Random Acts of Kindness, Week Two

Week Two of our December Random Acts of Kindness contest! You all had such good ideas last week and I’m looking forward to reading all of the ways that you found to bless others this week. Leave your RAK comment on today’s blog, and I’ll use the Random Number Generator to identify the winner of the prize (which you can see pictured in this previous post) and will post it on Monday.  That also means that if you haven’t had an opportunity to do a RAK this week yet, you have until I run the numbers and post on Monday to do one and comment on it. One of the things that I really love about RAKs is that often the people who are the recipients, then go on to do something nice for someone else – and so on, and so on, and so on.  We really have no idea where that chain of events will end. It’s nice to know you might really be starting something!

Have you seen the newest issue of Knit 1? I wanted to give a big congratulations to some of our wonderful Indie Dyers who are featured on the “Indie Spirit”. There are 10 different dyers listed and it says their yarns are “dyed in small batches, these yarns have heart, soul, and a whole lotta color”. (And the people behind the yarns are pretty special, too!)  So congratulations to: Georgia with Yarn Pirate, Claudia with Wollmeise, Marie with Brooklyn Handspun, Khris with Chewy Spaghetti, Jana with Hand Maiden, Jess with Yarntini, and Angela with Duets. (Rounding out the top ten list of indie dyers, you’ll also find Sundara with Sundara Yarn, Julia with Knitterly Things, and Tina with Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  And yes, I’d love to have all three of those lines here at Loopy, and yes, I’ve asked before!) Further congratulations to Cookie A and Wendy for being picked as wonderful knitting bloggers (who have both designed and shared a sock pattern in this issue.) If you haven’t picked up this magazine yet, you need to. There are lots of great patterns in there!

As promised, here is the recipe for Meg’s amazing Peppermint Pudge. And the name? When one of her sons was little, he was eating a piece and then asked for “more pudge please”. It has been known as Peppermint Pudge ever since.

Meg’s Peppermint Pudge

4 1/2 cups sugar
24 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) salted butter
1 jar (7 1/2 oz) marshmallow cream
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups (10 oz. bag) Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips (reserve 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top)

Butter or line a 9 x 13 pan.  Place chocolate, butter, marshmallow cream and salt in a large mixing bowl.  In a 3 qt. saucepan, combine sugar and evaporated milk and mix well. Place over low heat and stir until dissolved.  Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring mixure frequently, until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees F. Remove pan from heat and pour hot mixture over contents in the mixing bowl. Beat on a low setting until all ingredients combine thoroughly.  Increase speed slightly and mix until fudge is thick and holds shape.  Stir in the Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips and vanilla.  Pour into prepared pan and let set.

Thanks for sharing the recipe (and sending us fudge!), Meg!

I’m off to the grocery store this afternoon.  College Guy and College Girl are arriving home today for the holidays, and I’m sure they need some Peppermint Pudge.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Sheri lookingforwardtoreadingyourRAKcommentsagaintoday!

159 comments

  1. I was wondering if calling the fudge, pudge had something to with the effect it had on someone eating it!

    And my RAK this week was doing my friends’ dishes. I was staying at their house, but still it seemed like something nice I could do for them.

  2. My RAK doesn’t really seem to be “good enough” to qualify, especially after reading what others have done, but I tried to go out of my way anyways. I work in a medical center/hospital/clinic, and after I had gotten my Sbux one morning, I noticed a hispanic couple who looked lost. I do speak “some” Spanish, but not well, and I just had a feeling they didn’t know English. Anyways, I asked them if they need help (en espanol) and was able to direct them to the right place, amidst broken spanglish. I only call it a random act of kindness because I had to decide if I would really want to try to speak Spanish to them or just let them keep wandering.

  3. It is difficulty to pat yourself on the back when doing an RAK, but I will share what happened yesterday. I visited my lfs and a woman had 3 huge bolts of fleece in her arms. She was trying to find a coordinating color . I was standing close by, when she found what she wanted. It was on the very bottom of the stack. I put my things down and got it for her. She was so surprised that someone would do that for her. But then she did a RAK back and let me go ahead of her in the cutting table line- she aid I didn’t have as much as she did.

  4. I bought a birthday present for my MIL today because I knew my husband hadn’t, and I just reminded him (again!) to call her to tell her happy birthday.

  5. I sent some homemade Christmas candy to a neighbor gentleman’s office and another neighbor who provides daycare for kids in her home. We aren’t close friends with either one, but wanted to spread some cheer and goodwill their way and hopefully brighten their day.

  6. My RAK isn’t so random as in the past. I baked up 2 doz cookies tonight and took them with me when I took my boyfriend’s food for lunchbreak. I had him call each of the hourlies (he’s a manager) to the breakroom for a short cookie break in the middle of their shifts. We had a great time, they loved it and the cookies were a huge hit. I also drug in some buggies on my way in, as it is a rather cool GA night tonight. 😀

    Oh, and when I was at Victoria’s Secret today shopping with those gift cards they gave out with purchase last month, I had some left over on my card and passed it to the one behind me. 1 bottle of lovespell is enough for me, and I was sure that someone else might like to have the $$.

  7. I was in the bookstore and had bought myself a yummy gingerbread latte. A man came in with a handful of change and I heard him ask for the smallest coffee. As I tried to put the lid on my whipped cream topped grande latte complete with mini gingerbread man cookie, I saw the man checking out my coffee. I quietly left money with the barista for him to have a bigger coffee or something other than plain black coffee. He never noticed as he was still counting his change. Seems petty, but my little luxury of special coffee drinks brings joy, and it struck me how fortunate I am that I can have a nice cup of coffee while others count change and hope they have enough for a small black coffee.

  8. my rak is just simple. i hand knit mittens and gloves and keep them in my car and so many times when i’m out and about this time of year i give them to people such as at our gas station, car wash ect. anywhere where someone looks cold. i often buy small little gloves and mittens to leave at the school.

  9. I had a 2 for 1 latte coupon and used it and gave to a co-worker. The co-worker does not ever buy coffee/lattes or anything. He is usually thrilled if I bring in some seasonal flavored coffeemate, so he was ecstatic.

  10. My RAKs all are traffic related—I let someone into the lane when it wasn’t her turn (I’m not sure this counts, she was going to get in there anyway and I really didn’t want to damage my car!); I passed up a prime parking place because an elderly couple looked like they needed it more; and I let a lady in ahead of me in the checkout line. (I know, that’s three, but I had nothing last week!)

  11. I donated to the Salvation Army while I was at the grocery store. I also just got my haircut and gave the stylist an extra large tip since it’s the holiday season.

  12. I’m home for break with no car, so I don’t go out very much which means my opportunities for RAKs have been sort of limited. But I did knit a hat to send to my roommate whose been having a bit of a rough time. And since I’ve been home, I’ve been helping my seven year old brother with his homework every day after school.

  13. I have an 87 year old neighbor who was walking to the drugstore. The day was pretty cold and windy,so I offered him a ride ( I was going to the drugstore too),then treated him to tea at a small cafe. Now we have a standing date twice a month.What an interesting life he’s led!

  14. I found a $10 bill on the floor by our printer here at work the other day, and I actually went and tracked down the owner and returned. The funny part was that he seemed so shocked that someone would return it instead of just pocketing it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would feel SO guilty that I could probably never spend it anyway!

  15. My family bought a bunch of presents for the family of a man involved with Prison Fellowship ministries. Hopefully his kids will know how much he loves them even though he can’t be with them.

  16. I bought holiday cookies for my guy to bring to his office so they’d start their holiday cheer a little earlier (they need it!). Someone in his office offered to drive us (we don’t have a car) to the holiday party even though it was out of the way–now I want to pay that forward, too!

  17. It’s so fun reading all of these! This week, I heard about a friend of a friend who was in a really bad situation finacially, so bad that they were having trouble affording meals. I mailed some money and a christmas card anonymously to them at their workplace. I hope it helped.

  18. It is always inspiring to see these comments. Thank you for doing them again this year. I guess my act for the week may be considered random, but I would have done it at other times if I had the opportunity – I’m just usually a few steps too far away. There is a gentleman I often see walking from the metro past my office from time to time. He is blind, but seems to know his route very well. The only thing he really needs assistance with is for someone to tell him when we have the light at the crosswalk. I finally had my opportunity to assist him this week and it made me feel good to know I was helping someone out. : )

  19. I was taking my kids to McDonald’s and I noticed someone’s van door was left open. I looked around to see if there was anyone nearby, but didn’t see anyone. We went inside. Then it occurred to me that I could just close the door for them (and hope some alarm didn’t go off!). So, I went back out and closed the door. It wasn’t locked, but at least it wasn’t wide open in the cold air.

  20. Well, I have started my kids RAK ing too. We have decided to do at least one nice thing for someone else (without being asked of course I had to make this clear to the kids! lol) My Son who is 5 has taken all our dinner dishes into the kitchen for us at least 2 times this week. My DD gave a pair of her gloves to a girl on her bus that did not have any. My RAK for this week was to buy some holiday tea for my boss who I have a very difficult time dealing with and left it on her desk. Hopefully it brightened her day and maybe she will be easier to get along with this coming week!

  21. I was on the way to the post office on my lunch break the other day and saw a woman trying to flag down a taxi on a side street. She was holding out a card with ‘taxi’ written on it, but was standing behind a tree. I stopped to see whether she needed any help – turns out that she’s almost totally blind. She thanked me and waved me on, but since I know that there’s almost no traffic on that street, I went around the corner to track down a cab to send off to pick her up.

    Reading these posts is one of my favourite things about Christmas – thank you Sheri!

  22. I volunteered to help a non-profit group get started on Constant Contact. Hopefully, they will be able to send their 1st e-mail blast this week.

    I cannot tell you how much I would like some Peppermint Pudge.

  23. Our office Christmas party was last week – like many businesses, it was scaled down from last year, and we held it in the office instead of at a restaurant. The office assistant did a great job of making sure that it was still tons of fun, so I brought her a box of “thank you” donuts on Monday 🙂

  24. I TA freshman chemistry at a university and my students` have their final tomorrow. One of my students e-mailed me at midnight last night inquiring if I could come into school sometime on Sunday to help him review for the exam. That was certainly not how I was planning on spending my Sunday, but I hope he does well tomorrow! I think a lot of them have only a few hours between their chemistry and calculus finals tomorrow so I’m going to try to bring some sort of food for them.

  25. On the train on our way home from my husbands works xmas do, the man next to us was happily snoring away!. I’d heard him ask for a ticket to Station A, so when the train got there, we made sure to wake him up, he was slightly dazed and confused but grateful. Later I noticed he’d dropped £1 out of his pocket. We didn’t need an extra £1 so left it there for someone else to find.

  26. This week Daughters and I helped decorate Christmas stockings to be filled and given to Veterans that are in the hospital

  27. While out, I had a chance to park right after the handicap spots, but let the car behind get the spot and parked at the end of the parking lot.

  28. Me and Hubby went out to dinner with some friends on Saturday. We were going to try a new resturant that had just opened that we had gotten a 10$ off coupon to. When we got there we decided the wait was too long, and the prices were a little higher than anticipated. We ended up deciding we would rather go to a place that we liked across the street. I gave the coupon to a lady that was still waiting for her table since we didn’t need it anymore.

  29. We had a snowy week here…I scraped the snow off my coworkers cars last week at the end of the work day. I hope they enjoyed coming out of the office to nice, clean cars!

  30. My grandma was moving to a retirement home, and I hadn’t had the chance to go and help her pack. I was finally able to put a few things aside in my schedule for he very last day before she moved, but I wasn’t sure if at that point she would still need my help. I offered anyways, and (of course) there was still quite a lot to be done (I sould have known, as I just moved myself and there was stuff to do until the very last minute!). I was happy to be able to do something for her, and it was great to see how happy she was that I came to help. I realised that it contributed to release quite a bit of the stress she was feeling about moving the next day, so that was really nice.

  31. I was Christmas shopping on Saturday and I was getting some ground coffee as gifts and there was only one girl working in the shop at the time, so my RAK was to let others go ahead of me and order their coffee. I didn’t want them to have to wait while she ground 3 pounds of coffee!! It took me a lot longer, but I wasn’t in a hurry, and I’m sure the others appreciated not having to wait in line behind me!

    I also tried to be patient while driving in parking lots and let others go ahead of me when I could.

    Once you start making an effort at RAK’s you start thinking of more things you can do!

  32. I was attending a craft show on Saturday and got the rescue table set up early. Other crafters came in later so I held the door for them to make it easier for them to bring in all of their items, box, set up materials, etc.

  33. Does not going to the opera tonight with a hacking cough count? 😉

    The real RAK was talking 3 of my friends into cutting back on Christmas for each other and spending the money on Toys for Tots instead. It was so much fun, and I really like imagining those kids’ faces when they get their baby doll or football or markers and paints.

  34. This weeks random acts: 1.Bought coffee for the secretaries and left it on their desk for when they came in to work 2. Put up Christmas lights while husband was at work (usually his holiday job)

  35. The temperatures have plummeted here in BC, and the city we live in has many homeless people. I went to Tim Horton’s (a very popular Canadian fast food place) and bought a bunch of gift cards to hand out to any homeless people I come across. The cashier was very helpful and we calculated how much to put on each card so the recipient could get either a bowl of soup and a bun, or a large coffee and a donut. I also bought 6 toques (translation for Amercians- hats) to hand out to anyone that is without one.

  36. I work with a woman whose husband has been out of work for two years. She has three teenage children and even though she doesn’t complain I know that they had to take out a second mortgage and are struggling to pay bills. I gave her $300 dollars and my husband and I will view that as our Christmas present to ourselves.

  37. I ordered an extra dog treat dough mix thingie from my coworkers daughters fundraiser and gave it to the kids down to street to make (with their mom) for the dog they are giving a foster home.

  38. My RAK is that I have been trying to hold the elevator open for people that I know that I see take the same elevators every day. There have been several times where I’ve waited for them to get to the elevator and they are very surprised to see it open. It isn’t much but sometimes it takes forever for the elevator to come back down to the main floor.

  39. There was a guy in front of me at Ross that didn’t have the 3 cents to complete his purchase without getting a handful of change back, so I took the 3 cents out of my pocket and handed it to the clerk. It was suprising how grateful the man looked, hopefully I made his day and he will pay it forward 🙂

  40. Some of the local fire fighters were standing outside Wal-Mart this weekend looking for toy donations for Toys for Tots. While doing my grocery shopping I bought only what was needed and kept a tally of the amount of what was just “wanted” and used it to buy toys to give to the fire fighters.

  41. walked on icy snowfields to find just the perfect tree for friends who wanted one….and didn’t give up despite many near falls until we found just the right one! fun but cold cold cold and yet sunny and so nice to be able to share with friends.

  42. ah, i didn’t know it was out already. they were supposed to send me a copy and now i’m trapped at home thanks to a snow storm.

    i am extremely honored and flattered to be included in the list. and i’m not sure if it’s something in the air here but two other seattle-area dyers are on that list, Angela and Sundara. congrats to everyone 🙂

  43. My RAKs are not anything big, and are things I do anyway. One was to tell the new bus rider that his VRE ticket allowed him to ride the bus free. Another was to let several people get across the shopping center driveway before I proceeded. Another is to let the buildup of cars proceed before I cross the street between buildings here at work (those people are trying to get to work, too).

    What a cool decorating idea you had with your candleholders!

  44. My RAK is that I did not yell at my dad – I went to TX for my mom’s graduation – a masters in landscape architecture at TX Tech, went to wrap my dad’s x-mas gift (which I dropped off in Aug because I did not have a way to transport this weekend) and found he already drank all 12 bottles of collector brew! 4 of which were for my mom!!! I was sooo pissed, and still am, but for the family, I did not say anything.

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