3/27/19

What Greater Gift Than The Love Of A Cat

No home is complete
without the pitter patter
of kitty feet.



Guess who turned the big TWO
on Monday the 25th. . .
Stripester, Duke, and Melly.


These three cats have been such a sweet gift to us
and we can't help but love every moment we have with them.


They make us smile, laugh, and yes,
they sometimes make us want to pull our hair out
because they're cats and you know cats. . .

Cats have 32 muscles in each ear
to help them ignore you.

Many of you who have followed my blog know about these cats
and how they came to be born in our home,
but if you don't know their story
than please feel free to read about it HERE.

Let's take a trip down memory lane
and go back to when these rascals were born. . .


Stripester
{lovingly named by my son}
was the firstborn.



Stripester was the most playful
when the kittens were younger,
but now she tends to sleep the day away.
Although, every day like clock work,
 she wakes up at 2:00 in the afternoon
and becomes extremely affectionate.
She will find either my son or myself
and follow us around until we love on her.


Here is Stripester snuggling with Burrito.
The two of them could be twins
even though Burrito was born in July.


This is lovely Stripester on her birthday.
You can see her colors have darkened with age.


And this is her favorite place to sleep.
The other cats know to leave this bed alone
because Stripester has laid claim on it.
Don't you just love the way cats curl their paws?!


Duke was the second born
and this guy is like a big teddy bear,
very sweet and loving.


He had the cutest face when he was a kitten
as it was rather round and chubby.


This picture cracks me up.
It's like he is smiling up at the camera.


The older he got
the more his face "thinned" out
and now he is very large and muscular.



Collect moments
not things. . .
unless those things are cats.


Duke is a big snuggle bug
whether it's with us
or the other cats.
Here he is cuddled up with Burrito.



Melly was the last kitten to be born
and oh, what a tiny thing she was!
She was also very laid back and mellow
which is how she got her name.



Melly can be rather quirky.
In the mornings when I am getting ready for the day,
she will join me in the bathroom
and she goes crazy wanting attention.
She will gently bite my leg until I pet her
and once I start petting her,
she won't let me stop.
She will use her two front paws 
to pull my hand back to her head.



She tends to be a loner with the other cats
and isn't big into snuggling with them.
Duke, Mr. Lover Boy, tries,
but usually gets told off by Melly.



All you need is love
and cats.


If you have a cat. . .or cats
than you know how wonderful cat naps are.
{{smiles}}
There is something sweet and comforting
when your cat curls up next to you.



For their birthday
I made a little birthday banner
and some cat accordion decorations.

They also got some special treats
in crystal dishes.


We have been incredibly blessed
with our cat family of six
and we wouldn't trade any of them for the world.
If you would like to read about Burrito and Buttercup's story,
please do so by clicking HERE.
Their story is my favorite.
{{smiles}}
They were born four months after
Stripester, Duke, and Melly.



There are only three things
this lady can't resist,
her cat. . .
and her other five cats.

Do you have pets, my friends?
I would love to hear about them
in the comment section.

Have a most beautiful day.
Hugs and love!

* * * * * * * *

I have had several lovely ladies contact me
about hosting a Spring Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
While I would love to do so,
I find that I simply cannot right now.
I know this event is loved and enjoyed by many
so please forgive me for not hosting it this Spring.
I will certainly consider hosting one at a later time.
Thank you for understanding.
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3/20/19

Caramel Churro Cookies

Enjoy the sweet
caramel life.


Hello, friends,
and happy day to you!
I trust your week is going well
and I hope your days are being filled 
with beauty and sunshine.

Today I have a tasty little treat for you
and it's one that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. . .
Caramel Churro Cookies.


Ingredients:

2 Pillsbury pie crusts
12 soft caramel candies, cut in half
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
and line a cookie tray with parchment paper;
set aside.

Roll out the pie crusts.
Use a 2-inch round cutter 
to cut out 12 pieces from each crust. 
You can reuse the crust
by simply rolling it out again.

Place a small piece of caramel candy 
in the center of one piece.
Place another piece of crust on top of the caramel
and press the edges with a fork to seal everything together.
You may want to dip your fork in water
before pressing on the dough
as this will prevent the fork from sticking.
Place cookies on the prepared tray.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 8-12 minutes
or until golden brown along the edges. 
Allow the cookies to cool completely.

In a small mixing bowl stir together 
the 1 cup of sugar and tablespoon of cinnamon.

Melt the 1/4 cup of butter
and brush onto both sides of the cookie.
Roll them in the bowl of cinnamon and sugar. 


Place the cookies on a pretty serving tray
and enjoy!


Do you have a favorite recipe
that calls for cinnamon and sugar?
I would love to know
so please feel free to share in the comment section.


Thanks for visiting, sweet friends.
May you have a most wonderful day!
{{{hugs}}}

And may I wish you
a very HAPPY SPRING!

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb 
on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

- - Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant" - -
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3/13/19

St. Patrick's Day Tarts

May your blessings outnumber 
the shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
wherever you go.
- - Irish Blessing - -


Top o' the morning to ya,
my friends!
I truly hope you are simply delightful
and I trust your week is going well.

Before I share these oh-so-sweet St. Patrick's Day tarts,
I want to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
for blessing me with your kind words, precious prayers, 
and loving thoughts on my last post.
I was greatly touched
and most appreciative of your concern
while being under the weather.
I was quite sick for a week
with aches and chills, a high fever, loss of voice,
and a lovely sinus infection.
I am now feeling human again
and yesterday I had the urge to make something sweet
so I whipped up some of these tarts
in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
These pretty little tarts are easy peasy, my friends,
and oh, are they ever tasty!


The tarts themselves are the Phyllo tarts
found in the frozen section at the grocery store.
I filled them with lemon and raspberry filling.
Mmmm. . . so good!


Then I made a whipped topping
with heavy whipping cream.
Let's see. . .
I probably whipped about a 1/2 cup of cream
and added a spoonful of granulated sugar to it.

I also added Confectioners' sugar to the cream
because it helps with stiffening the whipped topping.
I'm sorry to say that I did not measure any of this
and simply added the Confectioners' sugar as I whipped
until I got a nice stiff consistency.

While whipping the cream,
I added about 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
which made the lemon and raspberry filling pop with flavor.

Finally, after the cream was whipped
I stirred in a few drops of green food coloring.

I piped the cream onto the tarts
and finished with green sprinkles.


For each petal on the shamrock
this brings a wish your way-
good health, 
sweet blessings,
and happiness
for today and every day.
- - Unknown - -


Pour yourself a nice cup of tea
and enjoy a few tarts,
my friends.


Thank you for visiting, 
lovely friends!
And again, 
thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers
while I was sick.
I am incredibly thankful for each one of you.


After you've enjoyed your tea and tarts
maybe a nap is in order. . .


Have a beautiful day!

Irish Kisses
and
Shamrock Wishes!
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3/6/19

Under The Weather

My bed wasn't feeling well
this morning
so I stayed home to take care of it.
- - Unknown - -


Hello, my friends!
I'm a little under the weather right now
so unfortunately I don't have a post for today.
As you can see,
I am in good company.
{{smiles}}
I hope to feel better soon
and I will "see" you next week!

Love and hugs!
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2/27/19

An Invitation To Tea

Hospitality should have
no other nature than love.
- - Henrietta Mears - -


My sweet friends,
the other day I was reading in my
Tea Lover's Devotional by Emilie Barnes
and I was truly blessed by her words
so I thought I would share them with you.


Take a moment
and slow down, dear ones.
Enjoy these words written by Emilie Barnes.

There's no hurry about the ritual of tea
since you can't go ahead with the tea
until the water is boiling.
And there's more waiting to do even then,
because the tea leaves or tea bags
must steep in the pot.
But while you are waiting for the liquid
to turn its fragrant amber,
you can carry the tray to a comfortable nook
and wait in peace.
If you are with friends,
this is a wonderful time to reconnect with one another.
If you are alone,
you can read or think or pray or just "be."


The brewed tea is too hot to sip quickly,
but it will cool.
You can simply sit and wait until the boiling liquid
settles into comfortable warmth.
Maybe you can read yet another page of your book.
Or you can politely pass the cream and sugar
and cookies or fruit to your friends - more ritual.


Then your cup is ready to enjoy.
And somehow as you sip,
your mind continues to settle down 
from its habitual rush.
Your words and your musings slow down
and sink deeper.
Your relationships - even your relationship with yourself -
are granted space for a leisurely stretch.
And the beautiful thing is,
all this slowdown takes so little time!


Enjoying a cup of tea
is not like taking a summer off
or going away on a retreat.
It's an island of calm
you can reasonably visit in the course
of your busiest day.


Once you make the decision to adjust your pace,
you can relax and enjoy the journey.
You may need to change your mental gears
to enjoy it fully.
You may need to practice waiting
and learning to enjoy the repetitive freedom
of the ritual of tea.
But once you do,
the change of pace will renew your mind
and refresh your spirit.


Plan a tea party to gather some old friends or new friends.
Even having just one person over
for a cup of tea and good conversation
will create a time of hospitality and connection.
Make it simple so that you enjoy it
and can focus on sharing your heart with your guests.


Last week I held a giveaway for the children's book
Busy in Boots by Madison Meadows
and today I am announcing the winner.
Many thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway.
The lovely winner is. . .


One last thing. . .
many of you know my dear mom
who blogs over at 
Today is her 60th birthday
and I want to wish her a year 
of happiness, love, and sweet blessings.
She is a beautiful woman inside and out,
and it's an honor to call her my mother.
Happy Birthday to a rare 
and truly amazing gem!


Have a most wonderful day!
Love and hugs to you, my friends.
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