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August In Purrsuit of Flavours

Skoko let’s play it’s so nice and warm outside.  Coming Tyebe… the blog hop In Purrsuit of Flavours is appearing on Wednesday and I wanted peeps to know.                                                     
That’s kinda important…..just remember I’m waiting.

Coming Soon….. In Purrsuit of Flavours

So Phenny, Nelly, Tyebe and I decided that during real hot weather we all have a hankering for something tasty but quick and requires little effort.  Yes, we could open a bag of potato chips and dive in but this is not a meal that will stay with us but it is easy.                                                                   

So for August we want you to tell us about your “easy peasy” meal that requires little effort.  If, you don’t have one of these meals. short of calling for a restaurant delivery, let us know the recipe of what you have for supper on those super hot days,

In Purrsuit of Flavours blog hop is hopping onto our blog on Wednesday, August the 5th.  See ya there.

Sparking on Awww Monday

What a gorgeous day!!  The sun is out and it’s stinking hot.  We’re not used to warmth.  We’re more used to rainy yucky weather.  So we’re sweatin’ it out.  Think its about 78F.  It’s being in the sun that makes it too hot to handle.                                                 
It is SPARK Monday that Ann started many moons ago. A SPARK is a wise saying or positive thought that we can use to guide our week. What?….Well, if you say so Shoko. Shoko says she can provide the SPARK of the day from her list of Meezerisms.

“When drinking from the fountain of life you may come across stagnant water that effects your view of the world. Simply put on your big girl panties and move on to a bowl till someone cleans the fountain.”

Shoko that was terrible! It doesn’t make anyone want to think positive about the week. It made sense to me, Tyebe. Remember, these are very old Meezerisms. They are tried and true.  Whatever!!

SHOKO…..NIGHT BLACK
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE
BUDD……GALA GREEN

Where’s Budd?  Pay attention Tyebe…I was talking with Budd on the deck.  He sure doesn’t say much.                                                                               

Your kinda pretty, Shoko.  Knock it off Budd.  We’re family and you smell funny.  Do you like it Shoko?  I put it on special.  I thought I smelled like food.

 

We are joining Comedy Plus for Awww Mondays.  Go over and see the many blogs you can take a peek at and send rude comments.  OK….NICE comments…..mol  Just click on the name and/or the badge

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Have a wonderful week in spite of Shoko’s Meezerism.

An Addition to Sho, Tye and Xe’s Life Abroad

The next chapter in our story of Sho, Tye and Xe’s adventures as told by Xe.  We had to reblog this fun chapter. Go visit  Xena by clicking on her name in red and let them know how you enjoyed their adventures and friends.

Xena’s Story: A Party in Tyeland

“Sho, is everything almost ready for our goodbye party?” asked Tye. “I can’t wait! I know there will be good food, but what about games? Are we playing any games?”

“I don’t have any games planned,” replied Sho. “That’s your department. I’m sure you and Xe will think up something. And it’s also a party to celebrate King and his little friend Missy renting our Hut Canada, and to thank Squish for taking care of the arrangements. Look, here come King and Missy now.”

“Great! the first game will be don’t step on King the Cobra. We play that everytime he comes over,” laughed Tye.
“They look hungry, but King always looks hungry. He’s enjoying his new vegetarian diet, but – just like Chinese food – he’s hungry again 10 minutes later. I’ll help you get the food out on the tables, Sho.”

“Ooo, a cupcake just for me,” squeaked Missy. “And it’s got banana tucked into it. Umm, excuse me Miss or Mr. Bird. Who are you?”

“I’m Tyko,” chirped their new visitor. “I live next door, and thought I would come over – I brought my own drink – to welcome my new neighbors. You two are going to rent the hut, right?” Tyko added as she reached for a cookie biscuit. “You two sure are an unlikely pair to be living together,” she added.

“I don’t mean to be rude,” interrupted Sho, “but perhaps you should have asked the hostess and owner and current inhabitant of the Hut Canada before joining our soiree.”

“And perhaps you should have asked the snake if you could have any of his favorite biscuits before helping yourself!” hissed King.

“Uh, oh,” thought Missy, “I sure hope that bird’s wings aren’t clipped. She may need them in a moment.

Meanwhile, at the next table, Sho heard the sound of growling.

“This is my banana split!” growled Xe. “Can’t you see the American flag on the top? It’s specially for me!

“Aren’t you going to share?” Tye growled back. “We always share.”

“No!” barked Xe. “This one’s mine. Get your own.”

“Stop it! Stop staring at each other and growling,” cried out Sho. “Oh thank Cat, here come Squish and her little sister Squash. I think things are whirling out of control around here.”
“Squish! Over here! I need your help!” Sho yelled.

Squish could hear the fear and distress in Sho’s voice. With a coconut-splitting trumpet, Squish rose up on her hind legs. Her landing didn’t quite cause an earthquake, but it did knock King and Xe off their tables and onto the ground.

“Now that you took care of that, can we eat?” squealed little Squash. “Look at the goodies Sho has for us!”

“Yes, she fixed me a giant banana split with mint ice cream, my favorite!” replied Squish.
“And Sho remembered my favorites, too – peanuts and bananas!” cried out Squash. “Can I have some of your whipped cream topping?”

Squish’s arrival seemed to have done the trick. King returned to the peaceful snake he had become, and invited his bird neighbor, Tyko to share his cookie biscuits. Xe and Tye, much embarrassed by their own behaviors, mumbled “sorries” while Sho brought Tye her own banana split.

“I’m really sorry, Tye. I don’t know what got into me. Please forgive me,” Xe quietly woofed. “You can have my banana split if you want it. Here,” Xe said, as she started to slide it over to Tye. In case you don’t live with a schnauzer, let me tell you, it means a whole lot when a schnauzer will give away her favorite foods.

“I forgive you. And I’m sorry I growled at you, too. But look what my sweet sister brought me. And it has the new Tyeland flag on it, so I know it’s just for me, like yours is just for you. You were right about that, Xe. No hard feelings.”

Seeing that peace had once again settled on the land, Sho quietly slipped away from the party to begin packing. Hut Canada would soon be occupied by their good friends, and she and Tye would be leaving for a new home in Canada

Sad Selfie Sunday with Scouts Tyebe and Shoko

I can’t believe it Tyebe…..Mau gone at the age of 10.  Such a young mancat.  This means CooperMurphy is the oldest mancat in the house.  A great responsibility for a young mancat.

It is a heavy load, Shoko.  I hope he becomes Master Baker at Cat Scouts.  Mau taught  Coop so many tricks and techniques.  Mau will always live on in CooperMurphy.

Geez Shoks I don’t feel like being in the Selfies this week…..I’m so sad.  We must pay our respects to the Blue family.  They are really having a hard time, Tyebe.  Let’s show them that we are there for them and all they need do is call for us and we will be there.  Simply click on the badge or The Cat On My Head name and you’ll be swished off this blog and onto theirs.

We salute Mau and the entire Blue family for their participation and being such lovable characters.

The Cat On My Head

Today is another Selfie Sunday at The Cat On My head so click on the name in red or the badge and be hijacked to their blog.                                                               

 

I must mew it from the top of the nip patch…..”Hiya Big Boy,” to my one and only GingerSnap, aka CooperMurphy.

                                                                                       

  There he is having a short snooze while waiting for me.  C’mon wake up Snag let’s go out in your garden.  Do I have a whisker kiss just for you?  You bet your biffy I do. mol

                                                                            I grabbed a whisker kiss….mol

Now, I feel good                                          Like I knew that I would.

 

Feline Friday with Fun Fill Ins

It’s Friday already.  Geez, this week just whizzed  by me.  It’s time for Feline Friday over there at Sandee’s Comedy Plus blog.  I’m coming Sandee… just let me click the badge and I’ll miraculously appear.  Maybe I’ll click on the name in red.  Decisions, decisions!

It’s also time for some Fill Ins from Ellen  OF 15 and Meowing and Lorianne of Four-Legged-Furballs.                                                                           
SHOKO……EBONY BLACK
TYEBE……ROYAL BLUE
BUDD…….GALLOPING GREEN
MOM……..MAROON

1. When this pandemic is over, I……PLAN TO STICK THIS MASK WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE!  It’s so hot and uncomfortable wearing this get up.  I look like a crook and am tempted to ask everyone for their treats.                                                                                 
2. I have zero interest in ………….HUNTING.  I believe we all have a right to be here, no matter whether rodent or bird…..now should a mouse walk across my path I will try and out run him.  Nothing personal though.                                                                   
3. I always look forward to a……..WALK IN THE GARDEN, FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.  The little bugs on the flowers are so tiny and wiggly. and the dew is next to them..  So very quiet.

                                                                 
4. BALANCING THE CHECKBOOK….. is the bane of my existence.

I see no redeeming qualities of doing this.  So I know for sure I have very little “money to use as pin money”

Wordy Wednesday at Fort Meezer

Wednesday already….a fast week.  We are joining Sandee at Comedy Plus with our version of Wordless Wednesday which is wordy as can be.  Click the red highlighted names or the badge and you’ll see your friends in all their glory.                                                                        

We have neighbours who just happen to be squirrels. A lovely family that chatters with everyone in the Lane. We don’t see many of the little ones but if you look closely you can see them swinging in the tree. I was creeping up to see this family.

First, I had to climb the neighbour peeps 6 foot fence and then try and get comfy.

I see daddy squirrel…wow, he’s got a good thing going!

He has a swing of his very own…Good going little buddy!                                                           

He handles that swing like nobody’s business.  Come see him Budd.  I’ve seen him, he’s a clever one.                                                                         

Look at his son….                                                                       

What a smart little one. A happy household if I ever saw one.


I think its best if they don’t see me.  Then they won’t feel paranoid…like some dudette is watching  their every move. mol

That was nifty….even Budd enjoyed it.  Speaking of Budd….he and Shoko are being more hospitable to each other.

Ok, not bosom buddies, but at least they’re not starring each other down!

Time for a wise Meezerism from our gal Shoko.

“The oldest most well chewed, slobbered on and generally ravished toy in the box……is the tastiest.”

Herbalized Kale Chips

What made us decide on Kale Chips?  Well mom and dad like kale and say there is no taste to it so the kale tastes like whatever you put with it..  Mom tends to snack and doesn’t need any more weight on her.  Ok…herbed kale chips coming up.  Budd will you go pick some kale for us from the raised bed.  Sure enough Shoko.                                                                
Should I wear my mask?  Are you going to mew with anyone on the way to the kale?  Naw….so I’ll just hustle out there and get some curly kale.

SHOKO…..BLACK
BUDD……GRABBING GREEN
TYEBE…..ROYAL BLUE

Got it Shoko and I put the kale in the sink.  Tyebe can you wash any vermin off the kale.  We don’t have vermin…the kale doesn’t need washing.                                                                   

Tyebe!! Look at the spider running out from the kale. It needs to be washed. Well, geez sis he won’t make a mess. You’re just too picky. OK, ok….I’ll wash the kale.

There you go now what do we do? Now we have to cut out the rib that runs almost to the tip of the kale.                                                              
On a bread board lay out a leaf of kale and with a sharp knife slice the rib out without losing too much of the leaf. The ribless kale can now be cut in big pieces.  I gave the kale to Budd after he washed his paws and he ripped big pieces.. This will give you a fair sized slice of kale, remember the kale shrinks as it driesThe ribs can be saved in the freezer for soups.

 

When the washing is finished put your ripped kale in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of Italian spice.  Then mix ingredients thoroughly.                                                          

Geez, the kale looks very wet. Oh well, it’ll dry in the dehydrator.

We didn’t use a whole bunch of kale. Ya, cause we thought it might come out yucky and nobody would eat it. We have 4 small trays of kale. Lay the kale out in the dehydrator tray with the sides just touching.  They will shrink.

Ok, they’ve been dried  for 4 hours.                                                                           

The kale still looks wet.

Time for tasting,  Tyebe, you and Budd can be the tasters.  I’ll lie on the condo by the window  in the living room so you won’t feel hassled.

Ohhh Shoko…yuck!!  It tastes greasy and bites back.  It’s kinda limp too.  Really….let me taste too.  Cwap!!  This is green garbage.  Tyebe, you have green in your teeth.  How about you Budd?  I like it…can I eat yours too. Shoko gives Budd the questioning eye and said “fill your boots.”

This means we must try it again right away but with a few differences.  HERBED KALE second attempt

Wash and dry kale.  Cut out ribs.  Rip the kale in large portions. spread kale out on a flat surface such as your counter.

You will need:

1 spray can of Pam
spice jar of garlic powder
spice jar of clubhouse Parmesan & herbs seasoning

Hold the can of Pam away from the kale so it mists the kale. We used the buttery flavoured Pam. Any excess can be wiped on the backside of the kale cause you’re just spraying and seasoning one side. Sprinkle the garlic powder on the kale. Then sprinkle the Clubhouse Parmesan and herbs. If you like garlic put lots on your kale and the same with the clubhouse. We basically just sprinkled both over the kale.  Now, we wait at least 5 hours.

Say, this batch looks much better.  No shiny faces.                                                     
It looks like some leaves got more herbs than others. The leaves are more like chips though.

Time for the taste test.  You’re nominated Tyebe How about me, Shoko?  Sorry, Budd but you seem to like even disgusting food.                                                                               
It’s not nearly as wet looking.  Mmmm…this is good, Shoks.  It’s even crisp.  The taste is mild and very pleasant.

ATTENTION:  Cats are not vegetarians but carnivores ,  However, trying a veggie will not hurt them.  This excerpt is from mom.

We are also joining Wordless Wednesday at Comedy Plus.  Click on the name or badge and visit.                                                                 

 

Success!!  There you have it.  Now we can take our kale chips out on the deck and watch the sunset.

                                                              BONY PETITE

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Shrimp and Grits

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  • 1 cup coarsely ground grits
  •  3 cups water
  •  2 teaspoons salt
  •  2 cups half-and-half
  •  2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  •  salt to taste
  •  1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  •  1 lemon, juiced
  •  1 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  •  5 slices bacon
  •  1 green bell pepper, chopped
  •  1 red bell pepper, chopped
  •  1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  •  1 cup chopped onion
  •  1 teaspoon minced garlic
  •  ¼ cup butter
  •  ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  •  1 cup chicken broth
  •  1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  •  1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  •  Step 1
    Bring water, grits, and salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan with a lid. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until grits are thickened and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  •  Step 2
    Sprinkle shrimp with salt and cayenne pepper; drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside in a bowl.
  •  Step 3
    Place andouille sausage slices in a large skillet over medium heat; fry sausage until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
  •  Step 4
    Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Retain bacon drippings in skillet. Transfer bacon slices to paper towels, let cool, and crumble.
  •  Step 5
    Cook and stir green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onion, and garlic in the bacon drippings until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  •  Step 6
    Stir shrimp and cooked vegetables into the andouille sausage and mix to combine.
  •  Step 7
    Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour to make a smooth paste. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is medium brown in color, 8 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully, mixture burns easily.
  •  Step 8
    Pour the butter-flour mixture into the skillet with andouille sausage, shrimp, and vegetables. Place the skillet over medium heat and pour in chicken broth, bacon and Worcestershire sauce, cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens and the shrimp become opaque and bright pink, about 8 minutes.
  •  Step 9
    Just before serving, mix sharp Cheddar cheese into grits until melted and grits are creamy and light yellow. Serve shrimp mixture over cheese grits.

THIS HAS BEEN A FAVORITE IN OUR FAMILY SINCE I WAS A CHILD.

Mike Hartley

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