Monday, May 17, 2010

puppy dog treats!

ive been wanting to make homemade dog treats for awhile now but i had never gotten around to it.  well, finally today, i did!!

have you met charlie?  she is a yorkie poo and one of the sweetest little things i have ever met.  for a little dog, she is very calm and hardly ever barks.  she loves taking rides in the car and in my basket on my bike :)  for being four pounds though, she has tons of energy.  she will run and run and run until she makes herself sick... and then she will run some more.  haha.  she is a very good pup though and follows me around no matter where i am going.

these treats were really easy to make and more than likely, you have all of the ingredients in your house already.

peanut butter honey drops

1 cup rolled oats
1 egg
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup shortening (i used butter since its all i had)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1.  preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  heat the honey and peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
3.  combine the rest of the ingredients with the honey and peanut butter mixture.
4.  drop by 1/2 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 mins.
5.  turn off oven but leave cookies in for about 5-7 mins. longer.
6.  take out and leave on cookie sheet.  let totally cool.

this makes about 40 treats so i would recommend freezing some and keeping the rest in the refrigerator.

i tried one... they arent too bad.  charlie likes them too :)  if you have any dog treat recipes, id love to try them out!

the one meat recipe i will actually eat

as you know, i am a vegetarian.  i was never a big meat eater to begin with and i definitely didnt eat seafood.  i found this recipe though as i was looking for something easy and quick that richard could take for lunch.  turns out, i like this a lot and found myself snacking on it too :)

ingredients are...

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 small sweet onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (which of course i made from my own recipe)

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. in a mixing bowl, combine sweet onion, drained tuna, mozzarella, and mayonnaise. mix well.
  3. spread tuna mixture on slices of french bread.
  4. bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

super simple and quite delicious.  

Thursday, May 6, 2010

mary mary quite contrary, how does amanda's garden grow?

After a weeks of alternating between peanut butter and strawberry sandwiches and peanut butter and cheese sandwiches, I think it's safe to say, I'm sure not cooking a damn thing. So here's what's happening in the garden.

The lettuce is still alive and thriving. I keep trying to convince people to pluck one of those little guys and let me know if it tastes like lettuce, but not takers.

There's a fungus among us! In this container we have one random green bean sprout and a heck of a lot of okra. And what's that, fungus, how'd that get there?

Green beans!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure they're smiling.

And look at those dancing snap pea plants tango-ing with the tomatoes.

And last, but not least my peppers.