Caturday 4 – Cashew is a Rebellious Teencat

IMG_7284 Cashew is growing up.  :(  He looks so different than when he was a little kitty baby.  Just look at him!  Pretty soon he’s going to have tattoos and piercings all over his body.
Rebel He’s around seven month old, which is the equivalent to a fifteen year old human.  He doesn’t cuddle in our laps as much as he used to… he’d rather play and attack us.  He’s still a good boy, though.  Occasionally he’ll jump on the dinner table and we’ll yell at him to get down.  He just hunkers down on the table and looks guilty instead of jumping off.  He looks really cute so it’s hard to get too mad at him. 

Like any teenager, Cashew Kitty loves sleeping in (much like his parents).  He crawls under the covers of my bed and sometimes sleeps there.
IMAG3795 Isn’t he the cutest in this picture?  Sigh.
IMAG3767 Sleepy kitty.
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Cats love quilts – it’s a fact.
IMAG3746_1 Sooo tired.  He’s a growing boy!  I guess he’ll be about full sized when he’s a year old.
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Couldn’t even make it out of bed.
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D’awww!
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When I visited my family a few weeks ago, my sweet mom bought Cashew some wheat grass from the farmers’ market.  He loved it!  He ate and played with it until it completely died.  My mom gave me some wheat grass seed and I’m going to try growing that soon, along with some catnip. 
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He loves grass!
IMAG3976_1 Speaking of grass, last weekend we gave Cashew his first catnip experience.  And now, like other rebellious teencats, he loves to partake in some herbs. 

I bought him some catnip bubbles and he likes to watch the bubbles and occasionally he’ll stick a paw out to pop them (he’s lazy).  I think he enjoys the scent but it doesn’t make him act crazy.
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Eric also bought him a little mouse that you fill up with dried cat nip.  The mouse makes him completely nutty!  As seen in the following videos:
(He growls!)
Do your cats love the nip? Do they do anything crazy?

Light Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
I’ve been craving blueberries like crazy lately!  They’re the only fruit I really want to eat. 

Yesterday I was craving blueberries and pumpkin.  It’s a little early to be breaking out the pumpkin, don’t you think?  Or should I make a pumpkin blueberry bread?  That might be a little weird.  But it sounds so good!
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So I made some muffins recently that were really good.  These blueberry lemon poppy seed muffins combine the two best muffin flavors (in my opinion) – your classic blueberry and the ever-so-popular lemon poppy seed muffin. 

I made these muffins a little bit lighter than most muffin recipes; the recipe is fairly low in fat and sugar.  You could certainly reduce the oil a bit and I’m sure the muffins would still turn out delicious.  I used coconut oil (I’m such a stereotypical food blogger).  I also threw in some freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, light sour cream, and of course, poppy seeds.  I was a little bit disappointed with the flavor of the seeds… they seemed so stale.  I just purchased them too.  I wonder where you get fresh poppy seeds?  From freshly picked poppies?

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend! I’m working on another Caturday update for all you cat lovahs out there.
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Light Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil (in melted form)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 lemon zested, juiced 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream 
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds 
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries 
Instructions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a muffin pan with liners or spray with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla until well combined.  Whisk in eggs, water, sour cream and poppy seeds until well combined.  Whisk in flour mixture until just combined.  Fold in blueberries until just combined.

Divide batter into muffin cups.  Sprinkle with extra sugar, if desired.  For regular sized muffins, bake about 16-18 minutes, or until well risen and light golden brown.  For Texas-sized muffins, bake about 25-30 minutes or until well risen and light golden brown.  Cool 5-10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Donuts, Salads & Pong

IMAG4007_1 Today I woke up bright and early (9:45 hahaha) and bought some donuts while running around doing errands.  This donut shop is dangerously close to our house and I’m worried I’m going to be going there a little too often.  They were reasonable in price and sooo good.  My partner in crime and I may have eaten all six donuts this morning (noon) for brunch.  What’s your favorite donut??  I must know!  Tell me. 

I seriously like all donuts.  I really like jelly filled and cream filled.  Or jelly AND cream filled… do they make those?  They should.

I tried to balance things out a bit and made a pasta salad for lunch.  I’d been dreaming up this salad for a few days.  I don’t have a recipe for this, only a rough guestimate.
Pasta2 Cook 3/4 lb. pasta, four boiled eggs, and meanwhile start chopping up two cups cherry tomatoes (I used some from my garden!), a handful of basil (also from my garden!), a ball of fresh mozzarella (that I made myself *).  Combine the pasta, eggs, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella in a big bowl.  Add in some torn up arugula (maybe 2 cups), about 3-4 tablespoons pesto, some toasted pine nuts, and some edamame or peas.  Season with fresh lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. 
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In the past year I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the almighty egg.  It’s such a perfect, natural food… like avocados.  They barely need any seasoning!  I place them in cold water, bring to a boil, turn off the heat and let them sit for 10-11 minutes before shocking in ice water.  They seem easier to peel immediately after cooking.
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Delicious!  And especially great when using fresh tomatoes and basil.

One more thing: we just picked up a FREE full-sized ping pong table that someone was giving away on Craigslist.  It was the heaviest and most dangerous thing that Eric and I have ever lifted.  I thought I was going to be crushed when we were moving it into the basement.  We took out a chunk of the banister in the process, whoops.  This is our new laundry room/game room!!  Whoop whoop.  We’re going to decorate it and it’s going to be awesome.  Do you have any decorating suggestions for us?  I’m thinking we need a black light and some tapestries.  Duuude. 

Oh we need paddles and whatnot too.
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