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Welcome 2018…Bring It On

KALI;  We’re saying goodbye to 2017.  We did it, ladies!  We made it.  This calls for a fancy drink and a toast to ladies so crotchety, we refuse to be pushed out-of-the-way.                                                   

SARABI; How about a Vine Wine….you know silvervine. It makes your paws tingle. I want tingly paws today. We deserve it.

ALLIE; You are so right Sabrina…all for Vine Wine raise your paws. I see Amber, Binga, Binky, Ali, Sasha, Lily Olivia, Madi, and Kit. We have a majority ladies.                                                         

KALI; Before we clink our bowls together, I have a story to tell you….it’s true too.

MADI; Ok, Kali but our bowls are calling to us so let’s not get long-winded like you can at times.                                                         

This story concerns our very own protector, Buddy the Blue Russian Enforcer.

This is Buddy’s 10th Gotcha Day. Yep, 10 Gotcha Days with his family. He was 8 when he was adopted by his dad.  The whole transfer was very hush-hush. His dad met an anonymous character at “Dunkin Donuts” at 9pm New Year’s Eve. They exchanged words and the fellow showed our Buddy.  Buddy was so big he had to be carried in a dog carrier….20 pounds! No doubt Buddy was big from sending out orders in the Blue Russian Mafia. Makes one wonder. Bud Bud has slimmed down and gone straight.                                                    

We raise…no, the bowls are too heavy.  We slide our bowls together for a clink to our own Buddy and the upcoming year.                                                    KALI;   Just push the duckies out of the way and have a grand sip of Vine Wine.

Everyone slides the wine into each other, pushes the duckie aside and yells… “To our Buddy!”

Have a wonderful New Year.

GIANT PS….Mom screwed up and put our Crotchety Cougars https://crotchetycougarsblog.wordpress.com/ in The Canadian Cats.   We are sorry…last screw up of 2017…we hope.                                               

Let’s Sashay Through Thursday

SHOKO…..BLACK

KALI…..ORANGE

COW KITTY…..GREEN

C’mon mom let’s go into the basement.  No, NO…I don’t need the granny tiger vest.  I become as slow as a granny kitty.  Cwap!  If you insist.  You have to catch me first…woohoo.                                                                  aashokkslismzmcr  Cwap!  Kali, you lost too much weight….mom found me.  It couldn’t be the bright orange tiger vest on your back that gave you away, is it?  Alright, alright,  I’ll go downstairs…where’s the treats first.  Yuck…bewaa …..where are the tasty ones that our friends gave us?                                                                         aashokbasement1                                                                             aashokbasement2I see them!!  Get ready, here I come.

aashokbasementMmmmm…these are the yummy treats.  Let’s keep going mom.  Thanks mom…they taste way better than the cwappy ones that are good for me.

aashokbasement4Oh look, dad hid your wagon down here.  We have to get some water proving on it before Spring.  Will we grow vegetables in here or flowers?  A sweet potato vine crawling up the handle would be so cool, as long as Cow Kitty doesn’t climb it.

aashokwagon2See the dead bodies to your left.  Those are our outside animals hibernating till Spring.  Had ya going, didn’t I?

Meanwhile up on the Poop Deck.                                                                  aakalisleepAwww…feels so good to stretch out on a soft bed.  What the….Cow Kitty get out of my bedroom!  How rude!!  I’m not prepared for visitors.  *Cow Kitty slides across the floor in his haste to leave the bedroom.*                                                                     aackzm

Here I’m protected and it feels so good to roll around in the tunnel.

aakalickdoneCow Kitty…oh Cow Kitty, where are you?  I haven’t finished telling you off Shh…don’t let her know I’m here.                                                                              aakalicksmMancats!!  For nips sake.  I swear not a lick of thinking just doing on his part. MOL

 

Have a great Thursday my friends.

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Dad Is Helping Mom…..Seriously!

Dad has been helping out cause mom is remarkably slow and he wants his stuff, like, sometime this month.  The laundry was the first thing he attempted.  Mom didn’t like the way he did that.  Her underwear has  pink tinges to them.   Geesh!  You can be so judgemental mom…..it’s not like your showing them around to peeps….or are you?   He vacuumed the house and that wasn’t bad….she even thanked him.  Then he disappeared for several hours…..only to be found on the computer playing Angry Birds with Jimmy from Piglove.

Meanwhile Kali, Cow Kitty and moi, of course, were outside enjoying our fine weather.

KalishcropIs the ground dry, Shoko?  Dry as the nip on the vine.  Notice the lack of snow,  Could spring be here early?

ckzoomcrCow Kitty says if he acts nonchalant perhaps the birds won’t notice him and fly into his mouth.  It’s worth a try.

Meanwhile back in Fort Meezer, dad is informing mom that he doesn’t do toilets…it’s in his contract.  Aha! I’m not the only one with a written contract.  I knew it was a great idea..  Mom said ok, she’ll do them….I know she likes cleaning them….she is, shall we say…..different.

Lastly, was dinner.  Dad loves meatloaf and decided he would make one up for supper.  Way to go dad.  Do you remember the last one you made?

grossshHthththt, hisssth….lordy me that does look gross dad!  You mean mom ate this mess….I mean gourmet meal?

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She liked it too!  Wow, way to make dad feel good mom.                                                                        meatloafsmWhoa, this meatloaf is perfect, dad!  Mom will be so happy….bet she’ll take a picture of it.

Have a great day my friends.                                                              Kali and Shoks

 

 

Shopping Around the World

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This month Shopping Around the World Presents making a hearty winter soup.  Bacon of Piglove introduced us to Shopping Around the World.

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Shoko has decided to be my assistant on this cooking project.
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Just think of me as the Canadian Chef. Today we will be making pea soup from scratch.

This process takes us two days because mom is picky as hell-o.
Here is a list of the ingredients:

1 smoked pork hock
1 onion, chopped
celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup whole dried peas
1/4 cup of green lentils
1 potato, peeled, cut up

Mom used a big crock pot and threw in the smoked pork hock. What’s a pork hock mom? I never heard of one. The hock is the lower, meaty portion of the front leg of the animal. Eww…the lower leg of the pig…shhh we don’t want Bacon to hear! You mean like the ankle? There’s not much meat on an ankle but the hock might include an ankle also Shoks. Sounds like peeps don’t have enough to do if they’re going to smoke an ankle. The hocks are so tasty though Shoks and when they’re smoked they get a special flavour. You mean like ham, mom? Well, yes, very similar to ham Shoks. Why not just use the ham then? Mainly because the hock has such a lovely flavour…stop asking questions Shoko and let’s get busy. OK mom, how long do we simmer the smoked pork hock mom? I put the smoked pork hock on for about 10 hours on simmer in the crock pot. Then we throw away all the fat on the meat and the bay leaf. We peel back the fat to see the meat. Transferring the juice into our bowl, we then put the bowl into the fridge to make the juice gel up and all the fat to rise to the top. The meat we keep in another separate bowl. We can put it in the fridge overnight or in our case, stick the bowl on the deck for an hour or so and the juices will solidify quickly. It shows just how fast us kitties can get frozen at these temperatures. It’s quite dangerous to have animals out for very long in this weather Shoko.

After the juices have cooled overnight we take a slotted spoon and remove much of the fat solidified on top of the bowl. We keep some of the fat as this is where much of the flavour resides. Now. is the time to add all the dried ingredients and the onion and celery. There is no need to sauté the veggies as they will cook nicely in the crock pot and retain all their flavour. Any questions Shoko? Yes, when do we pee on the juices? What??!! Oh my Shoko we never pee on the soup. It’s called pea soup because we use peas. Why would you think we would pee on it? I’ve heard of yellow pea soup and green pea soup and I figured one had to pea on both but you couldn’t really see the pee in the green soup. What’s the difference between yellow and green pea soup mom? Green and yellow split peas are different varieties of the seeds of the Pisum sativum L., or field pea, plant. Also if peas dry to hardness on the vine, they retain a yellow appearance as opposed to dried up picked peas. How do you know mother? I know from the peas in our garden Shoko. I have never dried enough to make yellow pea soup but maybe I should and see if it works. That’ll be our goal this year mom.
After the dried ingredients have been added, add the chopped onion, That’s not much potato in a big crock pot like that mom. I know Shoks but we freeze our pea soup and the potato seems to go grainy when frozen so I only put in enough for that meal.
While the ingredients are cooking bring out the pork hock meat. I am rather particular about not including any gristle or chunks of fat. So I pull the meat apart by hand so I can feel the meat that goes into the soup. MOL…no wonder you need glasses mom! About 2 hours before meal time add the chopped and peeled potato. If you add the potato too soon, it will become mush.  I add the meat just before eating the soup.  Many times I have had a delicious soup but the meat tasted boiled so I add the cooked meat last.  Although I can’t see where adding the meat earlier would make a huge difference. Today you will have the crock pot on for about 8 hours or maybe a wee bit less.
Your soup is now ready to enjoy. Any last words about the soup Shoko? Yes, remember don’t cool the soup down by peeing in it….mom says it really doesn’t taste good afterwards…psst..guess she found out the hard way. MOL

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Note the orange thingies in the soup, well, mom told me she added shredded carrot and a bit of chopped carrot but no pee.  Got i?!  Good.

Kali and Shoks