If you’ve ever stood in line to fill out an application for public assistance you know how that FEELS.
It doesn’t matter whether that assistance came in the form of food stamps or SNAP; if it entitled you and your youngster to an EBT card from WIC; or if you just needed a bag of groceries from the food pantry, you had to jump through some hoops to get the help you needed.
All over the country there are people who depend on food commodities and food banks. They line up at various churches and other food distribution places to get something for their families to eat. There are staggering numbers of people in this country who are living on a dime!
If you have ever gone through this, no matter how comfortable or miserable you found the experience to be, you may have wondered whether anyone really cared about your situation. Maybe you heard snide remarks or perhaps you felt shame or guilt for needing food. Hey, we all need help of some kind from time to time. Here in the Club House we don’t care how you got here…we love you just the way you are.
You know how we love comments, of course. Well, someone sent us a comment that knocked our socks off! It came from a young woman who is asking us all for our STORIES. Here is her comment:
“Dear Mother Connie,
I’ve been looking around your blog and I love what you do. First of all – I had no idea that succotash was anything more than sufferin’ succotash – but I’ll definitely be making some ASAP. Second of all – I love that this is a place for lots of different people to share stories with each other about challenges and successes.
My name is Meg Cramer and I’m part of the Public Insight Network – it’s a community of journalists and all kinds of other people who share experiences and personal stories about how everyday people are affected by what’s happening in our communities.
I would love to give you and your readers the opportunity to be part of the news – and I would love to have the opportunity to listen to and share some of your stories.
Right now we’re asking people if they’ve ever needed services in the safety net - like food stamps or Medicare - to get back on their feet, and to share their experiences with us: http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/marketplace/5ee4819b9f95/have-you-ever-used-services-in-the-safety-net-to-get-back-on-your-feet
But we’d love to hear from anyone, anywhere, with any stories! Really!
Thanks so much for your time, I hope to hear from you and some of your readers soon!
If you’ve got any questions, shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WOW. She is inviting each of us to have 15 minutes of fame! grin
I asked Meg what drew her to this blog. She mentioned that we have a spirit of community here that she has not found elsewhere. Does that mean we are not “increasingly irrelevant”? Of course we are not. We are the ‘over-the-back-fence-neighbors’ who help one another with the daily struggles of keeping body and soul together, sharing our lives, our kitchen tips, our recipes and other ideas that add to the quality of one anothers’ lives!
Here’s hoping you will be moved to share YOUR story with Meg’s network. There are no strings attached; it’s all confidential, nothing to buy and it’s all up to YOU how much you tell about your situation.
Now let’s talk about FOOD!
Spinach and Eggs Make a Delcious Brunch!
The ladies at Book Lovers Club mentioned spinach and eggs and my ears perked up. I have eaten spinach salad with eggs but this was a new dish for me. The discussion centered around the Dirty 30′s when there was dust everywhere, little money to be had and people lived on whatever they could scrounge up. * There was no SNAP program in those days.
I took a package of frozen spinach, unwrapped it and placed it in a 2 quart skillet. When it was thawed, I flattened it to cover the bottom of the skillet. I put the lid over it and warmed it gently. While it was warming I cracked 4 eggs into bowls to make sure they were OK. When the spinach was warmed through I sprinkled a tiny bit of Rice vinegar over the veg.
SIDEBAR: Rice vinegar is sweet. Apple cider or distilled vinegar will work well but you may wish to dilute it with a bit of water and maybe a touch of sugar. END SIDEBAR
Carefully, the eggs went in on little hollows I formed in the spinach. I seasoned the eggs with salt and pepper, replaced the lid and let the eggs cook slowly.
When the lid came off about 6 – 8 minutes later, the eggs were done perfectly and the aroma was wonderful!
This was extremely economical to make. The spinach cost $1.45 but canned might be cheaper and eggs are less costly than beef or pork. These were medium sized eggs. The nutrient content is over the top!
Do give this a go…your family might be pleasantly surprised at how tasty and filling it really is.
OK, kids. You have homework: Go to the website Meg gave us to share your story—RIGHT AFTER you post your comment here! grin Then fire up the stove and find some spinach and eggs; it’ll make for a quick, satisfying meal on the cheap!
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