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Cars and Community

2018 Lights & Toy Drive

The Early Bird Gets the Coffee: Goombah’s Car Club

The Family Giving Tree community keeps finding new, amazing ways to support our work! During the 2018 Holiday Wish Drive, Goombah’s Car Club hosted a Christmas Lights Cruise & Toy Drive in Willow Glen. They brought together hundreds of cars decked out in Christmas lights and other festive adornments, and even equipped Santa with a one-of-a-kind “kustom” sleigh. Through their Toy Drive, members of the Bay Area car community donated 538 gifts! This ingenuity and spirit didn’t go unnoticed, and FGT presented the Goombahs with the Rising Star Award at the 2018 Holiday Wish Drive Leader Appreciation Luncheon.

Gifts by the hundreds and Santa's special 'sleigh'.

The festivities don’t stop there, though. The Goombahs are hosting a monthly Cars and Coffee event to support FGT, the first of which is happening this Saturday 4/6 from 7am-9am! Catch us at the Krispy Kreme parking lot near Costco and In-N-Out Burgers off of Rengstorff and 101. Grab a cup of coffee, talk (or learn) about cars, and join in on the community fun ☕🍩 Make sure to follow the Goombahs on Instagram @goombahs_cc and check out our social media (twitter: @FGTTweets, Insta: @familygivingtree) for pictures from the event!

What's On In the Office

Need a new book to read? Want to know what shows to look out for? Here are some recommendations from the FGT staff:

Books:

Al recommends "Can't Hurt Me: Master your Mind and Defy the Odds" by David Goggins. If you’re in the market for self-improvement inspo, look no further than this record-setting endurance athlete’s memoir/guide to “push past pain, demolish fear, and reach your full potential.”

Charlotte suggests "Killers of the Flower Moon," by David Grann. This is a heavier true-crime read about the Osage Indian murders in the early 20th century and the birth of the FBI. Captivating and informative, it explores the violence and mystery with attention to the anti-indigenous racism which permitted such bloodshed.

On the lighter, fictional side of the crime genre, Liza recommends Louise Penny’s series of 14 books (and counting). “There is always murder and there is always Armand Gamache, the Chief Inspector of the Surete du Quebec there to help solve the crime. But most importantly, there is always goodness, friendship, and love. The author is so adept at character development, I know the characters; their dynamics, histories, hopes, eccentricities. The solution to the crime is not always what you expect (or even what you want), but such is life.”

Shows:

Evelyn and her husband recently finished up the documentary series "The Staircase" on Netflix. “It was NUTS. Worth a watch. I did everything in my power not to look up spoilers until after we got through the entire series (and succeeded).” The show follows the trial and investigation into the death of Kathleen Peterson, novelist Michael Peterson’s wife. Peterson claims his wife died by accident, but as the 3 installations of this documentary show, there’s certainly more to his story than was originally disclosed.

Charlotte has been watching "The Good Doctor." The story centers on a young, autistic man who arrives at a San Jose hospital to join a surgical unit. “I can't wait to see where the series leads, as this savant does not have any issues with speaking truth to power or thinking outside the box. At the same time, though, his condition has not enabled him to engage in the more human aspects of medicine so he has much to learn, and the audience learns with him.”

Delamore Delights: Opening a Jar of Possibilitiees

by Celeste Delamore

Preserving jams and jellies is definitely a labor of love. While it’s not difficult, the many steps and attention to timing to get the perfect gel can be daunting at first. When I sell my jam, I like to give ideas of other uses for the jam aside from PB&J!

Here are some less conventional uses for jam:

-When there’s a small amount of jam, not enough for a sandwich, try making a vinaigrette. Simply add equal parts oil and vinegar to the jar, give it a good shake, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Super easy and no waste.

-Baked Brie - top the cheese with a couple of spoonfuls of jam, wrap in puff pastry and bake.

-For the adults, shake into a cocktail - Peach with whiskey, or raspberry with vodka. 🍸

-Grilled cheese - jam, melty cheese, and toasted bread. What's not to like? 😋

-Make flavored chocolate - Stir a spoonful into warm ganache and pour over cakes.

-Use as a glaze for meats and seafood. (Apricot is good on ribs and raspberry is fabulous on salmon.)

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