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Brunching at the Ronald McDonald House

KB's Journey

My sister and I are still rocking and rolling on our Holiday Service Challenge and one of the things that we wanted to do was prepare a meal for families at the Ronald McDonald House near us. Our Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. I have the biggest soft spot in my heart for children in hospitals and their families so I’m always down to do what I can to make things feel a little easier for them. In fact, a couple of years ago, my sister and I made Valentine’s Day cards for the families at the same RMH location. It is still one of the “funnest” things that I’ve ever done!

(Okay. Back to brunch.)

Eager to form a group, I sent an email to some of my favorite folks to see who would be down. And much to my delight, five folks signed up! Hoorah. That was the easy part. The hardest part? Figuring out the menu. I have probably only hosted three meal-based events in my adult lifetime. A large-meal guru that does not make. I took some advice from Karen, a Chicago Cares Project Leader who I met during a cooking service project for the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project. She simply told me, “Make sure that you choose something simple, in case people don’t show up.” BRILLIANT words.

Grocery Shopping…

So, with that in mind, I chose the easy, yet filling menu of French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey bacon, breakfast potatoes and yogurt parfaits. I also suggested to my group that if anyone wanted to make shrimp ‘n grits, it would be welcomed. Thankfully, my homeslice George stepped up to the plate and whipped up a delicious batch of the homestyle dish. He received so many compliments from the families… No one would’ve guessed that it was his first time making them!

Voila! (Not pictured: Yogurt parfaits and shrimp ‘n grits)

All in all, it was a fabulous Sunday morning spent cooking in one of the most beautiful kitchens that I’ve ever been in. I’m already looking forward to our next trip there. We’re thinking about doing this once a quarter.

Have any of you ever cooked a meal at the RMH? I would love to hear some tips and tricks from you. Oh, and additional recipe options would be greatly appreciated!

Interested in learning more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities or finding one near you, click here.


Spreading the Love to Ronald’s House

KB's Journey

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For Valentine’s Day, I decided that I wanted to complete a service project, whether that was volunteering on the weekend or creating something to donate. Friday afternoon, I decided to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards and deliver to a nursing home, hospital, or some other facility with a similar focus.

Thinking locally, I contacted the Ronald McDonald House affiliated with the University of Chicago Hospitals to make sure that they were accepting cards. With an affirmative answer, I did a happy dance and started daydreaming about glitter, construction paper, and glue. Well, I got all of that and more…all over my living room.

My sister spent the weekend at my house and we started creating the 22 valentines on Saturday night. Sounds like it would have been easy, but with each card, we challenged ourselves to be more creative, use more glitter, make it bigger, and/or make it smaller. In the end (and on Sunday), we were finally done.

We had such a great time creating those cards and combining a giving spirit with art. It was a perfect Valentine’s Day on our end! And, we even got to take pictures with Ronald!

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I would encourage any and everyone to support a RMHC near them. The houses provide a place for families with ill children to reside while their children complete crucial medical treatments. You (I) wouldn’t want to be far away from your little ones when they are sick, and RMHC makes sure that some families can stay as close as possible during this time. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities and to find one in your area, you can visit!