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Iron Cupcake!

*crickets chirp* That's right kids, I didn't get it done for November. The theme was cranberry...the only thing I could really come up with would be putting some sauce in the middle of a cuppie and go from there...but I kinda did that with the jalepeno challenge. *sigh* It was a busy month...and I've neglected my blogging, and my baking (although my waistline still doesn't show that). Enough of my pity party..and onto the point of the post... I feel like a politicial campaign, and I know we're all sick of those-but just to let my cupcake constituents know-I fully support your vote for I Heart Cuppycakes!! I voted for her, and I think you should as well! Not only is she supa-dupa creative, a blogging buddy of mine, and an owner of cute bunnies...she's a ffaaahhhaantastic (in my best Dr. Cox from Scrubs voice) baker. How do I know this? Well....I make her red velvet cupcakes all the time and they are the best ever. I tried a couple different recipes for Red Vel…

Progresso giveaway!!

Below is a picture of the gift basket I got in the mail yesterday. I'm loving the research group that I'm part of...and as part of opens me up to do giveaways for my readers! I'm very excited that Progresso is offering this! My local grocery actually carries it, so now I don't just have to envy Rachael Ray and her stock in a box, I can have my own thanks to Progresso! Also Progresso is making it easier to create your favorite holiday recipes with the introduction of all-natural Progresso Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken and Beef-flavored broths. Progresso’s broths are 99% fat free and contain no preservatives, artificial flavors, or MSG*! They even come in convenient, re-sealable 32oz cartons. So for 3 lucky'll get all pictured in the photo..except the actual box of broth...but don't be sad b/c you'll be getting a coupon to get a 32oz carton FREE!! All you need to do to for entry in the giveaway, is message me (make sure to leave a c…

I suck!

I'm sorry I've dropped off everyone! Esp Ivy (I swear, the pepper butter will be mailed THIS week)...but do you ever have those days, weeks, MONTHS that seemed to just explode? That's what's been going on with me! Never fear...I've got alot of yummy pictures and food stuff to share...and another giveaway coming up soon!

Cat competition

We've got 7 cats. (That's didn't read it wrong...7 cats now) I guess it's a goal of mine to get a picture of each one with a cupcake. Although I think the picture of Trump in the header on this page is my favorite..b/c he really looks like he's savoring the cup...this one of our kitten Tangelo with this mini cup is awful cute too!

Winner winner!

The winner of the jar of Pepper Butter is Ivy..from LittleIvyCakes! Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I had alot of fun doing this Bloggy giveaway! I can't wait for the next one! I haven't dropped off the cooking wagon...but I will be taking a baking hiatus for awhile..not to fear though..I have alot of catching up to do on recipes that I've not posted yet!


I'm always excited when I see a giveaway on a blog, and almost always enter....and I've won a few good things..(which reminds me I need to post about the cool number tray from Blakemakes I won..put that on the list of to-dos) I thought I'd join in...I know I have some faithful friends that read my blog and I'd love to share this with them. Also..I came across the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival it's so cool! I've canned pepper butter for the past few years..and it's awesome. I mean,not tootin my own horn..but it's good. I've blogged before that it's like mustard and relish got together and made a love child. It's a banana pepper base, spicy sweet, and good on about everything. My favorite things for it are turkey sandwiches and the photographed club cracker. I've also tried it on chicken and pork roast..both good! The winner of this giveaway will get a pint jar of the Pepper Butter! My only requirement is that you let me know how you like …

Time to Vote!!!

The polls are open!!! Vote for Feeds an Obsession HERE!

Iron Cupcake: CHEESE

Double C cups (Carrotcake Cheesecake Cupcakes w/Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting) it's a bit of a repeat blog post, but I have made them before, and again, and again. You can see the original post and recipe here!They truly are one of my favorite creations...I do so love cream cheese. ...and where it was a bit of a safety play...they always come out great!I'd love to win..(the bragging rights alone would be awesome)..but there are also some GREAT prizes!! Art on the Menu cardboard cupcake art Lots of Sprinkles cupcake earrings A t-shirt from Bakelove Bakewear Also..prizes from the corporate prize providers! Head Chefs from Fiesta Products, Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, A Jessie Steele apron, the Cupcake Courier (seriously guys..I really need one of these!), and a Taste of Home cookbook! Oh..and as always..IC is sponsored by 1-800 flowers.Voting begins October 26th at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER and it runs through October 30th. There are multiple co…

Not food-Giveaway.

Let me just admit I am a HUGE fan. In fact by the end of the week, I hope to be on Etsy myself toting my scrabble tile pendants (of which I'll do my own giveaway and will share, I promise!). I happened upon this really cool giveaway here. These rings are really cool! You can see my favorite on this click. I have to apologize for the lack of non-posting lately. It's been a cluster at our house..but stay tuned. I've been baking up all sorts of nummies to share! Coming soon: Mini Pumpkin-caramel cuppies Pumpkin bars Philly-cheese steak baked potatoes and whatever else I come up with!

Cupcake Hero September: Baker's Choice

Anyone watch Grey's Anatomy? More over does anyone remember the first season? Specifically Episode 8 (the cupcake episode to me, actually it's called "save me") Izzie: "Eight hours, 16 ounces of chocolate, and 32 cupcakes, and they still don't taste right." She finally breaks down and calls her Mom at the end of the episode and learns that her Mom puts in a little coconut extract and that's what makes them special. So when this month's Cupcake Hero challenge was Baker's Choice...I chose Cocoa and Liquor... and I named them "Dizzy Izzie Cupcakes" Izzie for the GA reference, and Dizzy since they have rum in them! (notice the cuppie is partially undressed...homage to Grey's b/c they are always sexin' it up) for the cupcakes (makes one dozen): line the cuptin and set the oven at 350 degrees 1 1/8 cup sr flour 3/4 cup sugar 2 t baking powder 1/4 t salt 1/4 c shortening 1/2 c milk 1 egg 3 T Coconut Rum 2 oz semi-sweet chocola…

A Husby post

Husby made it, we loved it. So he told me "put it on your blog and make sure they know 'I' made it". So here you go! But uh..what is it? Local Italian sausage (cut into chunks) jar of spaghetti sauce can of diced tomatoes w/onion Into the oven at 350 for about 2 hours Top with chunks of fresh mozzarella and broil until brown and bubbly.Served with whole wheat penne.So good! Well done, Honey!!

Chicken and a love-child

We're trying to watch our we're amping up the lean protein and the veggies. Below is a yummy meal we had recently. Chicken Tenders w/ cheddar and Pepper Butter over mixed italian veggies. Easy peasy to put together! Dredge your chicken tenders in flour and just pan fry them in a little olive oil. When they are golden on both sides (I did about 5 min each side) top with some pepper butter, and shredded cheddar, then top the pan so the cheese melts. My mixed veggies was actually a little steamer things that we got at the grocery, but it was JUST the right amount for the two of us... What's this Pepper Butter I'm talking about? It's like mustard and relish got together and had a spicy love child. I can it, and I'm not just's amazing. I'm working on getting some smaller jars to can some up in...but I'm very tempted to do a giveaway if someone is interested...hrmm? Am I tempting you? This stuff is good on about everythi…

Aspire to Inspire

Don't forget to vote! (Iron Cupcake Basil challenge) and now..the post. Mom's Raspberry layer cake w/Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting (NOT as difficult as it below) Since I got on MY baking kick...those around me have too...and since Husby is trying to insist on a baking hiatus (we're both trying to lose weight)..other people take advantage of my NOT bake. About a month ago I guess I made some really yummy cupcakes. They tasted a great deal like those Hostess Orange cupcakes (yum!) Mom loved them. So she calls me and says "I took a page from your book and made a cake today". How'd I make the orange cupcakes? Well...white cake mix and a packet of Kool-Aid (I'll make them again w/pics and full recipe..although that kinda IS the full recipe..anyway...). Here's approximately what Mom did- White cake mix 'tub' of Crystal Light Raspberry Ice mix (by tub I mean the little foil top tub that makes 2 quarts of drink) make the…

Iron Cupcake Challenge: BASIL

Where I work I have a gourmet foodie that I like to throw ideas at...he's my Jeffery Steingarten of sorts (you know the cranky judge on Iron Chef?). When I told him the ingredient for this month's Iron Cupcake challenge, he told me I was being ridiculous. And once I brought in the cupcakes...he resinded that remark! I'll be the first to admit I was scared of this ingredient, but I was VERY pleased with how they came out! Buttermilk Pound Cupcakes w/Lemon Basil syrup cake: 1 1/4 c sugar 1/2 c shortening 1/8 t salt 3 eggs 1/3 t soda 1/2 T warm water 1/2 c buttermilk 1 1/2 c flour 1 t vanilla Oven at 325 degrees. Cream sugar, shortening and salt. Add eggs, one at a time. Dissolve soda in warm water, then add to mix. Add and beat in buttermilk and vanilla. And and beat in the flour. Since this is poundcake and not your typical fluffy riser cupcake, I filled 3/4s of the way full. Baked for about 25 minutes. (until toothpick test was clean) Let cool. Lemon Basil syrup 1 1/4…

Just cause

can we tell I'm in an avoiding mood today? Can there be such a thing as an avoiding mood...well there is...even if I just made it up. I found the following little food survey on a random link I clicked from the Foodie Blogroll (click for original). Coke or Pepsi? whatever it is..I prefer Diet soda. In my lame attempt to count calories, I've become addicted to it. Thick crust or thin for your Pizza? Thin. I used to be a devoted 'pan' style gal, until I found out from a former PH employee they use 3 CUPS of oil per ONE medium pan style. gag. Rare or Well Done for you steak? Well-ish. Not Medium well...Well-ish. I don't want it to be leathery and really hard to chew, but I can't handle much pink at all. Hot Dogs or Hamburgers? Hamburger..well no..CHEESEburger. Ketchup or Mustard on your hot dog? When I do Hotdogs..I have to have Eckrich brand. Yes, I'm that picky (I'm Eckrich all the way on bologna too, and I"ll only eat it fried)-and um..I like …

Review and preview

This past weekend was Husby's best friends birthday, so we went out to celebrate. Twice. First we met them (and some of their family) at Westport Flea Market. It was good company and good food. Husby had a philly cheesesteak (he's on a huge kick of those lately), and I had the KC Famous Chicken Panini...carmelized onions, grilled chicken, red peppers, and gooey cheese all squished into some thin foccacia. Yum! The sammies were accompanied by curly fries..which we opted to put cheese on..b/c come on..cheese makes EVERYTHING better! That evening we reunited (sans babies) for a wine tasting at Wines by Jennifer. Oddly enough I had worked in Parkville at one point, but never really discovered how many quaint shops and such it had until later on. Where Husby, BF and wife opted for the wine tasting menu (6 wines from various French regions-2 whites/4 reds)-I went for a Riesling. To me it's like ordering Chicken Strips at a new restaurant-you know you'll like them, it's …

Nex promise!

One more 'non' edible post real quick! A few months ago I was one of the lucky chosen in a contest held by CB where she was giving away two cupcake rhinestone iron-ons! After much deliberation (onesie for the babe, shirt for me, bag, towel, etc)...I put it on my apron! Now to be honest, I'm not really an apron wearer (gasp!)-but I don't think a kitchen is really complete with out one! So hanging, ever so sweetly on my baker's rack (how fitting) is my not so plain-ol apron anymore! Thanks CB!!

Giddy with anticipation...

Yesterday I checked my email and had one of the "Amazon has shipped your order" messages. *giggles* And I know, I KNOW, you anti-mixers will boo me...but I'm so freaking excited for this book! When I have time (seriously, what IS that when you work full time and have a 5mo old?) I love to scratch bake..but in a pinch..I love the altered mixes. And honestly..I've NEVER scratch baked one that is as moist as a mix-baked. Sad but true. So don't hate me....but I'm sure I'll be sharing some of the recipes out of this cookbook with you! Maybe those of you who are (let's face it) smarter and more patient than I am-can figure out the scratch way around it!

Check it out!

Notice anything new? well....except for the new 'cleaner' layout..I'm now a member of the Foodie Blogroll! Yay! I was seriously considering a baking hiatus...since April when my daughter made her debut..instead of LOSING the baby weight (well ok..I lost a good amount), I've picked up 6lbs that I don't need, and esp don't want! Boo! Along with my normal baking stuff, I'm also going to start posting general 'meals' and quick tips I've found along the stay tuned!

Cupcake Hero August Entry!

I wish the pictures were prettier.... I had grand intentions of doing a Chocolate Jalapeno cup....but couldn't find any fresh Jalapenos. Weird...and my garden didn't yield any either. So I called up my Dad, who just happened to have ONE little jar of some Jalapeno jelly he made a few years ago. I mixed up my favorite 'base' cupcake recipe. And 'sandwiched' the jelly in the center of the cups. Viola'! The frosting is ..well it's a bit of everything. It started out as a creamcheese frosting, then I put some pineapple in it (thinking pineapple salsa), some more of the j-jelly, and had to add some shortening to get it to hold up. It tasted good though. Here is a shot of the inside. My j-jelly sunk to the time I do a jelly center, I'll heat the jelly a bit first. Overall? Well...first let me state that my brother and my husband were too chicken to even try it. Ok... I liked it. It was weird. It wasn't something you could eat 10 off,…

Pecan Pie Mini-Cupcakes

Image has become one of my new favorite blogs to lurk on. I'm not exactly sure HOW I got there, but once I found it, I think I spent about 2 hours ogling the food porn. There are SO many things on there I want to try to make...but this little gem really stood out to me! Pecan Pie Mini-Cupcakes...seriously?! Is it true? Can you really have the ooey-gooey goodness of a Pecan Pie in the palm of your hand? Why yes, yes you can! SUCH A simple recipe too! Only 5 ingredients! I didn't tweak it at all. (from 1 cup chopped pecan 1/2 cup AP flour 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2/3 cup butter, melted (I used the big ol tub of spreadable margarine so it was that consistency instead of clear melted-worked fine) Mix all ingredients. Spray mini-tin with non-stick spray. Fill to 3/4s. Bake for 18min at 350 degrees. I'd guess you COULD use mini-liners if you'd like...but spraying the tin worked fine for me. Beware...these little suckers are a…

BlakeMakes YouBar giveaway feedback

Thanks to I got FREE youbars (courtesy of !! I'll admit...I have one left in the fridge (it's recommended you keep them in there, since they are fresh/all natural). So I'll let you know what I thought of the 3 I've eaten. (ratings 1-5; 5 being best) First I had the honey cashew one...this was the one I was most excited about. (the top one in the picture) rating:3 It had GREAT honey flavor!! But a little too health bar-ish. Kinda like a protein bar. It had a neat texture the nougut in a Snickers bar. Second I had the BlakeMakes bar.(the one in the green wrapper) Rating 5 I loved it! Very granola-y (I know that's not a word) had all sorts of nuts and fruits..and I really loved it! Third was the Chocolate Date one. (the red wrapper) Rating...2.5 This would have had a higher rating...but it stuck to my teeth like crazy! It was a bad choice to eat this one as a snack at work! I really enjoyed the f…

Luck, not a lady!

I'd been hearing the buzz about Earl Grey cupcakes, and where I'm not a fan of Earl..I am a fan of Lady Grey. So I thought it would be an easy enough swap. So while lurking on Bake and Destroy ( -one of these days I'll figure out how to link, I swear) and found this, I thought I'd go for it. I can't really pinpoint where I messed up...but I'll tell you what I did, and maybe you can figure it out for me. It might just be the curse of trying to jack with a recipe! 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used self-rising) 3/4 tsp baking powder (omitted-due to sr flour) 1/2 tsp baking soda (omitted-due to sr flour) 1/4 tsp salt (omitted-due to sr flour) 2 Earl Grey tea bags or 1 Tbs loose tea (used 2 Lady Grey-decaf) 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 6 Tbs unsalted butter, room temp 3 egg whites 1 tsp rated orange zest (omitted, didn't have it) 1/4 tsp orange oil (omitted, didn't have it)…


Try saying that 5 times fast!!! One of my all time favorite 'testers' celebrated her dark hour (aka 30th birthday) on July 2nd. At the party the following weekend, I decided that the best present would be an edible one. Knowing that one of her favorites was carrot cake, and that her husband (another favorite tester) loved cheesecake..I was lucky to come upon a great recipe that is a Cheesecake Factory knockoff... They were a knock out! Husby and I both enjoyed them (I made giant muffin sized ones for the house). And Birthday taster and her husby enjoyed them too! They are a keeper recipe and one I'll make over and over! The completed cups, ready to go party! A shot of the inside: The line up-cheesecake on the left, carrot mid and cups to the right. (recipe from Ingredients: ***Cheesecake:*** 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon flour 3 eggs ***Carrot Cake:*** 3/4 cup veg…

Date nite...(sans photos)

I wanted to stop and get the camera, but we were running just on time to get to the place b/c you had to have your food ordered (and preferably eaten before the show). So I'll have to describe my food to you and you'll have to use your imagination on what it looked like ok? We live about an hour (give or take) north of KC, MO, and Monday evening the Husband and I ventured down to Jardine's ( we went for a concert of Marilyn Maye. I had looked at the menu online to get an idea of what I wanted, but once we were there we both opted for the special. For $12 you get salad, entree, and was a good deal. Jardine's is a jazz bar..and since we were far(-ish) away from home I didn't want a mixed drink that might make me too tipsy, so we both opted for wine. I had a glass of Riesling, and the husband had Merlot. I'm normally a big Riesling fan, but I think of just one winery..sadly. (if you are's crownvalleywinery.c…

A True Challenge

So the Cupcake Hero theme ingredient this month was melon..that's right...melon. I don't usually think melon and cake. I usually think...melon and Angelina Jolie...why? Well..b/c when I eat cantaloupe my lips swell...and oh how I miss sweet juicy cantaloupe with salt in the summertime...ahhh...but alas... I wasn't sure how it would fit into I searched on the internet a bit..and found that alot of places team up cantaloupe and blueberry...and I asked a guy that I worked with (and a resident foodie) what he thought..and this is what the combined minds concocted. Blueberry cupcakes with Cantaloupe Cream Cheese Frosting: First the cake: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup blueberries combine dry, add wet, fold in blueberries, put in your cup liners, bake at 350 degrees. My big cupcakes had to bake about 22-25 minutes. My mini cuppies had to bake about 12-15. Co…

in mother Russia...

Lately..I'll admit it..I've been drinking a bit...but not to excess and not irresponsibly. My current favorite drink...The White Russian. Kahlua, Vodka, half and half on's the perfect ending to a hard day! But what is better than a drink? A cupcake!!! So.....I present to you...The White Russian cuppie! The cake part: 1 box white cake mix 1 small box vanilla pudding mix (I used instant) 4 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup vodka 1/4 cup Kahlua You know the drill for cupcakes...line your cup-tin, fill 1/2 full, bake at 350...I baked them about 20-25 minutes (or until my butter knife came out clean). This made about 40 cups for me. Once cooled... The syrup part: 1 cup of sugar 1/2 stick of butter 1/4 cup water 2 tbl Vodka 2 tbl Kahlua Combine in sauce pan sugar,butter, and water-and bring to low bubble over medium heat. Take off the heat and add vodka and Kahlua and mix in. At this point I put my syrup in a 4 cup measure for easy pouring. Once you…

Coming soon...

More yummy recipes and foodie posts...I've just been a bit busy. If you click on the Maddie-cakes link you'll see why! Made some delish Banana bread that I need to post the recipe for..and I'm gonna try to work on the Cupcake Hero challenge tonight..deadline is tomorrow! Oh, and how are we feeling about the new layout?

Delishness sans apologies.

Honestly...the pictures don't do them justice anyway. Last week I was craving cupcakes...simple cupcakes, but not plain white. I needed flavor, but nothing too out there (and nothing that I'd have to really hit up the grocery store for). Enter in...Peanut Butter Cupcakes w/Chocolate Frosting (makes 10 cups). Peanut Butter Cupcakes Ingredients: 1/4 cup peanut butter 3 tablespoons margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup honey 1 egg 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup skim milk Directions: Blend together peanut butter and margarine. Add vanilla and honey, beating well. Beat in egg. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Place 10 cupcake liners in muffin cups. Fill 1/2 full. Bake at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Chocolate Frosting Ingredients: 1/4 cup shortening, melted 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sift if lumpy Directions…

Mac and Cheese on another level

How about some savory among the sweet? Trust me...if Husby worked from the corners and NOT from the center of the casserole, the photo would have been better. But he did add in the nummy green onions idea so I can't be THAT mean to him.Sausage Casserole-1lb sausage, crumbled and browned1 can cream of mushroom1 can cheddar cheese soup1 can diced tomatoes w/green chilies (drained)1 c shredded cheese (your choice really, I used colby jack)approx 2 cups cooked macaroni noodleschopped green onion (optional)Preheat oven to 400. Cook the sausage (try to get it really really crumbled up). Boil your water and cook your macaroni, until just done (al dente). Once the sausage is browned (if it's really greasy drain it, I used Oldhahm's brand and it's got basically none) mix in the cream of mushroom, cheddar cheese soup, and diced tomatoes w/green chilies. Combine. Mix in about 1/2 of the shredded cheese. Pour into a big casserole pan and top with the rest of the cheese, and put in…

Thanksgiving Throwback Cupcakes

I'll admit it was a lofty goal to think I could a) jump into a food blog, and b) jump into the Cupcake Hero challenge all in one fell swoop...but I'll give myself an A for effort at least. The theme ingredient for the Hero challenge this month was I racked my little pea brain and one of the first things that came to mind when I thought marshmallows...was my Mom's Thanksgiving side dish of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows...and I do love I decided THAT would be my angle for the challenge. My goal was for the cuppie to be reminicient of that side dish...therefore...Thanksgiving Throwback (since it's March..and not November). Also, I apologize for my lame attempt at staging a "cool" picture...the lighting in my kitchen pretty much sucks in the evening, and I put the cuppies on top of a faux pumpkin. I wasn't really sure how it would work on a Sweet Potato cupcake, didn't have sweet potatoes, so I used SP's good friend…

And i don't even really LIKE berries...

A few months ago I was awoken from a sound sleep with a baking idea in my head. See...I've just recently become obsessed with cupcakes (courtesy of my pal Ms. Yummie've just started tinkering with recipes and playing with making cupcakes...but what I'm actually "good" at...or so I"ve been told...are pies. In fact when the idea was brought up on Pushing Daisies about "cup-pies" I felt ripped off, b/c I had been thinking of that for months before it was even mentioned on network tv!

But there I was suddenly jolted out of my sleep and in a pregnant stupor I stumbled into the kitchen and started in on my first batch of cup-pies.

Husby is all about throwing things away, so on the rare occassion that I DID make cupcakes and I'd keep the foils, he'd pout and say "why not throw them away?" my retort? I'll find SOMETHING to use them for. And cup-pies are just that.

So I broke out my trusty pink-plaid Betty Crocke…

When 2 blogs just won't cut it...

At the prompting of my new blog pal "I Heart Cuppycakes", and to get rid of MORE of the stuff in my is a foodie blog!

So I have the daily b*tchy blog at a locked up xanga, and I have the baby blog...but for those of you who neither want to hear my daily complaints or hear about my baby is something to chew on. :)

FFFFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD! That's right ya'll we all eat it, we all love it, so this site will be linked to all sorts of OTHER yummy sites, and will include some of MY yummies as well. So bon appetito' as Mario Battali would say!

So to get off on the right paw, er foot I have to share this picture, and recipe. AND I submitted this into Cuppycake's "Fierce cupcake competition" so if you want to go to her site and nudge her to help me win..feel free!
Let me introduce you to Trump, my husband's son. No really. The cat THINKS he is a person, he really does. He routinely sits at the kitchen table while my husby and I h…