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Bakin’ for Halloween !

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Greetings from the Castle Kitchen – it’s your King – Teddy – bringing you some Halloween fun!

 

I thought since the Halloween celebration is getting closer that I’d concentrate the next few weeks on some fun Halloween-ish type baked goodies……….things that would be yummy to have around for snacks or part of a meal you might be preparing!    This bread I’m making today is DY-NO-MITE for breakfast or any time.   My Mom is a big fan of pumpkin “anything” and if you are too, you will enjoy this one.    No it doesn’t have bacon in it – for the next few weeks the Castle Baconia Kitchen will not NECESSARILY be bringing you bacon-oriented things!!

Check this out:

Crumbly Pumpkin Bread

 

Ingredients for the bread:

Cooking spray

2 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp.baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 c. pumpkin purée
1/3 c. sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the topping:
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. lightly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Directions
1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8″x4″ loaf pan with parchment paper then grease with cooking spray or softened butter.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking power and salt.
2.  In a separate large bowl using a hand mixer, beat melted butter, sugar, pumpkin puree, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.  Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just combined.
3.  Make topping:  In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until large clumps form.
4.  Transfer batter to prepared pan then scatter topping on top.  Bake until toothpick inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean (about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes).
My Mom thinks this is totally heavenly stuff but she’s a pumpkin lover – if you are too, try this one.   The topping obviously is an optional thing but it makes a big difference (so says Mom!!!!).

I believe Mr. Pooh is right on this one!!!!

Thumbs up………………..give it a try and I’ll see you next week with another winner……

Welcome to TEASERWEEN Teaser Class

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Hello Students…..it’s Teaserween Tuesday!

Do have a seat….don’t let the pumpkins freak you out!

The Professors are coming…..you all better SETTLE DOWN OR ELSE!!!!

Yes Sir, Sergeant Sarge SIR !!!!

A SPOOKY Good morning class!

OOPS – I think one of the students fainted!!!!

Now – before we do anything else today – remember to COMMENT ON TODAY’S POST – if you’re first to leave a comment – ANY comment – you get a special TEASERWEEN FIRST COMMENTER BADGE!    Go on – hurry up – we’ll wait for you…………for a few minutes anyway!!!!

If more than one of you is FIRST (comment in the first 60 seconds) then there will be multiple badges awarded!

Now moving on, today is a FUN day but it’s also a SERIOUS day because we still have a TEASER photo for you to examine and agonize over.  It’s a GUEST TEASER and tomorrow when we tell you who wins what, we’ll tell you who sent our photos in – we have TWO photos taken in the same location for you today.    Remember the rules:

  1. In order to guess RIGHT, you must include in your guess the town/city/village and the State (if in USA) or Country (if not in USA) that the photos were taken in – OK?
  2. We ask that you NOT use any help to do your guessing – no Google Image Search because that’s just too darn EASY to do – we’d rather you use your imagination and your eyes and figure out where the photo might have been taken………………EVERYONE has an equal chance to win that way!

Now, let’s bring our Security Guard in with the photos shall we?????

ARRGH! Here’s ye photos for our Teaser Captain Sam!

Alright Students – give it your best shot…………………..where were these photos taken?    To give you a little extra PUSH – we’ll have our Fabulous Teaserween Cheerleader, Suzie come in and give you a little inspiring cheer!

My costume is weird that may be true
What I’m supposed to be I have no clue!
But whatever I am one thing is sure
I’m lookin’ sick and there’s no cure!
Seriously now, let’s get to work
Study the photos – don’t be a jerk!
It’s TEASERWEEN and we’re having fun
If you get too scared turn ’round and run!
We’ve got spooky snacks and badges for you
Now figure it out and look for clues.
Have fun tonight trick or treating
But for TEASER today THERE WILL BE NO CHEATING!!!!

OK Suzie!   Thanks for your cheer today and we were wondering what you were dressed up as and it would appear you are wondering too!    HAHAHA

Now settle back in your desks

and we’ll show you our fabulous

PARADE OF TEASERWEEN COSTUMES!

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Boo !!!  Totally cool costumes gang!

A Big Teaserween THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their SCARY photos – For those of you who were in the slideshow or came to class today, we have a special badge for you if you’d like to have it – feel free to copy and take it with you…………

 

Now what you’ve all been waiting for (well some of you anyway!) – Miss Dingleberry and her cafeteria staff have prepared some suitably SPOOKY snackables for us to have in class today before you all go outside and get your costumes all dirty in the playground at Recess.    Miss Dingleberry thank you for the special treat today.  You look very………….different………..in your Teaserween costume!

Yeah well you MADE me dress up – I wore my special GLAM  hairnet for the occasion! 

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We hope you have fun TRICK OR TREATING tonight

and we’ll see you tomorrow for the TEASERWEEN TELL ALL to see who wins WHAT! 

Your SPOOKY Professors, Angel Sam and Teddy

Pre-Teaserween Monday

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Hello Students!  Ready for class?

Yes – we are all present and accounted for Sarge!

Good because the Professors are here!

Good Morning – just a little reminder

that tomorrow is TEASERWEEN……

the day we all get to dress up in our costumes

and have spooky snacks AND get a photo to figure out too!

The Teaser photo tomorrow will be a GUEST TEASER………………….and we will also have a very special slideshow of you students who wanted to be in the official DING DONG SCHOOL TEASERWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA.

Now let me go over the ground rules for pawticipating in our Teaser and what it takes to WIN WIN WIN a badge!

First of all there will be SPECIAL BADGES tomorrow in honor of Halloween.    Be on the ball and you just might get one to display on your blog, or your Facebook page, or Pinterest or your bathroom wall or in your closet or WHEREVER you wish to display it.   

If you are the VERY FIRST to comment on tomorrow’s Teaserween post, you will get this badge – remember all you have to do is comment to get the FIRST COMMENTER badge!

So hurry and get here when you get the magic DING on your computer saying you have incoming mail – you wanna be here first tomorrow right?  Right!

The RULES:

  1. In order to be right with your guess you will have to tell us what CITY/TOWN/VILLAGE the photo was taken in as well as what COUNTRY (if not USA) or STATE (if USA) the photo was taken in…………the whole ball of wax gang – we want to know it all!
  2. We ask that you NOT use any kind of GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH program – or anything LIKE that – to pop in the photo and have your computer tell you where the photo was taken – use your brain – use your eyes – look for clues and see if you can guess it without HELP from your computer!!    That means everyone has the same chance………..YAY!

Assistant Prof Teddy – do you have anything to tell the students?

We are excited about tomorrow’s class!   All of us will be in costume (yes, even Suzie and Sarge) and we will be having special SPOOKY snacks from our Ding Dong School Cafeteria before recess!!

Speaking of Suzie – would you like to give our students a little encouragement about class tomorrow Suzie???

Tomorrow is Teaserween!
My costume will be seen!
You’d better be in class
Or I might have to kick your…….toe.
Special badges we have made
We’ll have spooky lemonade!
I can promise you some fun
Don’t be a hot cross bun!

Thanks Suzie…………………….I think……………………anyway, we hope to see you tomorrow – remember our TEASERWEEN post will pop up at a time unlike our USUAL post time of 3AM EST.   It will be different and you’d better be on your toes (or at least AWAKE!).

I wasn’t gonna show you the Teaserween badges but Professor Angel Sammy and I thought you might need a little extra incentive to show up for class tomorrow – here is what you might win if you’re lucky!

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Cool?  Oh yeah!    So we’ll see you tomorrow in class…………………………BE PURRRPARED FOR A SPOOKY GOOD TIME!

I Can’t WAIT !!!!!!!!

See you in the AM!

Angel Prof Sam and Assistant Prof Teddy

Bakin’ with Bacon in Baconia

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I May Be King, But I’m Also Head Baker!

Seems our fabulous Chef here in Baconia is not fond of baking – he loves all his other specialties (and so do we!) but baking is not his fave SOOOOOOO, I told him that I would happily take over baking chores even though I am the KING!

First I thought I’d make a Chocolate Bacon Bomb Pie – just the name sounds like something we should all try at least once right?   Bacon and chocolate are a good combo!

Chocolate Bacon Bomb Pie

  • 3 cups pretzel twists (you can use whatever pretzels you have, I used twists)
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 stick of butter, divided
  • 1 package Fudge Stripes Dark Chocolate Cookies from Keebler (11.5 oz)
  • 12 oz package of bacon, cooked and diced (1/4 cup reserved)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • 1 TBSP flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Crush your pretzels and in a large bowl combine them and 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar.  Mix to combine.
  3. Press the pretzel mixture into a pie plate and bake for five minutes.
  4. In the same large bowl (no need to clean it out) crush your chocolate cookies.  Now add the remainder of the butter (melted), the bacon (remember to save 1/4 a cup), eggs, the remainder of the sugar, vinegar, and flour and mix well.
  5. Gently pour the mixture into your pie crust.
  6. Top with the remaining bacon and the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over it and bake for 35 minutes or until the edges of the pie begin to turn golden brown.

Alright – so that’s kind of a complicated recipe but doesn’t it sound NOMMY?????

Every Saturday I will share a recipe with you Baconians………………how’s that for a SHARING and CARING King?

Thanks boss…..that’s a load off my mind!

I think we deserve a few laughs now don’t you?    Some of our favorite giggles!!

And since Tuesday is Halloween (even here in Baconia!)

 I thought you’d like to see my Halloween outfit!  

Think this will scare all the little ghosties

who stop by my throne room for TRICK or TREAT???

Have a snack before you go????

A little BRAIN food perhaps?

YUM….FINGER sandwiches!

Spidery DEVILED eggs?

Don’t put your hands in the punch…oops….looks like somebody already did!

 

Happy Bacon-Ween everyone!

Where’s the door to the throne room???

Bites and Hugs, King Teddy

It’s A Two-Fer Friday!!!!

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We’re Filling In and Shopping Today!

First – let’s do some sentence filling in with McGuffy’s Reader

This is a super duper blog hop hosted by Ellen of 15andMeowing AND Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.   The FUN part is when everyone fills in the blanks and shares their responses – why is that fun?  Because we learn all kinds of interesting stuff about each other – that’s why!    When you’ve filled in your sentences, just pop over to McGuffy’s at the link on the badge above and fill in the LINKY tool to join in the fun.

This week I thought we’d share – I will do the FIRST two (BLUE), and my Mom will do the LAST two (RED).     Here are this week’s gems from Ellen and Annie:

1. I  would like to interview Santa Claus – just wondering if he has any pets at home and if he likes his work!.
2. I would like to be interviewed by someone who is interested in writing about the joys of being adopted from a shelter – does everyone know how great it is to find a happy home?.
3. Halloween night I will be in my traditional Halloween sweatshirt answering the doorbell with a big basket of trick or treat goodies to hand out while my husband sleeps in the recliner (his version of being HELPFUL!).

4. Once Halloween is over, we usually EAT all the leftover treats – not all at once of course – but over time – that’s why when I shop for Halloween treats I get stuff WE like!.

 

OK Mom – we did it!    We filled in together!    I hope you all will fill in the sentences and join in the Hop – it really is fun.   Thanks Miss Annie and Miss Ellen for hosting this fun Friday Hop!

Now for part two of this “two-fer” Friday post.   It’s the SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD day hosted by Bacon of PIGLOVE, but this month is being co-hosted by Da Phenny!   The badge above will magically transport you to Bacon’s blog and if you play along, remember to link to his blog.

If you decide to join in on this Hop, you just need to blog about this month’s project which is “ANYTHING USING PUMPKINS OR OTHER SQUASH”.     Since it’s Halloween time, we’re making a pumpkin recipe.   SURPRISE SURPRISE!    You need to tell the recipe for your project, listing all the ingredients and most importantly the PRICE you paid for the ingredients – see, the fun part is seeing what everybody pays for food items in their local grocery stores all around the world.    Neato huh?

Here’s what Mom made – it was very yummy (so she says because I wasn’t interested in trying it out – I let her and Dad eat it for breakfast!)!

EASY PUMPKIN APPLE ROLL-UP

Ingredients

    • 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust  (Cost: $3.29)
    • 3oz cream cheese, softened (Cost:  8 oz. $2.39 – I divided it in half)
    • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin pie filling (Cost:  $2.49 for 15 oz. – I saved what I didn’t use to put in my biscotti!)
    • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar  (I had this on hand)
    • 1 cup canned apple pie filling  (Cost: $1.69 for 15 oz. – I saved what I didn’t use to add to my fresh apples to make a pie)
    • 3/4cup powdered sugar (you need this only if you want to make a little “drizzle” topping on it!)

Directions

  • 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • 2. Unroll 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust on cookie sheet; press dough into 14×9-inch rectangle. Bake 8 minutes; set aside.
  • 3. In medium bowl, beat 3 oz softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add 3/4 cup canned pumpkin, 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar and; continue mixing until combined.
  • 4. Spread 1 cup canned apple pie filling along one short edge of crust in straight line. Spread pumpkin-cream cheese mixture evenly over remaining part of crust.
  • 5. Working from the edge with the apple pie filling, carefully roll up crust, being cautious not to squeeze too much, so filling does not come out the sides. Place roll-up in ungreased 9×5-inch loaf pan, seam side down. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until outside is light golden brown. Cool in pan 1 hour.
  • 6. In small bowl, mix 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons water until smooth, adding more water for thinner consistency if desired. Drizzle over roll-up. Slice and serve!

I didn’t EAT any of this but it sure smelled good!!!!!   

That’s it for our “two-fer” post this Friday.

My kitty cat “pumpkin-to-be” resting comfortably on Dad’s work bench waiting for the BIG MOMENT when Dad works his magic!

This is what it will probably look like after Dad does his thing…..Angel Sammy always had his own Halloween kitty pumpkin and I’m going to carry on the tradition this year for MY first Halloween………..

Hugs, Teddy

Spooky Pre-Tease Monday!

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Welcome to Halloween at Teaser Central!

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We are hoping that even though a lot of merriment and “SCARY-ment” will be happening tonight, you will in fact be ALERT enough tomorrow to be ready to guess the Teaser!    We will have a photo for you to see and if you’re LUCKY, you’ll win one of my brand new, fantabulous badges!   All you have to do is tell me WHERE the photo was taken!   EASY PEASY!

I’m not telling you a THING about tomorrow’s photo either – you’ll just have to wait…………………………….Suzie will be here in all her post-Halloween glory (she’s going to a HAUNTED Cheerleaders party of course).    She promised she’d be READY to provide her usual cheer (uhoh…….).

So, have fun but be very safe tonight as you go out TRICK OR TREATING…………………there are a lot of wackos out there……………..and if you’re an outside kitty or dog normally, ask your humans if you can come inside for the night – trust me – you need to be SAFE tonight!!    Do like I’ll be doing – spying on the trick or treaters who come a-knockin’ at my door for treats!

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We’re ready for gremlins at MY house!

Sam Wearing His Halloween Scarf

Wearing my Sam-O-Ween scarf!!

See you in the morning (secret time of course!)

The HAUNTED Professor!

P.S.  Before you go, here’s a FUN little goodie my friend Raz from Friends Furever put together!!  

CLICK HERE

 

AND

Have you seen Nellie’s PAWSOME Pumpkin Patch Video?   You should!

CLICK HERE

 

Spooky Sunday Selfie

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Frightful Sunday Selfie!

Well, it’s almost Halloween….how could I resist?

I’m joining up with The Cat on My Head Sunday Selfie Blog Hop and because it’s close to the spookiest day of the year, I’m doing a SCARY Selfie.   Small children might want to be prevented from viewing this as it even scares me!   If you’d like to join up with the Blog Hop, just click the badge at the end of the post (if you haven’t fainted from fright) and put your info in the LINKY form and you’ll be part of the fun of the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop too!

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I warned you!

Click below to visit The Cat on My Head and see all the other selfies AND to join up.

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Have a Safe and Fun Halloween!

Sammy Scissorpaws

Happy Halloween!!

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Welcome To The Sam-O-Ween Party!

I hope you aren’t squeamish…….I tried to make sure this wonderful old house I rented for the party was all cleaned up nice and neat but it’s so BIG, some of the spaces might not be as NICELY DECORATED as you might like…………..but don’t let that stop you!  COME ON IN!

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They say this old house is haunted that we’re having the party in…….I don’t believe it……do you???

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You might want to stay close behind me……you know….just in case….

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Like I told you……the cleaning people didn’t do a very good job!

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They claim there was red paint spilled on the walls by the last tenant…but I’m not so sure!

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Whatever you do, don’t open doors unless you KNOW what’s on the other side!

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EEEK!

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If you’re hungry, there are plenty of yummy refreshments! 

Mummy anyone????

Mummy anyone????

A little BRAIN food perhaps?

A little BRAIN food perhaps?

YUM....FINGER sandwiches!

YUM….FINGER sandwiches!

Spidery DEVILED eggs?

Spidery DEVILED eggs?

Don’t forget to have a drink or two…..or three…..

BLOODtini anyone??

BLOODtini anyone??

Worm punch....yum!

Worm punch….yum!

Don't put your hands in the punch...oops....looks like somebody already did!

Don’t put your hands in the punch…oops….looks like somebody already did!

How about a little ENTERTAINMENT to go with the delicious (eeek) food?

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(Courtesy of my buddy Raz at FriendsFurever!)

While we’re all here together having some INTERESTING snacks, I bet you’re wondering WHO the TOP TWO “BEST COSTUME” winners were??   Before I tell you, here’s a little slideshow of everyone who entered!

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Thanks Everybody!!

The Two Best Costumes With the Most Votes ARE:

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ERNIE

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CONGRATULATIONS!

You both win a super surprise package from ME ME ME so please email my Mom your snail mail address and your goodies will be on your way!

WAIT……I see you’re edging your way to the front door……….Gosh I hope you’ve had fun here!!!!  Do you HAVE to go???

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As a token of my appreciation for you coming to my SAM-O-WEEN party, please take this badge – you can post it on your blog!

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SPOOKY HUGS!

I'll be WATCHING !!!!

I’ll be WATCHING !!!!

Voting – Day Two!

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Wearing my Sam-O-Ween scarf!!

Hello Voters!   Yesterday voting was fast and furious and I checked in all day to see how things were going.  It was tough to choose as I knew it would be…………so many fabulous costumes!!   Everyone outdid themselves I think, don’t you?

Let's hear it for all the entrants!!!!!

Let’s hear it for all the entrants!!!!!

Well today the fun continues with Day Two of voting.   A lot of you told me via email that you had such a tough time that you were going to WAIT to vote until Day Two because you wanted to visit and see the costumes again and again before choosing.  WOW – talk about taking the job of voting SERIOUSLY!!!!   Well, good for you because today you should be READY to cast your votes – you can pick all your favorites – voting isn’t limited to one or two – vote for your favorites.  Remember there will be TWO WINNERS – the top two receiving the most votes will win a surprise package from yours truly, Sammy Scissorpaws (hahaha).

Tomorrow at my Sam-O-Ween party (which lasts ALL DAY LONG) I’ll announce the two winners – AND we’ll have a lot of fun too!

Ready to vote?   Good!

So it’s a date?  Tomorrow you come by my place and have some “WEEN” fun and I’ll have some foodables for you to enjoy and I’ll also have a slideshow of all the entries AND tell you who the top TWO with the most votes were!   Meanwhile HAPPY FRIDAY!

Halloween Hugs,

Sammy Scissorpaws

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Let The Fun Begin!

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WELCOME TO DAY ONE OF VOTING !!

WELCOME TO DAY ONE OF VOTING !!

Hello ‘Ween fans!   Today is the day we’ve ALL been waiting for………………….Day One of two to vote for BEST COSTUME in my contest!   YES indeedy – and we have an amazing lineup of entries for you too!

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Now remember, you’re able to vote for as many “favorites” in the poll as you want to………..but that doesn’t mean you should go right down the list and vote for everyone – seriously – pick your favorites and give them your votes.  Otherwise when we try to get TWO winners (that’s right – the top TWO getting votes will be winners) everyone will have the SAME NUMBER of votes.

Remember you can click on the entries to “bigify” them so you can see them better…………….Also remember that the poll will be up tomorrow too!   Then at my PAWTY on Halloween, you can find out who those lucky ducky winners are AND have a pile of fun at my pawty too……………what a deal huh?

So, are you ready?   Have fun looking at the costumes – everybody did a FABULOUS job – my personal thanks to everyone who entered!  YOU ALL ROCK!

Remember to tell all your friends to vote for you!   They don’t have to post a comment or do anything but come here and do the poll………….Cool huh?   I thought you’d like that!!!!!

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!

I'll be WATCHING !!!!

I’ll be WATCHING !!!!

 

HAPPY NATIONAL CAT DAY!

(I have a post up at the Tabby Cat Club along with other tabbies celebrating the day!)