Canine Crack Cookies

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We use positive reinforcement to train Lucy, which means lots of treats, and with her IBS, it’s been difficult (and expensive) to find treats that don’t cause her to shoot a fire hose of blood out her backside.  (Nasty to read, nastier to watch.)  Last Saturday, we ran out, and the gourmet organic dog store is closed on Sundays.  I knew it was time to take matters into my own hands and bake my own dog cookies.  I’m aware of most of the foods that irritate her digestive system (beef, salmon, chicken) so I had a good starting off point.

I was a little worried that she wouldn’t like them, but most of the recipes that I found looked inexpensive to make so it wasn’t much of a financial risk. However, I didn’t expect her to love them.  In fact, she loves them so much that it completely rattles her brain.  I’m pretty sure she’d be willing to hold up a convenience store for just one more.

Canine Crack Cookies from sleepingKelly on Vimeo.

Here’s the recipe:

Canine Crack Cookies

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth*
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Grease cookie sheets.  (I used generic Pam.)
  2. Mix dry ingredients. Mix in wet ingredients.  Adjust accordingly.  Roll into teaspoon size balls and place on cookie sheets.  Flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until nicely brown and firm. Cool completely and store in an airtight (Tupperware) container.

*despite her allergy to chicken, I assumed chicken water was okay.

The Young and the Restless

When you work with babies and canines, you never know what your photograph will look like.  This one looks peculiarly like a couple who fought to be reunited after a crippling disease (IBS) and a tyrannical dictator (daddy at bedtime) tried to keep them apart.


Talking Over Morning Coffee

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Lately Cecilia has been chattering away, and if you respond to her noises, she’ll have a conversation with you.  It’s quite adorable.  I thought I’d capture it on video.

talkin to me from sleepingKelly on Vimeo.

2009 Resolution Monthly Review: January

I figure if I’m going to stay on top of my resolutions, I’d better make headway every month. I don’t know a better way to keep myself on the right track than posting my progress for the entire Internet to see.  In addition to keeping me accountable, it also helps accomplish my resolution to post more often.  Resolution #2 - check.

Last week I joined our local Freecycle group.  Freecycle is a non-profit group whose members offer things that they no longer use or need for free to other members.  Their mission explains it best:

“Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”

In just a week, I’ve already answered the call of a homeschooling mom that needed books.  I had several German and literature textbooks taking up space.  In fact, I had them piled in the middle of the floor because I knew I wanted to purge them, but I couldn’t bring myself to toss out perfectly fine books.  (I seriously doubted a used bookstore would want 10 year old high school foreign language textbooks.)  It made me really happy to pass them along.  Resolution #1 - check.

We also opened a savings account and put a small amount of money in it.  It’s not enough to cover a mortgage payment, but it’s more than we had just a few weeks ago.  We plan to keep adding to it every month.  And I drastically cut back on my spending.  My Target addiction was out of hand.  It’s where I usually go when I need some alone time away from the house.  Instead of shopping, I went to Starbucks.  I did indulge in a $4 skinny latte, but it’s still much less than my usual $125 Target trip.  When I do go, I use much more discretion.  I can still wander Target for an hour.  I don’t have to buy an hour’s worth of stuff.  Resolution #3 - check.