Monday, September 30, 2013

mishmash monday

This photo cracked me up when I downloaded it.

Here's my apple brownie recipe (they actually aren't brown, not sure why they're called brownies):

Apple Brownies
 2/3 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups peeled and chopped apples
Optional - 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla - mix. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Add apples and mix. Spread in greased 13x9 pan, and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

bulbs and baking

Fall is by far my favorite season.

I was excited about getting some spring bulbs in the ground this weekend.  Although, I was worried the chipmunks would dig up all my tulip bulbs.

Turns out, I didn't need to worry about the chipmunks.

While Oreo was meditating in the sunshine,

Chewy was digging up my bulbs as fast as I could plant them.

After planting 10 bulbs, twice, I gave up!  

Decided to do another fall activity and make some yummy apple brownies.

 Of course, Chewy has to supervise this as well.
 Luckily, Chewy can just barely reach the counter if he stands on his tippy, tippy toes.  So, there was no need to make two batches.  Got them in the oven without a lick of a dog's tongue.

However, there was no stopping him from getting involved with the clean up.

Ready for eating!
 After all that, it was time for a perfect fall day hammock nap.

I'll make another go at the bulbs next weekend.   After I think of some way to dog proof them.

Friday, September 27, 2013

cow dogs

We love our friends, the cowspot dogs - Reilly and Denny.

Even though Oreo and Chewy aren't cowspot dogs, they both do a pretty good cow impression.

 Here's Oreo being a Holstein cow:

 And here is Chewy being a jersey cow:
When our grass gets high, my dogs, especially Oreo, eat a lot of grass, and amazingly, they keep it down. I asked my vet about it, and she just shrugged and said that her dogs graze more than her horses do, so not a big deal.

Sorry, we haven't been around much. Going back to work after 11 weeks off is quite the shock to the system. We're all good!  And hopefully I can get back to posting on a regular basis soon.  I may even have a new trick to show you this week.

Monday, September 9, 2013

mishmash monday

This is what happens when you try and steal treats out of a coat pocket that is hanging on a chair.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

special delivery!

Very exciting delivery in the mail today!

We got our paintings from Bree & the Cowspot dogs!  They are absolutely stunning!  She really captured the soul of each dog.

Amazing stuff, since she's never seen the dogs in person.

Of course, Homeland Security Officer Oreo, and his partner, had to sniff it out first to make sure there were no suspicious odors.

Once he deemed it safe, Oreo agreed to pose with his handsome self:

Doesn't it look JUST like him?

And here's Chewy,  who clearly thinks his painting is really cool!  But, I couldn't get him to close his mouth....

Photos(especially mine) don't do these paintings justice.  They are really much more beautiful in person.  I can't wait to hang them up.

Thanks so much Bree!  The paintings will be treasured and admired.  When I look at the paintings, it is like looking into my dogs' eyes.

If you want one of your dog go here.  You won't be disappointed!

Monday, September 2, 2013


Missed a couple months, but nothing much has changed.  Just greener, and the creek has gone down a lot since June.
January 1st

January 28th

February 1st
March 1st

April 5

May 1st
June 1st

September 1st

It was a misty morning, so the photo is a bit blurry.  With the holiday, everything was so quiet.  Not too many cars out.  I could really hear the babble of the creek.

It's time for me to go back to work, so I can earn every minute of next year's summer vacation.

I'm gonna miss hammocking with my dogs the most.