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Monday, January 30, 2012

Adventures in Cooking

If there is one thing I love to do in the kitchen it's to try new things. After all, who wants to keep eating the same boring stuff all the time, right?

Yes, well.

There is this place south of town that sells discount groceries once or twice a month. I like to go there and see what they have; different produce, bags of flour, pasta...etc. You just never know.

One day I found purple cauliflower:

It makes a very colorful dish of vegetables, doesn't it? I loved it. Hubby was a bit dubious. He said it had an odd flavor. I will concede; it DID taste different, but not really so I could put my finger on it. Maybe a bit sweeter.

Ellen liked it. She ate it right up. She loves vegetables.

At .50 cents a head, if it ever shows up again, hubby had better be prepared to eat purple cauliflower again. That's all I can say.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Result of Domestic Violence

My husband really ticked me off one day and this is what resulted...

Ha not really...

We had gone to Waynesville and Fort Leonard Wood one Saturday and came back late.

I made little pizzas for a really quick supper. I always use spaghetti sauce instead of pizza sauce because it's easier on our digestion for some reason.

In any case, I had a huge can of the stuff and was separating it out into smaller portions to freeze. Like a bonehead would; I got distracted and left a bag of the stuff propped up and still open on the counter. Well, as you might have guessed from the photo, it fell over and poured the better part of its contents all over my floor.

Just so you know; spilled spaghetti sauce will really smell up the place for a bit. And it's not fun to clean up either.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Friendly Stray Cats...ARGH!!!!

Never, never, but NEVER let a friendly stray cat steal your heart. Especially a tom.

Remember Boo? I think I blogged about him before, but I am not sure.

Anyway. He showed up here on the dairy sometime in September; a stray, just a thin black streak in the weeds. He'd visit my garbage/scrap pile.

It did not take long for him to realize that if he buttered us up he could get more and better food. He mews like a kitten and is quite calm and friendly. I did NOT want this cat. I wanted hubby to take him somewhere else. But Ellen fell in love with him: "He's my favorite color." (Go figure on that one.)

However, he has weasled his way into my heart too, the little black wretch. He keeps me company when I do chores in the mornings; follows me around, scrambles into the feed buckets and eats the calf feed (see number 2 below.). He will even ride on the four-wheeler with me.

He has two faults.

Well, three.

1) He is the kind of cat that loves to walk under your feet and seemingly attempt to trip you up.

2) He loves to eat...if I were to let him he'd eat himself sick. And indeed he has developed that urinary blockage deal that felines get when they get too much of the wrong diet.

Last Monday we had an emergency trip to the veterinarian. $67.77 He couldn't pee. This is fatal in a tom cat. This doesn't yet include vaccinations and neutering. Bless his sweet little heart. We have to wait 'til he recovers from his current ailments...and gets off of the antibiotics I would presume. (Vet was impressed I caught it so soon in an outside cat. Said inside cat owners often don't catch it until really late.)

This condition is bad to reccur. You needs must put the cat on a special diet.


OR, the kind vet said you can put him on a raw meat diet. It'll work if you just substitute about half of his canned food with lean raw meat. The stuff you buy from the store.

We can't afford lean raw meat for OURSELVES much less a cat.


3) He pees in the house when I break down and let him inside.

If you ever want to see your significant other crawl, just let a tom cat come in and whiz somewhere in the house. You will see your significant other crawling around sniffing corners and walls and table legs to see where said obnoxious tom may have whizzed. You will probably be doing some crawling of your own.

However, if you mop the floor and swab down EVERYTHING (walls, cabinets, table/chair legs...ect) with Febreze cleaner, you just might get as lucky as I did and manage to eliminate the pee.