Advertisement

Deployment Care Package

{Deployment Care Package Program} Not Just a Mommy

This “Punny” care package from my friend Dawn at Not Just a Mommy is the final package of the Deployment Care Package Program.

Bloggers-Around-the-World-Supporting-the-Troops-Graphic

During my husbands deployment several of my blogging friends have joined me in creating care packages for my husband’s platoon.  Today’s care package is the last in the series… but for a good reason!

They’ll be home soon!

Dawn from Not Just a Mommy has put together a Valentine’s Day box that’s not too lovey dovey, yet perfectly themed for the holiday of pink and red.

So head on over to Not Just a Mommy to see what Dawn has put together for these soldiers.  I really think they’re gonna love it!

And a big THANK YOU to Dawn and all the other participants in this program.  It really means a lot to know that you all support our troops, especially mine!

To see all the care packages sent so far,

visit the Deployment Care Package Program main page!

{Deployment Care Package Program}
Chuck and Welly

Bloggers-Around-the-World-Supporting-the-Troops-Graphic

Since September, bloggers from around the world have been putting together care packages to send to Afghanistan in support of one platoon of soldiers.  But, not just any platoon of soldiers… my husband and his platoon.

2nd Platoon, Fox Troop, 2/2 CR - Vilseck, Germany by JavaCupcake.com

Today’s care package comes from Cass of Chuck and Welly.  Chuck and Welly is a sweet blog that shares baking, kitchen and life stories… Cass’s husband calls it “cookies and shit”.  Which I think is pretty perfect.

Cass has put together the best Super Bowl themed care package for my husband and his soldiers!  Two packages actually… one for Hawks fans and the other for the Broncos! They’re filled with snacks and treats that will make your Super Bowl party extra special.  And… for the guys in Afghanistan, they’ll be able to enjoy some delicious desserts at 4am while watching the SEAHAWKS beat the Broncos! hehe

Cake Battery Fudge by Chuck and Welly

Head on over to Chuck and Welly to see everything she’s put together in the care packages, get the recipes and tell her THANK YOU from me for supporting my husband and his soldiers!

To see all the care packages sent so far,

visit the Deployment Care Package Program main page!

"Elf" themed deployment care package | JavaCupcake.com

{Deployment Care Package Program} Bake Love Give

Bloggers-Around-the-World-Supporting-the-Troops-Graphic

Since September, bloggers from around the world have been putting together care packages to send to Afghanistan in support of one platoon of soldiers.  But, not just any platoon of soldiers… my husband and his platoon.

2nd Platoon, Fox Troop, 2/2 CR - Vilseck, Germany by JavaCupcake.com

This month, my bloggy friend Kimmie Schiffel of Bake Love Give has put together the cutest care package for my husband and his platoon!

But, before we get to the care package… let me tell you a little about Kimmie! Kimmie and I met (virtually) back in 2010 when I hosted the Cupcakes Take the Cake 6th Birthday Bash in Seattle, WA.   Kimmie donated some of the most beautifully made and decorated Cupcakes Take the Cake cookies for the party that looked exactly like the CTTC logo!  And what’s even better is that she had them sent all the way from California to join the party.  Kimmie couldn’t be there, but her amazing cookies were!

101207_0024CTTC

I’ve watched Kimmie’s blog grow and evolve from Full Circle Adventures  into the wonderful Bake Love Give and it has become a “go-to” for recipes and inspiration for my own baking!  Since 2010, Kimmie and I have remained friends and I am so thrilled to be work with her on this care package project!

Kimmie has put together the most creative Christmas care package for my husband and his platoon!  You know the movie “Elf”?  Well her package is inspired from some of the fun things in that movie!

"Elf" themed deployment care package | JavaCupcake.com

I won’t give away all the details… I’ll let you go over to Kimmie’s blog and see for yourself!  But, I’ve got a feeling that the soldiers are going to absolutely LOVE this care package!

A big THANK YOU goes to Kimmie for putting together this amazing care package.  It’s support from self-less people like Kimmie that make getting through the holiday’s during deployment just a little more bearable.    It really does take a special person to do something great for others… so thank you Kimmie for doing that for me, my husband and his soldiers.

It is truly appreciated.

To see all the care packages sent so far, visit the Deployment Care Package Program main page!

 

 

{Deployment Care Package Program} Crazy for Crust

Bloggers-Around-the-World-Supporting-the-Troops-Graphic

Since September, bloggers from around the world have been putting together care packages to send to Afghanistan in support of one platoon of soldiers.  But, not just any platoon of soldiers… my husband and his platoon.

2nd Platoon, Fox Troop, 2/2 CR - Vilseck, Germany by JavaCupcake.com

This month, Dorothy from Crazy for Crust has put together a Thanksgiving themed box of goodies including letters from her daughter’s class at school.   Dorothy also made some delicious Caramel Crunch Brownies for the guys to enjoy!

Isn’t her daughter Jordan just the cutest?

{Deployment Care Package Program} Crazy for Crust | JavaCupcake.com

To see everything Dorothy and her family put in the care package and to get the recipe for the brownies, make sure to visit Crazy for Crust!

A big THANK YOU to Dorothy for participating in this project with me.  This is our 3rd deployment and it’s just a little bit easier knowing that I have the love and support from my blogging community.  You and your family, Dorothy, are truly wonderful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you’d like to see all the care packages put together in this Deployment Care Package Program, make sure to check out the main page for the project!

{Food Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops - A Deployment Care Package Program} Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet, Give me something GOOD to eat! Care Package | JavaCupcake.com

{Deployment Care Package Program} Bella Cupcake Couture

Bloggers-Around-the-World-Supporting-the-Troops-Graphic

Each month, one talented blogger has agreed to put together and care package to send to a platoon of deployed soldiers.  Not just any platoon of soldiers… but my husband’s platoon of soldiers.

2nd Platoon, Fox Troop, 2/2 CR - Vilseck, Germany by JavaCupcake.com

This month’s package comes from my great friends at Bella Cupcake Couture. Carrie put together a “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet! Give me something GOOD to eat!” filled with all kinds of yummies and treats for the soldiers.

Go visit Carrie’s blog on Bella Cupcake Couture to see what she’s made for 2nd platoon and get the how-to and recipes for everything she put in the box!

{Food Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops - A Deployment Care Package Program} Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet, Give me something GOOD to eat! Care Package | JavaCupcake.com

Interested in more from the Deployment Care Package Program?  Want to learn how you can help?  Visit the the main page for the program here on JavaCupcake! 

11/8/2013 – UPDATE!

The soldiers of 2nd Platoon received Bella Cupcake Couture’s care package!  Socks, candy, popcorn balls, scary vampire teeth and lots of fun!  Check out these pictures!

[slideshow_deploy id=’11771′]

Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops: A Deployment Care Package Program

Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops - A Deployment Care Package Program by JavaCupcake.com

I am incredibly excited to be able to announce a new series that I am very proud of!  Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops is a Deployment Care Package Program sponsored by JavaCupcake.com and is designed to inspire bloggers to use their creative expertise to put together themed care packages to send to a platoon of deployed soldiers in Afghanistan.

UPDATE: To see photos from the soldiers opening the care package – scroll to the bottom of this page! 

Not just any soldiers though… MY SOLDIER.   Each care package will go to my husband, SGT David Eves,  and his platoon of fellow soldiers.  They were recently deployed to the Kandahar Provence of Afghanistan to aid in the pulling out of the US Army as their time there comes to an end.  The picture below is of the platoon the night they deployed.  My husband is third from the left in the back row.  *swoon*

2nd Platoon, Fox Troop, 2/2 CR - Vilseck, Germany by JavaCupcake.comI’ve enlisted the help of some AMAZING friends and bloggers like Amanda from i am baker and Dorothy from Crazy for Crust (just to name a few!) to put together packages for Dave and his platoon!  Each month, I’ll be posting a link to their posts, so make sure to check back on the second Tuesday of every month!

Until then… check out the Deployment Care Package Program main page for tips & resources & info on how you can get involved! 

 

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops - A Deployment Care Package Program by JavaCupcake.com

With football season underway, I thought a football themed care package would be perfect to get things started!  The Are You Ready For Some Football?! care package has been packed full of everything the soldiers would need to enjoy their favorite football game while they’re taking a break from missions!

Helping me put together this care package was Mrs. Suzen Merritt (middle), the wife of  Fox Troop’s 1st Sergeant, Mrs. Sarah Jacksaon (pictured with me), the wife of 2nd platoon’s PlatoonSergeant and my neighbor Chasity Burger (not pictured).

Decorating!

We decorated the inside top flaps of the box with football themes! The first thing we wanted the soldiers to see was that we really put together this box with a lot of love and wanted them to get excited for what was inside!

How to Decorate a Football Themed Care Package Box by JavaCupcake.com

Supplies needed:

  • Football themed scrapbooking paper
  • Construction paper
  • White paper
  • Glue/glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Sharpies
  • Foam tshirts (or you can just cutout shapes from paper)

DIY Instructions for Each Flap: 

  • Are You Ready For Some Football? – Cut football scrapbook paper and brown construction paper to fit the flap.  Glue in place. Cut out letters from yellow construction paper to spell out “Are You Ready For Some Football?” and glue down.

FOOTBALL

  • Go Team! – Cut Varsity Letters scrapbook paper & green construction paper to fit the flap and glue in place. Cut out “Go Team” letters from blue construction paper and a megaphone shape from yellow construction paper and glue down.  Write “VARSITY” in crayon on the megaphone.

GO-TEAM

  • Swamp Fox! – Cut Stars scrapbook paper and white paper to fit the flap and glue down. Cut helmet shape from red construction paper with silver crayon write your Troop/team name and glue them down. Write names/numbers on the foam tshirt cutouts with a Sharpie and glue down.

SWAMP-FOX

  • XOXO – Cut Green grass scrapbook paper and green construction paper to fit the flap and glue down. Cut X’s & O’x cutout from black construction paper, footballs cutout from brown construction paper and glue down. Use a pen to draw laces on footballs.

XOXO

For more decorating ideas for deployment boxes, check out my Care Packages for Soldires Pinterest Board!

 

Inside the Box!

Contents

Inside this hand-decorated box the soldiers will find:

  • Everything they need for Nachos!  5 bags of tortilla chips, 5 jars of queso, 5 jars of salsa, 5 cans of beans & 2 cans of green chilies
  • A big bag of homemade Chex Mix
  • Homemade Cocoa Krispie Treats shaped like footballs – enough for each soldier (see recipe below)
  • 2 bags of Banana Chips

Football Cocoa Krispie Treats by JavaCupcake.com

Tips for Packaging!

Since this box contained cans, jars and soft items… we needed to use several different techniques for packaging.

Supplies needed: 

  • Packing peanuts
  • Newspaper
  • Recycled plastic grocery sacks
  • Ziploc bags (snack size & gallon)

How to pack a deployment box with cans, jars and soft items by JavaCupcake.com

Packaging Tips:

  • #1: Line packing peanuts on the bottom of the box.  Distribute canned items evenly across the bottom on top of the packing peanuts.  Try not to let the cans touch each other or the sides of the box.
  • #2: Wrap each jar in 2-3 pieces of newspaper then wrap that in a recycled plastic grocery sack.  Spread more packing peanuts on top of the canned items then place the jars onto, again… trying not to let them touch each other or the sides of the box.  Place more peanuts on top and the sides of the jars making sure to get peanuts between the jars and the walls of the box.
  • #3: Pack Chex Mix and Krispie Treats in Ziploc bags then wrap each in a recycled grocery sack. Lay these softer items on top and pack the chips next to them.  Try not to place anything on top of the bags of chips.
  • #4: Fill the top of the box with packing peanuts until full.  Make sure they fill all the edges & corners next to the walls of the box.

Extra Packing & Shipping Tips:

  • Use strong packing tape to tape the box closed.
  • Use a large sharpie to write the address on the outside of the box.
  • Make sure to include your return address.
  • Completely fill out a CUSTOMS FORM.

For more tips to successful care packages… download my Shipping Guidelines for sending care packages to Iraq & Afghanistan!

 

Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops - A Deployment Care Package Program by JavaCupcake.com

How You Can Help!

Are you interested in supporting a Platoon of soldiers by sending your own care package?  There are A LOT of soldiers in need… not just my husband’s platoon… and I can get you connected with them!  Simply fill out this form below and I’ll get you all the details!

[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Football Cocoa Krispie Treats

Football Cocoa Krispie Treats

Yield: 12 Football Cocoa Krispie Treats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cocoa rice cereal
  • 3 cups rice cereal
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • football shaped cookie cutter
  • white chocolate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the mini marshmallows and heat until melted, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the rice cereals and mix with a wooden spoon until completely covered.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a piece of wax paper coated in cooking spray, press down the mixture evenly in the pan.
  6. Allow to cool and set for 2 hours.
  7. Cut the treats into football shapes using the football cutter.
  8. Melt white chocolate and pipe on lines for the laces. This step is optional.

UPDATE!

After about 6 weeks, 2nd platoon finally recieved their care package and were able to take a break long enough to enjoy what was inside!

[slideshow_deploy id=’11357′]

www.cheapauthenticjordans.co/Air-Jordan-11-32145 www.bestshoesmeme.com/nike-air-mens-56146 https://www.viva-awa.com/