Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Kitty and the Mashed Potatoes

GCU (where I recently started selling cards), are having a kitty blogging challenge. It inspired me to recount a cooking adventure I had recently with the "help" of my wild kitty.

Sulu was a rescued feral kitten, found (thank goodness) by someone who socializes them so that they can be adoptable. While he now is a content house cat, harness trained and happy to bound on a leash when we go on walks – he still has a wild streak and street smarts that help him with his love for causing trouble.

One day, after working an early shift at work I decided what I really needed was some mashed potatoes (seriously, I may as well have been a zombie chanting BRAINS, because all I could think about was MASHED POTATOES all day). Since I knew what an ordeal it would be, I decided to make the largest batch I could, so I could eat it all week.

Once home (after stopping by the grocery store to buy a huge bag of potatoes) I began the slow process of peeling them all. My kitty, sat next to his bowl (still half full) and screamed his little mews that said he wanted some of whatever it was I was making. When this did not draw my attention he played with some of the stray potatoes peels that had not made it into the garbage.

Living in a certain humble means, I have not yet bought a mixer (though I occasionally webserf KitchenAids with the same fixed attention as my cat when he stalks his stuffed mouse). So, I use a hand blender. While these work fine for pureeing soup, they are not ideal for mashed potatoes, not only taking an extensive amount of time – but it gives the mashed potatoes an off texture that is too thin and smooth. To create the ideal mashed potatoes I hand mash half of it, and then mix it with a batch that was pureed. Seriously did I mention mashed potatoes are a hassle to make?

During the three hours it took to finish making the potatoes my cat had become resigned to the fact I was ignoring him. No longer pacing at my feet or attempting to jump on to the counter to “help,” he flopped on to one of the kitchen chairs purring to himself, his eyes half-closed. This unusual calmness should have warned me, but I (in ignorant bliss) took a scoop of potatoes and left the room.

It was just a few moments that I heard it – a loud crashing sound from the kitchen. Sulu had managed to shove the lid off the mashed potatoes and when I ran in I saw him. He was sitting on the counter, fist pumping the air in a kitty salute as he licked mashed potatoes from his paw. His other arm was nearly shoulder deep in the mashed potatoes.

When I told this story to my friends every single one of them asked if I filmed it. Oh, Youtube Generation. But in retrospect I wish I had gotten some pictures. My little kitty looked pleased as punch with mashed potatoes all over his face and would have made an adorable card : )

Anywho, check out some of these kitty cards from GCU artists. We love the support.


  1. Oh Woods, you made me laugh! Your story of Sulu sounded suspiciously like one I have of Cocker Baxter - he was my blind boy who could get into so much more trouble than any sighted dog ... smiling with glee the full time! Thank you for sharing that mischievous story - and another thank you for featuring my patriotic kitten card, as well.

  2. LOL, how sooo cute!! This is wonderful, adorable! You should think about writing cute little E-books!

    Don't you just adore kittens, nothing like 'em!


  3. what a great story! Oh I have a few of those I wished I captured on film - either moving picture or photograph. I can just picture Sulu as you described!

  4. What a funny story and something all cat lovers can related to in one way or another! Cats are so smart... Sulu knew just what he wanted and patiently waited until just the right moment! Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a hoot. I do wish you had pictures. What a priceless story!

  6. Oh man, I will be chuckling about this all day...thank you! I love your writing style and I'm so glad I stopped by to read about Sulu and the "Mashed Potato Incident"...LOL! I'm going to share this on twitter...others should have a good laugh today!
    Doreen Erhardt

  7. Your story made me laugh! Really, the image of Sulu with his arm covered in mashed potatoes is forever burned into my memory, lol. Thanks so much for sharing this :)


  8. What a funny story! I can just imagine the scene.
    Great cat cards you've shown.

  9. That is too cute! Kittens have a way of getting into the funniest predicaments.

  10. That's funny about the mashed potatoes. Sulu waited a long time patiently before he dove into them. Thanks for making me laugh.

    Rick McBride

  11. What an adorable story, and an even MORE adorable kitty!! Love the cards, too!