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Monday Morning Motivation

I guess you could call this a motivation, or maybe a thanksgiving for the great gift that God has given us in our dogs.  Best summed up....unconditional love.  Always there to please, to make us smile, to help us laugh when we are down.  Always there to listen & to wag a tail of encouragement.  Thank you God for your gift of love that we dog owners receive from our dogs.
Over the last several months I have talked with many folks that had to put their dogs down.  The pain and loss could be felt in their stories.  I heard about another person that had to put her childhood dog/friend and companion down just yesterday.  I know she is hurting and I say a prayer for healing for her as I type this.
I sometimes look at Brodie, my big lug of a dog, that I love so much, my constant friend, my companion, and know to well that someday I will feel the pain of loss.  But while I have him I will enjoy every minute and be thankful for our time together.
Here are a few quotes that I found that mad…

Recipe Review..."Caramel Apple Rolls" from The Mixing Bowl.

I had yesterday off so I decided to make Caramel Apple Rolls.  A recipe I found in Mixing Bowl Magazine.  They looked really good and easy because they use frozen bread dough.......Here is the recipe from their site Caramel Apple Rolls.

Caramel Apple Rolls Recipe By : joyfulcook  Source:   Mixing Bowl Brief Description: Gooey caramel rolls filled with apples and raisins make your morning breakfast just about perfect Servings :        about 15 rolls     Prep time :       30 minutes  Cook time :     35 minutes   Total time :      65 minutes Ingredients: 1 loaf frozen bread dough or your own homemade dough 2 Granny Smith apples, diced 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 3/4 cup oats, optional 1/2 - 1 cup pecans, optional 1/2 cup white corn syrup 1 jar caramel ice cream topping Directions: Thaw your bread dough or make your own (If you make your own like I did, adding cinnamon to the dough is a nice extra touch.) Roll it out into a large rectangle. Mix the apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, oats and pe…

Restaurant Review...."Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop"

Last week Linda, Nancy and I decided to try a local eatery Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop.  It had gotten good reviews on Urban Spoon and after looking at their menu it looked like a great place to try.
I studied the lunch menu that I found on their site.  The Chunky Apple Skinny Pig on Wheat sounded good to me:-).....

We met at the restaurant at around 11:30, before the lunch rush....

Very bright, lots of windows.
It felt inviting.

They have beer and wine options which
is always nice.

Linda's meal.
Looks good.  She
said she really enjoyed
her sandwich.
Here is what Linda had to say about her meal...

("I did really enjoy my sandwich:  Thanksgiving Turkey.  The bread was like ‘stuffing’ and it had cranberry spread that was delicious, not to mention that the turkey was ‘real’ sliced and not lunchmeat.  I also had a ½ size Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, which was also very good.  The ½ sandwich/ ½ salad option really worked for me.  I felt like I was eating healthy but still v…

Monday Morning Motivation

"And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, do You not care that we perish?  And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  The wind ceased, there was a great calm." (Mark 4:37-39)

Recipe Review .."White Bean Soup with Rosemary Croutons"

I wanted to try to make something different.  I came across a recipe in my Cook's Country Magazine that sounded interesting, "White Bean Soup with Rosemary Croutons".  It has been really cold here in North Carolina so a hearty hot soup sounded like just the thing we needed to warm us up.  Here is the picture that I found in the magazine that enticed me to give it a try...

Looks good.  But you know me
I had to cheat a bit....
let's start with their official recipe....

White Bean Soup with Rosemary Croutons
Serves 4 You can substitute Great Northern beans for the cannellini beans in this soup. 4(1-inch) slices  Italian bread , cut into 1-inch squares1/4cup extra virgin olive oil3garlic cloves , minced1teaspoon  minced fresh rosemarySalt and pepper4(16-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (see note)2 1/4cups low sodium chicken broth6slices bacon , chopped1onion , chopped fine1tablespoon  lemon juice1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degr…

Online Photo Find

This had to be photoshopped:-)
Enjoy your world everyone.

Monday Morning Motivation

I read this quote years ago.  I found in the One Minute Bible Devotional.
"Knowing that God is in charge can put you at ease in life's most unsettling situations"
I can't say I would be "at ease" in this situation, but knowing God was there with me would sure help. I hope the guy in the photo is ok!!  I don't think any of us will encounter this situation today but what ever the situation  we encounter in our lives it does bring peace to know that God walks beside us, loves us, and will help us through.  He holds our hand:-) Enjoy Your World Everyone and stay out of light houses during a storm:-)

Restaurant Review...."Kitchen" in Chapel Hill

This weekend I went with a few friends to the "Kitchen", a restaurant in Chapel Hill.  It is on my wish list on  Urban Spoon so I thought it would be fun to give it a try.  As usual I studied the menu before the adventure and narrowed it down to two menu items.  The Chicken and Mushroom Gougere and the Penne Pasta with Shrimp.  I had to look up "Gougere" because I had no idea what it meant.  I thought maybe it was a cheese?  I found on wikipedia that it is "savory choux pastry with cheese".  Then I had to look up "choux" which just means a light pastry dough.  Sounded good!  So off we went to Kitchen....

The bar area.
They have a nice
beer and wine list.
You can see into the kitchen in the back of the
They had aprons lining
the wall.  I liked the one with
the fish drawing on the left.
Small dining area, comfortable
and inviting.
I liked the dish towel like napkins.
Nice touch, like being in a kitchen,
a very nice kitchen:-)

The Chicken…

Recipe Review..."Caramel Apple Cake" from the

I had the day off so I decided to make something new.  I have a magazine I really enjoy its called "Mixing Bowl".  I have the baking issue.  I thought yum the Caramel Apple Cake looks great so why not give it a try?  This is a recipe by Barbarajf... at the mixing bowl web site.  I gathered my ingredients....

 I could peel the apples on
my new Christmas cutting board.
I tried but with a dull knife it was
very slow going....
So I pulled out the apple peeler.
As you can see I have forgotten
how to use it.  I looked at if for a
few seconds and then the "Ah-Ha
Thats better:-)
A few seconds later the apples were peeled and diced.
Came out looking pretty good...
Mine never looks exactly like the picture.
Oh well, I was happy anyway.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake
Source: original recipe   Quick and delicious dessert.  Servings:         10-12 Prep time:       15 minutes Cook time:      40-45 minutes Total time:       1 1/2 hours
Ingredients: CAKE
2 cups apples (peeled & diced)
1 …