Liberal Ramblings . . .

I was talking to a liberal and, as usual, tried to keep topics on a bland level rather than incur the rabid responses we have come to expect from them. I mentioned an interesting item in the news about a fast food place that had put a sign in their window that was causing a lot of debated in their town. The offensive sign? The sign said that uniformed police would get their meals free here. The person I was talking with said, “Well, if that place wants to give the police special privileges, that’s their business.” Somewhat surprised at the response, I said, “I would call it more of a ‘thank you’ to the on-duty police who protect their city.” The other person said, “They are only giving them special privileges because they wear a uniform not because they are necessarily good policemen.” I mused, “Well, what if they just quietly gave the police a ‘paid in full’ receipt and didn’t advertise it on the door?” My friend replied, “Would still be a special privilege since they only honor uniforms.”

You have to wonder who some of these liberal-minded people are going to call if someone assaults them or breaks into their home. Perhaps, they can demand a plain-clothed policeman?

Remembering D-Day

My son and I were blessed to have visited Pointe du Hoc about six years ago. One just doesn’t realize the difficulties the soldiers faced that day with weather and terrain working against them. Amazing seeing this even decades after the actual event.

Fresh the Cat

Fresh is a feisty stray cat we were adopted by six years ago. She allows herself to be brushed or petted buy you had better know the signs when she has had enough because going beyond the point of no return earns you a scratch or two as she stalks off. Where the other cats will happily chase the laser spot as long as you will play with them, Fresh wants to KILL it.

The other day, I gave her a favorite toy . . . a wide, fat rubber band. She will happily attempt it’s demise for ten or fifteen minutes before you loses interest. For some reason, I thought it might be more fun for her if I knotted two rubber bands together so she would have a better hold on them. She, indeed, enjoyed the new and improved ‘toy’ and was happily chasing it around and chewing on it. I went about my housework and when I came back to the kitchen about ten minutes later, Fresh was gone but the rubber bands were no longer knotted together. They were again two separate rubber bands sitting side by side on the floor. My daughter came in and when I told her, she said, “We had better be really, really nice to that cat from now on!” I said we might consider locking our bedroom doors, too, and she responded with, “I don’t that that would stop this cat, Mom!”

Today, Fresh was getting into things and annoying the other cats so I knotted her another set of rubber bands . . . ten minutes later, they were separated. Okay, I figured the first time was just a fluke and was willing the think the second was just luck. I knotted her rubber bands together, again, but even tighter . . . It took her less than five minutes.

Buster Kitten’s Side Job

Buster Kitten has a new passion in life. He has his own little pot business. Uh, emphasis on “little pot” as in that is where we have been growing LAWN grass seeds for his addiction to it. He discovered that the lawn existed outside, where he isn’t allowed to go, so set up an impassioned bout of yowling meows if we went outside and didn’t bring him in some clippings. He spends ten minutes every day ‘trimming’ his ‘pot garden’ is a very happy cat.

Our Favorite at the Family Salad Bar!

We enjoy salads in our family and are always trying out new combinations, dressings, and vegetables. The latest (pictured above) is the easiest yet most popular one yet . . . very few leftovers!

The Dressing is easy and most people will have the ingredients already around the house.

Peanut Butter Thai Dressing

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons sesame oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
Juice of three or four limes
Dressing a little too thick for you? Just thin with adding a bit of water.

Combine all the ingredients in a container you can seal and mix until smooth. Refrigerate until needed. It keeps well for a day or two.

Salad
1 cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup sliced cauliflower
1 cup broccoli broken down into small florets
1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
1/2 cup finely sliced green onion (used the white and green part)
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Prepare all your vegetables (You can add/substitute for other favorites) in a large serving bowl. When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing generously over the top of the salad ingredient and toss to coat evenly.

When we have guests, I like to bring the bowl to the table before using the dressing so everyone can see the pretty variety of salad ingredients and then
toss with the dressing just before everyone helps themselves.

We try to avoid too many carbs so often serve this with Cashew Chicken or a Spicy Beef stir fry. With all the produce and the rich dressing, no one misses a
side of rice . . . although no stopping you if you want to add that to the dinner plate, too!