SPARK on Monday

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SPARKS time again!   Every Monday in fact those of us who are participating in SPARKS post a little something to get the week started.  “SPARKS” was started by Annie McGuffy of McGuffy’s Reader but ended when her blog was hacked some time ago.  It was meant to be a way to start out each week with with a meaningful thought – something that spoke to each of us and hopefully everyone else who read it.    Sometimes we need a little “spark” in our lives and these posts were meant to at least be a PART of that effort.    Those of us who enjoyed sharing a SPARK with Annie have continued doing so on Mondays – and we hope one day soon Annie will be back blogging with us again.    Please feel free to post a SPARK of your own and let everyone know you have…….we get energy from each other that way!

Since I’ve been having a bit of a bout with patience lately, I looked for something that expressed that simply but honestly.    I found it in this:

Yep – that sums it up.    If it’s not meant to be, then try something else……….if you don’t reach your goal try another method of reaching it.   If you are impatient, it’s not your time!!    You would think at my age I would have learned to be more patient.   I really am VERY patient about most things but once in a while – rarely – I feel like I’m getting NOWHERE.    Then I remind myself that maybe it’s just not the right time for me?    Patience comes in handy!

Have a great week everyone…………………and try to be patient.  I will if you will.   (smile)

Hugs, Pam

 

Sunday Selfie Hop

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Happy Sunday………………time for the Selfies Hop hosted by our super good friends The Kitties Blue from The Cat On My Head.    Easy hopping – just post a photo of yourself – doesn’t get any easier than that right?    Link up on their site (click badge above) and look for the link.   We’ll see you there!

Yesterday it was a gray, ugly COLD and rainy day and I still insisted on my usual “fresh air” moment out on the front porch.    I was a little upset with Mom for allowing it to be a less than perfect day so even when she called me to look at the camera – I politely refused.    The best she could do were these two shots of stubborn little me on the muddy front porch.

I am upset – can you tell???   

I suggested she just pick one and go for it.    She decided to use the first one of my lovely stripey back and head to JAZZ up with Lunapic and prepare a puzzle with.    What do you think?

Mom used the “Storytime” Art Effect – I look pretty cool and so does my porch!

Then we did a puzzle…………….so have some fun if you are a puzzler – this one might be cool to do since a lot of the background is similar.   GOOD LUCK.

Just Click this “MINI-ME” of the photo and it will take you to the puzzle!

Happy Sunday

Hugs, Teddy

 

Bakin’ With Bacon And King Teddy

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Welcome to the Castle Baconia Kitchen!   Ready to cook???

I have a great main dish for you this time around.    If you’re a fan of chicken, you will be a fan of this recipe I think.    It’s not hard to make either and really delicious with almost any side dish you can think of.   Ready???

 

Honey Mustard Chicken With Bacon

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 level tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, (or 3-4 cloves crushed garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to season
  • 5 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs)
  • 1/2 cup diced bacon, trimmed of rind and fat (I used 4 small bacon rashers)
  • 1/3 cup cream (light or reduced fat) 
  • 1 cup milk (skim, 2% or full fat – almond milk may be used for a dairy free option)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (corn flour) mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large, shallow dish, combine the honey, mustard, garlic, oil and salt to taste (not too much salt if serving with bacon as the bacon will add a salty flavour when served). Coat chicken evenly in the sauce. Set aside.
  • Heat a nonstick pan (or skillet) over medium heat. Fry bacon until crispy; transfer to a plate. To the same pan, sear chicken fillets on each side in the oil left over from the bacon until just beginning to brown (about 3 minutes per side — not completely cooked through as we will finish them in the sauce).
  • Add any remaining honey mustard sauce into the pan along with the cream and milk. Bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally to mix the favours through the sauce (about 3 minutes), until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a warm plate.
  • Pour the cornstarch mixture into the center of the pan, mixing it through the sauce until it thickens. Place chicken back into the pan; coat with the sauce. Top with the bacon and garnish with parsley.

I know!  I was surprised how delicious this was too!

Take our word for it – it’s worth giving it a whirl.   You won’t be sorry (I hope!).

Enjoy my friends!   See you next week in the kitchen!   

King Teddy

The Eighth Annual Contest of WHATEVER

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Huh?   What is this contest we speak of?   Well for some years now we have been loyal followers of Evil Squirrel’s blog.    Always wacky, always fun, and for several years he has had a writing contest he calls the “Contest of Whatever”……….this is the 8th year for said contest and we have participated in and entered several of them.    Interested in hearing the background on this contest?   CLICK HERE.

The theme is always a challenge…………this year the theme is “X” – yes – that’s the theme – what does that mean?   Well I suppose anything you want it to.    I thought about this for WEEKS before this morning being struck by an idea – weird indeed but an idea nonetheless.    I therefore present my official entry which some of you won’t be surprised to learn is a poem!

 

“X” Challenge from Evil Squirrel, March, 2021 from Pam at onespoiledcat.wordpress.com

 

THE EXORCIST

The Exorcist’s job is quite a messy one

Green slime, rotating heads, just plain aren’t fun

Dealing with the devil is not for the faint of heart

Casting evil out of the possessed is quite an art!

Levitating bodies, foul language and smells

Knocking on the doors of the entrance to hell

Over time I should think it takes quite a toll

Most would seek early retirement from this dangerous role

I wonder if the Exorcist after years of his craft

Needs to be exorcized himself so he doesn’t go daft

Being an Exorcist’s Exorcist – now that boggles the mind

I wonder if getting a life insurance carrier is tough to find???


Evil Squirrel – thanks for continuing with this contest every year – it’s always a challenge but always fun.

Pam and the Star of our show……Teddy

Friendly Fill-Ins Hop

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Happy Friday!   Time for the Blog Hop known as Friendly Fill-Ins which is co-hosted by Four-Legged Furballs and 15andmeowing.     You can join us if you are interested – just click the badge above and link up.   What happens is each of our co-hosts give us TWO sentences with blanks for us to put OUR words in.    Easy right?   What does that do?  Well, it tells everyone a little bit more about YOU.    We learn more stuff about our friends……….that’s always fun.

Here are this week’s sentences and we’ve filled in the blanks – I say “WE” because Mom and I both participated this week.   If the blank is a word from Mom it’s in RED and if the word is mine it’s BLUE!

1. You don’t have to convince me to get the Covid vaccine – I’ve been signed up for months – just waiting, waiting, waiting for the call!
2. _Waiting to get the vaccine is causing me stress.    (slight exaggeration – I’m not really stressed – just anxious to get it!)
3. Speaking from experience, humans that have pets are usually very NICE people!.
4. Over time, my opinion of my vet has changed.    (I wasn’t sure who to trust when I went there the first time and now I know they are LOVE ME and take good care of me!!)

There you have it – Filling in by ME and MOM………..the dynamic duo!!!    Thanks for our co-hosts for fun sentences every week…………………..

This is how I spend time waiting – in my basket surrounded by toys!!   

Love, Teddy