Spike William is our new kitten and he was born January 30th, 2013.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Decorating Help

Willow loves boxes Any size, any kind, any time there's a box around, she is in it! As you can imagine, she is a tremendous help at Christmas decorating time!
And since it's Friday, check out all the other cats on the Friday Ark! Weekend Cat Blogging is being hosted by The Hidden Paw
And Sunday you will find Carnival of the Cats #141 at Catymology.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

It's 2 Cat Tuesday!

Now it's time for 2 Cat Tuesday -- I just thought of it last night while photographing 2 cats! And, yes they do spend a lot of time looking out the porch door! I'm certain this won't be the last porch door picture!

Monday, November 27, 2006

"Almost" Acorn Squash and Corn Stew

Since we ate so much for Thanksgiving week I wanted to make something a bit lighter. I had two acorn squashes that needed to be cooked so this is what I came up with to make for dinner.

Here is the recipe that I was inspired by -- with my changes in red!

Acorn Squash and Corn Stew
Inspired by The Border Cookbook

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (I used 2 medium onions)
2 garlic cloves, minced (I used 5 garlic cloves)
1 pound (about 2 1/2 cups) peeled, cubed acorn squash (I don't know how much my 2 squashes weighed but I did not peel nor cube them. I cooked them whole in the microwave for 8 minutes, after piercing them with a fork 4 times as suggested on the sticker which was on the squash.***)
1 1/2 cups (about 1/2 pound) green beans, sliced in 2-inch lengths (I used frozen french green beans "haricot verts" from Trader Joe's.)
1 cup corn kernals (fresh off the cob, or frozen)

2 small tomatoes (Italian plum tomatoes work well), diced
1 mild green chile, fresh or frozen, chopped (For both the chile and tomatoes I used one can of Red Gold Hot Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies)
1/2 cup vegetable stock (I used a ladle-full of my turkey stock from yesterday's turkey soup)
1 can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tablespoon wine vinegar
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Warm the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet. Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes, until onion begins to soften.

2. Add squash, green beans, and chile and saute for another 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer mixture for 30 minutes, until squash and beans are very tender. Cut the ***cooked acorn squash in half and remove the seeds. Fill the center with the vegetable mixture and some shredded cheese. Serve warm.

Serves 6 more like 2 for a main dish

Sunday, November 26, 2006

My Mom's Turkey Noodle Soup

Today is my mom's birthday. Sometimes her birthday is on Thanksgiving. No, we are not saying anything about her age but years ago she found this recipe for Turkey Noodle Soup using the carcass from the holiday bird. So, we usually make it every year after Thanksgiving. I'm making it today on her birthday but will have to freeze some for my mom and dad to have when they come to visit. Or maybe we'll have another Thanksgiving and make more soup with a new carcass!

Anyway, here is the recipe:

My Mom's Turkey Noodle Soup


1 Turkey Carcass
1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 large onions, diced
1 celery rib, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup ketchup
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon leaf oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 package frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup broken spaghetti noodles

Directions for the Turkey Stock:
Cover the turkey carcass with water in a large pot. If you want, you can add roughly chopped celery and onions for more flavor. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for approximately 3-4 hours. Occasionally you will need to skim off any foam that comes to the surface.

Directions for the Turkey Noodle Soup:
After removing the turkey carcass from the turkey stock, add all of the other ingredients except the frozen vegetables and the spaghetti noodles. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Kitties Plotting

Willow and China Cat were discovered plotting
how to go out on the porch after dark!

RAMS GAME DAY 12: 49ers @ Rams

UPDATE: W20-17

at HOORAY -- We did it today!!!!!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Our First Christmas Parade of 2006

Today we went to the Annual Christmas Parade in St. Charles.
It's RDG's favorite parade of the year because it is also the shortest parade.
It's advertised as being approximately 20 minutes long
but I think it was closer to 15 minutes.
So the following pictures are pretty much the whole parade!
We have been in this carriage before.
The driver always has her dog Arthur with her.
He seems to be very laid back and just enjoys riding around the city!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving for 2 Cats

I found a cool program to play with photos here.
So I had to do a Thanksgiving Magazine cover for Willow and China Cat!
They were actually both washing their front paws at the same time. I couldn't believe that I had my camera with me and got the picture.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Deep Fried Turkey Time

We always have deep fried turkeys at my in-laws for Thanksgiving.
That is Biscuit standing guard over the turkey fryer!
The recipe came from other relatives down by New Orleans.

Here is the first turkey going in the oil.

And it is submerged....

It's beautiful when it comes out. Then of course we have all of the other necessities for Thanksgiving: vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce, gravy and pumpkin pie for dessert.And my SIL did the incredible job of carving the turkeys.
The turkey breast was very elegantly sliced.
Last we have the carcass bones which will be made into Turkey Noodle Soup.
I'll have to put the recipe on a later post. We look forward to it every year.

Thanksgiving Leftovers are Calling

I found this online but no one seemed to know who wrote it but I thought it was really appropriate for tonight!
T'was the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation,
The thought of a snack - became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge - full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey - and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling, so plump and so round,
'til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding - and a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell, as I soared past the trees...
"Happy eating to all - pass the cranberries, please.
"May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious - may your pies take the prize,
May your thanksgiving dinner - stay off of your thighs.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Holiday photos before Thanksgiving Dinner

I tried to photograph Willow and China Cat before Thanksgiving Dinner.
They were not very cooperative but I finally got these photos
with cats and pumpkins in each of the pictures!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Winery Kitty Wednesday

More pictures of CC and Encore enjoying a pre-Thanksgiving Feast.

Warhol Wednesday

I found out how to make Warhol pictures of the cats.
I have wanted to do this for a while so am glad that I finally did it!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Willow~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ China~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, November 19, 2006

RAMS GAME DAY 11: Rams @ Panthers

UPDATE: L 0-15

at OK, this one really hurt...

Lasagna Soup

This Lasagna Soup is from "Simply Soups & Spectacular Sides" by Cuisine at Home and it was great. This is the first recipe that I have made from this book.


1 lb. ground Italian sausage
2 cups onion, chopped
1 cup carrot, diced
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
2 T. garlic, minced

4 cups chicken broth
1 can chopped Italian-style stewed tomatoes (14 1/4 oz.)
1 cup mafalda pasta or campenelle pasta
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

1 cup provolone or fresh mozzarella, diced
1/4 cup Parmesan, shredded
4 t. thinly sliced fresh basil

Brown sausage in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.Add onion and carrot; saute 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic, and saute another 3 minutes.
Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes (or according to the package directions). Add the spinach and cook about 1 minute, or until wilted.
To serve, place cubes of cheese in each serving bowl, then ladle soup over to melt. Garnish with Parmesan and basil.
Per cup: 309 calories; 53% calories from fat; 18g total fat; 20g carb.; 943mg sodium; 3g fiber; 11g protein

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lucy was "perfect"

Lucy went to get groomed and she received a perfect score.
She was very happy when we picked her up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Willow on Computer

Here was Willow, sleeping on top of my computer while I blogged. She was so cute that I had to take her picture.
Of course when the flash went off in her face, it woke her up.
Then she heard the door open. It was nothing that concerned her so she eventually went back to sleep.