Three 30 Minute Meals and A Chance to Give Hope

Every little girl dreams of their future life.  I imagine if someone had sat me down and told me that by 30 I would be living in Utah, married with 4 boys, and managing a household and a growing business I would have thought they were crazy.  After all, you need to be a little crazy to handle all that my family can dish out.

Something that no little girl imagines is being a single mom trying to manage everything on their own.

I had the recent opportunity to attend a meeting at LDS Philanthropies with a handful of other Mommy Bloggers who, to say the least, are amazing!  I definitely felt like perhaps I was in the wrong room!  We were called together to participate in a campaign to raise donations for the Stella Harris Oaks Horizons of Hope Single Parent Scholarship.  It is a scholarship that was created to benefit single mothers {and recently fathers} in order to give them a chance at a college education through LDS Business College.

I have to be honest…my first thought was, huh?  How am I going to tie this into BGM!?

I write about food and that is why people read my blog.  How quickly my heart and mind changed.  By the end of the meeting I had no doubt that I was meant to help and that I had a lot more in common with this campaign than I originally thought.

We met Megan, a single mom with a beautiful daughter.  Due to circumstances she could not have foreseen she became a single mom when her daughter was only 6 months old.  You can listen to her story for yourself…{just unmute the speaker}

After hearing her story I couldn’t imagine being left alone with such a burden and with a little one depending on me.  That’s when the “yeehaw, woman power” side of me kicked in and if I could have I would have stood up and shouted, “You go, girl!  You can do this!”.  That is also when I realized I had much more in common with Megan than I thought.  We are women, we have children who depend on us, and we can do anything we set our mind to {that’s the “woman power” kicking in again}.

The Vice President of LDSBC said something that struck a chord with me.  It went something like this…many of these woman come to us with heavy burdens and feelings of failure.  We want them to have hope for the future and confidence in themselves.  LDSBC does all they can to ensure these scholarship recipients will be successful.  They don’t want to be party to contributing to the {incorrect} feelings of failure in these parents minds.

Here are some stats that I found enlightening…

  • 28 percent of children now live with just one parent
  • One in four children are born to an unwed mother
  • 40% of children under 18 experience a parental breakup.
  • 90% of single parent families are headed by females.
  • Single moms with children have the highest poverty rates
  • 60% of children living in mother-only families are impoverished
  • Single moms are more likely to be poor because of lower earning capacity
  • Single mom’s median income is only about 25% what a married couple make

The campaign started over the weekend and we they have already managed to raise $5,000…in a matter of 2 days!  Apparently people all over the world are realizing what I only recently found out.  These women {and men} need our support!

You can donate by clicking here or by going to the widget found on my sidebar.  Even the smallest of donations can make a difference.

Now, I just couldn’t leave you without a few recipes!  These are three recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less and EXTREMELY budget friendly.  They grace our table quite often.

Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps


Crisp Bean Burritos

Crunchy Coconut Chicken

 Apparently this is a descending ladder of pictures and I am too lazy to make them all the same size.  Nice, huh?

You can follow along throughout the month by checking the widget on my sidebar {which will be update every day} and on Twitter with hashtag #GiveOhGive where you can find other bloggers who have joined the campaign!


  1. Your recipes look great!

    So wonderful that you were able to get involved in a great cause!

  2. What a great organization! This is really a great idea and a great way to empower women (woman power!). Good luck with your campaigning!
    The recipes look great too, I am off to check those out now!

  3. What a great organization!!


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