My Recipe

Everyone asks me for my barbecue secret, its really no secret, just one recipe out of thousands of others.  So here it goes,

Beef or Pork Ribs

1 Bottle of 7up

1 whole Lime if you want mesquite, 1 lemon if you want hickory

3 Cloves of garlic, minced

Now you take your ribs, place into a large casserole, layer the bottom of the casserole with very thin slices of lime, or lemon, and spread the mince garlic over the tops of the slices, layer the ribs in the casserole, and pour the 7up over the top of the ribs, place into refrigerator for at least 3 1/2 hours, preferably 4 to 6 hours.  This will allow the meat to marinate, with the flavors of lime or lemon and garlic.

While you are waiting for the meat to marinate, you want to make your homemade BBQ sauce, or you can use you flavor of sauce, but try kicking it up a little, add some finally crushed pecans, or walnuts, if you want it a little more sweeter, add raw honey or molasses.

When there is about half and hour left for the meat to marinate, start you grill at this time.  I prefer to use charcoal, and when the coals are nice and white, I sprinkle mesquite or hickory over the top.  ( before you use the chips, soak them in water for about 1 minute to two minutes) then place the lid over the top of your cooker, and get your ribs ready for BBQ.

You now want to drain, your ribs, sprinkle any seasonings you want, and lay them on the grill, replace the lid and let the smoke cook them for at least 12 to 15 minutes, then flip over the ribs, and lightly glaze the ribs with your sauce, and replace then lid, and let cook for another 8 minutes, flipping over, and glazing the ribs again with your sauce, then every two minutes, heavy glaze your ribs, and keep this up for two or three times, remove, serve.

Be sure you let me know, what you thought of the flavor.

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Praying For A Miracle

Property management is not an easy task, especially when tenants are having a hard time due to economic issues.  Its really hard, when one or both parents loose their jobs, and their rent cannot be paid on time or not in full.  It really saddens the heart to see them get evicted, when they have children.  Some programs are out there, to assist some, but other families, suffer even more, due to the fact they either made to much, or own a car, or some excuse or another that prevents them from getting the assistance they truly need.

Now is the time, more than ever, to pray, for each other, and these families.  Even a prayer for our country to get back on tract wouldn’t hurt.  I try to help everyone that I can, sometimes it hurts me, but I know, that I can tighten my belt a little, and make the sacrifice to do it.  If you know someone that is having a struggle in surviving, try to help a little, it will always come back to you ten fold.  If enough people, stretch out with a helping hand, then the world would be a better place.

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Old Style Christmas

  I remember, when it would be snowing a few days before Christmas, I would be so excited, waiting for Santa to come.  The tree, we would have in our front room, and the decorations, which Dad and Mom, would carefully unwrap, and the lights would go onto the tree, with the big light bulbs, and it was always exciting, when Dad would plug it in.  It was his favorite time of the year, putting up the lights outside, and the wreath on the front door, he often would sit and tell the Christmas story to me.  Box after box, would end up under the tree, I couldn’t wait until Christmas day, although a lot of presents we would get, would be cloths, then I didn’t understand (I do now of course), those were the best gifts, wanting us kids to have what they didn’t have.  They would work even harder to give us just a few toys, and a couple of extra for when Santa came.  The greatest part of all, was the homemade cookies, and icing, oh man, we would make around five to six dozen, and then we would have to make more, because we would eat half of them that night.  It was really fun to put icing, Mom, would make them icing change colors, that always impressed me, then we would sit at the counter and dress up the cookies.  We would often sit in the family room, it was were the fireplace was, Dad would always have a log fire going, it would be popping and crackling, looking out the window, watching the snow fall, ice cycles hanging from the roof ledge.  Mom would be in the kitchen, and every once in awhile, she would make coco, and tell us kids, that we would have to go to bed when we were done.  That part I didn’t like, I didn’t want that moment to go away.  Mom, would be reading from the good book (Bible), and reading aloud to us, even though half the time we didn’t understand half the words she would say, but we listened, because we knew it was important, to her and for us.  Then it was bedtime, we would all have to go to bed, and we would always say, Mom, do we have too, and she would say yes, tomorrow is going to be a big day, and off to bed we would go.

  Mom, sure was right, the next day we would get up, and dad, would get the car going, and off we would go to other family members house, for Christmas Holiday, it would still be snowing, and the roads would be slippery.  Those road trips would always seem like forever……., then we would finally get there, wow, a lot of food, then later that night, on the way back, Dad would take us to downtown, in the big city, he would park the car, and we would walk, and see all the windows, in the buildings, they would have moving dolls, and trains, mice, deer, Santa, everything, it was so great, this would take several hours, and then we would be in the car, and I would wake up the next morning in my bed, Dad sure knew what to do, to help with the excitement before Christmas.  Finally, Christmas Eve, would arrive, wow, now the pressure is on, only a few more hours, and we will be able to open the presents, which grew from, a few to a lot, but only one interested me, the big one in the back of the tree, the one that was always taller than all the others, everything was piled up in front of it, so you couldn’t get back there to check it out.

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Merry Christmas

  Feliz Navidad



Veselé vánoce

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Fröhliches Weihnachten


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Christmas, My Favorite Holiday

  I love this holiday, it’s the only time of the year, when you see almost everyone smiling, and having a great time.  Just think, what if we had Christmas everyday………….?.  I love helping others, and giving from my heart, it’s the one pleasure that I have, that makes me happy.  Often, people look at me, like something’s wrong with me, they just don’t understand, what makes the world go round and round.

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Road too nowhere

I often ask myself, what I am doing, i always seem to be helping others, and getting them thru hard times.  Then I get a little time for myself, and try to better myself, so that I can have a life of complete happiness, and peace, which never happens.  I must say, I wouldn’t change a thing, if I had to do it all over again.  Life does have its moments, I really hope, that I have not missed mine.  I often look back, I have done so much, and accomplished so much, yet, I have accomplished nothing for me…………….?

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