All good things must come to an end and unfortunately this is the end of slow-cooker month. Sad I know, but I'm the kind of person who likes to mourn alone. It's nice to have company but it's even nicer not to have company. The best kinds of things to eat alone are unhealthy and dip-able. And what shut-in would be complete without a cat? Tonight I decided to slip into my snuggie, turn on my single serving Crockette and craft gifts for my fur baby. This only sounds sad because it is.
Fon-don't For One
Love fondue? Lacking a fondue set? Not to worry, use your Crock Pot! I got this tiny one at an estate sale, which means its previous owner is dead. The Crock-ette is purrfect for dips and sauces, but inadequately feeds one person. This retro recipe cost me less than eight dollars and I didn't have to do anything illegal! Double the recipe and have a game night, hopefully people show up.
You Will Need the Following:
5 oz shredded Gruyére cheese
5 oz shredded Swiss cheese
1 c white wine
2 tbsp corn starch
2 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 t-spoon mustard
a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
salt & pepper
A baguette in pieces and apples etc (for dipping)
Step 1: Pour wine, mustard and garlic into a heating crock pot.
Step 2: In a plastic bag, combine cheeses and corn starch. Shake together until starch is sticking to cheese.
Step 3: When wine is piping hot, begin adding cheese one cup at a time until completely melted. Season and allow cheese to melt for two hours or until sufficiently thickened. Keep warm and serve immediately. (Use skewers to dip, if alone simply use hands).
Trick-on-a-Stick Cat Toy
My cat Toulouse has adopted this new, annoying habit of standing at the front door and howling at nothing. Much like a cartoon cat singing on a fence, I've been throwing bottles and boots at him to no avail. The only way to get him to stop is by playing with him, clever (spoiled) kitty. If your cat is like mine, he has about a million toys, half of which are just amusing rubbish from around the house. I hardly buy cat toys because no matter how much you spend on them they always choose the wadded up receipt from your purse. Toulouse is over new toys so quickly that I've decided to save my money and make toys. He wouldn't leave me alone while I made this which was a good sign. Always lock your cat up when working with sharp and irresistible supplies.
You Will Need the Following:
A dowel rod cut to 2 feet
needle & thread
a jingle bell
Step 1: Begin with your "trick" portion. I designed a mouse, use my pattern or go to hell.
Sew panel A to panel B leaving enough room to attach the ears and fill pocket with nip. Add ribbon tail and jingle bell.
Step 2: Using your needle, splinter the wood slightly to make room for your string. Wrap around several times and tie off.
Step 3: Attach string to mouse and viola, cat toy.
Look at him go!
Woo, another rockin' Friday night of network TV and playing with Toulouse. Who gets more joy out of this, me or the cat? Who's to say. Meow.