It's Friday night, which makes most people happy, and I'm especially happy this Friday because tomorrow we're having a big Denny family party for my dad's 84th birthday. Before I get too busy celebrating, I want to share five fun things I've spotted this week, including Drop in and Decorate, the story behind this logo that you may have noticed popping up on a lot of blogs lately.
Fun Thing #1: Drop In and Decorate
Drop in and Decorate is the simple but profound idea of my blogging friend Lydia to encourage people hold cookie decorating parties and then deliver the cookies to shelters, rest homes, hospitals, or other locations where people will appreciate a delivery of hand-decorated cookies. Someone attending a Drop in and Decorate event will decorate the 10,000th cookie this season, which translates to 10,000 people who've been cheered by a brightly decorated cookie (so far!) You can read more about Drop in and Decorate at Lydia's blog, or find out how to hold a party at the Drop in and Decorate site. (And don't wait too long, because if you hurry, Lydia has sponsors who can provide cookie-cutters or coupons for discounts on cookie-baking supplies.)
Fun Thing #2: Kiwi Berries
Speaking of cookies, the second fun thing that caught my eye came from the blog Tea and Cookies, where Tea (another blogging friend!) introduced her readers to Kiwi Berries. I'm going to make you visit her blog to find out about Kiwi Berries, but I promise you will be charmed! (Now I'm obsessed with trying to figure out how I can get some to try myself.)
Fun Thing #3: Raising Chickens!
I'm not going to start raising chickens since it's probably not even allowed where I live in the middle of Salt Lake City, but I'm loving the guides to chicken-keeping on Mostly Eating. Check out A Beginners Guide to Keeping Chickens: Part 1 and A Beginner's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Part 2 if you want to see just what's involved in raising your own chicks! (Great chicken photos too!)
Fun Thing #4: Another Reason to Live by the Ocean
I'm guessing that many of you have heard of getting vegetables delivered by a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) but would you believe me if I said you can also sign up for weekly deliveries of fish from a Community Supported Fish Co-Op (CSF)? Tammy from Food on the Food can tell you more about Something Fishy. (As if you needed another reason to want to live by the ocean!)
Fun Thing #5: The Year of the Brussels Sprout?
Most of you probably know that I also write about food for a site called BlogHer, something that requires me to make an effort at keeping up with what other food bloggers are writing about. As I was keeping track of what side dishes people are cooking for Thanksgiving this year, I realized food bloggers everywhere are taking brussels sprouts for a trial run. Even if you previously haven't been a fan of the little green mini-cabbages, these are some drool-worthy brussels sprouts recipes that might make you reconsider. (Be sure to check the comments, and if you have a good brussels sprouts recipe, do share!)
So those are my five fun things from this week. We can all use more fun in our lives, so if you have something fun to share from the week, please share with a link in the comments. If you need just a little more Friday Fun, you can use the label for Five Fun Things on Friday to see fun things I've shared on other Fridays!