In Purrsuit of Flavours…..Colourful Cuisine

Today I plan to laze about sipping nip julips.  Not so Tyebe cause it’s time for In Purrsuit of Flavours  December’s theme is colourful cuisine,                                                      

We wanted to do something seasonal cause these holidays come around once a year.  So our co-sponsor Da Phenny and Neilson of Easy Blog suggested something colourful to throw out this flea bitten year. 

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

We are also joining Sandee in Comedy Plus for a wordy Wordless Wednesday. She always comes up with such lovely pictures that are both heart warming and happy.

So we decided to make our rendition of Spooky Shortbread Cookies.  We were right happy at Halloween with the Witches Fingers so let’s bring this relaxed attitude to the shortbreadFirst we had to escort mom to the basement to find the cookie cutters for the shortbread.  C’mon mom bring Spot and let’s play with him.  Mom and dad looked through the decorations for Christmas….all 5 boxes.  They figured the box marked “Kitchen” would hold the treasures….no friggin way.  The cookie cutters were found in the box marked *Advent Calendar.*                                                       

 

A fast round of Spot ensued and then Spot ran upstairs so we followed.

 Look at these cookie cutters, Tyebe.  We have the suits for a deck of cards.  How unchristmasy can one get?  Found some more Shoko.

 Well, our cookie cutters are showing our artsy style….ya, that’ll be why they’re so different.                                                                   

This is an easy shortbread recipe.  It’s not picky like some.  We just thought of it but we hope you can find the ingredients at your grocery store.  No toilet paper was involved so maybe you will find the goodies to make this.

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup confectioner’s sugar ( we used icing sugar as that’s what mom had)
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
2 and 2/3 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

*Optional…red/ green food colouring, nuts, raisins, craisins, eyeballs, red decorating gel

Not too many ingredients. Are you ready Tyebe….quit playing with the cookie cutters. They aren’t mice.

DIRECTIONS:
 Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.

Beat together with an electric mixer; gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; scrape the sides of the bowl and either make a ball of the dough or 3 balls like we did. We then added red food colouring to one, green to another and left one ball white.

Put your balls in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. This is an important step so don’t forget. You can wrap them in a plastic wrap or just leave them in the bowl.  We had balls galore,,,,,cold balls.                                                          

Bring your balls out of the fridge.  

 Preheat oven to 375F and spread out parchment paper on a cookie sheet. We used a cookie sheet and a half.    So cut that cookie sheet in half….mol Tyebe!

 Remove dough from fridge. Press the dough with rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thick…..maybe a tad more. Use your cookie cutters to make shapes.                                     

  Then apply some of your decorations on the cookies. BE CAREFUL!! The eyes need to go on after the baking is completed or they melt….we discovered this at Halloween.

  Bake in a 375F oven for 10 minutes.

Decorate to your heart’s content.  Now that you don’t have balls anymore, try using your nuts.

  • Finish decorating as soon as the cookies come out of the oven,  Then they will cool and suck up the decoration.

                                               BONY PETITE

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Adding Flavours to Monday

What did you say Tyebe?  I said you’re getting to be a stink in the mud.  You don’t go out and play.  You stink around the house and sleep or talk with mom.  You mean,,,STICK…in the mud?  No, I’m sure it’s *stink*.

Well what am I supposed to do?  Run out in the cold and sit in the snow till my butt’s freezing? That’s how you catch miceYes, but I don’t want a mouse.  They taste yucky and are here in the spring and summer. Do you like the taste, Tyebe? Well, yes.  They make my mouth water.  Really?

Wouldn’t you like some salmon insteadWow, salmon! Of course I would but I can’t catch a salmon in the Lane. I checked the puddles and there are NO fish to be seen.  Are you sure…..have you waited patiently for one to appear like you do mice?  NoNext time you’re bored outside look for a salmon. They’re hard to find but you could be one of the few lucky ones to find a fish in the puddles of the Lane.  Really! For sureI can’t wait to try it.  A fish awaits.

Shoko it’s time for a meezerism from you.  You should do one for us meezers and peeps.  You mean like Ann McGuffy of McGuffy’s Reader.  Ann started SPARKs so peeps would have a positive idea to start their week. This SPARK is for both peeps and cats.

                                                                                                                         

“When you throw dirt, you lose ground.” This meezerism is shared by a Texan. Yes, they have meezeers in Texas.

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

We are also joining Aw Monday at Comedy Central. Pop on over and join your friends.                                                         

 

Join Easy Blog and us for our In Purrsuit of Flavours with the theme of  Colourful Cuisine  as we give a last blast to this horrible year.                                                                   

I’m going to give everyone an idea of what we’re doing, Shoko.  OK Tyebe.                                           
We decided to do colourful cookies. Now just what kind we will show you on Wednesday.

Wordy Wednesday Purrsuing Flavours Theme for December

mol…..You’re kidding TyebeYou didn’t really grab mom’s undergarment and run out of the room?  I did!  You should have seen the look on her face. mol  It was priceless.  I’ll have this memory to keep a grin on my face for some time.                                                   

Where did you leave the underwear….I mean undergarment? In the kitchen. Dad thought it was very funny as mom sure hurried along after me to rescue her undergarment. It was kinda rude, Tyebe. I know but it was hilarious.

We are joining Sandee and Wordless Wednesday at Comedy Plus. Pop over and see your friends trying to be wordless.  How many will actually say nothing?  We all  seem to have trouble closing our mouths.

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

You know Tyebe, I was talkin’ with Da Phenny  Of Easy Blogour co-sponsor of In Purrsuit of Flavours, earlier on SKYPE and he suggested that December’s In Purrsuit of Flavours should have something to do with the holiday season. I can see that Shoko. It was a stinky year so how about something colourful to end the season. That’s exactly how Da Phenny and Nellie described the year. So we can send the year away with brightness in our hearts and hope in our minds.


So on the 2nd. of December we want a colourful food or drink for the festive season to say “So long yucky 2020.” Any food you want is welcomed….just lotsa colour. We’ll call it Colourful Cuisine.


We’ll remind you on Monday of the colourful cuisine and tell you what we’re going to make.


Sunday Selfie while Cleaning.

Wow, the Sunday Selfies are here again. So we are clambering over to The Cat On My Head’s blog to see what they have to say and then one of us will be chosen to pose for the Selfie on their blog.  The Cat On My Head has had some problems earlier so we’ll wait to see if we can hook up later.                                                                                                                                         

We couldn’t decide who would do a selfie so we both did one each.

                                                                   

First up is Tyebe in the basket having a bath.

Here I am in the basket having a bath.                                                     

             Do you get the idea maybe it’s sticky in the basket and we must clean up after stepping in it?  mol

Have a happy Sunday.

 

                                                                                                                                  

Feline Friday is Fill In Day at Fort Meezer

 

Don’t look at me, Tyebe!  Why not?  You got that weird sparkle in your eyes. *Shoko hits Tyebe on the head* Like you’re going to chase me Who me?  I wouldn’t do that.  I’m just wondering how you managed to stay so young looking over the years.  Gimme a break Tyebe, you don’t think about stuff like that.                                                    

Let’s get busy with the Fun Fill In’s from the sponsors Ellen of 15 and Meowing and Lorianne of Four- Legged Fur Balls.                                                     

 

SHOKO…..BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

1. MOM WEARING A MASK…. is funny.  SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE’S GOING TO ROB A BANK. MOL

                                                               

2. I’ve written a fan letter to…..SANTA CLAUS.  I DON’T MEAN A LIST OF THINGS I WANT, A GENUINE FAN LETTER.  LETTING HIM KNOW WHY I THINK HE’S SO GREAT AND WHERE TO LOOK FOR GOODIES AT OUR PLACE.

                                                                 

3. FINDING MOM …. is easier than it looks.  WE CAN USUALLY SNIFF HER OUT.

                                                             

HI mom….YOU SMELL GOOD TODAY……NOT THAT YOU DON’T NORMAL SMELL NICE BUT YOUR AROMA IS EXTRA STRONG TODAY  .  Hmm….NO, YOU DON’T STINK.  YOU SMELL LIKE THE FLOWERS IN SPRING.  NO, I DON’T WANT ANYTHING EITHER.  I WAS JUST TRYING TO BE NICE,  SHEESH…..I REALLY DON’T LIKE THIS SENTENCE AT ALL.

4.WALKING IN THE SNOW… is harder than it looks.

                                                       

MOM DOESN’T HAVE ONE PICTURE OF ME WALKING IN SNOW. …..I’M NOT STUPID. ANY WALKING THROUGH THE SNOW IS DONE VERY QUICKLY SO MOM CAN’T GRAB THE CAMERA.

Tyebe, I feel a meezerism coming on. GULP…                             

“A wise cat never lets anyone see her watching over the bacon.”

 

We are also joining Sandee and Comedy Plus for Feline Friday.                                                             

Tyebe, let’s call a truce and play fight.  Sounds good sis.  Are you ready you wimp.                                                        

Who you calling a wimp….you raunchy ringtail?

 

Tyebe Tuesday with Shoko

 

We are joining Comedy Plus and Happy Tuesday for a jolly  golly day,                                                       

I don’t want to go out and look for a snow cat with you, Tyebe.  They don’t just appear you know, Tybs.                                                                     

 

You have to make one.  No, Budd told me a snow cat appears on days that are dark and snowy.  I just have to look hardI think he was pulling your paw, Tyebe.                                                             Budd wouldn’t do that!  Did we know the same guy or what?  Budd loved a good joke at someone else’s expense….then he’d chuckle to himself for most of the rest of the dayNOOOOO!  You saw him Tyebe.  He was always smiling like he knew something  that no one else knew.                                                                           

Didn’t he look like he just pulled one over on some unsuspecting kitty? Well, now that you mention it he did. Lucky we kept these pictures of Budd.

Snow cats usually appear or are made in February when there is lots of snow and it is dark and gloomy at that time of year I still think they appear like Budd said.  OK, come this February we’ll look for snow cats.  You got a deal Shoko.

The girls shake paws on it.

 

Remembrance Day In Canada Is a Wordless Wednesday

Today is the day we honour our veterans.  You know the ones that have sacrificed so we can feel safe.                                                                     

My dad was a proud officer of the Princess Pat’s Light Infantry.  He joined the army when he was thrown out of his house at the tender age of 17.  He was too young for the army but his goal was to be an officer of the Canadian Army so he lied about his age.  Obviously, folk were more trusting in that era and they let him in.  He left the army a Major.  Dad is gone but never forgotten.

We are also joining Comedy Plus for Wordless Wednesday                                                    

The poppy is a symbol of the men and women that shall not be forgotten                                                     

I like many others only thought that one was supposed to wear a poppy on November 11. Here are some poppy facts.

For one, the poppy should be worn on the left side, over the heart.

The symbol of remembrance should also not be affixed with a pin that that does not obstruct the poppy itself.

The poppy can be worn during several other occasions besides the remembrance period lasting between the last Friday in October until Nov. 11.

They can also be worn at the funerals of veterans and other memorial events or services.

As it is an individual choice, wearing a poppy during other times to honour fallen veterans can also be appropriate.

Facts supplied by the Royal Canadian Legion.                                             

Stay safe….. someone died so you could live free.

Tyebe Tuesday in the Snow

It is a frightful day but fun.  The snow is coming down in buckets.  The north wind is a howlin’ and I chose to run around like my butt’s on fire outside.

You can see where I slipped in my purrsuit of the north wind.

We are also joining Happy Tuesday at Comedy Plus  for today’s fun.  Bounce over and say “Hi” to some pretty special furries. Click on the name and you’ll be there in seconds.                                                                   

You can see how heavy the snow was falling. It was cold so the snow was small and light. Great digging snow. I am a smear by the fence attempting to dig my way to the Lane. I didn’t quite make it.

Think I’ll stay inside.  It’s warmer and there’s food!                                                       

Outside is fun for a bit and then I need to warm up my paws.

Seems to me it’s time for Shoko’s Meezerism.  Take it away big sis.


“Hunting is poor in the winter because one leaves pawprints in the snow and every vermin knows exactly where you are.”

 

November Sunday Selfies with Tyebe

Another Sunday.  This one was sunny and bright and just got above freezing.  Shoko nd I wandered down the Lane but nobody wanted to play.  So we wandered to our backyard and devoured the catnip plant.  It was limp and yucky looking anyway.                                         

It didn’t take long t discover we don’t like to be cool and we wanted in.

I of course continued playing with Spot

while Shoko crawled in our box looking guilty too!

        All the while trying to drag mom’s runner inside.

We decided I’d be the selfie this week and the best spot for me was in my Murphy Bed.                                                 

I had my head on a toy Cooper Murphy had sent me….what a guy!  

Oh my we forgot to give credit where credit is due.  The credit of course goes to The Cat On My Head blog for such a wonderful blog hop.  Pop on over by clicking on the name.

     Oh by the way, the cataract surgery went well and I could read without glasses that night. 

IN Purr-suit of Flavours…..Tummy Warmers

Easy Blog and Canadian Cats have decided the theme for November is Tummy Warmers.  You know, those foods that keep you warm during the cold weather that’s decided to live by you for the next 6 months. We thought a soup would do the trick.  Bovine grains!  No, no, Tyebe.                                                           

This soup is Beef Barley. It sticks to your ribs and is warming.

I would never have guessed!                                                       

Doesn’t this look good. It’s a picture from Mr. Goggle. Obviously, Mrs. Goggle makes dang good beef barley soup.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 to 1 pound stewing beef
oil for sauteing beef
flour
2 bay leaves,
1 can consomee and 1 can of water
1 large can of tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup of barley…pearl or pot
pinch of salt and pepper
rosemary and thyme…..to taste about 2 teaspoons.
1 onion
Think that’s it.

Now, you want to cut the stewing beef in bite sized strips. Then roll the strips in flour on a piece of waxed paper. Use oil or butter to saute the strips of stewing beef in a frying pan. Remove from heat and put into the crock pot. Also put in your onion, carrot, celery and peppers. Add your consomme, water and tomatoes plus the barley. Let the crock pot cook on low for 5 or 6 hours. The flavours will slowly mingle with each other creating a lively pot of deliciousness. About 15 minutes before finishing the soup, add the thyme and rosemary and the salt, pepper.

This is our photo;

The major difference between the two photos is you can see what ingredients went into the picture of the soup. Our soup, though delicious has a darker base. Perhaps we threw in some Worchestire Sauce.This is our Tummy Warmer and its a tummy warmer for peace.

I shied away from making Beef Barley soup cause it always tasted better at a restaurant than homemade until…….I discovered the secret to beef barley soup was adding chopped tomatoes to it.  Now, I make it whenever I want it.

We are looking forward to seeing your “Tummy Warmers.”

 

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The badge from Timmy and family is important as I go in for Cataract Surgery on Thursday.  I know, that surgery is easy peasy….well my foot was supposed to be relatively easy too but I have yet to walk without pain ever since.  So to say I’m rather dubious about surgery is putting it mildly.

Today is blog for Peace Day.

 

Peace….what a concept!  Will there ever be peace even in one country or will we tear each other down and apart because our beliefs are different than our neighbours?

I have to believe that one day people will see that their ideas are only one of many different ideas and there is room for everyone’s belief.   Our beliefs make us who we are and the world is so much richer with many cultures adding to our knowledge from their unique perspective..

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