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Bakin’ With Bacon and the King!


Greetings From The Castle!

Alright – some of you will probably GAG when you see what I’m making today – it’s not your “usual” smoothie recipe but it sure is tasty.    Really.   It has bacon in it so it can’t be all bad right?

Bacon Chocolate Smoothie

Yes that’s right……………….and I know you think that just couldn’t “work” but it does.    The recipe calls for coconut milk which may not be readily available to you but the coconut flavor is nice in this – however I’m sure if you used low-fat milk or 2% milk it would be just fine.



1 cup of coconut milk

1TB of cocoa powder

1TB of honey or maple syrup

1 banana

4 strips of cooked regular bacon (or 2 strips of thick bacon)

6-9 ice cubes


It’s so difficult.  (HAHAHA)     Throw everything in a blender and blend till smooth! Eat with bacon on the side – you know – the EXTRA bacon you made when you made the bacon for the smoothie???    YOU KNOW YOU MADE EXTRA!

This really is yummy.    But I will forgive you if you pass on this one because it just seems to strange.    You’ll just be missing out on a treat!!


Your King Wishes You A Baconized Weekend!


Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Here we go again on a THANKFUL THURSDAY sharing all the things we are thankful for this past week…………..if you’d like to join in this Hop – click Brian’s badge above and LINK UP to share.   Thanks so much Brian for hosting this wonderful chance for all of us to focus on the positive and the many things we have to be THANKFUL for in our lives.

It’s also Poetic Thursday which is Angel Sammy’s day to share a poem with us AND to give us a poetic challenge for next week in the form of a photo to inspire our poems!

I continue to be very thankful that Sawyer who was missing for almost a month is home again.   In fact there’s a party for him today at the Tabby Cat Club (calling all tabbies – if you’re not a member of the TCC – why not???).

I’m also thankful that today is a less humid day than the past few – we can all breathe better today – it may be HOT but it’s not humid.  YAY!!!!!

Let’s see what Angel Sammy wrote in his email to me last night shall we???



Hi Poetic Friends!

It’s Thursday and you know what that means…………..time to share your poems.  You know – the ones that you wrote during this past week that were inspired by the photo I gave you when we last met (last Thursday).    We use photos to give us ideas for the subject of our poems then share them RIGHT HERE every Thursday.    If you wrote a poem for the photo last week – let us know in comments.    We want to read it!

Here’s the photo I gave you to inspire TODAY’s poems from you and me…………..after the photo is MY contribution to Poetry Day today!

“So Many Books….So Little Time”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©July 28, 2021

Just imagine how many ideas are in these pages

Wisdom and entertainment passed down through the ages

Endless knowledge and inspiration is yours for the reading

The excitement of learning sets all hearts beating

Libraries are storehouses of every kind of book

You can use your imagination as you wander and look

So much to see in the shelves full of treasures

The enjoyment of reading brings infinite pleasure.


My Mom says she remembers as a little girl her favorite day of the week was when her Mom would take her and her brother to the library.   They could sit in the childrens room and look through all kinds of books while their Mom could peruse the shelves without having a kid tugging on her skirt to ask when they were leaving – because Mom and her brother LOVED being there.    They would stay all day if they’d been able to.    Mom’s love of books and reading took her to places she never dreamed – like writing her own mystery novel and childrens books later in her life.    Libraries are full of infinite possibilities for humans (and come to think of it, we cats have fun in old libraries keeping the mouse population down!!).    

SO – ready for your photo for NEXT week’s poetic inspiration?????   Here it is and you have a whole week to write a poem based on your thoughts about this photo:

Looks like an accident waiting to happen.   HAHAHA    Seriously – this one will be fun don’t you think?    We’ll find out what you think and what you say NEXT week when we meet right here to TALK POETRY.   Meanwhile, take care of yourselves…………remember you have Angels at the Rainbow Bridge watching out for you!

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

Angel Hugs,

Angel Sammy


Loved the poem Angel Sammy – Mom still has tons of books in her own library so I guess “once a book lover, always a book lover” !!    See you next week!

Love, Teddy


Tell All Class


Welcome to Tell All Class Students!

Officer Kitty reported that yesterday just before school opened, all of you waiting to get in were very orderly and considerate of each other and hardly anyone got into a fight over who was in line and who wasn’t.    We Professors want to thank you AND to tell you we all appreciate all the positive comments on the new FISH SCHOOL building and features.   It’s a nice place and we hope to be in it for many years to come!

NOW – let’s get down to business shall we?

“Yeah – let’s get on with the show – we just wanna know who gets a badge – oh – and have lunch too of course!”

Well thanks for putting us in our place Rodney.   Just don’t expect a gold star today for being polite in class!

When the doors to Fish School opened yesterday we had THREE (not seven or eight but THREE) students who arrived during the first sixty seconds school was open.    WHO?

“Did you call me????????????”

No but thanks for showing up anyway.   May we have a double drumroll as we announce our THREE FIRST COMMENTERS?


Congratulations ladies – you each get one of these:

WOW! I was one of THREE First Commenters on the Teaser of July 27, 2021! Goodie for me!

Now for information about the photo from yesterday.     Our GUEST TEASER was Frank Girolami whose blog Beach Walk Reflections HERE is a most enjoyable and relaxing as well as thought-provoking blog.     He’s also a great photographer so we’re happy to have contributions from him from time to time!!!  Before we forget, let’s give him his GUEST TEASER badge…….

I was the Guest Teaser on the post of July 27, 2021!

Here’s his wonderful photo:

This is the Grand Canal in Trieste, Italy

Here’s what Frank said about this beautiful place:

“Trieste has an interesting history. It was the main port for Austria-Hungary for hundreds of years. It was given to the Italians at the end of WW1. After Italy lost in WW2, the Yugoslavs wanted it, but they were tied to the Russians, so the UN created a Free Territory of Trieste that would be policed by the Allies.  In his Iron Curtain speech (1946), Winston Churchill stated an Iron Curtain would descend “from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic.” Therefore, some say UN establishing Trieste as a free territory was the start of the Cold War.”

Now would you like to know who was the FIRST to guess this city/country?    Let’s have another drumroll please………….


Congratulations to you and here’s your badge:

I was the first student to guess the Teaser photo CORRECTLY on July 27, 2021. YAY FOR ME!!!

AND – if you guessed right but weren’t FIRST, here’s your badge:

Gosh I DID guess the Teaser correctly on July 27, 2021 BUT I was NOT FIRST!

Were you WRONG with your guess?    YES there’s a badge for that:

I tried but I was WRONG with my guess on the Teaser of July 27, 2021. I’ll try HARDER next week!

“Boo Hoo Hoo…..I never win…..maybe if I studied once in a while I’d win???”

Absolutely right Malcolm – you just need to crack open a book once in a while and learn about the world and you’d win something too!!     At least you WIN a Wrong Guesser badge.

Now let’s bring on the Cheer Team for some cheer shall we??

Thank you Frank for a Teaser that was swell
We had FOUR students who did very well.
Three were FAST and FIRST and ONE was RIGHT
All four of them are now high as a kite!
Our FIRSTIES were three ladies isn’t that swell?
Ingrid, Janet and Sharon rang the WINNER BELL!
Then our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER showed up at the door
Miss Csilla has been FIRST RIGHT many times before!
Everyone did well for the first FISH SCHOOL Teaser
Thanks to Frank for a real TEASER PLEASER!

“Anyone who is overly depressed they didn’t get a badge, please stop by the dispensary”

So I guess all we have left now is to head to lunch – ready?   What a dumb question – of course you are – let’s go!

Day Two of Fish School….you know the routine – bring your try up to the line and enjoy a fabulous lunch!

Great Class everyone!   See you all NEXT Tuesday for more TEASER FUN!

All Aboard!   

Your Professors

Sunday Selfie Blog Hop


Gosh is it Sunday already?   Yep – calendar says it is so I guess it is!    Well it’s the day we share a selfie of ourselves on the Hop at The Cat On My Head and if you’d like to join us, click their badge above and link up with us.

It looks like it’s another FLASHBACK Selfie for me this Sunday as Mom has let me down in not taking any new photos of yours truly.    BUT flashbacks are fun and I’m going to see what I have in our files from this same date (or close) in the past…………

OK so it’s a bit silly and a bit blurry but it’s from July 22, 2017 so I was still a relatively little guy and hadn’t lived here long.  I’d already destroyed the lovely red “tent” Angel Sammy left behind but I sure did “love it to death” !!   In fact, I still have this thing and it’s flat as a pancake in the basement with my toys and I LOVE to just lie on it and use it like a very thin mattress!

Then of course Mom worked her magic (or should I say she worked LUNAPIC’s magic) on the photo and came up with this.   She used one of the “NEW EFFECTS” called “K2” to get this one that’s just a bit blinding.

We made a puzzle of this photo just in case you have some free time and need to fill it going nuts putting a puzzle together……………

Click This “Mini-Me” photo for the Jigsaw Puzzle and good luck!


Hope everybody has a super happy Sunday……………….ours will be happier now that The Cat On My Head has a “full house” again with their little wanderer Sawyer back home again after his adventure.    You can read about that adventure on their blog by clicking RIGHT HERE.    Sawyer tells what happened in his own words.    Amazing and true!

MMMM….delicious…..Sunday morning salad!   

Hugs, Teddy

Bakin’ With Bacon and King Ted


“Let’s Get Bakin’ Bacon Lovers!”


‘Tis I – your King – with something I do believe you’re gonna like.   How about a BACON CAKE………………yep – everything you dream about when you want something yummy that’s got bacon in it.  A DESSERT.   With all kinds of good and tasty ingredients in addition to bacon!    Ready to bake?   Let’s do this!

Maple Bacon Upside Down Cake


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 3/4cup butter
  • 1 1/2cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2/3cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2cup real maple syrup
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1box white cake mix
  • 1container (8 oz) sour cream
  • 1/2cup milk
  • 1/3cup vegetable oil
  • 3eggs
  • 1/2teaspoon almond extract


  • Heat oven to 350°F. In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Tear bacon into pieces; set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Meanwhile, in 13×9-inch pan, melt butter in oven.
  • Cook pecans in reserved bacon drippings over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Add brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla to pecans, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over butter in pan.
  • In large bowl, beat cake mix, sour cream, milk, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed; stir in almond extract. Pour batter over pecan mixture in pan.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down on pan; turn plate and pan over. Let pan remain over cake 1 minute so pecan mixture can drizzle over cake. Remove pan; sprinkle cake with bacon. Serve warm.


OK now – you have to admit – this really is an EASY cake to make and do I have to tell you how delicious it is or can you just SMELL it ????    It sure is tasty.   It’s also good for breakfast, lunch OR dinner.

You for sure will want to try this one – I know we’ve done other desserts with bacon but this one TAKES THE CAKE.    I know that’s corny but what can I say.   It’s TRUE!


Time to rest after bakin’!   

Your King – Teddy

Thank you Ann of ZOOLATRY for the fabulous poster!