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Back when Thomas and I moved into our first home together, we knew that we wanted a cat. Shortly after we saw a friend was going to have a litter of kittens soon and we promptly put our name down for the cat that would become Izzy! For several years it was just Izzy and us before Jasmine joined our pet family too! Then we had a baby, in 2016, and having pets was no longer all I had to keep me busy while working from home.
As my husband works nights I spend lots of evenings alone with my cats. They are great companions. They spend their days hiding, behind the sofas, under my desk, and enjoying lots of sleep. Then night-time rolls around and Izzy and Jazz are there, waiting to sit with me on the sofa, to enjoy cuddles, have a nice dinner together and just enjoy a leisurely evening.
Date nights for Thomas and I are hard to come by now, but I console myself with a nice dinner, a glass of wine, a delicious slow cooker beef casserole and by treating my cats. Izzy, in particular, is a huge fan of Whiskas cat foods, and both girls love Whiskas cat casseroles. I love that these come in easy to dispense pouches, and my girls LOVE the chunks of meat in jelly. Also, at dinnertime my two cats sit together, pretending to be best friends, and are on their best behaviour as they wait for their meal to be served.
During our date night, I always spend lots of time with Izzy and Jazz. I give them a nice brushing, lots of cuddles, we eat dinner at the same time and then we relax on the sofa together while I enjoy a nice glass of wine. During the hotter weather, I always fill my girls’ water bowl up with some ice cubes, to help them stay cool.
When I know I’m going to be spending a Purrfect date night with Izzy and Jazz I like to load the slow cooker up in the afternoon. My husband usually leaves before 5:30 pm for his night shifts, and I want to eat once Daisy is in bed, so I pop the ingredients for a beef casserole into my slow cooker.
I put ALL of these ingredients into my slow cooker and leave it to cook for 5-6 hours. 3 onions, 5 carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 450g casserole beef (lightly browned), 500ml beef stock, 30g plain flour, 3 garlic cloves, salt & pepper, 2 tablespoons of thyme, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a splash of brown sauce. All of the ingredients work together, to create a lovely thick beef casserole. If I really want to make it special I add dumplings one hour from the end by combining 100g plain flour with 50g of suet and enough water to combine it together into a slightly sticky dough.
We love to have a great evening together, relaxing, and I have a break from working too. My girls are always friendly towards each other as we all sit on the sofa together. They are on their best behaviour and I can tell that they really benefit from the time together.
This post is in conjunction with WHISKAS® but all thoughts are my own.