Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 24th: Pass the Pepper, Please?

Too Much Pepper?

If you like your turkey (or your face) extra-spicy, you can probably hire Lt. Pike to come by your house with fresh pepper spray.  I, for one, will stick with just fresh-ground pepper.

On a more serious note, I’d like to say how thankful I am, on this Thanksgiving day and every day, to have such a wonderful family.  I’m speaking of my Zoo family.  Faceless and far apart, nevertheless you are always here to share laughter, sadness, joy, outrage, ideas, photographs, or just a simple electronic hug when needed.  I have learned so much from all of you, and you have had a profound effect on my life.  To my fellow Critters and our many frequent and always-welcome guests, I thank you all for being who you are, and I’m thankful to be part of such a talented, intelligent, and loving family.

Wherever you are today, I wish you all a wonderful day, with good people around you and good food in front of you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

This is our open thread.  What are YOU thankful for?

The Watering Hole: September 23, 2011 — Schweddy Balls


A bunch of Moms have their panties in a twist over the latest Ben & Jerry’s delicious creation of yumminess — Schweddy Balls.

Vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum & loaded with fudge-covered rum & malt balls.

Apparently, Schweddy Balls are a threat to the innocence of their little darlings.  Methinks these ladies haven’t heard their special boys and girls talking among themselves on the school yard.

Hey ladies, thanks for putting up a fuss about this new Ben & Jerry’s flavor — I hadn’t heard of it!

So what do you think about the fuss?  Personally, I can’t wait to get some Schweddy Balls in my mouth.  ;)

This is our Friday open thread — ice cream anyone?

Watering Hole: August 29, 2011 – Tomato

For me, this is the best season of the year.  It is tomato season.

Tomatoes are native to the Americas and along with peppers, eggplant, and belladonna, are members of the nightshade family.

This fruit is so very versatile.  You can cook it and make a sauce which is great on pizza or over pasta.  Add tomatoes to soups.  Raw tomatoes make yummy sandwiches and can be added to any salad.

The only good tomato is a fresh tomato grown in season.  The tomatoes that are sold in the supermarkets in the off season have a high “yuk” factor.  Science keeps trying to genetically modify the tomato so that the consumer can enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes all year round.  So far, they have not succeeded in creating this tomato.  Some of the best varieties are the “heirlooms“.  Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow.  One does not need much space to grow tomatoes as they can be grown in containers.  The only requirements are the warm sun, good, clean soil and water when needed.

Here’s a link to the nutritional information for tomatoes.

So grab a salt shaker and head for the tomato garden.

This is our Open Thread.  What do you think?  Speak Up!

THE Watering Hole: April 9 – Man and Nature

We have a post lamp out front. Until about three years ago, we used a 60 watt bulb controlled by a light sensor. Up to that time, a green tree frog would climb up the post at sunset and leave about dawn.

Then, we decided to put in one of those spiral bulbs that draw about 8 watts, but without the sensor. It turns out that the light frequencies emitted by that bulb work day and night at attracting insects. Now the frog or a relative is getting fat. The insects are also threatened.

Question is: should I get a light sensor which would require a 14 watt bulb but draw 3 watts 24 hours per day in order to control the frog’s obesity as well as the insect population?

I am not sure that it is the same frog, but my Granddaughter insists that is an animal she calls “Greeny”.

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to present your thoughts on any topic that comes to mind.

Sunday Roast: Chicken!!

I promised a foodie post this weekend, so here it is.  Roast chicken is one of the best things on the planet.  My mom used to make a killer roast chicken when I was a kid, and I’ve fallen into the bad habit of buying rotisserie chicken at the grocery store.  Now that the weather has turned cooler, I won’t mind having the oven on so long — roast chicken coming up!

This is our daily open thread — share your foodie love
and whatever else you’ve got on your mind.

The Watering Hole/Feeding Trough: July 15 – Foodie Alert!!

Steak tartare.....Mmmm?

Photo by gummitch

Okay Zoosters, you asked for it!  Post your recipes and favorite (or least favorite) food experiences here.   I’ll have a pad a pencil ready to make a shopping list.  ;)

Now we’ve seen how gummitch spends his Saturday nights, so I’m a bit green around the gills.  But he assures me the wine was fabulous — if he remembers correctly.  Heh.

This is our daily open thread, so feel free to comment on any subject!
If your tummy isn’t growling long before lunch time,
we’re not doing the food thing right.