August 9, 2010

Goodbye Pete

This has been a crazy summer, crazy busy and I haven’t done very well at keeping up with posts, sorry about that. We still have a pretty busy next few weeks so I will try to do better at adding posts to RL. Thanks for your patience!

Here’s a little of what we have been doing:

In June we bought some chickens, my daughters wanted them and although I was nervous, we thought it would be great idea to have chickens. We found a place that has organic chicks and were on our way home in no time with 3 little chicks. It was so fun to have the little chicks in our house but after a few weeks Penelo-peep started looking a bit different and then one night Penelo-peep started crowing. Of course I was the only one to hear and my youngest didn’t want to believe it was a rooster so we waited and then this last week we noticed that Penelo-Pete(formerly known as Penelo-peep) was crowing a lot and the neighbors were noticing. Hens are fine in the city but roosters are pretty loud and we didn’t want to bother the neighbors. He was the cutest little rooster though so our youngest daughter called grandma, who lives in the country, and asked her if she would take Pete. Thankfully she said she would and now we can see Pete whenever we want.

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January 26, 2009

DIY: Homemade Dog Treats

A few weeks ago my friend asked me if my daughter Emily and our St Bernard Delilah would like to go over to her house and make doggie treats with her. Of course Emily was thrilled, she loves dogs and was very excited to make these treats.

Well yesterday was the day. Tammy(you can link to her blog here: Write Steps) came over and picked up Emily and Delilah and they headed over to her house to make some dog treats and let the dogs play. She said the dogs did very well together, besides the fact that Delilah seemed to end up in their back yard pond.

Boedy and Ladybug sat perfectly still on each side of Emily, but Delilah was a little more excited and we couldn’t get her to sit nicely for a photo.

They made two types of treats, Organic Peanut Butter Dog Cookies and Doggie Biscuits. They turned out great and looked good enough for human consumption. Recipes below:

Organic Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

  • 2 cups whole-wheat organic flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic milk

Preheat oven to 375’F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. NOTE: These cookies burn easily.

Doggie Biscuits

  • 3 1/2 cups whole-wheat organic flour
  • 2 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup organic milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 cup meat drippings or organic olive oil

Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water. Add milk and drippings and beat. In a separate bowl, mix flour and oatmeal. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Press onto an ungreased cookie sheet and cut into shapes desired. Bake at 300 for 1 hour. Turn off heat and leave in oven to harden. Refrigerate after baking.

The dogs loved these treats, Emily gave them so many that I am sure they had stomach aches for the rest of the night.

Isn’t Ladybug cute?

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