Monday, September 17, 2012

Auditions for a Black Cat

Would you take your cat to a Hollywood audition?  Sounds like an interesting afternoon.
I saw these people putting leashes on their cats and taking them to an audition... that left me in awe, shock, bewilderment, and utterly amused.  I wonder what the requirements were? Hmmmmm... must be black, cat, cooperative?

Take a look....

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Awesome...right?     They all are like....actually leashed. 
That must have gone over well with the cats.

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Ah- ha!  Vincent must have been an audition for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat". V. Price and Edgar Allan Poe - what a great combination. Used to love these movies - Tales of TerrorHouse of UsherThe Raven... 

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Why couldn't he just walk on the pavement like everybody else? 
Well, that's a cat for you.

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Who brought a baby cat? We specifically said no baby cats Ma'am.....

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Let's get this over with Lady.....

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Holy Toledo! This woman's eyebrows are scarier than the Vincent Price Movies....

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Um...what is happening here? I don't think I want to know...

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There is about to be drama here, I can just tell....

This whole shot is awesome - the kid, his boots and vest, the cat, the guy with a cigarette, the woman with the couldn't script this shot.

I just thought this was a fitting post as we approach Halloween...
also I do love Black Cats...the best!

Photos courtesy:
{photos LIFE archive - Hollywood audition for Black Cat, 1961}


Monday, May 14, 2012

The BEST Quick Chicken Chili

This is a recipe for the easiest, quick, Chicken Chili I have ever made.  My husband and 3 year old also went nuts over it so it is a winner in our house.

We served it over white rice and it was heavenly......

It starts with 2 or 3 frozen chicken breasts....

Pile all of the ingredients in a crock pot...

Top with the cream cheese...

Yummylicious...I bet we could also use this a great dip with taco chips...
I served it with chopped green onions on top!

Crock Pot Quick Chicken Chili

2 chicken breasts,  frozen
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese
Put the chicken in the crock pot.
Top with the tomatoes, corn, drained and rinsed beans,
ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders,
stir to combine then top with the cream cheese.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring one or twice
 to blend in the cheese.
Shred the chicken into large pieces
and serve over rice. 
If you need to feed a larger crowd,
 just double your ingredients and add more chicken breasts.
So easy it's sinful.
Serves 4

*****I would LOVE to take credit for this fantastic easy supper but alas,  I am not so lucky...
It was created by the talented Rita May.  Check out her blog and her fabulous easy recipes.  

Bon Appetit!


"Je suis reconnaissant pour mes bénédictions."
 "I am thankful for my blessings."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Are you kidding me?

Ummmm, I LOVE Anthropologie...It is my favorite store, website, and place to shop PERIOD!   As a matter of fact, it is one of my ad links....HOWEVER, this lamp is...........well.....what do you think?

It is priced at $2800.00.

Yes, I said $2800.00.

No that is not a mistake.

Click on the is for real.   Don't get me wrong...Anthropologie is one of my very favorite places EVER....but, I don't feel this lamp.   What was the buyer thinking?    I don't know....I do know one thing....I am sure there will be plenty of knock offs in blog land......ummm wait, maybe not.   What do you think?  Am I just not getting this lamp?  I would be very interested in knowing if I am the only one.

Have a great day.....


"Je suis reconnaissant pour mes bénédictions."
 "I am thankful for my blessings."

Monday, April 16, 2012

Style Quiz....WOWZA! Was this right on the money!!!!!!

WOWZA was this right on the money!!!!!!  I took the style quiz on the Home Goods Web Site and boy was I amazed at how this quiz totally pegged my home decor style.  It even gave me my ideal paint colors which are EXACTLY the colors I have painted in my home. I am still in shock.....LOL

Try it and see where you is amazingly accurate....


You have a refined sensibility and bring a sense of history and tradition into your decor. You appreciate how symmetrical arrangements and beautiful, well-crafted pieces create a solid foundation to a room. But you like to shake up this restraint with objects and accessories that express your personality and your love of other cultures. When traveling, you seek out unique objects that reflect what you love, and you use them in a sophisticated way. You want people to feel comfortable in your home, and cozy chairs, ethnic fabrics, unique pieces, and even a little touch of quirk or humor give your house a laid-back, Bohemian flair.
You value serenity. While there are probably a lot of interesting things in your home, they are joined by your taste or a certain palette that keeps them in harmony. You appreciate the beauty in simple forms. Whether fancy or plain, you appreciate things that are well made and function as well as they look. You also have a strong respect for the environment and craftsmanship. You care about how things are made, and how they are used.

Your Happy Home Colors

Your Design Challenge: UNIFYThe good news is, you probably have many things you love and have collected, and no one would ever say your home is boring! You've done the hard part; now you just need to pull it all together. If your furniture seems like a mish-mash, unify it through similar upholsters or slipcovers. When grouping objects, try to find something they have in common. If they share a shape, color or material, they will look like a collection. A tray is every decorator's secret weapon for making groups of small objects look purposeful and sculptural. If your accessories are all over the map, try subduing the upholstery or wall color, so your small items are the stars.

This is SO me...I am amazed at how accurate it is......

Have Fun,


"Je suis reconnaissant pour mes bénédictions."

 "I am thankful for my blessings."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A New Family Member.....

A new family member....

We now have a new family member....last November we discovered our beloved Chow Chow of 10 years was diagnosed with Hermangiosarcoma.  Basically this means a giant tumor in the abdomen.  It is terminal.  It was shocking and devastating.  Our family had to make a horrible choice that I would never wish on anyone.  My last act of love was to set him free.  I was crushed.

My 3 year old was also so sad...I couldn't make the hurt go away and if you are a parent, you know how that feels...HORRIBLE.  So, we decided to add a new family member and we love him.  He cannot ever replace our Chow Chow but we love him in a different way.  So is life.

Here are some photos:

 He is a Coton de Tulear, the royal dog of Madagascar.  This is a great link that explains the breed and it's rarity.  He's like 7 weeks old in these photos and he is so snuggly!

Check out the breeder where we located him...she is phenominal...she really cares about her animals and strives to re-home other animals in her area.  Thank you so much Cuddly Cotons!!!

I have actually made this little guy a royal doggie bed and I am will post my tutorial very soon.  Can't wait to show you!

Denise cursive

"Je suis reconnaissant pour mes bénédictions."
 "I am thankful for my blessings."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I am sorry...

I am sorry....

I haven't been a very good blogger the past year.  I had such good intentions but it seems I wasn't too good at keeping my commitment to my blog.

Well, let's see....I could go into a tremendous explanation, but I don't know if that is the best thing to do.

I will say, I haven't had the best year.  I lost my father, in a very upsetting way.  I had to put my beloved dog to sleep after ten years as he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  I also had my own scare with cancer but I am so blessed,  and I will be ok.

So, with that being said...I will go into more details later on perhaps...or maybe not, as dwelling on the past may not be the best healing process.

Nonetheless...I am glad to be back, and I have some projects I have been working on, that I can't wait to post.  I think things are going to be OK, and I am truly thankful for my blessings. =)

Denise cursive

"Je suis reconnaissant pour mes bénédictions."
 "I am thankful for my blessings."