Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kitty All Inclusive

When we go on vacation, everybody gets a break! Even the Friskmeister. So only the best will do and that is the Pet Bed and Breakfast . He gets the royal treatment from Melanie and the other lovely lady's. Friskie is quite the ladies man, he gets his daily brushings, soothing bird and cricket background music while napping (his favorite activity). No wonder he did not want to come back with me. Hangs out with the other boys and girls talking about us, their annoying roommates at home, recent events, best kibble... whatever else is relevant cat gossip. Has a great time and is treated like the King he is.

Now, coming back home was something else. At first, he gave us the cold shoulder for "abandoning" him for a week. Then it was like he grew an umbilical cord and reattached it to my back. He wouldn't let us out of his sight. He would follow us every step we took, the thump thump thump of his paws reminding you he was right on your ass. When we sit down he is right in your face begging for a scratch and cuddle.

Also, it seems that he has learned a new language from his other kitty friends. Its a whiny demanding meow like kids on a car trip; "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"Non stop all day. Just a phase I hope. He's reverting back to his childhood....Benjamin Button? Anyways, spring can't come fast enough . Then he can go back outside....and get stuck under the deck! SHEESH.

**This picture was taken at the Pet Bed and Breakfast. The structures are amazing, Friskie is under the "water fall" in this picture. There is also a plane, space shuttle and all kinds of little nooks cats can nap and play.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Top 5 Resolutions

Many of you have inspired me to do my own list of resolutions for the New Year. I am not usually one to make a list of resolutions just because it's a new year... However, many goals and thoughts are going through my mind and maybe putting them in writing will help me achieve them.
Here we go.....
  1. Patience, patience, patience... as per my yoga teacher; "2009 brings a unique combination of sensitivity and intensity. With this increased sensitivity and intensity we will need more patience. This will be the challenge or the Yoga for those of us who are naturally a little impatient"

  2. Eliminate chemicals in our house. Use more earth friendly products and natural cleaning agents, such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon....

  3. Getting fit. I have gained an embarrassing amount of pounds in the last year. This resulted in less energy and an overall sense of not feeling well. Oh duck fat and foie gras, how I love thee!!

  4. Organization. Need i say more?

  5. Spending less and saving more. I have learned the hard way, that rainy days DO exist, and YES, it could happen to YOU. Nobody is immune........And in case my lovely boss is reading my blog, like he promises to do, here is resolution #6.....
  6. Be NICer to the best BOSS in the whole world ;-)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Easy as 1-2-3

I love to eat anything that has a crunch. Even better if it's healthy! These flour tortillas can be found in almost any freezers of health food stores.
-Mix some of your best olive oil with some chopped garlic. Brush the mixture on each side of the tortilla. I added some good coarse grey salt on top and fresh pepper. Sometimes I only brush them with olive oil and then sprinkle some garlic and onion salt. Your imagination is the limit! I then take kitchen shears and cut the tortilla in bite size pieces. Spread evenly on a a baking sheet and bake in a 320 F. until crispy. turn them once during baking and watch closely, they easily burn.

-Take leftover or fresh french baguette and slice thinly. Spread on baking sheet and bake in oven at 350 F until nice and golden brown, turning once. As soon as they are out of the oven, brush both sides with the same mix of olive oil and garlic and sprinkle with your best salt. Store any leftovers in baggies or airtight container.

Enjoy with cheese, onion confits, spreads, dips.....