Weekly Photo Challenge: One (Holiday Edition)

With Christmas just a few days away, this week’s photo challenge deserved a second post — a holiday version!

One cat under the Christmas tree

This one lurking under the tree is deciding which ornament to remove next.  He is such a naughty fellow — did he forget that Santa is still watching?  If he is not busy trying to remove ornaments, he instead is leading our 100-pound black lab to chase him under the tree, which results in a flurry of pine needles, and tree skirt and presents askew.  Amazingly, the tree is still standing, while we continue moving the ornaments further upward out of reach.  Ah, life would be so dull without the antics of our furry friends.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”One” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Dessert for Summer Potlucks When You Have No Time to Cook (If the Cat Licks the Beaters, Even Clean Up Goes Quickly)

Kudos to those who enjoy and/or have time to spend hours crafting an elegant dessert that creates a memorable end to a meal.  I tend to be the one who thinks as I am working, “Crud, what are we going to make for the neighborhood gathering tonight?” and then runs a quick lunch-hour errand to pick up ingredients to throw together shortly before departing for the event (or frankly, runs an errand to pick up the end-product dessert itself!) .

Freshly washed berries

As we enter the season of family get-togethers, potluck celebrations, and graduation parties, I just had to share the newest of my “when you have no time to cook” recipes: Pillsbury’s Mini Fruit Pizzas While you are certainly welcome to make sugar cookies from scratch, I dutifully followed the recipe and gratefully placed the refrigerated sugar cookie dough squares on my cookie sheet (and thought to myself, “This could go even more quickly if I purchased plain sugar cookies from the bakery!”).

With time to spare before the oven timer went off, I whipped together the three-ingredient frosting (8 ounce package cream cheese, 2 Tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate and 1/2 cup powdered sugar), and set it aside as the cookies cooled.

Frosting the sugar cookie mini fruit pizzas

One of our cats, recognizing the time crunch I was in before we needed to head to the neighbors’ house, pitched in and took care of the pre-wash rinse cycle for the beaters.

Pre-wash rinse, courtesy of the cat

The recipe called for three cups of fresh berries and kiwi fruit, and I lazily went with items I could just rinse off, no cutting required!  Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries topped my fruit pizzas this time, but the kiwi suggested by the recipe would add a nice touch of contrasting color, don’t you think?!

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Or perhaps strawberries, pineapple?

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The small bite dessert was enjoyed by all, no serving utensils or plates required, making clean up a snap (even without the cat’s help).

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I was rushed in dropping berries on the frosted rounds, but the possibilities are endless for creating mini works of art!

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The full recipe for Mini Fruit Pizzas can be found on the Pillsbury website, here.

Ciao! ~ Kat

Turn Out Your Lights at 8:30 p.m. ~ Celebrate Earth Hour!

One of our cats is ready to illuminate the night with only candlelight – are you?

Cat by Candlelight
Cat by Candlelight

Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 p.m. wherever you are, anywhere in the world, turn off your lights for an hour to show support and solidarity for environmental sustainability and concern for the natural world in which we live.  Such a small gesture with a big message.  Even if the only change for some is raising awareness, it is an important first step.


More information about Earth Hour and worldwide activities taking place to promote it can be found on Earth Hour’s website.

Ciao! ~ Kat