Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Back in the 'groove" I'm hoping.............

Whether it was allergies or a cold...I guess I'll never really know but I struggled through it and never went to bed but I didn't blog either....sorry.  I took a lot of breaks and kept slogging along trying to get the "caulking" done but it's still ongoing....what a slow arduous job!  I did manage to cook up some Fall food though and apple cheddar treats for "the girls"!  I think I am in hibernation mode...moving slower, wanting to curl up in the blankets and eating comfort food...a lot!

This was for me with some cornbread on the side..........made with this..............

I'm trying to eat local which saves energy, helps the local economy and promotes local farmers.  Also, for health reasons as I don't really trust our food supply much anymore with corporate farms and how they treat the animals too so I try not to give them my business.  Bison/buffalo is very much like ground beef only there's a little sweetness to it but it is healthier as they are allowed to live naturally by grazing on grass.
I'm not a big meat eater but I have some old favorite recipes that just wouldn't be the same without meat.  Does that mean I'm too old to change?
I made the girls apple cheddar biscuits that they seemed to like (my girls love cheese!) but they only get minute amounts.

Here's the recipe for the Apple Cheddar dog biscuits compliments of Martha Stewart...........

·                            YieldMakes about 16


·                            2 cups barley flour
·                            1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
·                            1/3 cup shredded cheddar
·                            1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
·                            1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
·                            2 tablespoons olive oil


1.                           Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
2.                           In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons water to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a 3 1/2-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
3.                           Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
4.                           Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off oven and place biscuits on wire rack in oven overnight. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

I've also discovered a new, improved breakfast.  I usually have yogurt and toast but then I went from Yoplait etc. to Greek yogurt which is healthier and has more body to it and I LOVE the taste of it....Chobani, Stoney Field and then I found Fage!  Oh, it is the cream of the crop , literally when it comes to yogurt!  YUM!
I was buying the flavored which is pricey so I decided to buy a big container of the plain and "dress it up" myself.  I think Tammy of   T's Daily Treasures
was the one that gave me the idea of honey and walnuts which are quite a healthy combo with the yogurt and it is out of this world delicious!
Of course I have to have a couple slices of my homemade bread toasted with a little jam..........
I must be "bulking up" for the long Winter as it seems all I think about lately is FOOD!  I had better watch myself or this could be a long, fattening Winter! LOL!  I hope everyone is fine and dandy and that people who had devastation in their lives are able to move forward a bit and pick up the pieces...literally.  Good thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!
P.S.  Stay tuned as I have a surprise coming Sunday and I'm also going to start making my own yogurt! 


  1. That yogurt really looks good. I haven't developed much of a taste for plain yogurt but I believe I could eat that. I'm going to need to do something, dr visit today was not good after I got on the scales. Whew, talk about the fatted calf. Have a great day and stay warm.


  2. Hey there Sam! Yep, Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts is my favorite way to have it. And better than buying the sweetened ones which are usually loaded with extra sugar and calories. Your pups sure are lucky to get homemade treats. There's caulking and sealing to be done around here ... I'm trying to get hubby to do it but he keeps resisting. May just have to break down and do it myself one of these days. Ugh! I gave up eating meat about 4 years ago and haven't looked back. It is rather disgusting how items get to our plates these days and the things that our put into our food. My MIL used to make her own yogurt. Apparently it's a pretty easy process. I saw how they make ricotta on a cooking show the other day. Pretty cool how quickly it can be done. We tend to think things are much more difficult than they actually are. Hope you have a great day. Tammy

  3. So glad that you're feeling a bit better.
    I love yogurt, and have made my own also. I used the crock-pot method, and it worked out beautifully.

    Thanks for another dog treat recipe. I really need to make some for our Rowdy... he'd love them!!

    Hope you have a great, and productive weekend.



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