Hands On Charlotte…

Hands On CLT

Hands On Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer service organization. We promote volunteerism and direct community service to meet Charlotte’s most critical needs. Our mission is to strengthen our community and enrich lives by mobilizing a diverse corps of citizens in direct, volunteer service.”

When it comes to volunteering I have high hopes and dreams but minimal follow through.  For example: I love animals and would love to volunteer at an animal shelter … yet I don’t want to get attached to animals that might ultimately be put down.  So I do nothing. :/

My wonderful and dear friend, Leticia, called me earlier this week about Hands On Charlotte.

Leticia has been volunteering with the organization since she moved to Charlotte several years ago.  She mentioned their upcoming volunteer event on January 19th, and wondered if I would be interested in helping … spread the word.  Absolutely!  I will do one better … I will even volunteer! 🙂

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MLK serve 2013

“Each year, Hands On Charlotte honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by organizing special volunteer service projects on and around the holiday that bears his name. These projects not only deliver valuable assistance to nonprofit organizations, schools and other service providers around the area, but also allow thousands of citizens to reflect on the meaning of Dr. King’s life of service for today’s America.”

This year Hands On Charlotte is hosting 3 events at local area schools.  Here are the deets:

  • When:  Saturday, January 19, 2013
  • Time: 10am – 2 pm
    • Drop in (you don’t have to stay the whole time)
  • Where:
    • Harding University High School
    • East Mecklenburg High School
    • Blythe Elementary School
  • Who: Everyone is invited! 🙂
  • What:  Activities include a range of on-site service projects
    • Inspecting and sorting donated food and clothing
    • Wrapping presents for children living at local shelters
    • Videotaping personal “thank you” messages for troops serving overseas

To learn more about the event, click here.

Mark your calendar! 🙂   I would love to see some familiar faces!

Until next time…

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Foodie Friday {Greek Chicken Pitas}…

Happy Happy Friday!! 🙂

The DNC came to a close last night, and I must say, I am so proud of our Queen City.  She did an amazing job playing hostess with the mostess.

Bigger news, I am taking today off! 🙂  Well half a day really; the boss gave me permission. 😉

I am heading to the Tom Johnson Camping Center Rally with my parents and our 3 doggies.  It is a little mountain and a lot of relaxing.  I will be practicing my crocheting {yes I decided to take this up} and rereading a few books. 🙂

I will be blogging about it on Monday.  😉 As a teaser, this is my favorite spot to chill all weekend long!  See me back there in my camping chair. 😉

Now, on to Foodie Friday!

Raymond and I made these delicious Greek Chicken Pitas a few weeks ago, and it was TO.DIE.FOR.

Raymond HAD to take a picture. This was his plate btw. Not mine. 😉

GREEK CHICKEN PITAS

  • (1 Cup) fat-free plain greek yogurt
  • (2 Tbsp) packed, fresh mint, chopped
  • (2 Tbsp) packed, fresh dill, chopped
  • (1/4 Tsp) ground cumin
  • (1/2) clove of garlic, crushed
  • (1/4 Tsp) salt
  1. In a small bowl, combine the above ingredients.  Let stand.
  • (1 Tbsp) lemon juice
  • (3 Tsp) oil
  • (1/4 Tsp) dried oregano
  • (1/4 Tsp) salt
  • (1/3 Tsp) ground cumin
  • (1/2) clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb chicken breasts or chicken tenders
  1. Add above ingredients to a baking dish.
  2. Turn to coat.
  3. Let stand.
  4. Prepare outdoor grill. (We used an indoor cast iron grill pan).
  5. Grill chicken 10 – 12 minutes or until no longer pink in center.  Turn once.
  • (1/2) cucumber (Persion or English cucumbers work best)
  • (1 lg) ripe tomato
  • (1/8 Tsp) salt
  • (1 Tbsp) lemon juice
  • (1 Tsp) oil
  • (1/2) clove of garlic, crushed
  • 4 whole wheat pitas, cut in half
  1. Cut cucumber and tomato into chunks.
  2. Toss in large bowl with oil, salt, lemon juice, garlic.
  3. Transfer chicken to serving plates.
  4. Grill pitas until toasted. Turning once.
  5. Serve with chicken, yogurt sauce, and cucumber mixture.

It is delicious!  🙂

If you liked today’s post, then please leave me a comment below!  I would love to hear from you!

Until next time…

What “Being Organized” Means to Me…

Fall is just around the corner, and I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for those cool, fall nights.  The patio is calling my name — its been neglected since summer started — I cannot handle 97 degrees and 85% humidity.

I love spring and fall, but fall is my favorite season — I actually get the Fall Cleaning Bug (the Spring Cleaning Bug’s cousin)!  Storing away and cleaning — preparing for the colder months.  Mums, pumpkins, and hay will be making their way to a home near you!

But back to cleaning and organizing… I love cleaning and I love organized living.  What is organized living and is it something that everyone could benefit from? I think organized living is never losing your keys, always knowing where something is, keeping track of commitments and never being late. Can it be exhausting? Sure! Can it create a structured lifestyle of always cleaning up after yourself and working towards your to-do list instead of your fun list? Absolutely! But being organized in many aspects of life leads to successful individuals.

Another term for organization of life is “Plan of Attack”. Having a plan of attack for every day allows us to become accomplished individuals and work towards goals. Nothing is more exhilarating than achieving personal or professional goals. Plans of attack also allow us to control our lives by choosing to succeed, rather than allowing life to control us.

What does “Being Organized” mean to you?  Do you have a “Plan of Attack” — maybe its daily or monthly, maybe you have one for the year?  Id love to hear from you!