Ray's Brand Chilli-A Favorite Across the Country, but made in Illinois!
Ray’s has been a family owned business that grew steadily until Ray DeFrates’ passing in 1962. While the business remained strong, it was not growing, so the family sold Ray’s to another family in 1986 and in 1997. A new family purchased the business.
In 1996, you could find Ray’s in most grocery stores in Illinois between I-80 and I-64. Ray’s could also be found in select grocery stores in Southern Illinois, Quad Cities of Iowa and in a few stores in Missouri and Indiana. Today, Ray’s can be found in select grocery stores throughout a 21-state region.
Ray’s commitment to quality is of utmost importance today. All of Ray’s canned products are inspected and passed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Oakland Noodle Company
Once you try Oakland Noodle Company’s delicious homemade egg noodles you’ll feel like you’re back in grandma’s kitchen! All of Oakland Noodle Company’s hand cut noodles contains the finest ingredients. We know you will find our noodles to be the perfect addition to any soup, stew or casserole dish.
I created Commode To Joy over five years ago, originally as a blog, with the goal to find "happy in the crappy." It takes a light-hearted approach to life in general, including its unexpected moments and difficulties. Over time, my goal morphed into a card line that meets people where they are, in the feels. Rather than speak to specific circumstances (like divorce, death, diagnosis, or people being dumb) my cards speak to the emotions of the person coping.
Being honest with where you are mentally/emotionally is an important step of coping, healing, and getting through life in general, but it can be hard for some to acknowledge or even identify. Enter empathy. In card form it's helpful for the sender who cares but doesn't know what to say and when to say it. It's helpful for the receiver, because it acknowledges the gamut of life's reactions, including the crappy. And sometimes that's all it takes for others to find a spark of happy. That's why I do what I do — to help others take a shift for the better.