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So I read this a while back on this forum but forgot about it until yesterday when I made ten pounds of grilled chicken breasts for shredded bbq chicken.
If you have a stand mixer (Kitchen Aid) throw the cooked meat in bowl, use the mixing attachment in the bowl, turn on, and watch it shred! took me 3 minutes to shred 10lbs of meat!
So this time a of year always reminds me of 5 years ago at Christmas time. The story goes:
Working construction, found out my wife was pregnant with our second child. We were excited, yet nervous about the economy and my job security. Three days after we find out we are pregnant I am told I will be laid off at the first of the year. My wife stays at home so my income is the only one. We were slightly nervous but knew that God would take care of us some how.
So our budget for Christmas that year was $10 for the wife and I each and $15 for the kiddo.
My wife is at home one day a couple of weeks later and a friend of hers calls and asks if she is home as she wanted to drop something by. My wife goes outside to meet her and the gal opens the trunk and my wife sees some random grocery things from Costco. She says "Merry Christmas." My wife doesn't get it, and the friend says "It's for you, the whole trunk of food is for you." My wife breaks down crying in feeling so blessed in our circumstances and our friendships.
There was meat, ketchup, bread, all kinds of staples that lasted us 3 months.
Fast forward another couple of weeks and I had been interested in shaving with a straight razor for some time and had been lurking on the forum www.straightrazorplace.com I had made a couple of posts but nothing significant. Anyway, I posted on there my attempt at appreciation of what I had learned so far and that I couldn't get a straight razor yet due to my job lay off, but was excited about what I was learning. Long story short, the kindness of humanity and that forum kicked in and I had a very blessed Christmas. They sent me a straight razor, all kinds of soaps, a strop, a hone, a very very nice brush. Probably $400 worth of stuff. One of the guys told his wife about it and the wife said that it wasn't right for a wife not to get something too so they sent her a bunch of girly smelly stuff. (Still brings a tear to my eye thinking about that Christmas story).
That Christmas was one of my favorite of all time. I still have the straight razor, strop, and brush. I still shave with a straight razor, and use that same brush almost every time. We were very blessed, and though we had very little money, we had more than we ever wanted.
Do you have a Christmas Story?
In case you are interested, here is the address to the forum where the straight razor stuff went down: