Caturday: Two kitties and a recipe

We’re not doing anything exciting for Christmas. We picked up a leg of lamb and some fancy taters. With luck, Miss Jenny won’t be able to steal one and bring it to bed like the last time. We might go off to the park or the beach for a good walk though. 🙂

I would like to apologize for not posting lately. I’ve been doing some major maintenance on the blog (behind the scenes). I should have it all tidied up soon.

It has been raining and raining here. I don’t mind. As you can see here, it makes our hills a very pretty shade of green.

Here are the beasties.

Miss Jenny was using Tlito as a pillow
Miss Jenny was using Tlito as a pillow

Here are our two “angel” kitties.

Our sweet and comical food thief. Kitsy is missed
Our sweet and comical food thief. Kitsy is missed
The Boober
The Boober. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. We miss him too.

And now for the recipe. I love pumpkin bread, but most times I find it dry and mealy. This recipe is NOT dry. It’s moist and wonderful. My mom and dad have made it for years.

Mom and Dad’s Pumpkin Bread

5 cups pumpkin (1 large and 1 small can)

2 cups white sugar

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cloves

2 tsp cinnamon

4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup nuts

5 cups flour

Mix all the ingredients well.  Makes 2 large bread loaves, or up to ten smaller loaves.  Bake at 350 for 1 hr. and 5 minutes.  May take longer.  Bread is done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

We always greased the pans and sprinkled them with sugar (rather than flour).  We also sprinkled a bit of sugar on top as it made the top crunchy.

Obviously, this is NOT diet food. 🙂

This is why we do NOT have a Christmas tree in the apartment.



The joys of aging: an oral love story

Nothing like a good meal followed by a… a good proper “recycling” session, if you know what I mean… In between both, though, flossing takes longer, what with receding gum lines etc…

Your mouth becomes a Walmart with monstrosities lingering in the aisles.

I had a particularly irritating bacon bit wedged between two teeth earlier today. One of those clingy, rubbery  bits of bacon fat which seemed oddly attached to a molar, and considering how long they’d known each other I thought the relationship had a whiff of co-dependence…

Ultimately though, all good things must end, and food stuffs must separate from enamel.

Where do I begin
To tell the story of how great a love can be
With her first chewteeth
She gave new filling to this cavity of mine
She fills my teeth with very special things
With angels’ songs , with wild imaginings
She fills my mouth with so much flavor

Andy Williams – “Love Story”

No. No, actually it really is more like this:

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Terrific Tuesday: Grilling at Baker Beach

One of the wonderful things about living in San Francisco is going to Baker Beach to do some grilling. As there are only two of us, we try to keep it very simple. It was foggy that morning, but we didn’t mind. It was a weekday, so we guessed that the beach would be fairly quiet and peaceful. It was.

Baker Beach
Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge still hiding in the fog

If you live in San Francisco and you want wonderful food, Seakor Polish Delicatessen is the place to go. It’s located on the Southeast corner of 24th and Geary. They make their own sausages. I simply cannot eat the mass-manufactured sausages from the grocer any more.

Veal and pork sausage (back) and Hunter's sausage (front)
Veal and pork sausage (back) and Hunter’s sausage (front)

While at the deli, we picked up some mustard. We had been wanting to try it for a while. We were very glad that we did. WOW! It was strong enough to clear our sinuses, but it was so very good.

Super Extra Hot Mustard! Yipee!
Super Extra Hot Mustard! Yipee!

It turned out to be a very nice day. We even had a raven that kept us company throughout the meal. I’m sure it was hoping for a handout.

Hoping for a handout
Hoping for a handout

The sun never broke through the fog, but we still had peaceful and relaxing.

Disclaimer: This was NOT a paid advertisement nor have we received anything in trade. In fact, we didn’t tell the deli that we were going to write this. 🙂 We just love the food and wanted to share. 🙂

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