Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Than Meets The Eye

What do you think when you look at a group of Red Hat Society Members out and about? Have you stopped and stared or maybe even snapped a quick photo of these brightly dressed women? Now think about this one... did you smile when you saw them?

Sure Red Hat Society Members dress in loud colors and wear some of the most ornate red and pink hats, but there is more to this group of women than meets eye. The Red Hat Society is a Sisterhood. When these women come together, they lift each other up with bright spirits, smiles, laughter, and genuine friendship. And when a Sister is in need, she can bet that there are women around the world who genuinely care about them. 

One incredible example of Sisterhood was recently shared with the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society by The River Road Red Hatters Chapter (Louisiana, United States) who endured the devastation of Hurricane Isaac this past August. Although many of the Members were affected by the tropical storm, two in particular lost nearly everything and were displaced.   

At this year's annual Halloween Party the River Road Red Hatters added a special twist of a "Hurricane Shower" to support their affected Sisters.  

Here's what they had to say: 

"We gave them a Recovery Shower. Everyone brought household items colorfully gift wrapped. After our usual delicious meal and before we played some fun games, we held their shower. Both ladies were excited and overcome with joy in the spirit of Sisterhood exhibited by our Chapter. They commented that they felt like brides again at their wedding showers. We are not only friends, but we have become an extended family through good times and bad. Our Chapter lives the true Red Hat spirit."

Isn't that sweet? Thank you for sharing that story ladies! 

 You can find more stories like this in our weekly Friday Broadcast newsletter and our quarterly Red Hatter Matters Magazine. The next time you see a group of Hatters out and about, take a good look at the way their eyes light up when they smile. That's genuine happiness and that's what the Red Hat Society is all about! 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Perfect Holiday Dish

Who doesn't love a great new recipe to add to their holiday collection? A few weeks ago, Hatquarters' resident baker, Foodilicious Debbie, brought in a bowl of cranberry goodness that gave everyone the warm holiday season fuzzies. She was taste-testing the recipe to see if it was good enough to make it to the holiday table, and we assured her that it was. 

The next day, Debbie noticed that some Hatter were already talking about planning their holiday meals, so she thought it might be fun to do a Red Hat Society recipe swap for the holidays. Here's what she had to say:

 Although it's food season all year-long, some people especially love when this time of year rolls around and EVERYONE seems to fire up their stoves to whip up and share new recipes! Comfort food is once again in vogue and words like "ooey" and "gooey" are commonplace. In other words, we're in recipe heaven. One flavor of the season that never fails to evoke a sigh of pleasure is that of cranberries. Whether drizzled warm atop a favorite cheesecake or submerged into a blend of apples, oranges, cherries and spices, cranberries add the perfect holiday touch to every dish they are included in. What’s your favorite holiday recipe or food memory?

CRANBERRY CHUTNEY
1 Orange, peeled, remove membrane, chopped
1 large Golden Delicious Apple, peeled, cored, chopped
¼ cup Orange Juice
1 package fresh cranberries (12 oz)
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups sugar
½ cup golden raisins OR dried cherries (I like the dried cherries)
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cranberries are bursting.
Chill until serving time. Freeze surplus in small containers. Makes about 4 cups of chutney. 

We hope this will be the first of many holiday food blog posts. If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com and we will feature them in upcoming RHS Publications like the Friday Broadcast.  

Did you know that Hatters love to share recipes on the Red Hat Society's Members-only discussion forum, the  Queen and Members Board? Yes, they have shared everything from Cranberry Mayonnaise to Homemade Ginger Snaps just this past month. If you are a Member of the Red Hat Society, you can access these recipes here

Not a Member yet? We can't wait to have you playing in the Sisterhood. There's only one! Join the fun today!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Red Hat Virtual Costume Party

This year, The Red Hat Society hosted the first-ever Virtual Halloween Costume Party and Contest on our Facebook Page. In a Sisterhood that's all about dressing up, we thought this would be the perfect holiday to show just how creative we can be. Throughout the month of October, we challenged Hatters to come up with creative costumes using RHS Colors. Red Hatters, Members who are 50 years and older, had to wear red and purple, and Pink Hatters, Members under the age of 50, had to wear pink and lavender.The women were participating for a chance to win the title of Most Original Costume, Best Use of RHS Colors, Funniest Costume and best Group Photo.

We cannot begin to express how excited we were for the turnout of this virtual event. Hatters posted photos throughout the day, and truly amazed us with how creative they were. In fact, we had two costumes that tied for Most Original, because they were so great. The winners have been selected, and they will be featured in the Friday Broadcast, which is the Red Hat Society's weekly newsletter. A compilation of the rest of the photos will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Red Hat Society's Quarterly Magazine: Red Hatter Matters.

If you would like to see all of the costumes that were submitted you can visit our Facebook Page. Be sure to LIKE it while you are there, so you can stay updated on all of the events and contests coming up. Want to get in on the fun? Visit the Red Hat Society's website and learn how you can start playing! There's only one! Join the fun today!

Below is a sneak peek at some of the submissions!