I would like to announce a new feature called the Recipe Corner. This is where I will share my favorite recipes with you.
Today's recipe is a summer salad that is very adaptable.
The ingredients are the following:
The dressing is simple and delicious. It's only fresh squeezed lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I generally put a hefty amount of fresh lemon juice to 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
In mid-March, when we started having product shortages due to the craziness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I became nervous. ( I know I wasn't alone in this feeling.) With the shortages of fresh produce, milk alternatives, and other items that I would typically eat. I was wondering what to do.
Luckily I had some friends that went shopping for me and found a good supply of soups and fresh produce. It was a great gift package of food. As weeks went on (as I'm sure you have experienced), deliveries were slow and best, if you were able to schedule them at all.
Generally, I live mostly on the vegan side of the street. Due to the food that my friends and I were able to find, I suspended my vegan eating habits for a while. I was wondering where I could find fresh produce consistently.
A Facebook friend suggested that I look into community-based agriculture (CSA's) and see if there were any farms in my area. I live in a very urban area with low-income housing in my neighborhood. I thought for sure community-based agriculture was not in my area and, if so, was costly.
To my surprise, I found several CSA's near me with several different price points. I thought this was great, and then I thought, there's probably a huge waiting list, and I probably would have to wait several months to join. But in fact, I was able to join a CSA very close to my home in a matter of weeks. I am excited as I wait for my first box to arrive shortly.
I found some local CSA's via a website called Local Harvest. I found some more local CSA's via Yelp. Some CSA's have programs for people on fixed incomes or for families that are low income. My CSA has these such programs. Now an abundance of organic produce at a price I can afford will be delivered to my door.
Another way to find a CSA near you is to do a simple internet search. Put your closest metropolitan city and the phase CSA in the search bar.
I am also in the process of putting together a list of CSA's and fresh food delivery services as we get through this pandemic together.
In my last blog post, COVID and My Attendant Care, I was dealing with an attendant who refused to wear a mask when in my house. Due to the situation I decided to write up a COVID Policy for all of my attendants to follow.
Here's what I've written so far:
Due to the coronavirus, I have listed some new expectations so we can be safe and healthy in my home. These expectations are in effect immediately until further notice.
1. Please wear a mask every shift
2. If you forget your mask, please go home and get it. If you don't, you will not be let into my apartment and will not get paid for that shift.
3. Please wear gloves. If you don't have gloves, they will be provided for you.
4. Please clean every surface that you touch. (This includes but is not limited to the front doorknob, refrigerator door handles, counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as my durable medical equipment. (i.e., my crutches and wheelchair.)
5. Please be prepared to do additional cleaning when asked
6. If you are sick in any way, a cough, sneeze, sniffle, or fever, please call me as soon as possible so I can get a replacement for your shift.
7. Please limit skin to skin contact whenever possible when doing my personal care routine.
8. Please social distance whenever possible.
9. Please take your temperature (when asked) before coming to work.
10. Please bring some spare clean clothes ( that have not been worn outside) to wear at work.
What do you think about my current policy? If you like it, feel free to use it for your own purposes.
If you have suggestions to improve the policy please let me know.
Let's have a discussion!