Most might think it is a nuisance to have their neighbor’s cat traipsing through their yard on a regular basis, but not me.
The people that live across the street from us have always had a cat. In fact, we used to feed and play with it when they went on their vacations, but that got to be a lot of work as they are retired and travel frequently. No judgement, good for them, but we didn’t always have the time to go over every single day for weeks on end.
We haven’t kept in very good touch with them over the years and I wasn’t really sure whether they still had the same cat or a cat at all.
Then Dad mentioned the cat coming over to visit occasionally. I hadn’t seen it, but desperately wanted to. I’ve always been a cat person, so have Mom and Dad. I grew up with a cat, and sometimes would like one now, but I never take the plunge.
Over the summer I had my first Phil sighting. Dad told me that’s his name based on hearing the owner call for him when he wanders off, which is pretty much every single time they let him outside it seems. Mom spotted Phil on the deck, casually prancing around and looking over the edge to rocks below. Rocks he clearly wanted to investigate as he climbed down the deck stairs and walked all the way around to the rocks, where he pounced on things.
I happily watched him while Mom called his owner to retrieve him, not because we weren’t both enjoying the show, but because we didn’t want the owner to worry.
Another day we opened the garage to take a walk and found Phil right in the driveway. He looked at us and meowed every time we spoke to him. then with a little chasing from Mom, he ran across the street to his drive.
Just a few days ago, we were coming home from the cider mill and the garage opening and car engine must have frightened Phil, who I didn’t even realize had come to visit. He ran like the wind until he reached his drive and owner at which point be slowed to his normal gait and pretended like nothing was wrong. “No, I wasn’t in the neighbor’s yard again and almost just run over by a car.”
It’s rather surprising the kind of happiness just spotting Phil brings me. it has been cloudy and cold and rainy for days and just seeing this fluffy cat makes me smile every single time. Phil, you are welcome to visit whenever you want 🙂
Cookies also make me happy, and I bet all of you agree with that. Flourless Chocolate Cookies are a super easy to make, gluten free dessert that is so perfect for the holiday season that will be upon us in no time flat. Just a few simple ingredients leave you with a cookie with a crinkly outside and rich, chewy inside, basically cookie heaven.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Oil the parchment lightly.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, powder, cornstarch, and salt until well combined. The sifting is important in this recipe because you really do not want any lumps. Mix in the egg whites and egg, as well as the vanilla. Finally stir in the chips.
- Scoop the cookie batter in heaping tablespoons onto the cookie sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes until shiny and cracked on top. Cool completely on pans before carefully prying off the parchment.
- Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy
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- Gluten Free Turkey Gravy by Jersey Girl Cooks
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- Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash by Cooking Chat
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Squash With Cranberry Cider Glaze by The Crumby Kitchen
- T.R.’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce by Hardly A Goddess
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- Easy Mexican Chicken Bowl by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Pork Fried Rice by The Freshman Cook
- Turkey Ham Scalloped Potatoes and Kale by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Vietnamese Chicken Salad by Caroline’s Cooking
Decking the Halls Desserts
- Flourless Chocolate Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Gluten Free Fudge by Our Good Life
- Grandma’s Peanut Butter Balls by Cricket’s Confections
- No Bake Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies by Simple and Savory
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Desserts Required
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- White Chocolate Crème Brûlée by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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