Tasty Tuesday – Better Late Than Never

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our seventeenth  participating post!

Can you believe that the sky has turned dark grey and the thunder has begun?  I’m parked under Mom’s desk while JJ paces and frets.  Mom asked Ruby and Rachel to give us lots of lovies so she can transcribe this post!  Heaven knows how long the power will last!

Have I mentioned how much JJ and I LOVE tomatoes?  We particularly enjoy the pop of grape or cherry tomatoes in our mouths.  We sit with the ultimate good behavior waiting for a toss from Mom.  We both like cream cheese too! (me more than JJ…)  When Mom offered each of us half a bocconcini (bite-sized fresh mozzarella balls), I could not believe our good fortune.  The following recipe uses both ingredients.  When Mom demonstrated this salad, the bowl came home empty… I only licked the teensy leftover goodness when Mom loaded the dishwasher.

Mini Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 cup basil leaves, about 20 leaves, plus a few for garnish
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, multi colored if available, halved
  • 1 cup bocconcini (bite-sized fresh mozzarella balls), drained, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Combine lemon juice, garlic, basil in food processor or blender, process and stream in extra virgin olive oil to form a smooth dressing. Combine tomatoes, cheese and dressing in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with a few torn basil leaves.

Another great, cheesy, day.



No power AGAIN…

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Darn that electricity stuff… our neighborhood went down for 6 hours again from 4:30 p.m. ish to 10:30 p.m. ish… so forgive us… Mom will post a Tasty Tuesday post later today after she returns from work and errand stuff.  :(

Mischief Monday: You Can’t Tell Me Where to Go!

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A few weeks ago, during an evening constitutional with Miss Beverly and Neve, I found a particularly good smelling area with:

  • a jasmine tree, (Mom intensely dislikes the fragrance from this  tree, however, I find the aroma intoxicating!)
  • some elephant something or others (Mom cannot recall the plant name, just the elephant part!),
  • heliconias,
  • and some other tropical jungle looking stuff!  Of course, I wanted to make sure they knew “Jet was there” and emptied my tank a little.

Little Miss Goody Four Paws remained on Mom’s left side and listened to the ladies’ conversation.  All of a sudden, Neve located this bossy guy who tried to tell us which way to go.  She barked and checked him out.  When he didn’t talk back, she folded back into the pack and we continued on.

Another great, evening constitutional, day.

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Sharing Mom for a Week?

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It’s true; the furfamily at Casa Jet must share Mom for a whole week. Remember Austin, Man of Mystery? Well his family went on holiday and Mom’s K9 sitting. Like JJ and I, she keeps the same pattern: breakfast, morning constitutional, afternoon potty, dinner, evening constitutional, and before bed potty.

Even though Austin’s humans said he does not like other dogs, Mom felt  she could help him work through it. She brought JJ for a play date yesterday afternoon. There were a few aggressive moments; at first protecting his home territory and then outside over his toys.

In the backyard, Mom made sure that Austin played with his Frisbee and JJ played with a tennis ball. JJ loved having the run of such a wide open, fenced in yard. Austin took about three laps in the pool and looked so cute; Mom wished she had a camera available. (She decided full attention and all limbs were required for supervision.) Mom had to scope out a hose to wash him off to avoid itchy skin later.

Mom kept the visit under one hour and both K9s completed the date exhausted. Mom and JJ returned home and I knew something fishy occurred without good ol’ Jetty boy! I could smell all sorts of new aromas on JJ. Mom felt Austin could not handle my alpha boy self just yet, so, she left me in the fine company of Rachel and the felines.

Mom finally got a shot of Austin this morning, when she asked if he wanted to go on a walk! The fuzzy photo quality says it all!

Another great, K9 sitting, day.

The Honor of Being a Champion

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On Thursday, our special feline pal, Savvy, from Savannah’s Paw Tracks, bestowed the kindest gift a Gentleman can receive.  I blushed with such pride I think I turned pink!  Miss Ann from Zoolatry designed the badge.  Miss Mary Ann provided my profile picture.

Let me backtrack a bit and catch you up.

On June 19, Savvy posted  several pictures with Marilyn Monroe type poses triggering the attention of several gentleman callers.  Here’s one of the examples that sent some of the “mancats to the icebox” according to Savvy’s Mom.

Comments posted on Savvy’s blog that day included:

  • The boys over at Katnip Lounge: “Boom Chicka Wow Wow:…Mommy! Fainty Mancats clean up in Aisle Three!”
  • Rumpy Dog had to control June Buggie: “Oh my DOG! *covers screen so June Buggie don’t drool on it*…”
  • Alfie, over at Mollie and Alfie …commented: “You is smokin HOT girl, has your Mum got a pole?? Yep as they say, if you’s got flaunt it, and you certainly have!…Can’t wait to see some more, I wonder if Mum’s got some Ice cubes as well.”
  • Kozmo, at Cat from hell said: …”Oh! My! Cod!…Nellie hid your post from me yesterday! Savannah-You are one hot Mama! I could go for a girl like you if I did not have my Calico Rose….Kisses…Kozmo”…

I could not help but post my own comment which began a swift dialogue with Savvy:

“Listen with the boys getting a look see at those pics, you’re gonna need protection… and I VOLUNTEER!”

Savvy immediately replied:…”Oh Jetty…you are so big and strong…I would totally feel protected if you were my CHAMPION!!! ….digging in box, throwing stuff out…searching…searching…can’t find it…but I will give you my handkerchief and you can be my official CHAMPION!!”

I responded right back, fast as lightening…”Hey, Jetty here. I would consider it a great honor to receive your hankie and take on the role of your CHAMPION…”

Savvy sent back her reply as fast as her paws could type…”ok, let me find that hankie and I will ‘award’ it to ya…”

Scooby Doo Academy can proudly declare that one of their Proper Gentleman Etiquette students became a Lady’s Champion!

Another great, Champion day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

I Already Have the Olympic Spirit

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Sorry I missed you yesterday, Mom said the day just slipped away from her… she promised me that slipped away did not equal procrastination (vocab builder).  Hmmm…

Anyway, here at Casa Jet, we LOVE the Olympics.  Koko, Mom and I enjoyed the Winter Olympics in 2010 together and now JJ, Mom and I will enjoy our first Summer Olympics together.  With permission, I must divulge (vocab builder) Mom gets misty-eyed during opening ceremonies when all the countries march into Olympic Stadium.  She asked me to share with the humans that she majored in history, international development and political science in college many moons ago.  Readers of my blog know she likes spectator sports, so the combination gives insight into her enjoyment of this worldwide spectacle.

We watched Miss Oprah’s Olympic Superstar episode this week.  All of the athletes interviewed stated they wanted to attain the ultimate level of excellence.  Miss Mary Lou said that everyone competing already achieved excellence before arriving; the difference between medaling and not came down to mental toughness and passion on that particular day.

I work on attaining excellence (with Mom of course) for my blog.  I do not compete with other blogs, rather I learn and grow from their excellence.  Without my blog, I would never have the opportunity to meet the following anipals representing their fine nations:

If we’ve missed some anipals, we apologize ahead of time, write in and let us know, we’ll edit immediately!

Another great, Olympic spirit, day.

Wordless Wednesday – Almost Lost

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My human sister, Rachel, dropped her cell phone thingie one too many times recently.  When she returned from her trip last week, her dad took her to the Apple store to determine her precious iPhone’s status.  Mom told JJ and I that teenagers have a higher rate of phone mortality than the average human.

Rachel’s friend/boy saved the night last Saturday, when he figured out how to retrieve the photos stored in her phone and transferred them to Mom’s PC.  Mom copied all the K9 photos and placed them in her “Jetty’s blog” folder for double safekeeping!  Can you imagine if the following gems were zapped into nothingness?

Don’t tell Miss Mary Ann… she thinks Dixie hates dress up!!! Oh I look distinguished don’t I?

 I knew we had better pictures of Simba!

 JJ’s initiation into dress up, courtesy of Rachel and Ruby!

Another great, gem saving day!

Thanks to blogpaws for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Hop.

Tasty Tuesday –Daikons and other Radishes

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Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our sixteenth  participating post!

About ten years ago, Mom read this book called the Fat Flush Diet.  She learned that radishes have the ability to help burn fat.  She decided then and there to learn to love the magenta orb and other radish varieties like the French and especially the watermelon radish found at the Farmers Market!

She grated, sliced and chopped that veggie into every salad she concocted.  She grew them (the Easter egg and watermelon kind) in our backyard. Mom noticed that during certain seasons, the price for organic radishes jumped about 50%.  Enter the Daikon… another member of the radish family.  The price of the white, carrot shaped variety held steady, so Mom tried it.  Because of the shape, she found the daikon easier and faster to chop into her weekly work salads.

As her faithful Kitchen K9s, Koko and I, now JJ and I, receive(d) tidbits of all radish varieties during Mom’s salad making process.   Well, to our surprise, daikons and radishes in general are one of my favorite veggies!  Go figure!  We thought the humans might like a quick, summer recipe while the K9s eat tidbits straight up!  Here’s another recipe to scroll through as well.

Mango-Radish Salsa

Crisp, peppery diced radishes, sweet, juicy mango and tart lime juice have opposing flavors that come together here to create salsa nirvana. Serve with grilled fish, steak or chicken or just put out a dish of it with some crisp baked corn chips.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced mango, (about 2 large)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup diced radishes, (about 1 bunch)

Preparation

  1. Toss mangoes, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a bowl.
  2. Stir in radishes just before serving.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Stir in the radishes just before serving.

Another great fat burning daikon day!



Mischief Monday – BTC4 Animals – Who Doesn’t Like Black?

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Today, the wonderful folks at Blog the Change 4 Animals, coordinated an event to assist Dog Rescue.  As you know, Koko, may she be frolicking over the Rainbow Bridge, JJ and I all benefited from Golden Rescue South Florida and… MOM!  Before we knew many of you, we posted on Black Friday about one aspect of Dog Rescue.  We’re reposting for those who missed it the first go round.

Additionally, it’s Mischief Monday!  To make it short and sweet naughty, the humans who discriminate against black K9s below are the MISCHIEF MAKERS!

So, Mom told me that today is this thing called Black Friday.  How nice of the world to commemorate the fetching color of my fur!  Not all black dogs have luck like me.  Have you ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome?   “Well known to shelter workers and rescue organizations across the nation, black dogs are much more difficult to find homes for. They are the last dogs to find homes and often among the first to be euthanized.”

The following thoughts contribute to BDS:

  • Some people have the crazy idea that us black pearls bring bad luck like that whole silly black cat thing.
  • We may not photograph as well as other fur colors making us less eye catching on websites. Second Chance Photos can teach you how to make us look our best.
  • Now I like movies like the next K9 (Marley and Me? Inspired!), however, that Hollywood place often selects black dogs for scary movies.
  • Our most beautiful selves do not shine in shelter cages.

I’m super lucky, Golden Retriever Rescue South Florida loved my face (what can I say?) and broke me out of the shelter with four days to spare.  They help flat coat retrievers now-a-days, too.  (thank you, thank you, thank you.)

So, when you shop ‘til you drop today and if you’re thinking of adding a furry member to your family this holiday season, remember – Black is beautiful.

Another great black pearl day.

What can you do?

  • Adopt a companion: http://theshelterpetproject.org/
  • Donate to a local dog rescue organization
  • Foster a dog
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Share this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!

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The Owl and the … JJ?

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Last night’s thunderstorms, which kept Casa Jet awake into the wee hours, left many grey clouds in the sky this morning. On first blush, I could not muster up the courage to take my morning constitutional. Mom and JJ tried to encourage me; however, I made a U-turn back into the garage and subsequently (vocab builder), the kitchen. Mom took “Little Miss Hop, Skip and a Jump” for an exit right, sharp right route short walk, hoping to return and convince yours truly to try emptying the tank at least.

According to Mom, she and JJ heard lots of avian discussions taking place at the house next to Neve’s. They saw three typical birds and then noticed a wider bird on the lawn. As a result of my human sister, Rachel, having her 4th birthday at the Museum of Science, which has a wildlife rescue center, she recognized the creature as a baby screech owl. Mom and JJ stood stock still, watching little Screech take three mini-flights: two landing on the grass and the third placing the owl in the hedge. Mom’s heard owls in the trees, but, never saw one on the ground. She and JJ admired the owl and then went about their walk.  (She did not have her phone, so pics are as close as she can find.)

When they returned, I felt more confident and joined them for an abridged (vocab builder) exit left route. Well, wouldn’t you know, when we crossed the big street, we began hearing an odd, loud, dominant birdcall you could tell originated in a larger species. If you’ve been reading our posts lately, you’ll know where this is heading.

Yup! About two thirds through our route, we spotted Mr. Peacock perched high up in a tree. Not wanting to wake the neighbors (at 6:45 a.m.) Mom altered our route a little. JJ and I exhibited impressive, yet silent bird instincts. Mom praised us and we trotted home before the next band of storms passed through.

Another great, avian, day.