Reaching Out to Others


Today our family spent about 7 hours in the local soup kitchen preparing, serving and cleaning up nearly 75 meals.  We have been blessed to have all of our needs taken care of and what a privilege to be able to feed others who do not have as much.

Our meal of choice was our family recipe for Chili. I combined my grandmothers’ and my husbands grandmothers’ recipes into one and it is soo delicious!

Family Chili Recipe

  • 1# burger
  • 3/4 c onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 26 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 3 16 oz cans of kidney beans (with juice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar

Cook the burger with the onions, garlic and celery.  Then put everything into a large crock pot and cook on medium all day.  Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream as well as buttered bread or crackers.  This recipe makes 7-9 servings.

Each person took part.  Some cooked the burger, some opened cans of beans, others chopped celery or onions.  As it simmered, we had some time to do a little clean up, play the piano that was there and relax until time to serve… and what fun when daddy finished his Christmas shopping and joined us!

Two of the most joyful moments for me were:

1. When a young man, 17 years old, knocked on the door and offered to help with dishes.  He said he does this several times a week and it is of his own accord.  I don’t think there are too many  17 year old boys who would choose to spend their free time several days a week in this way.  My heart was touched.

2. When another simple man, somewhat disfigured and physically challenged made the effort to come back up to the window and thank us.

These things and more are the reasons we choose to give of our time and serve our Creator

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