Bakin’ With Bacon and The King

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It’s Bacon Time!

 

Hello bacon lovers and visitors to Castle Baconia for our regular Saturday morning bake-fest.    I love to share a very cool and delicious recipe with you every week – that INCLUDES bacon in the list of ingredients!    Today I have something that’s a bit more involved and complicated to make but it’s absolutely incredibly delicious with the combination of vegetables, cheese, bacon, and eggs….it’s a bit like a quiche on steroids!    I kind of think it’s a marvelously elegant appetizer when you have company over but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as yummy when you make it for yourselves to enjoy WITHOUT company.    Just that it’s something different and who doesn’t enjoy “different” once in a while???    LOTS of ingredients in this one.

 

Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups finely crushed multigrain crackers (note: multigrain crackers are interesting but in truth it can be almost any cracker but NOT Saltines!!)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable garlic and herb cream cheese (I used Alouette because I buy their spreads often but ANY garlic/herb cream cheese will do!)
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon (alright – you know me – I ignored the two tablespoons thing and just crumbled up two whole pieces of bacon!)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. In a large skillet, saute the zucchini, mushrooms, onion and red pepper in oil until tender. Spoon over cheese.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in bacon. Pour over vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Serve warm or chilled. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

This is EVER so delicious.    We love zucchini here – and all the other veggies that are in this recipe as well as mushrooms – it all goes so well with the cheddar cheese.    The crust stands up beautifully too which is nice – makes it easy to slice and serve.

I encourage you to give this one a try FOR SURE………………..it certainly will be used around here for special occasions when there’s company afoot in the Castle!

I hope the Bacon Fairy visits your house soon!!!!

Yep – we Baconians are hooked…See you next Saturday for more fun…….

It’s GOOD to be King of Baconia……..

King Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins on Friday

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Happy Friday!   You know what that means – filling in the blanks on the Friendly Fill-Ins Hop co-hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and 15andmeowing.    If you click the badge above, it will take you to 15andMeowing and you can link up to fill in your OWN blanks.

This week’s blanks and sentences they are in are below.  Mom and I share or trade off every week in filling in.   Who’s in charge this week?   Mom!   Her fill-ins are in GREEN.

 

1. My favorite Peanuts character is Snoopy – I have loved him FOREVER and Teddy says that’s OK even if he’s a woofie.
2. I knew I was no longer a child when Mom quit picking my clothes out for me – I’m sure I looked a little strange at school in some of the outfits I put together though!
3. I was shocked when I learned that “You Know Who” from the North Pole was not at the Pole but instead lived in my house with me.
4. I always feel frustrated when I try to do photoshopping in a rush which I sometimes have to do for Cat Scouts events.
Thanks Mom – I’m glad you didn’t complain about ME in any of your fill-ins.   I really don’t mind that you like Snoopy – I think EVERYBODY likes him and Charlie Brown.   They both must be pretty old by now though huh?
Well, have a good Friday everyone…………we’ll be back next Friday with more filling in the blanks……….it’s fun!

Huh??????  You called????

Love, Teddy

 

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Hello Friends!   Thursday has rolled around again and it’s time to tell what we are THANKFUL for and share that through Brian’s Hop!   If you’d like to do the same, click his badge above and link up with all of us.    I also share with you the Poetic Thursday post that Angel Sammy sends me every Thursday but that will come LATER……….

First up – being thankful.   I think today I will spend a minute thanking all my blog followers for sticking with me.   We try to make my blog fun – my Editor in Chief (aka Mom) helps me get things together and we like to do special posts every week like Tuesday Teaser and SPARK on Monday.    We think by doing some regular features everyone will have something FUN to do on certain days of the week if they visit us!    Without friends we wouldn’t bother blogging believe me – my Editor in Chief says there are lots of OTHER things she’d spend time doing if we didn’t have a blog.   SO – thanks again for sticking with us for all these years.   We’re having fun and hope you are too!

Now on with the show and our Poetic Thursday from Angel Sammy.   He transmits it to be from the Rainbow Bridge every Wednesday night and I prepare it to go out to all of you on Thursdays after we’re Thankful with Brian………………….

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Greetings Poetic Friends! 

First of all I have to tell all of you who did posts for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day yesterday THANK YOU.   All of us Angels were touched.    I won’t go on and on and on about it but just wanted you to know we saw your posts, we felt your love, and we are always by your side.

Onward to our poems!    Anyone tuning in for the first time should know that once a week we get together here on Teddy’s blog to celebrate poetry – in particular, poems written with a photo in mind.   I find what I think is an interesting photo and all of us write a poem about it !     Easy right?    I hope you wrote one – let us know in comments if you did.

Here’s the photo I gave you last week to work on – followed by MY poem for the photo – followed by NEXT Thursday’s new photo for all of us to use!

“Tiny Talent”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©August 28, 2019

Inspiring talent

In such small hands is magic

The world will love her……..

 

Yes it’s a haiku and NO I haven’t written one for this blog feature EVER.    But the small virtuoso at the piano inspired in me a small poem in honor of what I am sure is her LARGE talent.    We’ve seen and heard some most amazing things from youngsters through the years……incredibly talented tiny tennis players, ballerinas, singers, students – you name it – some of the tiniest of us and youngest of us have enough talent for TEN adults!     Some are so blessed and we are hoping this little girl in the photo will continue the road she’s on to develop her talent more, as she outgrows the booster seat and pedal extensions she has at this stage in her life.    She looks like a very gifted little Angel.

So are you ready for next week’s challenging photo?    I bet you can write a poem for ANYTHING if you set your mind to it!!   The photo for next week is something different……but we get a FEELING from it and that’s what I want us to follow when we write our poems……………

Good luck everyone……………….and I will look forward to seeing you here on Teddy’s blog next Thursday………….in the meantime – HUG SOMEONE!    Wait until you see how happy it makes them!

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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Thanks Angel Sammy……………I know Mom and Dad will forever love you and I can only hope after I’ve joined you at the Bridge, they will forever love me too!

Hugs, Teddy

 

Teaser Tell All

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We’re BACK in our regular classroom!   

Hopefully the hooligans will stay away……….we prefer that they do.   Our dear friend Clowie the Pyrenean Mountain Dog who is a good student here in class has offered to become our class security dog and we just might go with that so we have no more hooligan incidents!

So – on with the show…………..yesterday we had a Teaser photo and it was a beautiful photo that many of you thought was where you wanted to be AT THAT MOMENT (we did too!) – just a pretty town on the water……….we’ll tell you all about it in a minute!

FIRST though let’s tell you who was our FIRST COMMENTER:

Do Tell!!!

May we have a drumroll please????

TIMMY TOMCAT!!!!!  

HIP HIP HOORAY
HIP HIP HOORAY
HIP HIP HOORAY

This is for you Timmy!

 

I was the FIRST COMMENTER on the Teaser of August 27, 2019! The Early Bird Catches The Worm!!

Then we moved on to figuring out the photo and where it was taken…………….here’s the photo again:

YES it does look like Venice but it isn’t – however it’s NEAR Venice – this is the town of Treviso, Italy !!

Pretty photo isn’t it?   Looks so quiet and peaceful.   Wonder if they have those cool boats with those cool guys with the cool outfits that ride you around and sing and stuff like they do in Venice.     Anyway, thanks to our Graphics Department for the photo.  Next we will have an actual GUEST PHOTO for a change.

Now – wanna know who guessed this little gem FIRST?

Miss Csilla !!!!!!! 

GOOOOOOO Miss Csilla!!!

This is for you!

Oh WOW – I got this swell badge for being the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of August 27, 2019! YAY for me!

Did you also guess Treviso?    We did have more than one of you who did and if you were one of those lucky duckies, have one of these:

I was RIGHT with my guess on the Teaser of August 27, 2019 but I wasn’t FIRST! Darn!

And of course if you were WRONG with your guess at least you tried – for your effort you get a GREENIE:

I was WRONG with my guess on the Teaser of August 27, 2019 but at least I tried! SO THERE!

DARN – WRONG AGAIN!

I might be a little upset – can you tell????

Sorry everyone can’t be a winner but you will just have to try that much harder next week!      Perhaps all you need is a good lunch in the cafeteria to cheer you up????   Why not stroll on over and load up on food then hop on the bus to head home.   Trust me – everything will look better after you have a full tummy and a nap.

Hello Students!  I suppose you wanna know why I’m all gussied up today – well it’s my 10th anniversary of being the Cafeteria Supervisor at Ding Dong School.    YAY FOR ME!    

Today’s FAB Food Menu:

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Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – Professor Sammy visits us on Tuesday from the Rainbow Bridge…..and has since he went there in December, 2016.   We get together on Monday and Tuesday here to have fun with all of you at Ding Dong School but never had a chance to play together.   We want to wish all Angels and their families a GOOD day of remembering fun times and remembering as well that our Angels are ALWAYS AND FOREVER with us.    We want to thank Deb Barnes at ZeeZoey.com for creating this special day AND for the logo badge……….

Now all aboard for home students – and we’ll be seeing you NEXT Tuesday for more fun!

Professor Angel Sammy and Professor Teddy

Teaser Tuesday Class

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Happy Teaser Class!   We’re in our OLD classroom temporarily – some hooligan threw a rock through our window in the NEW classroom.   Gotta get that fixed today – we’ll be in our usual room tomorrow.   Nice to have a change of pace anyway!!!    

DID YOU COMMMENT YET????????????????????????

We have a swell Teaser photo today from our hard-working Graphics Department.   Hopefully it will tease you suitably but remember we do have rules around here about how to go about making your guess as to where the photo was taken.

And just for funzies – we’re digging up some older badges for you to win……………since we changed classes we thought we’d change badges too……………………..

Oh I like it when you change things up a bit!!

Yeah it’s cool to have some flashback badges!

OK since you approve – let’s get on with the show shall we?????????

The Cheer Team is waiting – fresh from the hot tub – ready to give you all some inspiration before you study the photograph to make your guess………we figure you  need all the help you can get right?

Hello there from we cute cheerleaders to ya’ll
We’re doin’ our cheer today in a Southern drawl
It’s not a hint on the Teaser photo it’s just being silly
We like to shake it up for every Tom, Dick and Willy!
So study the photo and then get to pickin’
Or Miss D won’t serve you any southern fried chicken!

 

Oh boy – fried chicken in the cafeteria today?  Good – let’s hurry and finish up here!

WILL THE SECURITY GUARD PLEASE BRING THE TEASER PHOTO TO THE CLASSROOM NOW????

Where is this beautiful spot??????   It’s up to you to figure it out…………….that’s your mission and you can sit here in class and agonize over it – use the globe over on the bookcases, look something up in the enclopedias on the shelves, look for clues and do some searches……….but whatever you do, we hope to have a WINNER tomorrow in class.


Hmm…lunch or class….class or lunch…..hmmmm

What’s for lunch????

Alright all you hungry students – follow us…………………………everyone else – study!

Happy Tuesday Students.   I know you are working on that mystery photo today so I have lots of good lunch selections for you.   Eat up then go back and study so you can WIN!

Today’s Eatables:

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Good luck students – we’ll see you tomorrow for the TELL ALL (regular time!) 

Professor Angel Sammy and Professor Teddy