In May, when the weather was still pleasantly cool, I looked forward eagerly to summer meals: salads, food cooked on the grill, sandwiches, Jell-O molds — you know, the kind of food you crave on hot, summer days.
Now, midway through August, my thoughts are turning once again to heartier meals that require long, slow cooking such as meat loaf, homemade soup, pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Just thinking about it makes me hungry!
Back in the 1800s, the summer kitchen came about. They were most prevalent in rural areas where there was enough space to build.
The cook stove was moved out of the home into a small, separate building so that the heat of a wood fire would not make the living quarters unbearable. There was no electricity, so no fans or air conditioning in those days!
A well-filled wood box stood beside the door, and inside besides the stove was a table and a couple chairs and an icebox, which was chilled with huge blocks of ice, cut in the winter from nearby lakes.
The blocks of ice were covered with sawdust, a by-product of that woodpile, to keep the ice from melting, and stored in an icehouse.
Our family had an icehouse and I vividly remember the men of the family getting together in January and cutting ice to be stored for summer use. As children we were forbidden to go into the icehouse, but on those sticky mid-summer days, sometimes we managed to sneak in and enjoy the refreshing coolness.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
“The Joy of Volunteering” is the topic of a program to be presented at 11:40 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St., by John Wakelin, who is a Meals On Wheels volunteer for the Center.
Those who are considering joining the corps of volunteers, whether at the Senior Center or elsewhere, are invited to attend and learn about the rewards of serving.
The birthday celebration for those with August birthdays will be held Thursday, Aug. 20.
The menu for the day is tamales, refried beans, Spanish rice, beverage and birthday cake. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876.
The Golden Oldie Gang of Clint and Pauline will host a program of Karaoke at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25 in the Center Dining Room. Come join the fun; no charge and no reservations needed.
The Old Time Music Makers will be playing beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31 in the Center Dining Room. Visitors are welcome.
The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is planning a huge sale of most merchandise the end of August. Check the Roundup for further information on times and dates.
The Senior Circle August Members’ Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Circle building, 215 N. Beeline Highway.
Cost for members is $4, non-members, $5. Call (928) 472-9290 for reservations.
The Senior Circle program will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Payson in September.
An anniversary picnic is planned for Sept. 26 in Rumsey Park. The main course will be provided, and guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. Come help celebrate this special occasion for senior services in the Rim Country.
For information, call the above phone number.
There will be music, dancing, door prizes and, of course, a picnic lunch.
Scoops Ice Cream Parlor, 616 N. Beeline Highway, is the newest local discount vendor offering a 10-percent discount on purchases for Senior Circle members.
Stop in the Circle office for a full list of the more than 35 local businesses that give Senior Circle discounts, as well as national companies participating.
Oh, by the way, don’t you love the Scoops slogan: “Where it’s okay to double dip.”
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Think about it: Slow down, life is a journey to be experienced, not a race to be won.