Veteran’s Day Project – December 2015

Christmas Hats Project 2015

December 2015

My Veteran’s Day Fundraiser was able to ship 30 care package boxes to our American soldiers filled with chocolate chip cookies, books, candies, magazines, lotions, cards, etc.

Thank you to Westchester Hebrew High School for their contributions and student/faculty/parent help in packing and paying for the cookies and shipping fees for the boxes.  This is a joint effort and all persons who contributed made this a successful fundraiser.

The photos were received from two soldier units that enjoyed our care package boxes.

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Marlene’s U. S. Soldier Chocolate Chip Cookies


(A friend and Treat the Troops volunteer, Marlene, is our guest recipe contributor today.)

2 cups Butter, soften
1 1/2 light Brown Sugar
1 C sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 C flour
2 t baking soda
2 t salt
24oz.. Chocolate chips

1. Mix Butter and sugars until light and fluffy
2. Add eggs and vanilla
3.Add Flour,baking soda,salt
4. Add chocolate chips
5. Refrigerate dough several hours or overnight.
6. Using a heaping tablespoon form into a ball.
7. Bake 12-13 minutes at 350 degrees
8. Makes 12 dozen cookies.
Happy Eating !!!

The Perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe has been in our family for many years. It was given to me by a very dear neighbor, Oma, many years ago after I told her that sometimes my cookies come out great and other times they are flat. This one is perfect every time it must have something to do with the fact it is refrigerated before it is baked. It is the Soldiers number one requested cookie and has received great reviews by all who have eaten it.

For over five years now, I have been baking and sending cookies to our troops through an organization called Treat the Troops and that is how I met Mariann. The cookie lady from treat the troops was invited to speak on the Arsenio Hall Show, so she invited all her “crumbs” to come and meet her in New York after the taping for dinner. It was so nice to meet some of the other women in are area who are doing this same wonderful thing. We all exchanges stories and talked how we got involved. Mariann and I stayed in touch and continue to share stories.

This leads me to the rest of my story. I am a teacher in an urban area in New Jersey and I am always looking for donations for our school. I came across a factory that manufactures uniforms for the military and from that the idea to form a company grew,called Trooppaws.We are now making a stuffed animal dogs out of the authentic military fabric for military friends and families.They are a very unique because of the special detailing. Please view them on our web site http://www.Trooppaws.com. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

U.S. Army Banana Breads

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2 ripe bananas
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 / 3 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 3 / 4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 / 3 cup of sugar
1 / 4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

1. Oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease a loaf pan. Mash bananas with a fork in a large bowl. Add softened margarine or butter and mix with beater. Gradually add sugar and eggs to the mix and continue to beat.
3. Mix flour and baking powder together and then also gradually add to banana mixture until all ingredients are well blended. (Optional: At this time, add mini chocolate chips if desired.) Pour into loaf pan.
4. Bake about 60 minutes or until golden. Test with a toothpick until it comes out clean from the bread. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, loosen around the edges with a butter knife and then remove bread from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Optional – Double the recipe and make 2 loaves. Serve one now and freeze the other. This recipe freezes well!
6. ENJOY! – Bananas without the peel!

Bananas are one of the least expensive fruits to buy on a weekly basis. Whenever I shop at my Costco Warehouse, I always buy a bunch of bananas. The quantity is large and the price is small. My husband will eat a few bananas and then they start to get very ripe. That’s when I whip up my mini banana breads for shipping to the American soldiers. I bake about a dozen mini banana breads three times a month. I started to add mini chocolate chips at the suggestion of my daughter, Mia. Baking cookies constantly to ship to the soldiers can be a little repetitive, (so I try to add a little something different to the mix!) I like to send our heroes care packages consisting of a few dozen cookies with 2 or 3 banana breads thrown in for a little something extra.

Banana breads have been given by me for so many years to friends and family, I can’t even remember when I started to bake them. If someone comes to my house for a meal or I visit someone, I always have something baked to bring along or for them to take home. Come Christmas time, I just bake and wrap in Christmas bags and freeze. It is a great gift for someone elderly or too busy to bake for themselves. Banana breads as gifts are the most personal thing I could give someone.

I bought waxed paper liners that fit perfectly into my mini loaf pans, and it makes cleaning up so much easier. When you use the paper liners, the mini loaves just slip right out onto the wire rack for cooling.

I hope that all the people I love and all the soldiers I so admire experience as much joy in eating my breads as I do in preparing them!

Mom’s U.S. Army Cookies

1 box brownie mix

peanut butter brownie

peanut butter brownie

 

1/2 cup chocolate chips

reese’s peanut butter cups

1. Follow the directions on the brownie box for cake like brownies ( usually just add an extra egg to the mix).

2. Add the chocolate chips and stir until blended in. Fill 1/2 way either cupcake liners in a cupcake tin or

the small aluminum shaped pans.

3. After filling cupcakes liners or mini pans, count how many you have. Unwrap the individual reese peanut

butter cups and set aside in a bowl.

4. Bake the brownies for 10 minutes according to the temperature listed on the box. Open oven and place

one peanut butter cup into the center of each brownie, with a butter knife push the peanut butter

cup down until it is covered by the brownie batter. Continue baking brownies for 8 to 10 more minutes.

Test brownie with toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely.

5. Enjoy – A brownie with out a peanut butter surprise is like a day without sunshine!

For over 3 years I have been baking and sending care packages to our American soldiers through the “Treat the Troops” website. I can’t think of a better volunteer project for me, somebody’s mom, than to bake and ship to our American soldiers. Working full time during the day, sometimes I bake on the weekends or after work one day, the next day I put together the care packages by carefully wrapping the cookies in stages with bubble wrap and then get to the post office the same day for shipping. Soldiers deserve to get the cookies as fresh as possible, so shipping immediately is very important.

Well, if you bake like I do, you know how many cookies you will get in one batch, 2 or 3 dozen cookies. Try sending that for a request for a group of 10 soldiers. So, I have to double or triple recipes to get large quantities to ship. To switch things up, I like to send baked mini banana breads, sour cream coffee cakes and these star peanut butter surprise brownies. They are larger than cookies and are a huge hit with the soldiers. They love them! Some of the letters emails and photos I receive are testimonials to that fact. As much as the soldiers love getting my packages, I love sending them. It is hard work for me at times, but so is everything worthwhile. What is more worthwhile than supporting our troops?