Shopping Around The World




It’s time to join in one of the more FUN exercises we do every month with our co-hosts Fozziemum and Bacon which is when we all share recipes and prices of the items IN our recipes…….why is that fun?  Because we learn some yummy stuff to make AND we see if we should be complaining about how expensive everything we get in the grocery is OR should we be feeling good that we don’t pay as much as some????  HAHAHAHA

My Mom is at the point where she’s making biscotti almost every week and we even supply the neighbors some some because THEY like it to so I’d say my Mom is the Biscotti Queen.    That’s why I’m sharing THAT recipe this month!

Mom’s Biscotti Recipe


Mom makes biscotti using all kinds of dried fruit and nuts but THIS recipe is Dad’s favorite – cranberry biscotti.   You can substitute ANY dried fruit or almost any kind of nuts you like in this recipe!  If Mom makes Almond Biscotti she will substitute almond extract for vanilla extract.


3 cups flour (Price this week at our grocery 5 lbs. bag of flour was $1.47)

3/4-1 cup sugar (Price this week at our grocery 4 lb. bag of sugar was $2.79)  Note:  if you like your biscotti on the SWEET side, use 1 cup……otherwise 3/4 cup

1 tablespoon baking powder (Price this week at our grocery for 10 oz. container was $1.27)

1 teasp. vanilla extract (Price this week at our grocery for 2 oz. bottle was $3.79)

5 oz. package dried fruit (can be more or less as you like) – (Price this week for 5 oz. package of dried cranberries was $3.39)

3 large eggs (Price this week for one doz. large eggs was $1.59)

1 stick butter – melted (Price this week for butter 16 oz. package $3.45)


PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees……….use large cookie sheet (ungreased).   Mom lines her cookie sheet with parchment but that’s not necessary.

In large mixing bowl, combine sugar and melted butter……..then with hand mixer add one egg at a time and beat well.   Add the vanilla extract to that mix and set aside.    In second mixing bowl, combine three cups flour and one tablespoon baking powder.  Mix well.    Put the butter mixture into the flour/baking powder and mix well.    Batter will be STIFF.    Add fruit or nuts (you can add more or less than I’ve shown in the recipe – it’s totally to your taste…..sometimes I add a LOT more fruit or nuts than one 5 oz. package!).     Mix well.

On floured surface, divide the dough into three equal portions.    Shape each portion into round “loaf” about 9-10 inches long.   Transfer each loaf onto cookie sheet and flatten with your hand until each loaf is about three inches wide and about 3/4 inch thick.    Separate each flattened loaf by at least an inch on the cookie sheet – more if your cookie sheet is large enough!

Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes until light golden color………remove and cool for ten minutes on cookie sheet.    After cooling, transfer loaves to large cutting board and using very sharp knife, cut the loaves on a diagonal into pieces about an inch wide.   Cutting on the diagonal will give you “longer” biscotti.   Note:  Try to make one, swift cut for each piece because the cookies are pretty delicate at this point – don’t use a “sawing” motion or they will break up.    Put cut pieces back on the cookie sheet cut side down.  They can be crowded on the cookie sheet – no need to leave space between.    There will be room for all three loaves of cut biscotti on one cookie sheet!     Put back in hot oven for 10 minutes, remove from oven and carefully turn pieces over to expose other side – then back in the oven they go for another 10 minutes.   Keep an eye on them –  you don’t want them to burn but you want them to be browned up a bit.    Almost every time I make these I either have to add a minute or less (don’t ask me why – maybe my oven?!).

Let finished biscotti cool on the cookie sheet.    They are delicious warm AND if you want to, you can easily make a chocolate sauce (melted chocolate) to dip one end of each piece into and allow them to dry if you like your biscotti like that.

IT IS DELICIOUS!!!!   I promise – and so easy to make.

Easy Peasy Biscotti !


Trust me – you’re gonna like it!   HAPPY SHOPPNG!

Hugs, Sammy

Teaser Tell All



OK Class – have a seat – let’s talk about the Teaser!

Did you think it was a toughie?   I did but then SEVERAL came in with the right guess…………so it was for some and wasn’t for others – in other words – it was a TYPICAL TEASER!

Let’s get down to business and talk about who won one of our newly designed badges – whatcha say??????

Let’s show the photo first – – – this was your TEASER from yesterday and it was generously sent in by our Guest Teaser, Miss Annie from ANIMAL COURIERS!


This beautiful city is Collioure which is near Perpignan on the Spanish Border in Southern FRANCE!!!!!!   More info can be found HERE.

Thanks Miss Annie – this is for you!

THANKS Miss Annie for the Teaser photo of 10/24/16!

THANKS Miss Annie for the Teaser photo of 10/24/16!

After we went LIVE yesterday apparently a bunch of you got a message from WORDMESS (oops I mean WORDPRESS) that there was some kind of server maintenance going on so a few of you couldn’t post and some couldn’t comment and some couldn’t get here at all but then OTHERS did……….go figure………but the FIRST TO COMMENT yesterday was my friend Flynn!    This is for you my friend:


Then I waited to see who would be first to guess it correctly and that turned out to be my friend Miss Csilla (Kolytyi) and you get this Miss Csilla!!


Then several others arrived on scene over the next few hours and ALSO guessed correctly – and all of you who did guess correctly get this:


And all of you who didn’t guess correctly get to add a brand new GREENIE to your GREEN collection!


There you have it gang…………..another exciting Tuesday concludes with some winners and some losers but with EVERYONE getting something NEW out of the deal!!!!     Hope you had fun – I love Tuesdays don’t you????


Until Next Tuesday!

Your Halloween Professor…….

Tuesday Teaser


All Geography Students, please report to class!


Hello all…….I know you are anxious to see today’s challenge BUT before I show you what that is today, please remember that whoever comments on THIS BLOG first, will win a badge!  Yep – a badge!  So go comment then come back to class ASAP!

OK – today’s Teaser is a GUEST TEASER and tomorrow when you find out who wins and guesses correctly, I’ll also tell you who submitted today’s Teaser photos!   Good deal huh?

Now that you’re back from trying to be FIRST COMMENTER – let the class begin……………….!

Remember that when you guess you must tell me what town/city/village AND what country or state (if you think it’s in the USA) the photo was taken in.   Can’t just give me a country or a state – I need to know WHERE this photo was taken OKEE DOKEE?

Suzie – would you like to whip the students into a FRENZY this morning so they are fired up and ready to guess?    Go ahead girl – knock their socks off!

I'm fresh and I'm fruity You bet your patootie Cheerleaders rule Students usually drool I'm here with pom poms shakin' While you sit there eating bacon Get off your buns Let's have some fun! Gimme your bet shot Let's see whatcha got! What's your GUESS? C'mon and CONFESS!

I’m fresh and I’m fruity
You bet your patootie
Cheerleaders rule
Students usually drool
I’m here with pom poms shakin’
While you sit there eating bacon
Get off your buns
Let’s have some fun!
Gimme your bet shot
Let’s see whatcha got!
What’s your GUESS?
C’mon and CONFESS!

OK………………that ought to fire this bunch up – specially since you told them that they drool………..!    Now let’s see if Mr. Silver Briefcase guy is ready to unlock the magic secret briefcase and post today’s Teaser Photo on our bulletin board.

Here I am Professor.....I've guarded the top secret photo and now it's time to post it for your students!

Here I am Professor…..I’ve guarded the top secret photo and now it’s time to post it for your students!


Pretty spot yes?  BUT WHERE IS IT???????

Now, you’d better get your guessing done – there are a lot of peeps dying to get these much coveted BADGES you know……………..Tomorrow I’ll spill the news on who gets what – you know you want one of these new badges right?   We’ll be awarding one for FIRST COMMENTER, FIRST RIGHT GUESSER, RIGHT GUESSER and of course the fabulous GREENIE!    Here are the new ones for your viewing pleasure!

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The Halloween Prof!

Pre-Tease Monday!



Good Morning All!

Where did this past week go?  It flew by – seems like we just did Teaser doesn’t it?   Well it’s time again to shake things up and jump-start your brains because tomorrow we’ll have a photo for you to peek at and make a guess as to WHERE it was taken.

It is a GUEST TEASER this week too…………..tough?  We think so but not so tough someone won’t figure it out.   The only thing you will have to worry about is WHEN WILL IT COME INTO YOUR MAILBOX???   Because you want to be first right?  You want to be first to comment THEN first to guess right…….yep – a double FIRST.    AND, Mom is going to work on new award badges for you to win – that means brand new Greenies, and all the rest!

So you need to study hard tonight – yep – burn the midnight oil so you will just recognize things like styles of architecture and maybe types of vehicles of there are any – little CLUES that might help you figure out WHERE WAS THIS PHOTO TAKEN?!

I will look for you tomorrow………………….a surprise time of course as always – you never know when the Teaser will arrive so be on your toes (or paws)!

In the spirit of the Halloween season………..I thought I’d come up with a dignified costume – one befitting a Professor……….!


See you tomorrow Class!!

The Prof

Sunday Selfie


Selfie Time!

We are as always, hopping with The Cat On My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop…………….we love pawticipating in this BIG Sunday get-together all across blogdom and hope that you will add your selfie to the Hop!   Just click on their badge to visit them – it’s at the end of this post – AFTER my fabulous selfie that Mom did with the help of the “Beauty” feature on Lunapic.   Beauty?  Who me??????????????


Thanks for hosting the Hop Kitties Blue!




Sunday Hugs, Sammy

Bacon Buddies


Hello?  I know you’re out there!


All of you peeps who love bacon as much s I do – it’s OUR day!

Two out of TWO doctors recommend can you ignore that?!

Two out of TWO doctors recommend bacon….how can you ignore that?!

Dr. Woofie and I agree!

Dr. Woofie and I agree!



SO DO I YODA – SO DO I !!!!!

I’ll split this with you Yoda…..I like your “airplane ears” !!

The rest of you, you may ask the Bacon Fairy to bring some to you today…….


AND, just for some fun – make sure and do this before you leave my blog…….


I like “The Bacon Strikes Back” but how about:

“CASABACON” with Humphrey Bogart????   OK OK that’s lame….but you get the idea!

Happy Caturday!

The King


Friday Filling In!



Let’s Fill In !!!

This fun blog hop exercise is co-hosted by Ann of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andMeowing.    You can visit by clicking on one of their links AND if you want to – join in the fun and finish the sentences in your OWN way!

Today I’m filling in MYSELF instead of letting Mom do it.   My fill-ins are in RED!

1. One Halloween, I dressed as Sammy Scissorpaws – I’ll post the photo at the end of the fill-ins so you can see how ridiculous I looked!
2. My favorite comedian is Garfield – he’s a pretty funny guy!
3. My scariest Halloween was my FIRST one – I was only 10 months old and the entire thing scared me to death especially all the doorbell ringing and little kids at the door!

4. PEACE AND QUIET is my favourite Halloween treat.



I hope you have a fabulous Friday whether you’re filling in or not!    But I promise if you do fill-in you’ll be hooked from now on………….it’s lots of fun and you learn a lot about people you know and don’t know……..!!



Scary Hugs, Sammy