The Basket Lady
With thanks to Irene Haynes for dropping off those body and heart healthy fresh vegetables from the community garden project, I’ve been enjoying a (crock pot) homemade vegetable soup filled with nature’s nutrition and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of washing, cutting, slicing, and chopping such beautiful green kale, chard, and cucumbers; the smells coming from two kinds of onions were amazing and I found myself holding the long stem onion up next to my nose so that I could breathe in its wonderful smell. My foray into making my first pot of fresh vegetable soup has been yummy for my tummy!
A little garden edible tip: Kale is the superman of greens. Why? One cup of chopped kale delivers five times your daily vitamin k requirements and nearly three times your daily vitamin A needs. All that, with only 33 calories!
Fresh kale can be tough to chew. To tenderize it for a salad, cut the leaves into small pieces and massage them in a bowl for a minute or two. Some cooks sprinkle them with salt, then massage.
In the garden of good deeds, Lane McDonald has been sowing her seeds of kindness and generosity for a lifetime and her recent telephone call helped with donations to several families in immediate need, children in need of jeans for school, infant and toddler clothes for the Sheltering Wing and adult clothes for the Tri-County Mental Health clothing closet.
Lane has been a faithful contributor to the basket lady community projects for almost 10 years and she’s a selfless giver with a fascinating life-story. Thank you, Lane; you’ve brought smiles to faces where there were frowns.
Dear Ann Kezal is home now and she couldn’t be happier and for those of you that sent her a get-well card, she appreciates your kindness very much.
I hear that Greg Trundy is walking 4 miles a day! I must share my heart healthy soup with him some time.
Friend, in your garden of life, make each day count. Wake up with the thought that you are going to do something kind for someone this very day.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up!
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and live in the present and know that: A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.