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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bake a Batch of Valentine's Treats for YOUR Local Shelter!!








What a great idea!!  Bake up a batch of these scrumptious treats and drop them off at your local shelter!!  Make some new Valentine's friends!!



Gather your ingredients:


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled carrots
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, or another cup of cooked, cooled vegetables like peas or green beans
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups white flour, plus more for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F (160° C).
  2. Blend the banana and veggies in a food processor. Add the soy milk, peanut butter, and molasses and blend again.
  3. Sift together the whole wheat flour and baking powder, then add to the wet mixture and blend well.
  4. Pour the batter into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of white flour and stir thoroughly. Knead in the second cup of white four, adding more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough. Divide the dough into four parts.
  5. Roll out a piece of dough on a floured board to about 1/8 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or knife to make heart shapes (or any other Valentine's Day symbol). Place the biscuits onto an ungreased cookie sheet—it's okay to put them close together; they won't spread out.
  6. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes or until they are just starting to brown. Remove from the oven and turn over the biscuits with a spatula. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn the biscuits again and bake for another 10 minutes. They should be as crisp as crackers.
  7. Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool completely.
  8. Repeat with the other three parts of the dough, or freeze the remaining dough to bake later.
  9. Store the cooled biscuits in a covered container in the refrigerator until you can deliver them.



Monday, February 8, 2016

They WON! Our SuperBowl Sunday...


We started off our day by watching the Puppy Bowl...which we thoroughly enjoyed!!





We especially enjoyed that the chickens were the Cheerleaders!!  And that bird that was doing the TWEETING...how cute was that???


There were SO many cute pups...it is a very good thing I don't work in Rescue...I would definitely be classified as a hoarder and would have to spend the rest of my life in jail!! 



I haven't made deviled eggs in a very long time so decided I'd try my hand at making them...with the little football laces in them! :)  Maybe they didn't look that good, but they tasted good and that's what counts!!


In the picture above, you will see "Taco Rolls" made with Pizza Dough wrapped up with Taco Meat and Mexican Cheese...I served the toppings on the side.


Then, we had the standard little snacking sausages in the crock pot...So easy!!



Of course, I had to buy orange and blue M&M's .. for the Broncos!






Hope you enjoyed your SuperBowl Sunday too!!  I was really happy that Denver won...although the Defense definitely carried the game!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Follow The Leader







As you can see in these pictures, we still have NO snow!!  Not that I am complaining mind you!

Please accept my apologies...I have not been around to comment much lately as my RA has cranked in to high gear and I am in a tremendous amount of pain...which is no fun at all.  It is difficult to concentrate on anything right now.

I have to finish up plans on what I am making for SuperBowl Sunday!

Are you making anything special?


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Not Your Typical February!






We are joining Ruckus the Eskie, Barking on the Bayou, and Owned by a Husky for the Thoughtless Thursday Blog Hop! 


We are experiencing the strangest weather this year!!  Normally, we are buried for the entire month of February under a blanket of snow...usually a very thick blanket of snow!  The temps are usually in the teens or below zero...at least sometimes!!

Not this year, it was 60 degrees yesterday!  We didn't even have to wear a coat outside...

This is REALLY strange...

Can't help but wonder if we will PAY for this later??
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BlogPaws WW: Beemer's Wisdom




“If you live with dogs, you'll never run out of things to write about.”
― Sharon Delarose




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Did You Know Coconut Oil is Good for Pet Too??

 
 
Someone asked me just the other day how did my girls like coconut oil.  Well...let me tell you, they absolutely LOVE the taste of coconut oil...and if I forgot to put it in their food, they probably would not even eat!  THAT is how much they have come to love it!!  I put just about a half of a teaspoon mixed in with their meal.  Both of them are quite happy to lick the spoon!!

Coconut oil can have many so many health benefits if you feed it regularly to your dog– for their skin, digestive and immune systems, metabolic function, even their bone and brain health! Here are the top 10 reasons to add coconut oil to your dog’s diet:

1. Coconut oil improves overall skin health, and clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin.


2. Incredibly emollient, coconut oil helps moisturize the dryest K9 skin and makes a dog’s coat gleam with health – whether you add it to her diet, her shampoo, or both!


3. Applied topically to the skin, coconut oil  promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.


4. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help reduce doggy odor, and its pleasantly tropical aroma imparts a delightful scent to a dog’s skin and coat.


5. Coconut oil prevents and treats yeast infections, including candida. Its antiviral agents also help dogs recover quickly from kennel cough.


6. Digestion and nutrient absorption are improved by the addition of coconut oil to a dog’s diet. It can, however, cause stool to loosen; if that happens, just add a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin to your dog’s diet (go here for more stool-firming tips).


7. Coconut oil reduces – and sometimes eliminates – doggy breath. Some dog lovers even brush their pets’ teeth with the stuff! Which makes sense, as dogs love the taste of coconut oil, and that makes the chore less arduous for brusher and brushee. 


8. Like cinnamon, coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin. It also promotes normal thyroid function, and helps prevent infection and heart disease.


9. Helping to reduce weight and increase energy, coconut oil also promotes mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.


10. Again like cinnamon, coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it’s being used to stave off dementia in humans, and it’s a must to keep senior dogs’ minds from becoming cloudy.

Our thanks to Dogster for this very important health info!!
 
 
Monday, February 1, 2016

#SimplyCrepes Celebration!


As many of you know, January is a BIG Birthday month here in our household!  January birthdays are my mom, my sister in law, my husband, my daughter, and Chloe Girl!

One of the things we really love to do is celebrate my husband's birthday at Simply Crepes right here in our hometown!  They have THE best crepes...both dinner crepes and dessert crepes.


The interior is very nice...reminiscent of a french countryside!  Since I am French...I feel right at home here!!

The restaurant is usually very crowded as it is rather small and they do not take reservations so we always go early so we can get in and out before we have to wait.

I love the exposed wood and the chandeliers...and the fireplace mantel is always decorated for the season...this time I didn't get an "up close" picture, but it is decked out for Valentine's Day!


This was one of their new dishes on the menu...they change it up to go with the season.  We have not yet tried this one...although I have had their other Nutella Crepes which are delicious.


Ben had an entree that was kind of an asian variation...it was VERY tasty with a bit of a coconut twist!

I had my usual Mediterranean...it is made with marinated chicken and feta cheese.  Delicious also!!


We usually get a couple different types of dessert crepes and split them...The top one is made with fresh strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream.


Still enjoying this fabulous dessert!!


This is an oreo cookie dessert crepe and also new on the menu so we thought we would give it a try!  It was excellent!


Nothing is better than after dinner coffee!  They serve our local Finger Lakes Coffee!


Back home to open a few gifts!


And a few different views of the dining room.


I highly recommend this restaurant!  We often celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here and we have always been very pleased with both the quality of food and the service!