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Be the ONE to Make a Difference

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, November 07, 2015

Gift a loved ONE and change the world.

When you, or a loved ONE, use Pujols Kitchen cookware, you not only make your own traditions more delicious and memorable, you also make it possible for those less fortunate to create traditions of their own.

Pujols Kitchen cookware delivers the perfect balance of gourmet performance and practicality, freeing your inner chef to achieve maximum culinary creativity.


Tips for Donating Your Clothes

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, November 06, 2015

You’ve de-cluttered your closet and bagged the clothes that no longer fit or out of style, but are your clothes really ready for donation? Here are some tips for preparing your old clothes so others may benefit.

Before you deliver your bags of clothes to the nearest charity, you’ll want to check all the pockets. You’d be amazed at all the money, jewelry and forgotten items charity staff find in pockets. Most do their best to return the items but in many cases, matching the item to the original owner of the garment can be next to impossible.

If possible, donate clean clothes rather than dirty garments. Dirty clothes often cost charities money to dispose of them. Clean clothes have the best chance of being worn or sold again.

If you are donating baby clothes, wash these clothes with fragrance-free detergent or Dreft laundry detergent for babies since new babies have sensitive skin. Soiled or stained clothing should be discarded rather than donated.

Popular clothing items include jeans, professional clothing like suits for people looking to return to work, quality shoes that are unworn or barely worn, as well as accessories like hats, belts, purses, gloves and jewelry.

Tips for Giving Back this Medical Staff Services Week

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Remember last spring when your child came home from school with an earache? You called your family doctor’s office, frantic to get your child in before their office closed. Lucky for you, the medical staff bent over backwards to squeeze you in, even staying past their shift. After a double ear infection diagnosis, you were glad they did.

This week it’s Medical Staff Services Week. Consider showing appreciation for your doctor’s staff with flowers, cookies, or having pizza delivered to their office for lunch. It’s a small token that will go a long way. When so few people give back to medical staff, your gesture will be greatly appreciated.

Pujols Kitchen Cookware A Gift that Gives Back

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Helping others is one of the most powerful experiences in life, especially when you know you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. Making a difference takes many forms. At Pujols Kitchen we believe every ONE matters and every ONE can make a difference. One way you can make a difference is through purchasing Pujols Kitchen Cookware. Our mission is to reduce hunger one family at a time and create stronger, healthier communities by providing families with the tools and knowledge they need to create meals that nourish their bodies and spirits. Your purchase makes our mission possible.

Ten Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pastors and spiritual leaders all over the world give so much throughout the year to the congregations they serve. Pastoral Care Week is October 25-31, 2015. This Simple Acts of Caring list provides ten ways to show your spiritual leader how much they are valued.

1.       No two people agree on everything. The same is true of you and your pastor. You won’t agree on everything. When you don’t agree, one of the things that will make your pastor feel respected and appreciated is for you to let him or her know respectfully, and in private, to give your pastor a chance to respond and explain as well as hear your side.

2.       Though many of us are our own worst critics, the truth is all of us have unique talents, like financial or music skills, and something to give. For clergy and pastors, a congregant’s time and attention is often the greatest gift of all.

3.       Pastors are no different than the rest of us, with busy schedules to keep. From restaurant gift cards, to making them a meal or having them join you for dinner, there’s not a pastor on the planet who will refuse food.

4.       With lots of activities going on throughout the week, many women clergy are forced to bring their children along. This is a great opportunity for church members to help babysit while your pastor is involved with leading worship or various committees.

5.       We don’t always take the time to say thank you for a job well done or for simple things like the welcome many of us receive from clergy when we walk through the door. Pastors appreciate thank you cards. Taking the time to write a thank you to express your appreciation for all that your pastor has done for you, your family and the congregation goes a long way.

6.       Personal gifts touch clergy the most. You can imagine all the rosary beads, Bibles, yamakas, menorahs, and other religious gifts clergy have received over the years. That’s why finding a gift that’s truly him or her will be treasured for years to come. Consider gifts that speak to their hobbies or any interests they have outside of church.

7.       While churches and many of us are financially burdened and unable to reward our pastors the way we’d like, with a little creativity there are all sorts of ways to show appreciation. When our church learned our pastor’s mother was having surgery in England, two of our members donated their air miles so our pastor could be there with her in recovery.

8.       If your pastor is moving on to a new church or parish, sending him or her off with a scrapbook of photographs and memories is a great way to express your gratitude. Pictures of services, families, fellowship and community projects are always appreciated.

9.       Who doesn’t like cash? Even if all you can gift is a $20 bill, that’s enough money for a casual lunch somewhere and will also help your pastor to feel appreciated.

10.   Prayer. Our church leaders pray for us, our families and the congregation but they too need our prayers. Prayer is one of the best ways you can care for your pastor.

Knowledge - To Share or Not To Share? That's a Good Question

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” –Maya Angelou

                There are two types of people in the workplace, those who share their knowledge and those who don’t—the knowledge hoarders. In the knowledge hoarder’s mind, he’s spent a lot of time learning what he knows, so why should he share what he’s learned when this knowledge gives him an edge over his colleagues. Unfortunately, knowledge hoarders don’t see the whole picture and the reasons why sharing their knowledge benefits everyone.

When it comes to sharing knowledge, it’s important to remember that you are where you are because someone else decided to share their knowledge with you. They didn’t judge you or put you down for your lack of knowledge. They decided you were worth the time and effort to help you grow. If someone invested in your growth, you owe it to others to pay it forward and share your knowledge.

We as individuals grow when we share knowledge because the very process of sharing brings clarity to your thought processes and ideas. As you share knowledge, questions come up that help broaden your perspective and widen your knowledge. This is how you as an individual grow.

True, knowledge is power in today’s Information Age but when you share knowledge, you build your profile as an expert leader. This in turn helps you to move seamlessly into leadership roles. Additionally, when you share your knowledge in front of the right audience, you build your network and spread your influence. In fact, in front of the right audience, you’ll encounter influential people who know what you know and who are in a position to help your career even further.

Finally, people continue to learn despite a knowledge hoarder choosing not to share what he knows. The more you share knowledge, the more you learn. Knowledge is a gift you can give that costs nothing more than your time and the energy to share what someone shared with you.


5 Random Acts of Kindness

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 19, 2015

·         Take a plate of cookies to your local fire department

·         Reach out to someone in your circle who you know is going through a tough time in their life and listen to them and acknowledge their feelings rather than offering advice.

·         Buy a bunch of balloons and hand them out to children.

·         Leave a gas card at the pump.

·         Leave a big bottle of laundry detergent at the laundry mat.

Columbus Day - The Spirit of Discovery Continues

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 12, 2015
Columbus Day – In the spirit of discovery and National Book Month, consider volunteering your time at your child’s school to help your child and classmates learn how to be better readers.

LED Lightbulbs A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, October 05, 2015

In October 1879 Thomas Edison created the incandescent electric light bulb. While incandescent lightbulbs are more affordable than LED lightbulbs, incandescent bulbs produce more heat than they do light. If you have loved ones who are newlywed, in their first home or apartment, consider giving LED lightbulbs as gifts this year. They’ll last longer and save your loved ones money in the long run.

The Best Foods to Donate to a Canned Food Drive

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 27, 2015

When it comes to donating foods to food pantries think healthy and long shelf life. Here are the foods most appreciated by the volunteers and the needy at food pantries:

·         Juice Drinks

·         Holiday Foods like Canned Yams, Stove Top Stuffing, Canned Cranberry Sauce

·         Low-Sodium Vegetables

·         Canned Tuna, Chicken or Salmon

·         Unsalted Nuts

·         No Sugar Added Fruits

·         Shelf-Stable Milk

·         Whole Grain Pasta

·         Canned Beef Stew

·         Brown Rice

·         Oatmeal

·         Canola and Olive Oil

·         Peanut Butter

·         Low-Sodium Soups

·         Beans

·         Low-Sugar Cereals

·         Granola Bars and Popcorn


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