Under Careful Eyes

This is Gracie’s favorite thing to do when she’s not napping. She watches the visiting neighbor cats who seem to like our deck to hang out on. She has (mostly) stopped hissing and YOWLING at them through the window, but she keeps a very close eye on them. She  particularly dislikes Mocha:


But she doesn’t like his house-mate James, either. (I use the term house-mate loosely, because I don’t think their owner seems particularly concerned about letting them inside the house at night and when it gets cold. Maybe that will change when it snows or gets really cold.)


And here is a sequence of photos where she welcomes the other deck visitor, Al, to our back door. Please note the middle “action” photo. You might imagine the lovely welcoming sounds she made in that photo, to go along with her paw motions. Fortunately, Al doesn’t seem at all intimidated. (Click on photos to make bigger.)


My friend Claudia pointed out last week that all three of the visiting cats seem healthy and well cared for (despite their being out in all kinds of weather) and clearly Gracie doesn’t want any of them inside (although many of you have told me your own stories about adopting outside cats such as these), so we’re just going to continue to enjoy them on the deck. Well …. some of us will be enjoying them. Gracie, not so much.

Today’s recipe is one that I had on my Girls Weekend a couple of weeks ago. I came home and made it for my family that next week, and they all gave it up a thumbs up. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Apple-TurnoversApple Turnovers

2 apples (I used Granny Smith)
2 packages Crescent Rolls
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. Mountain Dew

Cut the apples into 8 wedges each. Unroll the Crescent rolls and sprinkle with cinnamon. Take one roll and wrap it around one apple slice, pinching the sides together so that no apple shows through. Repeat with the rest of the rolls and apple slices.

Melt the butter and add the sugar and vanilla extract, stirring until dissolved.

Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Add the pastry-covered wedges in two lines, lengthwise, in the pan. Sprinkle with more cinnamon. Pour the butter mixture over the top of the apples. Pour the Mountain Dew along the sides of the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream. Easy and delicious!

What will you be knitting on this weekend? I am warping a new scarf and will try to finish up my Derecho #2. I’ll share my results with you next week on the blog. That helps to keep me accountable.

Sheri myderechocolorsaremorespringythanwintery.Ohwell.


  1. Sheri!
    OMG I love love love the “action shot” of the kitties!!! 🙂 Thank you so much for keeping us posted on Mocha & the other kitties – it’s so fun to see how they interact with Gracie… lol 🙂
    Good luck with your Derecho #2! Stay warm

  2. Oh wow, how much does Gracie remind me of my Smacky and her outdoor neighbors! She does the same watching and window-beating when the outside cats dare to look in at her. *L* She’s never quite forgiven me for bringing home Karma as a kitten, I think she wants to make it perfectly clear that no more cats are allowed in her house!

  3. Cats are too funny. My Chester hates other cats. I can always tell when he sees one by the excessive and loud nasal snorting. I can hear his breathing across the room. My mother has an Al – his name is Honey Boy.

  4. They may be like our kitties – they have a cat door and come and go at will. If we keep them in (like on Halloween night), they are LIVID.

    While I’d prefer they stay indoors, they usually prefer to hang out on the deck in the sun. If it’s raining, they go from door to door to door asking us to make it stop, finally going into the garage to watch out the window from the comfort of the (covered in cat paw prints) car…

  5. Mountain Dew? I’ve never heard of a fizzy drink used for baking!
    What do I know- I’m kitchen challenged. My husband is the cook for our family.

  6. I have yarn for 5 or 6 Christmas gifts, but none of them will get finished if I don’t sit down with just one at a time and get it finished.

  7. My cats used to get FURIOUS when neighbor cats would come hang out on our back patio. They’d do exactly the same thing as Gracie, and it sometimes would turn into fights with each other, too. In fact – we were telling some dinner guests about that phenomenon, and they were skeptical. While were sitting there chatting about it, Oscar walked up to the French doors where Felix was watching the neighbor cat, and without even a ‘by your leave,’ Felix turned around and gave him a big WHAP across the nose. (At which point all the humans dissolved into roars of laughter.)

  8. I am going to have to try the recipe! It’s hard to imagine using mountain dew though! I’ve had coca cola cake and that’s good. Have a good weekend! I will be working on more hats!

  9. Aren’t pets fun? 😀

    I’ll be knitting on a pair of mitts or two, and probably finishing off a crocheted baby blanket. If there’s time after that, I may work on another project, too. Of course, all this between cleaning and sorting and laundry and rehearsals and a concert. Whee!

  10. I’ve given up on finding the “right” buttons for a buttoned cowl I made, and now I’m making knit coverings for some shanked buttons I had in the button box. At least they’ll match!
    We have a slough of feral kitties around our house, all of which take turns staking out the birdfeeder and occupying the roof of the shed. Our two kitties only rarely bother to growl or hiss at the ferals, unless they come up on the porch. I’d love to get rid of the ferals, but that means trapping them and closing off the crawlspace (where they hang out!). I bought the trap, just can’t bring myself to use it — too softhearted!

  11. What great names! Your cats are the girl versions of my boys – and Smudge is ever vigilant at the back door when a neighborcat hangs out on OUR deck. Hysterical.

  12. I have an 18 yr. old female who does the same thing as Gracie. When a neighbor cat comes up to the sliding door, Charlie huffs, snorts and growls until I’m sure she’s going to have a heart attack. Cats sure can be territorial, can’t they! (The apple dessert looks yummy – hope to try it soon, but will see if another citrus-based soda will work as well).

  13. I will be doing a start-over on my 4th quarter project. I just couldn’t get into the pattern I had originally selected, so I’ve decided to just frog and start something new with the lovely yarn. It’s now going to be a Lacy Wingspan.

  14. I know I will be knitting Christmas presents I just don’t know which one I will feel like working on.
    AAAHHH Kitty television!!! What would our kitties do without it?
    Thanks for the recipe! Looks yummmmmmmmy!

  15. I don’t cook.
    I don’t do Dew.
    BUT I can just imagine hoe dee-lish this dessert will be.
    PLUS I’v got to see how Dew does it’s magic

    thanx & hugs

  16. We have an outside kitty. We found her half dead when she was about two months old. We figured after all the expense, we may as well keep her. She is a total love bug, most of the time. Shes about six? Months old? Now, and soon we need to get her fixed, but i have been dragging my feet beacuse her fur just finally finished growing back in.
    If you get too worried about the cold you can probably find a small dog house at a yard sale, and put blankets in it to provide some shelter from the cold, that way you at least know they have somewhere to go.

  17. Your friend Claudia, huh? I was disappointed she wasn’t there when I visited the shop! But you had a nice visit!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.