Welcome my friends to October 1, 2018 – we all know what that means. It’s time for Bacon’s Spooktoberfest! A month full of things that go bump in the middle of the night. The strange noises that vibrate through the house. The kind of eerie creepiness that settles in that you just want to run to your room and hide under your bed… Shivers. I almost scared myself. So friends stay tuned to my blog for excitement. This year, we are doing things a little different. We are writing a continuous story for 31 days of Bacon’s Spooktoberfest. So if you miss a day, you can catch up. Have a fun and scary month sweet friends.
And don’t worry, you can always hold my hoof.
Barks! Us all alone in the house. I’m so excited my tail won’t stop wagging. After the ‘family meeting’, we all ran to Bacon’s room for our own little anipal meeting. We can’t let the humans know how excited we are. We will rock this house, stay up as long as we want, eat what we want and watch anything we want on television. OMD – it will be a blast. I call Animal Planet.
Meow – I just want to be left alone on the big bed. I may need help setting my number on the Select Comfort to a happy 60 – that number is purfect for my spine. Houdini – there is enough televisions in this house that we all can watch what we want. I gotta see me some Jackson Galaxy. That man thinks he is the cat whisperer. He is so wrong. Man will never rules us cats – ever. Meows.
Oinks – We gotta set a plan in motion guys. When nana visits, we gotta make sure she leaves all of our goodies out and makes popcorn. I call the television in the living room. I just love stretching out on the chaise. That thing was made for my curvy body. And the ottoman next to it holds my laptop. OMP – I can spend hours on the computer and there’s no one to tell me to get off. I may have died and gone to heaven. But guys, we can’t be too happy in front of mom/dad. You know we gotta make sure they think we will be miserable and miss them – as if – snorts with piggy laughter. And don’t worry, I have dad’s credit card number. We can order pizza and have it delivered. That kid on Home Alone will have nothing on us!
I’ve told you before my friends. My mom and dad have lost it. Totally. This past weekend was one of “those” adventures – snorts. They were looking for some adventure and wanted to try a place they had never been to before. So they took off in Albert, mom’s little Smart car, and hit the highway. Almost sounds like a song huh – snorts.
They ended up at this place called Mellow Mushroom – it’s a pizza joint which was right up dad’s alley. He ❤ pizza. Mom was somewhat reluctant. First off because they sat right beside exhibit A to the left. Pardon me while I say this but does that ‘mushroom’ look psychedelic? It was kind of disturbing in a weird sense of direction. Mom couldn’t take her eyes off of it. There was just something about it that was just plain weird.
That’s when mom got up to take a closer look at the psychedelic mushroom.
It’s not all its cracked up to be – double snorts. You get it – cracked up. It really is around the head area. What kind of restaurant is this place? Mom shook her head, snapped a couple of pictures and sat down preparing herself for a psychedelic adventure.
P.S. If you are ever out and about and see some crazy lady taking pictures at a restaurant, just call her mom. That will probably be my crazy mom – she takes pictures of *everything* as you will soon see in this post.
Shakes piggy head. At least it’s not all about me now.
Mom has been on this DIEt thing lately. It’s going okay. As she says, it’s all about choices. So today she choose a Greek salad to start her meal.
Exhibit B to the left here. She says if she starts with a good salad, it fills her so she doesn’t eat too much of a bad thing.
Which is good – I guess if you are living a DIEt kind of life. Mom did say that this salad was delicious! It had everything she loves – lettuce, mushrooms (which didn’t look scary like exhibit A), olives, peppers and feta cheese.
Dad on the other hoof, went with a cheese covered pretzel. See exhibit C here to the right. Not only was it delicious and cheesy, they served it with a beer cheese dipping sauce. It must have been great because daddy licked the cheese sauce dry and there were no crumbs left from the pretzel.
Which is good because mommy kept watching him waiting for something to drop. So much for eating a nice decent sensible salad huh?
Now came the main course. Mom and dad can never agree upon toppings for their pizza. There solution is to always get a pie 1/2 and 1/2. That way mom can have what she wants and dad can have what he wants. May I present to you exhibit D to the left. Drum roll – tongue hanging out – deliciousness.
Mom got the top side. She ❤ white pizza with cheese, garlic and tomatoes – what’s not to love right?
Dad on the other hoof got the bottom side. He gets the works… something this little piggy can’t discuss and think about. But it looks good. Of course a lot of pizza made it’s way home for lunch the next day.
You have to admit though, mom had hesitation at first with seeing the psychedelic mushroom – or maybe it was because of the psychedelic mushroom – the food was delicious!
you think I was done highlighting some of the wonderful food mom/dad tried when they were visiting Illinois last November? Of course not – snorts with piggy laughter. How could
any visit be complete to the Chicago area without trying some of their famous Chicago deep dish pizza? And of course, there was only one place they had to go for that –
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
First up, Aunt Tina said they had the best calamari. So everyone ordered the Calamari Fritti which was lightly breaded and fried to perfection. They serve this delectable appetizer with a side of cocktail sauce. Of course, Aunt Tina made sure to spritz lemon all over these yum-yum’s before everyone dug into them.
And then everyone dug into some salad. See even Aunt Tina made daddy eat some vegetables – mom was so proud. Of course mom told daddy he had to eat the salad because the pizza takes time to cook. That’s right. Deep dish pizza takes longer to cook than the regular pizzas you might order from your fast food place.
Then after a while, mom/dad/Aunt Tina said they heard angels singing and their individual pizzas were delivered. Instead of getting one huge pizza, they all got individual ones with side salads. These pizzas had sausage and black olives – and lots of sauce.
What did mom/dad think about this Chicago style deep dish pizza? Dad is a huge pizza person. He said that he ‘thinks’ he liked it but he would have to try one again to be sure. That sounds like dad, huh? But in the end, he said he would give it about an eight.
Mom said it was okay. Mom is not a fan of a lot of sauce on her pizzas and of course this one is fully loaded with sauce. And the crust is thick and a there is a lot of it surrounding the pizza. Mom said the crust was kind of hard too. There was lots of flavor but this pizza left mom on the it was okay side. So for these reasons, mom gave it about a four.
But overall, everyone had a fantastic time at a famous landmark. Would they go back again – of course they would! There is more to the menu than just pizza. And if you know anything about my mom/dad, they are professional eaters – snorts with piggy laughter.
Sometimes I have to admit that dad knows how to pick a shirt out for me. Barks with puppy laughter. On this shirt, I can say that we are two of a kind in agreement of our priorities from shopping. A pup can *never* have too many clothes. Dad got this one for me to add to my wardrobe. I needed something because tomorrow I’m finally going to my pet spa. And trust me, this pooch needs a spa day. I’ve spent the past couple of months pushing it. Mom/dad went off to Australia and then when they got back mom had surgery. I couldn’t leave mom during that time. I had to be here in case she needed me. You know, a dog’s work is never done. So last night, I text my groomer Kim and told her I was a hot mess and needed the works – bubble bath, massage, cut and some me time. I can’t wait to see her tomorrow. I wonder if she does hot stone treatments? Anyway, hopefully tomorrow night I will feel so much better. Hope ya’ll have a great weekend as well. Now I leave you with dad. Of course my apologies up front. He’s getting ready for the fat man coming at the end of the month.
Doesn’t that look delicious? A couple of weeks back mom/dad were craving pizza which is unusual. Well not for dad. He’s always craving pizza of any sort. But mom, she never craves pizza. So when she does, dad takes full advantage of the situation. So today I’m going to let daddy finish this Travels with the South.
When the wifey craves pizza, I know exactly where to head to make us both happy. There is a local pizza joint that has stuffed crust pizza. The wife loves stuffed crust – all of that extra cheese in the crust of the pizza. It somehow makes eating pizza seem so much more of a delightful experience. This day I even went one step further for my honey. This pizza place also offers seasoned crusts. So today I got stuffed crust with a pretzel crust. Can you say yum because that’s exactly what we both said… almost at the same time.
And we know that I’m a meat eater so I added my favorite toppings: pepperoni, italian sausage, ham, bacon, beef and black olives. I have to admit that this pizza came out amazing! Even the waitstaff was drooling.
Today, September 5th is Cheese Pizza Day – YAY! That’s what this squirrel is talking about. Who doesn’t like pizza – especially cheese pizza? Do you remember the movie Home Alone? What was Kevin’s favorite pizza? CHEESE PIZZA. The basics of a wonderful pizza with all of that gooey cheesy awesomeness! Pizza has to be one of the most popular dinner meals there is – it’s quick and easy. Whether you make it yourself from scratch, with a little help from the store in a crust or delivery and/or pick up. It can be thick crust, deep dish or thin crust. What do you like? At the Hotel Thompson, they prefer stuffed crust – with extra cheese. Licks lips and gets plate ready to go see if I can ‘borrow’ a slice or two for my family 🙂 chitter-chatter – It’s what I do as a squirrel.
So tonight to celebrate – What do you want on your pizza?
Barks my friends! Here’s to another week behind us and a great adventure of the weekend before us! Last Saturday I went to the spa. Daddy said that I was so good that I could get a new shirt. And we all know that clothes are my things. I love my clothes – I make these t-shirts. Don’t you think?
Well there we were in the middle of our local pet store and we were going through the t-shirts. Either I liked them or daddy didn’t and vice versa. Then we came upon the *perfect* t-shirt. We both barked – okay maybe dad grunted – and said that was the one.
And you know the answer is always pizza! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Have fun, run in the sun and try to get some lap time on your humans lap. Now I leave you with Jokes with Daddy – have fun!
Barks! Hello sweet friends. Hope you have had a fantastic week. We all know my mom the shopper – barks with puppy laughter. Well today I am wearing one of her finds. She is always looking for new clothes for me. Cause you know a pup can *never* have too many shirts. Well, mom was shopping and found this shirt for me. This is a shirt from the Cesar Millan line. You know Cesar Millan – the dog behaviorist. This shirt is made really well and double stitched. I’m not sure what that means but mom got pretty excited over it and so did daddy. Then again, my humans are weird. On the bottom of the shirt (you can’t see it in the picture cause I’m sitting on it), it says Cesar Millan. Mom has priced these shirts before and they are a little costly. Well, she got this shirt on what she calls clearance for a sweet $5.00 – awesome huh?
Well my friends, hope you have a fantastic weekend. Now I leave you with a throwback with Jokes with Daddy. Hope you enjoy it!
Barks my friends – we made it to another Friday – YAY!
I have to say score for this little puppy. Mom went shopping last weekend – we all know how this ends, right? She told daddy that I needed some new clothes and that someone – looks innocent – was outgrowing some of their t-shirts. What?! A dog has to eat, right? So this is one of my new t-shirts. Don’t you love it? Can you read it? It says, “I flexed and then the sleeves fell off.” For some reason, daddy thought this shirt was hilarious and I absolutely needed it. So I guess you can say that daddy was the enabler for mom buying it. Yep, that’s right. Daddy was the cause – ha!
Well friends – I hope you get lots of snuggle time this weekend. I leave you now with Jokes with Daddy –
Welcome my friends to another week of Travels in the South. This past weekend, daddy was craving his favorite – pizza. It doesn’t matter what kind or where, daddy loves all kinds and doesn’t discriminate – snorts. Mom/dad went shopping this past weekend a couple of towns over from the Hotel Thompson. After a long day of spending money and daddy lugging all the bags (like a perfect southern gentleman), both were ravished.
So mom saw this darling little pizza shop and thought she would bless daddy cause you know his hard work of (A) pulling out the credit card often this date and (B) lugging said packages everywhere. Let me start by saying that this is *not* a meal that mom/dad would splurge in often because of their new way of eating; however, today was a special date night of sorts.
Mom/dad started with buttered garlic knots. Now there were more buttered garlic knots in the bowl but someone conveniently forgot to take a picture before diving head first into that wonderful dish. Not that I’m pointing hooves mom but it’s so hard to train humans. Those two humans of mine acted like they had never eaten before and the next thing you knew – the dish was empty except for buttery/garlic goodness on the bottom of the bowl.
And of course, mom wouldn’t give that bowl up for all of the money in the world. She told dad they would keep it. Why? So they could swipe their pizza crust up all in that concoction. Yep, it was that good.
Now for the main star. The pizza. Not just any pizza. Dad said it was probably the best pizza he has ever had – and that is saying a lot! Look at all of that cheesy goodness.
This is called the white pizza (one of mom’s favorite pizzas to order anywhere). It has a blend of ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan cheese and minced garlic. Then they sprinkle MORE fresh parmesan cheese on top before bringing it to the table.
Can you see the cheese dripping everywhere? Okay, maybe this picture of dad eating slice shows you how cheesy and wonderful this pizza was.