Saturday, December 31, 2011

Adorable Melly

I'm not sure what was up with my camera work in this video (talk about shaky), but I thought you might enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at all those belly floof pics I post.  Here is Melly being quite cute and shamelessly mugging for the camera:

 

I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!  Anyone making any resolutions?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Scarlett and Geoff

I've mentioned before that Scarlett is a total lap cat. She especially likes when the lap is located at the kitchen table, since that usually means that the human attached to it will be sitting for a while. Here, Scarlett has joined Geoff for a bit of online gaming.



"This is my lap. All mine."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pthbbt

Observe this cute sleeping kitty:


Adorable, right?  But wait, there's more!


Could it be... why yes it is: a protruding tongue.


I'm impressed that Scarlett held this pose long enough for me to squee, flail, grab my camera, and take about 25 pictures.  She's very patient.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dignified and Contained



I love her ears in the last picture.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Laundry Day

Melly loves laundry day, because it means I get out the ironing board. (I don't iron-I use the board as a drying rack. Classy, I know.)

And Melly has discovered that cat hair sticks to damp clothes like glue, which means she doesn't have to work quite as hard to cover every item of my clothing in floof.





"All done. Have fun with your lint roller.
Bwa ha ha!"

Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Hiding Spot

I went to throw some clothes in the closet and was surprised to see two bright yellow eyes staring out at me!

It would seem that Melly has commandeered my jeans as a napping/hiding spot.

Melly's camouflage is pretty good, so here's a hint if you didn't spot her:



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!



Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve!

Last year on Christmas Eve, I posted these pictures of my parents' cat Star in his Christmas best. This will be the first Christmas since Star passed away, and it will be very strange not having him there, taking part in our holiday celebrations. (And by "taking part," I mean "chewing all the bows.") So, I would like to keep Star's memory alive by making these photos a Christmas Eve tradition.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve, and that Santa is good to you!



P.S. I'll be internetless (shudder) for a while, but will be back to my usual blog visiting after the holidays. In the meantime, I have scheduled posts through New Year's Eve, so I hope you'll be able to keep visiting!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Melly's Box

Geoff's daughter's present came in a conveniently Melly-sized box, so I put the catnip quilt in the box and put it in Melly's favorite nap spot.

Melly was skeptical.

"Boxes do not go in the nap spot. What is this nonsense?"

"Ok, fine, I'll try it out."

"Nope, that's not going to work. Not one bit."

"Yes, this is better. Good job. You are forgiven for your error."

"Yumm, cardboard."

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Helpful Melly

Melly very much enjoyed getting in the way helping with wrapping presents and putting together cookie shipments. Sitting on boxes and trying to eat ribbons are her specialties.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mischief Managed


"Hi there. I notice that you're paying very little attention to me.
You do know that telling me to stop climbing your jeans doesn't count as attention, right?"


"You see those cookies up there? So do I. And I know how upset you'll be if I 'accidentally' knock them off the counter.

So bring on the scritches. Pronto."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An Award, and a Sort-of Snuggle


Sparkle and 5-Cat Style & The Flyer both bestowed the Liebster Award on The Adventures of Scarlett and Melly! Thank you both! I really like that this award, which means favorite or beloved in German, helps to draw attention to blogs that aren't too well known.

Upon receipt of the award, one is to:
1) Link back to the blogger who gave it
2) Paste the award on the blog
3) Choose 5 blogs to pass this award to (they must have fewer than 200 followers)
4) Let the recipients know about their nomination by leaving a comment on their blogs

I am passing the award on to:
1) It's All About the Cats
2) Cat's Cats
3) Simba's Antics
4) On a More Personal Note...From Ms. Stella O'Houligan
5) 9 Kai and Chani Hokulani

And on to the almost-snuggle:



Monday, December 19, 2011

New Neighbor Kitty

A delicate little calico ladycat has been hanging around the apartment building recently. I think she might belong to the building next door (she has a collar, so she definitely belongs somewhere). She's very skittish and won't let me get close, but she has come near the window to "meet" Scarlett and Melly.

Here is a short video from their first meeting. I was going to edit out the part where Melly smooshes her floof into the camera, but then I thought it was sort of like a virtual snorgle, so I left it in.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Floof

It would seem that while Scarlett teaches Melly etiquette, Melly teaches Scarlett... anti-etiquette. I kept waiting for Scarlett to roll all the way onto her back, but this was as far as she got.


Also, Geoff, his daughter, and I are celebrating Christmas tomorrow, so I made another batch of the gingerbread cookies. And this time, I took a picture:



Friday, December 16, 2011

Melly's Beloved Quilt

This corner of the back of the couch is Scarlett's usual spot, not Melly's, so I moved the catnip quilt there in an effort to give Scarlett a chance to use it.


That didn't work too well since Melly still wanted to snooze on her quilt. But since she isn't a fan of this napping spot, she sulked all the while.


"I am protesting the placement of this quilt. Watch me as I pout."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lemon-Rosemary Cookies

Don't they kind of look like those big stone lions you see on old gates? Creeps me out a little.


You guessed it: I didn't take pictures of these cookies either.

Every year, I like to try making one new type of cookie in addition to my old standbys. Last year, it was the molasses sugar cookies; this year, it was lemon-rosemary slices.

A couple of years ago, I had a rosemary-lemon bar at a local bakery and was immediately hooked on the flavor combination. Unfortunately, this wasn't something the bakery usually made, just a leftover from a catering order, so I tried to duplicate it myself. I still haven't had any luck with the bars, but these cookies do a great job of featuring the two flavors.

Lemon-Rosemary Slices
Adapted slightly from Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (you can also use 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary)
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Instructions:
Mix 1 cup sugar, butter, 1 tablespoon lemon peel, rosemary, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Shape dough into a roll 12 inches long. Wrap and refrigerate about 2 hours.

Heat oven to 375F. Mix 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon peel. Roll dough in sugar mixture to coat. Cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.

Yield: approximately 4 dozen cookies

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread Cookies

Because I neglected to take any pictures of the cookies, I offer you two photos of the precocious, ridiculous Mellybean.



Now, on to the recipe.

My aunt sent me turkey-shaped gingerbread cookies for Thanksgiving, and they were so delicious that I requested the recipe to use for Christmas. My old gingerbread cookie recipe made something like a million cookies and the dough was incredibly tough to work with. This one made a much more manageable number of cookies—a few dozen or so—and rolling out the dough was a breeze. I had some issues with the icing and managed to cover most of my kitchen in green icing glops, but it worked well once I got the consistency right (note to self: do not put really thin icing in a piping bag).

Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe from my aunt Nadine

Cookie ingredients:

3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I did heaping spoons of the spices for extra pizzazz)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup molasses

Icing ingredients:

2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups powdered sugar

Directions for cookies:

In large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, & spices. You can also whisk these ingredients together instead of sifting them. In mixing bowl, beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Add egg & molasses. Add flour mixture. Divide dough in half, & wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Flour cookie cutter & cut out cookies. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on cookie size (they will be quite soft when you take them out of the oven, but will harden up as they cool). Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet, remove from pan & cool completely before frosting & decorating.

Icing directions:

In mixing bowl, beat egg whites with lemon juice. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. The icing needs to be used right away or transferred to airtight container b/c icing hardens when exposed to air. For thicker icing for piping or writing, add additional powdered sugar.

Edited to add a photo:


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Snoozers





We are still recovering from the cookie-a-thon. (Back muscles... ow...) Sometime in the next couple days, though, I will post the two new cookie recipes from this year.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cookie Winners!

I'm typing this at 7:48 pm Sunday and have just finished the very last batch of cookies. Good gracious, am I ever exhausted. As soon as I box up the last of the cookies, I will be joining Melly on the couch for some serious relaxation.

And, without further ado, the winners of the giveaway are: Ted & Camelama! Please email me your addresses and I'll get the boxes in the mail.

Now, onto the serious business of...



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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Random, unscheduled post from Geoff, The Fiance'

Hey all you dwellers in the Cativerse section of the blogosphere, I just wanted to pipe up and share a rather adorable moment. Earlier today Natalie and I picked up the Christmas cards that will be sent out soon and Natalie is diligently writing notes on them and getting them ready to send out. In the midst of that, Melly decided to participate and hopped up on her lap. So, it would seem that Melly, in particular, send her fond wishes.

Happy Holidays from Geoff the Fiance'!

Happy weekend!

In the frantic prep for Cookie Day, I neglected to get a post ready for today. Oops. Well, Melly's sitting on my lap as I type this, purring and mewing. Mellyspeak is difficult to decipher, but I think she says hi.

Have a fun weekend, and we'll see you Monday!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sacked Out

Melly leads a very busy life of sleeping, destroying things, sleeping, tormenting Scarlett, sleeping, and eating. Naturally, this routine can be quite exhausting.



Thanks for your encouraging comments yesterday- I really appreciated them.

Also, to enter the cookie giveaway, leave a comment on yesterday's post. Entries accepted until 12pm Sunday!

And also (late-breaking edit): Rene over at It's All About The Cats just got some horrible news and I think could use some supportive thoughts, prayers, vibes, etc.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lights, Cards, and Cookies, Oh My

Christmas was always a tradition-heavy, family-focused time of year for my family, but this year is the first Christmas since my parents' divorce and I've been in a bit of a holiday funk. Naturally, the first step in snapping myself out of said funk was to hang Christmas lights all over the apartment:



The cats are a little confused by the glowing strings, but since I covered the lights in hot sauce, they're leaving them alone. And I am loving my twinkly new lighting.

The Christmas card exchange was step 2 in Project Snap Out of It, and that has been quite a success as I've been getting emails all day. I haven't quite figured out what I'm using for cards yet, so you're still welcome to email me if you're interested.

Step 3 is Christmas cookies. There are six pounds of butter in my fridge and I'm not afraid to use 'em! So, without further ado, I bring you:

The Adventures of Scarlett & Melly
Second Annual Christmas Cookie Giveaway

If you're interested in receiving a box of cookies, just leave a comment on this post. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner (or winners, if I have enough cookies). Sorry, but this contest is only open to readers within the US. Entries must be posted before 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, December 11th.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spooning Kitties!

Scarlett and Melly, as you know, are not the best of friends. The blue blanket on the dresser is a neutral zone and the site of frequent side-by-side napping, but for the most part, non-confrontational physical contact is rare. (When I'm here, anyway. I think they snuggle all the time when no one's watching.)

Recently, Scarlett and I were sitting on the couch when Melly decided to join us. She snuggled right up to Scarlett, an action which usually causes Scarlett to growl, swat Melly's head, and jump off the couch in a huff. This time, however, she stuck around, and even gave Melly's head a few slurps.



And then they just chilled, spooning. And I pretty much melted.


Here you can see that Scarlett is starting to get a little irked:


Or maybe a lot irked.


Also: if anyone is interested in exchanging Christmas cards, shoot me an email at scarlettandmelly[at]gmail[dot]com!