Welcome One And All To Another Fun Filled Hatter & Beanz Adventure. As We Catch Up And Provide You With Some Amazing Insight, Let’s Look At Where The Map Will Take Us Today…Well Folks We’re Going To Virginia. We’re Checking Out The Carpenter’s Shelter Of Alexandria,VA. First Off, I’d Like To Send A Congrats! To Fran Becker For Her 12 Years Of Amazing Service Toward The Carpenter’s Shelter, Ms. Becker Will Be Retiring From Her Post July 1st 2010. Secondly, The Carpenter’s Shelter Has Been Able To Achieve Something Very Special Through The Various Outreach Programs And Dedicated Staff That Helps Out All The Homeless Souls That Walk Through Their Doors. The Pure Dedication To Ending Homelessness Is A Task That Encompasses So Much, And Without The Carpenter’s Shelter So Much Of That Progress Would Have never Been Realized. The Carpenter’s Shelter Is Located At 930 North Henry Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.


I’m Sure We’re All Amazed By The Sights, Smells And Sounds DC Has To Offer But They Also Have Quite The Array Of Soup Kitchens. For Example, ThriveDC Operates One Of The Most Flourishing Kitchens In The Area. They Are Located At 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC 20010.

Originally founded in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, Thrive DC is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Thrive DC provides the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step towards independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness“. – http://www.thrivedc.org

Good Evening Readers, Tonight We’re Heading To Atlanta, Georgia To Feature The Clifton Sanctuary Missions. The Clifton Sanctuary Missions Offer An Array Of Health & Wellness Programs As Well As A Very Unique Program Called “Joe’s Place”. Dedicated In 1997, To A Former Resident Named Joe, Joe’s Place Houses Just 11 Men Who Are Willing To Take The Step From Homelessness To Independence. They Cook Their Own Meals, Do Their Own Chores And Begin To Transition From Nothing Into Something. The Clifton Sanctuary Missions Are Located At 369 Connecticut Ave NE  Atlanta, Georgia 30307.


In simple terms, we run an emergency shelter and a transitional housing program. More importantly, we welcome homeless men to a place of shelter each night providing personal hospitality in a society that is all too often very impersonal. Our mission statement defines this deeper objective. “Sharing the love of God we are a sanctuary to men seeking to overcome homelessness.” This hospitality, bound in Christian love, and our neighborhood setting have combined to provide a truly unique environment in which our guests acquire physical, mental and spiritual healing“. – From Their Website – http://www.cliftonsanctuary.com


Howdy There Folks, It’s Jan. 6th And Today’s Featured Shelter Is The Hoboken Shelter, Located In The Heart Of Hoboken, NJ. Being A Former Resident Of Hoboken Myself, I Understand How Diverse This Community Really Is. I’ve Chosen To Feature The Hoboken Shelter Because Of There Hard Work And Dedication. The Shelter Is Located At 300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. They Can Be Reached At (201) 656-5069.

“In 1982, fires became front-page news in Hoboken.  In response to this displacement of our neighbors, several faith-based leaders banded together to form the Hoboken Clergy Coalition.  Its main agenda was to address the issues of these fires, meet the immediate needs of the victims of this tragic time, and consider affordable housing opportunities in our community.  With the hard work and dedication of the members of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition, it founded The Hoboken Shelter.  We are most grateful to Sister Norberta for her involvement with the Hoboken Clergy Coalition.  When the shelter opened in 1982, she joined the other Clergy in volunteering her time.  Over the years, she has assumed a variety of roles, from a volunteer to the Executive Director.  In 2005, Sister Norberta retired from her position of Executive Director to the role of Clinical Case Manager.  Today, she continues to work with the guests of the shelter and leads our social service delivery programs.  We thank Sister Norberta for her unending enthusiasm, dedication, motivation, and leadership.  We are truly grateful to the support of our community to help us further our mission is to provide a safe haven for adult homeless men and women.  With the help of 2,000 – 3,000 volunteers annually, we shelter 50 people nightly, serve 200 meals daily, and provide such support services as food, shelter, case management, counseling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, and emergency homelessness prevention grants.  These services help our homeless guests develop the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community”. – From The Hoboken Shelter’s Website: http://www.hobokenshelter.org

1/5/2010 – Snack-A-Day

January 5, 2010

Hey Folks, Thanks So Much For The Support You’ve Given Us During Our “365 Soup Kitchens in 365 Days”. We’re Five Days Through And The Response Has Been Awesome. That Being Said, We Are An All-Things For Blog And Every Now & Again We’re Going To Post Some Helpful Tips, Great Food Ideas, And Super Snacks Along The Way. I Now Have The Pleasure Of Posting Our First “Snack-A-Day” Piece Of The New Year. ENJOY !!!

Hatter’s Plentiful Pretzel Delight
Here’s What You’ll Need To Get Started:
– One (1) Bag Salted Pretzel Rods – I Like The Sourdough Ones
-Two (2) Tbsp Peanut Butter
-Two (2) Tbsp chocolate Syrup
-Two (2) Tbsp Butter
-One (1) Small Ramekin Dish – Approx. 6oz. Size
-One (1) Small Cooking Pot – Approx. 1 Qt Size
-One (1) Square Shaped Dish For Serving
-Place Your Cooking Pot On The Stove, Turn Heat On About An 8 (If You Have A 1-9 Scale, If You Don’t Somewhere Between Medium & Hot, Placing It Closer To Hot If You Don’t).
-Place Your Two(2) Tbsp Butter In The Cooking Pot, And Let The Butter Get A Good Melt On It.
-Once The Butter Has A Good Melt, Add Both Your Two(2) Tbsps Peanut Butter and Two (2) Tbsps Chocolate Syrup, And Lower The Heat To About A 6 (If You Have A 1-9 Scale, If You Don’t Somewhere Right At Medium)
-Let It Cook For About 5-6 Minutes, It May Start To Boil.
-After About 5-6 Minutes, And Once The Ingredients Have Come Together, Pour The Mixture Into The Ramekin.
-Let Cool For 1-2 Minutes.
-Place The Ramekin In The Center Of Your Square Plate, Surround With Pretzel Rods.

Hey Folks, I’m glad the feedback and e-mail on “The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen” has been all very festive and all of it has been nothing but positive. That being said, my amazing and awesome partner in crime, Beanz, has given us our own little holiday cheer and set of goodies. After months of prying, asking , questioning and hoping, we’ve finally got the recipe. You guessed it, her super delicious Rainbow Cookies Recipe is here:

12 Oz Almond Paste
3 Sticks Salted Butter (Room Temp.)
1 Cup Sugar
4 Eggs Separated
1 Tbsp Almond Extract
2 Cup Flour
Food Coloring 
1 Large Seedless Raspberry Preserves (I use Polaner)
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Vodka (Optional)
12 oz. bag Semi-Sweet Morsels
3- 9×13 Pans (shallow) 
1.    Break almond paste up into small pieces and then beat with egg yolks.
(I suggest using a stand mixer if you have one.  While working with the dough part you have to stop between steps and scrap down the sides to make sure everything gets combined.) 
2.    Add softened butter, sugar, and almond paste. Mix well.
3.    Slowly add flour and mix well.
4.    In a separate bowl beat egg whites and then fold into mixture.
5.    Divide mixture into 3 separate bowls and color each one in whatever color you want. 
Spray pans with cooking spray.  Spread each color in a separate pan. When you spread mix into pans you have to really stretch to get into the corners. 
Bake at 300 for around 20 minutes. Once the tops start to brown a little they are done. Let the layers cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack so they come out easier.  
Put raspberry preserves, orange juice, lemon juice and vodka in a sauce pan over low heat until smooth.  
Flip the first layer onto a cutting board or flat serving platter and spread half of the warm raspberry mixture. Flip the second layer on top and do the same with the remaining preserves. Top with the final layer of cake. Cover with a piece of parchment or wax paper. Place cookie sheet on top and add some heavy pots and let sit for at least 1 hour. The warm jam will soak into the layers of cake and hold them together.  
Melt chocolate chips and spread onto top and sides of layers, and cover with chocolate sprinkles. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into 1” squares.  Don’t cut too soon though or the chocolate will run into the sides and ruin the rainbow.

Have A Wonderful Christmas Season !!!

-Hatter (& Beanz)

Hey Readers, Followers & Fans,

A few weeks ago, Hatter & Beanz posted a directory listing of Soup Kitchens, Shelters and Food Pantry’s for the less fortunate. Yesterday I received an e-mail from a woman who is changing the face of mankind, one person at a time. Her name is Sharon, and her organization is “The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen” located down in Huntsville, Alabama. The email was calling upon some folks to get together for what they call “A Random Santa” event. Her “Random Santa” event will be held on Saturday Dec. 19th at 10 am. The event is built on the basis of gathering up toys and goods for a needy family and knocking on their door to distribute these items. That being said, we at Hatter & Beanz fully endorse this method of charity and hope that all of our fan base can participate in something for the less fortunate this holiday season.We’d like you all to keep in mind that even though we endorse food, recipes, great restaurants, and awesome people there’s always someone out there that may need the food we’re blessed to have each night  just a little bit more than we do. So if you’re in the Huntsville, AL area this weekend or any weekend stop in and see Sharon, and see what you can do to help. “The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen” is located at 2412 Memorial Parkway NW, Huntsville, AL 35810 and the number is (256) 536-2970. Have A Wonderful Christmas Season !!!