Thursday, July 31, 2008

Barium Springs Home For Children

As our Gala planning is under way, Cookies For A Cause has chosen Barium Springs as our charity to support. For every sponsorship that is given to C4AC, 20% will be donated to help the children at Barium Springs.

So what is this charity all about you might ask yourself?

Barium Springs Home for Children has been operating since 1891. They service over 700 children per year and are committed to provide a safe and nurturing family life for every child. Barium Springs provides a place to live for abused or neglected children, early childhood development for low income families, counseling services and foster family programs. They also offer behavior treatment in a school setting for troubled teens as well as early intervention services for children still living in the community. With staff increases and campus expansion, Barium Springs' goal is to expand and grow as the needs of NC children increase.

"By teaching them, keeping them safe, and above all loving them, we show these hurting children there is promise for a bright future."

Check out their website to learn more about who they are and how we can help our community! If you would like to sponsor the Gala please let us know and we can provide you with additional information.

Remember...together we can make a difference....

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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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