Just like Grandma used to make.
Who’s grandma makes or made homemade applesauce? Mine did! Mine did! Mine did! Let’s be honest…she made everything homemade. That’s just how they do it up in Sibley Iowa. My grandma grew up on a farm and raised her family on a farm so she KNOWS how to cook.
Like really knows.
1.) Homemade applesauce
2.) World Vision
Please stick around to hear about both of them because they deserve your undivided attention.
Now, the applesauce deserves your attention because it tastes better than any jarred applesauce out there. IT.IS.SO.GOOD. And it’s incredibly easy to make. You have to make this for the holidays…it really is the perfect side dish for Turkey, Ham, and Prime Rib. It can be served with pie or on top of ice cream and can be substituted for jam on your dinner roll.
It takes a whopping 20 minutes to make and in those 20 minutes, magic seriously happens. The apples cook down in sugar, vanilla and warm spices and turn into deliciousness. Pure deliciousness. They taste great warm or cold and for those with kiddos out there…your kids will LOVE them. Raya Mae ate them up like there was no tomorrow.
Don’t forget to pin this recipe to Pinterest by clicking the image below!
Now, onto World Vision. Do you know what World Vision is? Well…let me tell you. World Vision is a global Christian Humanitarian organization that cares about people. They partner with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
We are in the season of giving…or coming darn close, and during the holidays, I always like to give back. I worked in the non-profit industry for 6 years prior to making the decision to stay home with my baby and work on my blog. Even though I no longer “work” in the industry, that doesn’t mean I haven’t forgotten about it. I truly believe that life is not about what you get but it’s about what you give.
With that said, I am excited to share how you can get involved with this amazing organization by simply purchasing gift items from their catalog. PLUS! There is a fun giveaway at the end of this post so keep reading!!
About the Catalog:
- There are more than 100 meaningful gifts ranging from $16 to $39,000 in the catalog.
- There are more than 250 items online at www.worldvisiongifts.org.
- Popular items in the catalog include a goat and two chickens, clothing for children, ducks and medicine. Other items include safety for a girl who has been exploited or abused and a new mother and baby kit. You can even purchase career training for a woman. (I LOVE how you can purchase the impact that you are going to make. It makes it so real! It is real!)
- You can also purchase gifts like coffee, bracelets, a candle holder and more. When you purchase these types of gifts, your donation is put where needed most.
- More than 30 gifts in the catalog are $35 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies.
- World Vision is always working to keep its overhead rates low. In 2015, 84% of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families and communities in need.
How to Order:
- Visit www.worldvisiongifts.org or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS. Hard copies of the catalog are also available upon request.
- Donors can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one. (I have always loved this! It’s so meaningful to make a donation in honor of someone).
- Those who want to give a general donation can donate to Where Needed most. (This was very popular at the non-profit I worked at and it was incredibly successful and helpful).
- Those who want to give a tangible gift can choose one of their Handcrafted Gifts. (Keep reading below to learn more about their handcrafted gifts and how you can win a gift box!)
The Impact YOU can help make:
- Globally, poverty is defined as living on $1.90 or less per day.
- in 2015, a projected 900 million people lived at or below the global poverty line worldwide.
- Improvements in access to education, healthcare, housing, employment and personal security greatly increase a person’s chances of escaping poverty. (This is exactly what purchasing a gift from the catalog will help!)
- World Vision provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries. The World Vision Gift Catalog is one of many programs designed to help eradicate poverty.
- Every dollar donated to World Vision achieves $1.30 worth of impact for children and families worldwide. (Seriously amazing).
I had the honor of receiving a gift basket of the Handcrafted Gift Items from the Catalog. You can view the items below. When you purchase a handcrafted gift item, your donations will go where it makes the most impact to address the specific urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family or community.
What’s even more exciting is you can receive the same gift basket by simply filling out the form below! I only ask that you spread the word about World Vision …please share this wonderful organization with your friends and family and consider making a donation this holiday season so those in need have a fighting chance.
Here are a few of the Handcrafted Items that I received and are part of the giveaway!
For the Home:
Tree of Life Votive Holder – This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off materials. Artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education. $65
Upcycled Artisanal Bowl – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items. $135
History’s First Coffee Blend – Citrus and chocolate pair up in this 10-ounce whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees from farmers who are overcoming poverty with their earnings. An olivewood scoop and African bag complete the package. $75
For Your Closet:
Turquoise Medallion Necklace – Handmade by families in Delhi, this brightly-beaded medallion necklace adds a bold pop of color to any outfit. $75
Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95
Silver Vines Cuff: Women and girls will love wearing this elegant adjustable silver cuff bracelet designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India, and decorated with an intricately-laced vine pattern. Each bracelet supports their families through fair trade practices. $85
THANK YOU THANK YOU for reading and considering World Vision as a charity of choice for your holiday giving. I am so grateful to be able to share recipes with you but even more grateful that Stuck On Sweet is able to spread the word about what’s important in life…food and giving back. xoxo!