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Friday, February 28, 2014

Andouille Pig in a Blanket

I love a good pig in a blanket. I was brainstorming for Mardi Gras ideas and immediately thought of  andouille pigs in a blanket. YUM! These are so easy to make and just as easy to eat. One quick tip to make these even easier to make is to use a pizza cutter to cut the crescent rolls. You can zip right through them.

Be warned, these pack a little kick from the andouille sausage. The heat in these pigs in a blanket will all depend on what brand andouille sausage you use. I used Savoie's Hickory Smoked Andouille Sausage. I found it at Publix. We thought it tasted great. These were hard to stop eating!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

French Quarter Cheese Ball

This French Quarter Cheese Ball is fantastic! It combines sweet and savory into one bite. I am completely addicted to it!

The cheese is seasoned with a little cajun seasoning and worcestershire sauce. It is topped with a sweet and savory praline mixture. I thought I might have too many pecans in the mixture, but I soon realized that I didn't. You need a couple of praline pecans in every bite. YUM! I couldn't stop eating this. It got better with every bite.

This can be made ahead of time. Just take this out at least an hour before serving. It tastes best at room temperature.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mardi Gras Recipes

I will be sharing a couple of new Cajun/Mardi Gras recipes with you tomorrow and Friday. Until then, here are a few of my favorite New Orleans/Cajun style dishes from previous years that are perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole

This was one of the best breakfast casseroles we've ever had. It was SOOOO good! How can you go wrong with bacon, sausage and ooey gooey cheesy goodness?

I used a combination of bacon and sausage, but feel free to use all bacon or all sausage. You could even add some diced ham or some peppers and/or mushrooms. Feel free to mix it up!

We ate this casserole for dinner and leftover for breakfast. It was delicious both times. You can make this ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. I also think this would freeze well.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meow Monday

Today, in addition to the pictures of the cats, I am going to tell you a little bit about each cat's personality. They are all SO different.

Sherbert is super sweet and incredibly lovable. We call her "Sherbie, The Love Bug."

She loves attention and meeting people, but she is a scaredy-cat. She is frightened of her own shadow!
It just takes her a few minutes to assess the situation and get comfortable. 
She loves to roll around on the rugs and "dance" for everyone. 

Her favorite part of the day is when she gets her can of wet food. We just have to keep Jack away while she eats. He is a food stealer. 

She hates to be held. She turns into the Tasmanian Devil when you try and pick her up! 
She prefers to sit on laps and snuggle. 

She is really calm and quiet until she wants something. It is amazing how something so small can get so loud - especially when she wants to be petted or is hungry!

Her hobbies are sleeping in the bed and in front of the heater, playing with feathers, getting belly rubs and being rubbed backwards.  

Jack is the most easy-going and lovable cat I've ever had.
Jack is a hoot. He is always up to something. Jack is "The Boss."
He has to be the center of attention. He will just make himself the center of attention if he isn't.

Jack loves to cuddle and be petted. He loves to get hugs. I have to hold him on my shoulder every morning. He wraps his arms around my neck and we hug. 

We went for a kitty hug world record the other day - we hugged for 22 minutes! He is my "huggie bear."  I've had to build in kitty hugs to my morning routine.

He also LOVES to eat. He prefers to steal the other cats food instead of having his own plate of food.

Jack's hobbies include sunning on the patio, sleeping, pestering the other cats and eating.

Fluffy adopted us about 5 years ago. 
She lived outside for several years. We brought her inside about 2 1/2 years ago.

She is incredibly laid back and a super sweet girl, even though she looks mad in most of her pictures. 

She loves, loves, loves Chicken Legs. She follows him around the house.

She loves to have her head scratched. 

She is a super picky eater. It drives me crazy! She can like one thing today and refuse to eat it tomorrow. Such a cat!

Her hobbies include sleeping, bird watching, chasing her shadow, and dashing around the house at a moment's notice.

As you can see, there is one trait all the cats have in common. Eating! They all look forward to dinner time. I feed them a can of wet food every night. They absolutely love it!

I am always on the lookout for a good, healthy food for the cats. I want them to be around for a long time. Over the next few weeks I will be doing a taste test with SHEBA® cat food.

All SHEBA® Entrées for Cats recipes are formulated without grains, corn, gluten or artificial flavors or preservatives. SHEBA® has three lines of food - Cuts in Gravy, Premium Patés, and GRAVY DESIRES™ entrées.

I am actually really excited to let the cats try all these types of food. I am hoping to find a food that Fluffy finally loves (*fingers crossed*)! Have you tried any of the Sheba lines? Which one does your cat prefer?

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

What's For Dinner?








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