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Dear Readers,

We’re having our annual Super Bowl party and the main dish will be the “Super Bowl Chili Dogs”.  Take bun length all beef hot dogs and cover them with “Carolina Hot Dog Chili”, some chopped onion and shredded cheddar cheese.  Fill a fresh hot dog bun with these ingredients and you’re ready to eat a “Super Bowl Chili Dog”.  The recipe for the hot dog chili was adapted from “Desperation Entertaining” by Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross and was printed in the Raleigh, NC News and Observer.  This chili is very tasty and can be made two days in advance.  Mimi guarantees that this chili dog will be the best you have ever eaten!  Have fun watching the Super Bowl.  Yeah Ravens!!!

Carolina Hot Dog Chili

1-1/4 pounds ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1 – 6 oz. can tomato paste

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon cider or white vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)

Place the beef, onion and 2 cups water in a Dutch oven or soup pot over high heat.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and stir to begin breaking up the meat.

Add the tomato paste, ketchup, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper, if using.  Stir well until the tomato paste and ketchup are dissolved and the meat is mostly broken up.

Continue to cook at a simmer, stirring about every 5 minutes for a total of about 30 minutes.  As the chili thickens, you may need to reduce the heat to medium-low or low so it doesn’t stick.  Refrigerate, covered, up to 2 days, or freeze in small freezer bags for up to 6 months.  Thaw or reheat in a microwave stirring often.

Yields about 1 quart.  There are 55 calories and 4 grams of fat per each 2-tablespoon serving.

Enjoy and remember to

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

According to Wikipedia, “The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T-Model Ford or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Co. from 1908 to 1927.  It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American.  The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908.  The Model T was the first automobile mass produced on assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class.”

The Model T had three foot pedals to operate.  The left pedal engaged the gear; the middle pedal was for engaging the reverse gear and the right pedal operated the engine brake.  The floor lever controlled the parking brake, which was activated by pulling the lever all the way back.  This doubled as an emergency brake.  The selling price of this car in 1909 was $850 or $20,513 in today’s money.  By the 1920’s the cost was lowered to $290 or $3,258 in today’s money.

My Mom told us a family story about the Model T Ford.  In the 1920’s, when Mom was a kid, her aunt and uncle purchased a brand new Model T.  Needless to say, they were the envy of her family and their entire neighborhood.

One afternoon Aunt Mat (her real name was Martha) decided she wanted to take her kids out for a spin, while her husband was at work.  Aunt Mat didn’t know how to drive but thought that it couldn’t be that hard to do.  She bundled up Mom’s cousins and seated them in the shiny new car.  They lived just up the street from Mom.  Aunt Mat managed to get the car started and proceeded to drive down the street past Mom’s house.  Mom and her brothers were out in the front yard playing when they saw and waved to Aunt Mat and their cousins in the passing automobile.  A few minutes later Aunt Mat came around the block and again they waved at the car.  After about 5 times of seeing Aunt Mat circling the block, they called out to her to stop and say hello.  She yelled back that she didn’t know how to stop the car, so she continued circling the block until the Model T Ford ran out of gas and coasted to a stop.

Every time Mom told this family tale of Aunt Mat and the Model T, my sisters and I laughed and laughed.  But I’m sure Aunt Mat wasn’t laughing at all on that eventful afternoon.  At least we’ll always remember Aunt Mat with a big smile on our faces.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

A few weekends ago downtown Raleigh hosted the “Carolina Classics at the Capital” car show.  Car enthusiasts from the entire state of North Carolina traveled to the capital to either display their classic cars or to just enjoy seeing these beautiful autos showcased at the Convention Center and on Fayetteville Street.

Here are some cars that I found to be very interesting.  I even jotted down a few facts about them.

The first one to catch my eye was a Citroen Traction Avant, manufactured from 1934 through 1957.  This foreign cutie was painted a “putty” color with black trim.

My favorite was a black 1948 Jaguar XK#120 FHC roadster with the original paint and upholstery.  It sported very wide white wall tires with red bicycle-spiked hub caps.  The red leather was stunning.  Oh by the way, Mimi learned that “FHC” means fixed head coupe.  The “120” signified that it could reach a speed of 120 miles per hour.

The 1959 Cadillac two-door convertible had large fins and at 17 to 18 feet long, would barely fit into a modern garage.  The ’36 Ford C Rat Truck had 300 horsepower and the color was blue rust.  Also displayed was a 1966 two-door Chevy Nova painted midnight metallic bllue with beige leather interior.  the engine was a 383 Stroker with 450 horsepower.

The Gremlin was America’s first sub-compact car.  This particular car was a ’72 AMC Gremlin “X” with 360 hp and painted a bright orange with a brilliant blue stripe.

Mimi used to drive a 1963 white Chevy II Nova SS with red leather interior.  There weren’t any Chevy II cars entered into the car show.  But I did spy a black Chevy Nova SS with lots of chrome under the hood.

The 1934 Ford Delivery Sedan painted burgundy metallic was a “collector car” and had rear view mirrors attached to the outside top of the driver and side windows. That was cool!

All of these cars were meticulously clean, inside and out with not even a fingerprint on them.  I realized after viewing all the entries, that these cars are truly works of art, and they were admired and appreciated by the viewing public, me included!

I have a funny story about a Model T Ford and my great aunt.  I’ll tell you about it another time.  In the meantime,

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

Raleigh held a two-day “Bike Fest” for motorcycles a couple of weeks ago.  Mimi spent a Saturday afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of the fest.  Come along with me on a stroll down Fayetteville Street.

It’s a gloomy, cloudy Saturday.  Rain seems ready to fall any minute; but the weather doesn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of bikers assembled on the street.

A couple of rows of fancy motorcycles are lined up on Davie Street ready to be judged for various awards.  One bike is painted orange and white and sports an orange crocodile skin seat.  Vintage Harleys with wide, white sidewall tires that look as though they were cleaned with white shoe polish are parked nearby.

Three rows of bikes, one row on each curb and a row down the middle, fill the entire length of Fayetteville Street.  Bikers are happily chatting with each other and surveying all the highly polished and gleaming machines.  Groups of riders cruise down the street to find available parking areas.  The loud roar of the mufflers alerts pedestrians to move out of the way.

No festival is complete without lots of food and there is something for every taste.  Two dollar PBR’s, pizza slices, funnel cakes and hot dogs are just a few of the culinary delights.  The aroma of $5 smoked turkey legs lures me on but since I’m not carrying any cash, I can’t indulge.

Even God is a part of the event.  One booth has a sign that reads “Jesus Loves Bikers”.  Biker blessings are distributed by another booth.  A friendly woman dressed in a denim vest embroidered with the phrase “Bikers for Christ” greets me.

There seems to be a standard uniform for most of the participants.  I see lots of skinny denim jeans and vests, black leather pants, boots and vests and a variety of colorful “do rags”.  A number of people are wearing sunglasses even on a cloudy day.  The preferred hairdo is silver and gray ponytails and that’s for most of the men!  Merchants are doing a brisk business selling black shirts with an orange Harley Davidson logo on the front.

The sound of music beckons me to a large stage set up on Martin Street.  The featured rock band is playing “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”.  Bleachers are set up for the purpose of relaxation and I make full use of them.  Nothing better than sitting outdoors listening to some mighty fine rock  ‘n roll music.

On the way home, I pass a bicycle stunt show complete with sugar-bowl type ramps, an NRA booth and a sign advertising a lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accidents.

It’s time to head home now but there’s a part of me that would love to ride off into the sunset atop a big ole Harley!  Maybe someday.  In the meantime,

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

It has come to Mimi’s attention that she has some gentlemen readers.  So this blog is for you!

The following are my sports observations:

  1. Congrats to Wake Forest for beating Duke recently in college football
  2. Cheers to Big Brown for winning the Ky. Derby, even if he couldn’t secure the Triple Crown
  3. Here’s a shout out to Ryder Cup heroes – Anthony Kim and Kenny Perry
  4. A big hooray to the Phila. Phillies for winning the 2008 World Series.  It was especially exciting to see their pitcher hit a homerun.
  5. Steve Nash, a Phoenix Sun player, is still a hunk, even if “Hubby” thinks he’s slowing down
  6. Mimi has no interest in wrestling, ice hockey, boxing or downhill skiing . . . yet!!!


Keep smilin’.


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