Hoagie

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Hey everyone! This here is Hoagie, and he is one of the funniest cats that I’ve ever met. He lives at the cat shelter, but he isn’t up for adoption and he just likes to hang out in the staff room. I think a lot of people are scared of him, probably because he has an odd under bite. I wish I could take him home, he’s the friendliest guy! He’s always meowing, well, more like croaking, and looking for some attention. There needs to be more people in this world that pay attention to the unique cats like Hoagie. He needs love just as much as the others! It annoys me how people are so quick to pass judgement.

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Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Banana Bread

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There has been a couple of brown bananas sitting in my kitchen for the past few weeks, and I finally decided that they need a new home; banana bread!

I picked a couple of my favorite flavors, and they just so happen to compliment each other perfectly. This is the recipe for Rosemary, Olive Oil, Lemon, and Dark chocolate banana bread. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used a bar with almonds in it!)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup 2% yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • About 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a medium bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and rosemary.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil, eggs, yogurt, banana, zest, and vanilla. Pour it into the dry ingredients and fold with a spatula until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  4. Pour into the bundt pan, and place pan onto a baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. You want the bread to stay moist, so the sooner you take it out, the better!
  5. Let it cool in the pan for about 10 minute, then invert it and let it finish cooling. While you’re waiting, make the icing. Mix confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice, and just a bit of water in a bowl. Drizzle onto bread when it’s completely cooled.
  6. I sprinkled some rosemary on top for show. 🙂 Enjoy!

 

 

Sparta (AKA Frank)

Look at this cutie! His name is Sparta, and he is about 8 years old. I don’t like his name too much, so I just call him Frank. He is THE FLUFFIEST cat you will ever meet, I could barely get a comb through him! He’s a little shy at first, but definitely warms up after a while. I have a big place in my heart for all of the homeless elderly cats out there. Everyone wants to adopt a kitten, but what about the cats like Frank? What happens to them? I wish I could just take them all home. They could sleep on my bed and watch the birds out on the roof. I think someday I will open up a place at my house for senior cats to live the rest of their lives. What do you think? It would be like an attachment house, and the cats would have large windows to look out, nice cozy beds, and plenty of food. I think if I were a cat, that’s what I would want. What would I call it? A Senior Feline Living Community? Sounds like something I will seriously consider in the future.

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Introduction

Hi, my name is Mckenzie Baker and I am an avid cook and traveler. Over the past few years, I have traveled to Japan and Turkey and found inspiration through the amazing cuisine belonging to those countries. When I cook, I feel at peace and as though I can accomplish any task that I put my mind to. My favorite things to cook are baked goods (hence my last name…) and any type of desserts. My username also says “cats”, this is because I volunteer at the cat shelter and hold a big space in my heart for all of the kitties without homes. This means that some of my posts may involve felines…If you are interested in cooking some of the things that have inspired me, then click on the link below and buy the cookbook my friend and I published! It contains 30 recipes from 6 different countries. I hope you all enjoy. Happy cooking. 🙂

http://www.lulu.com/shop/my-photo-book/paperback/product-22517549.html