Posts Tagged ‘food’

Indian Summer

November 10, 2009

Here in Iowa we are enjoying a wonderful stretch of Indian Summer.  (I wonder where that term came from, and how Native Americans feel about it?)  Indian Summer is when the temperatures warm up in the fall, after frost has arrived.  It is a wonderful time of year when we get to enjoy a few last days of warmth before winter settles in.  People do all kinds of outdoor activities.  They do yard work, go for walks, barbecue, go to the park,  it is like summer’s  last hurrah.  It is not too hot, nor too cold, the bugs have all but disappeared.  (Except, of course, the Asian Beetle!!)  The only drawback is that it gets dark so early.

Enjoy it while it lasts.  

You-know-what  is coming!!!

I think I’ll barbecue some chicken tonight:)

End Starvation

March 3, 2009

Right now, there are people dying of starvation.  This is a problem that has existed for a long time, and yet it persists.  In theory the solution sounds rather simple.  

1.  Grow enough food to feed the population of the world. 

 2. Process and package 

 3.  Transport

4.  Distribute

Unfortunately, the difficulty and cost of actually accomplishing these simply stated tasks on the level that is necessary is substantial.  There are numerous agencies that are working to eradicate hunger, but they could use more help, more contributions, more involvement, more prayers,  of more people.       

This blog is not intended to encourage support of a particular organization.  Rather, I would encourage the reader to become involved in some way; to research and support the charity of their choice.

If enough people would become involved, we could make starvation a thing of the past.

Pancake Day

October 21, 2008

For many years now we have had a tradition of making pancakes one day a week for breakfast.  The day has changed from time to time depending on our schedules but it has been a big hit.  “It’s pancake day!” will generally get even the sleepiest teenager out of bed at my house.  (OK, I don’t have teenagers anymore, I know!)  Even Max, our old dog, would get excited, because I would make two little “doggie” pancakes just for him.  (The new dog, Daisy, hasn’t quite caught on yet.)  Today was pancake day and it is a good way to start the day.

It is good to have family traditions. It is good to have things that your family can do together that they enjoy.  Even if it is something as simple as pancake day. It is important to have time together, to share a meal, some conversation, some plans, hopes and dreams, problems or victories.  It is time together and that is a good thing.