Sunday Selfies Hop

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Hello and Happy Sunday everyone!    Time for the Selfie Hop hosted by The Cat On My Head.    Everyone who wants to Hop long can just click the badge above and join in the fun.    I’ve been doing flashback Selfies for a while now……..and I have been enjoying seeing ME a year ago.    Hopefully you have too.   I will try to get Mom to take some more “NOW” photos although I honestly haven’t changed a bit.   I’m still a big boy and I’m still ginger (hahaha).

Here’s my FLASHBACK Selfie for today…………….This was a photo of me that Mom jazzed up a but which was taken on January 7, 2017.

It’s still one of my favorite napping spots in the whole house.    Mom doesn’t remember what Lunapic effect she used for this – OR whether or not she did a puzzle from it like she often does on a Sunday Selfie, but just in case she didn’t, she’s done another one and if you click the MINI-ME below you’ll go to Jigsaw Planet and have some puzzle fun!!

Click for the puzzle!!

 

Now, in another bit of news, one of my besties – Cooper Murphy – who just so happens to be a Kitties Blue kitty from The Cat On My Head AND a fellow Ginger, is having his GOTCHA DAY celebration today so please be sure and stop by to wish him a happy one.   GOTCHA DAY is a great day to celebrate – the day we luck out and find our forever with a family who loves us a lot!    If you click HERE you can go there and wish him well……..

As you can see from his photo above, Coop is a “back sprawler” like me.    We’ve got that position DOWN……don’t we?

HAPPY SUNDAY!!   Teddy

 

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Bakin’ With Bacon In Baconia

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Greetings from the kitchen at the Castle Baconia…..I am your King – and I have taken over the kitchen for another Saturday Bacon Delight Recipe!

Yes I intend to continue sharing bacon deliciousness in this new year and as we all know, there are plenty of recipes to go around for years to come.    Some of the recipes I bring to you are oldies but goodies and some SOUND crazy but they are always yummy.   This week’s is a “staple” around our house…………!!

Bean With Bacon Soup (yes….a classic!)

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package dried navy beans

  • 9 cups water
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Boil the beans in 9 cups of the water and then let sit for one hour. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon to your desired texture (it can be soft or crisp, whatever you prefer) and drain except for 1/4 cup grease. Coarsely chop the bacon.
  3. Add the onions and celery to the reserved grease and bacon and saute until soft, do not drain. Add the chicken base or cubes, 4 cups water, beans, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and cloves, and simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice. Serve.

 

You better believe it.    Dad starts a big old fire in the morning in the fireplace – Mom starts the soup pot going with all these delicious aromas wafting through the house and I, King Teddy, get my little bit of bacon to chew on all day if I like because – after all – I am the KING!!!!!

Anyone for bean with bacon soup for SOOPER Bowl Sunday?   Start saving up your recipes for the big day!

Great catch!!!!

We at Castle Baconia wish you a happy weekend!

The King………………..

Friendly Fill-Ins!

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Friday – time for Friendly fill-ins!    This is a Hop co-hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs and YOU can join us if you like!    We get four sentences with blanks and all we do is fill them in and SHARE our sentences.   Amazing what you can learn about someone you know (!).    If you want to join – click the badge above and do it!!

Mom and I both filled in this week………………my fill-ins are GREEN and Mom’s are BLUE.

 

1. Looking back, is a monumental project for me at age 71 – there’s a lot to look back on BUT I wouldn’t change ANY of it.

2. Chocolate is a treat I give to myself.
3. A new skill I want to learn is NOT running off if Mom lets me go outside without my harness – I’m a big boy now – I’ll be THREE in March – I’d like to go out WITH Mom and Dad but not be “tied” to them (the chances are slim this will ever happen though!).
4. One bad habit I want to stop is breaking my favorite fish toy – it’s in two halves and I like to bite it and pull it apart then hide the parts – Mom gets frustrated looking for the parts so I SHOULD stop doing that!!!.
There you have it – sentences filled in by me and my Mom……………..Thanks to our co-hosts we’re starting another year of filling in the blanks.    Even if you think you know EVERYTHING about someone – you usually don’t!    This is a fun way to find out things about each other.   Join us!

Hugs, Teddy

 

 

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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The first THANKFUL Thursday of the new year.   I am thankful that I’m starting out the new year HERE with my Mom and Dad in a cozy house with a big yard.   I’m thankful that the tree that popped up in our library a few weeks ago and that I could lie under and watch blinking lights is now resting in a big bag in the basement until Mom and Dad put it back up for ME next year.   I’m also as always thankful for all my friends – I realized when we took all the Christmas cards down that I got WAY WAY more of them than my Mom and Dad did (!)

Angel Sammy celebrated his birthday at the Bridge yesterday with all his Angel friends but I’m thankful he still found time to send me his poem for Poetic Thursday.    I hope you are going to start off the new year by participating in Thoroughly Poetic Thursday inspired by the fun photos he finds for us to use as inspiration!

Here’s the email I got from him last night!

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Happy New Year my friends!

Hope you all are ready for another exciting year – we at the Bridge are of course going to continue to work behind the scenes to keep you all happy and safe.    We’ll continue to see you in your dreams as always.   

So did any of you write a poem for this week’s photo?   I thought it was a sweet and fun photo and I hope you did too.  If you did write a poem, let us know in the comments here on Teddy’s blog and give us your link – we’ll visit you and read your poem.   If you didn’t write one – why not make this the year of the poem for yourself.  Be creative – have some fun.

Here’s the photo I gave you last week to inspire this week’s poem.   My poem follows……….

“Wheeeee!”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    January 2, 2019

Momma, Momma, Momma – just look at me!

I’m skating like a big girl and I’m not even three!

My baby shoes are scuffed from taking a few falls

But Momma’s always there to pick me up when I give a call.

My dimpled knees have a scar or two that will be there when I’m old

When my own little girl has roller skates and my stories are being told!

Of scooting along like the big kids on skates and screaming with delight

Of my Momma picking me up for a hug and squeezing me ever so tight.

These innocent and wonderful times I hope I remember all my days

I hope they all flash before my eyes as I pass into the eternal haze……..

 

Ta Da!    That little girl has such joy – I started out wanting to capture it but it kind of turned into a reflection as I wrote.   That often happens when I do my poems.    I have an idea but as I put it into words it takes a direction all its’ own.    That’s one of the GREAT things about writing though !!!   

I have a photo for you for NEXT week’s poem.    Please give it a try.   I promise you will enjoy it.    Poetry takes so many forms.    You can choose your own.   Freeform – rhyme or no rhyme……just let the photo take you somewhere in your imagination and put that feeling into words.    When I found this photo below I had all kinds of thoughts…….Is this guy wondering how on earth he wound up with this job?    And what IS his job?!?!?!

Anyway, have some fun with it and share your poem with all of us NEXT Thursday.    I’ll send mine to Teddy to share with you!    Have a good week…………full of smiles and lots of HAPPY.

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

Love to all of you………..Angel Sammy

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Thanks Angel Sammy………………….I wish I could have spent your birthday with you yesterday – we would have been QUITE a team wouldn’t we?

Love, Teddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaser Tell All

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Greetings Students!    Sure was a mighty fine Teaser wasn’t it?    Who knew there were so many heart-shaped lakes, ponds and swimming holes in the world??   We sure didn’t but obviously a lot of YOU did!     But we’ll talk about that in a minute……………first up is FIRST COMMENTER………..

WHO WERE FIRST COMMENTERS????

We had TWO – and they were:

Miss Sharon of Friends Furever and Miss Jackie of Two Devon Cats

WHOOP WHOOP WHOOOP for Miss Sharon and Miss Jackie!!

GOSH – I tried to be here early but my alarm didn’t work!

Here’s your FIRST COMMENTER badges ladies – you each get one of these little gems!!

I was one of TWO First Commenters on the New Years Day Teaser of January 1, 2019 !

Dang! Mom didn’t let me out of my crib in time to be a FIRSTIE!

Then we kind of waited to see just how confusing the Teaser Photo could be…………………….and it was – people obviously knew it was a heart-shaped watering hole but WHERE?!?!?!   There were about a gazillion of them in images if you googled “heart-shaped lake”………yep – it was a great photo.    Here it is one more time and we’ll tell you WHO sent it in for us to use:

This is a GREAT photo of the Killarney Glen which is part of Back Creek in Queensland, Australia.    A really beautiful spot for sure – here’s some info about the location  CLICK HERE !

Our GUEST TEASER was Sharon of Friends Furever and we thank her SO MUCH for this gorgeous photo – it was a nice way to celebrate New Year’s Day with a BIG HEART that we hope translates into LOVE all around in the new year.    This is your Thank You badge Miss Sharon:

My fabulous photo was featured on the Tuesday Teaser of January 1, 2019!

Don’t keep us in suspense – WHO WAS FIRST RIGHT GUESSER????

OK – our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER was………………….

Miss Jackie of Two Devon Cats!!!!!   She’s a double winner today!

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!!

Here’s your special FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on New Years Day badge Miss Jackie!!!

I was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the New Years Day Teaser of Jan. 1, 2019!!

AND – there were several other students who ALSO guessed this one correctly – if you were one of the lucky ones – please grab a copy of this badge for yourself:

And of course if you guessed but were WRONG, you get a special New Years Day Greenie:

POOEY…..GREENIE FOR ME!

ME TOO!

Well we can’t ALL be winners you know…………..someone has to begin collecting the 2019 Greenies starting today!!

Cheer Team – how about cheering for the winners!!

The New Years Day Teaser was quite a whopper
You might even say it was a real show stopper!
Our First Commenters were sharp – we had two on the ball
Sharon and Jackie got here ahead of you all!
Then we waited to see who would figure it out first
If we’d held our breath our lungs would have burst!
But finally she arrived with the right guess in tow
Miss Jackie was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER and she stole the show!!!

We hope everyone had fun with the first Teaser of the year.   Remember we took a poll to see if you wanted to continue with Pre-Tease Monday in the new year and the votes came in and more of you wanted to keep up with the Pre-Tease than didn’t so we WILL continue.

The other thing is that some of you aren’t sure that’s REALLY Miss Dingleberry in the cafeteria – maybe a relative – but it’s REALLY HER!    She had a great deal of plastic surgery done (obviously) and as long as her surgeon did as good as job as he APPEARS to have done, all will be well.   Time will tell.    (cough cough)

Speaking of cafeteria – who’s up for lunch????????

It’s really ME students!   I had my body and my personality perked up just for YOU!  Well, I also might have done it because we have a new school cafeteria supervisor for all the Ding Dong Schools in the county…….and……well……here’s his photo:

So, students, I might look better but I’m just as shallow as I ever was…….now who’s up for lunch???

TODAY’S MENU:

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Your Profs!!

Tuesday Teaser New Years Day!

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Happy New Year Students!!   Time to COMMENT!!

Gosh Teddy, is it just me or do we have a lot of missing students this morning????

Yep – looks a little EMPTY out there………………where is everyone?     Oh wait – I hear some activity in the hallway……………..

Alright you students – get in that classroom! You’re LATE!

uhoh

Yipes

YES MAAAAAAM!!

Professors I saw these three trying to sneak down the hallway – I think we have a lot of students who did TOO MUCH PARTYING last night and not enough studying!!

Thanks Marge…….we’ll take care of them now.

Students we are a bit disappointed in you BUT it was New Year’s Eve so we’ll give you a break and not give you any demerits to start off the new year.    Instead, we’ll give you your Teaser photograph and you can hope for the best!    Here’s your rules refresher and the badges you MIGHT win if you stay awake long enough to guess today!

Professors, SOME of us studied last night and did NOT party!

I studied ALLLLL night!

I only stopped studying at midnight so I could watch the ball fall in Times Square!

We’re very proud of those of you who studied………..now let’s see how well you do because you studied shall we?      Cheer team is here (barely) to cheer you on:

Well we might be a little bit tardy
We just got home from a New Years party
We’ll do our best to give you a cheer
But if we’re lousy, you can blame the beer
Good luck to you we hope your brains are working
I think your Cheer Team just did too much twerking!

Alright girls – go get some sleep so you can give a proper cheer to the winners tomorrow instead of looking like you’re fresh out of the Twilight Zone.

Now let’s bring our Security Guard in with today’s photo……………………………..

Hello Professors and Class – here’s your challenge for today!

Students I must say that while you may look at this photo and think “this will be an easy one to do a search on” you may find it tougher than you think!!!!    So it still boils down to whoever figures the Teaser photo out CORRECTLY first………………..on your mark, get set, GO!

Tomorrow we’ll find out who the smarty was today…………………….

GOOD LUCK!!

Let’s head to the cafeteria now for a break – unless of course you want to stay in the classroom and forego lunch for a chance to (a) SLEEP at your desk or (b) work on the TEASER!

Decisions – decisions……

Welcome to the Cafeteria students!   So whaddaya think of my new look???   Enjoy it while you can before my mustache grows back!   Just kidding……I have a nice lunch for you today to celebrate the NEW YEAR and my NEW LOOK!

NEW YEARS DAY LUNCH MENU:

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Class, while you’re eating lunch, have a peek at what Professor Teddy did to celebrate the New Year with a few of his friends…….he got very HAPPY!!!   CLICK HERE  

A big thank you to Sharon of Friends Furever for the video with The Professor with some of his friends!!

We’ll see you in class tomorrow for badges, winners and losers!!

Start off 2019 by winning the Teaser competition tomorrow!   Good luck!   

Your Professors – oh yes – by the way – the poll indicated you WANT Pre-Teaser Monday to continue so it will.   Thanks for voting in the poll…………..!

Pre-Tease Monday

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Happy New Year’s Eve Morning (or something like that anyway!)

We hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you’ve been stuffing yourselves with leftovers and candy and all kinds of things that will add about 20 lbs. to your weight so that you can make a New Year’s Resolution that you won’t keep – – – – TO LOSE WEIGHT!    HAHA    Our Mom goes through that one every single year.   She asks Santa for GODIVA and gets it then bemoans the fact that she (voluntarily mind you!) eats it all and becomes roly-poly.    Well, I tell her it’s just more of her to love!!!

Now back to the business at hand.  Tomorrow will be New Years Day………..the beginning of 2019.    Some of you may not even have been to BED yet when you see the photo but you must persevere!    You must give it the old Ding Dong try!

…….zzzzzzzzzzz

I hear snoring from the back of the room.    Too much partying.    It catches up to us.

Before we do our Rules and show you the New Years Badges we have on offer tomorrow, we have been mulling over the possibility of not having classes on Mondays anymore.   Everyone knows about Teaser Tuesday – and we will continue with that no matter what, but maybe we don’t NEED a “prep class” on Monday?    We can post the rules and badges on the Tuesday Teaser post before we show the photo.    Whatcha think????    We will do whatever you all want.

Just tell us what you think about Pre-Tease Monday and we’ll keep it or not depending on YOU!

So here’s the rules you all know so well for guessing tomorrow’s photo location…………!

AND – here are the badges you could win if you are sharp as a tack tomorrow when we show you the Teaser photo!!!

Cheer Team?   Do you have a New Year’s Eve cheer for the students????   I know you have some big hot tub party to host tonight but thanks for squeezing out some time to cheer on the students!

Scooby Doo
Happy New Year’s Eve to you!
We’re getting ready to party with our buddies
And all of YOU have to stay up late and STUDY!
You’d better stay home and get some rest
For students like you, that’s really the best!
No hangovers for you because you all are so GOOD
While we get crazy and have fireworks in the ‘hood!

Well team the idea is to cheer everyone up not depress them but hey – you’re distracted I’m sure because you’re excited about tonight’s festivities.   Well Happy New Year Cheer Team and remember YOU HAVE TO BE HERE IN THE MORNING TOO!

WHICH REMINDS ME – remember tomorrow’s Teaser post will be at a random surprise time – NOT the normal blog time!

I’m already tired just thinking about tomorrow!

We’ll drink to that!  But then we’ll drink to anything!

 

OK class – let’s head to the cafeteria for lunch.   Miss Dingleberry is still not back from her – er – um – ultimate makeover.

Hello Students……me again…..your Swedish Substitute Chef!   Please enjoy your lunch!

New Year’s Eve Lunch Menu:

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We’ll see you next year (tee hee)!   Your Professors…………

 

Sunday Selfie

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Time for the last Hop of the year!    Kitties Blue (The Cat On My Head) has hosted this wonderful Hop for another whole year and we’re all about to start another year of showing ourselves off every Sunday.    If you’d like to join in the last 2018 Selfie, just pop on over to their blog by clicking the badge above and GO FOR IT.

Mom was trying like crazy to capture me in a photo with my new scarf and one of my hats she’s not been able to get me to wear since I received them but did I cooperate?   No.   Did she actually try to sneak me into them when I was at my most vulnerable?  (meaning when I’m waiting at the front door ready to go outside because she’s told me she’s taking me!)   YES!    I just screeched “no fair Mom!” so she took me outside on my harness instead.    SO that means instead of a new photo of me in some finery, I’m just ME.    And not only that but its’ a flashback ME………….from this time LAST year.   I suppose it’s better than nothing right?

So this was my Selfie from LAST YEAR at this same time………..just before we turned the calendar page into the first month of a new year.     For me – another year of loving my forever home……..for you?   Whatever you want it to be.    Just make it the BEST year ever OK?

Would you like to do a puzzle of me?   Click the MINI-ME below and you can!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!   Love, Teddy Angel Sammy, and Mom too

Bakin’ In Baconia for New Years!

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So you survived Christmas but how about New Year’s Eve or Day or all those football games?

That’s right – you are going to need to make PLENTY of snacks/appetizers for any of these occasions coming up and we are BACK to bacon-themes and I’ve got a doozy for you.  It’s also an EASY DOOZY.   Especially if you are like my Mom (the Royal Mom of course) and enjoy using your crockpot to cook up yummy stuff while you’re cleaning the house for guests or setting a table or WHATEVER you need to do!    This snack will be ready to go.

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

 

Ingredients:

8 oz. bacon (or more of course if you are a bacon nut like we are)

1-8 oz. package cream cheese cut into cubes

1/2 lb. ground beef

8 oz. shredded cheddar/Monterey jack cheese blend (Mom gets this particular mix in a package at the grocery BUT you can always whack up your OWN combination of cheeses if you don’t like cheddar/Monterey jack).

2 tablespoons parsley (optional – adds nice color though)

1 -10 oz. can diced tomato with green chili peppers (Ro-Tel is the one Mom buys)

Directions:

  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, reserving drippings in the skillet.
  2. Break ground beef into the skillet; cook and stir until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain beef, return skillet to stove, and reduce heat to low.
  3. Stir diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, cream cheese, and shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend into ground beef. Crumble bacon and stir most of it, reserving a few teaspoons for garnish, into beef mixture; cook and stir until cheese begins to melt, 2 to 3 minutes; transfer to a slow cooker.
  4. Cook in slow cooker on Low until hot and bubbly, 2 to 3 hours. Stir parsley into the dip. Garnish with reserved bacon. Keep in the slow cooker set to Low to serve.

You can serve this with just about anything – those scoop tortilla chips are good – so is thinly sliced bagette or crostinis.   It’s a “loose” dip – the scoops are the easiest.

This stuff is really delicious.   You can double it if you have a lot of people coming over or they are the type who can eat buckets of appetizers while talking, watching football, partying, watching a movie, etc.

 

So – we here at Castle Baconia will be having a New Year’s Celebration.    No fireworks though.   We are NOT big on fireworks.   Especially your King – I am not a fan.   But I will enjoy my Mom and Dad having their traditional bottle of bubbly between them to toast and bring in the New Year.   Twenty nineteen……..good grief…….time does fly doesn’t it?

A fun flashback photo – our original King of Baconia – Sammy along with yours truly your current King of Baconia, Teddy!!

Long Live Baconia…….

 

 

 

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello and Happy Post-Christmas Friday!    We’re well on our way to the beginning of a brand new year too.   How weird does that sound – 2019 – good grief…..my Mom says just thinking about 2019 makes her feel OLD(er).

So no doubt you all know by now what Friendly Fill-Ins are all about right?   Each week our co-hosts, Four-Legged Furballs and 15andmeowing give us two sentences each with blanks and we just fill in the blanks!   Easy?   Yep – it is easy and it’s fun too.   If you click the badge above you can join in that fun – just fill out the LINKY FORM and you can join in with your fill-ins.

Here are this week’s sentences and Mom and I both did blanks this time.   My fill-ins are BLUE and hers are GREEN!

1. On New Year’s Eve, I hope the fireworks are ABSENT – I don’t like that noise!

2. A goal that I have for 2019 is exercise more, eat less, enjoy my life as much as possible.
3. If I had to choose a guide word for 2019, it would be PEACE – yes, even us animals hope for it.
4. New beginnings are important – I try to make every single morning a new beginning.
OK Mom – we did it!   We filled in for the LAST time in 2018!    We’re a good fill-in team aren’t we.    We are also glad our co-hosts have this great Friday activity because it’s lots of fun and lets us express ourselves to the WORLD (well – maybe not the whole world but everyone who follows this HOP!).
A big thank you to our friends Miss Ellen from 15andMeowing and Miss Lorianne from Four-Legged Furballs for hosting a fun “getting to know you” Hop every week.
AND Mom, Dad and I wish all of you a VERY VERY PAWSOME and Happy Year Year!

Love, Teddy