Saturday, 19 October 2013

Good Food Box

October's Good Food Box

The Good Food Box is a community program supported by the Public Health Units in Ontario CA.   

Established approximately 20 years ago the original mandate was to provide low income and the working poor with fresh fruits and vegetables through a cooperative like program. 

Families pool their money and with the increase purchasing power a buyer travels to the Toronto Food Terminal and purchases in bulk.  In this way the families get their fruits and vegetables for less than what they would be forced to pay at local grocery stores.

The program was later opened up to everyone increasing the buying power of the group.  The Good Food Box is $15.00 per month with anyone making under $30,000 annually paying $12.00, the Public Health Unit subsidizing other $3.00 per family.

Currently our local Good Food Box outlet puts together between 118 and 120 boxes per month with approximately 30 of the boxes being subsidized.

This month’s box came with 
Pumpkin Facts

Pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamin A, thiamine and riboflavin and a good source of Vitamin C.
One 4 oz. (115 g) portion, cooked and mashed contains 38 calories.  The seeds are rich in protein and a good source of iron.

Pumpkin Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ cup butter
2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin
4 cups pumpkin cooking water
2 heaping tsp. chicken soup base (or vegetable soup base)
1 tsp curry
1 tsp nutmeg
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp dry parsley
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half cream
2 tsp salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Sauté onion in butter until golden.  Stir in pumpkin, water, chicken base, bay leaf, curry, nutmeg, and parsley.  Bring to a simmer and continue simmering uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Blend or mash the soup for a smoother consistency.  Add half and half cream and milk in a thin stream while stirring.  Add salt and pepper.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

From the October 2013 Good Food Box flyer Grey Bruce Good Food Box.

 We look forward to the Brussels Sprouts and turnip two of our favourite foods.

Grandma Snyder

Friday, 18 October 2013

Revive the tradition of letter writing to your children like F. Scott Fistzgerald

Writing to our children as a gift of love.

source The Graphics Fairy

What is so important about letter writing?

Some of my clearest memories from my childhood are receiving letters from my Aunt Marjorie, my parents while I was away at camp and from people on vacations who thought to send back post cards.  I believe that getting these notes started me on my life long path of journal keeping.

Receiving these hand written missive held more than the words written on the paper.  I knew that each of these people had thought about me and taken the time to put pen to paper.  Aunt Marjorie would draw small pictures on her letters, and  Mom would kiss the letter with lipstick on.

Now isn’t that the same as sending a Facebook post or a tweet.  Well for older children who have access to Facebook, Twitter etc it very well maybe.  Our oldest grandson (18) over the past few weeks has started to send me private messages over Facebook and I have responded via this medium.  These gifts from him mean a great deal to me I only wish I could print them out to keep.

Young children do not and should not have the same access to social media and there is research that found receiving a letter with your name on it builds self-esteem, motivates children to learn to read, and  instills a desire to write down their thoughts.

A number of you have commented on how you would like to or are in the process of writing down your family history and that finding the time to do it is the problem.  

I wonder if motivation would be the problem if you knew that your grandchild was expectantly waiting a letter from Grandma.

You do not have to live far away to send a letter.  Many of the famous people who wrote to their children did so while they lived under the same roof.   

We express ourselves differently in writing and the written words are a permanent record of your feelings, hopes and expectations.

Here are a few tips if you want to send off your first letter.

  1. Keep your letter short no more than one page. 
  2. Use words that your grand/child will know or be learning in school 
  3. Draw pictures or include old photographs for young children 
  4. Include a treat like a stickers, bookmarks or a homemade coupon for a special treat with you. 
  5. Your letter should be on one topic 
  6. Do not ask them questions at this point tell them something or share something

You could write them a letter that is a simple as:

Today I found this knock knock joke and I thought of you.
(write out the joke)
I love the way you tell jokes when we are together.
Love Grandpa

Between now and the December holiday season I will be posting eight blogs on writing letters for your children and grandchildren.  With each post I will include a letter that a famous historical person wrote to their child.

The timing of these posts is deliberate as I would like you to consider in your gift giving to school aged grand/children  gifting them writing paper, stamped envelopes self addressed  to you and a writing utensil.  

That you start a tradition of letter writing.

 Grandma Snyder

F. Scott Fitzgerald letter to his daughter Pie from Letters of Note

August 8, 1933

Dear Pie:

I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy — but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages, they never really happen to you in life.

All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there is such a volume in the camp library, will you ask Mrs. Tyson to let you look up a sonnet of Shakespeare's in which the line occurs "Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds."

Have had no thoughts today, life seems composed of getting up a Saturday Evening Post story. I think of you, and always pleasantly; but if you call me "Pappy" again I am going to take the White Cat out and beat his bottom hard, six times for every time you are impertinent. Do you react to that?

I will arrange the camp bill.

Halfwit, I will conclude.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage

Worry about Cleanliness

Worry about efficiency

Worry about horsemanship

Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Don't worry about popular opinion

Don't worry about dolls

Don't worry about the past

Don't worry about the future

Don't worry about growing up

Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you

Don't worry about triumph

Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault

Don't worry about mosquitoes

Don't worry about flies

Don't worry about insects in general

Don't worry about parents

Don't worry about boys

Don't worry about disappointments

Don't worry about pleasures

Don't worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?

How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship

(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?

(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


P.S. My come-back to your calling me Pappy is christening you by the word Egg, which implies that you belong to a very rudimentary state of life and that I could break you up and crack you open at my will and I think it would be a word that would hang on if I ever told it to your contemporaries. "Egg Fitzgerald." How would you like that to go through life with — "Eggie Fitzgerald" or "Bad Egg Fitzgerald" or any form that might occur to fertile minds? Try it once more and I swear to God I will hang it on you and it will be up to you to shake it off. Why borrow trouble?

Love anyhow

Grandma Snyder
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