I'd like to make a conscious effort to put up a lot of fresh, inexpensive produce this summer. As I happen to know other people will be doing the same, I'll share the links here, but try to remember to put them behind a cut if they're taking up a lot of space.

The first, and imo most important link, is the one with general guidelines letting me know what to expect and when. Last year, I planned badly. Every time I thought "I'd like to buy some pyo strawberries (or whatever)", I discovered that I'd missed the season (and cheapest prices). I'd LIKE to avoid doing that this year!!!

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From Daily Prayables, today's made me smile:

Thanks be to You
for semi-colons,
for m-dashes, ellipses, and commas.
Glory be in the languages of Earth,
in Morse code and Braille,
in Swahili and Portuguese.
You made us social beings,
then gave us the gift that binds,
that brings us together
in conversation, chatter, exclamation.
Joy comes from communication,
as does peace.
Help us to use our words wisely and well.

- Lori Strawn

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As anxious as I am by the multiple chaotic things going on right now, I am having a moment of profound gratitude to be surrounded by my loved ones. Tonight I got an email letting me know that one of the fathers in David's Hebrew school class died suddenly yesterday. All I can do is bring them some food, pitifully insufficient. Those poor children, their poor mom.

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I want to make these with big chunks of chocolate and maybe some toffee chips instead of blueberries. Plus maybe some others that aren't quite as evil for you, maybe raspberry with sliced almonds? The pan they ask for are between 64 and 80 square inches. If I use a 9x13 pan, that's 117, so I could double the recipe and make squares to make it quick & easy. I'd probably do 24 instead of 20 to cut them more easily.

Dragged over here from Facebook, just because I feel like sharing the love...

Pay it Forward 2011: I promise to send something handmade [in my case, probably something edible] to the first 5 people who leave a comment. They must in turn post this and send something they made to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011. (Stolen from Kimberly Bobrow Jennery)

And to further quote Kimberly: "I think I'll be silly and do this. Also, I will only commit to the first 5, but if you aren't one of them, and you comment, I might manage it anyway - especially if you're local."

Meal planning

I'm biting the bullet and doing it, this is just ridiculous. Tomorrow I'm going to take inventory of my pantry and two refrigerator freezers. After that, I'm going to see if I can come up with meals for a week that require little to no purchasing. I've got lots here, it should be possible! Heck, it should be EASY.

ETA: Check stick blender to see if it works.

ETA: Goal- 7 dinners
1. Make your own pizza w/ crudites
2. Soup with veggies, kind TBA later & some sort of bread/roll/muffin
3. Tamale pies with salsa verde (white bean & veggies for them, poultry & veggies for me)
4. Pasta with cheese & veggies (something meat on the side for me)
5. Breakfast for dinner -- eggs, pancakes or waffles and fruit
6. Rice, dal, veggies, yoghurt & crudites (lamb for me)

Roasted chick pea "nuts"
Hard boiled eggs
Homemade yoghurt
Homemade crackers