'Tis the Season....to Pay It Forward. With Cookies!

Home Stager with Rooms With Style

We need to pay it forward throughout the year but there is something about the Holidays with people hurting, no families, no money for gifts for the kids, health issues and so on, that should propel us to help others. Maybe it is because we can look at what we have and know how blessed we are.

I think the best way to Pay It Forward is by using your gifts and what you enjoy doing to bless others. For instance I love to bake. So about 15 years ago I started baking plates of cookies for those that are shut-in. My church goes Christmas caroling to folks in their nursing home rooms, homes or apartments and after caroling they give them a plate of home made cookies.

That's where I come in! One day a year I put on my Chef apparel and hit the flour and sugar and have at it.




 I love to try at least a few new recipes each year but of course there are always the old standbys that you just have to make like Spritz, Ginger Cookies, Fudge, Caramels and the ever popular Peanut Blossoms!!

20 - 25 hours later (yes I bake on a couple other days as well) the plates are assembled and delivered to the church.






Oh....and of course there are the dishes which isn't my gifting at all! :)        DSCN1060





So what do you enjoying doing? How can you turn that into a blessing to others? Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army as you sing a Christmas Carol or just reaching out with a smile? Assisting at parties for those less fortunate, helping at a Day Care or School?

So many ways to Pay It Forward and there is a lot of time left to do it!



Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer




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ba`B Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Yummy that is certainly one great way to pay it forward, wish I was close to your home town to enjoy a few of these treats. Great way paying it forward.

Dec 08, 2015 10:20 PM #1
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My goodness, so many January calories that need to be addressed

Dec 08, 2015 10:34 PM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Beautiful Christmas cookies made with such love and care.  Well done, great way of "paying it forward" and spreading holiday cheer with your caroling too.

Dec 08, 2015 10:36 PM #3
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

We don't talk enough about the power of a ordinary cookie.

Dec 08, 2015 10:37 PM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Shar -- from your kitchen and your heart, this pay it forward is well-served.  Yummy presentation too.  

Dec 08, 2015 10:50 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Those plates of cookies are creations and make a statement that you put lots of time into caring. So nice Shar.

Dec 08, 2015 11:02 PM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Shar,  You are my type of gal, next week I take a day to do 100 cookies tins for past clients and extras for the guys and girls on street corners.  It's Christmas.

Dec 08, 2015 11:03 PM #7
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

These cookies  look absolutely spectacular Shar, and I'm sure they taste as good as they look.  What a blessing to those who receive them!!

Dec 09, 2015 12:51 AM #8
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

This is a SWEET way to pay it forward.  Nicely done.

Dec 09, 2015 01:06 AM #9
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Absolutely fantastic, Shar Sitter ... and I'm thinking of heading north to your house immediately!  


Dec 09, 2015 03:27 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Those are some darn nice looking cookies you have there!  What is the pretzel looking one with the white center and m&m?  I love the assortment....such a fabulous gift!

Dec 09, 2015 05:49 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shar, your plate of goodies looks delicious, and you have such a huge heart! 

Dec 09, 2015 09:09 AM #12
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks for giving me the heads up about the contest after I posted this Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689 !

Oh well Ed Silva , 'tis the season for calories too!

Thank you Roger D. Mucci . I used to do all the baking in one day, like 16 hours! I got too old for that so now it is one 9 or 10 hour day and a couple short days.


Dec 09, 2015 12:27 PM #13
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Isn't that the truth Richie Alan Naggar . Cookie Monster isn't out promoting those cookies as much anymore!

Well thank you Michael Jacobs . Most of the folks that get these don't have ovens anymore in their rooms or if they do the ability to bake anymore. I always throw in some 'old time' cookies. :)

Thanks Debbie Reynolds . As I get older it is so much work but I can't imagine not doing it.


Dec 09, 2015 12:31 PM #14
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Oh that's a cool thing Will Hamm . You have the 'cookie' pay it forward too!

I  do think it is a blessing to them Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging . And I never make anything that I wouldn't love to eat myself!

Ha! Good one Belinda Spillman . Hope you have a 'sweet' Christmas as well!


Dec 09, 2015 12:33 PM #15
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Well you aren't too far away Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com . If I was still coming to Chicago every 4 months or so I would have dropped some off!

Thank you Sharon Tara . It actually is a pretzel, those small round ones about the size of a nickel. Put them on wax paper and fill it with white or dark chocolate and add a red or green M&M. Those are the nice easy ones to do and they always add color to the plate. Fun to just fill up a small dish too!

Thank you Joan Cox . I do enjoy blessing the elderly with some home baked goodies!

Dec 09, 2015 12:38 PM #16
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


You're a woman with many talents from the heart, soul and you have taste that others no doubt enjoy! I think what you're doing is admirable and helpful, especially to those who don't have the love of family. I know they appreciate you very much. 

Dec 10, 2015 01:31 PM #17
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe


I always have room for another one to indulge.......

Thanks for sharing


Dec 11, 2015 03:37 AM #18
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

What a true blessing you are to the people in your community Shar! Kudos!

Dec 14, 2015 04:38 AM #19
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