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Archive for December, 2008

Holidays – Happy New Year!

I hope each of you have a fun, safe night tonight. My personal plans keep changing so we will see where I end up.

On a separate subject, I am now on Twitter. You can find me under the name Southern Social.

Once again, have a great holiday and see you next year.

Merry Christmas

To you and yours.

I hope you are having a lovely day.

Best wishes,

Leslie

Holidays – Giving Out 50 Sack Lunches

On Saturday me and E3 went into downtown Atlanta to give out the sack lunches I made that morning. Each lunch included a cheese and bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a Christmas cake from Little Debbie. We went down to Hurt Park which is across the street from Georgia State University. E3 had to stay in the car due to no parking.

I have to tell you that I have worked in soup kitchens, packed food for shut-ins and served dinner to parolees. I have handed out lunches before but not this amount. Nothing prepared me for this. I did not even get into the park. I was immediately swarmed with people when I stepped onto the sidewalk. Every lunch was gone in under 10 minutes. E3 said that as he watched people look in their sacks that they got big smiles when they pulled out the Christmas cakes.

What was heartbreaking was when I ran out of lunches. I should have brought 200 instead of 50.

I spent MAX $90 on the whole thing. It was time and money well spent.

What’s Going On?

A lot in my world. I am working on some different projects for work, finishing up with my Provisionals, starting some new responsibilities the High, ignoring Christmas, etc.

To be honest, I am not in the mood this year. AGAIN. Unfortunately, I don’t get to go on vacation this year and forget it all.

The last couple of weeks have just about pushed me to my breaking point. But like my friends say, “You can handle anything.”

My contribution to the Holiday season will happen this Saturday. Myself and E3 will be driving around different areas of Atlanta handing out sack lunches to the ever growing homeless population. A population I see everyday and am doing what I can to help.

In regards to this blog and my lack of posting or really getting to personal on it. Thank you to the few of you who still read. Hopefully, I will get my Las Vegas and events pictures up soon.

I look forward to the New Year and the goals I have set for myself. And I hope you come along with me.

Recipes to Love – Emeril’s Hot Dog Chili

Thanks to my Aunt M. for this recipe. I made it on Saturday for the game along with queso for nachos.

The chili was the right consistency for hot dogs. It was not to chunky.

The only thing I added was hot sauce and left out the sugar. Not enough kick for our tastes.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, broken in pieces, with juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups water

Make the chili: Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon to break up the pieces. Cook, stirring, until the meat is brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, Essence, cumin, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the squeezed tomatoes, tomato paste, and water to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Go! Gators!

I wish I was going to the game today. Oh well, it will be fun watching on tv.

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