Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Today is about bringing joy to the canine members of my family. One thing they love and live for are their dog biscuits. They get one in the morning after going outside and one before bedtime, after going outside for the last time. However, last week, I forgot to buy them a new box. And I live 6 miles from the closest store and did not feel like driving just for a box of biscuits. So, I decided to make a batch for them and all was well with their world.

What do you mean you forgot my biscuits?

I will not look at you until I see biscuits!
 
Here's the recipe and it really only took me about 15 minutes to put it all together, plus the baking time. Not bad.


  • 2 ½ cups flour (whole wheat or regular - whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 tsp. salt (or less)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup organic beef stock
  • 2 tbsp. bacon grease (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together and knead into a ball. Then roll out to a 1/4 inch thick and cut out the biscuits. I just happened to have a bone shaped cutter.
 
 
I wound up getting about 12 biscuits. Then place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet (mine is lined with foil, but you don't have to do that).


 Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Then viola! The finished product!


 You'll be happy to know that these were great substitutes for the regular biscuits and my lab even drooled at that sight of them! Sorry, I don't have a picture of that.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

Friday, March 21, 2014

Picking Up Chicks

Well, we did it. We got chickens. Well, they're just babies right now - technically, red pullets. I'm still figuring out what that really means.
 


Little Chickadees
Aren't they cute? I'm forbidden from naming them until they get bigger. Which is probably a good thing, because we've already lost one. I'm not going to lie - I was sad about it. I gave her a proper burial and it was solemn and quiet. And, I piled some rocks over her site, as kind of a grave marker. Harsh realities of this new farm life.
 
 
RIP Chickee
It may be silly, but I feel better showing a little respect. I really wished I could have saved her. But, I've heard this is quite common with new chicks.
 
 
 
Sticking together
 
Anyway, the rest of the chicks look healthy and seem to be thriving. I'm looking forward to watching them grow.
 
Peace, Love and Chocolate

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Girl's Night

Last week, I tagged along on a mini-getaway with my friend Lisa, to a reading by Beth Kephart at Converse College.

Me with Lisa
It was out of my element, but that's exactly what I wanted. I like to get out of my comfort zone every now and then, to experience new things. AND with the literary experience, we experienced some AMAZING food...

Buffalo Mozzarella
This buffalo mozzarella changed me. I'm not sure how, but I know I'm a different person now.  And I came home with some new books. Now to find time to sit down and read.


 
 
 
Peace, Love and Chocolate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fabric Love



Lately, I've been thinking a lot about fabric...

 
The different colors, textures, weights...
 
 
The endless possibilities.


Peace, Love and Chocolate

Friday, March 7, 2014

8 Years of Joy

Tomorrow is my son's 8th birthday. Wow! For eight years I've been on this motherhood journey, which has made me a better person and been such an emotional ride! I wouldn't trade it for the world.  



 
 
 

 



 It's all happened so fast. Cliche', I know, but so true.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

30 Day Photography Challenge

For the month of March, I've started a 30 day photography challenge on my Facebook page.  I found  the challenge on Pinterest (of course.)

Here's what I have so far:

Day 1 - a self portrait

Day 2 - what I wore

Day 3 - clouds
 
 
I took the challenge to get my creativity flowing again. It's helping and getting me to look at things in different ways. I didn't want to do the 'what I wore' day and it turns out that I'm really quite fond of that picture. And I stood for about an hour looking at the clouds to get the above shot. It could have been better, but we had a very cloudy/rainy day, so there wasn't much contrast.
 
I'm looking forward to completing the rest of the 27 days.
 
Peace, Love and Chocolate

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fun Night

This week has been crazy busy! [For me anyway] There's been baseball games, dental appointments, school projects, (much needed) visit with friends, and last night - a mother/son fun night at my son's school.

Here we are right before we left:



And part of the fun was playing dodge ball - moms against sons. I got out early with a tag to my arm. I think the moms may have had more fun than the sons.


There was dancing later, but my son wouldn't dance with me. Oh well, I guess that's part of growing up.

Peace, Love and Chocolate