Courage and Summer Strawberries
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The simple life is thinking like a kid, but working like an adult.
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With our soldiers at war, Memorial Day is just past, and the Fourth
of July just around the corner, why not have a conversation about
courage with your family? The kids might be surprised to discuss
an "adult" topic, and be happy to have you take their opinions
seriously. You will definitely be surprised to hear their ideas and
What is courage? Who can be courageous? Do we know anyone who has
been courageous? Saved someone's life, or risked their life to help
or save someone else's life, or fought for an idea? Is it courage
when the soldier does their duty to their country despite doubts and
fears? Can you be courageous and afraid at the same time? Everyone
can think of a person they think of as courageous and why. What are
things we can all do to be courageous every day? Does it take
courage to do the right things every day?
These quotes might give you some ideas:
"Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway."~
"Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half
to death." ~ ~General Omar Bradley
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with
potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with
consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
~ ~Maya Angelou
Holidays are a day to set aside our political differences.
It's a day to remember the men and women throughout history that
have had the courage to face circumstances most of us can't even
imagine. We don't celebrate these holidays to have a picnic, or
watch the fireworks we celebrate our freedom on these days and we
remember the sacrifices others have made to bring us that freedom.
That's why we have the picnics and the fun - to remember why we can
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Simple Cool Cottage Cheese Salad
1 *20 oz. can crushed pineapple, UNDRAINED
1 *large (or two small) boxes raspberry gelatin, DRY (regular or
1 32 oz. container cottage cheese (regular or low fat)
1 12 oz. container whipped topping, THAWED (regular or lite)
Mix UNDRAINED pineapple, DRY gelatin and cottage cheese together.
whipped topping. *Any flavor combination can be used. It is
delicious with mandarin oranges and orange Jell-O. Firmer fruits add
more texture to the salad but it is delicious either way.
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When I was a kid, my mom was a teacher and had summers off.
One thing I can remember doing nearly every year was to go to a
strawberry farm and pick berries. We'd go early to avoid the hot
sun. It was kind of fun to walk among the rows and look for all the
red-ripe berries. We'd eat a few, but it was more fun to fill the
berry buckets. It' didn't take too long to fill a case. Then we'd
go home and start to clean an slice the berries to make jam and put
the rest in the freezer for strawberry shortcake or other strawberry
desserts during winter. I still love to pick berries, but like to
grow my own even better.
Jam can be made by cooking, or making no-cook freezer jam.
Everyone sort of has their own favorite. You might want it in jars
without using freezer space. Reduced-sugar or sugar free are other
Strawberries need lots of water, and can be grown in a
garden, or containers. If yours are in containers, remember that
strawberries need about double the water of garden plants. They
also need fertilizer. Many stores were selling strawberry hanging
baskets this year.
Garden grown strawberries need mulch and lots of generous
watering, as well. Experiment with different kinds of plants to
learn your favorite. And, most important, let the kids help. They
will love it!
Keeping it simple,