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Sand and Sun and Family and Fun

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Sand and Sun and Family and Fun

I just had one of the best weekends ever!  My daughter Erin, my Shih Tzu Atticus, and I left after work Friday afternoon and headed to Florida.  If you are an empty nester, as I am, you will understand how rare and how special it is to spend an entire weekend, uninterrupted, with your child.

The drive down and back was almost as fun as the days at the beach and shopping.  We got to our motel late Friday night.  It was our first time in a pet friendly motel and it was so much fun to meet other pets and their owners on the trip.  Atticus loved the king sized bed!

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As we drove down, we discovered via Google that not all beaches are pet friendly.  Imagine that!  When we go back, and I hope we do very soon, we will know exactly where to stay and what beaches to enjoy.

After sleeping in on Saturday morning, we went over to Cape San Blas.  I just don’t have enough good things to say about it!  The white sand looked like sugar.  Our little stretch of beach was nearly deserted.  We had it – almost – to ourselves!  And we LOVED it!  As much as Erin and I loved it, just multiply that by 100, and that’s how much Atticus loved it.  Once he realized what the ocean and beach were, he couldn’t get enough!  He waded in the water, rolled in the sand, ran, chased birds, looked at sea shells, made new friends and smelled all the smells there were to smell!

There was a pet friendly mall nearby.  Atticus got tired so…IMG_1323

There were even several pet friendly restaurants.  (As long as we ate outside!)

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On the way home, we got to see something that I have always heard about, but have never seen…the Boll Weevil monument in Enterprise, Alabama!

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The entire weekend went by in a blur, leaving me wishing it could have lasted just a little longer.  Everything that we did was great!  But the greatest thing?  The very most wonderful thing…was spending three days of one on one time with my youngest daughter!  I think she had a fun time and I didn’t seem to get on here nerves too bad.  And having Atticus with us was just icing on the cake!  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Emily could have gotten away and gone with us.  Maybe next time!

So, what other recipe should I share, but Pecan Sandies!  (get it?)  My family has loved these little cookies for years.  Some call them Mexican Wedding Cookies or Danish Wedding Cookies or any other of a number of names.  I hope you enjoy these delicious, melt in your mouth cookies as much as we do!

Pecan Sandies

1 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups finely chopped pecans

2 cups all-purpose flour

powdered sugar

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Cream butter until soft.

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Add sugar, pecans and flour.  Mix very well.

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Shape into balls and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

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While hot, roll cookies in powdered sugar.

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Enjoy!

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Cats and Dogs and Frogs and Mice

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I am a dog person.  I love dogs.  Big ones, little ones, pure bred and mutts. 

(All dogs, that is except one…my friend Kim’s dog Cujo, I mean Cocoa.  Cujo, I mean Cocoa, tries to bite me every time he sees me.  He has succeeded in drawing blood twice.  But that is another story for another day.)

Having said that I am a dog person, I would like for you to meet our cat.  Erin (the youngest) was 10 years old and had been asking and asking for a kitten.  After the divorce, I relented and allowed Erin to have a kitten.  A fantastic lady that I worked with at the time, had a mama cat with a litter needing homes.  We went over to her house and looked at, petted, and held all the kittens.  Erin finally decided on a little gray striped ball of fur.

The very first thing you do when you are the proud owner of a new kitten is pick out a name.  Fluffy?  No.  Tiger?  Nuh uh.  No, Erin would not settle on a normal cat name.  She thought and thought, finally deciding on naming it after two people she loved a lot.  The cat’s name?  Bob Carl Lloyd.  Bob after the preacher of our church at the time and Carl Lloyd after our back door neighbor and one of the sweetest men ever.  Erin said she didn’t want Mrs. Betty (Mr. Carl Lloyd’s wife) to be the only one in the neighborhood hanging out the back door yelling for Carl Lloyd.

Oh, and did I mention that Bob Carl Lloyd is a female?

Fast forward about a year.  Emily (the oldest) had a wonderful science teacher that allowed her students to bring creatures to school for extra credit in her class.  Emily has always been slightly (OK, extremely) squeamish.  It was a big deal for her to collect bugs and worms and other squiggly wigglies to take to class.

One afternoon she was in the back yard and saw a frog.  Emily caught that frog and brought it into the house.  We quickly found a jar, punched some holes in the lid, and loosely placed the lid on the jar awaiting a trip to science class the next day.

Life went on as normal for the rest of the day.  We made sure the frog was comfortable and out of the way of Bob Carl Lloyd before going to bed that night.

When the alarm went off the next morning, Emily bounded out of bed to check on the frog- forseeing all sorts of extra credit points in that Mason jar.  When she got into the living room, she stopped short.  I then heard screaming and crying and gagging.  The jar, safely out of the reach of Bob Carl Lloyd the night before, was lying on its side in the floor…with the lid off.  Lying next to the jar was the frog…well, the frog’s head was lying next to the jar.  And Bob Carl Lloyd was sitting several feet away, casually licking her fur, looking up at us as if to say, “Frog?  What frog?”

Needless to say, there were no extra credit points given to Emily that day.  All she got was a cold rag for her head and tissues for her tears.  She still can’t talk about this incident without feeling a little sick to her stomach.

It wasn’t long after this incident, that I discovered a mouse in the garage.  I thought to myself, “Hey, if she thinks frogs are tasty, she’ll love this mouse.”  So I put her in the garage to scout out and get rid of the mouse.

About an hour later, I checked on her.  There she was, the brave lioness, on top of the washing machine, watching the mouse frolic on the garage floor.  Who ever heard of a cat afraid of a mouse?  Well, now you have!

One of our favorite holiday (or anytime) treats…

Puppy Chow

9 cups Crispex or Chex cereal

½ cup peanut butter

1 cup milk chocolate chips

Powdered sugar

Melt the chocolate chips in a sauce pan over low heat or in a microwave.  When melted, add the peanut butter.  Stir until smooth.  Add cereal and stir until coated.  Pour powdered sugar in a large plastic bag.  Add covered cereal and shake until coated well in powdered sugar.  Store in an air-tight container.

You can also add stuff to this after you take it out of the powdered sugar…m&m’s, raisins, pretzels, coconut.  The only limit is your imagination!

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This is a Christmas card we sent a few years ago.  Featuring…you guessed it…Bob Carl Lloyd!