Monthly Archives: October 2008

Attention All Fathers on Halloween:

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I saw a very scary thing today…..

I stopped at the local grocery store on my way home tonight and I saw a trend of consumers.

Women (mostly mother age) all toting around a large bottle of white wine with their groceries and of course candy.  It was quite comical, every single one had a big old bottle of Chardonay!  I laughed out loud.

So ATTENTION ALL FATHERS: Be on the lookout for all the drunken housewives handing out candy to your children.  And be prepared to find your wife three sheets to the wind (where the hell did that saying ever come from anyway) when you return home with the kids.  Hey, you’re likely to “get lucky” tonight too if she’s been dipping into the chocolate along side the wine. Chocolate stirs up those happy hormones, and well you know what the wine does.  

What was I doing at the grocery store?  Well certainly not buying a magnum bottle of cheap white or candy. I was getting limes and grapefruit juice to mix myself a proper drink while my man is out trick or treating with his daughter.  (Pama Pomegranate Liquor, unsweetened ruby red juice, 1/2 lime and seltzer Yum-Yum) 

Boo – a Halloween toast to you!

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A Beautiful Time to be in New England

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Oooooooooo-Aaaaaaahhhhh!

The foliage was spectacular this year in New England.  These pics are from Columbus Day a few weeks back, the vibrant reds, yellows & oranges are all gone now, mostly browns….. All these pics were taken within a mile of the house.

Oh, King Leo changed color this week….. 

Soon his needles will fall and he begins his hibernation until the spring.

Wiped Out

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I don’t mean to intentionally disappoint my mass audience.  I have been suffering from a tummy bug for a few days and then I woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday with severe pain in my left ear.  It seems I have developed an ear infection, no fun at all.  In between the spasms of shooting pain (that radiates into my jaw, sinus and behind my eye) I feel like my head is in a fish bowl and I cannot hear very well, huh, what did you say?  And, lovely, this morning the other ear started to ache too, oh joy.   Damn allergies are tough this year.  Not hitting my nose as hard (not runny or stuffy), but my sinuses (pain/pressure), head and ears are taking a beating.

After being at work all day, my shelter commitments and family/household commitments I am totally wiped out and really don’t have any energy or patience to sit in front of a computer.  Not to mention I don’t have anything positive to say (so why say anything at all).

I hope to be back to my healthy self by the weekend through my regimen of regular doses of prescription ear drops, vitamins, rest and reiki.

But I hate to bake…

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H had been hinting around about Pumpkin Bread for a week or two, so I went all domestic and yes I  actually baked (I hate to bake, you have to pay attention and measure) … 

 

Oh it is food of the gods. Yum-Yum-Yum!  I made it last night and as you can see one loaf is nearly gone by today.  I have to say that the PECANS, all toasty on top & the orange cream cheese, all smooth and sweet make this bread irresistible!  Despite my disliking baking this recipe is a keeper.

Pumpkin Bread stuffed with Orange Cream Cheese Filling 

Cook Time: 70 minutes

Ingredients:

Filling:

1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, at room temperature (I used low-fat)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 large egg

1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel

Bread:

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or homemade

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly grease two 8x4x3-inch loaf pans. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 egg, and the orange peel; beat until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Into another bowl, sift 1 2/3 cup flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; set aside. Put pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl; beat well. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the pecans or walnuts, if using.

Pour half of the pumpkin bread batter evenly into the two prepared loaf pans. Spoon cream cheese mixture on top of pumpkin batter layer and then pour on the remaining pumpkin batter.

Bake in preheated 325° oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes; remove to a rack to cool completely. 

Here is another pumpkin recipe that I am going to try really soon, I would have made it this weekend but the local grocery store’s wonton wrappers were out of date.

Pumpkin Wontons

Ingredients

1 cup canned pumpkin


2 Tbs. maple syrup


3 Tbs. light brown sugar


16 packaged wonton wrappers


Granulated sugar for dusting


Ground cinnamon for dusting

Directions
Preheat oven to 400F. In medium bowl, mix pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Place one wonton wrapper flat on work surface. Spoon 1 Tbs. filling into center. Moisten edges of wonton with water and fold in half to form triangle. Press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining filling and wontons. Arrange filled wontons on ungreased baking sheet. Lightly coat wontons with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle each with sugar and cinnamon. Bake until golden, about 16 minutes. Turn and bake 2 more minutes. Set baking sheet on wire rack to cool.

Makes 16 servings.

Please Vote for the Community Cat Connection!

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We need your Vote! Spread the Word!

Your vote may help the Community Cat Connection to win $10,000.

We need the money to rehab our shelter so that we can continue to help the cats and kittens of our community who do not have voices of their own……

Oscar, who I blogged about in an earlier post (click here to read). He is a happy boy and doing well with us. His sad story will have a happy ending someday, hopefully soon.

 

One week old kittens abandoned by their feral mother.  They were rescued by two women who plan to adopt them, but need our help keeping them alive until they are strong enough to eat on their own.  A nursing mother cat in one of our foster homes is now caring lovingly for them.

  

Kiara, once a mother, now gorgeous rubinesque lover who just wants to cuddle in a home all of her own,( she doesn’t play well with other cats).  She wishes she could go home with H, she loves him up every time he comes to the shelter for a visit.   

And Woody, he is my new “favorite”. He is labeled a feral, came in last weekend on a TNR (Trap Neuter Release). Most of think he is a stray though, he is way too friendly to be a wild cat.  He has really taken a beating living outdoors, came in covered with fleas, ticks and many healing wounds from fights. Though he is BIG, solid and on the outside appears to be a real tough manly cat, he is a teddy bear and a love bug that melts into your arms when you hold him. (You gotta be strong though, he’s a big dude)  

  

 

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Thank You for your vote!

I am weak, oh so weak

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Oh the Guilt of being a woman…

I am emotionally unable to to stop.

I am an addict.

Oh the high of instant gratification.

I could not pass up this purse! Is it nothing short of Fab?  And to boot is is not even leather (very animal friendly) & was less than twenty bucks. 

You ladies understand don’t you? Shoes & Purses…. Never too many (it’s not like there are at least a dozen in the closet already)