The state of Emergency for British Columbia was lifted yesterday. There are still fires but not as severe as in July and August. The state of emergency was brought in on July the 9th. Some of the evacuees abandoned their hometowns for Prince George. I guess it doesn’t matter where we live, the weather conditions start many a disaster like hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, tornadoes, flooding….you get the idea.
The weather here has cooled considerably, -3C in the morning. I no longer scurry to the sliding glass door to get outside as soon as I wake up. Now I sleep in till it’s warmer and perhaps the sun will show up.
This is my bed, right beside mom. When I was younger, I would bite her….gently, of course, when she would toss around too much. haha It didn’t help keep mom still so I gave it up.
All the veggies except potatoes and brussel sprouts are out of the garden. Apparently, brussel sprouts taste better after the first frost.
The tomatoes are sitting on the kitchen table turning red. Then mom and dad can them. They only have 5 pints done this year.
There is a huge stalk in the garden! I wonder if a giant lives up there…should I try to climb it and take a peek? It’s humongous!
Kali, it’s so quiet without Shoko thundering down the hall to grab a straw before you do.
Personally, I like it, mom. A relaxing and quiet time without Shoks blabbing at the crows like some demented squirrel.
Look, Kali, we got a letter. It looks like it’s from Shoko.
Hi Mom, Kali, and Dad,
It’s me….Shoko! I am having so much fun at summer camp.
The first day we got settled in an awesome tent. Maggie is sharing the
tent with me. She’s so much fun. We ate popcorn and chattered into the night…we laughed till I wet myself.
The following day we went fishing and caught a Kokanee salmon. Pete H. cooked it up on the BBQ with lemon and dill…just like you do mom. It was delish!
We all went on a hike up this Half Dome Mountain. It was huge and steep….way too steep for Kali, she’d fall down. It was all I could do to hang onto the ropes and poles. MOL.
I wore my new outfit…it fits perfectly mom.
Did you notice the size of my head? Big, eh? Scout Andy said it was the altitude that gave me a big head. What’s a girl to do?
We finally made it to the top of Half Dome Mountain….what a view!
We got down the mountain a lot faster than going up. We were all back in camp and starving. Maggie and I headed over to the lodge for a fine meal.
In the evening we sat around the campfire and Obi said, I have a question, Denmaster. I was reading the Cat Scout Handbook whilst having my snack and on page fourteen it says that I should pack a poncho and rubbers. What if I\’m nootered?
Everybody started laughing even Denmaster. I don’t get it mom? What was so funny, eh? You can tell me when I get home.
I’ll write again if I get the time mom.
Love to everyone,
PS…Today, Black Cat’s Legacy is available for FREE on kindle. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lrvevgm for more info
We’re both helping mom today. Oh right……this is Shopping Around the World with our grand host Bacon of Piglove.
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
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
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.
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?
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
mol Mom will be never know I actually could get up on her desk. I haven’t been here in many, many months.
Oh my nip, what a mess she has here. I should’ve come by sooner. She really needs a swift kick in the butt, I mean, a gentle reminder to stack items nicely. She’s even got a duster in here. Hopeful thinking on her part. MOL
I’m the queen of the pile, I said with a big smile. hehe
What to do while I’m here? It’s too uncomfortable to sleep on all this crap.
Mom will probably think Shoko printed on the screen, after all I haven’t been able to get up here. What fun.
A reminder for mom of the time. I hear mom coming….colour me gone.
Today is Friday Fill-Ins by Ellen from 15 and Meowing blog and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader blog. 1. I challenge everyone to…..REMEMBER HOW COLD THEY WERE IN THE WINTER….. this week. Then when it rains or you need a windbreaker to go outside, you’ll realize just how warm you really are. 2. I regret disposing of …..MY SANTA CLAUS DOLL. Actually mom put it away a year and a half ago and she has never found it.
3. I have a difficult time admitting …..I AM A TAD FULL OF MYSELF.
4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be……FLYING. Then Shoko could jump on my back and we could go visit our friends in Blogville. No planning just jump on my back and way we go.
No pictures of me flying Shoko down to Atlanta to visit with Bacon as I can’t fly. But I can dream about it. MOL