Mischief Monday – Baking Class

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Before we begin, to those that celebrate the New Year today, Shana Tovah; wishing you a Sweet New Year.

Continuing our week of Koko memories… before I joined the family, during Fall 2007, Mom prepared to teach one of her UMiami interactive cooking classes – Cupcake Chic and Other Baked Treats.  As usual, she prepared her groceries to load into the car.  She left the non-perishable groceries from Publix (flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda) by the kitchen/garage door and ran out to Whole Foods (then Wild Oats) for the few remaining items needed.  The Wild Oats roundtrip took less than 15 minutes.

As always, Koko, Mom’s original Kitchen K9, greeted Mom upon her return.  The Mischief?  Koko looked like she had participated in a bobbing for apples contest, except instead of water and apples, the bowl was filled with goopy white stuff!  Wagging ferociously, Koko’s face, up to her eyes, was caked in white stuff.  Her whiskers looked like white Christmas tree limbs with white teardrop shaped ornaments hanging on the end of each branch/whisker.  The tile floor had a pasty white coating.

It took Mom a few minutes to digest the scene.  She finally connected the evidence and deduced (vocab builder project VBP):

not Koko; guess she’s not the only retriever to try this!

  • Koko face planted into the 5 lb. flour bag, ever the curious K9.
  • She tried licking off the flour and it got too sticky in her mouth.
  • She drank water to help, which combined with the flour to make paste.
  • Still curious, she may have repeated procedure.
  • The flour bag tipped over and the grocery bag went horizontal, spreading flour onto the floor.
  • Water from the bowl or Koko dripped onto the floor making more paste.

Mom really wanted to give the NAUGHTY speech, but could not help or stop laughing.  She ended up giving Koko an unscheduled quick spa day.  She had to use a bench scraper to help remove the paste from the tiles, replaced the flour and made it to class on time!

The only regret?  No pictures!  This was pre-digital camera or smart phone.

Another great and rare Koko Mischief day!

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Mimi’s Got Bling

Hey It’s Jet Here.

We LOVE company and today ranks as one of the best days in the company department.  First, my human sister, Rachel, had a super duper friend sleep over.  Mechelle played with us, gave us belly rubs and best of all… loves to cook and shared tidbits with us!

Grandpa and Neha came in to meet JJ when they dropped off Rachel from brunch.  Of course, little Miss Princess, charmed the pants off Grandpa and extracted repeated belly rubs from both of them.  He told us JJ looks a lot like Koko.

Ruby, our young neighbor, spent the afternoon with us and shared “by mistake” some of the baked goodies she made with Rachel and Mechelle.

Mechelle and Rachel joined Mom on our evening constitutional.  We met our new neighbors’ Mom and K9, Mimi along with her human brothers, whom we already knew.  Mimi is even smaller than Dixie!  At first, she barked at us, however, we got to know each other as the humans chatted.  Rachel noticed Mimi’s beautiful collar… because… well… Rachel knows BLING!

Miss Maya shared that she saved this beautiful human bracelet her prior K9 wore after she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  When Mimi joined the family for Christmas, she carried on the tradition of wearing the beautiful bling collar.  We’re quite excited for Mimi to join our pack walks.

Mom’s friend, Eddie, turned the corner with his two new K-9s, Charlie and Lambchop.  His K-9, Yippee, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge recently, like Koko.  The humans exchanged greetings while the K9s met each other in our fashion.

Neve’s humans, then turned onto the street, returning home after dinner.  They stopped and got out to meet all the new K9s and chat with the humans.  It was a regular street party!  We made it two houses before running into Miss Cindy and Buddy the Beagle.  We get along really well with Buddy, he’s a laid back guy.  We wish we could visit him more; however, our humans’ schedules don’t match very often.

Neve came out with Miss Beverly and Mr. Giovanni as we approached our house.  We exchanged quick greetings and then went in for our after dinner Twistix!

Another great social butterfly day.

Afternoon Action

Hey, It’s Jet Here.

Wow, my house hopped yesterday afternoon.  I loved it!  Usually, JJ and I patiently wait for Mom and my human sister, Rachel, to return to the house in the afternoon.  We enthusiastically greet each other, visit a bit and then the house returns to a routine hum.  Not yesterday.

Rachel’s rehearsal got cancelled allowing her to return home earlier than anticipated.  We learned that Mom stopped by the grocery store on her way home from one job to purchase the few items remaining for her University of Miami Authentic Northern Italian cooking class.  Oh did those grocery bags smell divine, nice and fishy! Jet, may I share something?  Sure Mom.  We prepared tilapia with an orange sage sauce topped with toasted almonds.  Thanks for filling in the details for our readers, Mom.  Welcome Jetty.

Next, the bell rang and Rachel unlocked the front door for one of my favorite humans, my neighbor, Ruby.  She’s 6 ¾ and gives JJ and I hugs, belly rubs, gets in my day bed with me, pretends to dress us and other stuff!

Rachel rocks with young children; she played with Ruby and then they baked sugar cookies.  Over the weekend, they baked dozens of cheesy rolls and homemade yeasted crescent rolls from Rachel’s new cookbook below.

As Mom prepared to leave for class, Ruby chatted with her a lot. Mom somehow answered her questions and loaded her car simultaneously.  All of a sudden, Mom saw another golden feathery tail in the garage; Simba pulled his human sister so hard, she let go.  Of course, he wanted to join the festivities, so Mom invited another super wagger into the house with his human sister.

Oh, while this next item gets a little personal, I’ll share to convey the essence of the activity level in the kitchen.  Turns out, while everyone told Mom JJ was this thing called spayed, whoops, they made a mistake.  Angela and Rachel fashioned a hind-quarter cover-up with this pad thing inserted out of an old t-shirt to keep the surfaces below JJ stain free.  (Mom said you can read between the lines!)

K9s, kids, Angela, Mom – happy energy…

Another really great day.

Happy Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Day!

Hey, It’s Jet Here.

Earlier this week, Mary Ann and Dixie delivered two plastic bags with deliciousness inside.  Mom made me wait one WHOLE DAY; 24 HOURS to devour eat some.  Jet, I had to wait until I figured out how to capture your enjoyment in pictures.  Sure Mom, if you say so.  To make matters worse, the three mini loaves of my FAVORITE pumpkin zucchini bread and two mini loaves of banana bread (new to me) went from Mary Ann’s hands to Mom’s to… the fridge.  Give a guy a chance!

My human sister, Rachel, helped Mom take my culinary experience to the next level.  I’ll show you in pictures… (the white stuff is Greek Yogurt.)

Then, Rachel told Mom to get ready with the camera …

 

Did I miss any crumbs?

On this Thanksgiving Day, aside from the usual mushy stuff like:

  • I’m thankful for my family.
  • I’m thankful for having a great pack, etc…

I’m thankful for Mary Ann and Dixie sharing their scrumptious pumpkin zucchini bread with me and hope Mom shares some banana bread with me today.  Jet, forgetting something?  Oh, yeah … and for being my BFFs.  That’s better.  Ok, Mom.

Another great and thankful day.