Ten Things of Thankful

Hi everyone! We have a busy post today. First off , we are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop.My first thankful is the art-

  1. I won a necklace from Memorial Glass Pendants on Cat Chat with Caren and Cody quite a while ago. It is made with ashes of a beloved pet and I had planned to send a little of each of my angels, but Phoebe was so sick that I couldn’t bring myself to deal with it. After Phoebe passed away, I was too sad.Well, last week I finally sent some ashes for the necklace. I decided that Phoebe and Snowball were always together so I chose to have the necklace made with their ashes.

My photo doesn’t do the necklace justice. It is so beautiful and looks like stars in the sky.

2. I am thankful that the owner let me know when the ashes arrived and sent back the ones she didn’t use as well.

3. Hubby and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this week ( I guess that should be #1) .

4. A pizza party with the great one and my mom.

5. Made a cheesecloth ghost with the great one, she is finally at a good age to do some arts and crafts.

6. Mom and I spent the day at the casino on Thursday ( we go every year around her birthday).

7. I only lost $3 at the casino, the most I will part with is $20.

8. Black Cats Tell All came out this week and I am thankful Spooky’s story is part of it.To order click here

9. Thankful some of you plan to watch the movie I was in that Joanie told you about on Monday.

10. Thankful I was able to get Sammy’s vomit off my favorite black cat shirt. It was hanging off the bureau and he stood on the bureau and yacked over the edge.

Ten Things of Thankful

We are also joining Bacon’s Shopping Around the World which features pumpkin recipes this month.

Thank you Joanie, but I wanted canned pumpkin. 

My recipe is for no bake pumpkin cheesecake, I make it every Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

1 8 ounce package cream cheese-softened

1 /2 cup sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

dash cinnamon

1 graham cracker crust

Directions:

Mix together first 4 ingredients and pour into crust. Top with whipped cream when serving.

 

 

 

 

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Bacon’s Shopping Around the World

Hi everyone. Before we get started, we want to send our deepest sympathies to our friends at Critters in the Cottage who had to say goodbye to their sweet girl, Mitalee.

I am skipping the book blog hop this week, instead we are participating in Bacon’s Shopping Around the World. This month participants were asked for a recipe of what they cook when it is too hot to cook.

   This time I sent Jinx for the groceries and he did a great job. Notice our shopping cart is now blue instead of pink. I had used the pink one for a photo shoot before I gave it to my great- niece for Easter and now there is no getting it back for a photo shoot. She uses it every day. I bought this one for $9.99 and use it to store kitty toys in and when my great-niece visits, she can play with it. The truth is  I am 48 years old and bought myself a toy shopping cart 🙂

When it is hot, I make spaghetti and meatballs using sauce from a jar and frozen meatballs. That way I can microwave the meatballs and sauce and only have to cook the pasta.

I buy a bag of Perfect brand meatballs ( all beef)- on sale for $6.99

jar of Ragu- on sale for $2.50

Box of Ronzoni pasta ( I like to use penne) – $1.00

Plus there are plenty of meatballs and sauce that I can make meatball grinders another night. And I use the leftover noodles to make macaroni salad. 🙂

 

We are also joining Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays because Jinx with a shopping cart is pretty awwww worthy.

Phoebe and I were impressed that so many of you knew the butterfly was a Common Buckeye. We entered anyone that answered any kind of Buckeye into a drawing -and the winner is—– Lone Star Cats ! Congratulations! I will send that out this week, I just want to crochet some toys to go with it.

 

 

 

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 60 and Shopping

Hi everyone! Time for The Friendly Fill-Ins. Thank you to all who participate. Be sure to add your link at McGuffy’s Reader, you cal also answer in the comment section.

1. My next ___________________ will be ________________________________.

2. Fireworks__________________________.

3. Freedom                               .

4. This week, I am thankful                                         .
My answers:
1. My next washing machine will be a top loader. I have had a front loader for about 12 years and I don’t think it cleans a well because there is no agitator.
2. Fireworks should be outlawed everywhere. I know I sound like a party pooper, but they are dangerous and scare animals. I never hear anyone complain about them ruining the environment, but they can’t be good.
3. Freedom is taken for granted by so many. We should all be thankful to those that gave their lives so we could be free.
4. This week, I am thankful that whatever it was that was making several of my cats sick seems to be finally going away. Some had this stomach issue more than others, but Brody was the only one with no symptoms.
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We also want to join Bacon’s Shopping Around the World, this month is anything you cooked recently that you went bonkers over.I make a banana bread almost every week that my hubby and I both enjoy ( my Mom likes it too).
Last time we sent Sammy and Joanie for groceries which didn’t work out. It doesn’t look like Millie did any better- not the kind of eggs I wanted, oh well.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Pecans
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 t baking soda, 1t baking powder, 1/2/ cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 2 mashed very ripe bananas, 1t vanilla.
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350degrees F, Grease a loaf pan ( I use PAM Olive Oil)
2.Whisk first 3 ingredients together then add in pecans and chocolate chips-set bowl aside.
3. Beat butter slowly adding sugar then eggs
4. Beat in bananas and vanilla
5. Beat in bowl from step 2
6. Pour into loaf pan and cook for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
I know I am supposed to put prices, but I am too lazy- sorry.

 

Shopping Around the World

Hi everyone! Today we are joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop and  Bacon’s Shopping Around the World which is being hosted by our friends Kali and Shoko.

This month they asked for a seafood dish. Mom doesn’t eat seafood except for solid white albacore tuna and even that she has a love/hate relationship with.

Big mistake sending Joanie and Sammy to the store for the ingredients.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

Box of small shell pasta $1.00

mayonnaise $2.99 for Hellman’s 30 oz.

5 oz. can of solid white albacore tuna in water -drained and flaked  store brand free this week with purchase of Hellman’s.

1 cucumber-peeled and chopped $1

salt and pepper

Directions:

Cook pasta according to directions on box, drain then add cucumber, tuna, salt and pepper and mayonnaise, stir together and chill in refrigerator.

Sorry, that is the best we could do for seafood. Mom usually shares the tuna with us too so there is less in the salad.

I got to see Grammie on Saturday. I love her so very much. I am going to see her on Monday too.

The A-Z Blogging Challenge ends tomorrow- any guesses on what Mom made for Z? She is very proud of it, there was no pattern so she made it up as she went along. Sometime this week we will be having a giveaway for 2 lucky winners to split all the A-Z loot.

 

 

Shopping Around the World

Hi everyone! This month we actually remembered to join Fozziemum and Bacon for Shopping Around the World. The theme for November is Thanksgiving foods. Several people commented last week when I wrote about spinach dip so I am going to share that recipe.

Ingredients:

1 package frozen spinach thawed and drained  $1.00

16 ounce container sour cream $1.99

1 package of Knorr vegetable soup mix $1.50

2 cups shredded cheddar $3.00

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and bake in an oven safe pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I use Tostitos scoops, but any chip or cracker of your choice will work.

 

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What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life

Hi everyone! Today is W day for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I am recommending What My Cat Has Taught Me About Life by Niki Anderson. phoebe1

The original came out in 1997 and it was reprinted in 2007- you can get it on half.com for 75 cents plus shipping. Every chapter has a story about a real cat, a quote, a scripture and a cat care tip. It also has lots of adorable photos.

And you know we love to hop so we are  joining Shopping Around the World hosted by Bacon and Fozzie. This month is sandwiches: My favorite is chicken salad:

2 cooked boneless chicken breasts $2.99/pound

1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries 5 ounces for $2.99

1/4 cup pecans 6 ounces $5.69

1 slice of onion $2.99/ 5 pound bag

mayonnaise $ 2.99 jar

Directions: Toss first 4 ingredients into food processor and chop up then add mayonnaise . Put on your favorite bread.  This is also good with leftover turkey at Thanksgiving. Make sure you give the cats a little chicken before you add the onion.

Please visit William’s Mom if you haven’t already. He is sadly getting ready to journey to The Rainbow Bridge. Purrs Prayers for WILLIAM (WMD)

 

 

Bacon’s Shopping Around the World

Hi everyone! I finally remembered to join Bacon’s Shopping around the World.

Before I do my recipe, I want to thank everyone for their tips on helping Brody adjust and for your kind words of encouragement. I already gave him the shirt off my back- literally 🙂 I hope he decides to sleep on it. I also pushed his blankie into the cubby hole for him. I am going to try several other tips too like the Feliway, music and sitting in there so he will get used to me. There were many other tips I plan to try too. I will keep you all posted.

This month is a recipe for an appetizer. I make this cheese ball for every holiday. It actually makes 2 good-sized cheese balls, but I forgot to take a photo and this is all I had left so I turned it into a kitty for today’s post:

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Ingredients: 8 ounces package of Philadelphia whipped cream cheese $2.69

8 ounce pkg. Philadelphia whipped cream cheese and chives $2.69

8 ounce Wispride spreadable cheese sharp cheddar ( you can use the port wine flavor, if you prefer) $3.99

1/2 package of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix $1.79 for a box of 2

chopped pecans   $4.49 for 6 ounce package

Directions: Let cheeses sit on counter for about 15 minutes to soften, stir them all together also adding the 1/2 package of onion soup mix. Put bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes so the cheese will be a little firmer to work with. Then make into 2 balls, roll in chopped pecans and refrigerate until ready to use.

Tips: I wear plastic gloves and spray them with PAM so the cheeses don’t get stuck to my hands.

This is best made a day before you want to serve to give the onion soup  flavor time to set in.

I serve with the Pepperidge Farm Trios crackers, but it is good with any kind of cracker you like.

In the Fall, I add a pepper stem and roll it in crushed Doritos instead of pecans to make a pumpkin.