November 2023

Page A34 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A Phone: 877-770-TIES (8437) Fax: 276-466-3474 E-mail: STYLISH MATCHING TIES FOR PROFESSIONALS Any Size Group or Organization in the Serenity Storm: Protect and Grow Your Market Share Scan QR code Memoires des choix des Jacque (Memories of Jack’s Recipes) Original Recipes from Dottie and Jack Frediani Shared by Kate Frediani-Gorman Cremation Products Inc. 800-837-0701 SEARED CUMIN CHICKEN OVER WILTED BABY SPINACH 1 12-ounce bag pre-washed baby spinach 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil 1 Tbsp cumin seed, ground 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, filleted Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ cup crème fraiche 1 large red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and finely chopped Heat a medium sauté pan, add spinach and toss until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a warm platter. In a saucepan, heat oil and add cumin. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and sauté over medium high heat 3-5 minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove from heat; add creme fraiche and pepper and season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, top spinach with chicken and sauce. Good Eating! PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES 1 box low-fat yellow cake mix 1 egg ½ cup quick cooking oats 1 15-ounce can pumpkin 2½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 2 Tbsp oil 3 cups powdered sugar 4 Tbsp orange juice 1 tsp grated orange peel Combine the cake mix, oats and pumpkin pie spice. In another bowl, beat the egg, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients until moistened. Spray coat baking sheets; drop dough by 2 tablespoons onto sheets, flatten with back of spoon. Bake at 350º for 18-20 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Combine sugar, orange peel and enough juice to make icing of spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. 2023 NFDA International Convention & Expo Post-Convention Highlights SEND US YOUR NEWS! PO Box 5159 Youngstown, Oh 44514 1-800-321-7479 Convention Attendees Leave with New Ideas Continued from Page A33 Coming in second place was the Tug-Along by Mortuary Lift Company; and Matan’s Life Map took third place. Established in 2009, the NFDA Innovation Award recognizes and promotes creativity, innovation and excellence among funeral service suppliers and vendors. NFDA’s ultimate funeral service trivia challenge was back. Prior to the NFDA Convention, three-person teams competed in four rounds of funeral trivia, with questions provided by mortuary science school faculty. The top two teams went head-to-head live on stage before the closing keynote speaker. In a repeat of last year’s final, The Uncalled Three (Jenni Bryant, Laurel Klosterman and Ellen McBrayer) went up against last year’s winners, the Return Homies (Katey Houston, Brie Smith and Ivy Ostenburg). When all was said and done, the Return Homies were victorious and won the Funeral Face-off Cup. NFDA thanks the Funeral Face-off Sponsors, Precoa and @Need Marketing. Let the Good Times Roll The 142nd NFDA International Convention & Expo will take place October 20-23, 2024, in New Orleans, LA. Registration will open in Spring 2024 at www.nfda. org/convention. Looking ahead, NFDA returns to Chicago, IL, for its 2025 convention; the association will host its 2026 convention in Charlotte, NC. Sponsors NFDA thanks its 2023 International Convention & Expo sponsors for their continued support: Medallion: National Guardian Life (NGL); Black Diamond: Homesteaders Life Company; Platinum: Federated Insurance and Carriage Services; Titanium: Tribute Technology; Gold: Batesville,, Love Urns, Messenger, Physicians Mutual, Security National Life Insurance Company, and TruStage; Silver: ASD – Answering Service for Directors, C & J Financial, Funeral Home Gifts, Implant Recycling, Madelyn Gifts, Passare, Precoa/@Need, Ring Ring Marketing, Tukios, and Ultimate Canine; Bronze: Aurora Payments/Chosen Payments, Doric, Foundation Partners, funeral365, Heartland, Inman Shipping/Travel Plan, Nomis Publications Inc, and USA Today Network Obituaries. NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving more than 20,000 individual members who represent nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, WI and has an office in Washington, DC. For more information, visit ger for the gifts presented to individuals who experienced the death of a loved one during the past year and Tukios for a video tribute. Big Winners During the Opening General Session, NFDA presented the 2023 Innovation Award to Bluewater Voyage Buoy. Photos submitted by Hilton Sales