Thursday, July 29, 2010


The Livingston Educational Services Agency is accepting donations for their 2010 distribution of "Backpacks for Kids" to be held from 6-8 p.m. August 19, 2010 at the LESA Educational Center, 1425 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell, Michigan.

The goal of the project is to provide Livingston County students whose families are experiencing financial difficulties with basic school supplies at no cost. Last year the project distributed over 1600 backpacks filled with school supplies. For information about the project, call the LESA backpack hotline at (517) 540-6833.

The agency's web site says: 
We are now accepting donations for the 2010 school year at the LESA Education Center or any of the community based drop-off locations. If you prefer, cash donations are also welcome. If making a cash donation, please make your check or money order payable to LESA and mail it to LESA Backpacks for Kids, 1425 W. Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI  48843.
School supplies are on sale now and it's a good time to buy for donations. The Staples in Howell (next to Lowes in the Wal-Mart shopping center) has backpacks on sale at 25-percent and 50-percent off. In addition, if you buy a backpack by this Saturday, July 31, the entire cost will be rebated in the form of a Staples card. That card can be donated to LESA to purchase more supplies. The Howell Staples manager said the store will accept these cards from the holder with no I.D. necessary.

We love this program; it's so much fun to get ready to go back to school!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Sally S. offered a luscious slush made with Jello brand flavored gelatin at one of our recent Bridge club meetings. She got the recipe on, but she made a few changes to the original:

Vodka Slush

  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin mix
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 quart orange juice
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 2 liter bottle lemon-lime flavored soda

  • Boil sugar, water, and Jello for three minutes. Stir in juices, vodka and soda. Divide in half and freeze in two, one-gallon Ziplock brand freezer bags. Pour into pitcher and serve.