With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 2/14/10 - 2/21/10

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jewish Apple Cake ~ A Classic

This recipe is, as my mom would say, as old as the hills. I got it from my mom and she probably got it from her mom. And you probably have a
Jewish Apple Cake recipe in your file box.

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ A Snooze in A Sunbeam


  1. It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
  2. Dogs DO have better low-light vision than humans because of a special light-reflecting layer behind their retinas
  3. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail
  4. If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could product over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
  5. Dogs' only sweat glands are between their paw pads
  6. Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age
  7. The breed Lundehune has 6 toes and can close its ears
  8. Teddy Roosevelt's dog, Pete, ripped a French ambassador's pants off at the White House
  9. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
  10. Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottie in the Aleutian Islands
  11. In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armor and were sent after mounted knights
  12. The Russians trained dogs during WWII to run suicide missions with mines strapped to their backs
  13. A dog's mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch
  14. ... with some dogs exerting up to 450 pounds per square inch.
  15. A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human
  16. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world
  17. France has the 2nd highest
  18. The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog
  19. 87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V.
  20. Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures
  21. 15 people die in the U.S. every year from dog bites
  22. In 2002 alone, more people in the U.S. were killed by dogs than by sharks in the past 100 years
  23. Gidget is the name of the Taco Bell dog
  24. Newfoundlands are great swimmers because of their webbed feet
  25. Basset Hounds cannot swim
  26. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour
  27. Bingo is the name of the dog on the side of the Cracker Jack box
  28. The bible mentions dogs 14 times
  29. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic - a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese
  30. The Labrador Retriever is the #1 favorite breed in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  31. Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs
  32. An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner's will
  33. An American Animal Hospital Assoc. poll found that 33% of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs on the phone and leaving answering machine messages for them while away
  34. Dog's nose prints are as unique as a human's finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them
  35. At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", a high-pitched dog whistle was recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog
  36. 70% of people sign their pet's name on greeting and holiday cards
  37. 58% put pets in family and holiday portraits
  38. There are only 350 Cisky Terriers in the world - perhaps the rarest breed
  39. The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.


Just a few of the movies featuring dogs... my favorite are the first two.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sepia Scenes

Guess who spent way too much time on Picnic yesterday afternoon. I should have taken a nap. I was really sleepy. See what happens when I am really sleepy?
Add to the mix
a little cabin fever,
a sunless day,
and
a boredom with snow pictures.

Just Raider and I.
Since he will be the subject for Shadow Shot Sunday,
that leaves me for Sepia Scenes.

I do like the way the camera is reflected in the beveled edge of the mirror


Click button above to visit Sepia Scenes and view pictures taken by people who are fully awake.

Pretty Baby and Continental Knitting

I don't know this little one in person but her momma gave me permission to post photos she had done by a professional photographer of baby Casey's 1st Birthday. I am honored that Casey is wearing one of my beanies!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chicken Francese


I visited a blog recently that featured this Chicken Francese. I knew this was a dish my husband would love so I proceeded even though I didn't have lemons. I followed the recipe to the letter except that I substituted oranges. It was very good. I plan making it again with the lemons soon.

TWD ~ Dorie's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kait of Kait’s Plate selected My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, page 68, for this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie.
Since I have my own favorite Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, I decided to follow Dories Playing Around suggestion by substituting 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter for 1/2 cup butter. I also added 1 1/2 Tablespoons instant espresso just to see how the flavor would be enhanced.
They tasted good but we still prefer the flavor and texture of our old cookie recipe.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

With a Grateful Prayer...

...and a Thankful Heart. Yes, that is the name of my blog and it is also how we are feeling as an answer to a long awaited prayer has come. We are most grateful and thankful to the One whose promises never fail.
God... acts on behalf of those who wait for him
Isaiah 64:4

I so resonate with this song by Tenth Avenue North. I have had many moments with the same plea as we waited.
Even when it didn't feel like it, He continued to

Hold My Heart



"There are times when things look very dark to me -- so dark that I have to wait even for hope. A long-deferred fulfillment carries its own pain, but to wait for hope, to see no glimmer of a prospect & yet refuse to despair; to have nothing but night before the casement & yet to keep the casement open for possible stars; to have a vacant place in my heart & yet to allow that place to be filled by no inferior presence -- that is the grandest patience in the universe.
George Matheson
March 27, 1842 - August 28, 1906
Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!
(The pretty hydrangea in the mosaic above was a Valentine's Day gift from my husband)

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