Feline Fun Facts – Trivia Quiz

In honor of June as the Adopt-a-Cat Month, here is a little trivia quiz to see how much you know about cats.  Answers will be found on this site tomorrow.



1. A cat has how many whiskers, on average?

A) 8
B) 12
C) 16
D) 24

2. Do cats have fewer teeth than dogs, or more?

A) Fewer
B) More
C) Same

3. People have about 650 skeletal muscles. How many do cats have?

A) 500
B) 650
C) 800

4. Which brain is the cat’s brain most similar to?

A) Dog’s
B) Human’s

5. Outdoor-only cats live, on average, about:

A) 3-5 years
B) 7-10 years
C) 12-15 years


You call them Cute, right?

6. A term for a group of cats is:

A) caggle
B) covey
C) clutch
D) clowder



7. A term for a group of kittens is:

A) kaggle
B) kindle
C) nook
D) kaboodle


8. True or False: A cat, standing in a still position, can jump up to six times its own length.

9. True or False: “Tabby” is the name of a cat breed.

10. All of the following are the names of cat breeds, EXCEPT:

A) Balinese
B) Beauceron
C) Birman
D) Burmilla

11. The thick hair around the face of some cats (such as Persians) is called:

A) Mane
B) Ruff
C) Pelt
D) Shock

12. True or False: Just like female cats, male cats have five or six pairs of teats.

13. True or False: Like dogs, cats sniff one another’s butts.

14. How much of their waking hours do cats spend grooming themselves?

A) 11%
B) 33%
C) 66%

Cat grooming itself

“Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this by all the time they spend on
personal grooming. Dogs aren’t like this. A dog’s idea of personal grooming
is to roll in a dead fish.” —
James Gorman




15. What’s it called when a cat rubs the side of its head on you or on furniture?

A) Beaning
B) Bunting
C) Brocking
D) Tagging



16. A cat named Towser was an expert mouser. (True story!) How many mice did this famous cat reportedly catch in her lifetime?

A) 899
B) 8,899
C) 18,899
D) 28,899


17. Cats can’t taste this:

A) Sour
B) Sweet
C) Bitter
D) Salt

18. What’s the total number of claws that most house cats have?

A) 16
B) 18
C) 20
D) None of the above

19. Cats stay pregnant for about how long?

A) 2 months
B) 4 months
C) 9 months

20. Which of the following statements about body language is FALSE:

A) A cat’s tail held high means “I’m happy.”
B) A twitching tail means “I’m getting irritated.”
C) A thumping tail means “I’m totally frustrated!”
D) A tail tucked underneath the body means “I’m hungry.”


Click here to find out what you can do in honor of Adopt-A-Cat Month.


Happy Birthday, JFK (1917-1963)

Happy Birthday, JFK (1917-1963)

The 35th United States President John “Jack” Kennedy was born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

He served in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate before becoming President.

On Nov. 22,1963 he was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more about the life of John F. Kennedy, Click Here.

President Kennedy’s New England Fish Chowder

John F., Kennedy, the 35th United States President, was reportedly not a big eater and often had to be reminded about meal times.  For lunch, President Kennedy was particularly fond of soup–New England Fish Chowder was a favorite.


U.S. President John F. Kennedy

The President kept to his New England roots, enjoying such fish dishes.


  • 2 pounds haddock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 ounces salt pork, diced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Simmer the haddock in the water for 15 minutes. Drain. Reserve the broth. Remove the bones from the fish. Saute the pork until crisp, remove from pan, and set aside. Saute the onions in the pork fat until golden brown. Add the fish, potatoes, celery, bay leafy, salt, and pepper. Pour in fish broth, plus enough boiling water to make 3 cups liquid. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add the milk and butter, and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve the chowder sprinkled with pork dice. Serves 6.”
A Treasury of White House Cooking, Francois Rysavy [G.P. Putnam’s Sons:New York] 1972 (p. 210-211)


To see the original copy of the recipe, click Here for Bon Appetit’s website.

New England Fish Chowder

Photo by S. Bonnie


To find more Presidential food favorites, go to Food Time Line.org

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President” is a song sung by actress and singer Marilyn Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, for President John F. Kennedy at a celebration of his forty-fifth birthday, ten days before the actual day of his 45th birthday.

Remembering Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Remembering Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

In 2010, United States President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

The author of the book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.   Click here to find more about Maya Angelou.  

Strawberry and Amaretto Cream Pie

Yield: 8 Servings


  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water



  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 to 6 drops red food coloring, optional



  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Optional toppings: additional fresh strawberries and toasted almonds



  1. Place almonds in a food processor; cover and pulse until almonds are finely ground. Add flour, confectioners’ sugar and salt; pulse until blended. Add butter and shortening; pulse until butter and shortening are the size of peas. While pulsing, add just enough ice water to form moist crumbs. Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in. thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Fill with dried beans, uncooked rice or pie weights.
  3. Bake at 425° for 8 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. In a large bowl, mash 1 cup strawberries with the lemon juice. Add water. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in mashed berry mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in food coloring if desired. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until cooled slightly, stirring occasionally.
  5. Fold in the remaining sliced berries; transfer to crust. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until set.
  6. In a small bowl, beat whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add the sour cream, confectioners’ sugar and amaretto; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over filling. Top with additional strawberries and almonds if desired.

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, spread in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Or, spread in a dry nonstick skillet and heat over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

When using pie weights, cool before storing. Beans and rice may be reused for pie weights, but not for cooking.

© Taste of Home 2014


Gluten-Free Honey-Balsamic BBQ Meatballs

Yield: 24 meatballs


Photo by Iowa Girl Eats blogger Kristin Porter


For the meatballs:

  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well (OR 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, but meatballs will not be gluten-free)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 large shallot OR 1/2 small onion, grated or minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, microplaned or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (check label to ensure Gluten-Free – Lea & Perrins brand is)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper

For the Honey-Balsamic BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (check label to ensure Gluten-Free: – Lea & Perrins brand is)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper


  1. Combine ingredients for Honey-Balsamic BBQ Sauce in a saucepan then stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring every so often, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until sauce is thick and has lost its vinegary bite, stirring every so often.
  2. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a small saucepan then add rinsed quinoa, cover with a lid, turn heat down to medium-low, and then cook until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork then cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then place a cooling rack on top and spray very well with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine cooled quinoa, egg, shallot, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme and rosemary. Stir to combine then add beef and mix to combine using hands. Separate mixture into eighths, then form three meatballs from each segment, to form 24 meatballs. Place on prepared cooling rack then bake for 15-17 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center. Add meatballs to sauce then turn heat down to low to keep warm, or transfer to a crock pot set to “warm”.

For more information, check out the Iowa Girl Eats blog.

Southwestern Backyard Burgers – Taste of Home Recipe©

Yield: 8 servings.

Southwestern Backyard Burger

Photo by Taste of Home© magazine


  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 12 crackers)
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 8 sesame seed hamburger buns, split
  • Lettuce leaves and tomato slices
  • Toppings of your choice



  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Top with cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted.
  3. Grill buns, cut side down, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato and toppings.


Originally published as Southwestern Backyard Burgers in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p11



More Than a Name on a Wall – Statler Brothers

Nota Ferry uploaded this video on YouTube on Nov. 30, 2008. ”
Tribute To Charlie Company, 4th/47th’s fallen soldiers
(www.9thinfantrydivision.com), those recently lost and to all Veterans of the Vietnam War. This video was shown at Charlie Company’s 2008 Reunion in San Antonio, Texas on Veterans Day weekend. Special thanks to the Statler Brothers for an outstanding song & presentation!”

To learn more about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “The Wall,”  click HERE.