The Basket Lady
Basket Lady’s looking forward to the July 4th fireworks down at Hosmer Field again this year and the festivities couldn’t come at a better time for our community; gives us a chance to take a time out from all of the budgetary issues and to just enjoy our town; the place we call home.
What could be a tastier way to celebrate July 4th than with the fixings stacked in a picnic basket plum full of cold chicken, potato salad, pickles, biscuits, banana pudding, watermelon slices, and a cold glass of iced tea?
The July 4th fireworks always makes me think of things that represent glory and naturally, the fireworks are magnificent to behold, however, another aspect of glory is love and the glory of life is to love, not to be loved, to give, not to get. To serve, not to be served; to be a strong hand in the dark to another in the time of need, to be a cup of strength to any soul in a crisis of weakness. This is to know the Glory of Life. Every day is an opportunity to explore, expand and to celebrate your life gloriously!
Here’s a quick way to put together a July Fourth Picnic Basket:
Supplies -- Basket: Round or square wicker basket, 22x 8 inches high;
Basket decorations -- Red, white, and blue spray paint, red, white and blue ribbon, large silk (mixed) red and white roses; Picnic Basket Contents -- Recycled paper shreds for the base, homemade potato salad, homemade biscuits (add honey and butter pats as desired), fried chicken served cold for 8 servings, watermelon slices, red, white and blue frosted cake (homemade or store bought).
coffee and iced tea, lemon slices, table cloth or plastic covering, lawn chairs/blankets, cloth or paper napkins, plastic spoons, knives, forks and paper/plastic cups.
Assembling the picnic basket -- If desired, spray paint the basket in one color (white) or in three colors (red, white and blue). You’ll have to let the basket dry thoroughly before you add another layer of spray paint. Place the recycled paper shreds in the bottom of the basket to give padding and lift to the items in the basket. Arrange all of the items in the basket. Place the red, white, and blue roses in the center or in the back of the basket. Make a large bow with the red, white, and blue ribbons. Extra’s to add: Sparkler’s, pinwheels and blow bubbles for the kids.
The following every day earthly angels have shown a kindness in word or by deed and the basket lady thanks you from her heart: Dear lady at the Faith Baptist Church, Penny angel, Pam and Cam Kaubris, Lori Grassette, Dan Frazel and guys, Lil Rose Poirier, Barbara Jean Smith and Gogie, Irene Haynes, Brenda Swan, two anonymous angels, Dr. Keyes, Mtn. View Eye Care staff, Jane Bubar, Kim Akers, Betty Palmer, RH out-pt. Registration, Sandee Conley, Betty, Anne and Joseph, Kiya Seigle, Jim Rinaldo, Jeffrey Leonards, Rumford’s Hannaford Pharmacy employees and Mary Smith (George said so).
Enjoy the July 4th festivities and be safe everyone!
Basket Lady’s theme is to: Get a basket-Give a basket. We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and live in the present.