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.
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.
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.


Phoebe’s Thursday

Hi everyone! This has been a busy week. I haven’t seen my Grammie since Monday though. I love her so very much and I hope she visits me soon.


Sammy got a dental and they took 2 of his teeth. DSCF1257  Poor guy can’t have any crunchies for 10 days, I remember how awful that was.

Snowball got a ET lion cut.DSCF1262 She hopes Pierrot likes it.

Mom is trying to kill us, she made those Mackerel Snackerels she told you about during the a-z challenge and they are awful. DSCF1266 (2) Brody, Polar Bear, Tallulah and Noel liked them, but Joanie wouldn’t even touch them and Joanie eats everything. Mom promised the recipe so here it is: 2/3 cup canned mackerel, 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, 1 t vegetable oil and 1 egg mush together and drop onto a greased cookie sheet ( mom uses parchment paper). Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Mom and McGuffy’s Reader are starting their new hop tomorrow- please join them. I am going to give you the fill-ins today so you can get them in your post for tomorrow ( or anytime before next Thursday).The linkies will be open starting at 12:01 am Friday. Mom came up with the first 2 and her co-host came up with the other 2.


  1. I want to stop ___________________ and start _________________________
  2. I haven’t ______________________ in ___________________________________
  3. I believe _________________________
  4. My earliest memory is __________________________

And our hearts were broken to see that poor little CJ went to the Rainbow Bridge, please visit his Mom

CJ Forever BADGE


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 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:



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.