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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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!