Friday, December 15, 2017

Gingerbread Party


Lotsa lotda TO-DOing at Casa de Noodles. In addition to the usual Christmas Crazy, Mommys 1&2 are having a Gingerbread Party. This is a party where kids come over and decorate gingerbread houses. My mommys have been making and baking ALL WEEK. The house smells so heavenly. I have never EATEN gingerbread, but I can tell you it smells great. And I do have some treats which are gingerbread.

There is a whole process to this kind of party, you know. Mommy #2 has been doing it for a long long time so for her it is almost second nature. This year, for the very first time, Mommy #1 helped. In fact, she MADE the gingerbread almost all by herself. Aunt T helped some. This is HUGE - a real rite of passage.

These are the unbuilt houses. Mommy made 8 of them. She will construct them with royal icing because otherwise kids are waiting up to 2 hours for them to dry and be capable of being decorated. She uses a mold she bought decades ago when she worked at Williams-Sonoma. It makes pieces for the houses more consistent and easier to build. She has made a house without the mold. She said to her that was fun but for less patient. . . probably not.

This is some of the candy she picked up. She tries to think in terms of traditional (butterscotch drops, peppermint sparkles, candy canes) and the fun (pixie sticks, nerds, and Peep trees). Someone always invents new ways to use a candy.

She also brings out the sprinkles. We always have a lot because Mommy and Aunts B&T tend to buy seasonal ones at end-of-season sales. Then we always have something usable. This is a Christmas variety which will go quickly, I think.

Just in case a house falls apart or an additional friend drops by, Mommy has premade kits that she bought at a Black Friday sale. She does NOT normally shop on BF but this year I had a pawdecure scheduled. To bide the time while I was getting beautiful, she went to Michaels. Voila! 

I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want to make come PARTY day. This is what I decided to make LAST YEAR

It so reminded me of TAHOE and some of the houses nestled in the mountains. Can't you just smell the PINE AIR and feel that crisp cold wind flowing off the snowy mountains?

Well, I bet you can guess what happened. Yes, try as I might THIS is what my house looked like once I finished DECORATING

It's all in good fun - eh? We can't all be like Martha Stewart and her team of bakers. It is the process and the sharing time with family and FRIENDS during the holidays.

And the occasional piece of candy or cookie that makes its way to MY neck of the woods.

This is how I spent LAST YEAR'S post-Gingerbread Party.

One can take just SO much fun.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sunshine Says TREAT Me, Woman!!! #chewyinfluencer

Sunshine is PUGLIKE in her devotion to TREATS. Whenever she is hiding and the 'rents want to get her to come out, they shake her treat container. Lickety-Split here comes Sunshine. Works every time. She sneaks outside and refuses to be corralled? No problem, shake the treat jar. So you would think she is not picky about treats. Well you would be wrong. There are many brands she does not care for and they are collecting dust on top of the fridge just to prove it.

So when offered some cat treats for their December reviews, Mommy jumped at it. I was a little peeved because I am always in the mood for a good treat. But Mommy said no to dog treats because, as she put it, I am getting a little portly. PLUS, she pointed out, I am testing in order to review an awesome carrier. So. . .

The treats were ordered and arrived at our abode in a scant 2 days. Yes! Just like that. . . ordered, BOOM! Arrived, BOOM!!

I believe those are for ME

Sunshine had picked out the very festive looking Temptations Holiday Dinner flavor. There are Turkey and sweet potato flavors and the treat nuggets are red and green.

I told Mommy she was wasting her time because Sunshine has never shown interest in turkey or sweet potato.Well, true to form, Sunshine totally proved me wrong. She went absolutely CAT-CRAZY for them! And she is STILL going whack-o when the container is opened!!!! She loves those treats! Most of you may not remember the Halo Chicken Live-a-Littles incident. Well, WE were testing them for review. We all (except for Sunshine who stayed home) happened to be out of the house for the day and when we got home, the Live-a-Littles container was on the floor, broken, with 3/4 of the treats GONE. Well, right after the Temptations arrived, we all went out for grooming. When we got home, the container was knocked ON THE GROUND. But this time, the container not only stayed closed, but it also did not break. My POINT is, Sunshine likes them enough to COMMIT A CRIME for them!!!

These treats are made in Canada, eh (heehee - see what I did there?) and contain vitamins, minerals and extra nutrients to make them a healthy treat for adult felines. The crispy crunchy outer shell is good for tarter control and the meaty interior is very flavorful.

And the snazzy SAFE container looks quite nice on her counter top. (She eats on the counter top because somepuggy tries to EAT her food because she is always trawling for food!)

In summation, We all agree that these treats are a great deal. They are reasonably priced, festive, good for kitty, and tasty. What more can one ask. Sunshine says she gives them FOUR PAWS up and would definitely do MORE of she could. Oh, though, she wants to request an EASY OPEN container so that she can help herself once in a while rather than making MOMMY do all the work.

** Sunshine, not me, received FREE OF CHARGE a container of Temptations treats for the sole purpose of  trying them and developing an opinion of them and then writing a RUN-ON SENTENCE about them. Haha! JK!! No, no. . . just so she could review them. All of the opinions on this blog belong to ME or are supervised by ME. And I don't even get paid for it. Noodles the Pug

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Carols Everywhere

Molly walked into the kitchen the other day. "Noodles," she said, "Doncha just LOVE this time of year?
Well. I said, I certainly agree . . . but WHY in particular ARE you declaring this?
"Easy," said Molly. "Because everywhere you turn you hear Christmas music - and it is usually such HAPPY music. For example . . ." 

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

I see your point, I said. I find many of the holiday tunes to be very fun and happy. I agree on your point.

With that I decided to sing a favorite Christmas tune

Sleigh bells ring 
Are you listening 
In the lane 
Snow is glistening 
A beautiful sight 
We're happy tonight 
Walking in a winter wonderland 

Oh GOSH! I said to Molly. I am feeling very very festive right now. What should we do? 

"Well," Molly said with a twinkle in her eye. "I am thinking we could try and do something very very exciting. . ."

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sabotage - Pug Style

Yes. I HAVE used this photo a number of times

I am the MISTRESS of sabotage. I have spent eight years honing my craft and today I can honestly say that I have totally ROCKED IT!

See. . . Mommy gets up very early every morning. Yes, she does so at MY prodding so I can get in on an early morning brekkie (breakfast). I make it virtually impossible for her to stay in bed past 6:30 am no matter what time she went to bed. Once I am done eating (like in .002 seconds after I start), I return to BED. Lucky for me I have beds in virtually every corner of the house (usually filled by Sunshine the Cat or Molly the Bed Hog - but they are not up this early). Mommy, on the other hand, is up and running with little to no chance of returning to the warm confines of her bed. 

Am I remorseful? Not a chance.

This was my latest SABOTAGE mission

Note the positioning - right on her LAP. Molly helped by snuggling really really close and restricting Mommy's movement. The trick to this move is to start SNORING as soon as possible. This makes Mommy feel guilty should she need to get up and "Disturb" us. We are not really asleep as is evidenced in our dashing into the kitchen should anyone enter in there. BUT until that happens, Mommy is my captive. 

This morning (when the photo happened) we managed to delay Mommy's getting ready and going to work by a FULL TWO HOURS! In the meantime, we were aided by the appearance of Zac Efron and Ed Sheeran on the Today show. If I could read, you would swear I planned it.

Do any of you sabotage your humans into doing YOUR bidding rather than their own?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pre-View of My Review and a Day of Holiday Cheer #chewyinfluencer

'Tis the season to be JOLLY
..................................Especially on days like TUESDAY when I had the best time ANSWERING the door. WHY, you ask all innocently like? Well gather 'round my children and I will tell you the TALE. The Tale of the PACKAGE ARRIVAL day.

It was a day like no other I can remember in my WHOLE 8 years. It was a day of NON-Stop Christmas joy.

This was the view outside of Casa de Noodles

Close your eyes and just imagine what it was like to have the doorbell ringing CONSTANTLY and Molly yapping incessantly. Then, in your mind's eye, see package after package rolling in making the SEASON BRIGHT!!! By evening the packages lined the wall in the foyer (that's Mommy #2's fancy word for ENTRYWAY) and rose to almost 100 feet tall (editor's note - they were only 2 high and the foyer is less than 7 feet wide)!!!!

Admittedly, it was INSANE. A WALL of packages! Non-stop action at the door!

And that is the Tale of Package Arrival Day. Riveting, huh? 

Not ALL of it was for me, though. In fact, only ONE TRUCK in the sea of trucks concerned me. You can see it looming LARGE in the background.


You all know I love They are the best in terms of product availability and customer service. Not to mention the variety of foods, vanity items, and variety of all manner of pet needs. I could go on and on singing their praises. That is why I became a Chewy Influencer way back when I was a wee pup.

This is only a partial SORTA review because I just got the item in question on Tuesday. But I wanted you to see my initial reaction and we can build from there.

This is THE BAG that I am reviewing. It is a Gen7Pets Carry-me Sleeper bag and carries it in 2 colors. I chose the ever chic Heather NAVY. I tend to go for less gender specific accessories because. . . well no reason, actually. I just do. My harnesses tend to be black and my leash is green. Non-specific. This blue is not really gender specific but I think it is less manly than the Heather Gray. It is, as I said, CHIC.

The Carry-me sleeper can hold up to 20 pounds so all of us at Casa de Noodles can use it from the lightest, Molly, to the heaviest, ME. That is a win win win! It is not specified for airline travel and eye-balling it, I think it is a bit tall. But I never travel by plane so it's okay.

I immediately took a look inside. I FIT!!!! I could TURN AROUND! It is very very comfortable. Molly wanted to try it out but. . . I wouldn't let her, hehheh.

 See how well I fit in there? Now, I was not a fan when Mommy lifted me up. I got a little scared because the bottom is a little soft and I felt like the bottom of the world was leaving me.

Maybe floating through space is a more apt description. Not that I didn't eventually get used to it. I did.

But back to my initial reaction - I loved it. I wanted to just stay there all day and be all mysterious-like. And maybe even do a couple of AMBUSHES at Molly and Sunshine. They deserve it, you know. They are always bullying me OFF of my beds. Look at photo #2. You can tell by my face that I am enjoying the carrier.

The biggest PRE-TEST was the bed function. This was a very important selling point of the carrier. Let's face it - there are a ton of pet carriers to choose from (Gen7Pets has several kinds, as a matter of fact) and they all pretty much get the job done. But the Gen7Pets Carry-Me Sleeper Bag features a bed and that sets it apart.

How would it look? How comfortable would it be? These are questions I set out to answer. Mommy opened the side of the carrier and pulled down the bed. Then she posed me on it. Yes, yes, yes! It is every bit as comfortable as it looks in the photos. But the real proof is in the pudding, Right?

I think the PUDDING SET

This was me the rest of the day until dinner

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I Think the View From Here is . . .

(Me looking in a Mirror) 
What do you think? Is this my best angle? I think it might be because you can see how slender I am. You can also see how tightly curled my lovely tail is. . . how bright my coat it. . . And let's not forget my PUG PROFILE.

(Me noticing someone is watching)
Huh? Did you say something to me? I was - uh - just - making sure my scarf is on straight!
I don't have a scarf on, you say?
Heheheheheh. . .

Monday, December 4, 2017

There's a HAT for THAT!

Snow's a pilin'
Trees a lightin'
It's that crazy time of year
Sleigh bells ring
Here's the thing
There's a HAT for that

Choirs a singin'
cookies a bakin'
It's time for Christmas cheer
Holiday shoppin'
Cranberries poppin'
There's a HAT for that

Gifts in colorful wrappin'
Ribbon curls snappin'
It's fun doing MOST of the chores
Crisp wind blowin'
Icicles a glowin'
There's a HAT for that

EXCUSE ME!!!! Where is Molly's HAT