both Labels for Education and Box Tops for Education. Suzanne has the box placed on the window sill where the self service check out station is. Box Tops for Education go to the Ida Middle School and the Labels for Education go to the Ida Elementary School.

Please start collecting and help your school find extra CASH one of the easiest ways possible. A big thanks to both Labels for Education- Campbell’s and Box Tops for Education- General Mills for offering this wonderful nationwide fundraiser. It really does not get much easier than this.

Here are a couple of images of the labels that you are to be looking for. I found many shapes and sizes of the images. Once you get the hang of it they will be easy to spot!


Brighton Dining

I was reading a “Local Detroit” magazine the other day and came across a very interesting ad. I could hardly wait to get home and check out the website.

What a Concept!

I have been racking my brain trying to use the concept and apply it to the small town where I live.
The website is     BrightonDining.com
Brighton, Michigan is located where 23 and 96 cross. Brighton Dining is made up of 11 family owned and operated restaurants. All of the restaurants are located within walking distance of each other. They all offer a very diverse cuisine. Looking at the menus it would be hard for me to choose which one to dine at first.
But… it is the concept of “WHY” they have all joined together that makes the website so unusual.
The group consists of 11 restaurants all in a very small area and in a city of less than 10,000 people. They are not in competition with each other, they are in competition with the chain restaurants… like the Applebee’s and the Ruby Tuesdays.
Joining together as they have done and promoting as one will be good for all I am sure.
I can’t help but think that this “concept” could be used to promote my Close Knit Community.

Smash Toledo

Smash Toledo has just posted their first video….. Can’t wait to see the next one in the series.

Smash Toledo promotes the “shop local” theme.. it is all about keeping money in your own community.

Smash Toledo will be an online food & beverage discovery hub for the best the city of Toledo, Ohio and surrounding areas have to offer.

Letters From Santa.. Direct from the North Pole

Just in time… Your now able to have a letter directly from the North Pole from Santa himself… and the best part it they are free. Simple answer a few questions and in a few moments Santa will send you a personalized letter back… HO Ho Ho! Very clever, quick and fun.
You can try it now by CLICKING HERE

The letters from Santa are free. The site does offer a very nice selection of eBooks. Your able to purchase them individually or as a set. Of course buying the set is the best deal and you also get a bonus eBook with when your purchase the set of 3.

These are the books available.

Christmas Recipes
Christmas Crafts
Kid’s Christmas Activities

Plus…..FREE with Purchase of The Complete Collection
“The Traditional Christmas Story Collection”

BUT…. I must tell you the tip that the owner of the site offers. I think it is a wonderful idea and adds so much value when you decide to purchase “The Complete Collection”. She suggests the set makes a great last-minute gift! Just burn the 4 PDF files (plus the Email Santa software) on a CD, apply a nice label and give as many CD gifts as you wish to friends, family and co-workers.

You can also put these into one of those plastic case for extra special giving. I thought of another great way to use these newly made CD’s…. use them as a fundraiser. Right now is the perfect time of year to do this.

Take a moment to visit the site and get your free letter from Santa direct from the North Pole.

Enjoy the site and have fun!


Make Your Own Logo

I have found a new tool for you to play with to make your own logo. Don’t worry it isn’t going to bite you. If you don’t like it you can always delete your new creation.

The best part is it is Free… Go ahead and give it a whirl..
You might surprise yourself at how clever you are…

     Click banner below to be taken to your new toy

Here are a couple of videos to show you how easy it is to create your own logo. First you will pick out your industry. Then your going to find a symbol… you can use the search box to help. Watch the first video to be guided.

Watch the next 2 videos and then create your logo!


Easy Peasy!

Brilliant Marketing TIP

I just thought this was such a great marketing idea I just had to share it with you.

I was shopping last week and I had to use the store restroom. I walked into the stall and turned to lock the door… There hanging on the hook that is meant to hold your coat or your purse was an Avon Book with a sample in a clear plastic bag….

Now mind you I don’t buy Avon, It had been years since I had even looked at an Avon book but… while I was sitting and looking at that clear plastic bag with and Avon Book and a sample, I thought well if I don’t take it someone else will

So I did… I gave it to my Mother-in-Law to look at, She has marked off several items of what she would like. I asked her if she was ready for me to place her order And she told me she was not done shopping in it yet. She has not even let ME look at it yet.

Do you think that was a brilliant marketing idea?

I have a blog called… YouCanEatMyDirt.Com
I printed business cards with that written on it. People are curious to know WHY???? anyone would want to eat dirt.

Several years ago I purchased cards that when folded looked just like $100.00 bills. I put a web address on them and stuck them or dropped them. It is a good idea to place tracking on stuff like that so you will know if it works or it does not.

Of course I would like to think I am brilliant but let me do a fess up here…
I printed off 1000 cards for a project I was doing and I spelled the word Website without the “b” it read Wesite.

Now you know I looked at the thing 100 times. I had to play till I had everything centered. I sent it to a friend of mine… she too thought it was brilliant. Then I sent it to another friend and he said what is a wesite? Of course I had no idea what he was talking about. But.. I never passed out another card.
So I have about 950 cute cards that I use for notes and reminders. I always hope they never leave the house.

After all who would want to do business with a person who can’t spell? To me it was very Unprofessional.

Can’t see the forest for the trees comes to mind.

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