Mutant Mice Invade FBO!

The girl gave us quite the scare this morning!  M & I were in our office, waiting patiently for the girl to let us out so we could get to work….. when a GIANT MUTANT MOUSE threw open the office door!!! M & I were in a state of panic (that’s how all the man’s stuff got knocked off the deck…).  Well, M head-butted it (she slammed her head into the mutant mouse’s ankle) and as it was reeling back we escaped into the main office.

Well, just imagine our surprise when we discovered….. the girl had sprouted mouse ears!  M was just beside herself… meowing and carrying on about radiation and pollution…. I was trying to call our friends who fly the medical helicopters…. They could rescue us!

AND then….. the creepiest thing happened….. the girl yanked her ears right off her head!!  I think M may have fainted.  They were FAKE mouse ears!

The girl opened up her laptop and told us to Google “Halloween”.  Whew!  (We also Googled “mutant mice” when she wasn’t looking and quickly sent an email to the ARMY, just in case…..).

Halloween seems like a pretty cool holiday…. it’s all about candy!  Now that we know the girl isn’t really turning into a mutant mouse we’re pretty excited about the whole thing.  M & I have been running round the office and jumping out at anyone who comes in…. so far we haven’t gotten any candy, but it’s not even noon yet, so we’ll keep our paws crossed and just keep trying.

Trick or Treat – Smell our Paws – Give us Candy – Or Feel Our CLAWS!

The girl made some special cookies for anyone who came in Trick or Treating today…. another pumpkin recipe! (Originally found HERE)

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
Makes 12-14 (24 – 28 smaller ones)
3 c. Flour
1 Tbs Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
¼ tsp Ground Cloves
1 c. Brown Sugar
1 c. White Sugar
1 c. Vegetable Oil (or 1 cup applesauce)
15 oz. can of Pumpkin
2 large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat brown sugar, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
Using a cookie scoop (like a mini ice cream scoop) drop batter onto a greased pan.  Squish it a little to flatten it out.  Bake for 11 minutes and cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Filling
8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
16 oz. package of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
a pinch of cinnamon (to taste)
Beat together cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
Frost flat side of half the pies and top with second cookie.
Enjoy right away or chill overnight.
– M & M

Teacher’s Pets

Good news, bad news time…. Our instructor says we didn’t do well enough in our Private Pilot Ground School classes to take the FAA’s written exam.  Totally not our fault!  The man kept locking us in the office during class!  He says it’s because we were too much of a distraction to the other students….. we say it’s because we were showing up the other students with how smart we are!

So, that’s the bad news… The good news is… we finally convinced the girl to take the Private Pilot class!  Now we can study together and if we happen to fall asleep in class …. we can borrow her notes!

M told her that she should make cookies for class… it is a proven fact that sugar and chocolate help you learn (we saw that on a candy bar commercial).  We found this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles…. YUM!

As usual, she didn’t follow all the directions (that’s gonna bite her in the tail in class!)  and she keeps calling them Mayan Chocolate Snickerdoodles… something about her all time favorite ice cream….

Mayan Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Dough

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (the girl used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ancho chile pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons  milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sugar Coating

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ancho chile pepper and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients, combine.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

Shape dough into 1″ balls. Roll dough in the cinnamon/sugar mix.  Place dough 2″ apart on a greased baking sheet.

Bake until the cookies have spread and are crackly on top, about 9 to 12 minutes.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Note: the original recipe called for cayenne pepper, but the girl replaced it with ancho chile powder…. Too much cayenne will make your whiskers tingle…. like that Crawfish Etoufee she made… meow-za!  The girl says that the  ancho has a “smoother heat”.  She has promised to make us the Mayan Chocolate Pecan Pie where she first learned about ancho chile for Thanksgiving… we can’t wait!

Wish us luck in our Private Pilot class!

– M&M

Balloonacy

Sweet catnip!  Thank heavens that is over!  We are SO worn out!

The Balloon Festival was a huge hit.  The girl is still upset that it was so cold, but from what we have heard, everything went off without a hitch and everyone had a good time.  We’ve been looking at the photos on Facebook and all the balloons were super pretty.

We wish we could have been here to see the balloons, but we were so worn out from all the planning and preparations that we had the girl’s mom, the Queen of Treats, take us to the spa for the weekend.  It was one of those medical spas… we got our shots there when we were kittens… Meow-Out to Dr M and the nice Vet-Ladies at DeSoto Vet Hospital!  You guys were totally pawesome!  Thanks for the great care and pampering!!!

Good thing we were well rested, ’cause when we got back there was still a lot of work to do…. we helped the girl clean the office back up and the man needed help sorting all his paperwork back out.

The girl surprised us with some special presents from the Balloon Festival… they were in her desk drawer… all the way in the back… under her coat… but we knew they were for us!  We found the kettle korn first…. the twistie-tie gave us some trouble, but we finally just ripped the bag open… mega yum… and fun to play with too! The beef jerky gave us a bit more trouble, but we finally managed to gnaw through the wrapper…. we didn’t want to bother the girl, she was busy cleaning…. we’ve never had beef jerky before… yum!

Now the last present is the one that had us scratching our ears.  What the heck’s a Scentsy?  Apparently, its a smellie that we won’t burn our whiskers on.  Woo hoo!  The girl won’t bring her candles into the office anymore…. we might have sniffed a bit too close to the last  candle… then thrown it in the floor when our whiskers started to curl.  Oops.  The new Scentsy wax warmer is pretty cool… or warm… but safe for smelling… and it has pretty lights!  We’re smelling Blueberry Cheesecake today.

In the days since, we just can’t get the taste of that kettle korn out of our minds!  We wanted the girl to call the kettle korn man and have him bring us more… but she said we’d just have to wait until next year!!!

We turned to our trusty source of all information.. Pinterest… and found this recipe: Home Made Amish Caramel and we suggested she make the caramel and pour it over popcorn!!  We nagged the girl until she promised to make a batch and bring it in to the office.

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Amish Caramel
2 c. white sugar
2 c. heavy cream
1 3/4 c. corn syrup
1 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Bring sugar, syrup, butter, and a little bit of the cream to a boil. Once boiling, slowly add rest of cream. Boil until it forms a soft ball (236-240 degrees). Add vanilla. Pour into a buttered pan. Cool.  Store in a sealed container.
To make the caramel popcorn, re-melt a cup (more or less to taste) of the caramel…. pour over popcorn (make sure you’ve removed the un-popped kernels first), toss popcorn to evenly distribute the caramel.  (The girl used a bag of plain microwave popcorn.) Store in a sealed container.
Mega yum! Enjoy!
– M&M