“Make Lemonade”

You’ve heard that platitude: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” Well, last week someone gave me a big bag of wonderful, crusty bread rolls. We can’t give them away on the street, because too many people don’t have good teeth to eat them. They end up being fed to the squirrels and pigeons and attracting rats. What to do?

I roasted a turkey Thursday morning with the intention of making turkey vegetable soup. Around noon, I started making stuffing with the bread. I simmered minced onions and celery, melted butter; added sage, cilantro and salt; and started tearing up the rolls and throwing them in. I filled the ten quart pan this way making savory stuffing. Then I got to thinking. How am I going to keep this hot ? How am I going to serve it? What else am I going to put in the soup?

I added green beans, corn, mixed vegetables and garlic to the soup pot with the turkey meat and broth. Then I dumped in the stuffing. I usually don’t try the soup, but I was a little worried about this concoction, so I had a half cup and made Bethann try it, too. It was fantastic!

We didn’t have a super huge crowd on the street, so I was hoping for leftovers. No such luck. They kept coming back for more until it was all gone.

Consider Today’s Lily

Daylilies are amazing. They put forth a beautiful bloom and it is gone in a day, only to be replaced the next day with another glorious bloom. Jesus told us to consider the lilies of the field in order to encourage us to have faith in God’s provision for us. This in turn is to encourage us to share what God blessed us with today with others, knowing that God will have new blessings for us tomorrow.

If you have a sunny spot in your yard, you should plant a daylily or two. This will remind you to thank God for his care for you. It can also remind you to pray for the poor and for The King’s Jubilee.

Last year we had a daylily sale and several people told us they only have shade. So this year we are also offering shade loving hostas. These are also carefree multipliers. Another advantage to daylilies and hostas is that you can use them to reduce the area that you regularly mow.

These daylilies and hostas are grown in Hilltown on a family estate. Teich & McColgan are registered breeders and growers of hostas and daylilies, so these aren’t your Home Depot varieties. We are selling the odds and ends of the varieties they sold last year. They clear out the beds to make room for different varieties each year. So please give our homeless daylilies and hostas a home and suppoort The King’s Jubilee at the same time.

Our wholesale price went down, so the retail price is lower this year: $10 each (tax included). I am selling some directly, others will be ordered and delivered in a week or so. If you can help us sell these at your parish or your place of work, let me know.

Twenty Years and Counting

February was the twentieth anniversary of the start of The King’s Jubilee. Many people have expressed amazement that we are still doing this after so many years. All I can say is that we started doing it and there hasn’t been a good reason to stop doing it. There are still hungry people on the street. There are still people willing and able to give us food to serve.

But twenty years sticking with anything these days seems pretty unusual, I guess. We haven’t figured out how to mark this milestone other than to keep serving the poor in Jesus’ Name. Any suggestions?

Summer is Our Busiest Season

Some programs stop for the summer. Some of the shelters close. More people are likely to try to make it on the street without having to go to a shelter. So our population goes up.

Since it is light later and school is closed; summer is a great time for families with children to join us to help serve. Make it a priority and mark your calendar. Families that make serving the poor a priority instead of an afterthought are richly blessed.

You may want to make sandwiches or you may want to come along. If you come along, it is not important that you have a specific task to do. Your presence shows that you care and honors those whom we serve.

We need season appropriate men’s clothes. We can use more sandwiches. If anyone wants to buy fruit for us to give away, that is always welcome. Please avoid apples, as people do not have good teeth.