With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 1/31/10 - 2/7/10

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Snowy Weekend and Hamburger Barley Vegetable Soup

The snow has started and we are ready!
Here is a recipe from one of my old Pillsbury cook booklets. It is a great everyday soup. I love the barley in this recipe but today I wanted to substitute pasta.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sweet Dog from the Animal Orphanage named, Scotty

Many of you know about our cute little schnauzer. But this post is about one of the sweetest, friendliest pups that ever lived.

Scotty
He was a mixed breed (we were told part lab - part terrier, but who knows) who came from the Animal Orphanage~just a round ball of fur.






And he grew...



(This is the picture that convinced us he needed a groomer)

into a 90 plus pound lap dog...





that everyone loved. He was frequently found lying in the front yard to greet each person that walked by. Even strangers had a "Hello, Scotty!" as they passed by. Some even chose the route just so they could visit with him.

After a bout with Lyme's Disease, he suffered from joint pain especially in his front paws. Daily aspirin regiment helped for a long time but then it was on to Rimadyl. Later we covered all bare floors with rugs so he wouldn't slip. Time and again we were confronted with the decision about the pain he was having and his quality of life. We talked with the vet. We waited. One day we woke up and his front paws were so swollen. We knew.
Here is Scotty with us on the day of our daughters' wedding in June 2002, just four days before he died. He kind of moseyed over to be in the photo. What a great 13 and a half years we enjoyed with him!

My brother in law said it best. "Scotty is the kind of dog you get once in a lifetime!"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Easy Baked Chicken and Good Fellowship

Our weekly community group shares not only a love for Jesus and each other but is a close knit group that enjoys fun times and food! Oft times during our Bible study or sharing time something will be said that makes someone laugh and before you know it the whole group has lost it. The guys, of course are known for their good-natured teasing. It so reminds me of

Proverbs 17:22
"A cheerful heart is good medicine".

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cake

Cute as they are, and full of rich chocolaty flavor, my little bundts were on the dry side. A scoop of ice-cream or dollop of whipped cream would have been a nice addition to moisten these baby cakes.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

For a very long time I have been looking for the BEST cinnamon coffee cake recipe. This one is very good. It was intended to be baked in a loaf but I baked mine in an 8x8-inch dish.

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