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2014 February
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
3 Easy Steps
Creative gift solutions offer a simple way
to show you care
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has more than one spe-
cial person in their life. Whether it¡¯s a neighbor
who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the
kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mon-
days a little more bearable, loved ones make our
days better. A simple thank you or a small thank
you gift can go a long way in showing those
people just how much you appreciate them.
A recent survey revealed that most people do
have multiple ¡°loves¡± in their lives. In fact, sig-
nificant others aren¡¯t the only ones who get Val-
entine¡¯s Day gifts these days. This survey, which
was commissioned by Rich Products, a leading
provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and
retail marketplaces, showed that Valentine¡¯s Day
now extends way beyond that one special per-
son. Forty four percent of people said that they
purchase gifts for multiple people on Valentine¡¯s
Day. When asked to identify their ¡°other loves,¡±
friends were at the top of the list; and surpris-
ingly, among their favorite gifts were fresh baked
goods ranging from cookies, cupcakes and other
sweet treats.
So to sweeten your relationships all year round,
small thank you gifts are both welcomed and
appreciated. And keep in mind it¡¯s not the size
of the gift that matters. Survey results show that
good things come in small, personalized pack-
ages.
Give the gift of deliciousness
To get started, remember showing your appre-
ciation doesn¡¯t have to be expensive and time
consuming. Gifts can be purchased on your
weekly (or daily) trip to the grocery store then
personalized and decorated with things that you
have around the house. You can stock up on these
inexpensive supplies at your local craft store.
Here are some simple, low-cost steps to show
someone you care:
Step 1: Visit the bakery department in your local
Step 3: Attach a personalized, handwritten note
on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Cut
the paper to size, punch a hole to thread a ribbon
through and tie it to your gift.
Other ideas for quick and easy do-it-yourself
ways to dress up your gift:
* Homemade gift bags: Cut hearts out of con-
struction paper and glue onto a lunch bag.
* Decorative plates: Find inexpensive, seasonal
or colored ceramic plates at your local discount
store and wrap with cellophane and a bow.
* Sweet surprise: Grab a small gift box, place
some tissue inside, add your selected baked good
and tie with a colored bow. Make sure that the
baked good is secure in the box. You don¡¯t want it
to crumble.
For more simple and creative gifting and pack-
aging ideas, visit the Bakery Because Pinterest
board at www.pinterest.com/bakerybecause.
grocery store for a va-
riety of fresh and deli-
cious options. From
frosted cookies, to cin-
namon rolls, cupcakes
and doughnuts, you¡¯ll
find a treat to please
everyone on your list -
and there¡¯s no baking
involved.
Step 2: Personalize
each gift by select-
ing a baked good
and using basic art
or wrapping supplies
(think ribbon spools
and tissue paper left-
over from Christmas)
that you have around
the house to dress up
your gifts.
Come play in the snow with the West End Sled-
ders Snowmobile Club¡¯s annual Poker Run on the
Lone Cone. Saturday, February 22. Cash prizes
given to various poker hands, door prizes, great
fun! Buy a hand and get free food. $10/hand, reg-
istration at the trailhead. Last card draw is at The
Hitchin¡¯ Post restaurant in Norwood. Extra cards
may be purchased after 4p at The Hitchin¡¯ Post.
Call 970.327.4621 for trailhead location and more
information.
Lone Cone Mountain is a solitary and perfectly
symetrical peak, located about 15 miles south of
Norwood, Colorado, and is the western-most of
the major peaks in the San Juan Mountains. It is
also the western-most 12,000+ foot peak in Colo-
rado and tops out at 12,618 ft.
Food & Fun Snowmobile Poker Run
Street in Montrose. Admission is FREE! For more
information please call 970.249.0824, or Email to:
whiteys@whiteyshomeimprovement.com
Food & Garden
A Taste Of Spring
Come to the Montrose Home, Garden & Busi-
ness Expo Friday, February 21st from 10:00am
to 7:00pm and Saturday, February 22nd from
8:00am to 3:00pm. Held at the Montrose County
Fairgrounds, Friendship Hall, 1001 N. Second
Chocoholics Unite!! It¡¯s time for the 28th annual
CHOCOLATE FANTASIA at the La Plata County
Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Avenue, Durango. On
Friday, February 7, from 5:30p to 7:30p, you can
indulge your love of chocolate while benefiting
the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse
and the Durango Community Shelter.
Over 200 delicacies will be created by local res-
taurants and amateur chefs competing to create
the best dessert in town. And you get to be the
judge! As Charles M. Schultz once said, ¡°All you
need is love, but a little chocolate now and then
doesn¡¯t hurt!¡±
Admission for adults is $20 and for children un-
der 10 years old is $10.
Tickets are available in Durango at Volunteers of
America Offices, First National Bank of Durango,
North & South City Markets, 6th Street Hair
Salon & Day Spa, Rocky Mountain Chocolate
Factory, Dietz Market, as well as nearby commu-
nities, and will be available at the door on the day
of the event. Sponsored by First National Bank
of Durango, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory,
Celebrations Event Production, 6th Street Salon
and Day Spa and Jenny J Taylor at Rich Black
Creative.
Volunteers of America operates the Durango
Community Shelter and The Southwest Safe-
house from the Southwestern Division of the
Colorado Branch. Volunteers of America of
Southwest Colorado aims to generate awareness
of the issues of domestic abuse and homelessness
within the community and seeks to create com-
munity-based resources to address those needs.
To learn more about Volunteers of America
Southwest Colorado, call 970.259.1021. See more
at: www.voacolorado.org/Office-Locations/Vol-
unteers-of-America-Southern-Colorado
Chocolate Fantasia