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Monday, November 20, 2017

Drool Alert... Ham!

Chef Sandy here... today we got a smoked pork picnic shoulder for super cheap... mmmm....

Oh... and in case you missed the title... this is a Drool Alert video... at least for carnivores... although herbivores might find something yummy here too.

You can cook a smoked pork picnic shoulder many ways... some people leave the cheesecloth on and boil them... today, we are going to bake it with a glaze.

Usually, the glaze calls for orange juice or something similar... we didn't have any...

But we did have honey...

So Chef Sandy got creative and used blackberries instead of orange juice... wow... that is one pink glaze!

I hope this works out...

It is beary pink...

so... you put the meat in the pan with some water, cover it with foil and bake it for a while (1.5 hours).

Then you take it out... and pull off that chunk of skin... the pork rind. Some people (or dogs) might have done something with it... but we just pitched it. (do I hear shrieks of dismay?)

 You leave the fat on... but score the fat and the meat...

Then add some glaze...

Then it goes back in the oven for a bit... then gets re-glazed... more oven... etc.

We made some veggies up to roast in the oven as well - potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, onions.. mmmm...

Hmm... some more glazing required.

And... the veggies are done!

And the ham is... done! A bit dark but... oh so yummy!

That's it... won't show you us chowing down cause that would not be fair!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy Bearthday to Me!

Sooo... it was my bearthday last week (November 9) and I got quite a bit of mail! First up... a packet from Jerry & Ben! It looks Halloween-ie...

I wonder what's in here?

Oooh... a postcard and a $5 Starbucks gift card! My prize for winning the Best Home-made Halloween Costume Contest!

The post-card has the Principal Hot Dishes by region of Minnestoa... I think the Foil Packet dinner in the NE looks interesting...

And... there was another envelope from Jerry & Ben!

You can always tell it's from Jerry & Ben... (it got a bit wet from the rain!)

Ooooh... a nice bear card!

... uh-huh... well... yes... I do "Rule"!!

Thanks guys!!! And... there was an e-card from Droopy and the Canine Gang! Another bear card!

Thanks Droopy, Spunky, Patch & Grandpa Angus! I'm going to have to remember e-cards as an option for those times when I leave card-sending too late!

Mama says my Bearthday gift is "enroute"... I wonder what it could be?? I don't do patient waiting very well...


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Remembrance Day

Hullo, Sergeant Sandy Bear here, member of the RCMP Bear Squad. We had Remembrance Day up here on November 11 and I was chosen to participate in the parade and ceremony. It's a big honour and I made sure my uniform was spiffy and snappy!

The humans didn't have a great place to view the service but...

This guy sure did. Apparently, the roofs in the area were crawling with RCMP snipers... just in case.

 Here we go... first the flag bearers...

Then the pipe band... apparently they were formed in the 1870s and have been playing at every Remembrance Day service since it was initiated.

Then we had the veterans... and then the military... and then the RCMP!

There's the RCMP dog... he barked everytime there was commands yelled out... I am... where am I... I think I've already marched by... like I said, the humans didn't have a great view!

Some Navy Cadets too... Then the wreaths were laid on the cenotaph which took a long time...

Finally!! There I am!!!

It's now become traditional for people to leave their poppies around the cenotaph... "In Flanders Fields the poppies grow..."

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Costume

Sigh... it's almost time for Halloween again... Jerry and Ben are hosting their 7th Annual Beary Spooky Halloween Contest. This is a big deal... I need to come up with a costume... sigh...
They have two costume categories... one for store-bought costumes and one for home-made costumes... I usually go home-made but... it's been a busy fall...

Maybe I should just go store-bought? Maybe my RCMP Bear outfit?

Or I could go as Bear Nicholson, world champion golfer?

Or maybe a Nutcracker bear?

Or my Spooky Cat outfit? No... wait... I did that a couple of years ago...

What have I gone as in the past anyhow?

Let's see... 2012 I went as a Mummy... that was fun... if a bit itchy...

In 2013... I was a Space Bear...

In 2014... I went store-bought and we had a Feline Theme going on... Me and Spooky were twins!

In 2015... I went as a Guerilla Gardener... with bandaleros of seeds...

Last year, Little Fox was here... he was Fox in'a Box... and I was a Snowman (complete with an authentic carrot nose).

What to do this year.... what to do...??? oooooohhhh.... bright light-bulb idea!!!


Introducing...


Bearzan - Lord of the Rainforest

Yes... it is I.... Bearzan... Lord of the Rainforest!

Stand back... I am about to swing from this branch into the forest... step back... farther back...

... Ahhhhhhhh...uh-ah...ahhhhhhhhh!!!!

Almost there....

Whew... made it... um... ahem... of course I made it. I am BEARZAN... Lord of the Rainforest!

As I disappear into the lush foliage of the Rainforest...

Ya know... this loin cloth is kind of... umm... skimpy... and it's a bit breezy under there....

I might want to be careful as I climb down...

It is me... Bearzan.... Lord of the Rainforest... signing off! (And going to find some October-appropriate clothing!).