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All the Fixins’: Chitlins, Greens, Chocolate Cake & More!

Chitlins in broth.

Chitlins in broth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the end of the year coming ever closer, now is the time I usually start to anticipate the happy time of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I look forward to the turkey and stuffing and all the fixins’ like making chitterlings (chitlins), greens, sweet potatoes, dessert and more!

It’s the time of year when I like to explore new recipes to try, impress friends and family with my “new-found” cooking skills and just let all the unimportant things slip through my fingers. It’s a time to reflect on the past year, your triumphs, your disasters and everything else in between.

So, I’d like to share some great recipes with you in the spirit of sharing and love of food, family and a better New Year. Some are mine, most are not, but I hope you love them all as much as I do and will either share or try some of them yourself!

Chitlins’ (Chitterlings)

When it comes to chitlins, you either love them or hate them. Chitlins are enjoyed all over the world, not just in the South as some would believe, they can be boiled or fried and are just delicious. You can find a recipe for chitlins as well as some chitlin’ history here: Soul Food: How to Cook Chitlins (Chitterlings) & Some Chitlin’ History.

Moist Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Cherry Ganache

Who doesn’t love chocolate cake? I have searched far and wide for a chocolate cake recipe worthy of sharing and here it is! Moist Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Cherry Ganache, shared by my friend Vespawolf on Hubpages……it just makes your mouth water! Step-by-step instruction included with photos! Happy baking! (And eating.)

You can get the recipe for this decadent chocolate cake here:

Moist Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Cherry Ganache

Still, hungry? Try some of these great ideas for turkey leftovers like, my favorite, Turkey Pot Pie! Mmmmm… You’ll find an array of turkey recipes here from Curried Turkey Salad and Turkey Corn chowder, to Turkey Stew or turkey & Broccoli Fettuccine! Turkey rocks! You can get this Turkey Pot Pie recipe as well as several others here: Quick & Easy Recipes for Leftover Turkey

Quick & Easy Recipes for Leftover Turkey

Last, but not least, greens!! Collard greens have long been a southern tradition, but are eaten in the North and South alike. Here’s a great recipe for some Southern Collard Greens:  Southern Cooking: Collard Greens

Southern Cooking, Collard Greens

Why Aren’t You Making Money? Write, Already!


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If you are blogging, participating in a forum or discussion, are a parent with experience raising kids, are the person everyone goes to in your family to cook or are the computer guru of the family….why aren’t you making any money doing what you ALREADY DO?

Can you write? Do you write poems, recipes, short stories, do historical research, comedy, parenting tips? Then you can make money. Yes, you can. Will you become a millionaire tomorrow? Not likely, but you CAN get SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME to help you on those months you are short.

Have you bought the new iPhone or Kindle? Don’t see any reviews about your favorite restaurant? You can WRITE about it!

I’m disabled and can no longer work, but I can write about things that interest me, interest you, make you smile, make you angry, make you cry. No I don’t have a degree in journalism. But I do have life experiences…and so do you. Why not try your hand at writing?

Check out places like eLance, Blogger, WordPress, HubPages, Freelancer, Constant Content, Squidoo and many others. You can do a search for freelance writing and do your thing!

There are soooo many places you can go and start writing TODAY for FREE and start getting the help you need. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the US, UK, Asia, Africa you can do this!

Don’t think you write well? There are many tutorials and aids to help you, plus whatever writing community you join will show you feedback from your readers when you leave comments. Get yourself noticed by adding yourself to Twitter and Facebook as well as Linked in and the many other social networks that are out there. Come out of your dark place and go into the sun. Get what you deserve!

I can’t wait to read what you wrote…so be sure and drop me a line when you do, so I can support you! Support me by telling them Stayingalivemoma sent you! If you like what you read here and found it useful then please, Like me on Facebook and tweet me on Twitter! You can also stop by my website for more ways to make money online at


Privileged? (via Sown in Tears reap in Joy)

Everyone should read this and learn!

Privileged? Yesterday in class my teacher had our class to go on a privilege walk… on this walk we all lined up shoulder to shoulder from left to right and she began by asking a series of questions like if you were born in the U.S. take a step forward, if you have health insurance take a step forward, if you think your culture or religion is negatively portrayed by mass media take a step back etc… she asked a total of 20 questions so that by the end you … Read More

via Sown in Tears reap in Joy

Evicted: 101 year old woman thrown out in the street

What kind of world are we in where someone would actually put a 101 year old woman out on the street? Hearing this makes me cringe. Watching the video makes me cry. Literally, it made me cry. You can watch the video here:

(I must warn you and let you know that it is a little unsettling watching the woman)

We really need to find ways to pull together. This world is going to hell in a handbasket. We need prayer people, we need people to pull together and find ways to actually help, not just talk about it. Let me know what you think. And if you need help with rent, diapers, food, utilities, read my article. It has great tips and links that REALLY CAN HELP YOU.

As for those people who actually carried her things out and put them on the street, I know you were just doing your job, but shame on you. I’ve always thought that you job reflects the type of person you are; or at least it should. Had it been me, I probably would have been out of a job because I have a conscience.

I have nothing but deep admiration for anyone that has been blessed enough to live that long. She is a wealth of history of trials and tribulations and perseverance. If you know someone who is elderly in your neighborhood, stop and ask them how they are doing. Ask them if they need anything. Strike up a conversation. Cook them a meal. Give them a ride. They are everyone’s history and they deserve so much more than what we give them.

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