13 July 2009

Morsel Monday: Issue 4

I thought that for today's Morsel Monday, I'd share a bit more with you about my home life.

This is Raisin.
He likes raisins.
(They are his favorite of all morsels.)

I call him Roo.
Or Raisin-Roo.
Or Rhubarb.
The more I love something, the more names it aquires.
(I won't bore you to death with my slew of nicknames for the boys in the house.)

Raisin is extremely sweet.
A bit of an old timer.
He turns ten years old this month.

Don't let him fool you, though; he's quite quick.

He was a gift for a high school boyfriend.
(When the end came, I won the custody battle.)
I had no idea at the time that ten years later,
he would be my office companion.
Sitting in his chair beside mine.
Nibbling on dried grapes like he did when I was 16.

I've had him since before I could drive.
Before I could vote or drink and before I knew anything at all about making jewelry.
Years before I knew of Keith's existence.
Years before I ever thought about being a mom.
He is a morsel from my past that I've been blessed to savor.
And, yes, I know he's just a furball.
But I've had him for more than a third of my life!

Through two graduations, three schools, a marriage, four moves, two layoffs, and a birth,
I've had this little guy with me.

Oh, and did I mention he has a girlfriend?

: )

Zulu arrived, a sickly kitten, when he was six.
I was living alone with him in an old 1910 bungalow in Raleigh.
Working my way through design school.
And felt we both needed some more company.

I guess she likes older men.

As a kitten, she was the same size as he.
They fell in love immediately and have been quite the couple ever since.

I love them.
They love each other.
Since 2005, we have been a happy, if not odd little family.
Keith took to both of them and finds them irristible.
Though he will not admit this.

Keith and I enjoy having friends over, and never lack for providing entertainment.
Guests come over and see the cat and chinchilla together.
They squeal and shriek,
thinking surely
he is her lunch.

But oh, no-no.
He is her love!

And that's how we roll around here!

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Sausage Stuffed Zucchini


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 pound pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • dash pepper


Cook whole zucchini in boiling salted water until just tender, about 6 to 9 minutes. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out squash, mash, and set aside. Place shells in a shallow baking dish; set aside. In a heavy skillet over medium heat, cook sausage with chopped onion; drain off excess fat; stir in mashed zucchini. Reserving 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese for topping, add remaining Parmesan cheese to the meat mixture along with remaining ingredients. Mix well. Spoon mixture into zucchini shells; sprinkle stuffed zucchini with the reserved 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Bake stuffed zucchini at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes.

Stuffed zucchini serves 4.


  1. OMG, rhubarb is quite big ( I am looking at him next to Zulu)...what an adventurous life, what a companion. Truly splendid! Rhubarb is also very attractive, and so is Zulu. Lovely post RR and lovely recipe. I assume you are compiling a cookbook to publish as you go along.


  2. I once came "this close" to owning a chinchilla named Biscuit - a cute little blonde, but my mom wouldn't have it, and Tom and weren't married yet. Love meetin' the rest of the family. We have a red terrier named Hudson who looks rather like a Muppet-since I work at home he is my constant companion. Its nice (except for the dead mice he brings me on occasion). Zuccini is coming in here, can't wait to try the recipe-Happy Monday!

  3. Your Monday morsels are delicious and this story made me cry. Animals give love and receive love better than most people!!! So nice to meet Raisin and Zulu :)

  4. Omg, this is the THE sweetest post ever. Look at those two kissing!!!

  5. I remember chinchillas from Sesame Street.

    LOVE the name Raisin.

    And I LOVE The Lives of Others, too...what a fabulous film.

  6. What a sweet story. I feel honored that I was able to meet both Zulu and Raisin! You've got the cutest family!!

  7. i woke up this morning to my pups kissing my face and pulling the hair thing out of my ponytail. animals are good for the soul.

    ps...i noticed you said cluster again on the smokehouse blog :)

  8. Too cute! What a great banner too. Love it! xo