SPARKS on Monday

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Happy Monday!    Time to share a little bit of light – a thought for the start of the week – something we can hold onto as we face whatever comes our way.    SPARKS is the idea of my friend Annie from McGuffy’s Reader……Annie’s thinking is that the world can be a bit of a puzzle and challenge and sometimes a DARK place in which to move.   Why not try to help by bringing a positive thought to LIGHT – something we can all perhaps “get” and feel GOOD about?    If you have a thought to share, why not join in this wonderful HOP of Annie’s?   Just click the badge above, go to her blog and fill in the LINKY TOOL….join in the fun.

I thought a lot this weekend about friendships.    My belief has ALWAYS been – and I’ve talked about this before in another SPARKS post – that people pass through our lives for a reason.   We think at the time it’s “chance” but I think it’s because we need them at that time to help us learn something, understand something, or help us through something in our lives.   It’s not just random…..people enter our lives for a REASON.    Even when a friendship runs its course and we part ways happily or even unhappily – we have learned something we just might carry with us forever.

Yes and I want to thank whoever is reading this post for being here……………maybe you needed to hear this today?    Try to get the messages people bring to you – whether or not you understand them at the time, trust me – you will one day.

HAVE A SPARK FILLED WEEK!

Hugs, Pam

Pre-Tease Monday AND More!

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Hello class!    I’m using an old Pre-Tease Poster this morning – sort of a flashback if you like – we’ve been TEASING you now for a long time and I thought you might enjoy seeing one of our OLD Monday posters for fun.

The point is, tomorrow is THE DAY.    You will get a photo from us here in class and you will need to STUDY IT and make a guess where the photo was taken.   Sounds easy right?   Well it isn’t always easy!

Oh I know you’re not SCARED – but you might be a little apprehensive – just do your best, that’s all you will need to do.  Study the photo and guess.   The other challenge is getting here FIRST to comment because if you ARE first tomorrow commenting on the Teaser post you will win a badge!

THIS ONE!!!!  

All you have to do is follow the class rules for guessing:

So tonight make sure and study up on your geography – look at all kinds of photos so you can be ON TOP OF YOUR GAME in the morning when the Teaser post lands in your inbox!

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF “NOT ALERT” !!!!

If you think you might have a good photo for us to use on TEASER TUESDAY – one that just might fool everyone as to WHERE it was taken – feel free to send it in to us via email.   Yep – we will add it to our TEASER STASH FILE and one of these days you will see YOUR photo here and then you can sit back and have the fun of watching the guesses coming in!!!

SOUNDS LIKE FUN!!!!!

It is fun.   Truly.   Now, how about we ask our totally awesome cheerleaders to come in and get you fired up about tomorrow’s TEASER class shall we???

It’s Monday Pre-Tease time
You’d better study or it’ll be a crime
You need to be quite alert
Or Marge’s yell your ears might hurt
We heard a romantic rumor
Hope you have a sense of humor
We heard Sarge and Marge might marry!
The thought of that is scary!!
We could have the wedding in school
Their vows could be said in the hot tub pool!

Alright Cheer Team – that rumor might just be a rumor and have no ring of truth to it at all.   You’d best keep THAT ONE to yourselves for now!

Sarge and Marge?????   Tee Heeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Let’s get back to business.    I need to show you the other badges you might win tomorrow if you are the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER, a RIGHT GUESSER NOT FIRST or a WRONG GUESSER!

SO BE PREPARED TOMORROW FOR YOUR SURPRISE TEASER TO ARRIVE !

Miss Dingleberry has cookies for us today for snack.   Tomorrow I believe she is planning on having a WHOLE LUNCH but today – just a snack.    We’ll take it Miss D and be happy for the treat – RIGHT CLASS????

Right Professors!!

Alright class – let’s have an ORDERLY line at the cookie table please!!!!

Milkshakes!

Can we have more than one????

YES!!

BUT…..before we go……did you know today was Tabby Cat Day?

YAY for tabbies!    The Tabby Cat Club is having a partay to celebrate HERE   !

(you don’t have to be a tabby to visit the Club’s partay)

The Professors are of course Tabbies so we thought we might just break out with a little partying in class JUST FOR TODAY!   READY??????????

Tabbies Rock !!

Special Selfie Birthday Card!

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It’s Sunday Selfie Time!

Time for Sunday Selfies Blog Hop at The Cat On My Head BUT today is a SPECIAL SELFIE DAY!    Why?   Because our super special good friend the beautiful miss Allie from Friends Furever is celebrating her SWEET 16 birthday today!

The Cat On My Head is having a special Blog Hop today in her honor and it is a COMMENTATHON so we hope you will join us in celebrating by stopping by the Blog Hop and leaving a comment!   You can also join in the Selfie fun by filling out the LINKY TOOL and putting your OWN birthday Selfie in the mix for Allie to enjoy!

Happy Sweet 16 Dear Allie!

Allie will love it if you stop by her blog too HERE but be sure and pop over to The Cat On My Head and leave a comment as well.     Allie has requested all money raised at the Commentathon go to a wonderful rescue where her new little sister Noelle came from so The Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head will do that…..the more comments, the more money will go to her cause.

THANK YOU!!

Love, Teddy

Bakin’ in Baconia

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King Teddy – coming to you from Castle Baconia’s kitchen!

It’s time for our little Saturday get together where I give you an incredibly delightful recipe for an amazingly EASY (most of the time) snack that I’ve managed to find in the blogosphere.    Today’s really is just about the easiest – although slightly strange – recipe involving bacon that I’ve EVER given you!

Oh Monsieur Le King I shall be taking notes – Easy recipes means more time for me to float in the moat here at Castle Baconia!!!

Well this will give you lots of leisure time that’s for sure……………and it will give ME a whole lotta great snacks.

Bacon-Parmesan Cracker Delites

Now this recipe might sound just a little weird – hard to imagine something this simple could be this good but trust me…………. For one thing it uses Club Crackers which always have been one of my Mom’s FAVORITE crackers (next to Ritz maybe!)………and I’m thinking you probably can substitute other similarly shaped crackers for Club – I think the Club is the BEST of the REST.

INGREDIENTS

1 package Club Crackers (this recipe will make 36 appetizers)

1 lb. thin sliced bacon (the thick stuff which is our favorite around here is too thick to use for wrapping!)

Container of Kraft Grated Parmesan OR if you really want to go crazy get the Parmesan/Romano mix!

DIRECTIONS

Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a baking rack/cooling rack.

Scoop about 1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese onto each cracker. Cut your package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and carefully, so the cheese doesn’t fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker in one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should fit snugly around the cracker.

Place the bacon wrapped crackers on the rack onto a baking sheet.

Place in a 250-degree oven for about 2 hours.   (yes I know this sounds nuts at such a low temp but it works!   It really does work!)

 

Cool these babies when they get out of the oven but they are delish warm or room temp either way.    It’s just a very seemingly unusual recipe that’s beyond simple but also delightful.   That’s a good combination right??????

Bacon makes me wanna DANCE with “HAPPY” !!

That’s all from Castle Baconia this Saturday.   Hope to see you again next week when I share something else delightfully delicious that has BACON in it……………!

Your Royal Catness, King Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins and Shopping!

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Happy Friday everybody……….today is Friendly Fill-Ins day but it’s also Bacon’s Shopping Around The World so I will have TWO parts to my post today.   I’m going to START with Fill-Ins.    That’s a fun Hop co-hosted by Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and Ellen of 15andMeowing.   They each give us two sentences full of holes – well not holes really – BLANKS – and we fill in the blanks with whatever we want to and wind up telling everyone some new stuff about ourselves.   Makes it fun to hop around and read everyone’s “fill-ins”!    Wanna join us?   Click the badge above and visit McGuffy’s and fill in the LINKY TOOL and you’re IN!

Here are this week’s sentences and I thought I’d be generous and let my Mom fill things in………….her fill-ins are in RED.

1. I could really use a housekeeper – oh boy wouldn’t that be nice!!!! .

2. The National Cancer Society  is a charity that I like to support.

3. One time, I broke a memento belonging to my husband, and it took me a week before I could bring myself to tell him!   (and when I did he said no big deal it was fake anyway)

4. I wish that I had been less impulsive when  I was young.

 

Thanks Mom!   Well done.   I didn’t think I could answer these from MY point of view – they were more human-ish than kitty-ish.

Don’t forget everyone – if you want to play along, just visit McGuffy’s Reader so we can learn some fun stuff about you too!!


Now it’s time to SHOP AROUND THE WORLD……………….this is also a lot of fun – once a month we get an “assignment” from Bacon of what kind of recipe we need to share with everyone ELSE who participates.   We also tell the price we paid for the ingredients of this item AND show a photo if we can of it.    It’s very cool to see what other people pay for the same stuff we buy in our hometown grocery store.    Amazing the difference in prices around the world!    Our assignment this month was something that we consider comfort food like a dessert for instance.

Mom is going to give a recipe of something she’s given before but it’s still one of hers and Dad’s favorite desserts and she makes it A LOT.

Fruit Tart

 

Easy to make, delicious to eat and not one bit expensive in the long run (so says Mom).     The photo above is a strawberry tart but it could really be ANY fruit.

INGREDIENTS:

1 sheet puff pastry (that’s enough for two small tarts or one larger one but if you’re making more than two tarts, get more sheets of puff pastry)   ($4.89 on sale – Pillsbury)

Fresh fruit – washed  ($1.99 lb. for strawberries)

Sugar  (on hand)

Fruit jam or preserves   ($2.69 for GOOD strawberry preserves)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to temperature given on puff pastry packaging.   It’s usually 350 but make sure and preheat to the proper temperature.

Unroll puff pastry and divide into two pieces.   Fold up the sides of the puff pastry about one inch all the way around so it’s double in thickness just around the edges.   Prick interior of puff pastry square with fork so it won’t rise as much as the outer edges will.      Cook puff pastry in oven for required time.    Allow to cool

You don’t have to cut your fruit if it’s small – for strawberries I slice them into fairly thin slices.   When pastry is cooled a little, I put a layer of fruit preserves on the bottom of the tart, then arrange the slices of strawberries nicely then drizzle more preserves on top of the fruit.   Sprinkle with sugar !     A dollop of whipped cream is a nice finishing touch but not necessary as these tarts are super delicious just the way they are.

 

EASY?  You betcha!!!     Now I admit I don’t eat the strawberries but I have been able to sweet talk Mom into sharing a little bit of whipped cream with me.    Tee Hee

Happy EATING!

Hugs, Teddy