Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Celebrating Three Generations

Look at my special girls. What a reason to celebrate. The four of them sitting in the late afternoon sunshine with the pond to their backs, I am so lucky to catch this moment.
Grandma Bounty, now a decade dog, always so serious when she is having her picture taken.
Actually, I think she is just sick of me taking photos of her. Miss Meadow, Bounty's daughter on her left, always smiling, probably because she thinks she is getting a treat. Glory and Caroline, Meadow daughters and Bounty granddaughters, to the opposite side, patient just for a brief moment while I snapped this shot. I know that they find something to celebrate each and every day. They are happy whatever the weather, wherever they are, whatever they are doing.
My special girls. Three generations and yes, what a reason to celebrate!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Happy St. Paw-Tricks Day

Paddy and Penny, the lucky Lab pups stopped by Pondview last week to play with Caroline and Glory. They were met with much indifference. In fact, Caroline took a nibble out of Penny's neck as she whizzed by racing to get her Jolly ball to play with. Apparently these 'go green' pups were a bit too docile for my rambunctious duo. No matter, they disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. The warm temperatures were not to their liking. And after all, they were St. Paw-trick's Day pups..."a wee bit o' magic' in their making, I imagine.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Making Dog Biscuits the Easy Way!

What!? You mean you don't make your own dog biscuits! Well, it couldn't be easier. Watch and I'll show you. All you need is a food processor, a rolling pin, cookie sheet, and a few ingredients.
Usually I make the same recipe, peanut butter/banana biscuits, but sometimes I vary it and today I did just that. Mainly because I was all out of the peanut butter I had bought way before the "tainted peanut butter" news. So my other favorite combo is banana and pumpkin.
Let's get started.
First let's get out all the ingredients you will need.

2 small bananas(or one large one)
2 eggs
1/3 can of pumpkin (or 1/2c. peanut butter)
2T olive oil
4-5 T blackstrap molasses
3-4c. unbleached flour (enough to make the dough rollable)

Add the eggs, bananas, oil, molasses, and pumpkin(or peanut butter).

Process until smooth.

Add flour gradually and pulse to combine.

Continue adding the flour, pulsing after each addition until the dough is pulling from the sides and forming a ball.

Now you are ready to roll the dough out. NO NEED to Knead! Just put it on an old cookie sheet(non stick) and roll to about 1/2" thickness.

Here comes the easiest part of all. No, I don't mean getting out those cute little bone shaped cookie cutters or the Lab shaped ones(if you are me). That would take way too long, although I might(and I mean MIGHT) do this once a year for gifts(yeah right). Just slice in rows and then cross cut so you have small squares(they don't have to be perfect, I don't think your dog will care)

When you have all the dough cut into squares, separate them on the cookie sheet. No they don't have to have their own space. The squares can be touching. Just so they are not solid on the sheet. You can break them apart after they are baked.

Great Job! Now you are ready to pop them into a 325 degree oven for an hour or two.
You can keep checking them to see if they are rock hard. Sometimes I even turn the oven off and just leave them in there to harden and cool.

And that's all there is to it.
Great crunchy, healthy treats for your dog!

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