Beautiful Christmas Gift Giving

One of my readers sent me information about her family's ministry project this Christmas. Her husband is a designer and put together this gorgeous Christmas story shirt. 100% of profits are donated to Mary's Meals. I would love to own this shirt. Thanks so much for sharing this, Bridget!

From the Schulzy Website:

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with this one-of-a-kind Schulzy design! The shirt tells the Christmas story with scripture from Luke 2 subtly printed in the backtground. Made of high-quality pre-shrunk 100% combed ring spun soft cotton with a fashionable ladies’ custom-contoured fit.

100% of profits will be given to help Mary's_Meals provide school meals for hungry children. Orders made by November 16 will be shipped no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Retailers, please contact us directly for bulk orders.

God bless you and yours this holy season – and thank you for your generosity to Mary’s Meals!
Note:  When ordering sizes, please know that this style of garment runs small, so pay close attention to the "fits sizes" description that comes directly from the shirt manufacturer.


Moving on now to one of my very favorite gifts to receive ever...

Beautiful citrus fruit from Schacht Groves. These lovely growers also happen to be my cousins so I know that this fruit is coming from good people. And, I know that it is soooo delicious.

This was the scene at my house last week...

Mommy! Fed Ex is here! It's a big box....

*I gasped with glee as I saw the SCHACHT GROVES label.*
Open it! Open it!

Crash asks, Why are they a little green?

They are green, son, because Louis and Kelly do not spray their oranges with chemicals or dyes or waxes that change the orange's natural color. All oranges are a little green early in the season, it's just that some people hide it with stuff that we don't really want on our food. (I obviously had studied the included information very well.)

"Don’t be fooled by the bright oranges and yellows of the citrus you find in the grocery store. Early in the season it’s often picked green and the skin is treated with ethylene gas to bring out the bright colors. But Schacht Groves ships only all-natural Indian River fruit. Sweet, juicy fruit is the only criteria.

On average, citrus from the Schacht Groves Indian River region is 25 percent heavier and juicier than the same size fruit grown outside Florida. Early in the season you may find that the citrus is a little green around the edges. Or you might see a few “wind scar” blemishes common to citrus grown in Florida. But the proof is in the tasting.

Peel away the thin, slick, “zipper skin,” taste a section, and you’ll discover the juiciest, sweetest, most delicious citrus fruit found anywhere on earth." (About our fruit)

Wait... did you say that these are Louis and Kelly oranges???!!!

Yes. I did.

General chaos ensues....

We spent the next half an hour gorging ourselves on our very favorite oranges. There is nothing, even at our local farmer's market, that compares. Knowing that the fruit we were eating was still on the trees only a few days previous was a sweet thought. Knowing that the groves they came from are family-owned and operated and naturally maintained was even sweeter.

If you need to something gorgeous to send someone this Christmas season, please consider ordering from Schacht Groves. Navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, honeybell tangelos, valencia oranges.... so delicious. Our box arrived with a pretty flyer that explained the approach and mission of Schacht Groves, so your gift recipients will know why your gift is so special.

*We control and maintain quality by harvesting fruit  
grown in our own Indian River groves.

*We offer you the freshest fruit possible by picking, packing, and shipping your fruit within a 48-hr time period.

*We offer citrus fruit as nature intended—free of wax and color-enhancing gases. Our fruit is simply washed in a mild-soap solution, rinsed, dried, and packed.

And... if you already live in the land of alligator and hurricanes (I love Ohio), please pay a visit to their store in Vero Beach. You can purchase fruit by the bag, fresh juice, marmalades and local honey. They give tours of their unique packing house at any time and grove tours can be arranged. Did you hear that,  homeschoolers?? Grove tours! Happy field trip. :)

Posted on November 14, 2012 and filed under "Schacht groves", "christmas gifts", "oranges".