January 26, 2011

My Oh My, That's One Mighty Pretty Apple Pie!

Food is such an important part of the Ronald McDonald House. After a long day at the hospital caring for their sick child, the last thing families should have to worry about is where their next meal is coming from.

Thanks to a truly remarkable group of volunteers who mix, cook and bake night after night, RMH families never go hungry.

And my oh my do our volunteers do a GREAT job! We have some of the BEST cooks in the Triad donating their resources, talents and time to serve delicious meals and big helpings of love in our dining room each and every night.

Speaking of big helpings, take a look at this pie.

This is not your average apple pie. This pie is a Ronald McDonald House-sized pie. The photo really doesn't do it justice. I didn't even know that they made pie tins this big! Here's a close up, try not to drool...

This pie was lovingly baked by a volunteer who is new to our Meal Program.

Carol Nelson was once a caterer and she now enjoys volunteering her time and talents with local organizations. Last week she cooked a wonderful meal for our families and graciously shared her pie recipe with me to share with you. So, without further ado, I give you the most gigantic apple pie ever! The recipe is pretty straight forward so if you have all the ingredients handy, you could be eating one big slice of pie in about 60 minutes.

Prepare to unbutton the top button on those jeans!


Carol's Apple Pie

5 or 6 tart apples sliced thin
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teas nutmeg
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons butter in small bits
3 tablespoons milk
Pie crust dough (refrigerated) for lattice top and bottom

Toss all ingredients together and place in pie crust. Cut remaining dough into strips and place in criss-cross pattern to form lattice top. Brush with some melted butter or spray with cooking spray.

Bake at 350 degrees until apples are done. (45 minutes to one hour)

January 19, 2011

Back to the Future?

Watson here.

I've been very, very busy with a new mystery lately friends, let me bring you up to speed.

Ronald seems to be defying the laws of physics. You see, Ronald lives on our playground in the backyard. He has for years. He usually sits very still and he rarely ever says anything, so I have gotten used to him just hanging out there. I sniff his feet sometimes, but that's pretty much it.

So you can imagine how shocking it was when I drove by the House the other day with mom (I love riding the in the car!) and there he was, in the front yard!

Talk about startling.

But get this. When we pulled around to the backyard he was right there in his usual spot!

I was convinced I was seeing things. You see, I had just gotten a bath at the vet and I was very excited to be in the car. My mind was just playing tricks on me, right? So… I went out to the front yard just to check... and there he was! Do you have any idea how fast you have to be to make it from the front yard to the back yard at my house? Fast. Like, lightning fast. Like, Olympian sprinter fast. Faster than me even, and I have four legs! But Ronald didn't even break a sweat. He was just sitting there, hanging out on his bench watching traffic go by like it is something he does every day.

And the craziest part of all of this is that he has been doing this all day long!

What I can't figure out is how he manages to move back and forth so quickly. And why he has suddenly decided to take up running? Is he training for a triathlon and he didn't tell me? Or has he decided to take a page out of Marty McFly's (aka Michael J. Fox) playbook and be in two places at the same time? Has Ronald gone Back to the Future?

You know, now that I mention it, the other day I could swear I saw a DeLorean parked in the parking lot...


PS. I just came across this picture. The mystery deepens...

*For "Back to the Future" DeLorean Replica Photo Attribution, click here.

January 4, 2011

Tiny but Strong: Baby Noah's Story

Two days after Noah came into the world he was admitted to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem with a heartbreaking diagnosis -- cancer. Pregnancy had been healthy and normal for new parents Lucinda and Seth, so finding out their newborn infant was born with cancer was shock. Diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastma nerve cancer, the 6.7 lb newborn began the first of eight rounds of intense chemotherapy treatments just a few weeks after his birthday. After his first round of chemo he had his gallbladder removed. And later, he underwent a blood transfusion.

As Noah fought cancer in the NICU, Lucinda and Seth prayed for their little boy from their room across the street at the Ronald McDonald House. They spent three weeks as guests at the House and were never more than a few minutes from their little boy's side. "It was such comfort in knowing when we couldn't stay with Baby Noah we were only like three seconds from him."

Lucinda and Seth call the Family Room inside Brenner "a blessing for us and our family." There they were able to seek respite in a welcoming and warm space. They could eat lunch and talk with family and friends all just a few steps from Noah's crib.

Noah is still fighting his cancer and has a tumor on his lung that doctors are watching carefully. But Lucinda and Seth say his prognosis right now is good.

He just had his first bath in the tub a few weeks ago, a big step since he hasn't been able to have a regular bath due to treatment. He may not have realized it, but his bath was a big deal for mom and dad too. It was a joyful milestone marked by lots of pictures and smiles says Lucinda, "Noah is so happy!"

Learn more about how the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem helps children like Noah and see how you can make a difference by visiting our website.