Ginger was the first kitten in the litter to be named. He was instantly #5's favorite. He's the only one who will have full conversations with me. He lets me know if the food dish is empty (or close to it). He plays gentler with Amos (blind kitten) than the other kittens did. In fact, he's the only one who will engage in play with Amos now. He sits on the sink while I wash my hands in the bathroom, seemingly upset that I'm not using this opportunity to pet him some more. Tonight he sat on the dryer while I filled the washer with dirty laundry, and he talked to me. We nose booped, and I petted him. He's nine months old now, and I've grown rather attached to him, even if he can be a little boisterous.
But alas. the fee from selling Ginger Bear can be put forward to help pay for Sage's spay ($130), Amos' eye and tooth surgeries (likely in the $200+ range), and get Ditto her vaccinations that I've been putting off (~$50). It won't pay for all of it, but it'll be a start anyway.
Today I tried a new recipe. I had a couple small pork loins and wanted to be more creative than my usual go-to (garlic and soy sauce style). I used coconut oil, minced garlic, garlic powder, salt, pepper, ground ginger, brown sugar, and a bit of water as my liquid portion. I put thinly sliced onions and potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker, and I rested the pork loins over them. I poured the liquid over the pork loins and cooked it on high for four hours.
I didn't take a photo because usually when I make up my own recipes people don't like it. But of course, this time it was a hit! Everyone ate all of their meat portion. We had baked potatoes and corn on the side since we didn't have a lot of meat to go around. When cooking it smelled overwhelmingly of garlic at first and I was worried maybe I'd used too much. But when it came to eating it, I felt like the coconut flavor really came through more (though my husband disagrees and says he could taste the garlic). It was just #4 who didn't care for the thinly sliced veggies. Odd because they were sweet due to the brown sugar in the mix. Either way, the kids said it was good and that they'd eat it again. Of course I didn't measure anything... but now I at least know those flavors go together well.