Fill a Bag Feed a Family


“For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in.”

King James Version: Matthew 25:35

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This coming Saturday, May 11, 2013 is the annual U.S. National Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, sponsored by the United States National Association of Letter Carriers. (NALC)

This food drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive.



All you have to do is put a bag of non-perishable food next to your mail box.

That’s it.

That’s all.

Nothing could be easier or simpler.

The items will be distributed to food banks, shelters, and meal programs in your area.

The food drive is carried out in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger fighting organization, as well as Campbell’s Soup.

This year Stamp Out Hunger is in its 21st year.

“There are so many people in need: the elderly, the disabled, the working poor.” There are a lot of working poor. People don’t realize you can’t raise a family on seven and eight dollars an hour. So, we try to help out these people that are really in need,” Vickie Lewis McKee, chair member of the Local Letter Carriers Association, said.


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Featured Recipe        Berry Crush


Believe it or not the usual day that ushers in the Summer Season in the U.S.A. is only about two and a half weeks away. Yes. Memorial Day will be soon be upon us. The last twelve months just flew by.  And it doesn’t feel warm enough for it to be the start of summer either.

But soon enough hot days will be upon us and the time for a nice tall cold glass of iced tea, beer, or lemonade will really be here.

There are a lot of celebrations between now and the end of summer: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations, Memorial Day, Weddings, Flag Day, July 4th, my birthday. There will be lots of picnics too. So we all need good and fast eats, finger foods, and drinks.

So today I start with a different mouthwatering cold drink that will quench your thirst when summer hits full force.

I think I saw the recipe that is the inspiration for this one in the Orange County Register when I still lived in California. I did not save it or cut it out since it is so easy.

The actual recipe used alcohol, but I leave that out. Not cause I don’t like alcohol. I just thought it would be better as a hot-day cold fruit drink. All these years later I do not remember what kind of alcohol was used. There was more than one I am pretty sure.

This drink reminds me of Sangria except with berries.

Or it can be thought of an ice cold version of that wonderful Christmas holiday drink, Glϋhwein.

It is also a delightful way to get one more serving of fruit. Hopefully that will keep the food police away.

The crushed up fruit is why I like this drink so much. It is just fun, not to mention delicious, to have little pieces of fruit to eat. Eat and drink at the same time. It is just so efficient!

Each person can use what ever kind of berries that he or she wants. You could also use lemon instead of lime juice. I bet orange would work too, but I have never tried that.

You can also substitute seven-up in place of the cranberry juice. I tried ginger ale once and that was not so good. You could also substitute any fruit drink for the cranberry juice too. I have never tried that either. If you do, let me know how it went.

In any event, I think you will like this easy, super delicious drink and make it a go-to drink during Summer 2013.

This is what you need for each drink:

Hand full of assorted berries of your choice: (black, blue, raspberries, straw, etc.)


Cranberry juice (about 1 cup.)

1-2 limes – I use one for the juice and one for slices used as garnish.


Here is what you do:

After washing and prepping combine berries in a bowl.



Add a squirt of lime juice into the bowl, and crush and smash them up. I find that it is real easy to crush the berries with a potato masher.





Fill a glass about two-third full of ice.


Spoon berry crush over the ice.



Add another splash or two of the lime juice and then fill glass to top with cranberry juice and gently mix.



Drink up. Stay cool. Enjoy.



Bon appétit!!!



Strawberries 3           $0.18

Blueberries    7          $0.29

Blackberries  3           $0.18

Raspberries    3         $0.18

Ice                              ——

Cranberry juice          $0.32

2 limes                      $0.70

Total cost = $1.85

Cost per person =$1.85

Quote of the Day

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. 

Celia Thaxter


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