Cutbait Cottage Lake Burton

Cutbait Cottage Lake Burton

This past weekend, HK and I spent 3 days with friends in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, Lake Burton to be exact. Our friends Ken and Terry own a home on the lake, and it has provided us with many great times over the years.

The leaves were at their peak, the air was crisp, not cold, the skies that saturated turquoise color that comes with fall. Basically, a perfect weekend.  You didn’t have to remind yourelf to look around to see the beauty, it was, literally, everywhere.

Jake on the lake

Jake on the lake

On Sunday, HK and I took Kismet and Roxie for a hike up to Raven Cliff Falls, a fairly easy 5-mile trail that follows Dodd creek to a massive granite outcropping. There, the double waterfall tumbles off the rocks with the fury of a woman scorned (not that i’d know anythiing about that…)

Raven Cliffs

Raven Cliffs

Roxie and Kismet hiking

Roxie and Kismet hiking

This past weekend, we headed to the North Ga. mountains and Lake Burton with some friends for some leaf-watchin’.  Honeykins and i took the puppies on a 9-mile hike at black rock mountain state park–it was a moderately strenuous trail with some nice waterfalls and streams–important when you hike with dogs.

Hiking in North Georgia

Hiking in North Georgia

I had prepared a big ole pot of my Award-Winning chili and it was just the thing. If you like it hot, this is the chili for you!

1 red bell pepper,1 sweet onion,1 jalepeno pepper, 3 cloves garlic, –all chopped

Saute in 2 T. olive oil, in lg. dutch oven til sorta soft-8 min.     Add the rest of the ingredients-stir well.

1-5 canned chipolte peppers in adobo sauce, depending on how hot you want it. i used 5 and it kicked our ass.

1 whole roasted smoked chicken-cut into pieces or shredded (from deli) OR  2 lb. mixed chicken parts, roasted and cut into pieces.

2 cans zesty chili-style diced tomatoes, 1 can each navy beans and black beans,rinsed and drained

1 can beer

1 envelope white chicken chile seasoning mix.

Serve with Sliced limes, cilantro and sour cream. Drink LOTS of beer!!!!

NOTE: Shout out to the HANKSER, who had to leave unexpectedly to have his eye removed–he’ll be the perfect pirate for halloween!!

The Hankster

The Hankster