Sunday Selfie

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Ready To Hop?

YAY!  Sunday is here.   Time to share our selfies with each other – it’s nice to visit your friends on Sunday or any day.   This Blog Hop is a perfect opportunity to do just that.   The Selfie Hop is hosted by our super good buddies Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head AND if you’d like to join in or even just visit all the selfies today – click on their badge above.    Fill in the LINKY tool if you want visitors to your blog to see you posing for the camera, OR just pop around to visit us.

My Selfie today is another of Mom’s Lunapic creations but after she got a perfectly pastel-ish ME from Lunapic she put the photo in Pizap and gave it a colorful border.    And if that wasn’t enough she made a jigsaw out of it too.   Mom obviously had too much time on her hands yesterday!

I think I look better in my natural orange coat but this isn’t so bad…………….shows off my stripes well don’t you think?????   If you really want to go nuts, here’s the puzzle she made from this selfie.

Click mini-photo above for puzzle!!

Well that wraps it up for another Sunday.    I hope you consider joining the Selfie parade…………..the Kitties Blue are great hosts and always have a wonderful selfie of one or more of themselves to share too!

Hugs, Teddy

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Bacon Around The World: Ireland

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Sláinte !

Greetings from Ireland my friends!   I’m continuing on my journey to find BACON AROUND THE WORLD!

Today I’m sharing a REALLY yummy recipe which is something I’m sure you’ve either heard of or possibly had to eat before…………But this MIGHT be a little different with the sweetness of brown sugar and the saltiness of bacon.   You definitely need to try it!

Irish Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Ingredients
  • 6 ounces thick bacon + drippings
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a deep cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 to 6 minutes. Use a slotted spatula to remove the bacon pieces and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  2. Add the diced onion to the bacon drippings and cook until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Add shredded cabbage to the pan and toss to coat. Add in brown sugar, salt, and pepper and cook until cabbage is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add the bacon back to the cabbage and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

     

Doesn’t this sound EASY PEASY?   Well it is, and if you “think” you don’t like cabbage – give this recipe a try – you just might change your mind.   I kind of think the brown sugar is the key to why this is so amazing…….of course having bacon in it doesn’t HURT (!!)

I’m liking this guy’s hat !!

Next week I’m heading off to Italy…………..oh boy.    I’ll find something totally delicious with bacon to share with you next Saturday so until then – keep on eating BACON!

INDEED I DID!

Hugs, Teddy the King of Baconia

 

Friday Fill-Ins

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Happy Friday everybody!    It’s time to fill in the blanks……….this fun blog hop is co-hosted by our friends at 15andMeowing AND Four-Legged Furballs and it’s a great time to get together and share information about ourselves or our humans!    How do we do that?   Well each of our hostesses give us TWO sentences and WE take over and fill in the blanks!   It’s fun and if you wanna join in – click the badge above to go to 15andMeowing and fill in the LINKY FORM – EASY!

Here are this week’s sentences and Mom and I split them up this time around.   I filled in #1 and #3 and Mom did #2 and #4!   Mine are BLUE and hers are RED.

1. When it is hot, I like being under a shrub outside OR my dwarf maple tree in the cool dirt!.
2. I am looking forward to the END of this month.   (note:  July is the most miserable month possible here in Northern Virginia…..August won’t be much better but still not as bad as July!)
3. The theme song of my life would be “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (except that this lion sleeps not just at night but most of the time….tee hee).
4. There is no such thing as too many friends or too much love.

OK Mom – we did it again this week!    We make good fill-in partners don’t you think?    I have to admit too that even though I love being outside in the heat, I do think July is rather miserable – it’s not just hot but it’s humid and I know that makes you uncomfortable when you take me outside.   At least we have a lot of shade around in our yard AND there’s always the nice cool woods we can hide out in……

Down the woods trail to the bench……

I hope everyone stays cool today – we are hopeful that today we will at long last get some rain.   All the plants are wanting it – Mom and Dad want it – and I have to admit, I want it – another of my favorite things is taking a walk in the rain!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Let’s go!!!

Love, Teddy

 

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Happy Thursday!   Time to be thankful for another week………………..this Hop is sponsored by our good friend Brian and you can join in and tell us your Thankfuls by clicking his badge above.   Fill out the LINKY tool and tell it like it is.     My “Thankfuls” this week include that Mom and Dad finally got the deck resealed and I can now visit it on my “walks” around the yard.   It was off limits for several days while the work was going on and now I can go up there and hang out if I want to.    Another thankful is that even though we were expecting a whole lot of firework noise yesterday we didn’t have ANY until last night and even that wasn’t so bad.    I wasn’t scared at all (well, hardly anyway!).

The other part of my post today is sharing the email I got from Angel Sammy via his wifi connection at the Bridge transmitting his regular Thursday poem to us.    YAY!    Below is what came through……………

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Hello everyone!    Here we are again on a Thursday sharing some fun with poetry.    By now you know that on Thursdays I not only share my poem with you that I based on the previous week’s “photo inspiration” that I gave, but I also give you a challenging photo for you to write a poem about for NEXT Thursday when we get together again!    Just put into words what the photo I give you “says” to you – how does it make you feel or what do you see/think about when you see it?     Pretty easy right?   Well you may think you can’t write a poem but you CAN – trust me.    Here’s the photo I gave you last week for you to write a poem about for today – followed by my poem.

“Movie Night”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell    July 5, 2018

Drive In movies were very popular in the past

But like lots of things, they just didn’t last

People now prefer a cool movie theater seat

Rather than outside in a car – but back then it was a treat!

Date night meant going to a drive-in, getting popcorn, cokes and candy

Sitting close to your boyfriend in the car with the window speaker quite handy

Intermission you’d walk around, visit friends or get more snacks for “part two”

All around you other cars full of families or maybe couples like you!

It was cozy and private and MAYBE you’d see some of the movie……….

In your date night clothes and teased up hair you felt quite groovy…..

Well that’s what Mom says drive-ins were like but that was so long ago

I’m sure there were people there who ACTUALLY came for the show!!!!

 

HAHA……sorry Mom…….I had to write this one and it’s dedicated to you and your long-ago memories.    There are some drive-ins around these days but they are few and far between.  

So now that I embarrassed Mom (!) and also had some fun writing this poem, it’s time for me to tell you that if you’ve written your OWN poem from the photo, please let us know and give us your link in our comments OR write your poem there to share with us.   C’mon!!!   We want you to give poetry a try……………..it’s FUN I promise.

Now here’s your poem for NEXT Thursdays poetic inspiration – you have a whole week to write a poem about this photo………..will you do it?   I hope so.  

So I will hope to see you all again next week when we get together and share our poems based on the above photo – is it a date?    Until then, just remember that those of us up here at the Bridge are watching over you……all day every day……always and forever.

Love, Angel Sammy

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

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Thanks Angel Sammy……………….that was a fun poem and looks like that carnival photo will be a fun one too……………………..thanks for visiting us every week.    It makes me happy!

Hugs, Teddy

Teaser Tell All

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Ready For The Scoop on the Teaser??

Yesterday was a goodie wasn’t it?    We thought it was and we didn’t tell you that it was one of my Mom and Dad’s photos we used either did we….tee hee……but we’ll get down to THAT part of the update later.   First item of business is to let you know who the FIRST COMMENTER was (or in this case – COMMENTERS)!

Our FIRST COMMENTERS are:

Memories of Eric & Flynn, Friends Furever, and The Cat On My Head

Three Firsties! 

Congratulations Miss Jackie, Miss Sharon and Miss Janet from our FIRSTIES!  You each get:

I was one of THREE First Commenters on the Teaser of July 3, 2018!

What LUCKY ducks those three winners are!!

Then we sat and watched the guesses coming in…………..we had a great variety of them AND some really good ones that showed people were really checking the photo out for any kind of clues.   We had blacked out a couple of minor things that we thought MIGHT be clues but the rest was up to YOU!    Here’s the photo again:

This photo was taken by Mom as she and Dad walked a side street in Heidelberg, Germany – WAY up above them and a bit behind them is the amazing Heidelberg castle……which HAS been featured on old Teasers here.     The photo below was taken from up where the castle is – the street scene above was taken RIGHT along the river you see in the photo fairly near the bridge on the left side of the photo.

Who was able to figure this one out FIRST?????    May we have a drumroll please????

Miss Csilla from KOLYTYI !

YAY for Csilla!  This is for YOU:

I was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of July 3, 2018! Lucky me!

There were a few others who guessed Heidelberg and if you were one of them, this is for each of you:

I wasn’t FIRST but I was RIGHT on the Teaser photo of July 3, 2018! Goodie!

AND of course if you guessed but you were WRONG…….well…..we’re sorry about that but at least you get to take home one of these of your very own:

Darn! I was wrong with my guess on the Teaser photo of July 3, 2018 but at least I TRIED! Maybe next week I’ll do better????

Let’s give everyone a hand shall we??

Now the cheer team wants to add THEIR congratulations to our winners!    Take the floor team!!

It’s the fourth of July and hot as firecrackers
But we’re here to cheer because we’re not slackers!
The Teaser was tough and there weren’t many clues
But you persevered and must have studied too!
FIRST COMMENTERS we had three
Miss Jackie, Miss Sharon, Miss Janet – whoopee!
Then we waited a while for the guess that was right
We thought we’d have to wait until day turned to night!
But here came Miss Csilla who figured it out
We’re excited for her so we’ll give her a SHOUT!
YAY FOR EVERYONE on the 4th of July
We love Ding Dong School and that’s no lie!

Next week I do believe we have a GUEST TEASER lined up for you……………maybe those of you who got a GREENIE this week will have better luck next week – you’ll never know until you try – right?

There’s always next week!!!

So as you well know, today is July 4th here in the US of A and we’ve been going PATRIOTIC all week so far – today we have the grand Patriotic finale and then it’s back to our usual menu from the cafeteria and the cheer team’s outfits, etc.    All the fireworks will have died down and we’ll be BUSINESS AS USUAL at Ding Dong School.    Miss Dingleberry has our 4th of July meal all set for us today.    Since it’s just a half day of class – after you eat you are free to hop on your bus and head home!

YAAAAAAAAAAY!

Alright Ding Dongers – line up in orderly fashion and let’s EAT!  YES some of these are “repeat” goodies – your favorites but then you want us to SPOIL you right????  

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And now……….

Happy Birthday USA….long may you wave……

Your Patriotic Profs, Angel Sam and Teddy too

 

Teaser Tuesday

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Ringy Dingy Ding Dong School !!

Good Morning Students……HAVE YOU COMMENTED YET??????

Just checking – we have to remind you to do that comment thing when you get here – because on Teaser day if you are FIRST to comment you get a badge – actually no matter WHO comments in the first 60 seconds we go live gets the badge.   Could be one of you or FOUR of you (or more of you!).   We’ll announce who the lucky badge winners are tomorrow.

I hope you’re all ALERT this morning???   Good sleep????   Study completed???

I’m AWAKE and I studied and I’m as alert as I can be thanks to coffee.

Oh I’m awake….just resting my head on this windowsill….I studied so hard!

Alright – as long as you all are MOSTLY present and ready.   First thing to do is go over the rules AGAIN.   I know you know them but it never hurts to repeat!

Tomorrow we’ll award badges to those of you who win one today – FIRST COMMENTER, FIRST RIGHT GUESSER, RIGHT GUESSER BUT  NOT FIRST, and WRONG GUESSER!

Remember these little beauties are quite collectible……….I’m sure one day they will be worth zillions of dollars……..Christie’s will auction collections off for BIG BUCKS – so you might want to at least TRY to win a few!

NOW FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, OUR CHEER TEAM WILL WHIP YOU INTO A FRENZY BEFORE WE SHOW THE PHOTO FOR TODAY!!

We are here to give you a cheer
But we’d rather be at the pub knocking back a beer
Or in an Olympic size pool
Keeping our tushies cool
So tomorrow is the 4th it’s TRUE
We wanna say “MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!”
That’s just a little STAR WARS joke
To give your funny bones a poke
Now get to work and make your guess
Before you take recess to give your brains a rest!

Thanks ladies – I believe we will bring out the Security Guard now before anyone has a chance to read between the lines of your cheer and see it has VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH TEASER today shall we?????

Here is today’s Teaser Professor Sam and Ted

 

Alright Students – it’s up to you now – WHERE was this photo taken??

As you know (because we told you yesterday!) our amazing cafeteria crew under the direction of Miss Dingleberry, is preparing patriotic lunches for us again today and tomorrow as well.   What a crew.   And Miss Dingleberry’s patriotic hairnet is quite a hit – all the staff are wearing them even though the dangling balloons interfere a little with food prep.   In spite of that, we have another batch of 4th of July foodables for you to choose from today.    Take it away Miss D !!

Boys and girls no shoving in line – or else you’ll be banished to the corner to wear the dunce cap!

MAYBE I CAN FINALLY DITCH THIS HAT AND PASS IT ON !!!!!

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The ice cream sammmmmiches are good but messy!

It’s tough to decide!!! It all looks YUMMMM!

Enjoy lunch students – make your guesses – we’ll see you tomorrow for the TELL ALL!

Your Professors………..Angel Sammy and Teddy

SPARK on Monday

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Here we are on another Monday!   Where does time go?   I can clearly remember when I was a LOT younger that time seemed to DRAG by…….I was always “waiting forever” for something I was looking forward to doing.    These days – so many years later – I wish time would slow down.   But it doesn’t – and it won’t.    We just keep going!     Anyway, I hope this Monday will give us all something positive to pull us through this week, especially for those of us who need to feel inspired to carry on.

You all know by now that SPARKS was the idea of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader and while Annie is taking a much deserved and needed blog break, those of us who loved her idea of SPARKS and sharing a little “light” and inspiration are carrying on.    My SPARK today is for those who have big changes in their lives – maybe even ones they never expected – or ones they never would have wished for.    You’ll see what I mean…………..

Starting over is never easy…….moving on is never easy……..but our roads are RARELY smooth so we need to be able to handle those twists, turns, ups and downs so maybe – just maybe – we need to think of those changes as a chance to FLY……………

Here’s to new beginnings…. 

Love, Pam

Pre-Tease Monday

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Yes indeed it is…..time to get your glasses cleaned, your computer screen dusted, and your brain in gear because tomorrow you’ll be TESTED again!    Yep – we’ll be flashing another photo up on the blackboard and giving you a chance to earn a badge by being a KNOW IT ALL!    All you have to do is when you FIRST ARRIVE HERE tomorrow – comment right away and you may win a badge.    THEN you have to study the photo we’ll give you VERY CLOSELY and make a guess as to where it was taken!

Here are the available badges you could win:

It’s not hard at all………..the only KINK in the whole thing is that you will not know when our blog goes live tomorrow morning – it could be ANY time – Mom chooses a random time to schedule it so you just have to be READY when your notification arrives!    Then race here and comment.   Got it?

GOT IT!

 

Tomorrow’s TEASER is not a GUEST TEASER either…………………..we will have a Guest Teaser next week but this week it’s not one.

Well I think they’re ALL hard – Guest Teasers OR Professor Teasers – doesn’t matter!

We think it should be a challenge – if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be as much fun!!!

How about a nice cheer before we have lunch?   Ready?

We’re dressed for the 4th of July
It’s the 2nd but we’re not shy!
We’re early but we don’t care
We’ve even got on patriotic underwear!
Tomorrow you’d better be ready
And your blood pressure better be steady!
If you’re lucky enough to get a win
Maybe we’ll take you out for a spin
So study your little brains out
Or you’ll LOSE and spend the day in a pout!

Alright Team!   RAH RAH RAH!

SIS BOOM BAH!

Let’s see what Miss Dingleberry has whipped up for us today shall we?

Me and my cafeteria staff will be as patriotic as we can be right up to the TELL ALL on the 4th!

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My staff and I will serve patriotic dishes tomorrow AND Wednesday too!

Thanks Miss Dingleberry and we’ll see you students in class tomorrow morning…..be ready!

Professor Angel Sam and Teddy too

Sunday Selfies

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Sunday is the day we do our Selfies!   We join the Blog Hop at The Cat On My Head and have some fun strutting our stuff.    Mom and I usually do some kind of artsy thing to my selfie just for the fun of it.   Today is no different.

So actually this is sort of a flashback.   We never made a Selfie from this photo before but it’s a photo Mom took of me very shortly after I came to live here.   I was already perfecting my “AREN’T I ADORABLE??” face.   You know, kitties, that face gets us far in life!!

Anyway, she used Lunapic as usual to jazz it up and this is the result………………I kinda like the way the carpet design looks in this – almost like part of the frame!

So that’s it for me this Sunday – the rest of my day is going to be spent staying out of the heat – it’s going to be another hottie today……….when I do go outside, you can bet I’ll stay in the shade under my favorite spot in the front garden – the dwarf red maple!

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday wherever you may be……………………….STAY HAPPY!

Love, Teddy

Bacon Round The World: Chinese

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您好!(nín hǎo) “Hello” !!

Greetings from Chinatown!    Continuing my journey around the world collecting bacon recipes for all of us who ADORE “the B word” that we know as BACON!    I hope you are enjoying my trips as much as I am.    It’s fun to see just how bacon fits in to so many different types of recipes around the globe.

This week I give you something you may even have had before……………it’s beyond delicious for breakfast but of course can be eaten any time the NEED for a bacon feast arises.   You probably have most of these things on hand already.    Remember you can usually make some substitutions without making much of a difference.    You will enjoy this one.

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz. lean bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 5 cups cooked rice, fluffed and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 2 scallions, chopped
Instructions:    (I used a regular frying pan – the wok is just more authentic!!)
  1. Heat the oil in your wok over medium heat and add beaten eggs. Gently scramble the eggs, remove from the wok, and set aside.
  2. Keeping the heat at medium, add the bacon to the wok and allow it to render down and become crisp. The level of crispiness you achieve here is totally based on personal preference. Once the bacon’s looking good to you, take it out of the wok and set aside along with the scrambled eggs.
  3. Add the diced onion to the wok and stir-fry until translucent. Once they’re translucent, add the cooked rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Use your wok spatula to flatten out and break up any clumps. Add the salt, sugar, and soy sauces.
  4. Give everything a good stir for another minute or so. When you start to see steam coming off the rice, that means it’s heated through. If the rice looks a little dry, feel free to sprinkle in some water or chicken stock. Adding some liquid directly to large clumps of rice will also help to break them up.
  5. To finish the dish, stir in the scrambled eggs, bacon, pepper, and scallions. Serve!

Oh boy – just reading the recipe makes me wish I had a great big plate full of this RIGHT NOW.

Too bad I’m in China or I bet my Mom would make some for me…………………..wait – I can have it – I’ll just pop into one of these restaurants here and have THREE orders of it ALL to myself!

Happy Eating, 

Hugs, Teddy the Bacon King on the move….

Where will I be traveling next week?  Tune in to see…………