Busy new year!

I can’t believe I haven’t written since the beginning of the year! It’s been very busy here for me. I want to share something though. I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. (Side-note: I can’t wait for the movie.) I want to encourage everyone to check it out, it was amazing, funny, heartfelt, I really felt pulled in to this society in 1960s Mississippi on the cusp of the most turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement. I felt like I was right alongside Skeeter as she snuck behind the backs of her family and friends, worrying what they would think if they found out but at the same time not caring because it had to be done. I was waiting with baited breath with Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter praying they weren’t found out. When the end came, and the results of the publishing of their book came about I felt their pain and their joy, and their freedom. A truly amazing story. Here’s the blurb from Wikipedia…

The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. It is about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s.

The novel is told from the point of view of three narrators: Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children, and who has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose back-talk towards her employers results in her having to frequently change jobs, exacerbating her desperate need for work as well as her family’s struggle with money; and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who, after moving back home, discovers that a maid that helped raise her since childhood has abruptly disappeared and her attempts to find her have come to nought. The stories of the three women intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around “the help”, with complex relations of power, money, emotion, and intimacy tying together the white and black families of Jackson.

I have a crazy idea…

I am thinking it could be fun to do a monthly feature on here of dollar store meals. This would be meals where every item was purchasable at a Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General or Big Lots… Or I guess even Walmart, keeping the per person cost for each item (ie. Meat, veg, seasoning, etc.) $1 or under, and the entire meal under $5 per person. (Items used often would be figured based on percentage used times price divided by # of people. Like salt, olive oil, crackers, etc. Items used periodically would be figured by price divided by # people. Like poultry seasoning, honey, etc.) What do you guys think?

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