HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Friday greetings friends –

Great stuff packed in this episode today.

Stephanie is off this week but she’ll be back very, very soon.  She’s a super busy lady and gives her time and energy and tips and tricks when time allows.  Hat tip, Steph.  Thank ya!

The stand in for Stephanie’s Chic on the Cheap is a column by Katiedid Langrock archives from back in 2017.  Not nearly as cool and informational as Steph’s column, but it’s a heart read.  Enjoy!

“PIG”  THE RABBIT STORY
by Katiedid Langrock is beautiful.  Almost – ALMOST – wants me to look and find and bring home such a cool pet.  However, this house/ark is full around here!

QUICK QUESTION
My new name would be Calvin Cheeseburger.  Ha!  You?

PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES
Recipe reads like it’s too simple to be good.  Trust me – they are simple and they’re very good.

ART ILLUSTRATIONS
Have me planning for some kinda little garden around here.  Good news, I have a farmer’s market about 15 minutes away.  So, if I fail in doing or succeeding – have the market so close – I can go, shop, choose and enjoy the fruits of the farmers labors!  THANK YOU FARMERS!

THANKS ALL FOR GIVING US A SLICE OF YOUR FRIDAY
We sure do appreciate ya + sharing + caring + being a huge part of Daymaker Readable Art community.

Ready?
Set?
Here we go!
Enjoy

THE PERFECT PET
BY KATIEDID LANGROCK

We knew we weren’t ready for a dog.  The search for the perfect pet began there.

“Cat?”  my husband suggested.

“I’d rather not invite something into my home that would immediately begin plotting my death,” I said.  “How about a rabbit?”

“Why would we get a pet that needs to stay in a cage?”

I saw his point.  We were getting our first pet as a step into our adulthood.

We had just bought our first home.  The itch driving us into pet ownership was a clear precursor to pending parenthood.

At that point in our relationship, we had only ever tried to care for one thing, a house plant named Wal-MartWal-Mart didn’t survive the summer and we were fairly traumatized.  But it had been a few years.

We were married now and living on a different coast from the one where Wal-Mart had been under-watered and then over-watered to his early demise.

We were ready for a pet, but finding a cage-free animal that could live in an urban neighborhood and was not a dog or a cat was challenging.  After months of research, we settled on getting a pig.  We were pretty excited about it and told everyone how we were about to become proud pig parents.  However, prior to purchasing one, I came across a pig advocacy site warning pigs can be aggressive toward babies.

Deal breaker.

It was around this time I learned about a breed of rabbit called Flemish giants.  Known as gentle giants, they make great family pets and, because they can be trained to go in a litter box, can live outside a cage, roaming freely around the house like a cat.

We picked up our Flemish giant a month later and, staying true to our assertion that we would be pig parents, we named him Pig.

Pig came to us after his previous owners returned him to his breeder at 13 weeks.  They had discovered he was a runt and would not be able to compete in rabbit shows.

Our runt grew to a measly 18 lbs.

We nick-named him Piggy Smalls.

The first few months, Pig didn’t stray far from his litter box.  He seemed scared in the big house, not used to a life outside a cage, not used to a life dedicated to little more than daily brushings.

I had just about given up on the idea that Pig would socially connect with us, when he hopped over to the couch to be near us for the first time.  He wasn’t ready to be touched but was ready to be near.

By the end of year one, our first born, as we lovingly referred to Pig, had taken full control of our house.  He would hop over to greet us as soon as we came home from work.  He would place his front two paws on my shoulders to give me kisses on my lips.  He would nudge us with his head, stamp his back foot or even give a small nip if he was in the mood to be petted and we weren’t bending to his bunny demands.

In our early years, our lives revolved around Pig.  We told everyone about his hilarious antics, how he would pull pillows off the couch and create obstacle courses for himself.  About how each time he shed, new black zigzagging designs would appear on his gray coat.  How gorgeous he was.  When he exclusively chewed on my leather shoes and bags, we were impressed by his high-end taste.

He was a family man.  After we brought our son home from the hospital, Pig inserted himself into care taking.  He would run at full speed from the kitchen to the nursery whenever he heard the baby crying, standing up on his hind legs to check on his new brother.

He adapted to a life of being pulled, tugged and hugged too tight by little people who loved him.

Over the years, Pig slowed down.

He didn’t jump as high or run as fast.  But he was always up for snuggling.

Even in his last days, Pig would force his head under our hands for a pet and would nudge, stamp or nip if we didn’t show him his due affection.

This week, we laid our fur baby to rest.  Pig loved fluffy rugs, computer cords and bananas.  He loved us more.  And we him.

We had been in search for the perfect pet.  We got so much more.  Rest in peace, Piggy.

~Katiedid Langrock
COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM

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QUICK QUESTION

YOUR NEW NAME IS YOUR DAD’S MIDDLE NAME
FOLLOWED BY YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD.
WHAT IS IT?

PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES

These treats are simple, goof proof and yummy!

HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT:

  • 1/3 cup Crisco shortening (like in the big can)
  • 1/3 cup smooth and creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup flour

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350*

Cream together all ingredients in a large bowl – except flour – until fluffy.  Fold in the flour and mix well.

SPREAD MIXTURE IN AN 8″x 8″ BAKING PAN
And bake for 20 -25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let rest on countertop for about 10-15 minutes.

MEANWHILE (while the peanut butter batter is baking)

PREPARE THE FROSTING IN A SMALL BOWL:

  • 3 TBSP salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 TBSP smooth and creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 TBSP milk

MIX BUTTER, PEANUT BUTTER AND POWDERED SUGAR TOGETHER WITH A WOODEN SPOON UNTIL WELL COMBINED
Add milk 1 TBSP at a time until desired consistency is reached.

FROST COOLED, BAKED MIXTURE
Cut into however many squares you desire — 9 or 12.  Gently remove squares or rectangle pieces with a spatula and place on a serving plate and serve.  Any leftovers?  Simply zip them in a plastic bag and save on the countertop for a grab-n-go.

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

SOMETIMES YOU CRAWL OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING
AND THINK – I’M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT.
BUT YOU LAUGH INSIDE
REMEMBERING ALL THE TIMES YOU’VE FELT THAT WAY.
~ CHARLES BAKOWKSI ~

HAVE A GRAND WEEKEND
SEE YA MONDAY
SAME TIME
SAME PLACE

8 replies
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hey Stacy –

      I know, right? Super cool story that tugs at the heart. Love the story. Katiedid (and, yes, that’s actually her name) is a wonderful writer. She doesn’t write syndicated columns anymore. I used to carry her for Daymaker back when. After being contacted by our sales rep from CREATORS that Katiedid was no longer available for weekly material – up popped Tracy Beckerman! Who is also a great writer, as well.

      Artwork = Great for sure!

      Thanks for reading and engaging. We thank ya.

      Have a great weekend!

  1. Marty says:

    Loved Daymaker’s Garden Vegetable art illustrations. Plants lead us to one beautiful fact: We get some kind of a happy feeling when we bring a flower or vegetable plant home and CAREFULLY place it in our garden soil or a simple patio garden of a few pots. It’s that happy adrenaline time that always brings a smile to the spirit and a reminder of something depending on us to see it to the finish line.

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Marty –

      Yes, indeed, the Garden Vegetable art illustrations are lovely.

      Love your comment – no doubt you are a tender, happy plant caretaker. Lucky plants one and all around your home.

      Thanks for reading + sharing. We sure appreciate it.

      Happy weekend!

  2. Carol says:

    Beautiful art, as always.

    My name would be Charles Chocolate 😉

    Loved the Perfect Pet and remembered JoeBob, our perfect cat. Sweet memories.

    Happy weekend!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Charles Chocolate! Love it!

      I also love the perfect cat’s name JoeBob. Super cool.

      So glad you enjoyed the read and we are grateful for your time and beautiful comments.

      Happy Day!

  3. J says:

    Great 5 for Friday as always I love the piggy story ❤️ Great one for Easter I think every child at some point has asked for a bunny at Easter. 😄

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi J –

      Delighted you enjoyed the read!

      I think you’re absolutely correct about every kid asking/wanting a bunny at some point. I actually was granted a bunny wish when I was a kid. He was big and sweet – already a grown bunny. I named him Methuselah. Pretty sure we’d just had that lesson in Sunday School or I wouldn’t have come up with that name in my wildest dreams. Ha

      Appreciate your time and comment.

      Have a fab day!

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