Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bad Beginnings, Happy Endings

Sometimes bad beginnings can have happy endings. About 9 months ago, an upstanding citizen decided the kitten they owned had become more of a burden than a pleasure. Take him to the shelter? Nah, too much trouble. Throw him out of a moving vehicle? Yeah, that's the ticket! ... And they did.

Luckily for this little orange tabby kitten, someone saw this heinous act, and stopped to pick up the tiny, broken body from the side of the road. He was still alive, but paralyzed. The good samaritan took him to The Ark, where he's been nursed back to health and living until last week, where he would be united with someone who has also been on the receiving end of similar abuse.

My nephew is Downs, but that didn't stop certain people who were supposed to love and protect him from abusing him emotionally and physically. B is healing from that, just as the orange tabby healed from his wounds. We were told that "Fury" doesn't know he's disabled, even though he still bears the scars from his abuse. Neither does B. To B, he's just B, and he can do anything he wants to do, including be a cop and work at Pizza Hut "when he grows up". Two similar stories, two little boys; finding each other, loving each other, each giving the other what he needs.

So, really, this isn't the end at all, but rather a happy beginning. Both for "Fury", now Gus, and B. Here's to many, many years of happy, healthy companionship!

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B And Gus

Please, adopt!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Add a Little Spice to Your Life!

We're not football fans, so we didn't NEED these to watch the game today, but I WANTED these again, so I made them. Ha! =) They're wonderful!! And you need to make these ASAP. You won't regret it, I promise! I got the recipe from Ree's blog (who I looooove). Her recipes (which I loooooooove) are amazing! And she's too funny to boot! =)

Ree's Jalapeno Bacon Thingies

I edited it a little bit to make it even easier. Sometimes I'm lazy like that. =D

Ingredients:

Fresh jalapeno peppers
Reduced fat cream cheese, softened
Peppered bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions:

(I really recommend going to Ree's blog --link above-- if you're going to make them. She provides much more detailed instructions.)

Wash and dry the peppers. Slice off tops, then slice each pepper in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and you're left with these little beauties:

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**Oh yeah, major word of caution! WEAR GLOVES when handling the peppers! If you don't... well, now that's something you WILL regret!! Yeeouch!**

Mix together the cream cheese and crumbled bacon. Stuff each pepper with the mixture. I'm not neat with it, and I like mine FULL, so I just plop it in there and let it overflow. =)

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Toss them all onto a cookie sheet, lined with foil for easy cleanup.(And I do mean toss! I wasn't interested in making them look pretty this time. It was allll about getting my yum on! =D)

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Bake them at 375 for about 20 minutes, or until the peppers look a tad soft and wrinkly and the cheese gets just a touch of golden on top.

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That's it! Super easy and oh my gosh, they're so good! Try not to eat the whole pan before your husband gets up from his Sunday afternoon nap. Not... that I've had any personal experience with that or anything... Noooo, nothing like that... *shifty eyes*

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Good, Stiff Drink

Happy birthday to my boss, happy birthday to my boss! Happy biiiirrrttthhhdaaay toooo BiiiiIIIIILLLL, happy birthday to YOU! Tadaaaa! *beams* Today's my boss' birthday (if you hadn't gathered that from the off key singing). So last night I whipped up some chocolate fudge cupcakes and dunked them in my new favorite icing, dark chocolate ganache.

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I was going to fill them with whipped ganache, but it just didn't want to cooperate last night, so two of them are filled and the other twenty-two are not. Someone will get a surprise, I guess! :-D

I made tiny coffee cups and doughnuts for the top. We at the office loves us some G&S doughnuts and we'll often have them instead of cake for a birthday, so doughnuts were a gimme. And everyone here is addicted to the coffee, and it goes oh so well with the doughnuts, so again, another gimme. :-D Josh pointed out that the coffee was VERY dark, so veeeerrry strong. And another indication it's strong stuff?

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...It stands up over the edge of the cup. Now that's a stiff drink! *ba dump CHING*

I topped 12 with the coffee cups and doughnuts, and the other 12 I topped with chopped salted peanuts. I thought it would be a nice combo with the rich chocolate ganache and cake. :-)

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We eat at 10! And unlike the retirement cake, I'm going to get a piece of this!