Mother’s Day Selfie

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A Mother’s Day Remembrance and Celebration!

Happy Mother’s Day!    We are joining up with The Cat On My Head to celebrate SELFIE SUNDAY but because of the special occasion, our selfie isn’t of ME, it’s of my Grandmom who I sadly never got to know.     My Mom’s Mom passed away in 2001 so I never met her.    My Mom says she remembers her Mom told her that she was often mistaken for some movie star when she was the age she was in this photo.   That’s a nice compliment if you ask me!    We think this photo was taken WAY long ago – even before she met my Mom’s Dad.    The photo above was found in my Grandmom’s jewelry box after she passed away and it looked like it had been cut out of a larger photo or maybe a yearbook?   We don’t know.

I’m guessing there will be a lot of Mom photos today as selfies because of the occasion…………..but even if you are doing a traditional selfie today of YOU, and you’d like to join in the Selfie Hop at The Cat on My Head, you can do that by clicking on their badge below, filling in the LINKY form and you’re IN!!

Moms are special people.   I’m grateful to have my Mom and my Dad…………!!

Moms are LOVE……….!  

Hugs, Teddy

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Bakin’ In Baconia!

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Good Morning Baconians!  Welcome to the Castle Kitchen!

Who doesn’t like pizza?    Nobody that’s who…………..so with that in mind I thought I’d give you an easy to make breakfast pizza recipe which of course includes our favorite food – BACON.    I added some additional yummy things like spinach and cherry tomatoes and while they make this EXTRA good, you really could just make this without them OR even make this with your OWN additional items – you can’t go wrong with this – add your favorite things (my favorite thing is bacon of course!)

Breakfast Bacon, Egg, Spinach/Tomato PIZZAS

Ingredients:     This makes FOUR pizzas

  • 1 cup (5 oz) all purpose or white whole wheat flour*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (not regular), drained if theres any liquid  (a note:  Greek yogurt is best but you CAN use any plain non-fat yogurt!)
  • handful spinach
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, chopped (YES of course you can use more bacon if you like……!!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Place a silicone liner on a large baking sheet or spray with oil if using parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk well.
  3. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  4. Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 20 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away).
  5. Divide into 4 equal balls about 3-3/8 oz each.
  6. Sprinkle a work surface and rolling pin with a little flour roll the dough out into thin ovals 7 to 8 inches in diameter and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Top with spinach, mozzarella and tomatoes, leaving the center open for the egg. Gently break an egg the center of each dough and finish with bacon.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the crust is golden and the egg is set. Season with salt and pepper.

Now doesn’t that sound simply DELICIOUS?     Pretty easy to make and oh so good.   Why not whip up a batch of breakfast pizza for Mom tomorrow on Mother’s Day?   What a treat THAT would be!

YES and plenty of it!!!

I know which I’d choose – how about you????????

HAPPY SATURDAY FROM THE CASTLE

It’s good to be King!

Monster Day!

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It’s Another Flashback Friday! 

No Friday Fill-Ins today so I thought I’d do another housecleaning post.   My Mom and Dad are cleaning today so I thought I’d pitch in – I am about as happy as Garfield is about it but hey – it’s only fair since I live here too right?????    I’ll just make a few calls to my friends and get a little HELP!

Maybe I’ll help by cleaning the sink??????

I’ll hang up the laundry!!

 

I’ll do vacuuming!

Yep – I’m your window man!

I’ve got the dishes covered (with my tongue)!

I’m a member of Teddy’s cleaning crew…..

I’m on the crew too and I’m in charge of toilet paper patrol!

Dad’s doing litterbox cleaning….

Mom’s doing some heavy stuff

This young lady did a LOT to help out!

So did this one!!!

WOW……………….what a team we have been today…………..this place looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself……………………….!

WE ARE DONE!!!!

I’m exhausted…….NAP TIME!

Mom!   No No No…….cleanliness is next to catliness remember!

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday!    Today’s my double purpose blog post………….first half I’m being THANKFUL for something and sharing it in the Blog Hop hosted by Brian and second half is Angel Sammy’s Poetry Challenge.     First up though is being THANKFUL.   Brian hosts this Thursday Hop and you can join in if you click his badge above and add your link!    What am I thankful for today?   I’m VERY thankful that I have been allowed to be an indoor AND outdoor kitty thanks to my “Kitty Holster” harness.    It keeps me calm and when I’m wearing it, I don’t RUN RUN RUN like I do if Mom decides to “unharness” me.    I have learned to be the perfect front porch guard which is what Sammy used to do.   I’m thankful he taught me that by whispering in my ear from the Rainbow Bridge.  He’s my Guardian Angel you know!

Now for the second part of my Thursday blog post, I will “cut and paste” Angel Sammy’s email transmission to me last night………………he has great wifi at the Bridge and sends us his Poem and message every single Thursday.   Ready?   Let’s see what kind of poem he did this week.

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Hello Poetry Friends (and non-poetry friends too!)

Thursday means poetry.    I gave you all a photo last week and your mission was to spend a week thinking about the photo and what it made you think of or feel and then writing a poem about the photo!   It’s fun.  You should TRY it if you haven’t joined us yet!     Then you can post it on your blog and tell us you did a poem giving us the link to it in our comments here so we can read it – OR you can write your poem in my comments!!    Easy Peasy right?    The photo I gave you last week to think about is below along with MY poem………

“Creatures From the Black Lagoon”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell    May 10, 2018

Eons and ages and centuries ago

When the earth was a much more primitive place

There were creatures of mammoth size you know….

With “not necessarily friendly” face!

They’d lumber around shaking the trees and ground

Their size was absolutely monumental!

Some roared with ferocity but some made tiny sounds

Like their voices were almost experimental!

They dominated the world until humans appeared

And they were stalked and hunted for their meat

The humans had weapons so they had to be feared

Conquering their size was quite a feat.

Eventually the dinosaurs disappeared

The world began to change

Other animals more tame and less feared

Began to roam the range

Humans made friends with smaller species of cat

Not as fierce as the tiger called sabertooth

Domestic and spoiled and THAT was THAT

And this story of mine is THE TRUTH!!

 

Ha ha……bet you didn’t see THAT coming right?    Well it was a fun poem to do……….and I hope you enjoyed looking at those dinosaurs and coming to some sort of brilliant idea about what to write – come on – share!    If I can do it so can you!    If you didn’t write one for THIS photo – maybe this photo which is NEXT week’s challenge photo will appeal to you.   Give poetry a try.  

I love this photo………..I hope it will inspire you in some way to write a poem about it for NEXT Thursday!   Until then, remember that I love all of you and miss all of you – and if you look up at the ceiling right before you fall asleep you just might see the flicker of Angel wings – it may be your own Angel or who knows – it might be ME stopping by to say goodnight.

Oui Oui – me in my French beret which inspires my POETRY!

Hugs, Angel Sammy

 

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Thank you Angel Sammy…………….I liked your poem this week………and I just want to say that even though I never KNEW you, I feel like I did and I MISS YOU.    I’ll look forward to reading your poem for next week.

Hugs to Everyone,

Teddy

Teaser Tell All Time!

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Time to “Tell It Like It Is”!

Come on in class and settle down – Professor Teddy and I will tell you the SCOOP about yesterday’s Teaser photo.

Ready to hear what’s what Professors!

Groovy – spill – we’re dyin’ to know the SCOOP.

First of all the photo was found by MY MOM…………..she went looking for a doozy and we think it actually WAS a toughie.   That is until the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER came along anyway.   But before we get to THAT, let’s talk FIRST COMMENTER.

Can I get a drumroll please???

WE ONLY HAD ONE FIRST COMMENTER!!!

That’s right – you heard me – only ONE commenter came during the first sixty seconds of our post going live yesterday.    Who was the lucky FIRSTIE?

It Was The Cat On My Head!

WOW!!!!   They were the only FIRST COMMENTER……

We were the FIRST COMMENTERS on the Teaser of May 8, 2018 AND we were the ONLY FIRSTIES!! YAY!

For you!!  Concatulations – that hardly EVER happens…….w

e’ve had as many as FIVE Commenters in the first minute.

Here’s the photo again from yesterday.    It actually was a little bit tricky unless you had BEEN THERE or you knew some interesting search terms to use on Google……….LOL

This my friends is Lima, Peru!!!

Who guessed this correctly FIRST?????????????????????

WAITING WAITING WAITING!

Miss CSILLA !!!!!! 

WOW – the CROWD is going WILD for you Miss Csilla!!!!!!!!

 

I was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of May 9, 2018! YAY!

JUST FOR YOU…………

There were a lot of others who figured out this was Lima, Peru and each of you smarty-pants gets one of these of your VERY own!    Just copy it and keep it to post if you like.

I guessed RIGHT but I wasn’t FIRST RIGHT on the Teaser of May 8, 2018

There were also some guessers yesterday who were WRONG – but good for you taking a leap and guessing……………you get one of these:

DARN! I was wrong with my guess on the Teaser on May 8, 2018 – maybe I can get it next time!!

YAY for everyone.   I thought it was a strange photo.   All those huge buildings above what looks like a erosion-prone wall of dirt but looking closely it COULD be a wall of stone?   If it’s NOT stone, it sure looks SOMEWHAT unstable…….it must be interesting to live on the edge…….great views but eeek.

Now Cheer Team – it’s your turn to shine……………………..

Ya win some, ya lose some that’s no lie
You laugh when you win but when you lose you cry
We were quite amazed to have ONE first commenter
It was CAT ON MY HEAD front and center!
Then we waited to see who would be first RIGHT
We hoped it would be soon and not late at night.
Miss Csilla arrived in class and guessed PERU
I bet you wish you’d guessed that too!
All we can say is we think that city
Could fall down that hill and it would NOT be pretty!
RICKY TICKY TOO
CONGRATS TO ALL OF YOU!

Thanks gang…….well done.    Miss Dingleberry is providing refreshments for us to celebrate another successful TEASER this week……………..she never lets us down……….and because it’s a nice not day after you eat lunch you can have some ICE CREAM for dessert!    Thanks Miss Dingleberry for making sure our tummies are full at Ding Dong School.

After I serve lunch to everyone I’ll meet you outside at my ice cream stand…………..

Students we will see you next week for Teaser!  Be purrrrrpared!

Your Profs…………!

 

Tuesday Teaser

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One ringy dingy….two ringy dingies…….hurry up students – time for class!

YIKES!   We’d better get dressed – the Profs will need us and Sarge is liable to be here any minute!

Welcome Class!   Are you ready?   Did you COMMENT?  

Hurry up and do that – you might be FIRST!

Today we are bringing out the Teaser photo for you as we always do on Tuesdays.   I hope your eyes aren’t blurry from too much TV last night or too much of anything ELSE last night!    You need to be on top of your game to “be a contender” for Teaser!

As always we will bore you all by telling you the rules YET AGAIN but it bears repeating because part of our class is teaching you how to be FAIR and HONEST right?  Right!

Tomorrow’s post will be our usual TELL ALL where we say who wins what – First Commenter, First Right Guesser, Right Guesser Not First, and of course WRONG Guesser.    Badges for EVERYONE!

I srudied VERY hard last night……Honest!

So did I ! I even fell asleep studying!

Good for all of you…………I think you take Teaser seriously just like Professor Teddy and I do…………….so shall we begin the festivities with a little cheer from the Cheer Team (who appear to be a little damp……hmmmmm).

We are here to shake our booty
Out of the tub all fresh and fruity
We heard you studied like good girls and boys
You didn’t play computer games or mess with your toys
You should be ready to give the Teaser a peek
If you do a good job Suzie will give your cheeks a tweak (not THOSE cheeks!!!!!)
So shine those glasses and pay attention
Or Marge will make sure you get detention!

Thank you Team!    You always get everyone in the mood for guessing where the photo was taken……………so with that in mind, let’s bring in our Security Guard who has kept the TOP SECRET photo chained to his wrist in a briefcase since last week!

Here is today’s Teaser Professor Sam and Ted

AH HA!!!!   Another city photo – these are sometimes pretty darn tough so c’mon students – give it your BEST SHOT!!!

Professors I just went to the vet yesterday and got my shots – I don’t want another shot!!!!

No we just meant “TRY YOUR BEST”………………OK?   No shots – we don’t like shots either.     Now who wants a snack?   Ready to eat?   Miss Dingleberry is ready to load us up with some wonderful treats from her Ding Dong Cafeteria crew.    After you eat you can go to recess but remember – don’t OVEREAT before getting on the monkey bars!

OK students…..we have a buffet for you today.   I’ve got my EYE on you so don’t be GREEDY!

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GOOD LUCK STUDENTS!!! 

See you bright and early tomorrow!  

Your Profs

SPARKS on Monday

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Monday!  Again!  Yep – it shows up regularly and we use it a lot as a “springboard” for launching the rest of our week.   So Monday is kind of important…….a fresh start maybe.    SPARKS Blog Hop is the idea of my friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader.   Her idea is to share an inspirational thought, photo, quote – something that might bring more LIGHT into this sometimes dark world of ours – so the Hop is our way of adding our feelings and sharing them.   Want to join us?  Please do – click her badge above and add your link.   We’ll stop by and see what SPARK you have for this Monday!

My SPARK this week is EVER so simple……………..it’s about LOVE.    Love is NOT complicated – or at least it doesn’t HAVE to be.   We can make it complicated or let it just be what it is – pure and simple and so very CLEAR if we just let it be what it is.    So without a lot of other flowery words, here is my message and my SPARK:

 

Delicate yes but also STRONG and CLEAR……………..

Happy Monday!

Hugs, Pam

 

Pre-Teaser Monday

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It’s Monday and time for us to get you all warmed up to face Tuesday and the challenge that Tuesday brings to students of geography at Ding Dong School!     YOU WOULD BE YOU!

ME??????

WHO – ME?????

YES – you, you and YOU!   All of you.    We need to remind you of the rules, show you what badges you can win and how, and feed you a good lunch or snack so you will have the energy to PAY ATTENTION in school tomorrow when it counts the most.   First a review of the rules:

Yes indeed – we want you to use your BRAIN to figure out the Teaser……just study the photo and you probably can figure it out every time.    Secondly, here are the badges you can win tomorrow!

Also, I must remind you that the post will appear in your inbox at a SURPRISE time so be alert…………..don’t stay up too late tonight……….and maybe YOU will be our FIRST COMMENTER!

I’m gonna study REALLY hard tonight….!

I bet you all would just LOVE to have a cheer from the cheer team to really get you in the mood for tomorrow – right?

Chick-a-Boom, Chick-a-Boom, Chick-a-BoomBoomBoom
We want everyone’s attention in the old classroom!
Tomorrow is the teaser so it’s comin’ soon….
Either you’ll be a star, or a big baboon….
We think if Sarge doesn’t get out of the hot tub room
He’s gonna turn into a BIG big bald prune!

Hey……WAITAMINUTE!   Why pick on me today????

Oh Sarge – at least they aren’t spreading rumors again about you and Marge!    Now let’s move onto something less contentious and serve up some of Miss Dingleberry’s SNACKS at the back of the room – that ought to cheer YOU and everyone up!

Alright my little rugrats I have a couple of sandwich platters TOO in case a snack doesn’t fill you up!

Roast beef, ham, turkey!

Chicken salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad!

Don’t forget – surprise time tomorrow!!   See you then!

Professors Angel Sammy and Teddy too………..

Sunday Selfie

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SUNDAY SELFIE TIME!

Sunday is here again and that means SELFIE time!   Every Sunday we join The Cat On My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop and this Sunday is no exception.    Why not join us?  Click on their badge above and fill out the LINKY form – that’s all there is to it and you can strut your stuff with us.

Mom and I were out in the front yard for a walk two days ago and it was hot hot hot – I took a break and hopped into the front garden which Mom says “really isn’t fit for photos” since she hasn’t weeded and mulched it yet BUT I like it just the way it is.   I like to get under the dwarf Japanese maple and hide.   Sometimes I’m invisible – sometimes not.   Later when things are blooming more, I will be the amazing invisible cat every time I go in there but just now – there are gaps in the “cover” !!

Here’s my photos before Mom got carried away with Lunapic:

And after she let Lunapic have its’ way with me this is what we wound up with:

For those of you who are gluttons for punishment – here’s a jigsaw of this photo – hope you have a load of patience with you today!   HAHAHA

CLICK HERE FOR PUZZLE!!

 

Happy Sunday, Teddy

Bakin’ in Baconia on Cinco de Mayo!

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Que pasa??   Welcome to the Temporarily Mexican Kitchen at Casa De Baconia!

Since it’s Cinco De Mayo, how could I possibly NOT show you how to make something fabulous involving bacon?    This is one most of you are familiar with but now you will know how to make them for yourselves!!     A couple of notes:  Avocado isn’t necessary but we are an avocado-loving household…….you don’t need kosher salt but it’s nice and chunky…….!

Ingredients:  (makes four tacos)

16 slices bacon, halved
Freshly ground black pepper
6 large eggs
1 tbsp. whole milk
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
kosher salt
2 tbsp. Chopped chives
1/4 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 avocado, sliced
Hot sauce, for serving
Directions
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Total Time: 0:45

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. In one corner, make a bacon weave with 8 halves of bacon each, creating a square. Repeat to make next three weaves. Season with pepper. Place an inverted baking rack on top to make sure bacon lays flat.
  2. Bake until bacon is crispy, 18 to 20 minutes. Working quickly, trim each square with a paring knife or kitchen shears to make a round shape.
  3. Meanwhile, make scrambled eggs. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs with milk until well incorporated.
  4. In a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. Pour egg mixture into the pan. Gently move the eggs around with a spatula, creating large curds. When the eggs are almost cooked to your liking, season with salt and pepper. Fold in chives and remove from heat.
  5. Assemble tacos: On a serving platter, fill the bacon taco shells with eggs. Sprinkle each with cheese, nestle in a few slices of avocado, and top with hot sauce.

Have a couple of these to start your Cinco De Mayo celebration and you’ll be ready to do the Mexican Hat Dance!!

I won’t keep you – I know you have places to go and things to do on this oh so special day……………..but whatever you do remember to enjoy this fun special day……………

Mexican Hugs, Teddy Ole’ !!

Ginger mustache or black curly???  Not sure – I tried on both for this post!  HAHAHA