Saturday, March 28, 2015

{52 Snapshots} & Caturday Art: Spring

Hey everybody, Truffles at the keyboard! We're at week 13 of the #PBSG #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge (hosted by The Lazy Pit Bull) and the theme is spring. While many of my fellow bloggers are posting beautiful pictures of flowers blooming, blue skies, and green grass, you won't be finding that here. People don't joke about "mud season" in Vermont for nothing...everything here is brown, squishy, and downright gross. Our local news even asks people to send in mud season pictures and calls them "muddies"!!!

Last weekend the temps approached 50 degrees so Mommy finally gave in and put my screen window in. This is my view...it's not for the faint of heart.


For Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, we prettied things up a lot...by adding me to the picture!!! I'm dreaming of the days ahead when I can lounge in a sunny window, watch the birds and butterflies fly by, and see nothing but blue skies and green grass!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Shopping with Truffles


Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Last month we heard about a fun blog hop hosted by Bacon the Pig and Fozziemum called “Shopping Around the World". Each month they post a list of 5 items to price in your area in order to find out what different things cost in various parts of the world. By the time we found out about it, it was too late to participate, but we immediately put it on our calendar for this time around.

Here are the 5 items for March, and what they cost here in Vermont:

1. Milk. This is a hot topic in my area because Vermont is a state with many dairy farms. (My grandpa actually grew up on a dairy farm!) We buy local - Monument Farms from Weybridge, VT - and paid $1.69 for a quart.

2. Tomatoes. My grandpa grows tomatoes in his garden every summer and they are super yummy. (Or so Mommy says...I don't eat tomatoes.) But in the winter we have to buy them at the market and they are no where near as good. We usually choose the hot house tomatoes, and right now they are $2.49/pound.

3. Canned Product. Hmm...what canned food do we always have in the house??? FANCY FEAST! We're currently getting a really good deal on my beloved FF - 50 cents a can at Shaw's through April!


4. Homemade Dish. Mommy always cooks a homemade meal on Sunday, and her favorite thing to make is Spinach Lasagna (We've tweaked this recipe a bit.) It's main components are oven ready lasagna noodles ($1.79), 8 oz. can of tomato sauce (49 cents), 6 oz. fan of tomato paste (59 cents), 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach (99 cents), packet of spaghetti sauce mix (50 cents), and cottage cheese ($2.49).


5. Random item of your choice. Trader Joe's Coffeehaus European Style Chocolate Yogurt...OMC Mommy is obsessed with this stuff!!! We have *stacks* of it in our fridge. It's 99 cents a cup, or in other words, TWO whole cans of Fancy Feast!!! (Mommy!!! I don't think we afford your yogurt obsession!!!)

How do these prices compare to those in your area? Do your humans have a food obsession that cuts into the kitty food budget?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Four Paws Up for Only Natural Pet® PowerFood #PawNatural

This post is sponsored by Only Natural Pet, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Only Natural Pet® Feline PowerFood™, but Mochas, Mysteries and Meows only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Only Natural Pet is not responsible for the content of this article.



As cat parents we all want to feed our cats the highest quality food possible in order to ensure our precious pets a long, happy, and healthy life. Unfortunately cats have their own ideas about what they will and will not eat which often gets in the way of our best laid plans.

It has always been my preference to feed my cats primarily a canned food diet. Traditional kibble is notorious for being loaded with "fillers" that provide poor quality nutrition. Truffles loves her dry food, though, so even though she only gets it as a treat, I'm constantly on the lookout for the highest quality kibble I can find. My search has ended since we were asked to be among the first to try Only Natural Pet® Feline PowerFood™.

Only Natural Pet® Feline PowerFood™ is the culmination of over 10 years of experience working in the natural pet food industry. A holistic veterinarian formulated the best possible biologically appropriate dry food and leveraged industry contacts to find the cleanest, safest, most reliable manufacturers to produce it in small batches right here in the USA.


Check out the ingredients:

* Fresh meat is the #1 ingredient, made with cage-free chicken and turkey raised naturally without antibiotics or hormones.

* Low-glycemic carbs like garbanzo beans, which offer healthy, long lasting energy without spiking blood sugar.

* Salmon oil provides the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA for their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits as well as skin, joint, heart, and brain health in cats of all ages.

* Each piece of kibble is infused with a proprietary PowerBoost Blend, a raw, freeze-dried blend of superfoods like green lipped mussels (joint supporting chondroitin), sea cucumbers (for healthy inflammation response), probiotics (healthy digestion), pumpkin and digestive enzymes to support nutrient absorption and maintain a healthy weight and general wellness.

* NO grain, soy, corn, wheat, oats or potatoes.


This is cutting edge natural nutrition for a healthy, happy cat! These are ingredients I would happily eat myself, so I was absolutely delighted to discover that Truffles is absolutely CRAZY about the Fish & Fowl Dinner sample that we received! As soon as I opened the zip-lock bag she demanded a pile before I even got a bowl for her. Without a doubt I will be buying this for her on a regular basis.

The food will be available for pre-order on April 1st exclusively on www.onlynaturalpet.com, www.pet360.com, and www.petfooddirect.com. A sample one-pound bag of both the Fish & Fowl Dinner and Poultry Dinner can be purchased for only $1.99. Rumor has it the demand for pre-orders has been extremely high, so the ship date has been pushed back to late May. Order now to be among the first to see what everyone is so excited about!


In the goodie bag that we received from Only Natural Pet, we also received a sample of their PowerPate Canned Cat Food and Ultimate Daily Vitamins Plus Feline. We'll let you know our thoughts on these once Truffles gives them a try!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Word of the Day: Indecisive

Ever have one of those days when you can't decide what you wanna play with? I stash a lot of loot under my lounger, so I just keep pulling things out until I decide on something. Then I let Mommy pick everything up :)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

6 Favorite Features in Catster's Premiere Issue


Along with so many others, I mourned the demise of Cat Fancy, while at the same time eagerly anticipated it's reincarnation as Catster magazine. Catster is one of my favorite websites (many of my friends are fortunate to be writing for them and I aspire to one day as well!) and I could not wait to see what they would do with a magazine.

Last week I was ecstatic to find an advance copy of Catster in my mailbox and I eagerly dove right in. I found it to be fun, fresh, colorful, informative...definitely a magazine I will be subscribing to. (And I'm not a big magazine reader at all.)

In no particular order, here are my 6 favorite features from the premiere issue of Catster:

* There's a Cat App for That by Catherine Holm. Cat apps are all the rage right now, and since I'm a first time iPad owner as of last week, this article could not have come at a more purr-fect time! Along with naming some of the most popular apps right now, there are also great tips on how to get kitty more interested in playing with the apps.

* Recessionista by Janea Kelley. This is going to be a regular feature each month with tips for cat owners on how to save money while still meeting their needs. I'm always on the lookout for money saving tips so I'm sure that I'll continue to find this column useful.

* Cat Biz by Kate Benjamin. My dream is to one day start my own cat-related business. (This blog is hopefully the launch pad for that.) This regular column, writen by Hauspanther's founder, will be introducing readers to real people who have already made that dream a reality, starting with the owner of The Cat Ball. I love stories about entrepreneurs pursuing their passion, while at the same time making the world a better place for cats!

* Catify Your Cubicle & Make Work Amewsing by Phillip Mlynar. Like so many others, part of my day is spent in a boring office environment with not a cat to be found. This article showcases cool products to satisfy your need for "all things cat" even when you're at work.

* Catster Obsessions. I freely admit to being obsessed with anything cat-related, and I'm proud of it. This is a section of the magazine with little tidbits on cats in the news, kitty craft projects, and feline style.

* Feline-interest stores. Stories about a therapy cat and the fostering of a special needs feral cat give the well-known human interest story a feline twist :)

The May/June issue of Catster is on newsstands today so make sure you keep an eye out for it. If you were a Cat Fancy subscriber, you make already have received your copy. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Truffles Interviews: Nutty from The Icing on the Corpse by Liz Mugavero (w/Review & Giveaway


Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Today I'm chatting with Nutty, the feline star of Liz Mugavero's fantastic Pawsitively Organic mystery series. He's a really cool kitty whose character is based on Liz's real life cat Tuffy, who just happens to be a star in his own right! Enjoy the interview...purrs :)

Welcome, Nutty! Thank you so much for joining me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live with Stan in Frog Ledge?

Hi Truffles! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. I love visiting with fellow feline friends.

I came to Frog Ledge quite by accident, actually. For that matter, I came to my mom by accident. I had an unfortunate encounter with a car and ended up in someone’s yard licking my wounds. That someone ended up being my furever home with Stan. We lived in the city for a while, but then last year we moved out here to Frog Ledge because Mom wanted a change. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s really cool—we have birds and cows and all kinds of dog and cat friends around town who come to visit. I don’t get to go outside, but I have a great view from lots of windows!

Is there any special meaning behind your name?

Mom says no, but I heard her tell someone I was a “nut” right after she brought me inside. Something about how I used to scream at the windows and doors to get out. Soon after that, she started calling me Nutty. I choose to believe it’s because of the lovely color of my fur—chestnut :)

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up when I’m hungry, or if the dogs are having one of their tedious barking fests. As you may know, I live with a Schnoodle and a pit bull. For the record, I’m in charge. Anyway, they go outside and do their thing, and then we all eat breakfast together.

If Mom is home baking, I usually spend most of my day in the kitchen waiting for samples. If she’s out, I spend the day going from window perch to window perch for different views and some nap time. I don’t like to admit it, but sometimes I snuggle with one of the dogs. They’re quite simple animals, but affectionate and sometimes it’s nice to have companionship. Then dinner rolls around, usually followed by some cuddle time with Mom in her den. Sometimes that man and his dog come over (Jake and Duncan) and then it gets a little crowded, but we make it work. And Mom always gives me extra snacks at night, so it’s my favorite time of day!

I understand Stan cooks all of your food and bakes organic pet treats as her business. That sounds like a wonderful environment to live in! Do you get to snack on samples all day?

My food is delightful. Don’t tell her, but it’s one of the main reasons I decided to stay with Mom. She makes me real food—meat, potatoes, fish, veggies—and she’s a fabulous baker. I do get to sample quite often, although she tries to limit me lately and says that I’ve got a few extra pounds on me. I think it’s quite rude, actually.

What kinds of trouble do you and Stan get into in The Icing on the Corpse?

The Icing on the Corpse might be our biggest adventure yet! There’s all kinds of things going on in town—groundhogs, ghosts, murders, you name it. And, Mom got to bake a treat for a groundhog, which I thought was kind of weird, but she was excited. I ended up testing the flavor for her, too, so I couldn’t badmouth it too much. I can’t say too much about the story—Mom said not to give it all away—but we hope you check out the book!

Tell us about your new friend Benedict.

Bad enough I have to put up with canines, but now I had another feline foisted on me…

Benedict comes to us because of some of the events in the book. Mom feels bad for him because he’s homeless, and you can probably guess where things went from there. He’s orange, and everyone raves about his color and how handsome he is. That makes me a little annoyed because I am, after all, a Maine coon—there is no feline more extraordinary. Well, except for torties…

But I guess he’s okay.

Photo: Liz Mugavero

Your character is based upon your author's cat Tuffy, who is quite famous in his own right. Could you introduce us to Tuffy?

Tuffy is a gorgeous Maine coon as well, and his story is similar to mine—he was rescued from the neighborhood and came inside to live where it’s safe. Tuffy was able to tell his story in the book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. You can check it out here.

http://www.amazon.com/Rescued-Stories-Cats-Through-Their/dp/1941433006/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426093156&sr=1-2&keywords=rescued

And Tuffy has his own Facebook page too, if you’d like to follow his escapades: https://www.facebook.com/Tuffymusepawsitivelyorganicmysteries

Mom really should get on that for me….

Any clues as to what's next for you and Stan?

In the next book, we’re leaving Frog Ledge for the weekend. Mom gets invited to a fancy chef event in Newport, Rhode Island. But seriously, Mom can’t seem to go anywhere without problems…I hear one of the chefs doesn’t make it through the weekend alive. But I’m sure Mom will save the day. She always does!

Thanks again for having me, Truffles! It was great to hang out with you today.




Blurb: Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . .

When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs—and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets . . .

Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer—if she wants to live to see another winter . . .


In this third book in Liz Mugavero's Pawsitively Organic Mystery series, Stan is experiencing her very first Groundhog Day in Frog Ledge by having the honor of being chosen this year's gift-giver to the adorable Lilypad the groundhog. The proceedings are halted when town historian Helga goes missing, only to be found dead at the foot of the stairs in the museum's basement. Since she's 87 her death is written off as a tragic accident, but librarian Betty Meany tells Stan confidentially that she believes it was murder, and asks her to look into it. She agrees because Helga was like a surrogate grandmother to her boyfriend Jake.

Coincidentally (or not) at the same time a ghost hunter TV crew shows up in Frog Ledge to investigate Stan's friend Izzy's under-construction bookstore and reveals that in 1949 a boxer was murdered in the old building. Apparently Helga had been asking questions about the old case and uncovering hidden secrets in town that somebody wanted to leave buried. Before long Stan finds herself hopelessly entwined in a tangled web with seemingly everyone upset with her for one reason or another, even Jake. 

This mystery really has something for everyone, whether you're a fan of modern-day cozies, paranormal or historical. When all of the events come to light it's quite heartbreaking and a total page-turner. I love reading about Stan and her little world, where in addition to the murder, she is hired to put together a doggie wedding, and the addition of a new four-legged member to her family! I loved every moment of this book and can't wait for the next in the series.


About this Author: Liz Mugavero is a corporate communications consultant and animal lover from the Boston area, whose canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. Her short stories have been published in the UK and Australia, and her essays have appeared in national publications Skirt! and Sassee Magazine for Women.

Author Links
http://www.lizmugavero.com; https://twitter.com/lizmugavero;
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6475412.Liz_Mugavero;
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liz-Mugavero/329291780446231;

Purchase Links
Amazon Indie Bound B&N Book Depository


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pooped Out #SundaySelfies

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Do I look tired in my Sunday Selfie today? I sure am. My grandma is super sick with the flu and last night Mommy and I didn't get to bed until 4 in the morning it took so long to get her settled.

As always we're counting down the hours until the NASCAR race this afternoon. Our driver is enjoying a hot streak the sport hasn't seen in decades. He's finished in the top 2 in the last 7 races (going back to last season); 4 wins (including the last 2 weeks in a row) and 3 second place finishes. Mommy says it's almost too good to be true and we're enjoying every single minute of it while it lasts! It probably seems like she's obsessed at this point, but she's been such a huge fan of Kevin's since day 1 and has been waiting 14 years to see this happen. Hopefully all sports fans understand how exciting it is when their favorite team or athlete is on such a winning streak.

By the way, if you haven't already please check out our sidebar and enter the 2 big giveaways we're currently running: a set of 4 adorable cat socks and 2 big lots of books!

Have a great week, everyone :)