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Gratitude and Giving Back


This is the season for giving. And while I believe that our generosity should extend throughout the year, this is the time when we all band together and do the most good in the shortest amount of time. It’s a season of reflection, of taking stock of the year, setting new goals and relishing in time spent with friends and family. I have much to be thankful for this year.

I am incredibly grateful for your support of The Giving Table during its debut these past two months. You have sent me kind emails, you are enthusiastically joining the conversation on the blog and your participation only confirms in my soul the need for this website. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I have a little giving project to share with you this month. You may be aware that I’ve run a food blog for almost four years. This past September, I launched The Meal Planner, a weekly menu-planning journal to make your life in the kitchen a little easier. The genesis of this product began with my own needs. I used a blank notebook for years and realized that nothing on the market existed to fulfill this purpose in my life. So, The Meal Planner was born.

I use it almost daily, so I believe in the product. I designed it for myself first, and many of my readers have recognized its value. For this, I am quite grateful and remain passionate about what meal planning can accomplish in our busy lives.

In the spirit of giving this season, I will donate $1 of each Meal Planner sold in the month of December to Share our Strength. I feel that a collaboration between my blog and The Giving Table is well-timed. The Meal Planner would make an excellent gift this time of year and sits at the ready to help you keep a resolution of meal planning, eating well and giving yourself some time back in 2012. Share our Strength is doing important work to eliminate childhood hunger, and it would be an honor for me to share my modest proceeds from The Meal Planner with such a worthy organization.

I’ll be making follow-up announcements on Twitter and Facebook, but please consider giving yourself, friends and family the gift of kitchen organization this year, and know that you will be helping a great cause in the process.

The Meal Planner by Cooking After Five | Make Your Own Book

To learn more about The Meal Planner and review FAQs, visit my blog.

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