Will anyone care about Timmy ?

I know part of the blog title is “fur,” but what I meant was that the word fur should embody not just animals with fur, but all of them. I just wanted to clarify that before I began this blog post, because this one is about my pet turtle Timmy.

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This is a picture of him that I took from his “sign” posted, (I’ll get into that a little later), but first I want to talk about my other turtle Tommy because their fates intertwine. So when I was younger, I use to have a best friend named Rebecca. We still talk, but we definitely don’t have as strong of a relationship as we use to. One day she was riding her bike at the park between her houses with her mom. She stopped at the stop sign so that she could cross the street to my house, however she noticed something. “MOM!” she screamed. Her mom was lounging on the park bench waiting for Rebecca, and was concerned by Rebecca’s tone of voice. “What sweetie?” “MOM, I found a tortoise?!” At first Rebecca’s mom didn’t believer her, I mean we don’t live in or near a desert, where these would be commonly found.

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This is the stop sign where she found the tortoise. She and her mom brought the tortoise home, and decided to take care of it. They looked up information about the tortoise and noticed that they weren’t suppose to release it back into the wild because it may carry diseases back to the populations. A few years later, Rebecca’s dad got a job offer in Indiana, so she had to move far away. It was hard for her and me, but in remembrance of her, as well as because the weather wasn’t suitable for turtles, they decided to give the turtle to me. I absolutely love it, and we’ve had Tommy now for a while now. About a year ago, my mom feared that Tommy was feeling a little lonely, and because we loved Tommy so much, we decided to get him a friend. That friend became Timmy, a Russian tortoise we bought from a reptile store. Even though, Timmy was much smaller than Tommy, we hoped they would become best friends. However, what we didn’t realized is that Russian Tortoises are the Houdinis of the tortoises. This means that they run a lot faster than tortoises should run, they can climb, and are not afraid to jump. We kept Timmy in the planter with Tommy, the planter is about 4 feet high, so we felt he was safe. We soon saw that Timmy was brave enough to jump out of the planter, and would escape in search of new adventures. This would lead my family and I on a search every single day to look for our missing family member.

On October 1, 2013, our Timmy went missing. We think that maybe he jumped out of the planter, crawled under the fence and gone somewhere (it’s happened before). Only this time, there wasn’t a friendly neighbor to come by the house to ask if he was our tortoise. At first I was devastated, I mean, who wouldn’t be sad in losing a family member?

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My mom put up signs all around our neighborhood, when she people saw her putting up signs they were supportive. However, after that instance, I realized how much people don’t really care if you lose a pet. There are so many tattered signs that are overlooked everyday, of people just desperate for their lost pet. But this thought made me feel guilty, I never put any lost pet sign into my priorities. It’s not like I ever went actively looking for someone’s pet, or one time seeing a stray dog and try to look to see if it has an owner. Sure, I’ll help if it comes right up to my front door, but if it’s out “in the wild,” do I really care? No. I fear for my safety, and feel like it’s just “not my problem.” This thought really made me feel terrible, because now I think everyone will think the way I think. No one is going to care about a lost tortoise, but to me he isn’t just a tortoise he’s family.

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“Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” I’m a disney movie lover, and this quote really hits home for me. I guess the quote makes me feel guilty because before losing Timmy, I didn’t really care about anyone else’s ohana. I hope for my sake that Timmy will be found and return home, but when I saw signs for other pets, I didn’t really care. I wanted to post about this on my blog because maybe I could reform the way of mainstream thinking. Or in other word, “feed the need.” There are millions of people, just like me, who are missing their pets, loved ones, sentimental items, etc. These relationships need to be respected as more than their worth, but of their sentimental value and familial ties. From now on, I vow to pay more attention to the missing child or missing pet signs, because the person who put out those signs really just wants their family to be whole once again.

* If you or someone you know has found a small desert tortoise who may/may not resemble or be/not be Timmy, please comment here. Thank you.

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Would you like a Hamlet ?

ImageHi everyone ! I hope you all are enjoying this cold weather like I am! I love when fall starts turning into winter. Even though it may be counter intuitive, but the dreary weather makes me happy. I love being on the couch and watching holiday movies or specials, with hot chocolate or some other hot delicious food. However, I wanted this post to be kinda like Hamlet. So it is! Hamlet= a ham omelet, or the character from the book, whichever suits your fancy. I really like hamlets (the food) because they’re just so delicious. Oh note for today: this blog post won’t consist of a recipe…. sorry! But come check back later and I will surely have a recipe up soon! Anyways, Hamlet. So delicious. I especially love that its such a warm comforting food in the morning, when its cold and it just wakes up your stomach. I also like that with a Hamlet you can get it a bunch of different styles! You can order one with multiple cheeses, or with avocado, or tomato, or bacon. My personal favorite is actually the ham and cheese one at Woody’s diner. The omelet has ham, cheese, bell peppers, avocados, and onions. Get it with a side of hashbrowns, and some apple juice, and a piece of toast. Yum ! It’s definitely a high calorie meal, so make sure you’re hungry if you order one, but its delicious trust me! I think we all need a little Hamlet in our lives. Hamlet in the novel can sometimes be sad or depressed, the hamlet food feels the same way when it hasn’t been eaten yet! I don’t know about you, but in my house eggs are a staple food. We run out of eggs so fast, because my whole family loves eggs! I feel almost a little bit empty inside if I haven’t had eggs in a while. In fact, I haven’t had a hamlet in a while…. but I think I will soon.  Anyways, this is a short post, just me ranting about how delicious food is…. I think maybe I’m just hungry. But then again I’m always hungry. Maybe, hunger is just a permanent state of mind for me. Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully I will get some posts up for the holidays coming up! Stay tuned 🙂

Hamlet worthy Cupcakes

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I found the recipe off of this website:

http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/cooking-with-kids/recipe-krabby-patty-cakes-spongebob-kitchen

but I thought I would share the recipe on my blog because so few people actually knew there was a recipe out there for krabby patties. I know right ! When I was younger, I absolutely LOVED watching spongebob, I still do, but the habit has slowly died with age. However, just because I’m growing up doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy these delicious krabby patties !

I have just begun reading Hamlet, but so far I really enjoy the novel. I felt that Hamlet shared similar traits with the Patrick and Squidward characters. Patrick is definitely not the brightest sea star, but one episode accentuated one of his qualities. This particular episode showed that Patrick had a strong relationship with his parents, and was afraid of letting them down, or appearing less intelligent in front of them. Hamlet is afraid to let his father down, and feels that in order to retrieve his father’s approval he must avenge his father by killing his uncle. Hamlet is also like Squidward because quite frankly, they both have some morbid or evil thoughts.

Anyways, I just wanted to talk about the comparison because I thought maybe if Hamlet had some of these (AWESOME) krabby patty cupcakes maybe he wouldn’t be such a frownie brownie.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Krabby Patty Cakes:
12 baked yellow cupcakes, paper liners removed
1 batch brownies baked in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan (using one 18.3-ounce package brownie mix)
1 to 1 1/2 cups Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Red, yellow, and green food coloring
Water or light-color corn syrup
Sesame seeds or coarse sugar

Directions:

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat one 8-ounce package low-fat cream cheese for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

For Krabby Patty Cakes:
1. Cut cupcakes in half horizontally; set aside. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut 12 circles from cooled brownies. (Save scraps for another use.)

2. Place a brownie circle on each cupcake bottom. Divide frosting into 3 portions. Using food coloring, tint frostings red, yellow, and green. Place tinted frostings into disposable decorating bags or plastic food storage bags. Snip tip or corner of bags.

3. Pipe a zigzag of green frosting around edge of each brownie circle for lettuce leaf. Pipe a drizzle of red icing for ketchup and a drizzle of yellow icing for mustard on top of each brownie circle. Place cupcake tops on top of frosting. Brush cupcake tops with a little water or corn syrup. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or coarse sugar.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Excerpted from SpongeBob’s Kitchen Mission Cookbook © 2011. Reprinted with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Photos courtesy of Adam Albright and Tobin Bennett.

Sorry to get so off topic, but it was just a reason that I really wanted to post this recipe. This recipe is very delicious, but of course it is because krabby patties are suppose to be delicious! I hope you all enjoy these krabby patties, thank goodness you can just make them instead of try to steal the secret formula  like plankton. Happy cooking ! 🙂

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The Anosognosia of Butter Cookies

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Butter Cookies. One of the few delectable morsels that someone may stumble upon once in a lifetime.  They are delicious. I wanted to combine this recipe with the idea of Anosognosia, because these aren’t just any ordinary cookies. They’re tricky. Anosognosia divides knowledge into three parts: the things we know we know, the things we know that we don’t know, and the things that we don’t know we don’t know. It mainly focuses on the fact that there are things we don’t know we don’t know. With these cookies, titles can be decieving. What many people don’t know is that these butter cookies are delicious, they’re not all oily because of the butter, they are pure deliciousness. What people don’t know is how to make them, and they don’t know that the main “secret” ingredient is not the butter, but the cream cheese. The cream cheese is what brings all the flavor, and the fluffy texture to the cookie! People don’t know that they don’t know that cream cheese is what bring it all together. They are unaware of this fact. This is why the cookies are so delicious. Have you ever heard of anything that was not delcious that did involve cream cheese?! I didn’t think so !

I highly reccomend you make these cookies, they’re easy to make, delcious, and different from the ordinary chocolate chip cookies.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 egg

– 1 8oz. cream cheese bar

-1 yellow cake box mix

-1/2 cup of butter

-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

-powdered sugar (sifted)

1. Beat in butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy.

2. Mix in cake mix.

3. Put in the fridge for at least a half an hour (I put mine in for 2 hours). Afterward, it should look a little something like this: (the white sprinkles on top are just some tidbits of powdered sugar I accidently spilled).

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4. Roll the dough into balls and dip them into the bowl of powdered sugar. I like a lot of powdered sugar, so I wasn’t afraid to be generous.

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5. Bake in the oven for 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, add more powdered sugar on top if you want. My cookies ended up taking more like 15-20 minutes in the oven, but my oven may be different than yours. So be sure to watch the cookies.

6. After that enjoy.

I hope after you try these cookies you realize the potential and are willing to broaden your horizon of cookies, other than sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies. The title can be deceiving, butter cookies are not boring. The cream cheese helps to make these cookies what the truly are, rather than the butter. These cookies are delicious and sweet, just like you.