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Bakin’ with Bacon and the King!

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Greetings from the Baconian Castle kitchen – ready for a great recipe?

I, your King, will favor you with yet another amazingly delicious “ball of yummy” – you’ll see why I’m calling it that when you see what we’re making today.    Kind of fun – and absolutely delicious.   A great football season snack, or honestly a great and FUN dinner item or “company’s coming” snack.    Oh baby are these good!

BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Onion Bombs

MEATBALLS

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 ” cube of cheddar cheese per meatball

ONION BOMBS

  • 5-6 large yellow onions
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • Additional BBQ sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix the the meatball ingredients together, omitting the cheese, in a large bowl with your hands until well combined. Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a sided cookie sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Slice the top and bottom off of an onion and peel off the skin. Cut the onion in half and now peel back the layers. Use the two sides of the onion and see how large you need to make your meatball. Stuff the meatball with the 1/2″ cheese cube and roll into a ball. Insert your meatball in the onion halves and make sure it fits nicely, not too small or too large.
  3. Wrap each of the onion bombs with 2-3 slices of bacon depending on the size of the bomb and secure with toothpicks. Bake on the prepared cookie sheet for 40 min. or until a thermometer reads 165F. Brush liberally with BBQ sauce and bake another 5-10 min.

Not such a toughie to make is it!    Not only that, they are beyond delicious.    If you like meatballs with BBQ sauce or anything even remotely LIKE that, you’ll love these.    Don’t get too hung up in the “onion assembly” part of putting these together – as long as the meatball has onion “around” it – even if the sides don’t match, SO WHAT – you’re gonna wrap it up in bacon anyway.  The onion is a great wrap for the meatball……….and the bacon holds it all together then slather it up in BBQ sauce (save some for a bowl on the side for dipping) and you’re in HEAVEN in no time.

Football snack right?   That’s what we think anyway………….but you probably could eat these for breakfast and love them too.

I don’t have to think – I know which way I’m goin’  !!  How about you ??

King of Baconia……and I hereby issue an order that all in the Kingdom try a new baconized recipe soon – expand your horizons – enjoy your bacon!!

King Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Greetings fellow cats!   Time for us to fill in the blanks…………………every week our co-hosts, 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs give us two sentences each to fill in the blanks.   When we fill in the blanks, we wind up telling a lot of stuff about ourselves and that’s what makes it so much fun!

Here are this week’s sentences from our co-hosts and this week I decided I would fill all the blanks in by myself with no help from Mom!    My own words are in BLUE.

 

1. Never have I ever run away from home – Mom and Dad keep a close eye on me when I’m outside.
2. I won’t eat a cricket again.  (After eating several of them this past summer and barfing, I decided there are better snacks than crickets!)
3. I believe I have good knowledge of how to get my way with my Mom AND my Dad (but don’t tell them I said that).
4. Our car is my worst enemy. (Whenever I am put into it, it takes me to the vet so I don’t trust it……I also do NOT like seeing things go whizzing by outside the windows)

Ta Da!   All done and I did them all by myself………well Mom had to use her fingers on the keys but I dictated my answers.    We are a good team………….Speaking of that, I think it might be time that I went to find her and get her to take me outside.   Earlier this morning we were out but I saw some deer in the woods and they kind of scared me.   Don’t tell anyone I said that though or they will think I’m a weeeeenie!).
Happy Friday!

Hugs, Teddy the Dirtball

 

Thankful and Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday everybody.    Thanks to Brian for a chance to share what we’re all thankful for – and if you want to do that as well, just click his badge and link up.    I have a BIG Thankful today involving my Dad.   He’s been waiting to get some health issues answered and we now know that while he does have some things that need to be handled, nothing is URGENT and nothing is in what we’d call the “SCARY” department!    So that is a huge relief for all of us.    It’s also my BIGGEST Thankful this week.

Angel Sammy sent his poem and message to us from the Bridge…………I’m always thankful for that!    Here’s what we received………..ENJOY!

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Greetings Friends! 

I know today is a big day in the blogosphere – even though I’m not an earthly presence these days, I do know what’s going on THERE and it’s “TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY”!    Just for grins, here are some old photos of me from previous celebrations of this FUN day:

Well now I’m an ANGEL instead of a PIRATE and this costume (wings) that I wear now is more fun.    To all of my friends there, have fun with this special day.    Now let’s talk POETRY!

I hope you have written one for last week’s photo – if not – give it a try – I think you will enjoy it.   You’ll get hooked – it’s hard not to.    You’ll be proud of yourself for even attempting to write a poem.   You’ll see……………..!    Here’s the photo I gave you, and my poem follows.

“A Tough Life”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©September 18, 2019

A glamorous life on a ship at sea

As a wee lad I thought so happy I would be

But this pirating life has been harder than hard

Aces are high but we don’t hold that card

We take what we want, no matter the cost

Regardless of how many lives may be lost

We plunder and pillage and destroy without thought

Of the ruin in our wake and the pain we have wrought

The bounty below decks may sparkle and shine

But death to all pirates who try to take mine

Suspicion and distrust follow us wherever we go

How many lives we’ve destroyed we don’t even know

But as of today after a life full of fire

I’m laying down my sword and will finally retire!

 

OK so maybe I finished that poem with a bit of a smile.    That’s OK.    I think anyone who has studied history knows that being a pirate was not full of glamour – it was TOUGH and certainly most pirates never got old enough to actually retire – they were killed in battle or died from disease or even walked the plank on some other pirate ship!     Anyway, I hope you all had some fun with this photo – I sure did.    Ready to see next week’s poem?   You have a whole week to come up with a poem for this one.

My Mom said she could almost smell the wonderfully fresh and delicate aroma of these flowers………….reminds her of the Parisian flower shops she saw and in fact this IS a photo of a flower shop in Paris.   Have fun with this one………………………it definitely evokes some feelings right?

I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you will have a fun “Talk Like A Pirate Day”…………………one of the many things I miss about being there – although I am always “there” in the places that matter – like the hearts of my family!

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

See you next week!  Until Then – Give Someone A Hug……it’s SOOOO worth it!   

Love, Angel Sammy

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Gosh Angel Sammy, you never fail to come up with a fun poem………………..I wish you were here with us – SO MUCH and I know Mom and Dad wish that too.    One day we will all be together.

Love, Teddy

Arrrrgh Mateys! Time for a Tell All!

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Arrrggg Me Mateys!   ‘Tis time for Ye Olde Tell All!

You’ll have to put up with this language today – Why?   Well all across the Blogosphere tomorrow is TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!   Since school is not in session tomorrow, we are celebrating Pirate Day a day early!    Try not to notice please that we have cowboy bandanas on instead of some sort of pirate gear – blame the Graphics Department!!

We told our Security Team they didn’t need to dress up today – besides we thought the pups-in-training might wiggle out of their pirate costumes and we didn’t want to lose them.   Right Clowie?

Besides you all look GREAT in your uniforms!!!!     

I see some of you have dressed up today for the occasion.    Try not to let that interfere with what we’re here for today – to tell you about yesterday’s Teaser and WHO WINS WHAT BADGES!

You look suitably THREATENING as pirates!   

Let’s get down to business now………….WHO was our FIRST COMMENTER yesterday?    Extra fast – popping in the SECOND our post went LIVE???????

TELL US WHO?????

TIMMY THE PIRATE!!

 

I’m a lucky Pirate! I was the FIRST COMMENTER on the Teaser of September 17th for Pirate Day!!

Congratulations!  You will not have to walk the plank today!

Here’s the photo we gave you to agonize over yesterday…………………

This photo was not from our Guest Teaser person but it was SUGGESTED by our Guest Teaser person some time ago and we just got around to taking her suggestion!    I’ll tell you WHERE and WHAT this is then who our Guest Teaser was.     This is the FAMOUS “Snoopy Rock” in Sedona, Arizona!     Why “Snoopy” ?    Well it looks just like the famous beagle when he would relax on top of his dog house…………..don’t you think?

The story is that a Japanese tourist said he thought the formation of rocks looked like Snoopy and he was RIGHT!      Who was our GUEST TEASER who suggested this photo?

Whoooooo was it??

Miss Sharon from Friends Furever – Thank You!!

Now let’s get on with the other badges – would you like to know who our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER was?????

Of course you scaliwags – who was it????

Da Phenny Da Pirate !!!   This is for you!

We pirates were FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Pirate Post for Teaser on September 17, 2019!

GO PIRATES GO!!!!

Did you also guess correctly?   There were several of you who did……..and each of you may take a copy of this badge to celebrate with:

I guessed RIGHT on the Pirate Day Teaser of September 17, 2019 but I was not FIRST RIGHT so I have to walk the plank!

And if you guessed but were WRONG?   This one is for you!

I must walk the plank because my guess was WRONG on the Pirate Teaser of September 17, 2019!

Our Cheer Team is of course ready to entertain you and cheer for the winners today!

Here we are in our pirate gear
Just in time for a pirate cheer
We know tomorrow pirate ships will sail
But we won’t be here to tell the tale
We say “Arrrrgg” to all of yesterdays winners
You all are pros not beginners!
Pirate Timmy was FIRST COMMENTER and he’s always fast
Then we saw the RIGHT GUESS before much time had passed.
Who was that Pirate you may want to know?
Why it was Captain Phenny and his pirate show!
We all have fun playing make believe
Rough and nasty pirates with FUN up our sleeve!
Happy Pirate Day tomorrow and enjoy yourselves
Soon it will be Christmas and we’ll have to be ELVES!

Thanks Team……….have fun at your party.   Don’t hijack any ships or steal any booty – just remember you represent Ding Dong Sheep School and our reputation is at stake!

Anyone who questions our reputation gets a taste of my trusty sword!

Thanks Sarge.    We knew we could count on you!    Now who’s up for lunch???????   Follow us!

Ahoy Me Mateys – welcome to the cafeteria – are you ready to walk the plank up to the serving line?????

Our Food Fit For a Pirate Menu:

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We hope all of you have a fun Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow but it was fun celebrating a day early in class too!!

Your Pirate Professors, Angel Sammy and Teddy

Tuesday Teaser Class In Session!

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Greetings Students!   You may enter and COMMENT!

Our ACE perimeter and school grounds patrol group reports that all is well and they will continue to patrol while we are in session.   Isn’t it a wonderful SAFE feeling having them around?????  (and besides – they’re all adorable).

I feel safe and secure………I also think Clowie is very attractive!  Hubba Hubba……..

I agree about Clowie…..I’ve never been attracted to woofies but there’s something about a girl in a uniform!

OK now let’s get down to business………………..today’s Teaser was suggested by one of our classmates’ Mom although the photo we are using isn’t from her.    So we are giving her credit as our GUEST TEASER and she will get a special badge tomorrow in class.

Here are the rules for guessing today……….AND the badges you might win!

And since Thursday is “TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY” in the blogosphere, we have pirate-themed badges for you to win and for us to pass along tomorrow (even though it’s a day early!):

Some of us will be in pirate costumes by order of the Principal for class tomorrow so no giggling – got it?????

Let’s quickly (!) bring in our Teaser Security guard to show you today’s photo shall we????

Here’s today’s Teaser photo Professors!

OK GANG – here’s your Teaser – Where SPECIFICALLY was this photo taken?????  Hmmmm???   

Time for the Cheer Team to be front and center and get you all in the mood to figure the Teaser out………..you  might think you know this one but be sure before you GUESS OK???????

We’re flying by on our way out for a cruise
We hope you’re all winners because you don’t want to lose!
Study the photo until your eyes go blank
You know if you’re wrong you’ll be walking the plank!
We’ll be back tomorrow in our pirate gear
We’ll be carrying swords so you’d better stay clear!

OK girls…………enjoy your rides – it’s a beautiful day……….I’m sure you’ve inspired everyone to do their best when they make their guess – nobody wants to walk the plank in shark-infested waters on some deserted island right?

WHAT??????  SHARKS??????? 

OK students – let’s head to the cafeteria for lunch……………………..and then you can come back and study for tomorrow’s TELL ALL CLASS!

Happy Teaser Tuesday Students…..time for you to have lunch and get up the energy to GUESS the Teaser!

What’s On The Menu:

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GOOD LUCK STUDENTS!  See you bright and early in class tomorrow! 

 THE PROFS

SPARKS on Monday

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It’s Monday and time to start the week off with a SPARK!   What exactly IS this Monday SPARK thing we do?   Well, most of you know that Annie of McGuffy’s Reader – who started SPARKS – was hacked and has been on an extended break from blogging although her idea to spread some inspiration on Monday of every week goes on.   Many of us who participated in her SPARKS Blog Hop and found value in sharing a thought on Monday continue doing that to hopefully give each other a “Monday boost” – perhaps something to think about to inspire us in the week ahead OR help us deal with something that’s on our mind.    Why not join us by sharing something that SPARKS you?   It might just start a spark in us too.

I have what might be called a SPARK with a smile this morning………………..thinking about aging – which I find that I do more than I thought I would when I was much younger.    Can’t help it though – achy bones, wrinkles and gray hair – they mean little to me really in the scheme of things – after all I’m alive and there have been occasions when I wasn’t sure I would be much longer!    Anyway I do enjoy this quote from George Bernard Shaw and I hope you do too – even if aging isn’t on your mind!

 

 

So Don’t Stop Laughing…..!!

Hugs, Pam

P.S.  Teddy says don’t forget tomorrow is Tuesday Teaser day!

Sunday Selfie Hop

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Hello Hoppers!   Time for the Selfie Hop hosted by our buddies and pals at THE CAT ON MY HEAD.    Want to have fun with us?   Click the badge above and link up!

I’m doing my usual FLASHBACK SUNDAY selfie………………I look back in our photos files and find something CLOSE to this date in one of the last two years I’ve lived with my Mom and Dad and VOILA – FLASHBACK SELFIE!

Today’s FLASHBACK is from September 10, 2017 which means 8 months after I was adopted.    I was already suspecting the camera was spying on me…………….Mom added a Lunapic filter to this one and came up with this little gem (thank heavens I didn’t have anything stuck in my nose when she snapped this one!)

Talk about close-up……………well that’s about as close as it can get without me swallowing the camera.     Anyway, for those of you who want puzzles on Sunday, I’ll give you one!!   Ready?

Just click on this MINI-ME and you can go crazy doing my puzzle today!

 

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!   

Love, Teddy

Bakin’ with Bacon and the King!

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Greetings from Castle Baconia!  I’m with Chef Raz again today!

Yes Chef Raz is helping me out again today in the kitchen because he brought us a FABULOUS recipe that absolutely HAD to be this Saturday’s featured recipe.    I just knew he’d enjoy making this for you to try.    We are the DYNAMIC DUO of Baconia’s kitchen today…………….

What are we making?

Cheesy Bacon Dill Pickle Cheeseball

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Bacon, Cooked and Crumbled (YES – a WHOLE POUND!!!!!!!)
  • 5 Green Onions, Diced
  • 12 Ounces Cream Cheese Softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1 Cup Chopped Dill Pickles
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Place the softened cream cheese in a large bowl and stir in the pickle juice and garlic powder until smooth.
  • Stir in the chopped pickles, cheddar, and half of the crumbled bacon until well combined.
  • Use your hands to shape the mixture into a ball.
  • Pour the remaining crumbled bacon and the diced onion in a single layer on a large plate.
  • Roll the cheese ball into the bacon and onion mixture until coated on all sides.
  • Serve immediately or cover in an airtight container for up to 2 days before serving.
  • Serve this with your favorite chips, crackers, and veggies.

 

I have to admit that the Royal Mom is not a big fan of dill pickles but with the salt and cheese and onions in there – the pickles added JUST THE RIGHT TOUCH!    Chef Raz and I highly recommend this as a snack in your own castle.    Would we lie to you?   Heck no!!!

Thank you Chef Raz for joining me again in the Castle Kitchen today…………..it was a pleasure…………now – LET’S EAT!!!

Happy Caturday with a side of bacon!!     

King Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Time for Friday’s Friendly Fill-Ins!     This week Four-Legged Furballs gave us ALL four sentences with blanks because Miss Ellen at 15andMeowing is taking a little time off to be with one of her kitties who isn’t feeling well just now…………….so if you click the badge above – you go to Four-Legged Furballs and you can link up there if you want to join us!     This week Mom and I decided to do the filling in together.    If the words are MINE, they are in BLUE and if they are Mom’s they are in RED .

 

1. Watching Teddy play never fails to improve my bad mood.
2. I feel out of place rarely – I can fit in most anywhere if I want to!.
3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with Squeeze-Ups treats.
4. If you ask me, being HAPPY keeps the doctor away.

We’re sending lots of hugs to Miss Ellen and Noel at 15andMeowing and hope that Noel is comfy and as happy as Miss Ellen can make her feel.    My Mom says getting old is no fun but that also goes for us kitties.    Angel Sammy taught me that!
Have a super duper Friday and weekend!

Good Day For Enjoying the Grass!     

Love, Teddy

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday everyone – our day to be both Thankful and Poetic.    Thankful always comes first – it’s much more important anyway that we give thanks for all we have.   If you would like to join in the gang who gets thankful every week at Brian’s blog, please just click the badge above and link up with us.   Easy.    Share what you’re thankful for.   I know for us at my house, yesterday’s 9/11 remembrances reminded us again to be thankful for being safe and secure.   We hope nothing like the 9/11 tragedy ever happens again and are thankful that so very many people contributed to the rescue, rebuilding, and memorial efforts at all three locations that were devastated on that terrible day.   I say “people” but I actually should say “people and animals” because so many dogs helped find the living and the dead.

The Poetic part of today is thanks to Angel Sammy.    He always loved writing poetry (usually with Mom!) and even after he went to the Bridge he decided to carry on thanks to his wifi connection at the Rainbow Bridge by sending us an email containing his poem of the week based on the photos he gives everyone.   He tries to find some cool photos to spark everyone’s imagination then on Thursday everyone SHARES their poetry!    Here’s his email from last night:

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Happy Thursday my Poetic Friends!

Time to gather together and share our poetry.    I look forward to Thursday every week because it’s so much fun to read what you’ve come up with based on the photos I give you; sometimes silly, sometimes serious, sometimes thought-provoking but I do try to mix things up and make it something for you to look forward to.

Which reminds me – just a little note about the photo that I will be giving you today for NEXT Thursday.    Next Thursday is a big day for pet bloggers because it’s “TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY”………there are always blog parties and costumes and lots of fun so I found a very cool “pirate themed” photo which will be your inspiration for NEXT Thursday’s poem.   I bet you all can come up with something interesting based on the photo I’ll give you AFTER I show you last week’s photo and my poem!   Ready?

“What The Heck IS That?”

poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©September 11, 2019

You say it’s called a velomobile?

Are you positively sure that it’s for real?

Recumbent bike with a cover on top

I guess you can’t speed and get stopped by a cop!

If it rains I suppose you won’t get all wet

But just imagine the strange looks you’ll get!

If you want to ride your bike in rain, sleet or snow

Just pop on the top and away you go!

You can make your own cover or buy one it seems

For gas-free transportation – the ride of your dreams!

For getting around in your neighborhood or small town

I suppose it’s the cheapest transport around!

No worries about maintenance, gas or oil

Your feet and legs get a workout as they toil!

My only question – which I hope you don’t hate…..

Is how the heck do you use this if you go out on a date?????

 

HAHAHA.   OK – I got silly but it was fun to write a poem about such a clever thing.   My Mom exercises on a recumbent bike at the gym where she belongs and loves it better than riding an actual bike.   She also said than when she and my Dad have been in Europe they saw quite a few of these – you could rent them for the day to get around on your own and they saw people riding them in the parks, streets, on the sidewalks.    So if you wrote a poem about this funny little “machine” – let us know you did in COMMENTS here so we can find your poem and enjoy what you thought as you look at the photograph!

Now here’s the photo for NEXT Thursday which as I said is “TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY”………………

Oh boy – this guy looks like a SERIOUS pirate doesn’t he.   I would not want to run into him on the high seas!   Let’s see what you do with this one……………………..

In the meantime, have a good week ahead………………I’ll look forward to seeing you next Thursday – same time, same place, same poetic fun.

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

Remember, love is forever…………..   

Hugs, Angel Teddy

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Thank you Angel Sammy!  I’ll look forward to hearing from you again next Thursday unless of course you visit me in my dreams!

Love, Teddy