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Give Back During The Holidays… With A Song

The holiday season is here and if you’re like most Americans, you approach the holidays with a mixture of good cheer and stress about  gift-buying, cooking, baking, hosting, etc… One way to reinvigorate your holidays is to find some new ways to give back. Here’s a lovely idea.

Last week, I received a touching email about a Nashville artist named Isaac Sharp.  

He’s recently put out a Christmas single, Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas, with a pay-what-you-want model. Isaac partnered with The Bridge Ministry to have all the proceeds he makes from selling that song go toward purchasing Christmas gifts for the homeless youth they serve. He’s hoping to get as many downloads as possible before December 17th, because December 19th is the night they distribute all the gifts under the bridge.

Because Isaac knows that many donors have concerns about where their money actually goes once it’s given, he’s filming his whole journey to share on social media along the way.

Sadly, Nashville is home to one of the largest communities of homeless and underprivileged youth in the country. The Bridge Ministry is well-established in Middle Tennessee, known for their care of homeless families who gather under the Jefferson Street bridge for weekly church services on Tuesday nights.

If money is tight this holiday season, Isaac’s song is a good way to contribute what you can and still spread a little joy.

Isaac Sharp

Here’s how you can help:

1. Download the song! Donate the amount you feel led to provide, and you’ll immediately receive the link to the song.

2. Share this page on your social media accounts and tag me @iamisaacsharp so others can contact me and find all the information they need.


About Isaac:

The realization of what music can do for people is what draws Isaac. Early on, he saw people he cared about struggling with depression, self-harm, or abuse. He realized that art could help these people. Music, movies, and dancing all had a way of making people forget whatever they were going through. “I saw how music could restore hope like nothing I’ve seen outside of the church,” Isaac said. This was the first time music struck him as something bigger.

7 Gifts Under $20

Seven affordable, fun, and practical gifts for friends and family.

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1. Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder $14.99. Perfect stocking stuffer for those who hate teeth whitening strips.


2. Ztylus Stinger USB Emergency Escape Tool $14.99.  Life-Saving Rescue Car Charger, Spring Loaded Window Breaker Punch, Seat Belt Cutter.


Vinmax Royal Jade Roller Massager Slimming Tool Facial Face Massage-Rejuvenates Face and Neck Skin,Face Slimmer

3. Jade Roller Facial Massager $10.95. Promotes blood circulation. Refreshes and rejuvinates skin.


4. Reverse Folding Umbrella $19.99. Comfortable to carry, great in strong wind, very easy to press and open.



Violife Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrush for Home or Travel, Metallic Midnight Blue, Vss204, 0.15 Pound

5. Sonic Travel Toothbrush $15.95. Battery operated, portable sonic toothbrush.


Jocko White Tea (TIN 25 CT)

6. Jocko White Tea Pomagranate $14.24. Refreshing white tea with pomegranate. Naturally contains caffeine and antioxidants.


7. Akward Family Photos 2018 Calendar $9.59. Features the most absurd, uncomfortable, and embarrassing family pictures captured on film.


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Granola Apple Crisp

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplySatisfying  #CollectiveBias

granola apple crisp

This crisp is supposed to be the answer to my beloved apple strudel, which  I could eat at any given time. My grandmother used to make the most delicious apple strudel. I remember watching her peel apples with a small knife, leaving one long ribbon of apple skin. There’s something very comforting about eating warm apple and cinnamon anything; especially during the holiday season.

As much as I love apple strudel, I don’t like making it. It takes time and skill. It’s not something you put together in minutes.granola apple crisp

This granola apple crisp, on the other hand, can be prepared in no time while giving me the flavors of an apple strudel.  In my opinion,  baked fruit crisps aren’t just dessert food, and if you’re only having them after dinner, you’re missing out. The trick is to dial back the sugar a bit, keep the topping as crunchy as possible and eat it first thing in the morning, with a generous helping of your favorite yogurt on top. After dinner, I like the crisp topped with whipped cream.

A few days ago, one of my college girls made it home for the holidays. She worked so hard for her finals so I decided to make this crisp for us to enjoy by the Christmas tree. We talked, laughed and ate together –  the best kind of moments. We may or may not have finished the entire dish!?!

granola apple crisp

For this simple apple crisp recipe I used Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds. Seriously, the most time-consuming part was preparing the apples.  Quaker® Simply Granola has 34 grams of whole grains and very low sodium, and makes the topping crunchy and super tasty.



3-4 apples

1 1/4 cup  Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

1 1/2  tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter

1 tbsp lemon juice




1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add granola, brown sugar, flour, 1 tsp of  cinnamon to a bowl. Stir in melted butter.


2. Spoon half of the topping in a buttered baking pan or casserole dish.

granola apple crisp

granola apple crisp

3. Peel and slice apples. Toss them with remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon and lemon juice.


granola apple crisp

4. Sprinkle apples over granola mixture.


5. Sprinkle remaining granola mixture over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes

granola apple crisp




Making this apple crisp was so easy with Quaker® Simply Granola. It’s tasty and filling with hearty, satisfying crunchy granola clusters.  My local Walmart carries a variety of Quaker® Simply Granola products. Some include real fruit like apples, cranberries and raisins.

Make this, and eat it for breakfast this week. It’s perfect on a cold winter morning.

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