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Ms Bea is temporarily overcome but she got over it.  

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Ginger Boy

Ginger has fit right in with the rest of the crew.  Homer still tries to assert himself over him but they rarely get into anything serious.  The hummers are hitting the feeders heavily now, and will continue to do so through August.  We have five feeders up and refill them nearly everyday.

Good Help Is Hard To Find

Yeah, Nope: What’s Under The Bed?!?!

Image: https://imgur.com/user/realcalvinandhobbes

Walked into the bedroom to see all three cats surrounding the bed, looking under it. Yeah, no way was I going to look. I went and got Carson and set him about vacuuming. I neither need nor want to know what might be under there.

I emptied the bin outside, just to be safe.

Carry on….



 

Black Panther In The House

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a big black panther (at least in his mind) in the house to keep it free from a variety of pests. But I do.

This guy:

Every night, while I sleep, he kills me a pile of stuffed animals. I keep a basket of those mini-plushies, most were gifts, in the guest room. Every morning I wake up to a “fresh kill” of each and every one of them. He must work very hard to get all 12 of them from the guest room to the master bedroom. So he gets lots of praise.

It’s nice to know with Jake around, I’ll never starve.

There will be an actual recipe thread later today. No, really. Actual FOOD and actual COOKING.  😉



Tidbits

Cookies!  These are those very tasty chocolate chip oatmeal coconut raisin cookies, the recipe does not say raisins but I like them so I added a handful.  And nobody does chocolate chunks anymore, all the cool kids are into the very retro and hip chips.I tried this the other day, wanting to get some more use out of that heavy tortilla press.  It really makes some thin hamburger patties!  I backed off on the ones I actually cooked because nobody has an 8 inch burger bun.  They do fry up fast fast fast.  LOL  I love my griddle.

I splurged on this ultrawide monitor.  It’s a 34 incher and it’s wide enough to fit 2 web pages in without squeezing them too hard.  It came with a couple of software drivers – one that purports to add a settings screen to Windows (adjust brightness and contrast and so on), plus something they call a Dual Monitor Something or Another.  I think the DM driver is meant to fool the computer into believing there are actually 2 monitors hooked up but I didn’t get that far because one or both of those drivers made my computer go insane.  I managed to do a system restore and got back to normalcy.  The Nvidia graphics card handls the monitor just fine.Cats and dogs living together!  The cameras in cell phones are getting really good, but I sent this through a photo editor to brighten it up and correct the colors.

More cookies!  These are from a recipe put out by the Splenda sweetener people.  They are quick and easy and really are delicious with a nice crisp texture.

More kittehs!  Ollie and Toby like to hang about on top the the couch.  Ginger Boy is usually up there, too.

Soup!  This is that Hungarian recipe mushroom soup we’ve been making lately.  It’s full of paprika and sour cream and dill.  It’s easy to make and delicious.  Even better the next day.  I used brown buttons this time, and I ran out of tamari soy sauce so I subbed in a shot of mushroom soy – it’s a very thick and dark soy sauce that works very well in this recipe, I think it’s going to be in mine from now on.

Tidbits

How is  it that I have so many leftovers?  We picked up this jumbo Butterball the day before Thanksgiving where they were on sale for cheap because they were frozen solid.  There was no way these would thaw in time to cook for the holiday meal and they needed the freezer space.  Twenty one pounder!This is a real cutie!Same kitteh in another pose.Here’s a nice pair, I think this is a good shot of them.This one is a real stunner – those eyes!I bought a big tin of crab meat the other day, I had a choice of either lump or claw meat.  I wanted whichever had the largest pieces, I chose the lump on a guess.  It wasn’t a small as I’ve seen crab in a can but I will go the claw meat if I ever make the choice again.  Anyway I made crab cakes because it has been forever since I ate the last one.  Not bad – I used a recipe from the NY Times, cut down to make 3 cakes.  That’s a creamy horseradish sauce on top of this one.Homer would rather be a dog.  He rests for a spell with Gabe by the back door, filling him in on how bad those other kittehs treat him.

Pressure Cooker Italian Beef

It’s just like crockpot Italian beef, only faster.  I’m liking my Instapot cooker more and more.  It’s the only way I make stock these days – just pile in the bones and odds and ends of celery and carrots and what-not with water and give it an hour on the timer and you’re golden.

Anyway back to the beef – sear a good chunk of that on sale chuck or what have you, cover it with some of your stock, add a couple of coarsely chopped onions, a handful of garlic, Italian seasonings (basil, thyme, oregano, parsley), and a jar of pickled pepperoncini.  The peppers are not as important as the juice.  You can add some red pepper flake to spice it up.  I set the timer for 75 minutes – it was easily shreddable when done,I baked some rolls to go with the beef.  I’ve been using the reliable KA bun recipe for several years now.  My hamburger buns usually turn out better looking than these hoagie type rolls but I’m working on that.Bonus Bea pic!

Tidbits

This poor thing was brought in with two broken legs, the one appears to be less of a problem than the other, going strictly by the casts.  I have no other info but he is in good hands at St Francis.Made some mayo from scratch.  The other day I roasted a bunch of garlic cloves in olive oil and used a 1/4 c of that oil in this.  The recipe for the basic mayo is easy – put an egg with 1/4 c oil in the bowl of a processor, add a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp of dry mustard and give it a spin.  Start drizzling in more oil until you’ve used about a cup, total, or until it gets to the consistency you are going for.  I added canola oil for the drizzle.  This turned out very garlicky.I used it on this sammich – very good!  I assembled it after the photo, and went sans lettuce.  That’s more of my maple pepper bacon.  Yum!Now here comes Bitsy, slowly, a step at a time.  Head on a swivel, looking for threats.  She finally made it all of the way in.  Yay!This was Taco Tuesday for us.  I’m torn between piling on the goodies or going sparingly with them for a better picture.  These white corn tortillas are smeared with refried beans, layered with smoked pork, cheddar, shredded cabbage, and pico de gallo.This looks like a short loaf of banana bread but it’s actually made with figs.  We had a fairly good batch we weren’t quite sure what to do with.I quartered them and stuck them in the dehydrator overnight – too long, alas.  They were barely pliable and too tough.  We dropped them into a stout blender and whirled them with water to break them up.  The result looked much like bananas that had been pureed so they went into a banana bread recipe.This is one of those soups that come from what I think of as a “bottomless” soup pot – I keep adding to it as we eat out of it.  Those diced potatoes were not in there yesterday and I added more carrots.  The beef will get scarce after a few iterations, but right now there’s still plenty.I’ll wind this up with another shelter kitteh.  This one looks like our own Ginger Boy.

Cats and Dogs Living Together