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Introducing: Pet Research!

Today I’d like to tell you about a wonderful web site called Pet Research.net. It was founded by my son Jason and his lovely wife Christy, who are both devoted animal lovers, having been exposed to pets basically all of their lives. A lot of time and extensive research has been invested in learning how to best care for any and all animals that have crossed their paths. They are delighted to be able to share their findings and experiences with other pet lovers the world over!

jason-christy-portraitIf you are considering adopting a pet or already own one or more pets, you will find pertinent and useful information at Pet Research.net to help you better understand how to give your pets the best possible care. For example: Jason just recently did a how-to article on building an inexpensive cat house for outdoor cats. An amazing idea he invented for his own outdoor cat, Big Worm, who stays snug and warm in the coldest of temperatures! This is just one of the many informative articles you will find at Pet Research.net.

You will also find a great many colorful and illustrative photographs on Pet Research.net, as Jason and Christy are both really into photography. As their knowledge and experience grows, you can rest assured that many more will be added in future articles. You will even find a few articles they have graciously allowed me to write for them! So take a few minutes and stop by Pet Research.net and check out everything it has to offer. You and your pets, both present and future, will truly be glad you did!

While you are visiting this amazing site, don’t forget to become a fan of Pet Research.net!



White Bread

White BreadI have made bread using this recipe for many years and have always had great success with it. It takes a bit of time to prepare but I think it is well worth it!

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 cups milk diluted with 2 cups water
4 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons melted shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
10 cups all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water; set aside. In a large saucepan, scald* the milk/water mixture. Add the sugar, salt and melted shortening; cool to lukewarm. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour and mix well; add the yeast mixture.

Add the remaining all-purpose flour, 1 cup at a time mixing well after each addition. Knead dough until smooth. Place in a large, well-greased bowl; grease top of dough and let stand, covered with a clean cloth, in a warm place** to rise for 1-1/2 hours. Remove from bowl to a lightly floured surface; knead 8 strokes; divide into 4 equal parts and let rest, covered with a clean cloth, for 10 minutes. Shape and put into well-greased loaf pans and let rise for 1 hour more.

Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Grease or butter the tops, leave in the pans and wrap the pans and bread in a clean cloth until cooled. This will give the bread a soft crust. Remove from the pans and cool completely. Makes 4 loaves.

* To scald milk/water mixture, heat in a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, just until small bubbles form on the surface; immediately remove from the heat. Do not allow the mixture to boil.

** To create a warm place for the dough to rise, I heat my oven to 200 degrees F for about 5 to 10 minutes, then turn off the oven and place the covered dough inside.



Kreativ Blogger Award

Thanks Joy!

Thanks Joy!

Joy at Joy of Desserts has just shared this award with me. Thank you so much Joy! If you haven’t already visited Joy’s blog, I encourage you to do so soon. You will be glad you did!

The rules for accepting this award are:

1. Post the award.
2. Thank and mention the person who gave you the award.
3. Pass the award on to seven bloggers who you think embody the spirit of the Kreativ Blogger Award.
4. Name seven things about yourself that others don’t know.
5. Don’t forget to notify the seven Kreativ Bloggers about their award and post a link to their blog.

I am sharing this award with the following bloggers:

Larry @ Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings

Jeanne @  Backyard Neighbor

Jenn @ The Artist’s Eyes

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet

Dave @ My Year on the Grill

Alice @ Alice Audrey

Connie @ Meal Planning with Connie

Now I must write seven things about myself that other’s don’t know. This may take a little time to think about since I am basically an open book and not much on keeping secrets from my friends and family. But I will give it my best!

1. I am claustrophobic. ( I think some of my family and friends might know this!)

2. I have one recipe that I will not share with anyone. Not even my best friend! But I will share the finished product!

3. I love to cook but I do not like the size or layout of my kitchen.

4. I will not betray a confidence. If asked to keep something to myself, I do.

5. I do not desire to be wealthy, only to live comfortably and be able to help the ones I love.

6. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my blog. I can’t tolerate spelling or punctuation mistakes. I will do it over until I get it right!

7. I am terrified at the thought of flying in an airplane! Never have and don’t intend to! Maybe being claustrophobic is why!

Now you know a little more about me than you did before! I am eagerly anticipating reading your list and learning a little more about you! Enjoy your award! You have earned it with your dedication and hard work!!



Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle CasseroleCreamy comfort in every delicious bite no matter what the weather is like!

2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
4 (4 ounces each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup milk
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the chicken, celery and onion in the butter until the meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, chicken broth, garlic powder, salt and pepper until smooth; add to the meat mixture in skillet. Cook, stirring constantly until slightly thickened; stir in the cooked noodles and 1 cup of the cheese.

3. Pour into an 11×7-inch casserole; top with the remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Makes 6 to 8 servings.



Other Names for Sugar

aother Names for SugarDSCN2054If you are one of the millions of people who are becoming concerned by the amount of sugar that we find in virtually everything we buy, with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find the following list unbelievable! I was totally amazed by how many different names there are for sugar. When you read the ingredient labels of foods you buy, watch for these other names for sugar!

Barley Malt
Beet Sugar
Brown Sugar
Buttered Syrup
Cane-Juice Crystals
Cane Sugar
Carob Syrup sugar, brown sugar,
Corn Syrup Solids
Date Sugar
Diastatic Malt
Ethyl Maltol
Evaporated Cane Juice
Fruit Juice
Fruit Juice Concentrate
Glucose Solids
Golden Sugar
Golden Syrup
Grape Sugar
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Invert Sugar
Malt Syrup
Raw Sugar
Refiner’s Syrup
Sorghum Syrup
Turbinado Sugar
Yellow Sugar

After reading this extensive list of names for sugar, I began to read the ingredients labels on some of the foods in my pantry. I actually found as many as 4 of these in the same product! Is it any wonder that we have a nation of obese and overweight people! Not to mention so many with the terrible disease, type 2 diabetes! Perhaps our medical and health organizations should take a closer look at the food manufacturing industry and find out why it is necessary to fill our food supply with such excessive amounts of sugar! Could it have any anything to do with the addictive nature of sugar?