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Thursday, January 17, 2013


I made these using the cookie mold below
I found it on Amazon

2 cups brown rice flour
¼ cup apple sauce
1 carrot, shredded and chopped
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 banana, mashed
¾ cup fresh mint, chopped
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180° C. (350° F.) and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
Spread by hand onto the prepared baking tray, approximately ¼ inch thick and take a pizza cutter and cut the dough into sticks.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool and break into pieces, then refrigerate.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


 2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or plain
1 tbsp. dried mint or 2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint
½ cup dry milk or non-fat dry milk powder
½ tsp. salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tbsp. honey
½ cup water
1 tbsp. extra cold water, enough to make cohesive dough if too crumbly.

Preheat the oven to 170° C. (340° F.).
Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
Mix together the flour, oats, mint, dried milk, and salt. Add the eggs, peanut butter and honey, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.
Add enough water to bring the dough together.
To make dog “biscuits” using a dog-bone cutter, roll the dough about ¼ - ½ inch thickness, and cut with a 3 inch cutter (or the size of your choice).
Gather and re-roll the scraps, and continue to cut biscuits until you've used all of the dough.
To make dog "cookies," take heaped teaspoonful of dough and roll into a ball. Place balls on prepared baking sheet and flatten each ball with a fork to about ¼ - ½ inch thickness.
Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, smaller around 40 minutes, larger around 60 minutes.
When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp. Remove from the oven, and let cool on the baking tray.

Yield: about 42 larger (3 inch dog-bone) biscuits, 60 smaller (round) biscuits.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pumpkin Dog Cookies

It turns out PUMPKIN, a faithful addition to pies, soups, and cakes, works a certain enzyme magic on stomach irritation in dogs. Does it work on people? I don’t know.
Another couple of interesting facts, PARSLEY is great for your dog's breath and MINT is an excellent anti-depressant for your dogs too.
Now my 3M's will just about eat anything, but I wanted to see if I could make it a treat for them.
The review is in - paw licking delicious!
I hope your fury kids like my recipe for PUMPKIN DOG COOKIES as much as Mac, Maesie and Mattie do....

2 eggs
½ cup mashed pumpkin
2 tbsp. dry milk powder
¼ tsp. sea salt - optional
2½ cups brown rice flour or rye flour (you can use wholemeal)
1 tbsp. dried parsley or mint - optional
1 tbsp. honey - optional
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F).
In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth consistency.
Stir in dry milk, and any or all of optional ingredients.
Add flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands, to form a stiff, dry dough.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly until mixture comes together smoothly.
Roll dough to ½ inch thickness and cut using desired cookie cutters.
Knead scraps lightly, re-roll and cut shapes, continuing this process until all dough is used.
Place shapes on paper lined cookie sheet. If desired, use tines of fork to decorate, lightly pressing down to only halfway through dough.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.
Allow to cool completely on wire rack.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mattie's Carob Mint Cookie Recipe

I made these yummy treats for Mac, Maesie and Mattie. How do I know they are yummy? After they had taste tested the sample, I went by the amount of dribble, drool, whatever it is called pooling on the floor, as they each sat and gave me "The Look" - "please mum can I have some more".
Here is the recipe if you want to bake them for your four-legged family.

3 cups wholemeal flour (whole wheat is the same)
½ cup mint leaves - lightly packed
¾ cup water
4 tbs. margarine or oil
1 egg
1½ tbs. maple syrup
1 tbs. honey (optional)
Preheat oven to 190° C. (375° F.)
Combine all ingredients in food processor, process until well mixed, mint is chopped, and a large ball forms.
Press or roll on non-stick surface to a thickness of ¼ inch to ½ inch.
Cut with cookie cutter of your choice and place on non-stick cookie tray.
Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool and store in air-tight container.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

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Miss Matilda aka Til Til in her Christmas hat

Aural Haemotoma's & training....

Our beautiful fury family, Mac, Maesie and Matilda, aka the "M's", aka our three Golden Retrievers, are all doing great. 
Mac and Maesie are now 10 and 11 years old respectively and Miss Matilda or Til Til as we call her, is now 18 months old.
What's been happening in their lives.....

First, let's talk about Mac. He developed an Aural Haematoma, basically a large blood blister in the underside of his ear flap. He was successfully operated on, but the stress of the operation and the anaesthesia, when combined with his age, really took it's toll on him.  It has taken months, but thankfully he seems his happy self. 
Let's now move to second....As if not to be outdone, Maesie decided, if Mac can do it, so can she.  She also developed an Aural Haematoma. 
OK, now I'm thinking I may need to explain just how these Aural Heamatoma's develop. When a pet scratches its ear or shakes its head vigorously in an effort to rid itself of an itch/irritation, it may unknowingly cause some damage to the ear flap. As a result, an accumulation of fluid can often build up between the skin layers and the ear flap, a blood blister, or as it is medically known, a Aural Haematoma forms. 
After our experience with Mac's haematoma/surgery/recovery, we were really hesitant to put Maesie through the same trauma, so it was a relief when our Vet suggested he would prefer not to operate, but to monitor her. Now several months and Vet visits later, Maesie and her ear are doing great. The blood in the blister has slowly been reabsorbed and apart from a little scaring to her inside ear flap, she is doing great. No trauma.
How I wish we were given the same option or that we decided against surgery with Mac's ear. Lessons learned though. 
Now on to Miss I mentioned earlier, our dear Til Til is 18 months old. She is an absolute treasure, such a loveable girl, so happy with her life, her tail always wagging. It's great to see her with Mac and Maesie, she adores them. She has learnt so much from them, picked up many of their mannerisms, mostly good. 
It's beautiful to watch them interact, amazing to see how much they have come to rely on one another. 
Thanks to Holdfast Dog Centre, Til Til made it through to secondary school in her training. She absolutely loved going to her lessons, so much so, it became a battle to get her to come home after each lesson. No easy undertaking lifting her into my SUV, especially as she weighs 40 kgs.  
I guess you could say, it's been a good year for our fury family.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

The months, since introducing you to our beautiful Matilda back in early August, have absolutely flown by. She is a big girl now. I will post some photos soon.
I can't believe it is already 2012!
To everyone I wish love, laughter, health, happiness and also wealth (threw it in for good measure!)
Keep safe.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Introducing our new little girl....Matilda

Miss Mattie aged 9.5 weeks

Miss Mattie aged 8 weeks

Miss Mattie aged 8 weeks

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fun at the beach....

Look out - I'm coming in....

Ok - had enough - let's head north!

Can you hurry it with the car - can't you see we're all puffed out!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Love is in the air......

I'm not sure but I think these birds are Crested Pigeon's.
They were sitting on the electricity cables across from our house.
There was definitely love in the air on this day, I'm sure he had to be whispering "come fly with me" in her ear.

Friday, April 1, 2011

How things have changed...........

Vlad and his photos!!!!!
He is always working on them. Old, new, he sees something in them and works some kind of magic.
He just gave me this photo, one he took of me a LONG TIME AGO -
All I could say was ..... my how things have changed!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vlad's trick photography....

What would it be like to have 4 Maccer's sitting in our lounge room?
Vlad made it happen with a little trick photography.
Seeing this photo, made me think, could I handle 4 of Mac? He runs/rules this house as it is....everything revolves around Vlad's favorite boy.
I took a minute to think about it, yes that long, and the answer is a resounding.......YES!
He was such a beautiful puppy, and is now such a LOVING, GIVING DOG.
I also thought back to when Mac and Maesie had their puppies.
Mac was always a paws on Dad, right from the moment Maesie gave birth to puppy number 1, Archie. He stayed right there, alongside her until their 13th puppy, Maurie was born and she was finally done. She rested, but not Mac, he stayed, watching over all of them, with love and absolute fascination. He was a beautiful, beautiful new Dad.
As the puppies grew, it was such fun to watch him interact with them and they in turn, LOVED their Dad.
When the time came for them to go to their new families, I'm sure he missed them just as much as Vlad and I did.
Maesie, well she was well and truly over it all, she birthed them, fed them and then happily sent them on their merry way without even a goodbye lick.
They were good days.......starting me thinking, I might like a new puppy.....

Monday, February 21, 2011

For our family.....

Front right side

Front left side

Back verandah

Beyond the verandah

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

R. I. P. Giggles - Ohio, USA

This photo of Giggles was taken by her "Dad" Joe Ott.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

There's some baking happening at No. 9

Anyone for a Cinnamon Crumble Muffin?
They're just out of the oven!

Or perhaps you would rather a Vanilla Cupcake?

All made with my favorite KitchenAid appliance!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I hate having my photo taken.....

I don't know when Vlad managed to take this photo of me, or where he was hiding when he did.
I found it on HIS computer last week (that's what he gets for networking our computers!) when I was looking for photos of Mac and Maesie from MY computer.
I love Bee's so he made me my very own personalized photo signature, with my little bee avatar included. I love it.
Thought I would share it with you....

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I love you more than.....

A little together time for my boy and girl on our front lawn.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

To Moscow with love - Eugene

It's Eugene's 10th birthday today!
Black & White or Color - you choose!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

From Moscow with love - our FAMILY

Igor (our cousin) took this photo of Larissa and Eugene when they drove from Moscow, where they live, to Zhitomir, Ukraine to visit their mother/grandmother (our Aunt) for the New Year.


The pork is cooked for just enough time to take away pinkness but ensure tenderness within. The mustard, cider, garlic, and cream add comfort and piquancy. To soak up the gorgeous juices, serve with a fantastically quick potato substitute, gnocchi.
If you are in the mood, add a green salad, hot crusty bread and a glass of wine or two!

2 pork chops or butterfly pork tenderloin, (around 500 grams weight total)
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 cup cream
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Cut the fat off the chops, and then bash them briefly but brutally with a rolling pin between two pieces of plastic wrap to make them thinner.
Heat the oil in a pan, and then cook the chops over a moderately high heat for about 5 minutes per side. Remove them to a warmed plate.
Pour the cider into the pan, still over the heat, to de-glaze the pan. Let it bubble away for a few minutes, then add the mustard, garlic and stir in the cream.
Let the sauce continue cooking for a few minutes before pouring over each plated pork chop.
Cook the gnocchi, strain, and add to the pan to absorb all the remaining spare juices before adding to your plates.

Serves 2

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A glass of wine perhaps?

After dinner with some friends last week, when all the cleaning up was done, I found this wine bottle, 2 glasses and the bowl of nuts sitting on my bench top.
I didn't see who had actually put them there, or if they had purposely arranged them to look the way they did, but it all looked good to me.
So for now, they are staying right where they were left....ready to be shared with friends, next time they drop by.
Can I interest you in a glass of wine perhaps?

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's Salsa time!!!!

It's "Salsa" time in our house!
I've got the hankering for corn chips and fresh mouth watering Salsa!
Don't you just love the taste of tomatoes, onions, coriander (cilantro), jalapenos and limes?
Once you add a few other ingredients to the mix, you will never eat salsa from a jar again.
Fresh is best, especially when it comes to SALSA!
I'll post my recipe later....for now, there's housework to be done!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sheree and her little man.....

Meet Sheree & Geoff's little man - Samuel Geoffrey Gatley Lyon, born 1/1/11 - what a wonderful birth date. He is just gorgeous & oh so tiny.

My Sock Thief

Found....One SOCK THIEF - so that's where the socks go!
Note to self: Do not leave clean/dirty laundry anywhere near Maccers.

My boy Maccers in the park

He's on to something.....

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year

We wish you health and happiness.....may all you wishes and dreams come true in 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Our Christmas Card....

to you.....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

These cookies are perfect for any occasion, just by changing your cookie cutters to suit. Once they are iced, served and eaten, be prepared...everyone is going to want a copy of the recipe. ENJOY!

1 ½ cups butter, softened
3 cups white sugar (they are called SUGAR cookies)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cover, and chill the dough for one to two hours (or if you want, overnight).
When ready:
Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter.
Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking tray lined with ungreased baking paper.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.
Check often, as they may cook quicker depending of the size and shape of the cookie cutter used. Cool completely.
Ice and decorate to suit the occasion, Christmas, Birthday, Easter, Valentine's Day.
Makes approximately 5 dozen.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The hole in the garden...Don't know anything about it.....Why do you ask??

I don't know where I got this photo from, but I just had to share it.....

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's been a long time....

Here we go again.......

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What's on the Menu today - Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Garlic Prawns with Chorizo Sausages

2 large Chorizo sausages, thinly sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 kg (4 ½ pounds) medium green prawns, peeled leaving tails intact
1/2 cup chopped fresh Coriander (Cilantro)
1 tablespoon dry Sherry
Lemon wedges, to serve
Crusty bread, to serve

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat.
Add the Chorizo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the Chorizo to a plate lined with paper towel.
Reduce heat to low.
Add the oil and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the prawns and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until the prawns curl and change colour.
Add the Chorizo, Coriander and Sherry to the pan and stir to combine.
Divide the prawn mixture among serving bowls.
Serve with lemon wedges and crusty bread.

Notes & tips
Omit the Chorizo and dry Sherry. Replace the Coriander with chopped fresh Continental Parsley. At the end of step 2, stir in 2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped.

Tip: It's important to reduce the heat to low before adding the oil and garlic to the pan in step 2. If the heat is too high, the garlic may cook too quickly and turn brown, which will make your Garlic & Chorizo prawns taste bitter.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year & playing in Photoshop

Here's hoping 2009 is filled with endless opportunities and more of the things that are close to our heart and matter the most!

My first photo of the year is a little different - it's Mac looking at one of the fish in our fishpond, created using Photoshop CS3.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Christmas Pudding turned into a Strawberry Cheesecake

Ok this year's Christmas Pudding didn't make the grade - I threw it in the trash can late last week. Everything was looking good for a few days there, but tell-tale mould, after some very hot and humid Adelaide weather, suddenly appeared on the pudding cloth and so the decision to toss it was an easy one.
I looked the mould problem up on the internet and found that humidity can cause problems with Christmas Puddings, so I didn't feel too bad, humid conditions are out of my control. I learnt from the experience and as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained!
So what did I replace Christmas Pudding with? I decided to go with a Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.
Vlad took photos - IT WAS YUMMY - YUMMY - YUMMY
Let me know if you want the recipe - I made it from looking at quite a few recipes and taking the best ingredients from each.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The true meaning of Christmas - a smile

What is the true meaning of Christmas???

After battling the crowds at Marion Shopping Centre this morning, I'm beginning to wonder if it's all about the outright worship of consumerism for materialistic people!

I did something this morning - every person I made actual eye contact with, I smiled at. It was easy to do, a simple gesture of goodwill, it cost nothing!

How many people smiled back - I could count them on one hand - and I've got to have smiled at lots!

Those of you who did, I wish you love, health and happiness for Christmas and 2009, those of you who didn't......think about it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas enthusiasm or lack of - A goat, chicken or piglet - it doesn't matter

I'm sitting here after having just baked a batch of cinnamon muffins. They are cooling as I write this.
I've made spaghetti sauce for tonight's dinner, I think my day is organized. I wish I could say the same about Christmas.
My enthusiasm for Christmas doesn't seem to have kicked in this year. Is it only me, or do you feel that way too?
I've got the tree trimmed, the Christmas decorations out of storage and on display and the Christmas cards addressed but as yet not delivered or mailed, this weekend will see them on their way. I've got the pudding made and hanging, looking good too, the menu 3/4 planned and what ever I've had to order to complete Christmas day's menu, I've ordered.
When it comes to Christmas presents though, I always seem to lose the plot. I've got absolutely NO IDEA what Santa should drop off for me, or what he should drop off for Vlad and my family.
Should I do what I did last year?
Last year I gave gifts that can help save people around the world from poverty. Through Oxfam I purchased some goats and chickens, as Christmas presents. No, I didn't physically give gifts of goats and chickens, I made donations in my family's names to Oxfam's Agriculture Program. By now the goats are producing milk and the chickens are laying lots of eggs, gifts that will keep on giving for years to come.
Decisions, decisions, problem solved. Hopefully it's not too late....
Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is...........

My cat - Miss Mollie

Miss Mollie surveying her domain from the safety of the front verandah.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Meet Eddie.....Tamara and Damien's little man

Welcome Eddie, we waited a long time to meet you.

Flowers from my garden

Just a few of the photos Vlad has taken of the flowers in my garden.
The yellow rose is "Gold Bunny", the blue flower is a water Iris and yellow rose is "Tequilla Sunrise".