Summer has been unfolding in a very gentle way these last few weeks.
Our mornings have been cool, and our afternoons full
of sunshine and an occasional cloud.
It is great weather for walking, the beach, or the downtown street scene, whatever suits your mood.
This newsletter, we would like to share all the ways we prepare meals here in Walnut Commons.
Every Saturday morning, one of our members puts out a breakfast "spread." For this meal, we ask that members contribute whatever appeals to them, usually from $2 to $5. This money goes to our "Wish List" fund to buy things for our building that are not exactly essential. The sponsoring member, Will Hendricks, buys all the food!
The most common way a meal is prepared
is that two to four of our residents get together, agree on a date and plan a menu, usually dinner. The hosts let all the members know the date and the menu, and put out a signup sheet. These meals are usually twice a week, on a voluntary basis. The hosts for the meal buy and cook the ingredients, and set the cost for the members to pay, usually $8 per person. The cooks get a discount. The cooks are reimbursed from the collected funds. $1 from each meal goes into the Wish List Fund.
Vegetarian main dishes
are offered for each meal.
some menus are perfect for a pot luck buffet. One example is our Tostada Night. We publish a list of all the necessary ingredients for the perfect tostada, members sign up to bring things, and the Meals Team usually lays out the food. Pot lucks are free!
Holidays: Some are BBQs, with the side dishes contributed by the residents who sign up for the festivities. The BBQ part, the "meat," is contributed by each person who comes. This year, for the most recent holiday on the 4th of July, two residents planned and prepared the meal. We had sausages, two salads (cole slaw and a yam / fruit salad), home baked bread, and blackberry pie and ice cream for dessert.