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Saying goodbye to an old friend is never easy but when they’ve been a constant companion it’s even harder.  Our cat or should I say our son’s cat was an awesome pal having gotten him for his 6th birthday they were almost always together.  He had numerous nicknames for him but his official name was Merlin and he knew it well.

Our youngest at the age of 21 had spent many nights cuddled with his furry buddy and this loss was hard.  But he will cherish the wonderful years they shared together.  It’s a hard reminder of how quickly time can pass it what seems a blink of an eye.

The Story of Merlin is a fairytale of sorts his life didn’t start out so great.  He was found in a ditch in a plastic bag being the only survivor of his litter on top of the pile.  The rescue said they weren’t so sure he would make it.  But… Make it he did.  It would be more accurate to say he thrived!  We adopted him around 3 months of age and he was a feisty little boy.  He thought he was the biggest, baddest, cat around upon at the foster home.  Upon arriving his new home he came face to face with a creature larger than him and we believe it was his first time seeing a dog. But no worries this was a cat-friendly dog and he was ignored even when he hissed at her. Merlin and Flip became fast friends.

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We adopted him around 3 months of age and he was a feisty little boy.  He thought he was the biggest, baddest, cat around.  Upon arriving at his new home he came face to face with a creature larger than him a dog and we believe it was his first time seeing a dog. The foster he came for had only cats. But no worries this was a cat-friendly dog and he was ignored even when he hissed at her. Merlin and his new guardian dog Flip became fast friends.

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Merlin was always will to open a bag of food for you just in case you forgot.

Merlin learned to rely on Flip not only for companionship but protection for all visitors.

He was a well-traveled cat that was leash trained and visited places like New Mexico, Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee to name a few.

The window seat in our house was added to the build just for him to sit in the sun and watch the birds.

So a few years back when his girl Flip passed away he was heart-broken.  He searched for her and had a very hard when he couldn’t find her. time Merlin looked for her often for months calling without finding her.

Then with the arrival of puppies, he was the wise old Merlin teaching them the ropes.  Over the past 3 years, he grew close to the new pups and learn to let them watch over him as well.

Now passing they are looking for him.

Merlin was a sweet loving cat that missed and will be for years to come.  Rest in peace old wizard of a cat that always seemed to know just when his boys need him the most.

 

 

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Oil 2 bread loaf pans

Banana Bread:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12/ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup cooking oil coconut, saffron or canola
  • 2 1/2 cups very ripe mashed bananas (about 5 to 6 bananas medium size)
  • 4 eggs

In the bowl of a stand mixer add everything mix just until blended.  You only want to mix until blended you don’t want to over mix. This will give you a light tender crumb. Pour into prepared bread pans, Sprinkle loaves with crumb top and bake for 60 to 75 minutes until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. The loaves will be golden and look dry on top.

Cool in pans for 10 minutes the turn out the loaves into a towel so not to lose the crumb topping and place on a cooling rack.

 

Crumb top

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick cold butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

In a medium bowl using a pastry blender or butter knife cut the butter into the flour, sugar, and ginger until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over the top of the loaves and bake.

Lury

 

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