Caribbean Chicken Tacos

IMAG1401_1Seriously, this recipe couldn’t possibly have been any easier: 3 chicken breasts, one small onion chopped, and one jar of Caribbean Jerk marinade (well, also 1.5 cups of water, but that’s no big thing). Cook for 8 hours, shred the chicken, let the shredded chicken simmer in the sauce a little while longer. Eat.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

I wanted to like this recipe. I’d been thinking about it all day, of how the cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, buffalo wing sauce, and diced tomatoes would taste over pasta.  I don’t normally like chicken in my pasta, but I was willing to give it a shot. To be honest, I ended up less-than-pleased.

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What is CatMom up to now?!

My first walk in my new harness.

Oh, you gotta be kidding me. What the…why…oh no she didn’t! Why is she punishing me?!

The shenanigans all started a little over a week ago. I was getting more adventurous with my outdoor excursions. I was sitting under a shrub, I was wandering, and one morning, she left me outside. Several minutes later, she came back to look for me, and I was yowling. Okay, okay, I’ll admit it, I was lost and nothing looked familiar since I really haven’t been outside much since my brain went wobbly back in September and I was scared but that is no reason for…for… Read more …

Chicken and Dumplings

My favorite comfort food.

I love chicken and dumplings. It’s been my comfort food for a long time. However, usually I make it by tossing chicken breasts in a pot, chopping up some onions, covering the chicken and onions with water and, after boiling the resulting stew for 20 minutes, adding dumplings made with Bisquick. However, what always happens, no matter how much I watch the dumplings cook, is that my stove top ends up a mess. The mixture always boils over. So…with that in mind, I went off in search of a crock pot recipe.

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Tuesday 10 – Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge

So, as a joke (because I don’t really watch sports as a hobby, it’s more of an excuse to lounge around and eat pizza), I filled out the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge on Yahoo! recently. A coworker and I were discussing what we would do if we won (we both got booted out on the first day – Dayton?!). Well, here’s 10 things that I would do:

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Beef Roast

IMAG1279My goal with this week’s crock pot project was to make something close to what my mother tosses together when I’m back home – roast beef, onions, carrots, potatoes, dry onion soup mix. She just tosses hers in an old metal cake pan and bakes it in the oven for a while. So how did my creation turn out?

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CatMom’s Up To Something…

This is my new "Where I Wait For Mom" perch.

Well, it’s been a while, so I thought I’d check in.

This winter has started to wear on me. I’m not going to complain about being able to snuggle into cozy fleece blankets and snooze for hours, but I sure would like to go outside and explore again. I was so excited recently when Mom and I went outside and I saw that some of the snow had melted. Like, I could see grass! That was the morning I wanted to explore far and wide, and Mom tried gently explaining to me why I couldn’t roam…and she and I kinda got in an argument. (All was lost when she reached down, scooped me into her arms, and carried me back inside). Then I looked outside the very next day, and there was a lot of snow! And it was blowing in my face! That morning, only Mom went outside, because I gave the snow a sound of total disgust and turned away from the door. Read more …

Frittering Away Friday

Every Friday afternoon I spend some time with a couple of hospice patients. The news came this morning that one of them has passed.

I can’t say I knew her all that well because of her advancing dementia. I did, however, have some interesting conversations with her caretakers about her. She was a remarkable woman and had spent much of her adult life caring for others. I only wish I could share her name and more of her story, but I’m just not allowed.

I will say that I am sad for those she left behind. I know she will be missed. Her last days, though, were clearly not enjoyable ones as her condition worsened and her existence became more of a struggle. So in some ways, I am happy for her and hope she is happy now wherever she may be.

Beef Tips with Egg Noodles

Juicy beef tips

Juicy beef tips

I love beef (or steak) tips. This is another item which, if it’s on a restaurant menu, I’ll order it before ordering anything else. I found this recipe in The Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion, by Nicole Sparks. This is the second recipe I have tried from their book. How did it turn out?, you ask.

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Fanning the Flames

Less than seven months ago the Firecracker Foundation began with the mission, “Honoring the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma with a community invested in the healing of their whole being.” Their initial goal was to raise enough money to provide a year of professional counseling for ten young survivors. Yesterday they began the process of hiring those professional counselors. Read more …

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

IMAG1191_1This recipe couldn’t have been any easier.  Put chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker. Cut up an onion, place it on top of chicken (I sliced an onion and then quartered the slices). Pour barbecue sauce of choice onto onions and chicken until just covered. (I used Open Pit, which is a childhood favorite. My dad used to cook on the grill a lot, and exclusively used this sauce.). Simmer for 8 hours, shred chicken, mix everything together, serve as desired. So I toasted some French bread and served it up with some oven fries. Read more …

Francesca’s Story

My funny little Valentine

A couple of months ago I was looking for some new volunteer fun. Though I’m more of a dog person, I decided to give Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue a try. I spent my first night cleaning the quarantine room, and one new arrival immediately started pawing for my attention. This sweet, tiny little Siamese had no name then, but I knew right away she had to come home with me. Read more …

French Dip!

Hmm...I've never cooked with beer before...

Hmm…I’ve never cooked with beer before…

I love French dip. It’s my favorite sandwich, has been for decades. It’s also my “test” for a restaurant. If I don’t like your French dip, you’ve lost me as a patron. I recently found a recipe for crock pot French dip and knew I had to try it. Read more …

Tuesday 10 – Super Bowl Ads!

I’ll admit it – I’m not really a sports fan, let alone a football fan. I tailgated and attended a Rose Bowl party within the past 6 months, but for me, it’s really about the food. Pizza and breadsticks are my “go to” Super Bowl Sunday food. And I’m really watching the game for the commercials. I’ve always loved commercials. I know not why. So in keeping with the “commercial” theme, here are 10 of my Favorite Super Bowl ads in no particular order.

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Beware the Cuteness!

So much mischief to ponder. Aren't my toes cute?

For today’s viewing enjoyment, we have yet another round of cat pictures. Francesca is 6-7 months old now and been living with me for about a month and a half. I had the whole big story just about ready to go and included in this post, but then I figured everyone would ignore it and look at the pictures. So that will wait for just a little bit. For now, I hope you enjoy these pictures of this sweet little girl.

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The Best-Laid Plans…

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Bear solemnly mourns the loss of his internet hero.

Lord BearCat was informed last night that internet star Colonel Meow has passed away. Bear tried his best to write us a post for today, but the grief and depression has been too overwhelming so far. Maybe the coming days will bring us something, but we can make no promises.

I had something rolling around in my head for today. It would’ve been great if I had managed to actually write it or maybe even taken down some notes. Something! Alas, I am cursed.

But back to our feline theme for today, in just a couple of days you will get to meet our newest friend, Francesca. She’s nervous about her blog debut even though it’s only in photos, but we’re sure you’ll enjoy her as much as we have.

And if you want us to move on to some other topics, help us out. Tell us your truth. We’d love to hear it.