Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tasty Tuesday-Sunflower Treats in Honor of the X-Files

As we have mentioned many times before our mom is a huge nerd with many geeky sci-fi and fantasy obsessions.  One of her favorites is the X-Files.  In fact she is such a huge fan that when Mom and Dad got married (Dad loves the show too) they had Mulder and Scully figurines on their wedding cake, in lieu of the traditional bride and groom.   

 The thing is when mom and dad first met in college, before they were even dating, they used to watch the X-Files together.  So if it were not for the show, there might not be any marriage, we might not have been adopted, and thus no urban hounds.  Anyway you can see why the show is super important in our house.

Mom feels we should celebrate the premiere, on September 10th every year.  First, us pugs put on our X-Files shirts, courtesy of Cafe Press (whatever you love they can make a shirt to celebrate it).  

Then mom makes us some sort of sunflower seed treat, if you know the X-Files you know that agent Mulder loves sunflower seeds.

Agent Mulder eating sunflower seeds.
Now mom is no fan of sunflower seeds, but we seem to like them.  This year she used them to make us cookies.   Now we must tell you these cookies are not mom's recipe, they are from the amazing wonderful Kolchak Puggle are Tasty Tuesday host who hails from Vancouver birth place of the X-Files!  That is why they are just begging for the addition of some sunflower seeds.

Kolchak Puggle's Super Easy Canned Food Treats (With Sunflower Seeds)

1 13.2 ounce can smooth style canned dog food
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour, or whatever flour you want to use
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 egg 
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Tumeric

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a baking sheet with oil.

Stir all the ingredients together until very well mixed.  Use an ice cream scoop or spoon to spoon out nice sized dollops of dough.  Press down with the tines of a fork to make criss crosses in the dough.

Bake for 17-20 minutes.

Weasley trying to get to the bowl of cookie dough.

While you eat your cookies snuggle up with your parents and enjoy an X-Files Marathon.  Mom wants your 'rents to know that if they join Hulu plus or Netflix they can watch every x-file on line for free (plus tons of other shows) and with a Roku box they can watch them on the TV.  Mom says the Roku is the best thing ever.

Anyway here is mom's expert 10 essential X-Files Episode Guide-(Expert because she has seen the show a million times).  They are in order of season, not favorites.   (Note: If you are not a giant nerd please stop reading because you will be bored silly).

Pilot-Obviously an important episode because this is where it all started.  Plus if you are a huge geek like mom you will enjoy the fact that the actor who plays the werewolf Oz on Buffy The Vampire Slayer is in the pilot.

The Host-Eeek!  This episode is kinda gross, mom always thinks of it when she is brushing her teeth, but its still one of the best ones and it takes place in Newark, NJ.  Not far from where we live now.  Hopefully, we don't run into any human sized Fluke worms.

Irresistible -This killer in this episode is so creepy!  Mom showed it to a friend of hers who kept her eyes squeezed shut for the entire episode.   When the killer wants to shampoo Scully's hair it gives us the shivers, Scully does have great hair though.

Humbug-This is probably Mom's  favorite episode.   The circus setting is pretty and neat and its probably the funniest episode.  Plus Mr. Knutt, the dwarf manager of the trailer motel Mulder and Scully stay in, is played by Michael J. Anderson's is played by the mysterious backwards talking dwarf form one of mom's other favorite shows, Twin Peaks.

Clyde Buckman's Final Repose- A psychic who can only see how people will die.  Another super funny episode, plus Scully gets a dog although sadly his tenure on the show is short lived.

Jose Chung's From Outer Space-In our house we like the funny episodes the best, and this one is very funny.

Home-A creepy family of in-bred hillbillies with a Texas Chainsaw Masacre style dream home.  

Elegy-A bowling alley manager has a vision of a murdered women, one of a group of young women who have been killed.  The prime suspect is an autistic man who works at the bowling alley and Mulder and Scully have to look for the real culprit.  Mom really like the performance of the actor who  plays the man with autism in the episode.  She works with a lot of people with autism, and says this is a spot on performance.

Bad Blood-Vampires that just want to live like normal people, except for the one who has seen to many Vampire movies, another funny episode.

 Signs and Wonders- The X-Files explores religion and snake handling!  Plus the minister is super creepy.

Note-In our opinion its best not to watch any X-Files after season 7, 8 and 9 ugh!


  1. I didn't really watch the show, so I had no idea he was into sunflowers! At least you guys get treats out of it all! We are so glad your peeps got together and brought you all to Blogville!

  2. Wow you are real dedicated fans. We liked the show too but we haven't seen it in ages. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Hey Urban Hounds, Jet here. Hi Miss Kate.

    Mom's never watched the show, but our Madrina (Rachel's Godmother) was a HUGE fan. We love and appreciate rituals and traditions, so, we think it's super cool that your 'rents do all that. Most impressive and quite clever.

    JJ and I would be quite happy with the cookie part!

  4. I've never though of defining x files as funny but back when I was just 7 or 8, I remember watching acouple of episodes of it. Ah, the good old days.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    P.s. my brother was such a big fan that he names his daughter scully... of course, since he did not know the spelling of her name, he actually wrote in scaley for her birth certificate

  5. I've never seen that show, but those cookies sure do have my attention :)

  6. Oh how fun you had Mulder and Scully figurines on wedding cake! Sounds like X-files is kind of your match maker :-)
    I live near Atlanta, GA and very recently there was an event called Dragoncon there. It's a sci fi/fantasy convention and I heard the actress who played Scully made a guest apprarance. There must have been huge crowd!
    Your sunflower seed cookies look very yummy!

  7. We loved the picture of your cookies...and your little shirts!! My mom used to watch the show in her other life as a human so she knew just what you were talking about...she remembers she never thought that mulder and scully would ever admit their love for each other..(??) anyway...she likes sunflowers too!!
    stella rose

  8. My 'rents like the X-Files, too! They want to know where you got those Mulder and Scully action figures that you had on your wedding cake. I like the X-Files because there is lots of stuff to bark at on the screen. My 'rents also really like the episodes written by Darin Morgan (as you probably know, he wrote a good chunk of the episodes you listed). They are only up to season 5 though so it sounds like there's still a lot of good episodes to check out!

    The X-Files also has good advice for us pugs, like when we get into trouble: "DENY EVERYTHING!". BOL!


    1. Sound like your 'rents are way younger then mine since they didnt see the x-files first time around. Mom's friend in college got her the figurines when the first x-files movie came out in 1997 (mom is 34). Mom loved the whole Mulder Scully romance so that was the other reason the figures where on the cake, but she also says her major crush on agent Mulder might have lead to her liking Dad since they used to watch the x-files together when they were friends and not dating yet

      urban hounds

  9. you guys take the sweetest pictures
    Benny & Lily

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