Share + Give – Cats Advocates of Troy + Purrs in Piqua

This month’s Share + Give is all about cats – which are pretty much my everything. I love hanging out with my cats, talking about my cats, meeting other people’s cats, looking at pictures of cats on Instagram and watching funny cat videos on YouTube. While I love love love cats, I know that overpopulation is a serious problem. There are simply too many cats and not enough crazy cat ladies and gents (me and my husband included) to give them all homes. Always get your cat spayed or neutered, dear readers! If you need a vet in Miami County, I know a guy. 😉

Speaking of cats, Miami County, and cat overpopulation… did you know that Miami County is lucky enough to have not only one TNR organization in our community but two TNR organizations? TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Return and is a way to control stray and feral cat populations. A female cat can have, on average, two to three litters of kittens a year. If each litter has 6 kittens and the female cat lives to be 10 or 11 years old, she could give birth to 120 to 180 kittens in her lifetime! That’s a really high number and that’s looking at one cat if we take into consideration the female cats of each litter also having 120 to 180 kittens in their lifetime the number gets even bigger and even more out of control. Spaying or neutering is the best way to control cat populations and TNR is the best way to control the population of stray and feral cats.

Purrs in Piqua, started by Tiffany Pontius in March 2015, is a group of volunteers who practice TNR in Piqua. Since April 2015 Purrs has neutered 250 cats, thus preventing thousands of unwanted kittens from being born on the streets of Piqua. Purrs has been able to raise over $7000 since September 2015. 90% of the money raised goes directly to veterinary fees.

Cat Advocates of Troy, founded by Felicia Watson in June 2016, is also a group of dedicated volunteers who practice TNR to control the population of stray and feral cats. In addition to getting cats spayed or neutered, the cats are vaccinated and ear tipped (in order to identify that they have been neutered). After the cats have time to recover, they are then returned to the area in which they were trapped.

I also have to point out how awesome these two organizations names and logos are – Purrs has an ear tipped cat for their logo and Cat Advocates of Troy, or CAT, has a cat in their logo which also spells CAT. It’s almost too purrrfect.

Purrs and CAT are both local organizations, so I’ve had the opportunity to interview both Tiffany and Felicia. In order to better highlight each of these organizations, I will be posting each interview separately later this week. So, you will get to learn more about two TNR organizations and see more pictures of cats. I might also finally remember how to spell neuter correctly… win-win-win.

Since I’m focusing on two organizations this month, I am splitting my donations, $15 towards Cat Advocates of Troy and $15 towards Purrs in Piqua.

Donate to Purrs in Piqua Here

Donate to Cat Advocates of Troy Here

 

I am making my donation in honor of:

  • Lori – my mom, who always talked my dad into keeping the kittens I brought home.
  • Michelle – my friend who loves cats so much she had allergy shots so she can have cats of her own, sans sniffles!
  • Anita – a family friend who shares my family’s love of cats, gardening, and a good bonfire.
  • Taylor – a fellow cat and coffee lover – I love sharing cat stories with Taylor while pulling shots of espresso at Winans!
  • Amanda – my first crazy cat lady internet crush – Amanda is an amazing advocate for women’s reproductive rights and has a bad-ass kitty named Boo Radley.
  • Patty – one of my WGS professors from Ohio University – I knew she was going to be one of my favorite professors when she started a lecture with pictures from I Can Has Cheezburger.

Happy Share + Give 2017!

If you feel like sharing the love by sharing this post on your social channels and/or by giving to Cats Advocates of Troy or Purrs in Piqua in honor of a friend or family member, please use the following hashtags in your post! You don’t have to donate to share the love, just re-tweet or share on FB or regram on Instagram! Let’s see how far we can Share + Give!

#shareandgive2017
#thisohiolife
#CatAdvocatesofOhio #PurrsinPiqua #tnr #trapneuterreturn #spayandneuter #straycat #feralcat

Winans Wurtles – Review

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Two of my favorite foods are chocolate and coffee (and pizza, don’t forget pizza Edible/Food Smilies). I also love to connect with people online through my writing and social media channels. So it’s pretty perfect that my new job is running the social media accounts and blog (and occasionally making delicious coffee and espresso drinks) for my favorite chocolate and coffee shop: Winans Chocolates + Coffee.

Winans is where I had my first job, as a barista in high school. It’s also where my husband, then my boyfriend, Kenneth, had his first job. We each worked during our senior years of high school. Then when we came home on winter breaks from Ohio University, I worked in the candy kitchen and Kenneth helped out with deliveries. Winans was a great first job for both of us and it’s always held a special place in our hearts. Stopping at Winans when we came home to visit our families was always a must and I made sure that we served Winans blend coffee at our wedding reception. Edible/Food Smilies

While I loved the specialness of getting Winans as a once-in-a-while treat, I’m really glad to be able to have my favorite coffee every morning! I’m also really glad to be a part of the Winans work-family again!

I’m working on a lot of exciting things for Winans and one of the things I’m most excited about (other than our Pinterest account – which is so much fun to do!) is our blogger marketing program. We’re reaching out to Ohio bloggers to review Winans chocolate and coffee. To kick off our blogger reviews, Winans asked me to review our wurtles, which happen to be one of my favorites of our chocolates.

I think it’s appropriate that ten years ago, when I had my first willing sip of coffee on my first day at Winans (it’s kind of a long story… but the first time I drank coffee I thought it was Pepsi, I didn’t care for it!), the store manager at the time, Sarah, made me a Winans specialty – the espresso drink version of the wurtle. 🙂

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Pecan Wurtles

Today I’m going to be telling you about the chocolate wurtles. What’s a wurtle you ask? A wurtle is a delicious chocolate covered turtle made by Winans. Winans makes wurtles with roasted nuts (almonds, cashews or pecans), buttery, chewy caramel and drenched in sweet milk or rich dark chocolate. No actual turtles are involved. 😉

With the different options for nuts and chocolate, Winans offers six different wurtles:

  • Milk Chocolate Pecan
  • Dark Chocolate Pecan
  • Milk Chocolate Cashew
  • Dark Chocolate Cashew
  • Milk Chocolate Almond
  • Dark Chocolate Almond

Since Kenneth can’t eat tree nuts, I decided to share my wurtles with my parents, who took their role as chocolate reviewers very seriously. We each taste tested all six of Winans wurtles, while I made notes.

We’ll start with pecan wurtles, which are the first wurtles that Winans made and our most popular wurtle. Pecan turtles were also the first chocolate turtles to be made by Johnson’s Candy Company who invented the candy in 1918. Chocolate covered pecans have been a popular chocolate convection since the early 1900s.

All of Winans chocolates are excellently tempered. This means the chocolate is shiny and “snaps” when you break a piece off or bite into it. The pecan wurtles have the perfect combination of salt from the roasted pecans to sweet with the caramel and chocolate. The pecans are crunchy but not hard, and we had an even ratio of caramel to nuts to chocolate.

The dark chocolate pecan wurtle is my mom’s favorite.

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Cashew Wurtles

The cashew wurtles are the softest of all of the wurtles that we tried. The nuts are a lot more delicate and mild when compared to the almonds and pecans. This makes the chewy caramel really shine.

Since Winans uses three different nuts in our wurtles, we have a special marking to tell each one apart. Pecan wurtles have a double circle, cashew wurtles have an oval and almond wurtles have a single line. These marks are used on all of our candy, which makes it easy to remember which of our chocolates are my favorite!

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Almond Wurtles

Almond wurtles have always been my favorite wurtle. I love how crunchy and salty the almonds are and I personally think that these wurtles look the most like chocolate turtles! The dark chocolate almond wurtle is actually my “go to” chocolate when I’m feeling peckish at work.

The smooth dark chocolate pairs perfectly with the crunch of the almonds and the sweet, chewiness of the caramel. Similar to the pecan wurtles, the almond wurtle has a really even ratio of chocolate to nuts to caramel.

When I asked my dad which wurtle was his favorite he said he’d eat any of them and that they’re all delicious! Which means the next time I bring home wurtles my mom and I get all of the dark almond and pecan wurtles and he can have the rest! 🙂

 

If you’ve never had a wurtle from Winans you are definitely missing out!

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ohio-120x120Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Address: 310 Spring Street Piqua, Ohio 45356

Phone Number: 937-381-0247

Hours: Monday – Friday  7am – 7pm. Saturday 8am – 7pm. Sunday 10am – 5pm.

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Thank you to Winans Chocolates + Coffees  for sponsoring this post.