When Joani Deuel's two grandkids, Hunter and Parker, come to visit in Dublin, California, they've learned to expect the unexpected from a grandmother who absolutely loves to have a surprise up her sleeve. The latest caper appeared at lunchtime when she said, "Come and get your watermelon sandwiches!"
Back-to-school shopping can blow up a household budget. Sometimes the only way a family can save money is by monitoring what it spends each week on groceries.
This is one of my dear friends' first year as an elementary school teacher. She's also the mother of two boys. Not only does she have to prepare a healthy school lunch and snacks for herself, she also must pack lunches and snacks that her kids will love. I'm sure that this is a common dilemma for working parents with school-aged children.
So little time left, and so much yet to do. Do you feel that way this month, realizing that warm and long summer days soon will come to an end?
Now and then we just don't want to cook as much as we normally do. Maybe it's the heat of summer that keeps us from wanting to get in the kitchen or trek to the grocery store. If it's winter, maybe there is a layer of snow on everything outside. If we don't qualify for Meals on Wheels or any other food program, it's up to us to figure out how to get good meals.
One of my dearest friends loves all things watermelon. It's always a challenge to think of new ways to serve her favorite melon. Watermelon is a delicious, fresh ingredient that shouldn't be restricted to just fruit platters and buffet tables. Its versatility is astounding. Botanically, a watermelon is a fruit — a ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents, much like a pepper, pumpkin or tomato.
"You know, it makes a fellow think, The shape of you, the shape of me, the shape of everything I see ..." begins Dr. Seuss in one of his whimsical, poetic books, "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff." As the images and rhyming continue, we are happily reminded that everything around us is unique.
Summer is one of the best seasons to indulge in beautiful, leafy green vegetables. These include the most common varieties seen in grocery stores or farmer's markets, like spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens or Swiss chard. You also can eat the green, leafy tops of many root vegetables, such as beets, turnips and rutabagas.
One of my favorite year-round lunch or light dinner menus is a half of a club sandwich and a bowl of vegetable soup. When people think of summer recipes, they seldom think of soup. While soups are a perfect dish in the winter, they're easily a seasonal recipe with the right ingredients. And,…