Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cat Friends! Now Starrrring: Chase

Today’s Cat Friends featured kitty is a guest post from the lovely Nicole, who has a few blogs you should check out here, here, and here. :) Without further ado, let’s meet Nicole and her Cat Friend, Chase!

Nearly two years ago, I had this thought that it was time for us to bring on a new addition to our family; we already have two other cats. My husband was opposed to it; he felt that it would require more time and money to care for another cat. But I knew once he saw our new baby, he would fall in love too. I searched petfinder just keeping it to our local area and found Chase! He was named Lucky and his bio read how he was found at the local park with a significant cut to his neck that was infected with parasites! We went to the local shelter, which was a kill shelter, however they allowed him to surpass the time-frame because they weren’t full and they felt he would likely be adopted.

one of Chase's first pics!

As you can see, Chase loves his toys, especially balls. He can fetch! He will bring the ball to me and I’ll throw it and he brings it back until he’s tired out. He will also play volleyball and try to block the ball from getting past him when thrown in the air or attempts to catch it. He’s a riot. He is not a cuddly, loving or purr buddy. Nope, he’s my little brat, and I can’t love him more! He’s actually more attached to my husband than me, but I sneak in kisses which really piss him off :).

oh Chase!!

As mentioned, I have two other cats, Woodrow is 14 and Tux is 12. Chase is roughly just over 2 years. He has so much energy and plays to the point where he can become aggressive. In fact, he does not get along with my middle kitty at all. It’s a full time job keeping them apart and having them take turns with food and litter. I think Chase wants to love on Tux but gets mad when Tux wants nothing to do with him. Chase loves sitting in the windowsill and watching the birds and leaves float by. Did I mention he has energy? He’s torn down my living room curtains twice!

Chase loves the curtains!

By the way, we named him Chase because the apartments we were living in, at the time, had that name in it and my husband and I both said it at the same time. The name fits perfectly! Chase definitely believes he is the alpha male, both of my other cats are also males, and to an extent, he is. He positions himself in the hallway so that he can see into almost every room. I love Chase so much. Of course I love my other boys just as much too. Even though Chase tends to be a daddy’s boy, at night, he lays at the top of the couch by me when I’m watching TV and immediately follows me to bed.

I just love my little brat.

Look how regal he is!

little rascal

Thank you, Nicole, for introducing us to lovable Cat Friend, Chase! Stay tuned for more Cat Friends next week.

Let’s Eat: Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Spiced Vanilla-Molasses Icing!

My husband and I have been taking a personal finance course that meets once a week. We’re learning all kinds of cool things about saving and retirement and investing… but this post isn’t really about any of that. It’s about the treats I made to share with the class!

At the first session of our class (back in September) everyone signed up for a date to bring treats to share. I chose the Monday before Thanksgiving because I knew I wanted to bring something pumpkin-y (of course!).

I decided to make some sort of pumpkin quick bread. So I turned to my trusty Better Homes & Gardens cookbook for ideas. I love this book and I’ve been able to very easily modify lots of baked goods recipes to omit eggs and dairy. Sure enough, I found a recipe for pumpkin loaves and all I had to do to modify was use Ener-G egg replacer instead of eggs. Otherwise I followed the recipe, except I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract because I love the way vanilla mellows out spice cakes just a touch.

naked bundt!

So then it was time to spoon the batter in the pans… A Bundt pan makes the presentation so much more beautiful that a plain old loaf pan. The batter was very thick and it filled the Bundt pan up to the top! I was a little worried that it would overflow or that it wouldn’t cook evenly. But I monitored carefully (with thanks for the advice from the lovely Rosewater & Thyme) after the allotted 55 minutes recommended for two loaves, and ended up cooking the Bundt for 17 extra minutes. I covered the top loosely with foil after the initial 55 minutes because it was already perfectly browned by that point.The bread slid out of the pan easily and after it cooled I drizzled it generously with a simple vanilla spice icing. This icing would be awesome on cinnamon rolls for Thanksgiving brunch or on top of pretty much any pumpkin or spice cake, cupcakes, breads, rolls, or ginger bread! Go crazy- ice it up!

drizzled bundt!

Spiced Vanilla-Molasses Icing:

  • 1 cup sift powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 tablespoon soy, almond, or rice milk (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses

Stir the sifted sugar and spice together. Add the milk and mix until mostly incorporated. Add the vanilla and molasses and stir until completely incorporated. It should be the perfect drizzling consistency but you can add more milk or water in drops until it reaches the thinness/thickness you desire.

Cat Friends! Now Starrring: Bas!

I’d like to introduce a new series on the blog: Cat Friends! I’ll be profiling my own personal inside cat friends as well as our outside ‘maverick’ cat friends. Maybe I can profile your cat friends too? Leave a comment below with your email address or blog link if you’re interested in introducing your cat friends on Jenojoon!

Our first featured cat friend is Bas (pronounced Boss)! Bas is my very first cat. I’ve had lots of roommates in the past that had cats and I always considered them my friends too, but Bas is the first cat I was able to adopt myself.

Baby Bas on the day I brought him home!

My husband is a huge cat lover (or Crazy Cat Lady as I affectionately call him). He had Mitzy Kitzy Hale as a cat friend growing up. But he wasn’t sure about us adopting a cat before Bas came into our lives. We lived in a rented house where we weren’t ‘really’ supposed to have animals. And he didn’t want to have a litter box in the house. I was sneaky though… and got my way.

Someone (misguided) had dumped a litter of teenage kittens (teenage meaning they weren’t tiny babies, but still very kittenish) at my work. Luckily, I work with a whole bunch of animal lovers and all the kitties got adopted! Bas was the last one left. He was all black and super friendly (not sure how he wasn’t snatched up first!). Everything I’d always wanted in a cat friend!

Bas when he was about 1- so regal!

So to make a long story short(ish), I brought the little black kitty home and David decided his name was Bas (after Bas Ruten- MMA fighter and funny guy). Bas had to sleep in the kitchen the first two nights to make sure he was litter box trained and all that good stuff. Well, he was just a perfect angel! Went in the litter box, not too much scratching, loved to play with ribbons… I could go on.

Bas on his beloved Tuffy

Bas is now about 5 years old and we call him our Plus Size Super Model. He’s super gorgeous, voluptuous, but has a bit of an attitude. ;) He likes his specific snuggle time- on his terms. Mostly he likes to snooze in his ‘tuffy’ or prop himself up on dirty laundry. (not that there’s ever any of that lying around…)

Bas LOVES his sweet greens!

Bas sits on the bathroom counter with me every single morning while I get ready for work. He licks water from the dripping faucet and keeps me company. I love him so much it hurts!

Bas has THE MOST amazing emerald eyes!

Yay for Cat Friends!

Partying- Pumpkin Style!

This past weekend I hosted a little party. The Second Annual Punkin’ Potluck Par-tay to be exact. The point of this soirée is to get together with a few friends and family members before the holidays and enjoy each other’s company and, umm, gorge ourselves on all things pumpkin!

Pumpkin Fun!

I kept the party of little smaller this year but there was no shortage of pumpkin deliciousness! My friends outdid themselves! And almost everyone made an effort to bring something vegan, even though there were only three actual vegans at the party.

I made a main, savory dish, the Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions from Veganomicon. This dish is always a hit with vegans and omnis. I made it for a yoga potluck once and people were freaking out about how good it was! I made this last year for the Punkin Par-tay too and guests were anticipating it again this year. I couldn’t disappoint. Plus, I made an extra smaller dish of it so I’d be sure to have leftovers the rest of the week.

so much fun!

I also made a pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting (veganizing a recipe I found online using a box of spice cake mix), chocolate pumpkin cupcakes (recipe from Cupcakes and Kale) and pumpkin scones.


The guests brought an array of awesome: pumpkin-cream cheese-chocolate brownie bites, pumpkin cranberry cookies, and chocolate spice cake with the most insane chocolate icing that tasted like chocolate donut icing! There was a pumpkin brownie cheesecake, and my mom made a lovely Autumn Harvest soup that had pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Another friend brought some homemade spicy pumpkin butter! And I’m sure there’s a bunch of other stuff I’m forgetting!

super creamy!

I served hot apple cider (spiked with Buttershots and, I swear, it tastes just like a caramel apple!), and the Great Pumpkin Martini made another appearance. Although, without the spooky friends hanging on the side of the glass.
I had so much fun noshing all afternoon on pumpkin goodies. Can’t wait to do it again next year!