Cats that steal – yup – know these only too well. One of ours was into stealing steak from our neighbours or anything with a bone he could chew; and one of our daughter’s used to come home with spare gloves, kids’ toys, socks and other miscellaneous items and mysterious items.
Foxes are very good at this too. We regularly find stuff in our garden that has been brought in by them – from dirty babies’ nappies (yuk!), to toys to….especially balloons and plastic bags.
I think the shower incident is great – it’s one of those ‘what might be the most embarrassing thing that could happen to you?’
A tuxedo cat is what I would call a simple two colour black and white – though I guess it does look like a tuxedo – a bit. It is not a breed though.
I am giving this a 4 for fun reading and we once had a Siamese cross moggy with the most silky black coat, she would go over our back fence to the local school and sit on the fence of the playground to watch our kids. And had the most unusual high pitched meow. She had a very long lean body and legs.
Now I’ve worked in education for over 20 years and I have to say that have been a very large number of late nights including having a timetable which meant teaching till 9pm, and loads of trips abroad! That’s how I have managed to visit so many different exotic locations including India 3 times; Mexico; Canada 3 times; USA several times; China; Austria; Turkey; and other European locations.
I looked up Kwanzaa as this was the second time I have had it mentioned in American books but never heard of it here in the UK. Which is not surprising as it turns out that it is a 45 year old secular festival observed by some Afro- Americans to celebrate their culture and traditional values. The traditional food includes okra, sweet potato biscuits, yassa chicken (from the Gambia) and ground nut stew.
These recipes come from the AllRecipe website and the words are theirs….
Spicy African Yam Soup
An unusual combination of simple ingredients that render a spicy, tasty soup that’s ready in less than 45 minutes!
Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
An easy spicy dish made with rice and black-eyed peas. Adjust the spices to your needs – less Creole Seasoning if you like it mild, add chili powder or cayenne pepper for more kick!
Sweet Potato Pie I
For this lovely pie, sweet potatoes are boiled, peeled and mashed together with butter, sugar, milk and eggs, then seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla.
Southern Ham and Brown Beans
This is the same recipe my mother’s side of the family has been making for years, with my own special touch. Serve it with all of the fixin’s. It goes great with cornbread, fried potatoes and fried cabbage.
African Peanut Soup
A surprisingly wonderful combination of tomatoes, onion, peanut butter, and brown rice that make for a wonderful, offbeat soup everyone will enjoy. Even better served with a dollop of sour cream on top of each bowl and some crusty bread for dipping. YUM!
Since I live in the South people refer to these cookies as Benne Wafers, they are actually Sesame Seed Cookies. Toasting benne (sesame) seeds develops their flavor and also gives these cookies a slightly crunchy texture.
Soul Smothered Chicken
You can’t just go to any restaurant and get smothered chicken like you would if you went down to the urban neighborhoods in Houston. This meal of browned chicken in a savory chicken gravy sauce is best when served over a bed of white rice.