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Hi everyone! I was so excited to see this community open again. This is my second year participating. My name is Meredith. I'm 27 and a substitute teacher in LA. I look forward to seeing everyone's lists and granting wishes!

1. Donate. Donor's Choose helps teachers buy things they need for their classrooms. With budget cuts, teacher's aren't getting resources they need. Every cent counts.

2. Anything from my Amazon wishlist.

3. Pretty scarves. I live in Southern CA so it isn't freezing, but it still gets cold. I love wearing colorful scarves!

4. Recipes. I love cooking and baking so anything goes.

5. Gift certificates: Michaels, Target, Starbucks

6. Postcards. Thses are great to use for social studies lessons. I got a ton of really great ones last year.

7. Stickers. I love having them with me when I sub.

8. Surprise me!

9. Baking supplies. My sister and I are working on starting a baking business so anything that has to do with baking will help. Pans, utensils, cake decorating tools, etc.

10. Coconut Lime lotion or body spray from Bath and Body Works. I am in love with this scent.

If you need my address, you can email me at MBenton1223@gmail.com. Just make sure you put Holiday Wishlist or something along those lines in the subject.
Like baking huh? Okay, I have a challenge for you.

Friend gave me this recipe, and I about DIED when I made it...

Berry Turnover Decadence Pie


You can either make your own pie crust (using crushed vanilla cookies, egg and water usually works, though you could look up a more specific recepe), or use a ready-made grahm cracker one. If you make your own, you should at least half-bake it before starting to construct the pie, so it's firm enough.

While you make this pie, you're going to keep two things simmering low on a burner. One will be a pan of melted butter. The other will be a pan of melted chocolate.

Ok...so you have your pie crust. Coat the inside of it with melted chocolate. I like to use milk chocolate, but go with your preference of dark, semi-sweet, milk, or white...sometimes I do the pie with a blend of them. Once the inside is painted with chocolate, stick that in the fridge for a few minutes, to set.

Next comes a layer of filo pastry dough. Filo dough is a pain to work with, but it's worth it. And, for something like this torte-layered pie, you really don't have to worry about how neat it looks, so don't stress it if the paper-thin layers of dough rip on you. The trick is to keep what you're not using yet sealed up, and keep something moist over what you're in the process of working with, so the dough stays friendly. You're going to take a basting brush and brush melted butter over each sheet of dough, before layering another sheet onto it. I usually do about 5-6 sheets in a layer, for this pie, but you can do thicker layers if you want less layers in the pie total, of course.

Ok, you have down a layer of filo dough. Now dust it with confectioners sugar. This will soak up some of the excess juice from the next layer, which is strawberry preserves.

Strawberry preserves down? Cover that with more chocolate. If you want to save the melting chocolate only for where it's more necessary, just lay down some baking chocolate chips, for the inside layering parts.

Chocolate down? Ok, time for another layer of filo dough. Then sugar. Then raspberry preserves. Then chocolate. Then filo dough. Then sugar. Then black raspberry preserves. Then chocolate. Repeat, alternating preserve type, until you've only got room for the top of the pie. (Obviosuly, if you don't like or can't eat any of those berry preserves, alter the recepe to involve only the berry preserve of your choice.)

I usually make the very top of the pie a layer of dough, even if the normal order at that point would've been chocolate, then dough. This will get coated with melted chocolate after baking. Right, so...time to bake. Base baking time on the crust (if the crust requires (more of) it because it wasn't a ready-made crust, and on the filo dough. Nothing else requires cooking, after all.

Once you've baked the pie, pour some more melted chocolate into a smooth(ish) layer over the top. I like to use both white and milk at this point, if no other, so I can give it a pretty marbled effect. Set in the fridge, if desired -- the pie is good warm, cool, and even frozen. Garnish with frozen cool whip/whipped cream and fresh berries.

This pie is VERY rich, between the sweet and tart berry preserves, the buttery, flaky dough, and the chocolate. Make the slices thin. You'll want more...a lot more...but you'll reach your fill way faster than you want to.

I would love to send you a postcard of Boston, but I also have both Britney Spears CDs you're wanting (Oops!... and ...Baby). However, they're not in great condition. ...Baby One More Time is extremely scratched but I just listened to the entire thing and it didn't skip. Oops!... I Did It Again has also been listened to in it's entirety and it didn't skip.

I also believe I have Songs About Jane, but I have to double check. That would be in good condition as I didn't have it as a kid, haha.

All are obviously used, if you don't mind.
Awesome, they're yours!

Shoot me an email at kclem89@gmail.com with your address, por favor. :)
#2 - I see that you have Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on your Amazon wishlist.

I happen to have a copy in my possession waiting for a home.... that is, if you are still needing a copy.
Donors Choose is on my wishlist too, and I actually just donated $20 to the site yesterday. :)

Also, I can send you a postcard. Send an e-mail with your address and the subject "Postcard" to faeriequeen06 (at) yahoo, and I'll get that in the mail to you!
Donors Choose is awesome! I'm glad teacher's have that as an option.

Email sent. Thank you so much!
I'd like to send some stickers. I know how much kids love them.

I'm also working on getting some of my favorite recipes together for people who have asked for recipes, so I'll be back.

You can send me an email with your address
delwyncole (at) cox (dot) net
Thank you! You've just made a bunch of elementary kids very happy lol

I'm doing the same with recipes. I love sharing the ones I have and I love trying new things.

Sending an email!
Christmassy-type Baking Recipes :)
Cinnamon Apple Bread

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peeled, chopped apples
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F (180C, Gas Mark 4) and lightly grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Add the melted butter, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix well, then fold in the chopped apples, raisins and pecans (if using).

Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Top with chopped pecans (if using). Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until center is cooked through. Cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack to cool completely.


Eggnog Cheesecake

1/2 cup digestive crumbs
1 tablespoon white sugar
1.5 tablespoons melted butter
1.5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1.5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup eggnog
1 egg
1 tablespoons rum
1/2 pinch ground nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.
4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
5. In a food processor combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and eggnog; process until smooth. Blend in eggs, rum and nutmeg. Pour mixture into cooled crust.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
7. Reduce heat to 250 and bake for 45 minutes, or until center of cake is barely firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and immediately loosen cake from rim. Let cake cool completely before removing the rim.


Christmas Muffins

· 300g self-raising flour
· 2 tsp baking powder
· 2 tsp ground cinnamon
· 2 tsp ground mixed spice
· 100g pecans or walnuts
· 100g tropical dried fruits medley
· Handful dried cranberries
· 100g light muscovado sugar
· 2 beaten eggs
· ½ pint milk
· 4oz melted butter

Place all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Make a well in the middle, add the rest and beat till combined. Tip into muffin containers and bake at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 18-20 mins.

The muffins make awesome Christmas breakfast. Mix the dry ingredients the night before and cover, then you just have to tip in the wet ones, beat and bake in the morning and the smell makes the house super-Christmassy :)
I live about 45 minutes away from St. Augustine (the oldest city in the US) and I just recently went down and visited and bought some postcards. I'd be glad to send you a couple if you send me your address at jillianfish(at)mac(dot)com.
Thank you!! I think I've been there before but I was little so I don't remember it lol
I really appreciate #1... I'm a teacher myself and yes, it's really difficult to teach when lacking essential supplies =/

Having said that, I can send you stickers!

Send me an e-mail to itsadrixx@gmail.com with your name, address, and remind me what I promised to send please. :)
I was a long term sub last year and had to spend my own money on things for the class. It's rough!

Email sent. Thank you so much!
drop me a pm with your addy and ill see about getting you a couple postcards, also add your email in there and ill add you to my recipe list.
I have a recipe for you, if you like corn.

Corn Casserole

1 egg
1 stick of butter
1 can of cream corn
1 can of regular corn
1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
6 oz of sour cream

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in an oven safe dish. Stick in the oven for about an hour. It's done when you stick a knife in it and it comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy it :)
I LOVE corn casserole!! I've never had it with the egg, though. I'll have to try adding that next time. Thank you!!