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June 29, 2021 at 9:31 am
Thank you for sharing that! It really brightens up the day! ????
Bruce R says
June 29, 2021 at 10:20 am
Michele G says
June 29, 2021 at 11:57 am
June 29, 2021 at 6:23 pm
June 29, 2021 at 9:33 am
Sometimes the internet is a very cool place.
June 29, 2021 at 11:36 am
June 29, 2021 at 9:45 pm
Was that a Russian Blue kitty?
June 29, 2021 at 9:34 am
This is *amazing*!
June 29, 2021 at 10:13 am
Such creativity and fun! Love this!
June 29, 2021 at 10:14 am
Both WOW and hahahahahahaha. That was great!
That was great! Loved the blend.
June 29, 2021 at 10:17 am
This is random, but do you have any favorite cookie recipes?
The reason I ask is because my mother is a physician at a children’s hospital, and I’ve always loved baking lots of cookies for her to take and give to other doctors and nurses she works with. It makes them happy, so it makes me happy too. Cookies are easy to pack individually, which makes it more hygienic to take into a hospital environment. I especially love making European recipe cookies since they’re not typically found in US bakeries, and they feel a bit more special.
Any suggestions would be very appreciated 😀
June 29, 2021 at 10:32 am
This is my go to.
It’s a little too sweet, so I usually cut the sugar by 1/3 to 1/2. But it is chewy and great and hard to mess up.
June 29, 2021 at 4:44 pm
Thank you so much!! Will definitely try 😀
June 29, 2021 at 1:02 pm
I have one recipe that I love because it’s very easy to fiddle with for your own preferences.
2 sticks of butter, softened 3/4 cup of sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons of vanilla 2 cups of flour, and a little extra if your batter needs it 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a 9×13” baking dish with parchment paper. 2) Cream together your butter and sugar. I use a hand mixer, but if you need to get arm day in or you have a helper, a regular whisk is fine ????. Make sure you don’t skimp either way; the more time you spend with your mixer/whisk getting everything really creamy looking, the more your cookies puff up at the end. 3) Add in your eggs and vanilla. Mix very well. In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, and salt. Use a fork or whisk to stir together. 4) Gradually add your dry ingredients to your wet, stirring well after each addition and occasionally scraping the bowl and moving your dough so you can get any flour pockets on the bottom. You will probably need to switch to a spatula to stir at some point. 5) Once your batter is uniform, add your chocolate chips and stir well. Then spread your dough in the baking dish, evening it out with a flat spatula or knife (or whatever implement suits you). Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top, and a toothpick comes out clean.
I love this recipe so much because it’s so easily amended. I’ve used wheat flour or gluten free flour in place of AP, and it comes out lovely. You can cut back a little on the flour and add cocoa powder to make double chocolate cookies. As long as you have two cups total of add-ins, you can make whatever you want. My fave so far has been chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Heath bar bits ????
I haven’t tried flax eggs or chia eggs yet, but the baking soda-vinegar egg substitute works fine. With a little experimenting, you could make these vegan/dairy-free and gluten-free. Not setting off food allergies in a hospital = muy bueno. And the plus side of making sheet cookies in the casserole dish? You can cut the cookies into uniform pieces that fit in the palm of your hand and stack easily during packaging ????????
…can you tell I’ve gotten a little baking obsessed during the plague? ????
June 29, 2021 at 4:45 pm
All these sound amazing thank you!
DeAnna Dear says
June 29, 2021 at 1:26 pm
Here are some of my favorites:
Red Velvet Cookies
White Choc. Macadamia Nut
Ginger Snaps (I like this recipe because it uses oil which makes the cookies less chewy and gives them more of a “snap”)
Tea Biscuits (family recipe) 1 Cup Butter (softened) 1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour Press/cut/shape cookies however you like; generally the thinner the better. These are NOT drop cookies and will keep their shape in the oven. Bake 8 minutes at 375 deg. Fahrenheit.
June 29, 2021 at 4:46 pm
Awesome thank you very much!
Susie Q. says
June 30, 2021 at 8:13 pm
Easy Betty crocker sugar cookie mix biscotti. A little on time consuming with the double bake, but amazing. If you are making a single batch, use a jumbo egg. I usually made a double batch, using 3 regular eggs, split the batter into 2 batches, one with and one without chocolate chips. I also reduced the chocolate chips for a single batchntom1 cup. I’m a lousy baker, and I can’t screw this one up. I also like using a food processor to keep the flour in the air down. It will be a stiff dough.
June 30, 2021 at 8:15 pm
I haven’t figured out how to cut and paste a link. Just Google Betty crocker sugar cookie mix biscotti.
Dreamboat Annie says
June 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm
BBC Food always has good recipes https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/search?q=cookies
Thanks so so much!
June 29, 2021 at 10:18 am
That is so cool!
June 29, 2021 at 10:22 am
Thank you for a new thought for today. It was beautiful (and the cats didn’t hate it.)
June 29, 2021 at 10:23 am
That was brilliant! Thanks for sharing 🙂
JoAnne K says
After working with so many different animals in my zookeeper career and hearing all their different vocalizations I came to the conclusion that it inspired humans to create music just to replicate the animals. This is such a great representation of that.
June 29, 2021 at 10:24 am
That was awesome!
Geunita W Ringold says
June 29, 2021 at 10:28 am
That was wonderful! I’ll have to investigate that some more.
June 29, 2021 at 10:44 am
That was lovely! Thank you for sharing.
June 29, 2021 at 10:45 am
That was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
June 29, 2021 at 10:50 am
Well, my, my. That brought a smile into my ears. Thank you very much.
June 29, 2021 at 11:33 am
Amazing. Everyone coming together to compose a song based on a scared/mad cat. Sounds like an earworm for sure 🙂
Cheryl M says
June 29, 2021 at 11:35 am
Oh my gosh, thank you! That brought a smile to my face this scorcher of a morning. ????❤️
June 29, 2021 at 11:38 am
Really nice thank you ???? ❤️
June 29, 2021 at 11:52 am
You come up with the most amazing stuff! Very enjoyable and fun!
Charlotte Ridley says
June 29, 2021 at 11:55 am
Wow. Just wow. That was awesome!
June 29, 2021 at 12:02 pm
My officemate showed me that when it was just the cat and the guy who added the original music. This is the updated version where apparently people posted their harmonies and he incorporated into this new video.
June 29, 2021 at 12:08 pm
That put a smile on my face. Always good to have reminders that good things are happening. Thank you for sharing.
June 29, 2021 at 12:14 pm
That is too cool!!! LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing!
June 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm
That was lovely, thank you
Sandy R says
June 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm
I can’t get that tune out of my head!
June 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm
Jebus, that was hypnotizing.
Emma Lancaster says
June 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm
Well, my dog really, REALLY hated that!
June 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm
That was really fun, thank you. It reminds me of a Ted talk I saw by Ben Mirin who dj’s using bird sounds to make some really cool music.
June 29, 2021 at 1:15 pm
OK, I spent the afternoon just listening to the remixes!
June 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm
Well thats fun but as a Bach lover I can only take a little bit….the basic melody is a but redundant , but enjoyable
Music is the language that connects us all! ????????
June 29, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Wow. I just shared this video with friends last week. Cool coincidence! It was a very interesting video.
June 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm
Thanks for sharing, that was amazing!
June 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm
Wow! I love the around the world mash ups. First one I’ve seen with a feline element. Just wowza.
June 29, 2021 at 1:41 pm
I had seen the cat before, but not the added musicians. Very cool!
Sharon Bailey says
June 29, 2021 at 2:01 pm
My cat appreciated it.
June 29, 2021 at 2:02 pm
Have you seen the Meredith Bull one? (instagram) She has this one and a bunch of others where she mixes it and adds actual lyrics (like what the animal *may* actually be thinking). They’re hilarious and even better than this version
June 29, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Link please ;-)???? Thanks!
June 29, 2021 at 9:29 pm
This is the long version of the song, she is releasing a full MV tomorrow as well.
June 29, 2021 at 2:50 pm
What an utterly charming song!
June 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Okay humans (and cats) are incredible. This has single-handedly restored my faith in the world
June 29, 2021 at 3:03 pm
OMG. I loved it! Forward the video from His YouTube Channel to my Family and friends.
June 29, 2021 at 3:34 pm
Thanks for sharing ????
Who can say that cats can’t sing? ????:-)
Katzen brauchen furchtbar viel Musik (= german lyrics for the aristocats song)
Everybody wants to be a cat Because a cat’s the only cat Who knows where it’s at Tell me, everybody’s pickin’ up on that feline beat ‘Cause everything else is obsolete ……… I’ve heard some corny birds who who tried to sing Still a cat’s the only cat who knows how to swing….
Rachel-Anne Cross says
June 29, 2021 at 4:24 pm
Made my day!!
June 29, 2021 at 4:41 pm
This is so much fun! Thank you for sharing!
June 29, 2021 at 5:17 pm
Yeah the foster kittens sitting on my lap were having none of it. Oops
Jean Morgan says
June 29, 2021 at 5:18 pm
June 29, 2021 at 7:46 pm
Love this….here is another eargasm:
June 29, 2021 at 8:10 pm
Currently on nights in the ICU. This was totally unexpected and it delighted me. Very much appreciated.
Diana N Rivis says
June 29, 2021 at 8:23 pm
Theodore D. says
June 29, 2021 at 8:27 pm
Not bad at all… not bad at all!
June 29, 2021 at 8:31 pm
That is so cool! So many creative people (and cat) in the world!
June 29, 2021 at 9:07 pm
Today, I love the internet.
June 29, 2021 at 9:39 pm
How fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
June 29, 2021 at 10:40 pm
Thanks, I enjoyed that 🙂
June 29, 2021 at 10:49 pm
Oh yeah That is uplifting Thank you
Ships Cat says
June 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm
My cat came into the room and added her voice!
June 30, 2021 at 2:27 am
They are very talented musicians and the cat sounds are amazing with the music.
Maureen Beard says
June 30, 2021 at 6:10 am
Absolutely haunting and mystical. Listen to it every day.Kiddos to all involved!!!!
June 30, 2021 at 6:47 am
SARAH SKINNER says
June 30, 2021 at 8:15 am
So funny seeing an SA artist’s post that I follow on my favourite authors website. Kiff is SA slang for nice and he has kept us laughing and sane through this appalling disease. We are in our 3rd wave. No vaccines in sight but we are still smiling.
June 30, 2021 at 10:02 am
Hope for the world …. with Cats!
Lynn Thompson says
June 30, 2021 at 10:48 am
Bwah ha ha ha. Thank you, Ilona Andrews for the post. Sounds like my evil Siamese Felix did when he would spot maintenance people from his window post and he was locked in my apartment. I ROFLOL with memories. Thank you.
Zaena Burdick says
June 30, 2021 at 12:29 pm
AWESOME!! My cats all looked up, eyes wide to listen, until I told them it was ok.
Nancy Sumpter says
June 30, 2021 at 1:09 pm
You always find such amazing things to share and brighten our day. Thank you
Fran S says
June 30, 2021 at 8:56 pm
Awww that was adorable!
Betsy Girardi says
July 1, 2021 at 9:16 am
Awesome-thanks so much for sharing
Barbara Kay Swanson says
July 1, 2021 at 11:22 am
July 1, 2021 at 12:01 pm
I’m seeing Kiffness a day late but oh so timely for me…been having not so fun but woke up early and saw this after a couple hours fighting to reset my cc to sites when I just had to replace a stolen one… Saw one of my favorite addressees “Ilona Andrews” in my mailbox and somehow missed Kiffness yesterday…it soothed my soul!!!!
July 4, 2021 at 2:46 pm
ah, yes the Siamese, a grey cat, but still at heart, a Siamese. 🙂 Great creativity!
I”m going to leave this one here, for you guys as a counter part (very creative stuff too). I may be a bit in love with this guy too…
July 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm
thanks for this, love it.
July 10, 2021 at 5:08 pm
Happy now. Thank you!
Ona Jo-Ellan Bass says
July 10, 2021 at 9:29 pm
This is amazingly clever, but I had to stop it because my gray and white cat, Frodo, started looking for the encroaching tom. The yowl and throaty chuckling are exactly what he does when facing down another cat.