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Category Archives: Cats



This is my plush cat Cobble,

and this is Cobbler, Peach.

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Sweet Potatoes and Cats

Maximus, the male of my aunt and uncle’s pair of cats, likes to hang out with me when I meditate in the morning.  When I switched from exercising on the ground floor to the top floor of the house (gotta follow the WiFi, man), he became confused and meowed loudly at me.  Max caught on soon enough and knows to find me upstairs.
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Max has a thing for the carrot box I brought home from Costco.
He’s a natural blogger!
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Dear $(6,4)@# | Cats on a Cleanse Part 2 of 2

Dear $(6,4)@#,
What’s all this detox business about?  Can you give me some pointers?

Cats on a Cleanse



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The Advice Columnist on Survival and Detox, Part 1 o’ 2

In 2001, my brother and I invented Minapoo Mag, the official magazine of da cat family (of which there are 282 members with my acquisition of Jaeger).

Jaeger | Gothic Granola

Meet Jaeger, named after the protagonist in Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder comic series.

Anyway, all the cats collaboratively write Mina’s egocentric magazine.  The advice columnist is Mina’s son, Scamp, who recently turned 17.  Scamp’s not so good wit spellin’ (in the same way that da Ownie Q is not good wit crowds, srsly).  He’s one half of Da Inventor Brudderz—Scamp and Pepper—the kitties responsible for Seussian innovations in KittyWorld. Read more →

A Tale of Two Aunts (PB Choco Madness)

Happy Birthday to my fashion-forward Aunt B!

I did not make these cookies for her, though.  I made them for my Aunt A’s birthday last year.  Since both of them like chocolate, these cookies would be appropriate for either.

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Meet Pants and Pomely

This is Pants (orange cat)

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and this is Pomely (white cat).
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Quickbread for a Quick Post | Apple Butter Chocolate Chip Muffbars

Snowed in today.  Much thesis-ing, besides making sushi filled with a rice-and-lentil moosh, blending hommos, and baking & chilling coconut cream pie.   At this point, I still owe a “how to frost a cake” post and a “bread pudding” post.


Good bring-to-work/class fare: I made these bars many times in spring 2011 since these are a convenient way to use up bananas fast going south or a third of a jar of apple butter or a bit of pumpkin…you get the idea.

Apple Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffbars
Modified by Q from:
Vegetarian Times.  “Chocolate-Chip Banana Muffins.”  Everything Vegan.  Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011. 262-3.
Makes 18 muffins (if you use a lot of add-ins) or 24 two-inch 9*13” bars
1 ½ cups brown rice flour
½ cup sorghum flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
 2/3 cup unrefined cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash Kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Wet ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 ripe bananas, mashed (or 1/3 cup apple butter + 1 banana, mashed; total there is about 1 3/4 cups of fruit puree.  Pumpkin is also a good choice)
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup non-dairy milk
2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, broken into small pieces
1 cup dried fruit (I used craisins and raisins)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line muffin tins with paper or grease pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.  In a large measuring cup, combine wet ingredients.  Add wet to dry, stir a bit, and fold in the chunks.  Fill muffin wells 2/3 full or transfer to pan.  Bake 35-40 minutes (muffins will take around 25-30) or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, the centre springs back when touched, and the sides of the bars have begun to pull away from the edge of the pan.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then cool completely on a rack (before cutting bars).

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