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« on: March 04, 2008 07:27:13 PM »

And I'm not talking about the "Fat Cats" on Capital Hill... The country's capital city, Ottawa, is home to the Parliament Buildings, and on their extensive grounds is a kitty condo for the stray cats that roam around all year long. They have a groundskeeper who made it his personal mission to look after these cats, and they've become a bit of a cult hit here in the city. In the summertime, I often take my lunch over to the kitty condo and eat my midday meal with the felines. It's nice.

The cats have a blog (who doesn't these days) it's http://www.synapse.net/kgerken/CatsBlog.HTM

Presently, there are 13 resident cats being housed in the cat condo, and so I thought to represent my hometown, I'd make kitty treats for the thirteen cats. I found a recipe online, and got baking. And of course, I had to make the treats in the shape of our Peace Tower on Parliament Hill!!

Here is the Peace Tower in real life (for reference...)

And here is the kitty condo (it's directly behind the Peace Tower - Right before a pretty significant cliffside that drops off to the Ottawa River. It's exceptionally scenic for those who've never been)

And finally, here are some close-ups of my delectable cat cookies...

(this is the eternal flame - it's a fire pit at the entrance of parliament hill that never goes out)

(right out of the oven)

The roofs of the Parliament Buildings are copper, and they oxidize over time, leaving a green film, so I painted on some food colouring for the effect.
The flames on the Eternal Flame are carrot shavings
The Clock is made of icing (but I'll wipe it off before giving the cookies away)

By the way, here's that recipe for anyone interested in making cat cookies. (Sorry, i can't remember which website it's from...)

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp catnip
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup powdered milk
2 tbl butter or veg. oil (I used grapeseed... It's all I had)
1/4 cup Soy flour
1 egg (I omitted, used cornstarch and water instead)
2 tbl Wheat germ
1 tbl Unsulfured molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together. (I pulsed in food processor to make it a nicer consistency) Add molasses, egg, oil and milk. Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces.
Bake for 20 minutes and let cool. Store in a sealed container.

(I obviously didn't make them into cat-sized pieces... I will probably hand them over to the groundskeeper at the Hill, and he can cut them up to feed to the felines...)

Thanks for reading, this challenge was SO much fun!
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 07:48:24 PM »

effing AWESOME.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008 07:49:53 PM »

My sis used to live in Ottawa and we made a special trip to see les cats...so cute.  I have a hilarious photo of her petting one right as I said "so, you'll probably be invested with fleas from this cat"   Grin (which, luckily, never occurred).

Concerning your craft 1:it looks fabulous and 2. is tres original! and 3. is so nice--feed the cute kitties!  

I love the green copper patina and the details like the clock and the eternal flame.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008 10:12:52 PM »

I love it! I never knew about the cats, i think its awesome though.

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008 11:02:55 PM »

Great idea! Crafty + Cats (+ Canada) = awesome! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008 01:53:24 AM »

i went to carleton u for my freshman year, and i remember seeing that kitty condo! and of course, i saw the parliament buildings & the eternal flame, but the kitty thing is really unique. wonder if those cats freeze their butts off in the -40 degree winters??
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008 04:46:10 AM »

That's awesome.  You did a great job, and I love that when you thought of representing Ottawa you thought of the cats...

Great job, and quite frankly I think next time there's a fire they should rebuild using your recipe.

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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008 08:13:00 AM »

this is wonderful, I love how you've done something thats crafty but also holds a cause and can do some good. Canada's awesome man.
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008 08:29:21 AM »

ahh the eternal flame has never looked so good.. hahaha the cheese is hillarious

« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008 09:49:32 AM »

when i was in ottawa in the fall, all i saw was raccoons Sad
not that they aren't neat, but i wanted to see the kitties.

there's plastic on the furniture to keep it neat and clean,
in the pine sol-scented air, somewhere that's green...
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