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Among my many different talents :o), cooking and baking are the ones I most excel in. The cooking and baking bumblebee has stung me again.

Not too long ago, I made a giant pot of these homemade chili beans and cornbread (with corn). Believe me when I tell you that they tasted delicioso, and were so cheap to make! This pot of chili beans, and the cornbread was enough to feed me and Grandpa, plus friends who would stop by to visit, for over a week.

2. This morning, I decided to go back to the man who sold me the Coca Cola machine I showed you a few weeks ago. I remembered seeing something that interested me an awful lot. It was an antique safe that weighed close to a half a ton. I asked him about it, and he told me that the door to it was open because he didn't have the combination to it. I told him that I might be interested in buying it from him and made him an offer. He accepted. I then told him that I would first have to make some phone calls to see how much it would cost me to have it towed, and also to find some company that worked on combinations.

After a few calls, I found a towing company who would tow it for what I thought was a good price. I also found this place that specialized in figuring out the combination to old safes. I then went back to the man to let him know that I would be buying the safe, and paid him for it. The men with the tow truck arrived, and had a hell of a time with the monstrosity, but were finally able to get it in the truck. They then drove to the company that works on combinations. The man was able to figure the combination pretty fast. Then the tow truck drove to my house.

I had planned on having it in my house, but they told me that it weighed almost as much as some cars, and since I had hard wood floors, it would destroy them. I finally had them leave in my backyard driveway. They told me that it was a first time for them, where they towed a safe, and were amazed by the incredible weight of it.

What I'm going to do is, go to that place down town, where all these men gather by the bridge in hopes of people stopping by and giving them a job, and ask for someone who knows how to work with cement. Then I'll have him make me a solid type of cement flooring right up against one side of my house where I have this huge juniper, and call the men again to come with a bobcat or something, and put in on top. The juniper will hide if from view, and I'll cover it with a thick plastic to protect it from the RARE times we get rain.

It's filthy right now, but it is really something incredible, and will hopefully show you pictures of it today, or tomorrow, then when I scrub it clean, I'll post more pics of it.

I've tried to find some info. on antique safes on the web but found very little. When I post the pics, and give the info I found on the safe itself, could you kids try and find as much information on it as possible for me?


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uglyface2
Aug. 22nd, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Those are fantastic looking chili beans.
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
so easy ...
Thank you Dave! They really and truly were delicious, and unbelievably, the cost was so darn cheap. If you ever want the recipe, let me know, because they are so easy to make.

I'll soon be posting some of my cooking secrets that make future cooking a lot more easy, and less time consuming.
Re: so easy ... - chriswaterguy - Aug. 25th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: so easy ... - playgirl - Aug. 30th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: so easy ... - chriswaterguy - Sep. 15th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: so easy ... - playgirl - Sep. 17th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
harfafnor
Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I make a mean chili, without beans and a killer cornbread too. Need to trade sometime.

But, reason I'm commenting. An odd thing I've discovered, a lot of people have no clue how good chili and cornbread go together. I much prefer it to crackers. I like it with rice too. That's from the Louisiana boy in me.
playgirl
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
The perfect couple; chili beans and cornbread
I'm sure you do, and yes, we need to trade.

You're right. There are so many people that don't realize that eating chili beans with cornbread is like eating pumpkin pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

When I make chili beans, save some for my version of Coney Island Hotdogs. I first steam the bun, then spread mustard, mayo, and a little relish on the bun, then add the frank, and add a big scoop the chili beans on top, then I top with thinly shredded cabbage, and dice onions, then I pour Louisiana Hot Sauce all over the top.

Another version that I love is adding lots of mustard to the bun, then a slice of swiss cheese, and lots of sauerkraut. Then I put the whole thing in the micro for a few seconds until the cheese starts to melt. This is my favorite hotdog of all the hotdogs in the world.
dlanor
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
My, My that looks good.

Having a good safe is interesting. The large ones are unique, usually with a name or picture on front. My dad had one in his garage back in ND, my brother-in-law has one and I know of a few others.
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
3,000 pounds?...
It sure is!! Is it possible that this safe could weigh 3,000 pounds or more?
Re: 3,000 pounds?... - dlanor - Aug. 24th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
poetpaladin
Aug. 23rd, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Wow! You are a treasure hunter as well as a baker and cook!! I'm impressed!
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
asking price.
Yes, I've always had the treasure hunt bug, and what makes it a plus for me is, that I can always talk the person way down from asking price. :o)

Soon you'll see the monstrocity I fell in love with a few years ago!
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it's quite posible it could... - playgirl - Aug. 24th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
ormembar
Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
mmhh pastel de elote!! Me encanta!! me darias una probadita? ;)
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Estoy seguda que te gustaria muchisimo.

voy a escribir tocante de nuestro país. Como me da tristesa, y no sabes lo quanto me preocupo por tí amor!
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ayoub
Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see pics of the safe :D

*love*
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
You'll see them soon.

Love!
gremkin
Aug. 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Soooo delicious looking.
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is, and so easy to make!
garyj_97
Aug. 24th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I just finished an excellent supper, and those beans and cornbread STILL made me hungry! Very yummy looking.
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
It's strange, the chili beans seem to taste even better as the days go by. Same thing for the cornbread by putting the plastic lid on the pan after you cut yourself a piece, or by wrapping it in plastic wrap.

Thank you!
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playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I had to start all over again, because LJ gobbled up what I wrote to you! Guess it also like my chili beans and cornbread. :o0

Hope I've instilled you to start cooking again!

Since I was a little girl, I loved looking at old stuff.
daddy
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
that chili and cornbread looks incredibly good!! I can only immagine how it tastes
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
your bones...
It is Daddy, because everything I make, I make it with love, and that's the secret to good cooking.

The chili beans and cornbread are especially a great combination during the cold weather. They really stick to your bones.
bluesman02779
Aug. 24th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I'd love to stop by for chili and corn bread sometime...just pm directions to your house...ha ha!
Ever make corn bread in a cast iron pan? Pre-heat the pan...it's the best.
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Special recipe for cast iron cornbread?
Know what I'd rather gobble up more than cornbread? You! ;o)

No, I've never made it in one, but I do have a cast iron pan that belonged to my Momma. I'm going to try it. Do I pour the same cornbread mixture I make into the pan, or is there a different recipe for it? How many minutes does it take in the oven to bake?
Re: Special recipe for cast iron cornbread? - playgirl - Aug. 24th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
astrixas
Aug. 24th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I miss home cooked food :/ part of what I lost when my mom died.
playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I know how it feels ...
Since I was little girl, I'd always watch my Mom cooking. As I grew older, I would always help her with the cooking, since we had four hungry guys, and my Dad to feed. To this day, I'm glad I watched and helped Mom.

Like you, I know how it feels to lose the only ONE thing God gives us, and that's our Mom.

Hugs!
tigron_x
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)

That cornbread looks like it came out nicely!


playgirl
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
perfection...
Thank you Tig! It came out the way I like it, moist to perfection.
Re: perfection... - tigron_x - Aug. 24th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
nawlins_penguin
Aug. 26th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
A safe? Good lord. Half a ton of steel with a door, for what purpose? And have you found an honest locksmith to help with the combo reset.

Mmm. Chili.
playgirl
Aug. 28th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Good Lord is right! I did find an honest locksmith who figured out the combination. Stay tunned because I'll be posting some pics of it hopefully today.

The chili was fantastico! :o)
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