Down Around the Ears

The girl was looking a bit down around the ears today…. you know what I mean?  Just not her perky-self…. kind of dragging….

We tried everything to lift her spirits… M did a bit of a dance on the table.. weaving in and around the vase of paper flowers… M is an excellent dancer.  Nothing.  Not even a giggle!

We tried to get her to play with Mouse or our new feather that we got for Christmas…. M hid Mouse in the girl’s desk (the girl loves surprises!) while I demonstrated how much fun feathers can be when combined with a freshly polished desk.  Still nothing.

M suggested putting a bit of catnip in her tea….  but then I remembered this great drink the  girl had been talking about a few weeks ago!  She’d had lunch at the Blue Owl in Kimmswick….. we’re not allowed to leave the office, so going to Kimmswick is out of the question, but the Blue Owl has a little shop here in town called the Blue Owl Sweet Shoppe…. and they deliver!.. so sometimes we get samples…. love the Chicken Salad Croissant!  Anyway… apparently the girl had ordered this pawesome drink with her pie and she just kept raving about it…. she said it made her sleepy and happy…. Well!  That is exactly what she needed now!

We surfed around on Pinterest for a while…. then googled… and we just couldn’t quite find a recipe that sounded like what the girl had been talking about.  Finally we took three recipes that sounded kinda close and we tinkered around with them until we came up with something that seemed right.  We might have done a bit to much sampling, because we needed a nap in the worst way… but we had the girl to think of so we pushed on…..  We slid the cup across her desk and pulled the mouse (not a real mouse… a computer mouse….. don’t feel bad, it confused us too at first) away from the girl….. then we sat and stared at her until she drank it.  The girl sighed….. and then she smiled.

M and I got some really pawesome ear scratches and the girl was really happy then.  We danced around the desk until she polished off the rest of her drink (we might have sampled a bit more of the whipped cream…. it is really pawesome!).  Then we suggested a short nap…. The girl said she didn’t need a nap, but we sat on her lap and held her down until she dozed off for a bit.

We’re a team here…. gotta look after our co-workers!

Here is what we finally came up with… mega yum!

Pumpkin Pie Apple Cider Toddy 

Pumpkin Pie Apple Cider Toddy

Ingredients

  • 3 c Apple Cider
  • ½ c Butter, softened
  • ¼ c Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 tsp Rum
  • 2 c Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Tbs Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ c Honey Whiskey

 Directions

Heat the apple cider and whiskey in a small saucepan until warm.

Combine softened butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Whip until butter becomes creamy and the ingredients are fully incorporated.  Chill.

In a separate bowl combine rum and whipping cream, whisk until fluffy; add powdered sugar.

In a pretty footed coffee glass, place a spoonful of spiced butter.  Ladle the hot cider to fill the glass. Garnish with a dollop of rum-whipped topping. Serve warm.

Drink responsibly!

– M&M

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Teddy Bear Tea

Our girl is sooo good to us!  She got us a Teddy Bear!  Not the stuffed kind…. the slurp-able kind…YUM.

The girl knows how much M & I like our coffee… helps us get going in the morning.  While the girl is just stumbling around the office, we get a couple slurps of her coffee and then we run up the stairs and check out the other offices… then we run down the stairs and get a couple more slurps of coffee.  And then we run into the back office and make sure she is cleaning our litter box and changing our water…. then we run up the stairs to make sure we didn’t forget anything…. then we run down the stairs…. then we run up the Christmas Tree to check that all the lights are working… then while she goes out to check the gas machine we jump up in the window and wave at her and check the glass for smudges… we leave paw prints on the glass so she knows where the smudges were….. When she comes back in we drink more coffee together and M & I help her check our emails…. Our typing is getting much better!  The girl should drink more coffee… then she could be as productive as M & me!

Well… this morning we took a slurp of her coffee…. OMP!  It wasn’t coffee!!!

While the girl wiped up the ‘tea’ that M had spit everywhere the girl explained that she had visited a new coffee shop over the weekend and discovered Teddy Bear Chai.  Well, M & I were reeling from this new information…. Who knew there were whole SHOPS of coffee?!  OMP!  Whole shops!!  We thought all coffee came from K-Cups!

After sampling the Teddy Bear Tea again, M & I decided it was pretty pawesome… and we didn’t need to worry about a drop in our caffeine since it was made with black tea… whew!

The girl said she is still experimenting with the exact amounts, but this is pretty close to what she’d had at the coffee shop.  The coffee shop used concentrated Oregon Chai, but the girl already had regular Chai tea bags at home, so she just made her own.

Now that we know they exist we are encouraging the girl to visit more coffee shops!  We wish Starbucks would deliver.  * sigh *

Teddy Bear Chai

Teddy Bear Chai Tea

  • 8oz Chai Tea, brewed STRONG
  • 1 tsp Vanilla (the good Mexican stuff… no imitation, yuck)
  • 1 Tbs Honey
  • 1/4 c Vanilla Cream (You could just use milk, or cream, but the Coffee Mate – Natural Bliss already has some sugar in it too…)

Warm the Vanilla Cream before adding it to the tea to take the chill off…. add the other ingredients to your own personal taste.  As it cools the honey flavor comes out more, so don’t go wild with the honey at first.  Mix and serve!

– M&M

Looking Good


Mirror

Our girl is so funny sometimes.  The other day M and I were playing with an empty bath tissue roll… batting it around the office and stuff… the girl grabs it right out of our paws and starts babbling about how it would be perfect for some silly thing or the other.  Normally, we’d have been pretty annoyed, but it was about time for our afternoon naps anyway, so we figured we’d let her play with it for a while.

When we woke up she was clicking around on Pinterest ….and hacking our toy to pieces!  Apparently she’d decided to make a new mirror for the ladies litter-box-room.  We have our own private litter-box, but the girl tries to keep the public litter-box room all pretty and stuff….  We’re not allowed in there after the incident with the sink…. Who knew the girl would have such a hissy fit about a little water on the floor!?  M & I had a “tiny” water fight… geeze!

Anyway, M & I climbed up on the desk to see what the girl had done to our toy…. apparently she’d been busy while we were napping!

  • First, she squashed the roll in half.
  • Next she took the bath-tissue roll and cut it into four 1 inch pieces (she’d collected a few other rolls and a paper towel roll or two as well)
  • Then she glued five of the pieces together near their points….

OMP it was a flower!

The next day the girl came to the office with a can of spray paint, a mirror and a hot glue gun….

  • She spray painted all the “flowers” blue (we made her do this outside, because our noses are sensitive and that stuff stinks)

After our nap the “flowers” had dried and the girl brought them inside.

  • She arranged them into a circle around the mirror and then started hot gluing them together.
  • Once they were glued into a circle she placed the mirror face down on the flowers and started gluing the mirror to the flowers.
  • Two Command Strips later the “Flower Mirror” was attached to the litter-box room wall!

Mirror

Pawesome!

While we did not approve of the destruction of our super fun toy… we do have to agree that the mirror looked pretty good…. and it made the girl awfully happy… and when she is happy she shares her coffee with us (with extra cream!) so it was a win-win after all.

– M &M