Weeny Opens his KitNip Box!

Happy Caturday furriends! We are so thankful for the lovely folks over at KitNip Box who have sent goodies! Weeny had a blast just opening it! This one happened to be rock n’ roll themed, and his first pick was the little “Hiss” T-shirt. KitNip Box is a kitty subscription box that offers high quality goods and healthy treats for your fur-babies! It comes with a list of all the goodies inside, so you know exactly what your little one is getting. Here’s the list for Weeny’s box:He absolutely loves everything so far! The little T-shirt and crinkle pillow seem to be his favorites. They even included some healthy treats! Click right here to visit their website and grab your own KitNip Box subscription!! Follow their Instagram at @kitnipbox and tag your posts #kitnipbox to show them some love!!

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My Squish Collection Begins!

Phew! Big apologies to all my lovely readers! I haven’t posted in wayyy too long as I have been so busy. Totally unacceptable, of course! Free time has gone mainly toward naps and that will be changing very soon! I want to make a brief post featuring my preciously adorable Teeturtle Minis that I have become obsessed with as of this spring/summer. It began when I picked up the lil blue guy at Heroes and Villains fest in Chicago this spring. I recently grabbed the lil rainbow guy in honor of pride month 2018 at Wizard World Columbus. I plan on grabbing a new one at each con to represent each city! However, if you aren’t that patient, you can grab them all right here! Don’t forget to show me pics of your sweet lil plushies on Instagram by tagging #urbanmermaid and check out the Teeturtle page at @teeturtle and @teeturtleminis

Happy summer!!

xoxo

Stephanie

@stephaniepiix

For The Shelter Cats on New Years…

Happy New Year’s Eve, guys!! 2018 is closely creeping upon us! This year went by WAY too fast for me, but I must remind myself of how blessed I am with what I’ve done, learned and experienced this year!

I am writing this post for a special reason. Sure, I could post glittery New Years pics of me “partying” (which I may), or pics of me and my friends being black-out wasted (which I won’t)! But to all who read this, there is something I want you to do. There is an issue in this world that, if you’ve kept up with me in the past, you know is hugely important to me.

As you ring in the new year at midnight tonight, please take a moment to think of the animals that are currently in shelters and in need of rescue!

I ask you to add it to your list of resolutions for 2018 to bring a new family member home from a shelter. If that isn’t possible for whatever reason, please make it a priority to donate to a local shelter or pledge for the rescue of an animal that needs your help! I promise you will find deep satisfaction in doing so!

To give you some place to start, I’ve included a list of cat rescues that take donations and places that you can go to adopt. You may remember my previous post here about cat rescues that you can donate to from anywhere. Some of those are on this list too, some are new ones. So here they are:

  • Bronx Stray Cats

Instagram: @bronxstraycats

PayPal.me/bronxstraycats

This is a cat rescue/foster in (you guessed it!) The Bronx. They have an Amazon wishlist here and if you are in the Bronx area, you’re in luck! They have sweet babies available for adoption.

  • Ziggy And Friends Cat Rescue

Instagram: @ziggyandfriendscatrescue

I’ve mentioned this one before, but decided to add it again because I feel strongly about their mission. They give cats on “death row” a second chance which is so wonderful!! Their website is here and if you are in the SoCal area, you can rescue one of these precious kitties and take one home!

  • Downey Rescue Network

Instagram: @downeyrescuenetwork

This is a serious one because they network cats from the high-kill Downey Shelter in LA. They work to find fosters and permanent homes for the cats that come into this horrible shelter! If your are outside of the Los Angeles area, you can still make pledges towards the shelter cats for rescues.

  • Street Cats of LA

Instagram: @streetcatsofla

This is another lovely street rescue that also networks cats from the high-kill Downey Animal Shelter. They have an Amazon wishlist as well.

  • Shelter Cats of LA

Instagram: @shelter.cats.of.la

This one is also in LA, so if you’re in the area there’s plenty of resources for you to utilize when deciding to bring a shelter baby home! They work with several shelters in the area, including Downey.

  • Paul The Cat Guy

Instagram: @paulthecatguy

PayPal: paul@paulthecatguy.com

This is a rescue located in NYC, and I love seeing the heartwarming rescue and recovery stories he posts about the cats that come to him!

  • Baldwin Park Shelter Cats

Instagram: @baldwinparksheltercats

This one is also located in LA. They have a Facebook page here and contact information can be found on either Instagram or Facebook! They network cats from the Baldwin Park Shelter.

And of course, keep your local shelters in mind when looking to add a new addition to your family this year! Rescue a cat with an urgent need for a home if possible, and donate to support your local no-kill shelters!

To wrap this up, I also want to remind you that black cats, unfortunately, are the most overlooked cats in shelters and the least likely to be adopted. With that being said, please consider giving a little black bundle of fluff a forever home! It’s totally NOT bad luck!!!

Have a save and happy New Year’s Eve and remember to adopt, don’t shop! 💕

Stuffing-Style Turkey Meatloaf

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday and got all the goodies you wished for!! Now is that weird time between Christmas and New Years when I’m in limbo and feeling like a total blob, yet wanna get motivated for all the fab things we have planned in 2018! As I write this, I’ve got my ass parked on the couch in my fluffy robe looking at some leftover holiday mess that seems to creep back no matter how many times I attempt to clean it. The good news is, I’m bringing you my meatloaf recipe I made on Christmas Eve as promised on my Instagram post!

Let me begin my telling you I am SO NOT a meatloaf person normally, nor was I ever until I discovered THIS! I can’t take credit for the bread idea myself, but this is my version! It’s turkey meat, so much better for you than beef, and unlike other meatloaf I’ve tried before it is so so smooth!! So here it is…

  • 2 packages of ground turkey (antibiotic and hormone-free!)
  • 4-5 slices of bread (I use wheat bread)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • A dash of liquid smoke
  • A pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • A pinch of cumin
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. Throw the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl
  3. Tear the bread up into small pieces and add it to the turkey mixture
  4. Add the egg, olive oil, cumin, salt, hot sauce and liquid smoke
  5. Chop the onion and add it to the mix
  6. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth mixture (I prefer gloves when I don’t want to get my fingers sticky).
  7. Coat a baking pan with butter or coconut oil spray
  8. Form the mixture into a “loaf” on the pan
  9. Cover it with foil or a lid and pop it in the oven for 1 hour or until it’s cooked through the center
  10. Remove the foil toward the end to allow your loaf to “brown” a bit on top if you prefer
  11. Slice and serve!!

Show me your healthy turkey loaf with your fav side dishes on IG @stephaniepiix #urbanmermaid💕😋

Smokey 3 Cheese Eggplant Casserole 

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely 4th (for my US readers at least). I myself am just trying to take advantage of every summer day while having my ass thoroughly kicked by allergies. Fun! I want to share this awesome recipe with you all. It’s my own version of the classic Eggplant Parmesan!

Eggplant is amazing as a meat replacement because it has that meaty-like texture. You can also add mushrooms to this dish for an even more filling meal!

Ingredients:

• 1 large or 2 small eggplants

• a pinch of salt

• 3 eggs (it doesn’t hurt to have more on hand just in case)

• 1 can of breadcrumbs

• liquid smoke

• 1 tomato

• 1 cup of kale leaves

• minced or fresh garlic

• white wine

• 3 cheeses (preferably Parmesan, Gouda and Swiss…but for this one I used Swiss and double sharp cheddar for the hubby).

• 1 package of mushrooms

• 1/2 a small onion

• olive or vegetable oil

• hemp seeds (optional but highly recommended). Where on earth do you get those?! Why, right here of course!

Preheat your oven to about 350 and start by slicing your eggplant about a quarter inch thick. Place the slices in a colander to “dry out” a bit. Add a pinch of salt to them to speed up this process. Let sit about 20-30 minutes. You can use this time to rinse off your kale and mushrooms and set them aside.Once you feel they’ve sat long enough, heat your oil up in a large pan. Beat the eggs in a bowl and dump some breadcrumbs on a plate. You’ll be dipping each piece in the eggs first, then the breadcrumbs (they should stick) then throw them into the pan to fry until they are a nice golden brown on both sides. Once you do this, set them aside on a separate plate. Repeat until all the pieces are fried. Keep in mind: you’ll be adding more oil during the cooking process because these bitches suck up oil like crazy!!Now here’s the fun part: making the sauce! I love making my own sauces! Feel free to get creative with this part.My inspiration for this recipe to begin with was that I wanted to make an Eggplant Parmesan, but I’m not a red sauce person and wanted to tone it down a bit by making a “pink sauce.”

For the sauce I used the cheese grater on one tomato to make it into a “paste,” chopped 1/2 an onion, and 1 clove of garlic. Add about a tablespoon of white wine (feel free to drink the rest) and a small dash of my new-found favorite…Liquid smoke!!! This stuff is AMAZEBALLS!! I’m totally serious!! Even your hands will smell heavenly when working with this stuff (don’t eat those, though!) Please be aware, a little bit goes a long way with this, so your best bet is to pour a few drops into the cap and add it to your sauce that way. I find it really is quite potent! Mix the sauce well and set it aside.

Going back to the eggplant slices, coat a large baking pan with the oil you used to fry the eggplant pieces and start putting the pieces down in the pan. You will be layering all the ingredients together. Add the cheese and pour some of the sauce over the slices evenly, and start laying the kale and mushroom slices in as well.You’ll see it start coming together! Keep adding the cheese and sauce between layers until all the sauce is used up.Once all of the ingredients are in the pan, make the top part the cheesiest layer. Then sprinkle your hemp seeds on top for an extra protein boost! Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until you see the top layer of cheese start to get brown. Let it cool and share the smokey happiness!

Try it and tell me what you think in the comments or on my Instagram @stephaniepicss 🥂💜

Don’t Be Afraid of Tofu: Part 2

In one of my recent posts titled “Don’t be Afraid of Tofu,” I talked about how to cook tofu so that it tastes good and makes a nice addition to sandwiches, salads or appetizer platters. In this post, I will be sharing another method used today, and it turned out AHH-MAZINGGG! 

Here, you can see it is cut the same way, in thin squares. The difference this time is that I placed the pieces on a grill rack. 


I prepared a mixture of barbecue sauce, seasoned salt and rosemary.  Barbecue is one of my favorite flavores for tofu because it makes it into a tasty meat replacement!

Using a barbecue brush, I spread the mixture evenly onto each piece and popped them in the oven at 375 for about 25 minutes. Keep checking on them periodically to see how “crispy” they are getting, and take them out one they have cooked enough. Once they cool (which they will pretty quickly), remove them with a spatula and have them with any dish you’d like or eat them alone as tofu bacon! 

Don’t forget to share your recipes on Instagram with the hashtag #urbanmermaid

💙Happy baking!💙