Saturday, July 12, 2008

When You Wish Upon A Star (Selfish Wishes)


Summer is the time of wishes. Dandelion seeds, shooting stars, pennies in fountains, the finding of a sand dollar, or the capture of fireflies.

We're used to the victorious Super Bowl quarterback telling millions of television viewers that his wish is to go to Disneyworld, but I think that wish is shared by kids of all ages. Any cooks out there dreaming of a trip to the Magic kingdom? I received this email and decided to post it here. Who knows, one of you may win a dream trip based on your culinary talents. I'll post that on the bottom.

Back to wishes. A friend and I were recently tossing around the "if you had one wish..." fantasy the other day. These are not the world peace kind of wishes. These are totally, completely self-serving and selfish. The dreamer's wish for his or herself. My friend's involved a handsome actor and a deserted island. And mine? Oh, I blush to confess it but I'd love to be nominated for an Agatha just once. I don't need to win, I swear, I just want to be able to call myself an Agatha-award nominated author. Sounds good, doesn't it? Quite a few of the cozy chicks can say that, but I haven't had the pleasure yet. A girl can dream, right?

Okay, I did it. Your turn. What's your single, selfish wish?

A Recipe for a Free Trip to Disney

Between June 16 and August 11, 2008, people are invited to submit their original recipe made with at least ¼ cup of one of the following Smucker’s products: Smucker’s jams, jellies or preserves (including Low SugarÔ brand and Sugar Free products) that has been passed down for at least two generations and an original 200-words or less essay telling the story behind how their recipe makes family celebrations special. Smucker’s will post these traditions and recipes on its Web site and sweeten one family’s next gathering with a five day, four night family trip for eight to the Walt Disney World® Resort.

The grand prize family package for eight includes airfare, transportation to/from the airport, hotel accommodations for four nights, five-day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper® option and commemorative Disney T-shirts and photos. The top entries will be posted on the Smucker’s Web site on or around September 8, 2008 and visitors to the site will be given the chance to vote to help determine one grand prize winner. For official contest rules and prize details, visit

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