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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow! Man!

Here are some good things about snow days.
2Groovydude gets to dress in many clothes and go out and tear it up.
Captain Snow Boy
And this is before I made him add a stocking cap and wrapped a scarf around his face.
Mom's can be over protective.

The first assignment was to get those Christmas thank you cards to the mailbox.
(Because we had a snow day, we finally finished the cards.)
Another good snow day activity accomplished.

Yeah! He made it!

Captain Snow Boy has returned!

Belle was assigned snow-melt, clean-up duty.
She was very enthusiastic.

Belle and Captain Snow Boy
preparing for snow angel mission.

Go snow angel!

Belle adding her paw prints to the angel wings.

Not bad.
Think of abstract art.

Rhubarb checking out some tracks.

You've heard about yellow snow?
Don't go there.

Okay, so that is a bad thing about snow days.
Along with the fact that Captain Snow Boy
came down with a fever the next day.
I'm sure it was unrelated, but I did my best to over dress him.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spotlight: Odie Cat-dog & Odie Puppy

After living with Belle and Rhubarb together for a few months now,
I have made an observation.
Rhubarb is a cat, like Garfield and Belle is Odie.
(Refer to YouTube video above.)
Rhubarb spends all her time being annoyed at Belle and
Belle, well, she just loves Rhubarb.
Belle prances around trying to get Rhubarb to play and Rhubard is not interested.
It has been quite amusing and I've learned so much.

My dog is a cat.



And while we are comparing my critters to cartoon characters,
it could be said that Belle resembles Linus.

You know, from the Peanut's cartoons?

She loves her blankie.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Marvelous Mushrooms

We are real mushrooms fans at my house.
If you do not like mushrooms, this recipe will not be for you.
If you do not like mushrooms, you are missing out.
I have taken this salad to several occasions in the last couple of months,
and I am always asked for the recipe.
It really is delicious and so easy.
Two small packs of button mushrooms
Pepper Jack cheese
Green onions
Cavendar's seasoning
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil 
Yes, I am preparing to wash the mushrooms.
I know that it is not advised and if I was going to eat them fresh in a salad,
 I would probably brush them off.
But since they will be marinating anyway,
washing is the quickest.
Pardon me for the mushroom faux pas.
It will be okay. 
Chunk up the cheese.
(I like saying that.) 
Slice the mushrooms, but don't worry about size,
because they are going to totally shrink up. 
I just make about 4 cuts per mushroom. 
Mushrooms are just so funky. 
Lots of different textures. 
I like them. 
Chop a bunch of green onions.
I mean the "bunch" that they come bundled in at the store.
It is just the right amount. 
Place all of your chopped goodies in a bowl.
Sprinkle generously with the Cavendar's seasoning.
Pour olive oil and balsamic over all.
I never measure this, I'm sorry.
Below I have estimated about what I think I pour in.
Feel free to add more or less according to your taste. 
Stir it all up.
This salad needs to be refrigerated for several hours.
Overnight is great.

Mushroom Salad

2 small cartons of button mushrooms
1 8 oz package Pepper Jack cheese
1 bunch green onions
1 T. Cavendar's seasoning
2 T. olive oil
4 T. balsamic vinegar

Rinse mushrooms lightly under cold water, drain.  Chop mushrooms, cheese and onions.  Place in bowl and sprinkle with seasoning.  Pour oil and vinegar over all and toss. 
Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.  Stir and serve.