At Christmas, it is especially important to help others. We have several events coming up and I will be posting the dates within the next few days. Here are some of our plans: an inexpensive Christmas ornament exchange-you exchange a low cost decoration, and bring a can or package of food for the food pantry. A great time and you help others at the same time. A cookies exchange-you bring 3 dozen cookies and go home with 2 dozen different ones-you leave one dozen to be donated to the homeless shelter. It's my 60th birthday -I want you to come to my party, but I don't want any gifts. However, I do want you to bring a wrapped gift to donate to a needy child (any cost is fine). Christmas sing-a-long complete with a tip jar for the singers-tips go to the shelter (hey, don't know yet who is singing-just tip like they are great even if it is someone like me, lol). Well, that is it!!! I will have a calendar ready within the next couple of days. Be prepared for a month of fun, food and giving! I will have all particulars together as soon as I confer with some of our Karma Friends and the organization we wish to sponsor this year.
Before I forget, The Eastern Alamance Wrestling Team will once again be parking cars for a donation in the Karma parking lot during the Christmas Parade. The money they collect (as with any school team or charity) is entirely theirs-this is a service we offer to charities and school organizations this time of year. Please be generous - I don't know how much they are asking for (I think $5 for most spots). If you have a charity or school organization and would like to do this next year, ask early-the early bird gets the worm and this is a great fund raiser!! Two years ago, the Eastern Track Team manned the lot and recieved the money.
Okay, as usual, excuse typos, errors and blunders-not editing! I am going to bed, so I can cook for you in the morning. Hugs, Lorna
Growing up in Northern New York meant many things, come winter time. Lots of snow, ice, freezing temperature, hot chocolate and COOKIES!!! Watertown was certainly a melting pot - people of all origins lived there when I was young. We also had a large population of Italians, Greeks (I grew up thinking every town had a beautiful Greek Orthodox Church!), Jews (the same with Synogogues-my son once took a picture of a Synogogue on vacation-when I asked why, he stated, "I always wanted to see one". I was flabbergasted, growing up with many Jewish friends and neighbors, I never realized he had never seen a Synogogue or know anyone Jewish.), Syrians (my best friend growing up was Syrian and boy, could her mom cook!), and people of all different cultures and backgrounds. Now, you see the topic is cookies-so how does having many different nationalities, cold weather and cookies come into play?
At Christmas time, everyone back home made cookies! The Italian Catholic Church sold Italian Cookies to raise money (boy, was I glad I was Catholic and knew when the church was having a bake sale-the women at St. Anthony's made the most awesome, melt in your mouth cookies), the Greek Orthodox made Baklava and special little butter cookies, and our Jewish classmates would bring wonderful cookies for sharing, to celebrate Hanukkah. One of my favorite Christmas cookie eating places (and, I had many),was my best friend Chrissy's house! Her mother, Laurice was the most awesome cook of all types of Syrian food (and luckily for me, she was one of my mother's best friends, so I got to eat with her family often), especially cookies. Her cookies were melt in your mouth, buttery bliss that I would crave all year. During the winter months, everywhere you went there were tons of cookies-sold, given away, or as a child "sneaked"! My Dad's boss, whose wife was Swedish, even had a Christmas cookie party for everyone they knew and Children were included! They were such a sweet older couple and I so loved to go to their beautiful house and eat cookies-tables and tables to choose from!
So, now you are thinking..."where is she going with this?" Are you ready-I have many recipes I have collected through the years, found on the internet, researched to try and recreate or just plain have them in my head (yes, THERE is something there!) and I am going to be making them at Karma throughout the next couple of months. They are my favorites and many are different from what you normally see in pastry shops in the area. You will have to come by to check out what is in the pastry cases and let me know which ones are your favorite; have some gourmet coco (the only kind to drink, with fresh whipped cream), tea (chai tea [redundant, as "Chai" means tea in India] -almost as good as my mother-in-laws! That reminds me, I will have to make some Indian sweets! I wish my mother-in-law were here-she is the best baker of Indian sweets I know!). Okay, you get the message!! I am nostalgic for cookies I have eaten in the past at Christmas time and I will be making them for you, starting Today. Come in Karma this week and smell the cookies cooking, eat them and visit with me. You know you hear those cookies calling your name! Excuse my own quirky grammer, errors and misspelling-no time to edit!!! Off to bake. Hugs, Lorna
As it is getting colder, we are bringing back all our special drinks to warm your soul (and body). Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Hot Spiced Cider and Warm Spiced Wine-you name it we have it. Try one of our special hot chai lattes -no one makes them like we do-our own spices mixed with warm milk and specialty tea-this reminds me of my wonderful mother-in-law and India!! We have many organic, hot teas-ones that ease headaches (yes a mild mint really helps), ones that make you feel calm and peaceful and more. We have teas from India (FDA approved, of course) with wonderful herbs and spiced, teas from England and other parts of the world. Such a warm, peaceful feeling when you drink thees wonderful teas! If you want a warm pick me up-have one of our coffee drinks. Children and adults alike love our truffle hot chocolate, along with all our other flavors. Hot spiced cider is awesome-ask anyone who had a free sample today at Karma! Warm Spiced wine is my favorite-buy a bottle of this wine and we will simmer it for you for a special treat.
Chicken Salad, homemade soup, and one of these soothing beverages-just what you need to start your day off right. See you tomorrow -no gimmicks, no fads, original all the way!! We are KARMA on THIRD!
I wake up in the middle of the night and think of things I need to do, then by morning I forget them! One of those things was to contact Carolina Plumbing and ask them for a bill for work that Rick Dobson (the owner) had done for me a while back. I kept forgetting and with so much going on in my life, I never contacted Rick -and I had never got a bill. Today, Rick and Jan came in to eat at Karma, and all I could remember about them was they were two nice people (you all know my memory is sometimes not great). Ann told me afterward who they were, and I said, "Dang, I needed to tell Rick I never got a bill and I need to pay him." Ann had Jan's number and when I called her,and asked about the bill, she told me Rick said "Don't worry about it."
I was shocked-Rick had come on a day his mom was in the hospital, made two trips to help me out with an emergency and I was sure this would not be cheap! We have had so many things worked on and have had a few angels like the Dobsons and then some people who, as the saying goes, "saw me coming". I am always so thankful for good people like Rick and Jan. I now know where to find a good, honest, kind plumber! I am thankful to the nice gentleman at the gas company for sending Rick my way. Thank you Rick and Jan!!!!
Those of you who know me, know I am a really big foodie! As much as I love food, there are some things I really hate: I don't want to see any fat in my meat-I pull off every bit I see-I do the same for my Karma customers. I don't like "fillers", antibiotics and other things in my meat-at Karma, our turkey, ham and chicken are all natural with nothing added-just the best quality meat. I don't like any blemish on lettuce, tomatoes or other veggies-so I am constantly throwing things out that are not perfect. If something doesn't taste perfect-I won't eat it or serve it. I hate cold food that is suppose to be hot and visa versa. I hate when ingredients are left off my order or added when unwanted. You get the idea -I am picky and it shows at Karma.
No one is perfect and occasionally we mess up-I do want to know if things are not the way the should be. You are not complaining-you are informing me of how I can do my job better and make sure my staff does their best also. Believe me, I inform staff members of restaurants I eat in when things are not what I expect! You pay good money to dine out and you should have a good experience. At Karma, we offer 100 percent satisfaction, and no one should ever leave unhappy (well, almost no one! There are some people you can't make happy and some who complain wanting something for free-I mean YOU cold soup lady!! Rather amusing, I asked if everything was alright and she said yes..UNTIL her soup was totally gone and then informed me it was cold and that she didn't want to pay for it. Oh and you all know what I did-gave it to her for free!). Most people don't take advantage, but if things are not right, you should get something for free (No, not you, cold soup lady!!).
Customers do us a favor by dining at Karma. If we don't have customers we can't stay in business! With more and more eating establishments opening in and around Mebane, I would like to think we will keep our customers coming and add more. Why? Because we buy quality ingredients, make our food in house using those high quality ingredients and we really care that everyone leaves happy! I hope that Karma become everyone's favorite Mebane restaurant. I hope I am creating the food you will want to eat time after time. High Quality Food in a Caring Atmosphere-I hope that makes you think of Karma on Third! We really do love and appreciate our customers beyond words-we have the best customer/friends anyone could have. Hugs, Lorna
We have, temporarily cut down on our hours and are open only a couple of nights for dinner. However, we are finding this leaves us more time to concentrate on adding more items at lunch. Today, for example, we have three different quiches to choose from and hopefully, if I can get it finished, two different soups. The NY style BBQ is coming on board today or tomorrow and all our usual "suspects" will be on board.. Curried Chicken Salad, our special Albacore Tuna Salad, and all our sandwiches and wonderful fresh salads. We have more time to make sure we have several dressings and all our sauces made in house-our blue cheese and house dressing always go fast!!! You know I am the spice, herb and flavor queen-(especially curry!!)-so, we will be having all kinds of soups and specials that will tingle your taste buds!! We are the original soup, quiche, salad and home of the curried chicken salad place-so come eat with us soon!!! We need YOUR support, to stay in business-with new places popping up and doing similar things, we need our customers more than ever!!! Remember, our chicken, turkey, and ham are all antibiotic free,all natural we have gluten free bread and pita, we have vegetarian food (my husband and daughter are veggies-so, you know I know vegetarian. My mom has celiac's disease, so I know what is glutten free). Plus you can have any sandwich you want with any bread-herb wrap, pita, wheat, ciabatta, croissante, and more! Come visit us soon-this is an advertisement for Karma and rarely found on this blog. We need your business!!! Hugs, Lorna PS...I have cakes, lots of cakes...yes, I am bribing you!!!
I know it has been a long time since I have posted on this blog. I have wanted to; but afraid I would say things I cannot say right now for legal reasons (and you all know I would pour my heart out and say the wrong thing). Many of you know why I have been so heartbroken, mortified and devastated. So many feelings; not enough ways to even convey what I am feeling right now. I would like to share a little bit about my children with you.
Nero and I have raised three wonderful children:
Shawn, who is 35, has gone back to school after many years and has only a few courses left to finish his BS in management. He has a full time job, received his first degree at the age of 30, has been taking classes as he can afford them and is very hard working. His wife, Marla, is a wonderful person and an awesome teacher (she was named "Teacher of the Year" at the Indianapolis school she teaches at this past year). Both are excellent parents to my grandchildren, Abby and Alyssa (who have always been wonderfully well-behaved children; in a day when this is hard to find! People always comment on their manners and their demeanor-I am very proud of them).
Angelique, is 31 - It took her a while to be at the place she is presently at in her life. She graduated this past year from UNC in the top 15 percent of her class. She is attending Law School this year at Elon and is also bilingual-she has a Spanish Interpreter's Certificate and a Translator's License (sorry if I got those backwards!). She has done translating for schools when needed and this will be an asset when she becomes a lawyer. She is a single mom to our five year old London. Yes, I am very proud of her.
Sunita (Sunni) is a wonderful, giving young lady. She is 24, graduated from UNCP, where she was a cheerleader and a very talented dancer (head of her dance team and won numerous awards as their most outstanding dancer). She works for a company called Bayada as a Client Service Manager; where she can use her degree in psychology to aid her staff and clients. It goes without saying, we are extremely proud of her, as we are Shawn and Angie.
At 16, I believe a child's maturity-especially a male's is not at its full capacity. Making decisions based on what you know to be right, what you have been taught and knowing what the rest of your family would do in a particular situation, does not always fall into place. Fear, intimidation, having a friend who decides one night to introduce you to an older, undesirable person can play into negative decision making and this can have devastating results. Someone recently told me that a 16 year old is a work in progress, and that fortunately, one can still learn from his mistakes. At this point, all I can say is I am hopeful when Ian is an adult, he will become the type of person that his brother and sisters have become-thoughtful, caring, able to make the right decisions under all circumstances and possess the knowledge to choose his friends carefully.
I want to thank everyone that has been supporting both our family and Karma these past few weeks. It means so much to me. A friend of ours told us that one good outcome of a bad situation is that we would know who are friends truly are and who they are not. We have been blessed with more friends than I knew we had. God Bless You All! Hugs, Lorna
Okay, now I know you have always heard the opposite of the title. In TV commercials you see a sad, rather portly (I rather hate the "F" word) lady who is trying to lose weight, so her skinny self can emerge and enjoy life. You know the ones-the music plays, she loses weight; feels great and runs, jumps and dances around. Life just couldn't get better-OR..could it? It depends on what you are eating!! If you are eating dried seaweed and those seeds you can grow animals out of (ch-ch-ch chia pets-remember!! Are you really going to eat those things? It is almost evil-you are eating seeds that could have turned into monkeys and puppies.), you can leave me out! If you are surviving on a handful of grassy looking greens and odd little vegetables that no one ever heard of -"let's eat kelp and this odd octopus root looking thing, it might be good"-okay, you are back at seaweed and who knows what. Goodness, I think people are losing their minds!
Happy medium, happy medium (say it over and over again), that is what needs to occur. You don't need to eat every cookies, piece of cake, bagel slathered in cream cheese, piece of chocolate pie covered in walnuts and brownie you happen to see, even if you own a restaurant (I am starting to figure out what happens if you do. Buttons pop, pants rip, your stomach bulges, your immense double butt become a quadruple butt, and your arms look like Popeye's, only saggy. Not a pleasant sight or experience). You do, however, need to eat things you value to enjoy life-at least the foodie in me thinks so.
Let yourself enjoy good food. If you are health conscious, and really we all should be, you can enjoy a lot of what I like to call "healthy options foods". There are lots of great things available that taste much better than bark and grass (or chia seeds-sorry, I still can't figure that one out!~). I just love food so much, I think everyone should be able to find something that is enjoyable. I hate it when people eat just to survive-on survival type foods. Like a fad diet, this too will pass and we will be on to the next thing! Do eat healthy foods, treat yourself once in a while and enjoy life. If you have to eat something with a pained look on your face, like you are doing a penance-don't do it.. You will not receive any reward in Heaven, just an empty stomach and painful gas (yes, those odd root things give you gas!) on earth! Painful gas can also be painful to others (another reason not to eat chia seeds and seaweed..at least not near your loved ones). Be sensible-enjoy your food! As for the title-you are probably saying, "What on earth does that have to do with anything?"-well here goes: It is me and many other people like me. Have you ever heard someone say, "I never had a weight problem until...", "I was always so skinny when I was younger" and so on. Well, I weighed 85 pounds when I graduated from high school, 105 pounds within months of having my second child and now I weigh...NOT going to tell you!!! So, the fat lady emerged from me and needs to go back in! Just a little fun for today-eat whatever you love, but carefully, stay healthy and visit me at Karma! And if you love seaweed, chia seeds and odd little vegetables -go for it!!
I have loved to read ever since I can remember. I recall reading in bed as a child with a dim hall light, barely able to see the words. Sensibly, my mother would not allow us to sleep with the lights on and I was suppose to be sleeping, not reading. However, every night I would read in my dimly lit room until I feel asleep; book on my chest. Written words have taken me so many places, to so many eras and given me such insight into days gone by. I have lived vicariously through heroines, queens, martyrs, saints and more. I have traveled all over this world, nonexistent world, to other planets and even to the moon. I have seen most wondrous things: beautiful castles, exotic islands, gardens of flowers flowing for miles. I have also seen things that would give me the strength to fight for my convictions and have a strong sense of compassion: concentration camps, dank prisons, horrors of war, man's extreme inhumanity to man, and more. I learned about activities I grew to love, first through books (dancing, sewing, cooking, crafting, gardening, and more). Books have taught me about things I will never see, things I cannot see, things I wish to see and things that I now will see-due to reading about them. Some of my favorite gift have been books; my best recollections of people giving me gifts are book related (my grandfather gave me several "Book of the Month" memberships, starting when I entered Kindergarten. I remember all these books, even though this was so long ago, because of my love for both reading and my grandfather).
Pages and covers to me ARE books. I don't want a computerized book reader, I don't want to read my books on my lap- top nor do I ever want to read a book on my phone. I want to read and reread my books, treasure them as they get "dog eared" and have them forever!
So, if you have a passion for books; next time you visit Karma, tell me about one you love. If you ask, I will tell you about some of my favorite books and authors. I love mini book reviews, so I know what I want to read next! Yes, I do also love cookbooks-Thank you to Jeannie, Karma Friend and Awesome Customer for not so long ago, gifting me with two very good ones! By the way, the books at Karma are there for your enjoyment-I need to pick up a few more children's books-I keep giving them away ( I buy them at the dollar bookstore, so they are for giving!!). Hugs, Lorna
I love bagels-especially fresh bagels made the right way. People don't realize a lot of places that say they have fresh bagels, really don't. Chains have the bagels arriving from a factory all ready to bake-they are not really made at these places-just baked. Now these bagels are pretty good, but just not the same as freshly made bagels.
Karma has discovered the "Bagel Bar" in Chapel Hill. They make all their bagels from scratch. Their dough is all made there, they let them rise, then they boil the bagel and then it is baked. This is an art form and takes a while to do; however it results in much better bagels. I have not had a bagel made this way in years! I actually have made bagels myself, but it takes so long to make, that I haven't done so in years. While mine tasted really good, they did not look like the ones at the Bagel Bar (picture our YummyBut Ugly Cookies in bagel form)! Also, I could never have a had such a wide variety -these are time consuming and I think you would almost have to have a shop like the Bagel Bar to make these for the public. In addition, I have "pokeyitis", a condition that causes me to take forever to make already time consuming baked items. I don't think we would do too well selling the 5 or 6 bagels I might make each day!
I am so glad we are able to offer these bagels at Karma and can have such a good variety of flavors. There is a problem, however; guess who is eating a lot of bagels? Yes, this NY girl loves her bagels and is a little too overjoyed to be able to have them so readily available (talk no willpower!). So, it is a good thing I can get them fresh whenever I need them-in case they sell out (or I eat them up).