Sunday Selfie New Years Eve Style

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve With A Selfie!

Today we join the last HOP of the OLD year with our friends at The Cat On My Head………..and we already look forward to 2018 being full of Blog Hopping Sundays for us to share our selfies again.   Thanks Kitties Blue for hosting this especially fun “excuse” for all of us to get together on Sundays and show our fine selves off……….if you’d like to join in – PLEASE DO – just click their badge and sign up with the Linky Tool.

Of course this is a SPECIAL version of the Hop since it’s New Year’s Eve……………………….and Mom did my selfie with Lunapic as usual but we added a frame with Pizap so we could put our New Year’s greeting on the frame.    We really do wish all of you a most magnificent NEW YEAR.    Me and my Mom and Dad will be home having a peaceful evening with a fire in the fireplace together enjoying the last night of 2017.    Please be safe wherever you are – tell your Mom and Dad to be extra careful if they are going out tonight to celebrate.

My “un-messed-with” photo!

Here’s to the best year EVER for all of us!  

Now – let’s have a yummy New Year’s Eve buffet to start our day off shall we?

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WOW…….I’m full – I hope you are but if not – take a doggy/kitty/human bag home with you. 

HELP!!!!!!! I can’t get UP!!!!

But above all else…….have a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR’S EVE!

Love, Teddy

Bakin’ With Bacon for New Year’s Eve!

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Welcome to Baconia!   

You are in the castle kitchen with THE KING!

Yes indeed.   Here we are on another Saturday getting ready for New Year’s Eve tomorrow night and I thought instead of some exotic and difficult BACON recipe, I’d give you a super easy and really delicious appetizer that you’ve all heard of but maybe have never made before???    The Baconian Castle Chef makes these for special occasions and they are delish!

Oui, Oui, I make these for YOU my King!!

No doubt if you are having a crowd over for New Year’s Eve you will be making a lot of different goodies – I know back in the day when my Mom and Dad used to entertain for NYE Mom would just make a whole lot of appetizers and THEY would be the “meal”…………you can definitely get FULL with appetizers.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Ingredients:

1 lb. of bacon (cut in half)

4 ounces Bleu Cheese

1 lb. dates (if you can get pitted ones that’s pawsome but if not, you can pit them)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.   Prepare baking dish or cookie sheet with sides (to hold the grease from the bacon).   You can line your pan/sheet with foil for easier clean up if you wish but not necessary.

If you have to pit your dates, slice them in half and open – remove pit – pinch off pieces of bleu cheese from the block of cheese and insert in the centers and “close” the dates.   Wrap a half slide of bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick.   Put all the dates in your baking dish/cookie sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until bacon is crisp.   You should turn them over after 20 minutes or so to cook bacon evenly.

VOILA – that’s it – take them out and let them cool…………..you actually can eat them WARM or COLD – doesn’t matter – they are good either way but I bet they are BEST when warm!

New Years Eve is an exciting time – people like to think of it as the night before a brand new start………..well, let’s just say we can only hope that’s true – many people have said 2017 let them down or that they thought it was a very bad year.    I think of it as a good year because I – your King – found my FOREVER HOME in February of 2017.    I have “come a long way baby” since then.

I was 11 months old when I was adopted and this photo was taken on my FIRST day in my new home!

 

I have filled out a bit……..tee hee.   I weighed 8 lbs. when I was adopted and I now weigh about 18 lbs.!

Anyway, I am hoping that all of you celebrate the New Year carefully and responsibly – I would expect citizens of Baconia to do no less!    We will be having a little party here tomorrow in addition to our Sunday Selfie Blog Hop with The Cat On My Head………… It will be New Year’s Eve and we can’t just let that slip by without a bit of a PAR-TAY.

Before you leave the castle – please help yourself to a cookie and hot chocolate????  

Your King!

 

Fill In Friday and Shopping!

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Time for the “Almost 2018” Friday Fill-Ins!

This is a super fun hop co-hosted by Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and we just love it.   Every Friday each of our co-hosts give us TWO sentences with blanks to fill.   We get to share a little bit about ourselves and what we think when we fill in the blanks and that’s why it’s a FUN Hop!    Want to join in?   Click the badge above and go to McGuffy’s and sign up to join us.

I guess this might be another one of those fill-in Fridays where my Mom ought to do the filling in………….so I’m letting her…………and her fill-ins are GREEN today!

1. On New Year’s Eve, I will do what I always do – have a nice dinner with my husband, have a bottle of champagne with dessert, then go to bed EARLY – no parties or noise at our house – just a quiet start to a new year!

2. One goal I have for 2018 is to work on Teddy’s blog to make it more interesting and fun……I don’t want it to be boring for anyone!

3. In 2017, I accomplished nothing of note – I’m just grateful to be alive for another year so I guess I accomplished THAT!.

4. I lost my soul cat in 2017.   (but we adopted another sweet ginger boy who has healed our hearts!)

Gosh Mom – I’m glad to hear that – I  know you miss Sammy but I’m glad that I am helping you and Dad move on……………….as for me and this coming year – who knows – I just want to continue to be spoiled rotten and enjoy the fun of being a cat with you and Dad.   I’m not sure there’s anything that could make me happier!

 

Now for SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD!

Another FUN Blog Hop and this one is all about FOOD and sharing recipes and prices from our area of the world!    My friend Bacon at PIGLOVE is hosting this one AND if you want to join in – share a recipe and see what stuff costs in OTHER places just click the badge above and let Bacon know you have posted a recipe on your blog.    This month’s challenge was to share a recipe for a dessert, cookie or other treat that we do for holidays.     My Mom makes spiced nuts for Christmas and she must have made about TEN batches of these (my Dad is hooked on them!). so I’m sharing that recipe which is EASY PEASY.

Mom’s EASY Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Ingredients:

10 or 15 oz. can of Planters Mixed Nuts (unsalted or salted) – $6.26 (10. oz.)

1 tablespoon water (free!)

1 cup sugar (we had sugar)

2 teaspoons cinnamon – $1.89 for 2.57 oz.

1 teaspoon nutmeg – $4.99 for 2.47 oz.

One eggwhite

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a large cookie sheet (I used spray).    Beat one eggwhite until fluffy – add 1 tablespoon water and whip eggwhite again.    Add can of nuts and coat well.    In a small bowl mix together the sugar and spices then dump them into the nuts mixing well to coat all the nuts.    Put the nuts on the cookie sheet and spread out.    Bake the nuts 20-25 minutes, mixing the nuts on the cookie sheet a couple of times during the bake.    Take nuts out of oven and dump onto sheet of foil to cool.    VOILA!    Done!

These are quite addictive so WATCH OUT.

THANKS BACON for hosting this fun hop – gives us all a chance to share a good recipe AND see prices.    Can’t wait to see what our project is for NEXT month!

Woo Hoo!!!

Love Teddy

 

Today would have been my Dad’s 101st birthday…..Happy Birthday in Heaven Daddy – I will always be your “little girl”……Love, Pam

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Time to be Thankful and then for us to see what poem Angel Sammy came up with for his Poetic Photo Thursday!    Want to join in this special Hop hosted by Brian?   Just click on the badge above and join in – we would love to hear from you!   As for my own Thankfuls this week – well I think all of us probably are most thankful for family and time together for the holidays.   I know I feel that way – my first Christmas with my Mom and Dad was wonderful……………I paid little attention to presents – mostly I just wanted to be NEAR the Christmas tree where I’ve enjoyed lots of pre-Christmas naps under the tree……….now all the presents are gone I have all that space for myself – but I have this feeling my beloved tree is going to be disappearing soon!    Still I’m thankful that I know what Christmas is about and it’s not gifts – it’s about love.

Angel Sammy transmitted his poem to me last night – he did miss having Christmas here this year but then it was BEFORE Christmas last year that he went to the Bridge so this is his second “missed” Christmas.    We certainly thought about him on December 2nd – I never met him but I “know” him because we cats are brothers and sisters of one big family………….and we know that one day we will all be at the Bridge together.

Here’s Angel Sammy’s poem………….

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It’s Time For Poetic Thursday!

Hello my friends!   As my little brother Teddy has already said – we all hope your holiday was bright and beautiful.    It’s always bright and beautiful at the Rainbow Bridge but those of us who are Angels wish we could be with our families in purrrrson instead of in spirit when it comes to special occasions like holidays.   

Did you write a poem this week to share with us?    We have been doing PHOTO-inspired poems instead of using the alphabet – I hope you’re having fun with that.    This was the photo I gave you last week to think about and write a poem about – followed by MY poetic thought about it!

“A New Start”

by Angel Sammy Kimmell, Dec. 28, 2017

In the dark night sky the colors are bright

They light up our hearts as they light up the night

They signal the start of a brand new year

Their bold colors pop as their sound fills our ears

The world full of hope that perhaps a new start

A new year might just bring some peace in our hearts

It sometimes seems like peace is so far away

Perhaps it will come closer if we hope and we pray

It must overcome the ache of the losses we feel

It must conquer threats from others so real

In a world full of doubt that real peace can be reached

Let LOVE be the way for those fences to be breached.

I think everyone would like for the new year to bring a new start – let’s make sure it is one!    We Angels promise to work overtime to help…………… ♥

I’m hoping you will share your poem this week by giving us notice in our comments here that you have a poem written for us to read – just give us your link OR you can even write your poem in our comments…………just give it a try……….so many people have said “I can’t write poetry” but when I ask them to try to express their thoughts about a photo or a word they CAN.    You know what?  We truly CAN do anything including write a poem.    Here’s my photo for you to think about this coming week – then next Thursday we will all share again!   Just think it will be 2018 then.  WOW.   

 

Oh I think this one will be FUN!  

I hope to see you here again next Thursday with a poem about this photo – what does this make you think of, feel, what do you see, WANT to see………use your imagination and write a poem!

‘Tis I ! Angel Sammy, zeeee French poet!!!

Until next week, Angel Sammy signing off from the Bridge……..with hugs!

 

Thanks a lot Angel Sammy………….I like your poem today but I can’t WAIT to see what you come up with for NEXT week!

Sammy was a party animal!

Hugs, Teddy

 

 

Teaser Tell All and More

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Time to Get The Scoop!

Hello Students – I hope by now you have managed to gain at least five or six pounds from all the food and treats you got for the holidays AND you’ve picked out your favorite “NEW TOY” that Santa Paws brought to you – because if all of that is true – then you’re probably ready to SIT STILL in class today while we tell you who won what for Teaser this week!

Too much food here…..can’t keep my eyes open!

I think someone slipped some caffeine in my kibble!

First we’ll begin by telling you WHO was our FIRST COMMENTER……………..but wait – that FIRST COMMENTER was also our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER!    That’s right – a double win!   How cool is that and what a good way to start of the PRE-NEW YEARS EVE celebrations.   Wanna know who it was??   Do ya?   OK!

I was FIRST COMMENTER on the Teaser of Dec. 26, 2017!

I was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of Dec. 26, 2017!

Miss Csilla – these are for YOU!   

It was an interesting Teaser day – we waited and waited and wondered if anyone was up early on the day after Christmas – or whether it would be a long time before someone commented – it was SEVERAL minutes indeed but Miss Csilla was here and then others woke up and arrived and before you knew it, the guesses were flying.    But Miss Csilla was FIRST!

It was NOT a Guest Teaser photo – Mom posted it – and we wondered if most would think it was European – some little snowy village………but in fact, it WAS taken in Vail, Colorado!    Some gorgeous place isn’t it???   Know what else?   SEVERAL of you knew it where it was……….here’s the photo again:

The other Teaser Guessers who guessed Vail, Colorado will get one of these:

I guessed RIGHT on the Christmas Teaser of Dec. 26, 2017!

And if you were WRONG with your guess but still gave it a try – this special Christmas Greenie is for you!

I was wrong with my Guess on the Christmas Teaser of Dec. 26, 2017 but at least I TRIED!

The Cheer Squad wants to honor the Double Winner with a cheer………………go girls go!

Miss Csilla you surely did it up right!
Seeing TWO badges for you is quite a grand sight!
You were fast on the draw and commented so fast!
Then you popped back with your guess – such a blast!
You new it was Vail in a resort oh so pretty
While we thought there would be guesses of some European city!
Congratulations to you from the cheer team at school
The Professors now know you’re not easy to fool!!
Rippy Tippy Too
WOO HOO FOR YOU!

Of course next week we’ll be starting a new year of Teasers……………Our BIG SURPRISE for you students of geography is that we will have class in a brand new school!    Miss Dingleberry and all the gang are going to still be with us there………..we will just have a “new look”.    Swell huh?

In addition to new surroundings, we will have – YET AGAIN – new badges.    New year – new badges.   The Graphics Department around here is exhausted because we’ve kept them designing and producing new badges on OVERTIME but we like to keep things new and interesting AND besides, new badges means you can add even more great BLING to your collection at home!    So make sure and keep on studying!

Studying?   What’s that? 

Well that’s why YOU are wearing the DUNCE CAP!    You obviously do not know what studying is!

We will see you next week Class…..we hope you have a HAPPY NEW YEAR

Professors Angel Sammy and Teddy

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This is Pam, the Professor’s Mom – I wanted to share something with you all – some of you who are Cat Scouts saw this on the Scouts site before Christmas but others probably haven’t and it’s just so special to ME I wanted to show it to you.    Sammy was a Cat Scouts for several years and was the Troop Leader of the WILDCATS Troop – he (and I !) had a great time being involved with Scouts and when he became an Angel on Dec. 2, 2016 it was a sad time at Scouts AND for us as well.    He still visits Cat Scouts – as an Angel Scout – but when we went by Scouts on Christmas Day, we saw his picture on the front page along with an invitation to follow a link to see him telling a Christmas story – it led to a You Tube creation that the “Denmaster” of Cat Scouts (who runs the site and is the leader) Karen Nichols, had done in Sammy’s honor.    It is grand…….it’s fun……..it’s sweet…….but it made me cry as I “heard” my boy Sammy talking and telling a hilarious story.    It’s fun to see………I’m providing the link here if you’d like to hear and see it too.    My thanks to all Cat Scouts Moms who have sent me a note to tell me they loved it.   I wish I could take credit for it but the credit is Denmaster’s – her idea – and a TOTAL surprise to us!     Please enjoy………..and Merry Christmas Week!

 

Love, Pam

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