Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Which Rose rates: Four 'paws' way, way up!!
THIS ONE WON'T STICK TO THE "WOOF" OF YOUR DOG'S MOUTH.
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, oil, and water. Gradually add flour, then oatmeal. (Yeah.... I never follow the "gradually" rule when baking....) Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen. (I must have finally measured this batch accurately, because they were much thinner than any of our previous recipes!! I baked 27!!)
Bake bones on the middle oven rack. If your dough is sticky, apply a light layer of flour to your hands, the rolling surface and rolling pin. (This dough was moist, due to its one cup water, but I never applied any flour!! I did, however need a spatula. To literally pry my doughy hearts out!! But sitting on the bottom of our mixing bowl beforehand was loose oatmeal.... So I mashed my dough down several times.) Because of variations in oven temperatures, monitor the cooking time for your batch of "Doggy Bones". Bake bones until the bottoms of the biscuits become medium brown, and adjust remaining baking times accordingly. (I baked my first cookie sheet of nine hearts for what the recipe said. Then something strange happened. My second cookie sheet of nine hearts required an additional 2 minutes baking time!!) If bones do not become "bone hard", bake bones for an additional five minutes or leave them in the oven as it cools. Store "Doggy Bones" in an airtight container. For extended supply, double your batch and freeze them!
Happy Valentine's Day, Rose.... You are the love of my life!!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Readers: This has not been a good day for me!! Nope!! I have dealt with a consistent headache.... All day long!! So, I've also felt somewhat stressed, overwhelmed, edgy.... While every petty thing annoyed me!! Sigh.... But, Rose has been my wonderful Comfort Dog, and writing somehow always works as a "cure" for these sort of situations!! Hopefully this blog post will make sense....
Rose, like countless other canines, suffers from a psychological condition called noise phobia. Fireworks, thunder and lightning, our super-sensitive smoke alarm.... Any uncertain "bump in the night" can send her into panic attack mode. Even hail or rainstorms affect Rose!! Occasionally, depending on how loud the noise source, she will tremble. Exploding bottle rockets and thunder evokes this!! Or she will escape "our" bed to find a "safe" place. Rainstorms evoke that.... Lately, weather around here has involved dishonest clear blue skies, and wild Winter winds. No uprooted trees thus far, but our backyard lawn furniture was blown over long ago!! So the other night, I sat on my bed, stroking Rose's velvet-soft fur, reading. When, suddenly, there was this faint noise!! Which I heard too. It came from somewhere outside. I watched Rose nonchalantly, never knowing how she will react. Some noises cause panic, others do nothing!! She jerked her head up, perked those "Beagle" ears, and froze. My hand continued to touch Rose's fur, as if our noise was merely imaginary. I resumed reading. Faint as it may have been, however, our noise was not imaginary, and I knew that!! Rose cautiously stepped off my bed. She exited the room. I followed her. She was headed toward our great room. I watched Rose nervously lie down against the couch. I sat by my mongrel's side, casually stroking her soft fur. Then.... Something magical happened. Rose rested her sweet head on my lap!! She was cuddling!! This was truly a magical occurrence. Rose loves my companionship, and relishes our time spent together. But.... Cuddle? She does not do that.... Rose is the kind of dog who feels "smothered" if I lie next to her!! Seriously!! Nonetheless, here she was, fearful and insecure, resting her head on my lap!! Oh, what a precious moment....