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It’s surreal to be writing this right now. To be putting the final touches on our first issue! This magazine is the product of a lot of hard work. Many of you put your heads together to deliver some pretty catchy titles. Even more of you voted for your favorite. Others may have sent emails with your ideas. A few of you were enlisted to bring it to fruition. Several of you may not have even known that this was in the works. Nonetheless, welcome to our new publication, Blossom. Though I don’t know for sure why the title Blossom was the most popular among our blog readers, I can share some tidbits I’ve discovered that reinforce to me that it is a fine choice. Most obvious is that the orange blossom is Florida’s official state flower. When it’s blossom time, the aroma of these white blooms literally permeate the atmosphere, especially right here at home. A publication should spark your interest and change you in some way. Fitting then, that a magazine for an organization committed to developing the potential of women is Blossom, to develop and flourish. Whether a member of our league or the community at large I hope this first edition ignites your excitement about JLGWH and the ways we strive to help our community blossom. Best Regards, Jessica Fischer Website Publications

BLOSSOM EDITOR/DESIGNER Jessica Fischer CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE Katie Campbell Angela Newell Paula Orcutt ADVERTISING SALES Blossom is published biannually by the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven. The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven

Our Mission The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Blossom Fall 2011


NOVEMBER 11 & 12

By Angela Newell

this year’s holiday market is our VIP kickoff event, Hops & Grapes! Guys and Gals can take advantage of an exclusive shopping experience with tasty treats, beer and wine from area restaurants Friday, Nov. 11, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Santa & Mrs. Clause will drop by throughout the weekend to ensure we capture lots of smiling children! They can pose for a picture with Santa or enjoy a fun breakfast with Mrs. Clause.

Have you started your holiday shopping? This year, Merry Market will be located at Olde Towne If you are looking for an Square in Downtown Winter innovative and relaxed Haven. Guests can shop from approach to holiday shopping, 12:00pm-5:00pm on Friday we are hosting a very special and from 9:00am-5:00pm on event for you, Merry Market! Saturday. Admission is $5.00 Our 4th annual holiday for General Shopping and $35 fundraising event is a one-stop for the Hops & Grapes VIP shopping experience with merchants from all over the United States. From chic clothing boutiques to handmade ornaments and posh jewelry, our vendors have it all! A fabulous addition to 4

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SUSTAINERS Be our guests! Enjoy a private luncheon Friday, Nov. 11th at 11:00 and be the first to shop! Watch for your invitation!

event. Free valet parking is available on both Friday & Saturday. Stroll through Olde Towne Square with us and shop for a cause to help the JLGWH enrich the lives of women, children and families in our community.

Visit for information and to purchase tickets. Further questions? Please contact Angela Newell 863-581-1965.

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Come enjoy creative gingerbread "homes" built by professional chefs, bakers, caterers, and pastry chefs along with other members of the community on display during Merry Market shopping hours. Bid on one of 10 homes on display during the Hops & Grapes event Friday beginning at 6pm. Visit Candyland gingerbread house decorating for participants of all ages Saturday 9am-2pm. ($) Learn more by visiting and clicking Home Sweet Home. Blossom Fall 2011


Bistro Book Club Motivating local high schoolers to become readers By Paula Orcutt

The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven reaches out to local teachers by awarding mini grants through the Grants 4 Greatness program. Going into the 4th year, over 50 grants have been awarded to teachers with innovative projects in the Greater Winter Haven area.

Susanna Carey, a grant recipient from Winter Haven High School, teaches 11th and 12th graders Reading and Language Arts. She created the Bistro Book Club as a fun way to reinforce reading comprehension 6

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following silent reading. She works with students who have not yet passed the FCAT and searched for incentives to encourage reading. Unfortunately, the downward spiral had begun and the students needed something new and different to build their confidence and reading comprehension. The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven

Susanna looked for novels and reading material to fit the students interests, those that encompassed their culture and backgrounds. The students began to relate to and discuss the topics making connections between their own lives and what they read. They were now interested and reading silently MondayThursday looking forward to Friday when the Book Bistro opened for business. The aroma of coffee, tea and hot chocolate floated through the air while the students enjoyed a drink and pastry. They gathered in their groups and before long the discussions began. The students shared stories about the main characters, events, problems and lessons learned. Susanna found they were swapping books and looked forward to reading.

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The Bistro Book Club has inspired the students to love reading, increase test scores and become young adults who strive to be productive members of society. The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven is proud to help fund The Book Bistro at Winter Haven High School. Susanna Carey is just one of the many teachers who strive to find creative ideas to enhance the learning of her students. Grants for Greatness are awarded twice annually. The spring deadline for applications is February 10, 2012. Learn more and download an application on our website Please share with all of the special teachers you know!

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Balancing Act The time is now to put yourself first But I gotta do it... Do you overestimate how much others need you. Take a step back and extract yourself from being overcommitted. To qualify for your must-do list, your committment needs to fit one of these four categories: 1. Benefit yourself (fun and relaxing self-care) 2. Be required for pursuing your personal mission and values 3. Benefit or required by your family 4. Benefit or required for your work and professional life

AND REMEMBER Ask for help Learn to say no without guilt Delegate tasks to your children and spouse

First, really? You juggle the roles of spouse, mother, daughter, employee/ employer, friend, volunteer among others. You’ve been up since the crack of dawn, made breakfast, packed lunches, car pooled, worked (including the lunch meeting), coached soccer practice, helped with homework, fixed supper, read bedtime stories, and sent out the emails organizing your volunteer committee. You’re exhausted and it won’t be

Learn to say “No!” Your “Yes” is Instead, reserve it for the things 8

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long before you start the cycle over again. Women are going, doing, and giving at a pace that leaves us feeling out of control. If we are not feeling completely exhausted, then we are likely consumed by guilt about what we have not accomplished or whom we have let down.The problem with this is that if we don’t take care of ourselves, sooner or later we won’t be of much use to anyone else, or to Take responsibility for ourselves. your life. Extract yourself from some of your Moving yourself up the to-do list: Begin with self- committments that do not fall into the "But I gotta do care, and not just luxury wishes for spa treatments it category." (see chart) and getaways. Preserve your physical health with Remember, this is a positive lifestyle choices process that will take time including healthy eating, but is truly worth the getting enough sleep, and balance you will gain. exercise. Don’t stop there.

valuable and should not be automatic. that are most important to you. The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven

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his and That

Little Leaguer Active member, Hannah Taylor and husband Scott welcomed daughter, Olivia Clair, September 27. She joins sister Ameila. In Rememberance Mary Carolyn Puckett, charter member and past president, (1984-85) passed away September 29, 2011. Tribute Cards Recognize someone special, commemorate a milestone or celebrate a special occasion with a secure

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Butter and flour an 11x7-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 eggs until light and creamy. Beat in pumpkin puree. In another bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with baking powder, soda, salt, and spices. Slowly beat into the first mixture until well blended. Spread in prepared baking pan. 6 tbsp butter, melted 1 c light brown sugar, packed 1 tsp vanilla 2 large eggs 1 c pumpkin puree 1 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground allspice 1/4 tsp ground ginger 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 egg 1/3 c confectioners' sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 2 tbsp flour

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 egg, confectioners' sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons flour. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Spoon onto the pumpkin batter. Using a small narrow spatula or butter knife, swirl the cream cheese batter into the pumpkin batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

honorary tribute gift. You may also honor the memory of a loved one with a gift supporting the service of JLGWH. Visit or call 863.583.7659. 10 Blossom Fall 2011

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Katie's Stuffed Chicken Dinner Spinach, herb and cheese stuffed chicken with diced tomatoes and balsamic reduction served with roasted potatoes & zucchini medley PREPARATION In a bowl combine spinach, cream cheese, basil, parsley, cilantro, onion, and green pepper. Mix together and set aside. Season chicken with light salt and ground black pepper. Toss with very light olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Remove and slice breast down side (not all the way)and stuff with spinach mixture. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes to heat thoroughly and wilt spinach. Place on platter and top with tomatoes. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top to enhance appearance and add flavor. POTATOES Quarter, rinse throughly and place on baking sheet. Lightly toss into olive oil with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, rotate and bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

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4 Chicken Breasts 1 c Fresh Spinach ¼ c Light Cream Cheese 1 tbsp Chopped Basil 1 tbsp Chopped Parsley ¼ Onion, finely diced 1 tbsp Chopped Cilantro ¼ Green Bell Pepper, diced Salt & Pepper Seasoning 1 c Tomatoes diced Balsamic Glaze (store bought) 3 c Roasted Red Potatoes 3 c Fresh Zucchini Garlic Powder Olive Oil

ZUCCHINI Slice zucchini in half lengthwise then cut into think pieces. Heat skillet with light olive oil and toss in zucchini. Stir occasionally. Just before cooking completely, toss in some fresh spinach and chopped garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves 4 Recipe courtesy of Katie's Cafe to go in Winter Haven 863.324.3663 The Junior League of Greater Winter Haven

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MARCH 24, 2012

HOME SWEET HOME Viewing during Merry Market Shopping Hours Silent Auction at Hops & Grapes Saturday 9am-2pm Candyland Gingerbread House Decorating



MERRY MARKET OLDE TOWNE SQUARE 3rd Street NW, Winter Haven 12-5pm Friday Saturday 9-5pm



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