Check this out, Mr. Cheddar now has a new night-time toy to amuse him (and hopefully Mitz will give it a whirl or two, so far she’s given it the paws down). 😦
Mystery Feline? The cat banker??? No.. it’s Mr. C!!!!!
The Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher is a (slight) cut-above some of the other feline toys on the market. Most of them, come on….a feather at the end of a plastic stick, a squeaky mouse…….give me a break! Mr. Cheddar and Ms. Mitz would rather have a big paper grocery bag, any day.
For all the feline-owned bloggers, what’s your cat(s) fav. toy? Any special requests for Christmas?
The Star Chaser does seem to be a minor hit, at least for now. The flashing lights (especially in the dark) woooooeeeee!!! Me and Joe sure enjoyed it LOL!!!
Back to the light of day…..
It was great to have some really sunny days this past week here in interior BC. We did have a couple of light snow falls but it seems to be melting away quickly. Next week is suppose to be very warm so I guess the boots and scarves can get filed away for a few more days.
My Sunny Kitchen View (makes dishwashing a bit more fun!) 🙂
Speaking of dishes/cleaning, check out this interesting post from my blog bud Michelle, re: the pros and cons of cleaning products and a great list of more natural/less harmful alternatives. Thanks M!
Still in the kitchen, but on to the fun stuff, cooking of course.….
As I mentioned last week, I’m working on two new cookbooks, one being a meatless burger book. I’ve been doing some online research on what’s out there already and it’s really quite interesting. All the way from the downright weird to recipes that sound really, really good.
Here’s some that I found so far, you be the judge on what category you’d put these in: Online meatless burger recipes
I haven’t given any of the recipes in this article a try yet, the one that really intrigues me is the broccoli burgers….some good comments about this one in the article but really, can you picture/taste this? I bought some nice organic broccoli this week so maybe….I never like to waste food and me and Joe are not picky eaters, but you can only go so far, right! LOL…
I’ll let you know which ones make the grade and do let me know if you try any of these recipes or have a homemade veggie burger recipe you’d like to share.
Speaking of online research, my quest for a hands-on soapmaking course continues. I am finding some really nice natural soap sites in the meantime though. Unfortunately, none that also offered soapmaking classes, in our area.
I ordered some Christmas gifts from Clearwater Soap Works. Loved the little treasure chests they include with some of their gift packs. I was also impressed with their site, products and the very prompt replies to my questions about their products.
The NJFV cookbook sale is still on, I’ve extended it until December 10th (allowing just enough time for Christmas delivery). Do spread the word and remember…cookbooks make a great gift!
Appetizers from Not Just for Vegetarians
Speaking of Christmas, I’ll finish off with a ‘munchie’ recipe from NJFV, Spicy Honey Almonds (pictured above) that is a great addition to a party table or just to enjoy on movie night etc….
This continues to be a very popular recipe. Also, makes a great hostess gift. Pour them in a pretty jar, add a label, ribbon and gift tag (nice to add the recipe too, included at the end of this post, just downsize to fit on your own cards, if you’d like to include) and you’re good to go.
A nice change from the usual ‘small’ gifts of chocolates or fruitcake. Yiiiikes….does anyone really like fruitcake????
Have a great week! 🙂
SPICY HONEY ALMONDS
These delicious spicy-sweet almonds are hard to resist. Makes a great holiday ‘nibble’…. have plenty on hand!
Yields- 2 cups.
2 T. vegetable oil
3 T. white or liquid honey
2 C. natural (skins on) whole almonds
2-4 T. chili powder (to taste)
1 T. Mrs. Dash Original Blend OR Spike Seas. Blend
½ teas. cayenne pepper (optional, if you like it HOT)
1 teas. sea salt
½ -1 teas. powdered ginger (to taste)
½- 1 teas. freshly-ground pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 375.
Grease a large cookie sheet with the vegetable oil and set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat honey over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, just to heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in the almonds, coating thoroughly and set aside.
Combine spices in a small bowl or shaker with large holes. Spread the honeyed almonds onto cookie sheet in single layer. Sprinkle evenly with ½ of the spice mix .
Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and turn almonds and sprinkle with remaining spice mix, return to oven for 10 more minutes. Reduce heating slightly if over-browning. Allow almonds to cool thoroughly before storing (if there’s any left!!!)
Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.