How does a festive church picnic under a shaded tree with ring-side seats to watch a Memorial Day parade sound? Fun, right?
My sweetheart's friend invited us to his annual church picnic in Hawthorne, New Jersey.
A picnic favorite: watermelon.
BYOVHD: Bring your own veggie hot dogs. Yes, I actually came equipped with my own. While everyone was chowing down on beef brisket, cheeseburgers and hot dogs, I had a more humane (and much more heart-healthy) veggie dog. These were Lightlife Smart Dogs from Trader Joe's.
The corn on the cob was so sweet. I washed it down with an Arnold Palmer: half lemonade, half ice tea.
The pastor's wife's homemade strawberry pie. Heavenly, pun intended. She said she found the recipe in a cookbook that she received when she first married, and it's just strawberries, with a glaze of cornstarch, sugar, water, and some crushed strawberries. Down-home, simple comfort food.
A side note: in communal situations like this, I no longer torture myself if I want a scoop of potato salad or a brownie that's non-vegan. There's usually so much food at these events, and worrying about these things does little to help animals in factory farms, in my opinion. But I digress.
I'm sure I'm not the only New Jerseyan who is sick and tired of how our state is always made fun of in the media.
I couldn't agree more with the sentiments on this t-shirt: New Jersey Girls Rule!
Call me hokey, but I love a parade.
Local heroes: your volunteer ambulance.
The spirit of America, indeed.
More of a hero than any actor or singer in my book.
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