Cat Day Cutie Pie

Yesterday was World Cat Day!

Of course, every day is Cat Day around here, but it was a good excuse to celebrate with pie ūüôā

I made coconut cream (left), banana cream (right), and cheesecake mini-pies (not pictured). ¬†I use the word “pie” loosely though; they are simply mini pie shells filled with Jello instant pudding. ¬†Whatever you want to call them, they sure are delicious and cute!

As usual, my kitchen was full of “helpers”. ¬†Despite the occasion and their assistance, they didn’t get any pie.

They did get a very small dab of Cool Whip each though ūüėČ


A Few of My Favorite Things

Think¬†Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music¬†…

A burned spy in Miami with a .40 caliber
Yummy tomato mixed with cucumber
An epic fantasy with too many kings
These are a few of my favorite things

The rhyming isn’t perfect, but it works for this post. ¬†I figured I would share a few of my current addictions.

First up…

“My name is Michael Westen. ¬†I used to be a spy…”

I love this show.  I am not quite as thrilled with the newest season as I have been with past seasons, but it only just started.  It should be especially interesting to see what happens with Mike and Fi.  Their relationship is nothing if not complicated!

My next favorite thing has also been turned into a TV show, but I am hooked on the books.

George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is amazing thus far. ¬†I recently finished Game of Thrones and I am now about a quarter of the way through A Clash of Kings. ¬†This series is not quite like anything else I have ever read before. ¬†I am really not even sure how to describe it, so here is what Wikipedia¬†says about it:

The story of¬†A Song of Ice and Fire¬†takes place in a¬†fictional world, primarily upon a continent called¬†Westeros¬†but also on a large landmass to the east, known as¬†Essos.[5]¬†Most of the characters are human but as the series progresses other races are introduced, such as the cold and menacing¬†Others¬†from the far North and fire-breathing dragons from the East, both races thought to be extinct by the people of the story. There are three principal storylines in the series: the chronicling of a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros among several competing families; the rising threat of the Others, who dwell beyond an immense wall of ice that forms Westeros’ northern border; and the ambition of¬†Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in another civil war 15 years previously, to return to Westeros and claim her rightful throne. As the series progresses, all three storylines become increasingly interwoven and dependent on each other.

If you are interested in seeing what it is about, but not quite sure you want to read the books, you can check out the TV series Game of Thrones on HBO.  The first season followed the first book quite well, although I found the books a bit easier to follow.  There are a ton of characters!

I can’t wait to see what happens with Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Gendry “The Bull”!

Lastly, we come to my latest favorite snack.

I call it tomato salad for lack of a better name.  It is simple and delicious.  Just mix sliced grape tomatoes, chopped cucumber, diced red onion, feta cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette.  Yum!

A word of caution though… Keep an eye out for “helpers” when you are preparing your ingredients!