LOREANE TOMLINSON/ “L.T. AND ME : WHAT RAISING A CHAMPION TAUGHT ME”
LaDainianTomlinson’s mom Loreane Tomlinson has written a book about raising LT. Its entitled LT & Me: What Raising A Champion Taught Me.
LT is one of those great athletes with a good head on his shoulders...who credits his mother for the man he is today. Loreane's message addresses parenting, parenting an athlete... and is a message of the faith of a single- mother.
Currently, LaDainian is one of the NFL's leading running backs as a San Diego Charger
GAYLE MCKOOL/ MEALS ON WHEELS
Below is a recent article about Gayle McKool from the Dallas Morning News by Steve Blow.
For information on volunteering with Meals on Wheels you can log onto www.vnatexas.org
I began by congratulating Gayle McKool on her dedication.
"That's one thing you could call it," she said with a laugh. "Crazy might be another."
OK, I'll concede that both probably apply. So call it crazy dedication.
For 18 years now, Gayle has volunteered with Meals on Wheels – delivering meals to the elderly and disabled one Friday each month.
That longevity is impressive. But it's not the crazy part.
No, what makes Gayle's volunteer effort so extraordinary is that she delivers meals in northeast Dallas every month – starting out from her home in Seattle.
Gayle, 55, moved to Seattle in August, and she wasn't going to let a little thing like 2,000 miles stand in the way of her volunteer duty.
So last week – as she had done the two previous months and plans to do every month – Gayle flew to Dallas to deliver lunch to a dozen or so people.
But of course it's more than just the beef stew and baked beans.
"When people started asking me why I would do this, I had to ask myself: Why am I doing it?" she said Friday as we made the appointed rounds.
"The reason I'm doing it," she answered, "is because it makes me feel good."
Part of the enjoyment was immediately obvious. For all those 18 years, Gayle has been delivering meals with the same partner, Melissa Martinek.
They were paired up through the Lakewood Service League. And a deep friendship was born.
"It's fun. We have laughed. We have cried. We have solved the world's problems and discussed lots of our own," Gayle said.
And that kind of friendship is good medicine. "Even with the cost of coming back from Seattle, it's cheaper than therapy," she joked.
Back at the start, they actually worried about liking each other. Gayle was a quiet homemaker with two young children. Melissa was an outgoing, hard-charging career woman with no thought of marriage.
"Our lives have really reversed," said Gayle, now divorced and an empty-nester. "I'm footloose and Melissa is ..."
"... driving carpool," Melissa chimed in. She married at age 44 and now has two stepchildren at home.
Gayle grew up in Houston and came to Dallas to attend SMU. She had family in Seattle and hoped to move there after college. "But I couldn't find a job, so I came back to Dallas, got married, had kids and this became my home of 37 years."
But with the marriage over and those children now away in college, Gayle decided it wasn't too late to live in Seattle.
"I just wanted a change," she said. She plans to enroll in graduate school and earn a degree in counseling.
Though she wanted change in life, she also wanted to preserve her many friendships and ties to Dallas. She knew that a monthly trip back to Dallas for Meals on Wheels would accomplish that.
She'll hang around long enough on this trip to visit the State Fair with friends. "I haven't seen the butter sculpture yet this year," she deadpanned.
But above all, she will return each month for the simple pleasure of spending a few minutes visiting at a door, handing over a meal and receiving a blessing in return.
One of Gayle and Melissa's most elderly and long-standing clients, Mary Louise Hensey, had lots to tell them on Friday about a recent hospital stay.
Then Ms. Hensey turned to me, packaged meal in hand. "What means the most is seeing these sweet volunteers and their smiling faces," she said. "That means more than the food."
And that's what makes a long airplane ride worth the trip.
DOLLAR DAY AT THE DALLAS ZOO
Dollar Day -- Tuesday, Nov. 24
$1 admission all day and $1 deals on food and gifts. Get out-of-town visitors and family out of the house before Thanksgiving.
For more details log onto www.DallasZoo.com
TIPS FOR DEEP FRYING A TURKEY
SAFETY TIPS FOR OUTDOOR PROPANE TURKEY FRYERS
By Cajun Injector Leo Honeycutt
1) Never burn propane indoors, not even in the garage;
2) Never place a burner on your wooden deck or near anything flammable;
3) Always completely thaw your turkey – ice and hot oil do not mix!
4) Never leave the burner unattended;
5) Never let children or pets play around an open flame;
6) Make sure all gas fittings are tight and secure.
BRUCE FOODS-CAJUN INJECTOR CRISPY FRIED & JUICY TURKEY
1- 12-14 lb turkey
1- 16 oz jar of Cajun Injector Creole Butter recipe (1 per turkey)
1 - 8 oz can of Cajun Injector Cajun Shake
3.5 gallons of Cajun Injector Cottonseed oil
FRYING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS:
(For OUTDOOR frying)
Follow the directions explicitly that come with your UL approved, high-quality Turkey Fry Kit, making sure that all connections with the propane tank to the burner are secure and tight with no gas leaks. (Otherwise, somebody might have a housewarming they didn’t expect.) Do not place burner anywhere near flammable material, decks, garages, etc. and NEVER fry on an open burner indoors.
Using the long-stemmed thermometer that comes with your kit, heat Cottonseed Oil (or high-grade cooking oil) to 350 degrees in the pot of your UL-approved, high-quality Turkey Fry Kit using the Propane Burner you have safely ignited.
(For INDOOR frying)
Follow the directions explicitly that come with your UL approved, high-quality CAJUN INJECTOR® INDOOR ELECTRIC TURKEY FRY KIT. While the indoor fryer can be placed on a countertop or on a floor, hot grease sometimes will pop out. Keep away from cloth or fabric such as carpeting.
INJECT the turkey with one 16-oz jar of CAJUN INJECTOR® CREOLE BUTTER RECIPE, mostly in the breast area. Inject 1.5 ounces per pound.
Sprinkle CAJUN INJECTOR® CAJUN SHAKE spices liberally over surface of turkey and inside turkey cavity.
Lower the COMPLETELY-THAWED, injected turkey down easily into the hot oil. (Make sure it is thawed. Ice in hot oil could explode.)
Using the thermometer, make sure the oil temperature does not fall below 325 degrees or exceed 375 degrees.
Fry the turkey for 3.5 minutes per pound. A 14-lb turkey will take 49 minutes to fry.
Using the hook or tongs which came with your kit, ease the turkey out of the oil, draining as much as possible back into the pot.
Sprinkle with more Cajun Shake for a spicier crust or sprinkle with Simon & Garfunkel: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme for an herbal crust.
Let cool a little, then slice.
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