July 27, 2009

Traveling Neighborhood Plate



Last weekend I came across a message board at The Amish Cook, where a few ladies were talking about what to put on a traveling neighborhood plate. My gosh, I was impressed with the variety of treats they were putting on one plate:

One gal said she put blueberry muffins, oatmeal raisin cookies and a mini loaf of banana bread on the plate. She was going to include some Amish Friendship bread but the starter for that takes 9 days and she didn't want to wait too long.

Another lady said her plate had rice krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies and a cranberry nut bar on it. (And here I am, giving my own plates to people and cheating with one variety of bakery made cookies... )

One lady mentioned us! (Thank you Maggie!) And there was also a mention of Boo-ing or Ghosting at Halloween. That is so much fun - I'll tell you more about that later.

The picture above is a Traveling Neighborhood Plate that one of the ladies bought. It's nice, but it's plastic and no tracking number like Pass It On Plates has. Regardless, these plates are fun to pass along. And if you're ambitious in the kitchen, they're fun to showcase your baking skills!




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July 23, 2009

Plate #0803011

Tropical Batik Print with Primary Curls Doo Dad

The PlateWrap is a fun, re-useable cloth "gift wrap" for your Pass It On Plate.

This particular plate started its journey in northern California and you can track it here:
Plate #0803011






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July 21, 2009

Just listed: Oh My Stars!


Introducing a brand-new category of Pass It On Plates: handpainted designs!
These new handpainted plates are ready to be loaded with treats and passed around to your friends. This particular plate is listed here in our Etsy shop and is available for $15 (USD.)

This plate is the "Oh My Stars!" plate. My Gram used to exclaim "Oh my stars!" when she learned about something wonderful or amazing.



This plate has red and yellow stars scattered all over the surface and the words "Pass It On... Pass It On... Pass It On..." around the inside of the rim. On the back is a unique tracking number that goes to its online diary. This plate is also part of the Plate Diary Dollars program, and we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org every time a plate diary entry is made and the plate is passed to another person.

All you have to do is Pass It On!




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July 20, 2009

Happy Birthday PlateWrap

Happy Birthday with Pink & Green Satin Bow


Going to a birthday party?

Wouldn't this make a great gift for a co-worker?

You could give this to your sister, who has everything.
(Ok, throw in a gift card for her favorite shoe store and you'll be her favorite sister.)

It's a perfect gift for one of your girlfriends or for a good neighbor...

July 16, 2009

More new hand painted plates

This is literally fresh out of the oven.
I love these new Pass It On Plates, don't you?
You probably know by now that I have a thing for swirls...


Swirly dots, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

Don'cha just love it?

This photo was taken on my dining room table as soon as it came out of the oven. I couldn't wait to set up my photo equipment to show you what's new.

I think this next one is a favorite. I have a new PlateWrap coming up that would be PERFECT with this one.

Cherry Stripe, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

These plates have their number on the back and the Plate Diary is active and ready to go.

And of course like all our other plates, when you pass them on, we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org to help feed hungry Americans. This year the need is greater than ever, and they need all the help they can get.





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July 11, 2009

Featured in a Treasury!

Here's a bit of excitement from my email inbox this morning - Pass It On Plates are featured in their first treasury!

That's our red plate right at the top! (And our "invisible" friend Libby has her soap featured, bottom left.) How cool. NOW we're finally sitting at the grown-up's table on Etsy.

Thank you thank you to LittleStudioJewels.etsy.com for curating the treasury.





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July 9, 2009

Look what's new!

This is literally fresh out of the oven.
I love these new Pass It On Plates, don't you?


Oh my Stars, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

I think this is one of my favorites. I can think of several PlateWraps that this would look great with, too.

This one is understanted and simple...

Climbing Vines, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

These plates have their number on the back and the Plate Diary is active and ready to go.

And of course like all our other plates, when you pass them on, we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org to help feed hungry Americans. This year the need is greater than ever, and they need all the help they can get.



I've got more brand new hand painted plates to show you, so check back next week to see more!



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July 6, 2009

Recipe of the Week

Do you have a perfect food gift idea for a Pass It On Plate? I'd like to invite you to share your photo and recipe with the Flickr group pool "Recipe of the Week" and it will be featured as a recipe of the week in the Plate Diaries blog.



No purchase necessary; you don't even need to have a Pass It On Plate to participate. Plus, you get full credit for the photo and recipe, with a link back to your Flickr photostream/blog!



 Recipe of the Week. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr


Visit Pass It On Plates' Recipe of the Week

Who gets the 160 bowls of food?

In a recent post about our Plate It Forward helping feed hungry people, Robert asked, "Who actually gets the food?"
Good question.

Feeding America supports food shelves and distribution centers throughout the USA. In my town, they support the Marion-Polk Foodshare, which is our county's food shelf. So the food provided through this program goes to people being helped by these kinds of local food programs.

I bet if you asked your local food shelf if they are affiliated with FeedingAmerica.org, the answer would most likely be "yes."

When I initially set this up,
I wanted to find a charity that did two things: I wanted one that didn't waste a lot of contributed funds for administrative costs, and it had to help people across the entire USA, not just in my community. Feeding America fit the bill.

Next, I toured our Marion-Polk Foodshare and saw a huge warehouse of food provided by various places.

Quoted from the Marion-Polk website,




Marion Polk Food Share is part of a statewide food banking system of 20 regional affiliates of Oregon Food Bank, a member of Feeding America national food bank network (formerly Second Harvest).

Through this network, Marion-Polk Food Share receives portions of large, national corporate donations
and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) surplus commodities. These foods supplement what Food Share collects locally from individuals, corporations and community groups who donate food and support food drives.



I hope that helps to explain where the money goes and where the food ends up.

This year the need is greater than ever before, so if you have a Pass It On Plate --
Pass It On!





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