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mug cakes in minutes

October 24, 2014
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Satisfy your sweet tooth and cake cravings quickly (and quite cutely) with a mug cake!  I whipped up this caramel apple number from our Mug Cakes recipe book for a fall evening treat.

mug cakes book Here’s what you need:

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 grated apple

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup sugar

6 tablespoons self rising flour

pinch of kosher salt

caramel sauce

whipped cream

 caramel apple mug cake In a large mug combine the butter, cinnamon and apple and microwave for 30 seconds until butter is melted.  Whisk in egg with fork.  Stir in milk, vanilla and sugar, then add flour and salt.  Beat the batter until smooth.  Fold in the caramel sauce and divide into two mugs.  Microwave separately for 1.5 to 2.5 minutes each until risen and firm.

mug cake recipe

Top with whipped cream & caramel sauce and enjoy this warm autumn treat!

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c and g news feature 10.23.14

October 23, 2014
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Local business using Loops of Love to raise money, awareness for breast cancer

By Joshua Gordon

LOOPS-LOVE-full

BERKLEY — Through family and friends, April McCrumb knows three people who have had to deal with breast cancer in one way or another.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the outreach spans fundraisers all over the country.

But McCrumb is trying to reach out to the local men and women dealing with breast cancer by offering her own recognition program, Loops of Love, at her business, Catching Fireflies, in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor.

“My cousin dealt with breast cancer, my sister-in-law’s dad and my friend’s mom, so with me alone there are three people in my life that have dealt with this,” McCrumb said. “Our company is supported by people who are mostly women, and there are plenty of other problems out there, too, but this made sense for us. We have been around for 14 years, and we thought it was time to do something that celebrated this month.”

Through Loops of Love, members of the community can nominate someone they know who has battled breast cancer and create a pink loop of paper that will be intertwined with other loops and displayed in all of McCrumb’s stores.

For each loop created, Catching Fireflies will donate $1 to The Pink Fund, a metro Detroit organization that helps people affected by breast cancer handle their bills.

“It is surprisingly crazy how many people who know somebody affected by breast cancer, as we have been doing this for about two weeks and we have over 300 loops between the stores,” McCrumb said. “We are able to use our stores, email contacts and social media sites to reach out so people can recognize someone they know that has gone through this horrible phase. People who may not know about it come into our stores and see the loops behind the counter, and we can explain it to them.”

And it is the chance to talk about breast cancer that made this program attractive when McCrumb and her workers were trying to come up with ideas on how to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Like anything, when the spotlight is on an issue or problem, it does bring more money in for the cause,” she said. “The ALS (Association), they did the ice bucket challenge and that raised a ton of money. The fact that there is one month to shine the spotlight on breast cancer and that helps to boost the money raised, we want to be part of that.”

Molly MacDonald founded The Pink Fund in 2006 after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. As she stood in line at the local food bank, she said she couldn’t believe there wasn’t something out there to help families like hers.

“I could not believe there was no support to help working women like myself,” MacDonald said. “Me working was critical to my family’s survival, so I bought a book on how to start a nonprofit organization, and we have helped close to 700 people and had close to $1 million in funding.”

Now cancer-free, MacDonald and The Pink Fund look to pay nonmedical bills for men and women with breast cancer who are unable to work or who lost income because of treatments. The organization gets between 80-90 new applicants every month, and it funds every qualifying applicant for up to 90 days. The Pink Fund usually spends up to $3,000 during that time.

“I think a lot of people are very much aware of breast cancer, but they are not aware of the financial side effects of treatment,” MacDonald said. “With treatment often comes the physical and mental inability to work, but if you can’t work, you can’t collect a paycheck. Some people won’t complete treatment and return to work because they can’t afford to lose everything. We are trying to help people understand that one side effect is the financial toxicity of care.”

Throughout the month, McCrumb has been picking random, nominated people to send a care package that includes a gift card and a bracelet. Thus far, she has sent about 40 packages.

Even when the month is over, McCrumb hopes her small effort can help someone in need.

“I think it is sad that people are going through this, but it is beautiful to take this time to recognize them,” she said.

To nominate someone for Loops of Love, visit Catching Fireflies at 3117 W. 12 Mile Road in Berkley or at 203 E. University Drive in Rochester. You can also emailservice@catchingfireflies.com.

our picks that pack a grin

October 22, 2014
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We love seeing smiles on our firefly fan’s faces as they make their way through our whimsical world.  We get to surround ourselves with these funny finds all the time and here are a few of our favorites…

picture a day notecards

We all have a school picture (or two) that we would like to forget` but not with hilarious school pictures. These picture day notecards are too funny to not to share with others. $14.95

finger eyes

It’s usually true that simple is best and sometimes surprising the simple silly things that will entertain children for hours. I love these little eyes. You can make the silliest faces with just your hand. You can wear a glove or paint your hand to make it even more fun! I also speak from experience when I say when you are not wearing the googly eyes, you can hide them around your home or office to give the next person who comes along a fun surprise. ;) $1.95

awesome citation

When someone you know is being extra AWESOME, they deserve a little reminder of their awesome-ness! This notepad would surely brighten up someone’s day and send a laugh their way!! $4.95

fantasyland

I laugh every time I see this sign, I love it. I think it would make for a great little pick me up gift or even just as a subtle reminder that it’s okay to live in your own world sometimes. $9.95

dog hair towel

 

I got my first dog about four years ago and painstakingly vacuumed and taped my clothing and furniture, it didn’t take me too long give up the ghost and embrace everything that came with my new friend! This towel is the perfect reminder to let go and enjoy! $9.95

ann taintor sticky notes

 

These sticky notes describe my life perfectly! I get a kick out of them every time I go to grab one on my desk. I have also given these as little gifts and everyone has enjoyed them as much as I have. Check out the other sticky notes by Anne Taintor, they will surely make you giggle! $4.00

monkey nail dryer

 

My daughter is constantly changing her nails, and this little guy helps her speed things along. It really does work, it’s very quiet, and Sooooo adorable. Plus, it puts a smile on your face! $13.95

reasons my kid is crying

I love the stories in this book! We have all seen kids crying and never once thought about how ridiculous the reason could be. As a mom I can relate and think this would be a great gift for my friend who is expecting. It would be a funny way to prepare her for the craziness that is parenthood : ) $15

boston terrier retro print

 

If you own a Boston Terrier or a similar breed, you know that their farts can clear a room! But you still love them. These smart, clown like animals have so much energy that you can’t help but love them! This retro art print says it all in only a few words. A perfect gift for this kind of dog lover!  $21.95

tipsy wine glasses

These tipsy wine glasses are sure to bring on a good laugh while sipping on wine with your favorite pals! The question will be is it your eyes, the number of wines you’ve had or is it the wine glass?!? It’s also a fun gift for the perfect hostess. Cheers! $25.95 set of two

coffee note pad

 

This magnetic notepad never fails to make me laugh. Not only is it super convenient to keep track of my endless to do list, but as a graduate student, I can definitely relate. $5.95

cat hat book

 

With Halloween right around the corner… how could I resist this book?!  I’ve never made our cat Tuesday wear a costume, however she will be modeling these silly hats on Instagram leading up to the 31st $9.95

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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