Nameless Caturday with Loki

Dear Readers,

I have hijacked Nicole’s computer in hopes of getting some help from all of you. You see, I have this new toy and other than Frost it’s all that keeps me company through the long days Nicole is working and the nights she spends with Scott’s catbabies (she asked me to tell you she’ll be introducing all of them soon too).

So all of that aside I am having some serious problems naming my new little friend. I have a picture too, so maybe you can give me some suggestions. Things to know:

  • It does not make any sounds
  • It’s stuffed just perfectly so it’s squishy, but not too firm
  • I carry it with me all of the time
  • It’s my new snuggle buddy

Please see below and let me what you think! I greatly appreciate your help and thank you in advance. I’m going to turn this back over to Nicole now, so look forward to some more of her silly, nonsensical ramblings I mean, pictures and events coming soon!

Most humbly yours,

Loki

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Vegetarian – Roasted Lemon and Asparagus Pizza with Homemade Alfredo

* This is a simple, fresh nutritional meal. I substituted store bought alfredo with a homemade, reduced fat version which made me exceptionally happy. Definitely a great meal to eat while we watched the Tampa Bay Lightning take it to the Boston Bruins! Game 7 on Friday!!

P.S. I want a kitchen with more light.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 lemon
  • 8-10 stalks asparagus
  • reduced fat mozzarella
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • half and half
  • parmesan cheese
  • garlic
  • flour (for alfredo and rolling dough)
Method:
1. Cut lemons into thin slices, brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place in oven (on broil) for approximately 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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2. (Not pictured) Melt 1 tbsp. butter and saute garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add 1 tbsp. flour until fully integrated.

4. Add half and half, stirring constantly, until sauce starts to thicken.

5. Add parmesan cheese until it melts and set aside. (Consistency will depend on how much cream you add, I like mine thicker, so I use less cream.)

6. Roll pizza dough (using flour to keep it from sticking to your board or hands).

7. Place on rack or pan and aerate with roller or fork.

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8. Coat asparagus in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

9. Top pizza with sauce, mozzarella, asparagus and lemons.

10. Bake per dough directions. (I baked them for approximately 20 minutes at 375 degrees.)

11. Enjoy!!

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Introductions all around – Caturday with Loki

Now, I know Frost told you all that Loki is the more social of the two of them, but he can be a little shy. I’m trying to get him to open up and be a little more out there so I got him on a leash and took him outside today! Unfortunately it was very, very hot and he was still getting used to the harness and leash. By the time the event was complete he was ready to just relax in a corner (as far away from me as he could get) rather than tell you guys about Caturday. Either way, it was a fun time and I think he’s going to start liking it a little more. I’ll make sure he gives you a little more insight into the Life of Loki the next time he pops in for a post. :)

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Review – St. Petersburg, FL – Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine and the Inferno Soup Challenge

I need to preface this by saying this experience may have been one of the worst decisions of my life. Hands down, without question. I need to follow that up with, I’m really glad I did it just to say I did. When I look back on the years I spent kickin’ around this area, really this planet, I’m going to be proud of myself for being so reckless and living without the inhibitions that tie so many other people to the ground. With all of that said…

Tucked at the end of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida there is a little restaurant. It’s called Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine. Yes, you read that correctly. Thai-Mex fusion cuisine. I was a little skeptical, but apparently the owners, husband (Mexican) and wife (Thai), thought it was something that could work. The menu offers a strictly Mexican section, strictly Thai, and then a fusion portion which includes items like a green curry burrito (didn’t try it, but would love to).

The menu also offers poison. Again, yes, you read the correctly. They’ve dubbed it under a very different name, but make no mistake, Nitally’s Inferno Soup is nothing less than toxic. This particular item comes with a large pay out- if you can handle the “heat”. The King Inferno is 48 ounces of the hottest food you’ve ever thought to torture your body with. Now, I’d say “spiciest”, but it didn’t taste spicy. My mouth was FINE. It was my belly, my skin, my head. In less than two minutes I was pouring sweat, my skin was on fire and I wanted to die. I’ve never drank enough, eaten bad enough food, been sick enough in my life to begin to compare to the horror that was this challenge. At nearly 100 challengers they have yet to find a winner. When (more accurately read: if) they ever find a winner that luck individual will walk away with a total of $800.00. So, if you think you have the stomach. If you think you have the resilience. If you think you have the balls. Try this. Try this and tell me how it turns out for you. I expect photos, as it’s only fair that you’re seeing mine.

I wish all of the brave souls that continue to try this luck (you’ll need it). I cheer them on with the hope that one day, some day, someone will be able to walk away with the prize. (I may start posting links to their Facebook page with all of the crying, failing souls, what do you think?)

Either way, enjoy my pain. :)

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Introductions all around – Caturday with Frost

My dear readers,

Nicole insisted that I introduce myself to you all. I told her no. Obviously, somehow, I’ve lost. But! Do not get used to this. Loki is the social one, and it’s not that I don’t want to know all of you, it’s just that my Caturdays are my Caturdays.

Either way, let me get this over with. My name is the Black Frost (after the Norse giants), but you can call me Frost or Basement Cat. I’ve been living with Nicole since she adopted me on April 10th, 2006. I was a measly eight weeks old and she could hold me in the palm of her hand. I have grown quite a lot in the last five years, and weigh in at a healthy 12 pounds.

I love catnip, catnaps, pushing things off tables, walking over sleeping human bodies (especially Scott), chasing bugs, milk, cheese, and roleplaying as my inner panther. Please see below.

I don’t think there’s much more for me to say. I am going to go back to minding my own Caturday. If you have anything else you want to know just ask Nicole. I have the sinking feeling I won’t be getting away from this forever. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

Most sincerely,

Frost

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