Friday, November 21, 2014

The Annual Debate

It's that time of year again. The decision about Handy's company party. He hates parties, but I'm always interested in the prospect of free food I don't have to cook.  The past couple years they've been doing things a bit differently (no more Xmas party shrimp). Last year's was at a snazzy hotel with a rooftop bar and he grudgingly admits he had a good time. This year is a sit down (not buffet) 3 course dinner at a wine themed restaurant. 

So we were talking to Ernest last night (yay) and mentioned this (he has heard me rave about the shrimp) and perhaps also mentioned that if he was coming home that day Handy would be delighted to get out of going to the party. 

And wouldn't you know it, that dear sweet boy came through for his daddy and made a flight reservation for that very day. 

Some people owe me a dinner. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tiny and the Pillowcase

Tiny likes the feather pillow I put on top of the bass case. Last weekend I took away the bass case and she still liked the feather pillow! So I decided she needed a pretty pillowcase like the ones my M-I-L has made.

She really liked "helping" in the sewing room. It's clear she remembers spending time in the sewing room in her prior home. She was purring and walking all around the sewing machine table. Jumping on the ironing board worried me. I try to keep the iron on the dresser so she can't get near it.

I was a little worried I might have spoiled the pillow for her by changing it but it worked out ok!  It's a comfy cat bed.

Here's a tutorial on the pillowcase, if you're interested.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is it Wednesday

It's a blog meme. And a thing I found at my father's house.

But it looks like an angry alien.

Or a resigned squid.

Actually it is a Bob Lane Collapsible Cup. 
With the help of the smart phone I identified it and made it work. 
So I kept it.

It holds liquid without leaking. It's a keeper.

Why I think I'll have a need for a collapsible cup, I don't know...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pies and Cakes

From that title, you'd think we were having a lot of sweets around here. Actually, no. Dessert is a rarity, not a regular course.

The pie was Chicken Pot Pie. I don't have a recipe. I confess I used Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup in this one. Plus leftover chicken and frozen mixed veg. Add some herbs and no one knows. Shh, don't tell.

But the crust was from scratch because I would hear about it from Frank if I cheated on that! Pie crust is cheap to make and so easy in the food processor! That is Frank's blue pie pan under all that pie.

The cake was Cheesecake, made for my father-in-law's 88th birthday. I gave him a choice, of which cheesecake was one of 3 options. The other two were pies, but when the time came to make it I went with the familiar. No one complained about this either.

Soon it will be time for Thanksgiving pies! We are having a very small dinner, so probably only one pie. I think pumpkin will win.  No recipe secrets there -- use the recipe on the back of the can!

Although I have made some pretty scrumptious pumpkin cheesecakes. So who knows?

I always have canned pumpkin in the cupboard now, because it was recommended for Homer's issues and the other cats decided they liked it too. So now they all get a spoonful of pumpkin in their dinner. Homer would probably eat a bit of pumpkin pie if it was offered. He's not shy about asking for cheesecake, since he is fan of cream cheese.

What's on your pie or cake menu for the holiday?

Friday, November 14, 2014



The treats are mine, I tell you. All mine!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Saturday PhotoHunt: Hero

Here are my heros in their Halloween costumes.

Frank shaved his beard to be Braveheart 
while it looks like Ernest spent weeks growing his to be Shaggy. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


This is a new one...

It finally arrived.
Ernest's senior picture.
He's only been out of high school since June, 
so I think I did well to get it in the same calendar year.