Thursday, August 15

Mama Kat Thursday: Love of A Cat

The Mama Kat prompt I chose today is to, "Share a favorite quote."

I like good cat quotes and have a couple on my Pinterest "Good Quotes" board. 
I like this one by Charles Dickens: "What greater gift then the love of cat?" and thought I'd share some fairly recent pictures of our cat, Sunni, who just turned 19 this past April.

Here's Sunni peering around my computer screen at me.
She's reminding me it's about time for her lunch. 

Having, my husband, Dave hold her is Sunni's favorite thing.
 My forearms are too short to hold her like this. She sit at Dave's feet and looks at him, asking to be held. 
Her relationship to us each is unique. She like's him to hold her, but she likes me to brush her and massage her ears.


Sunni loves to sit at the table with us when we eat dinner.
It's just something she's always done and she's polite about it. She doesn't get up on the table. (Never)
 Dave will give her a tiny nibble from his fingers of meat fat or cheese or whatever from what he's eating.
Her head will tip back and forth as she watches Dave eat and she'll tap the table edge with her paw to  remind him, "Where's mine?"  Then once she's had 2 or 3 nibbles, she'll be satisfied and she'll  go get on our bed for a bath and a catnap.

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Wednesday, August 14

Garden Pic Wednesday: Purple Shamrocks & Rainlily

 There's a lady around the corner from us with a beautiful yard heavily landscaped with flower beds AND a rain garden. I've thought for a long time that I wanted to stop by to say hello and an unexpected opportunity to do so came up this week when I was out for my morning walk. She was out mowing and weed-eating, so I introduced myself. Her name is Sally. She's a little older then me. It was a great opportunity to talk gardening. Like me, she wants to replace grass with flower beds. She showed me her yard, then we walked down to my house and looked at mine.
We traded numbers and she's going to contact me to give me some of her purple asters later in the autumn.
So that was neat. 

I have two photos today:
Purple Shamrocks:
The camera really doesn't do justice to the depth of their dark burgundy color, but it does reveal the lighter fushia pattern on the leaves that's less noticeable to the naked eye.
They bloom light pink flowers all the time. 

A Yellow Rain Lily
See a yellow is rare. I see the larger pink ones more often. They're unique in they require a certain degree of wetness to bloom. 
I imagined when I planted the little bulbs that I'd have a flock of blossoms after every rain, but, no, I only see them sporadically. At most I've seen 3 or 4 pink ones blooming at one time.
 Funny thing about this one---it wasn't even in the rain garden proper, but up between the flagstones that ring it.  They do make seeds sometimes, so I think this is a self-seeded volunteer.

Tuesday, August 13

Good Eating Tuesday: Food Pairing

Did you know combining certain foods makes them work more effectively in your body?  It's called "Food Pairing."
I'm just going to list some I thought would be easy for me to incorporate, since they're common items in my frig or pantry, but you might like to read the whole article in Eat This, Not That for what benefits each pairing offers:
"32 Food Combinations Dial Up Your Weight Loss."

eggs and peppers

Eggs & Bell Pepper
That's an easy one. I eat an egg for breakfast daily and have frozen pepper strips in the freezer. I just added a few bits.

coffee with cinnamon
Coffee & Cinnamon
I add cinnamon to the grounds in my coffee maker daily, but you can also shake some in.
Apparently cinnamon in a flab fighter. Who knew?

potatoes with black pepper
Potatoes & Pepper
Potatoes are unfairly black-listed the article points out and I agree. Not only are they a great source of potassium, but studies show they're more filling then rice or oatmeal!
I love pepper and turns out pepper inhibits the formation of new fat cells! Who knew?

Garlic & Fish
That's an easy one. I love garlic and often have salmon in the freezer available for lunch.

Nut Butter & Bananas
Oooh, I like that!
Hello, fluffer-nutter!

Sweet Potatoes & Yogurt
Plain Greek, they mean. I usually go for cinnamon and butter, but yogurt would be a lower fat/higher protein alternative. I'd give it whirl.

Dark Chocolate & Apples
(70% Dark) I guess the gut ferments dark chocolate into heart-healthy anti-inflammatory compounds and a few apple slices help the fermentation process. Who knew? Pass the dark chocolate!

Green Tea & Mint
Green tea helps your liver burn fat and mint suppresses cravings. Apparently, in a study, just sniffing mint 4 times a day help people loose 5 pounds over 30 days. 
I have Chocolate Mint in my garden. I brought in a stem, put it in water and have been sniffing it every time I pass the kitchen counter. 

Apples & Peanut Butter
Crunchy fruit fiber and filling peanut protein that has a capacity to help diminish the action of fat storage genes.
 A natural type peanut butter is recommended.

There are lots more in the article I didn't mention, like Tuna & Ginger or Raspberries & Walnuts, so you should check with the link at the top!

Thursday, August 8

Mama Kat Thursday: Favorite Summer Recipe

Today's Mama Kat prompt option is "Share Your Favorite Summer Recipe!"

My favorite is Pineapple Fluff!
It's easy and everyone loves it. It's classed as a salad, but can be enjoyed as a dessert!
 Our friends rate it as tastier then Watergate Salad (green fluff) and I it's great anytime of year; not just summer, but goes really well with summer grilled meals!
(photo is my own)

Pineapple Fluff
1 small (3.4 oz) box Instant Coconut Creme pudding
1 20oz can of Crushed Pineapple
1 8oz tub of Whipped Topping
2 cups Mini-Marshmallows
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped pecans
 1 cup shredded sweet coconut

In  a large bowl: add Crushed Pineapple with the juice and stir in the instant pudding. Now add pecans & coconut, stir in. Finally fold in the whipped topping and mini-marshmallows and fold-in until everything is thoroughly combined and the pudding is completely mixed in with the whipped topping.
Cover & refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours before serving. Keeping it chilled longer is fine.
What's your favorite summer recipe?

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Wednesday, August 7

Garden Pic Wednesday: Assorted Photos

Several pictures for today:

One of My Black Swallowtail Guests:
The late day sun was shining on him so pretty! They've got a very handsome coloration. Of course, they're all off somewhere turning into butterflies now and my parsley, bare stems. 

Here's a nice shot of my Purple Bell Peppers.
They are very eye-catching in the garden!

And my Lady Planter, looking stylish in her succulent hat!