Today is Sparks Monday with Annie of McGuffy’s Reader. She thought a positive thought to start the week will bring positive results and I agree.
When I get sad, mom is there with some kinda treat to cheer me up. She reads to me and gives me cuddles when I’m having a tough time. Shoko calls me”Fuzz Face” or some such name to let me know I’m special to her. She’s not a mushy girl so one must read between the lines. Dad, well he’s extra special in his way. He’s learning how to talk with us and we love him for it. He’s kinda unsure but is relaxing and we talk back to him. He spent many years working away from home so we didn’t know him that well. Well, he’s a terrific guy. We know if we go to him he will help us with whatever problem we have. That’s my family, real and always there for support.
ATTENTION: Elaine Faber, that fabulous writer of The Black Cat Series and Mrs. Odboddy series has a free copy of Mrs. Odboddy, The Hometown Patriot, available on Kindle. Check http://tinyurl.com/hdbvzsv to see if it’s still free. I love to get something for free, how bout you? We loved this book, You’ll laugh at her persnickety ways. You’ll be hooked on her mysteries. Mrs. Odboddy could be a Crotchety Cougar for sure!
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.
Right. He’s come to talk to us and invite any of our friends to interview him on their blogs.
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.
Mom has obtained a secret document from a friend. It was all hush, hush and on a need to know basis. They met in the back lane at midnight….mom scurried home with her treasure before anyone could see her. Except Cow Kitty, who was scooping out new territory for a game of, “Gotcha, You Freak!” Mom came flying in the house and slammed the door. Leaning against it mom told me I’d have to help her because Shoko has a big mouth and this info was top-secret. I, of course, agreed….I was so nosy about this project.
Ta da…. It’s Shopping Around The World today with our host Piglove. This was a real coo on mom’s part. She secured the recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken coating. Yes, those 11 herb and spices that have always been so elusive to discover.
I’m here to help mom. Just call me Colonel Kali. I know the glasses are not the colonels but his glasses are so tacky. Dad used to have a pair like his….no pizazz.
Colonel Sander’s nephew casually revealed to a reporter a recipe that had been passed down in a family scrapbook.
Could this be KFC’s closely guarded secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices? The nephew Joe Ledington, said it is. He claims his job as a kid was to mix this same recipe in large batches.
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:
Chicken parts of your choice
2 tbsp. milk
3/4 cup oil
Prepare oil in a cast iron pot to fry. You will need your 3/4 cup of oil. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of flour. 1/3 tbsp of salt, tbsp. of black pepper, 1/2 tbsp of thyme, 1/2 tbsp of basil, 1/3 tbsp of oregano., 1 tbsp of celery salt, 1 tbsp of dried mustard, 4 tbsp of paprika, 1 tbsp of garlic salt.1 tbsp of ground ginger and 1 tbsp of white pepper.
HANDY HINT: 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon
You will notice there are no prices for anything. We are very sorry but mom re-packaged the chicken pieces when we got them like 2 months ago, so if she gave you a price…she’d be lying cause she has no idea what she paid. Most of the herbs and spices were kicking about in the cupboard and the flour has been living here for some time…no bugs though….mom checked. The ingredients for making up the coating. We made up the coating and kept it in a sealed container. If we feel like having homemade KFC one night, we don’t have to mix all the herbs and spices.
In a separate bowl, add 2 tbsp of milk and an egg and whisk. Mix your chicken into the bowl and then coat the flour and spice mixture. We used a bread bag and shook it.
Finally we fried the chicken in the frying pan for 10 to 15 minutes. Looks good mom…kinda dark though. Can you lighten it up a bit? Much better, mom. It looks tasty.
The finished chicken wings and breast. It is a small batch because mom also baked the rest of the chicken.
Bake the chicken in a 350F oven for about 45 minutes. Oh really mom! What happened? The chicken got stuck on the tin foil cause you didn’t use the sliding foil and the wings fell apart when you lifted them out? They don’t look very appetizing. Alright, we’ll throw some parsley on top of them. MOL
Did mom tell you about their trip to France and the UK, Shoko? She told me about France, Kali. Did she tell you about the UK? She did. Then between the two of us we can tell our friends what they did on their vacation.
In the middle of March mom and dad said goodbye and we never saw them again….whoa Shoko, they did come home. Well, it was like 3 weeks till we saw those bleary eyes again. That’s like forever for a feline. You have to be the biggest drama queen in Prince George, Shoko!
Off they flew down to Vancouver and to their motel Dad grabbed someone else’s suitcase in the airport and never noticed until the airport called and told him. Mom’s niece drove dad back to the airport to get their suitcase.
When the family gathered for dinner, they all gave mom the respect she deserved and kissed her ring. Oh brother! Mom is not the godfather of her family. Who is then? Nobody…it’s just a normal family. Mom has a normal family….I don’t think so, there’s got to be something odd about them. Whatever Shoko.
The next day they got up and flew on Air Canada to Montreal. Four hours of cramped legs and a TV set so close it was almost up her nose as the person in front set their seat to go back several feet. Ok, Kali a few inches. Geesh!
Mom was off the plane right smartly in Montreal and 3 gates away was the flight to Paris. She quickly rushed over as they were calling for everyone to board. Mom and dad were on the plane right smartly and then they sat and sat on the plane as the plane needed de-icing but there were two planes waiting to be de-iced first.
Finally the plane took off for Paris. Mom was excited to be going to such a well-known and romantic city. Six hours later, the thrill of going to Paris had worn off as she felt sweaty, hot and incredibly tired. Dad was snoring in the seat beside her. She wanted to poke him but restrained herself.
At long last they arrived at Charles De Galle Airport in Paris. The hotel chauffeur gave them the ride of their life. There were mopeds all over the street, weaving in and out of traffic, that was bumper to bumper. They reached the hotel safely and leaped to solid ground. The best picture of a moped in traffic mom could get. The bikes go like stink.
After checking into their little room, mom and dad went for a drink of Pepsi in the hotel lounge. There was a small courtyard off the lounge so our pawrents decided to partake of the fresh air. No Pepsi but Coca Cola everywhere in France. Coke will do in a pinch. Does she not look like an enthusiastic explorer? MOL
Our friends Ellen from the blog 15 and Meowing and Annie from McGuffy’s Reader have supplied us with four more fill-ins this week. Thanks ladies.
1. Yesterday,…..I WAS SITTING AROUND THE LIVING ROOM WITH COW KITTY. I DON’T TRUST THE LITTLE FREAK THOUGH. DAD WAS PUTTING UP THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OUTSIDE. SHOKO WAS OUT THERE SUPERVISING.
2. IF I GOT DOG BISCUITS I WOULD regift THEM AND GIVE THEM TO EASY. HE DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE TOO FUSSY.
3. My favourite holiday leftover is….. THAT’S A TOUGH ONE CAUSE I HATE LEFTOVERS! PERHAPS SOME FINELY CHOPPED TURKEY, WHITE MEAT ONLY, AND A SIDE BOWL OF CHICKEN BROTH. THAT TICKLES MY FANCY 4. The best part of a long, holiday weekend is….. BEING TOGETHER RELAXING WITH FAMILY. THE GOOD FOOD DOESN’T HURT EITHER. We hope your Thanksgiving had wonderful friends and family. Stuff yourself because in another month Christmas will be upon us. MOL