Bakin’ With Bacon And King Teddy

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Welcome to the Castle Baconia Kitchen!   Ready to cook???

I have a great main dish for you this time around.    If you’re a fan of chicken, you will be a fan of this recipe I think.    It’s not hard to make either and really delicious with almost any side dish you can think of.   Ready???

 

Honey Mustard Chicken With Bacon

 

Heat the oil in a wide skillet over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on either side, then place the chicken breasts in the hot pan and brown well on each side (it doesn’t have to be cooked through yet, just nicely browned). Remove from the pan and cover on a plate.

Do not drain the pan here – there’s so much delicious flavor in there already! Add the bacon and cook until browned. Then add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute, until starting to soften.

Deglazing sounds fancy, but it just means you’ll pour some liquid into the pan. So add chicken broth and bring it to a boil, scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Stir in both mustards (smooth and whole grain – but you can only use smooth too if you prefer).

Place the chicken back in the sauce, along with fresh rosemary sprigs. Cover the pan with a lid and gently simmer the chicken for 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through – an internal temperature of 165°F is recommended for chicken.

Once the chicken is done, remove it to a plate and cover. Bring the sauce in the pan to a boil and simmer until it has your preferred consistency. Remove the rosemary sprigs and stir in the honey. You can also stir in a few tablespoons of cream for a richer sauce!

I know!  I was surprised how delicious this was too!

Take our word for it – it’s worth giving it a whirl.   You won’t be sorry (I hope!).

Enjoy my friends!   See you next week in the kitchen!   

King Teddy

The Eighth Annual Contest of WHATEVER

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Huh?   What is this contest we speak of?   Well for some years now we have been loyal followers of Evil Squirrel’s blog.    Always wacky, always fun, and for several years he has had a writing contest he calls the “Contest of Whatever”……….this is the 8th year for said contest and we have participated in and entered several of them.    Interested in hearing the background on this contest?   CLICK HERE.

The theme is always a challenge…………this year the theme is “X” – yes – that’s the theme – what does that mean?   Well I suppose anything you want it to.    I thought about this for WEEKS before this morning being struck by an idea – weird indeed but an idea nonetheless.    I therefore present my official entry which some of you won’t be surprised to learn is a poem!

 

“X” Challenge from Evil Squirrel, March, 2021 from Pam at onespoiledcat.wordpress.com

 

THE EXORCIST

The Exorcist’s job is quite a messy one

Green slime, rotating heads, just plain aren’t fun

Dealing with the devil is not for the faint of heart

Casting evil out of the possessed is quite an art!

Levitating bodies, foul language and smells

Knocking on the doors of the entrance to hell

Over time I should think it takes quite a toll

Most would seek early retirement from this dangerous role

I wonder if the Exorcist after years of his craft

Needs to be exorcized himself so he doesn’t go daft

Being an Exorcist’s Exorcist – now that boggles the mind

I wonder if getting a life insurance carrier is tough to find???


Evil Squirrel – thanks for continuing with this contest every year – it’s always a challenge but always fun.

Pam and the Star of our show……Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins Hop

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Happy Friday!   Time for the Blog Hop known as Friendly Fill-Ins which is co-hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and 15andmeowing.     You can join us if you are interested – just click the badge above and link up.   What happens is each of our co-hosts give us TWO sentences with blanks for us to put OUR words in.    Easy right?   What does that do?  Well, it tells everyone a little bit more about YOU.    We learn more stuff about our friends……….that’s always fun.

Here are this week’s sentences and we’ve filled in the blanks – I say “WE” because Mom and I both participated this week.   If the blank is a word from Mom it’s in RED and if the word is mine it’s BLUE!

1. You don’t have to convince me to get the Covid vaccine – I’ve been signed up for months – just waiting, waiting, waiting for the call!
2. _Waiting to get the vaccine is causing me stress.    (slight exaggeration – I’m not really stressed – just anxious to get it!)
3. Speaking from experience, humans that have pets are usually very NICE people!.
4. Over time, my opinion of my vet has changed.    (I wasn’t sure who to trust when I went there the first time and now I know they are LOVE ME and take good care of me!!)

There you have it – Filling in by ME and MOM………..the dynamic duo!!!    Thanks for our co-hosts for fun sentences every week…………………..

This is how I spend time waiting – in my basket surrounded by toys!!   

Love, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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THANKFUL THURSDAY is here!    We celebrate that thanks to Brian who gives us a chance to talk out loud about what we are thankful for.    Click his badge and link up with us.    After we are thankful we get POETIC with Angel Sammy’s Poetic Thursday.    So Thursday is busy around here!     We’re very thankful to say not only is our weather becoming more Spring-ish but we are still healthy here at my house.   Mom and Dad have been waiting/waiting/waiting for their vaccine but probably will be waiting quite a while longer so I’m happy they are remaining healthy.

Now, what do you say we take a look at the email Angel Sammy sent last night from his Rainbow Bridge laptop?

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Let’s Get Poetic!

Happy Thursday everyone.   Our time to share poetry based on a photo.   Always a challenge.    I’m so happy that many of you have been joining in on this fun exercise in creativity and I hope man more of you decide to give it a whirl.   If you write a poem, you can tell us you did and give us your link in my COMMENTS.   We’ll visit and see what you came up with.   It’s a fun exercise using a photograph as our inspiration for a poem.    We all see the same photo but we come up with our OWN way to “look” at it!

Here’s last week’s photo and my poem:

“Fearless Sun Worshippers”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©February 24, 2021

 

Crowded beaches are a rare sight these days

Ignoring social distancing at the ocean and in other ways

The call of the sun and water is quite strong

But overdoing almost anything is terribly wrong

If you go to the beach to enjoy peace and quiet

The noise at a crowded beach is like attending a riot!

When I visit a beach it’s to walk along the sea at dawn

There are no people around – all the noise is gone

Or I might go at sunset at the end of the day

When sun worshippers are home nursing sunburn in some medicinal way

I like hearing seagulls and waves rushing to shore

I’ll enjoy each restful sound until peaceful beaches are no more…………..

 

First of all, I’m dedicating this to my Mom……in fact I wrote it like SHE would have written it.    

One day I’m sure beaches will all look like the one in this photo as people escape the heat in the summer – or they will become so polluted nobody will go to the beach any longer – and I hope I’m VERY VERY wrong about that!    The beach is there for everyone to enjoy but we must protect wildlife, not pollute our water, and hope that the beauty of our world will be around for all to enjoy for eons to come.

Here’s your photo for NEXT week’s photo and remember – tell us in COMMENTS if you wrote a poem you’d like to share.   

OH YES – I love this photo…………………….I bet there will be some super poems about this little (?) bundle of wagon-riding baby!     Remember, this is your inspiration for NEXT week’s Thursday poem to share so get to thinking NOW about what you could write!!    I know I’ve already got some ideas.

In the meantime, have a good week – keep safe – your Angels are watching……………………………….

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love, Angel Sammy

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Love next week’s photo Angel Sammy and you really honored our Mom with your poem THIS week with the crowded beach – Mom has NEVER enjoyed crowded beaches.    I hope you and all our Angels at the Bridge will keep watch over us all…………………until we meet at the Gate.

YAY – the snow is gone!!!!   Love, Teddy

 

 

 

Teaser Tell All Class

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Good morning class!   It’s that time again!

Time for us to let you know who did what yesterday in class (as far as guessing that is).     Seems it’s becoming downright impossible for us to fool you guys for long……OR you are becoming EXPERTS at searching in cyberspace with your clues!

“Yep – we’re happy smarties when it comes to Teaser!”

Let’s get started shall we?    First up is FIRST COMMENTERS.     Well we had FOUR again this week – FOUR of you were ready at the “off” and chimed in during the first 60 seconds of class – congratulations go to:

Timmy, Ingrid, Sharon, Janet

Congratulations Fast Fingered Foursome!  

You each get one of these:

Four of us were FIRST COMMENTERS this week on the Teaser of February 23, 2021.

Here’s the photo from yesterday – one we didn’t think would be as easy as it was for you to guess!

This is Trakai Island Castle in Vilnius, Lithuania!

It wasn’t long before we had our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER………………….and know what else?   HE was also a FIRST COMMENTER so he gets a DOUBLE AWARD (he’s had a DOUBLE before too!!!)

Presenting our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER/FIRST COMMENTER:

TIMMY!

WOO HOO TIMMY – This badge is for YOU:

I was not only one of the FIRST COMMENTERS on the Teaser of February 23, 2021 but I was also THE FIRST RIGHT GUESSER! Double Win! YAY!

If you were ALSO right with your guess – and there were SEVERAL of you who also got it right, you all get one of these badges below for your very own!

I was RIGHT with my guess on the Teaser of February 23, 2021, but I was NOT FIRST!

AND if you were WRONG with your guess on the Teaser – you get this badge:

I was WRONG with my guess on the Teaser of February 23, 2021. Darn, Darn, Double Darn!

Congratulations everyone!    Now you might be happy to know that our Cheer Team wasn’t upset when we told them we had FOUR First Commenters – perhaps that’s because when we told them, they’d been at the Grumpy Cat Bar for a while.    HAHA

You all are getting really good
Four First Commenters in the neighborhood!
Janet, Ingrid, Sharon and Timmy
If we could dance the Charleston we’d wiggle and shimmy!
Our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER was a double smartie
Let’s hear it for Timmy – clap loud and hearty!
We’ll see you next week for another chance
For you to win a badge and kick up your heels and DANCE!

Thanks ladies!    We’ll be seeing you next week for sure…………………….and everyone else?  How about going to the cafeteria for lunch!

It’s about time – my tummy’s been growling since I got here!

TIME TO EAT!   Step right up and make your choices!

Today’s Delights:

See you next week students!!!!   Your Professors