11–19 of 19 entries from the month of: July 2014

Food Security

July 11th

It’s been a bit since I’ve blogged about food security. The other day I received a newsletter from the Association of Arizona Food Banks. The statistics listed rattled me — a reminder that it is good to use the tiny bit of soapbox power I have to discuss this increasingly serious social issue.

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One in five Arizona adults is hungry, and the rate is even higher for kids — one in four. In other words, they do not know where their next meal will come from. This means some 1.17 million people in our state are living meal-to-meal. Seniors. Babies. The working poor.

That’s a lot of folks, and it is easy to be overwhelmed. A few simple ways you can help with food security in your community — regardless of where you live:

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1. Find a local food bank and volunteer. Do what they need most. Maybe it is marketing, or sorting shelves. Maybe you are a great writer and can help with grants.

2. When you grocery shop, make a habit of buying an extra jar of peanut butter and can of tuna. These are inexpensive staples that are always in need.

3. See if your state hunger association has a tax credit program. In Arizona, you can donate up to $400 to AAFB and get the full amount back toward your state taxes. So, you give $400 to them and the state essentially matches it. Win/win.

4. Plant a garden. Find a place to donate a bit of your harvest. Produce is a luxury for families used to eating out of food boxes.

5. Consider keeping staples in your car to distribute, in lieu of money for homeless folks. These bags may include a bottle of water and a granola bar.

6. When you go out to eat, box up half of your meal for the guy sitting on the corner. Or — take it home and don’t be wasteful. Only in countries with such abundance does one hear the asinine, “I don’t eat leftovers.”  {This statement makes me so angry.}

7. Be an advocate. Learn about the hunger needs in your community and what can be done to address them on a policy level. Funding the Farm Bill should be a top priority. 

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Why is hunger important? Because those who don’t get enough to eat commit crimes of survival. Children don’t thrive. Tempers flare. Oh, and also — this is a social issue of political will. We have plenty of food for everyone to be full.

Do something. We don’t have to change the world. But we could each do one small thing. (And right there — that is how we do change the world!)

~K

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Gentle Giant

July 10th

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Natural Bridge

July 8th

I spent the holiday weekend away in Payson. In addition to visiting quaint, adorable Pine, AZ — we took some time to adventure a bit at the Tonto Natural Bridge.

Like so many natural wonders, these photos do no justice to the jaw-dropping awe this place inspires. So, here goes nothing:

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Looking forward to more time here, with the right hiking gear and a picnic.

Oh, Arizona. You really are a sweaty, pain in the butt most of the time. But then you remind me of your lovely, tender underbelly and I fall in love all over again.

~K

 

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A Jar Full of Summer

July 6th

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Jars of Summer

The last bit of summer was jarred and enjoyed this weekend. It was a great run for peppers and tomatoes this year!

I haven’t forgotten the “Phoenix Tomato Growing Plan.” I”m working on the tutorial and will have it posted prior to next season. In the meantime, for those growing heirlooms — don’t forget to save a couple favorites for seed collection. *

~K

*Screw you, Monsanto.

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Mint

July 5th

 

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Cowboy cookie

If you’ve ever asked how to make mint chocolate chip cookies without having salad in your dessert — I figured it out. Cook the butter down slowly with a handful of fresh herbs. Strain them after 10 minutes or so and then cook with the butter as usual.

The results are fantastic.

My friend Teresa has regularly said I should consider putting together a cookbook. I’m not certain I have enough creative recipes that can’t already be found a dozen different ways via the Google. I am, however, considering a lifestyle book next. Recipes, gardening and other projects that are distinctly southwestern and a part of life around the Heirloom Hacienda.

Something I am thinking about this long weekend!

~K

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Happy Birthday Bec! (and ‘Merica)

July 4th

Rebecca celebrates the bowling

Happy birthday to this crazy girl, who has been my friend for 27 years. (We are officially old.)

 

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Bec cheers for ASU

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Matt and BecI apparently have 27 years of photos of her too. I’ll stop there.

Happy birthday America! Just know the fireworks are actually for Rebilou.

xo,

K

*Whose birthday I will be celebrating in a fabulous way next month, which has yet to be disclosed to the recipient but let’s just say it is going to be SO MUCH FUN and will involve sequins.

 

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Country Living

July 3rd

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I took this photo out of some magazine at Home Depot, when I was waiting for keys to be made. I love this tablecloth! (and the chairs) The embroidery is beautiful, simple and clean. And the colors are perfect for the country chic look.

Anyone have luck making something similar? I’m thinking of buying an embroidery pen and just doodling an alphabet design on some linen. While, I’m at over estimating my crafting abilities, I’d like monogrammed pillow cases too.

This is why living in Arizona in the summer can work to your advantage. All that time inside can equate to more creativity.

~K

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Thank you, Jason.

July 2nd


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I had a waffle dinner party last week. I didn’t realize we’d lose to the Belgians this week. I’m fairly certain my celebration of all things waffle didn’t help.

Sorry, ‘Merica.

In other news, the blog is fixed! Thank you Jason!

~K

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Blog Down! Blog DOWN!

July 1st

Hey all,

Lots of stories and photos to share, but we at africankelli.com are having a few technical issues. Mainly, the blog and Flickr are fighting and I can’t figure out how to get them to JUST GET ALONG ALREADY.

As such, hang tight. The nerds are on the case.

If we don’t chat before — wishing all my American buddies the best 4th ever.

 

Peace, puppy dogs and fireworks,

Kelli

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