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Weekend Hodgepodge

Well, I’m a couple of days later than I planned to be posting this, but better late than never! This past weekend revolved primarily around two things: Girl Scout cookies and a new furry friend!

As some of my readers know, I help lead four Girl Scout troops, ranging from the youngest level, Daisies, to the oldest level, Ambassadors. All four of the troops have established goals for what they’d like to earn enough money to accomplish. The younger girls’ goals include camping trips, a community garden, an animal shelter visit, and putting on a concert. The high school girls would like to camp, film a PSA about women in the media, host a gallery show of photos they have taken, and save for a trip next year to Disney to take part in the educational behind the scenes program. Pretty decent goals for kids to have, if you ask me!

The biggest fundraiser the girls run each year is the cookie sale. This year, our troops were lucky enough to get a bunch of booth sale slots on the opening weekend of the sale. Unfortunately, it was COLD and on Saturday, snow deterred many prospective customers. Regardless, we spent Thursday & Friday nights, Saturday 9am-9pm, and Sunday afternoon selling cookies throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Girl Scout Cookie Booth

Look for tables like these to help support Girl Scouts in your area!

Just before the cookie sale began, there was a bunch of press about Girl Scouts, focusing on a video created by a scout who was urging a boycott on cookies. You can read about and watch the video here. While I always support girls speaking their minds about what they believe in, I also try to instill the values of acceptance and understanding. So needless to say, I was pretty upset to see this video. However, I was thrilled to see the responses that began popping up in support of Girl Scouts for their commitment to acceptance of all girls. In fact, many people have been committing to buy extra cookies this year to demonstrate their support!

So, in case you need more of a reason to buy cookies than helping local girls achieve some worthy goals, think about showing your support for a greater principle of acceptance. If neither of those things strike your fancy, think about the fact that Girl Scouts now offer several vegan cookie varieties. If none of those reasons have you rushing to buy cookies, think about how delicious they taste (They are the only processed cookie I’ve purchased in years!). And finally, if you still don’t want any cookies for yourself, think about donating some money to send cookies to soldiers overseas through the Cookies From Home program.

There’s my shameless plug for Girl Scout cookies.

Aside from cookies, some other delicious food came into my life this weekend: a Pure Sprouts all-local bin!

Pure Sprouts Bin

whole wheat bread, purple & orange carrots, rutabagas, cabbages, microgreens, cremini mushrooms, sunchokes, ricotta cheese, ground beef, eggs

Since cookie sales occupied much of my weekend, I was so grateful to be able to order this bin and have some fresh ingredients for the week!

Saturday night ended with a trip to Your Welcome Inn, a local dive, with a friend of mine I hadn’t spent time with in a little while. I love a good dive bar, but I’ve got to say I don’t love them quite as much since I’ve quit smoking. It was good to hang in the dark South Side bar again, though, catching up with friends!

Sunday also began with good food … our traditional Jumbars breakfast!

Jumbars Omelette

I had the omelette of the week with cheddar, grits, smoked bacon and caramelized onions.

Jumbars SOS

Kevin had Jumbars SOS with mushrooms and spinach.

Finally, the most exciting thing of the whole weekend happened while we were eating breakfast! I got a text message from a foster parent from the East Coast Maine Coon Rescue informing me that a set of adopters had backed out and one of the cats we were interested in was now available! I called my co-leaders to see if they’d be willing to cover the start of our booth sale without me and we hopped in the car to head to New Jersey for a feline meet & greet.

This is who we came home with …

Tober

Introducing, Tober!

Tober was found on the streets in South Carolina. He was taken to an animal shelter with an 86% euthanasia rate. ECMCR seeks out Maine Coon cats in situations like these, then brings them to foster homes until they can be adopted.

Tober is a 2 year old male. Right now, he weighs 10 lbs., and he will likely double in size within the next 1-3 years! We’ve only had a few days with him so far, and he has a bit of a cold, so he’s not as energetic as he will be, but he’s got some great traits:

  1. He sleeps in the bathroom sink.
  2. He follows us everywhere.
  3. He has a tiny, refined mew for his size!
  4. He dreams about running and moves his legs accordingly.
  5. He can already stand for his treats.

So, Tober was the big event this weekend. We’re so excited to get to know him and have him as part of our lives! I’m sure you’ll see pictures in the future. 🙂


Everything Gonna Be Irie

Last night, we said goodbye to our sweet Irie. She was my first free-roaming pet—a loving companion, loyal, hilarious, “voluptuous,” and affectionate.

Irie

RIP Irie

Irie Sleeping

Pure Embodiment of Irie

In Rastafarian language, Irie means:

1: To be at total peace with your current state of being. The way you feel when you have no worries. 2: Powerful and pleasing. 3: Excellent, highest. 4: The state of feeling great. 5: IRIE stands for I Respect I Eternally. Meaning you have respect for yourself; being happy with who you are. 6: To be at peace and harmony with your self and the status quo of your existence. 7: Jamaican term for everything is good, higher self, serenity. 8: To be happy, to be high, most commonly used by Jamaicans.

Her name could not have been more fitting.

I never before could have comprehended how it feels to make the tough decision to help a pet by ending her suffering. It sucks, for real. I can’t quite look anywhere in the house without remembering how she loved to sit on the ottoman near the window, or how she’d come running when she heard the plastic bowl for her wet food come out of the cabinet.

There’s not much sense in me hashing over the details of the sad trip to the vet emergency room or describing the aftermath as Kevin and I bumble around the house, trying to adjust to the encompassing silence without her purring. We are just trying to remember the meaning of her name, for that is the gift she brought to us—A feeling of peace and harmony.

Instead, I will simply post this song—Feel Irie, by Lucky Dube:

How long shall you carry
That burden on your shoulders?
How long shall those tears
Keep running down
Your beautiful face?
We all have troubles
Now and again, know what I’m saying?

No matter how hard we try,
Trouble will find us one way or another.
People had troubles since the pope
Was an altar boy
People had worries from when the
Dead Sea was only critical
Hear those drums running and
Listen to those guitars skanking
Yeah… Put a smile on your face
Don’t let the troubles get you down
Shoop shoop doo doo
Put a smile on your face
Don’t let the troubles get you down

Let me tell you how we feel
We feel irie
Irie!
We feel irie
Irie!
We feel irie yeah yeah
Irie
We feel so irie
Irie!

Tell me,
Do you feel like we do?
Do you feel like we do?
I say,
Do you feel like we do?

No man can hide from his fears
Since they are part of him
They always know where to find him,
Come on walk tall and
Keep your head high

I tell you again and again
Put a smile on your face,
Don’t let the troubles
Get you down
Shoop shoop doo doo
Put a smile on your face,
Don’t let the troubles
Get you down

We feel irie
Irie!
We feel irie yeah
Irie!
We feel irie
Irie!
We feel irie yeah
Irie!

Tell me,
Do you feel like we do?
Do you feel like we do?
Tell me now,
Do you feel like we do?
’cause we feel irie
Irie!
We feel irie yeah
Irie!
We feel irie
Irie!
We feel so irie
Irie!

Do you feel like we do?
listen now,
Put a smile on your face,
Don’t let the troubles
Get you down
Shoop shoop doo doo

Put a smile on your face,
Don’t let the troubles
Get you down
shoop shoop doo doo

Put a smile on your face,
Don’t let the troubles
Get you down
shoop shoop doo doo


Help Irie Feel Irie Again!

Irie is our cat. We adopted her seven years ago, on a whim, after we saw an ad for her in the newspaper and discovered she lived around the corner from us. She is one of the most chilled out cats you will ever meet, which really fits with the meaning of her name:
IRIE
(I-rie \I ‘ -ree\ adj)
1: To be at total peace with your current state of being. The way you feel when you have no worries. 2: Powerful and pleasing 3: Excellent, highest 4: The state of feeling great. 5: IRIE stands for I Respect I Eternally. Meaning you have respect for yourself; being happy with who you are. 6: To be at peace and harmony with your self and the status quo of your existence. 7: Jamaican term for everything is good, higher self, serenity 8: To be happy, to be high, most commonly used by Jamaicans.
Irie is now fourteen years old, which is not young, but she should still have a few good years left in her. Unfortunately, Irie hasn’t been feeling very irie lately—Her appetite is small, she is limping … She’s just not feeling up to par. We’ve spent a decent chunk of our budget trying to figure out what is wrong with her, and the vet finally decided she has awful arthritis and needs to be on steroids and pain meds. They seem to be working, but Irie has racked up quite a vet bill.
This is where you can really easily help! The vet is having a holiday photo contest on Facebook. All you have to do is like the photo on the Facebook page, and Irie has a chance of winning a $50 gift certificate to the office!
IriesHolidayDigs

Irie's hopefully winning photo for the vet's contest!


Weekend Hodgepodge

Wow, what a whirlwind of a weekend! I am definitely looking forward to a good night’s rest. I had a TON planned for this weekend, but unfortunately, and as expected, not everything got done.

Free Dinner

Friday night, we went supply shopping for our DIY Christmas gift supplies. We got almost everything we'll need. Since we were out and about, yet trying not to spend money on dinner since we were shopping so much, we got creative. We had two small gift certificates for two different Italian restaurants in town. We used a $10 one for Taste of Italy to purchase a spaghetti dinner, which came with bread and salad—Enough to share of everything. Then, we used a $5 certificate for Penn Pizza to order a side of meatballs. Voila! Free takeout!

Lemon Zest

It felt so strange to buy a fruit that isn't grown here (first time in about a year), but I needed to make lemon zest Saturday morning for a gift I am working on.

Strawberry Acres Slide

After zesting the lemons and straightening up a bit, I was off to Strawberry Acres with my friend who is visiting from AZ and her two sons. They enjoyed the slide at the farm.

Apple Ride

It was the last weekend for apple picking at the farm, so we got the whole topless bus to ourselves. I somehow ended up with two huge bins of apples, so I spent some time trying to think of what I could make with them. Look for lots of apple recipes coming up!

Christmas Gift

After apple picking and a couple of farm stops along the way home, I got to work making Christmas gifts and apple goodies. I can't say what this one is yet because some readers may be receiving it!

Vegan Treats Confetti Cake

Saturday evening, my coworker and I were supposed to take a prospect out for dinner. When I found out she was allergic to gluten and dairy, I knew just where to go! I picked her up a gluten free vegan chocolate tandy cake. By chance, I also scored a treat for myself, as the frosting on this yummy confetti cake cracked while I was at Vegan Treats!

Aladdin Food

We ended up taking the prospect to the Aladdin, a local Middle Eastern restaurant. As usual, the food was delicious. I refrained from pulling out my camera during the business dinner, but I did snap this picture of my leftovers when I came home. I had an eggplant, tomato, chickpea and potato dish, which came with rice pilaf. For appetizers we shared a small pie sampler and kusa, a fried zucchini dish.

Katie's Bunny

When I came home Saturday night, my husband and I got sucked into several Glee episodes while I sewed this bunny out of goves for my niece.

Irie

Sunday was the day that got thrown off track. My cat, Irie, hadn't been feeling well for a couple of weeks. We took her to the vet last week for not eating much. They gave her an appetite stimulant, some fluids and anti nausea medication. This weekend, she sounded congested and coughed, so we spent a decent portion of the day and our money in the vet's office. Now, she's got antibiotics and we are hoping it's a simple respiratory infection. A sad moment of realization that at 14, she's an old lady.

Apple Fruit Leather

After Irie's ordeal, I still had time to whip up a batch of apple fruit leather, as well as a couple of other recipes I'll share in upcoming days. Doesn't this kind of look like the USA?


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