Chase: Now I Understand the Runner’s High

First I heard the bark, then I saw the big brownish-tan terrier coming after us. I raised my hands and said sternly, “NO, NO, NO,” and started to back away to cross to our side of the street.

I still  had Dug by the leash and did my best to get our Shih Tzu and me to safety.

I looked back and saw the big brownish-tan terrier still coming after us. I didn’t want to run, because running away from a canine is akin to saying,

“Hey, look at me, I’m a pull toy!”

We continued walking briskly and he’s still galloping towards us. Although he seems a bit hesitant, now, as if he wasn’t sure he should cross the street.

As we get to the rear of the property, I said, “Dug, go home” and I let go of his leash.

Then to my surprise, Dug didn’t take the short cut through the grass and trespass on other property to get to our home that’s the second from the corner. 

No, Dug is fancy and he decided to briskly walk along the sidewalk.  Next thing I know Dug is rounding the corner…and my heart is my mouth.  Dug has never been off the leash outside.  So now I’m also worried about Dug who is walking towards home with his leash dragging behind him.

I’m looking over my shoulder to see if the big brownish-tan terrier is still in pursuit.

I’m digging in my bag to retrieve my umbrella and doggy treats that I carry with me just in case we’re chased by a wayward canine, like today.

I see that the big brownish-tan terrier seems to think that now that he’s free from home, it’s a good time to take a crap on a neighbor’s lawn.

With the big brownish-tan terrier occupied I can now focus all my attention on retrieving Dug.  Dug, who with his marching orders is not coming to me when I call him.

So, I yell, “Dug here’s a treat.”  He slows up …slow enough for me to walk over and pick up his leash.  We head home.


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And how was your morning?


Easy Pineapple Cake

Easy Pineapple Cake Legend: Dessert came about because of sugar and fat rationing during World War II (1942). Some recipes call it “Chop Suey Cake” where in addition to crushed pineapple and cinnamon, nuts are added too.

The first time I made this cake it was on a whim.  I had a few items in my pantry including a can of crushed pineapple.  I put that phrase in a search engine, followed by the term “recipe” to see what results would pop up.  I found this old school recipe for “easy pineapple cake” on Allrecipes.  Normally, I would use my grandmother’s recipe for her upside down pineapple cake but without any fresh pineapple or sliced pineapple rings, I went for this one.

I usually don’t blog about cooking but I find baking and cooking cathartic, especially when I’m stressed and the kitchen is empty.   I made the cake, pictured in this post, for Easter Dinner.  For some reason this cake is especially delicious with a heaping helping of applesauce too.

Note: I’ve indicated where I didn’t follow the recipe to the letter .



2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour

2 Cups of White Sugar

2 Eggs

(I chickened out and added – ½ Cup of Butter)

2 teaspoons baking soda (I used 2 teaspoon of baking powder by accident)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 can 20 ounces crushed pineapple with the juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar and baking soda.  Make a well in the center and add eggs, melted butter, vanilla and crushed pineapple with liquid from can. Mix well to blend.

Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package 8-ounce cream cheese (softened)

1 ½ cups of confectioners’ sugar

½ cup butter (softened)

To make frosting:

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Beat until creamy.

Spread on a warm cake.


ALSO: If you know the history  of “Chop Suey Cake” Please share.

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