Friday’s Flaky Fill-Ins my Friends

I wonder if anyone missed us?….we were enjoying our summer.  Mom was battling with the internet browser as it wouldn’t let her into sites she uses all the time.    Dad said Internet Explorer was cwap so she changed to Chrome.  That did it, she could get into her favourite sites again.  Mom is now trying to get used to a new browser.  There’s bound to be a few screw ups so bear with us.

It’s hotter than Shoko’s breath after having a few nipitinis. MOL

Let’s get right down to it.  Today is the friendly fill-ins.  This fun event is offered by Ellen of 15 and Meowing and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.  The first 2 are from Ellen and the last two from Annie.

1. Meetings … ARE AMUSING.  UNLESS THE OTHER GUY STINKS…..THEN ALL BETS ARE OFF AND IT’S SPITTING TIME.

 

2. Rules …..ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN OR SHALL I SAY STRETCHED.

My turn Kali…give me room here sis.

3. The best time to ….HAVE TREATS is …..ANYTIME.                                           

 

4. I have learned….TO BE NICE TO MY SISTER.  SHE DOESN”T MEAN TO BE A PEST, SHE JUST CAN”T HELP HERSELF.                                                                    

Have a great Friday friends.                                                                             Continue reading

Shopping Around The World

We’re both helping mom today.  Oh right……this is Shopping Around the World with our grand host Bacon of Piglove.                                                                   

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

We all decided to make Balsamic Potatoes for our recipe of the month.  It’s summery cause you should use new potatoes and right out of the garden…..could anything be fresher.  Now I feel like a proud momma cause I tended these taters and the reason mom and dad are eating taters and not  dirt is cause of moi.                                                                          I inspected them Shoko and you did a fine job for a nip head. MOL

Oh my…I’m blurry today….not a good sign.  C’mon Shoko let’s get mom moving on the recipe.  Think she’s getting blurry too. MOL                                                                         

SHOKO…..BLACK

Alright, here is the recipe for Balsamic New Potatoes my friends.  I really thought mom was going to marinate a balsam tree in vinegar….who knew they actually do this in the store….well paint my whiskers white and call me Santa!

Roasted Balsamic New Potatoes

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil….Terra olive oil 500ml…$4.98
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme….garden
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crushed…garden
1/8 tsp. nutmeg………Club House, 43 grams, $1.94
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped……Fresh Colossal Garlic, $0.99 each.
2 lb. new red potatoes
3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar……Unico. 500 ml…..$3.28
1/4 tsp. salt…cupboard
1/8 tsp. pepper…cupboard                                                             Now pay attention to the steps as they’re important.

STEPS

Preheat oven to 375F

In a 1 cup measuring cup, mix olive oil, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg and garlic.

Cur potatoes in half. spread on non-stick 15x10x1 inch pan.  Drizzle with olive oil mixture; toss to coat.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are golden and slightly crispy.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, toss to coat.  Bake 5 minutes longer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Let’s have the picture mom took Shoko.  Um…looks like she never took a picture.  What?  So what are we suppose to do now?  I got it…let’s show what they should look like.                                                                          These are beautiful potatoes.  They look scrumptious.

Should we tell our friends what happened to mom’s Roasted Balsamic New Potatoes, Kali.  I’m embarrassed Shoko.  Heck Kali we didn’t do it…we’re not to blame this time.

Well, mom and dad ate the potatoes and really liked them….honest!  Mom thought they could be cooked a bit longer so put the potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes after supper.  She even set the timer.  However she never started the timer.  Ding dong….da witch is alive and cooking. MOL                                                                                   To make a long story short…..mom decided to check the potatoes cause the timer never went off.  Well this was an hour later and the poor potatoes didn’t look like potatoes anymore.  They were a charcoal mess.  Mom wasted the potatoes I worked so hard to keep moist and happy!  This is our sad tale of mom on a blurry recipe day.

Kali let’s go and have our Fancy Feast.  It’ll taste pretty good after mom’s fiasco.                                                                           Are you brave enough to try this recipe?

 

 

 

 

Sunday Selfie with Shoko

Sunday a day of rest for us hard-working felines…MOL  I, however, must keep a close watch for intruders.  I have our catnip to protect from these savages.                                                                         

I see NO intruders.  I must’ve scared them Kali.  Not even Cow kitty is coming anywhere near Fort Meezer.

That fuzz ball Juno is not harassing us.  I guess my work here is done…nobody dares cross me.                                                                                     Shoko, take a look behind you!Everybody’s already in the yard you gobble, gobble.

Today is Sunday Selfie with our host The Cat On My Head.                                                                     Go visit and laugh at your friends trying to do their selfies.

 

Here is Shoko after setting the button to take her picture while she was asleep.                                                                        Isn’t she peaceful looking…wouldn’t hurt a flea. MOL

Have a sunny Sunday.                                                                            

 

 

Visions of Artistic Wonder…Or I’m on Fire for you Baby

What a lovely day for a walk and a stroll.  We haven’t all been in the Lane for some time.  Let’s see what’s happening back there.                                                                 What’s that movement in the grass?  Should I go home? Cwap!  It’s just Cow Kitty, nothing to be afraid of.                   Yep, that’s Cow Kitty.  Keep moving Cow Kitty!

Mom took the beautiful picture of me admiring our neighbourhood.  As you can see I am no longer sick.  Mom says I eat like a little trucker so no problem with losing weight anymore.

This is Artsy Caturday and our buddy Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty is hosting the event.  Fly over and look at the Artsy, Fartsy types she has on show.                                                                    Here is our donation this Caturday.

                                                                   Mom used Lunapic and chose a border frame and the filter fire.

Have a super Caturday friends.                                                                               

Fill Y’ur Boots with Fun Fill Ins

Knock it off Kali.    All I want to know is what’s under your paw.  You’re a pest today.  Am not.                                                               There’s nothing under my paw.  Now. quit bugging me and let’s do the Friday Fill Ins that Ellen from 15 and Meowing and Annie from McGuffy’s Reader have stated for us.  K, let’s do it.                                                                        SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

1. As a child, my favorite playground activity was …..HIDE AND SEEK.  THERE ARE TONS OF PLACES TO HIDE IN THE VEGGIE GARDEN AND KALI COULD NEVER FIND ME.

2. For breakfast, I have…..FANCY FEAST, OF COURSE NOM NOM, IT’S SO GOOD!

 

3. An instrument I would like to play is…..THE ELECTRIC GUITAR.  CAN YOU IMAGINE, MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB SUNG TO THE SOUND OF AN ELECTRIC GEE TAR. MOL                                                                          

4. I always try to ……TREAT OTHERS AS IF THEY ARE WEIRD, because…...YOU NEVER KNOW, SO I’M ALWAYS PREPARED.

So you want a picture of someone weird?                                               

 Play nice my friends.

 

Interview With The One and Only Black Cat

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE
THUMPER…..BLUE

 Kali, Remember when Mom read the three cat mysteries to us? Black Cat’s Legacy, Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel? Thumper (Black Cat) from the mystery series is here today. His Amazon e-books are $3.99.

 I loved those books. He solves mysteries with his ancestor’s memories?                                                                    

 Right. He’s come to talk to us and invite any of our friends to interview him on their blogs.

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Welcome, Thumper!

                                                                 

 

 Thank you my furry friends.  You both are lovely ladies.  You think so?  How nice of you to say but my furs seem to be sticking up this morning….I tried some spit on my paw but…..Kali, quit mewing   about your furs.  You’re not the boss of me!

I’m single but in a committed relationship with a Blue Russian.  He is very strong so keep your paws to yourself.  Kali really, do you have to be so blunt? I’m just sayin’ it like it is…no mixed messages here.  Don’t mind Kali, she’s on meds that seem to make her a pushy broad.

 Do you have a soul-mate?  Of course you have a soul-mate….that cute little halo gal…what’s her name? 

 Angel. She looks a bit like you, lovely Kali, but have no fear. I’m devoted to my Angel.

 Angel sounds wonderful….is she everything she’s cracked up to be or do her wings slip every now and then?   She is spunky, clever and beautiful. But sometimes she is too ambitious for her own good.

 Is your character based on a real life cat?

 Boots was my inspiration in body and spirit. He posed for all my photos.

Boots, what a cool name….he does walk a lot in the last story, “Black Cat and the Accidental Angel.”  You know the old song, “These Boots are made for Walking.”   MOL  Good one Shoko. Mew, mew.MOL….haha, that’s funny Shoko but I am called ‘Black Cat’ in Accidental Angel and my next mystery.

 Can you tell us a bit about your next mystery, Thumper?

Oh Yes, my next book,  Black Cat and the Secret of the Bells, will be published next year. It’s about a clue Angel finds in a soldier’s WWII diary that sends Kimberlee to Austria to solve the mystery in the diary.
                                                

 Really?  Could you tell us a bit more of what Thumper and Angel will be facing in the next mystery?  The cats face skullduggery in Fern Lake while Kimberlee seeks a key and a stolen WWII treasure in Austria.

So Angel is in, Black Cat and the Secret of the Bells?  Yes, My Angel, my one true love, is always by my side, helping me keep my family safe and on the straight and narrow.                                                                        

Tell me Thumps….do you mind if I call you Thumps  Please call me Black Cat, like in my last two books.  Ok Thumper, um…Black Cat…. just why would my friends want to interview you when I have already interviewed you?  Because Mom has made me a true hero, an extraordinary cat and an all around unforgettable fellow. I might even give you my autograph. Ohh,,,an autograph of the Black Cat….I like that.  Perhaps you could pad out your name on my place mat.

How can our friends schedule a full interview for their blogs?

 Write to mom at  Elaine.Faber@mindcandymysteries.com.

Black Cat, thank you so much for an informative interview.  We can hardly wait for “Black Cat and the Secret of the Bells.”  Yes, Black Cat thank you for visiting, you are a charming man cat.  Angel must be so proud.

Sunday Selfie at Fort Meezer

Kali and I thought we’d show you what our family was doing today.  We spent most of the morning outside….all of us.                                                                Nice day and hardly any smoke.

Dad was outside getting rid of our old fence with a new one.  Him and the neighbour finally agreed on a fence and split the cost.

 Our new fence…look ma no pathways through the fence.  No introoders can come bouncing through the fence now.

A little feathered friend…ya, not a friend of mine….came for a drink.                                                                                   Come have a seat on the railing. *Shoko rubs paws together.*

I gotta admit this guy is tiny.

You can see the old fence in the background.

                                                                 

These are mom’s volunteer, “Love Lies Bleeding.”  They have red peeking out of the top of their heads.

I’m feeling a tad peckish, let’s go inside.                                                               Ya, this is my new place mat that mom brought me back from Paris.  I’m allowed to eat up on the island cause my food is one Kali shouldn’t have.

Hey, mom whatcha doin?  Are you working on your recipe for Shopping Around The World hosted by Bacon, my bro by another mother?

I don’t think the recipe calls for soups this month but I’ll check.  These are our leeks.  I’m going to put in a green pepper that is turning red.  Just for some colour.  Whatever?  I don’t want it.  I don’t eat green food.  We know what grass does so, no thanks….you and dad enjoy.                                                                   It’s also The Cat On my Head’s Selfie Sunday.  This week Kali has the honour.  Pad on over to The Cat on my Head blog and see the furries that have clicked themselves stupid for the bestest selfie. Click on our hostess’s name and drop in. MOL                                                          What?  I just woke up….lemme see,you want me to take my.. *click*…whoops wasn’t quite ready.  MOL                                                                Have a great day my friends.