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Peanut Butter Spice Cookies

Well I had an abundance of free time on my hands today and I hadn’t made cookies for Atticus in a while so I figured now would be a great time. I went flipping through my recipe book and came across this recipe but I always tweak them (don’t we all) 😉

This recipe was originally intended for dogs who are sensitive to wheat or gluten. So instead of unbleached wheat flour like I used I would recommend brown rice flour or almond flour if the dog is very sensitive.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • 2 C wheat flour unbleached
  • 1/2 C rolled oats – I used Quaker Oats but any rolled oat will work
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 C natural unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/4 C filter water – this wasn’t enough water but I just kept adding till the dough formed

 

 

 

This is what my dry mix looked like after blended

 

 

 

Peanut butter and water mixture.

I used a stand mixer to combine the wet and dry ingredients until the dough has formed. Lightly flour a dry surface and roll the dough into a two inch log. If you are using rice or almond flour expect the dough to be more on the crumbly side, it doesn’t hold up quite and well as wheat gluten does. Once formed into the log wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 1 hour.

 

 

My attempt at rolling a log. I am MUCH better with Play-Doh! This was a bit more of a challenge since it wasn’t as forgiving! But it got rolled, wrapped and tossed in the fridge! Now it was time to relax for a bit oy!

After my relished hour was done I pulled the log out and sliced it into 1/8 inch slices. Honestly I don’t really think they were that thin but keep them on the thin side when slicing for even cooking and you should be fine. They don’t expand like people cookies so having more on a packed cookie sheet is ok.

I put the cookies in the oven for 12-15 mins. I put mine in for 15 because the dryer you can get the cookie the longer it will last. Homemade dog cookies do not last as long as commercial cookies because our ovens can’t dry them out as completely. But as long as they are kept in an air tight container they should last for about a week or two.

After they are done cooking turn off the oven but leave them in the oven for another 25-30 mins to continue to crisp up. Again I leave mine in for 30 mins.

 

And here they are! My Peanut Butter Spice dog cookies! Atticus loves them and is currently drooling on my lap for more.

 

Hope your kids enjoy them!!

 

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Kolya 1/03-08/12

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I am sorry to all of my followers that I haven’t been posting for sometime. Unfortunately our family has suffered some personal losses in a very short period of time. On 08/13/12 my baby boy Kolya made his journey to the rainbow bridge. Kolya was the best dog anyone could ever ask for, he was attentive, he tried to anticipate your needs and at the end of the day all he ever wanted was to hear he was a good boy and feel loved. He was an 85lbs lap dog wrapped in a guard dog body. He was the best guard dog when the occasion arose, but a better buddy. He was always willing to do anything for love, which from a training aspect was GREAT because I never train with treats.

When my husband left for basic it was amazing to me how Kolya seemed to know that I was alone and he stepped into the Boxer role of protecting the family. Not to say he was aggressive but he instinctively knew when he needed to step up his game to make sure mom was safe. To this day I still remember when I picked him up from the airport (he flew in from Slovakia from Fender Edda Kennels) he was this 10lb ball of fur. As soon as I took him out of his kennel he was in my arms and cuddled as close as he could be and he never left that space. Losing him has been a very devasting experience because it was so sudden. We believe he had a brain tumor as he was almost 10 years old. Since Boxers are not genetically predisposed to epilepsy and poison was out as well, all we were left with was a brain tumor or lesion.

I know a few of you might think I jumped the gun too quickly but I don’t believe in prolonging a life when the animal is hurting. In 3 days Kolya had 8 seizures and they went from small facial ticks to a full on grand maul. He was scared, hurting and extremely confused. I took him to the vet and she said that with his size and age I had a less then 50% chance of the anticonvulsants even working and we wouldn’t know for a week as that is how long it takes the body to absorb it. I wasn’t going to put him through that, I felt it would have been cruel on my part just because I didn’t want to lose him. As his mom/owner I made the hardest choice in my life to let him go with some dignity. He left this world the same way when I first met him, happily wagging his tail and surrounded by people who loved him.

On Saturday 08/18/12 my father William B. Webb Jr. passed away and he had the same problem as Kolya. Unfortunately he suffered for much longer. My father had brain cancer for 10 years and had many surgeries and complications, however he put up a great fight. My father was an amazing man, more so than most people know. He was a total jock in high school: football, basketball, baseball you name it he was in it. But what most people don’t know is how artistic he was. He was left handed and had a lot of injuries to his hands so drawing and painting where out of the question but the crafts he could make always had such intricate detail. He made the most beautiful dream catchers. He made them really small about the size of a quarter but they had all the weaving, beads and even the feathers.

He also was a true southern man. His house, his rules no matter who you were, stood by my mom’s side even if she was dead wrong because that was his wife, and believed in giving respect where it was due. He was the last person to get angry but when he was, boy did you listen! I didn’t realize how much like my father I was till he had passed and I was talking to my Aunt and his nurse about him and some of the silly things he had done in his life. For some that may not be something they are proud of to be like a parent but I am proud to be like my father.

I am sorry to share something that is so personal, however loss is a part of life and having my memories and photos to go with them is exactly why I decided to pick up my camera. Capturing the moments, because that is all we have. Many moments and the hope that we leave an impression on someone.


July 4th Fun

Hello all!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy fourth! We decided at the last moment to go to Homer, Alaska with my good friend Melissa and her husband Chris. So the husband, two dogs and myself rose at what felt like the ass crack of dawn. Even though at 4am the sun is still up at this time of year up here. Hit breakfast at 5am at the ever faithful Denny’s. After pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bad coffee, we were ready to hit the road! 6 am was beautiful, no really, it was it is amazing what bad coffee does to brighten your spirits of the day. No traffic and cloudy but no rain, which has been rather prevalent this summer. We got to Homer around 10:30 am and before you can say “Uncle” we hit the beach! The beaches in Anchorage are rocks and sand flats that you can sink in and have a very bad day to say the least. So to see a beautiful grey beach, with the carcasses of clams all over the place we were pretty excited 😉

Beach in Homer a good portion of one coast

One of the many victims on the beach

One of the many streams on the beach

My two boys have such a great time every time they get to visit. This year they found even more mud and things to put in their mouths. I always laugh when people tell me I should have kids and my response is “I do!” and I then show them photos like this!

Atticus tasted EVERYTHING on the beach at least once and then tried to give me kisses… Ew is all I had to say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband is the greatest of sports and is great about humoring me even if it means he is going to get all sandy!

I had asked Corey to entertain the boys!

Ask and you shall recieve! Corey found a rather large piece of kelp and used it to entice the boys to play. Anyone who knows my dogs, knows that my guys are LAZY! They get tired walking to the end of the street much less jumping around for some kelp lol. Even at 8 and 9 years of age these guys can’t resist the urge to chase something. Watching Atticus just as high as Corey is tall was pretty crazy to watch.

Husky

Old Husky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two beauties stalked my boys for about 10 minutes before they decided to come over and say hi. The younger one crouched low like she was going to pounce on the old men, I think they were flattered cause they sure got excited to see these beautiful girls. My boys are very good with other dogs, but as they have gotten older they have become less tolerant. I think its just because they are old, cranky men ;-), cause if you saw them with these two you would never have known. I felt bad for the older one, I believe her owner said she was 10, she was hurting from running the day before. It is amazing how fun on the beach brings out the best in some critters and people!

Atticus on Homer beach

Atticus was so sad to watch his new friends leave him….

We played on the beach for about 4 hours straight! Boy were we tired, it is crazy how something as simple as sand can be an amazing workout! We found this great restaurant called Fat Olives, I would add a link to the place however I didn’t find a webpage for them. Just know that the pizza is amazing, the service was good and definitely a great suggestion by my friend Tina!  At about 5pm the tide was completely in and it started to rain, we made one last trek to the spit to look at the ocean and wouldn’t you know it, the Sea Otters came out and of course they were in a spot where you couldn’t pull over…. typical wild life, lol. Homer is known to have an over abundance of eagles but we only saw one. I talked to a local and they said it was because the salmon aren’t running yet. We are having a late season due to all the snow we had this past winter, it is apparently delaying all of the runs so fishing has been bad for the enthusiast and the commercial fishers.

We took a deep breath of the fresh sea air and started our four hour drive home, unfortunately for us four we all had to work on Thursday.  My the next morning we were all stiff, sore, and tired but it was totally worth it!

Thanks Melissa for dragging us all out of bed at 4 am for this great adventure day!


Professional Photographer Magazine 2012 Cover Contest

Professional Photographer Magazine 2012 Cover Contest.

Good morning and relatively happy Monday. Currently on my couch with my back an neck in spasm so not feeling the greatest but it happens. Since I have this abundance of free time on my hands at the moment I figured I would enter in a contest or two since I never seem to make time for it!

 

Check out my entrance photo and all of the other contestants!


Garrett

Whoo! I have had the greatest of pleasures photographing my hair stylist Kim’s youngest child Garrett today; Kim has been blessed with three gorgeous children and Garrett is no exception from his sisters! In the seven years I have been going to her I have always told her how jealous I am on how beautiful her kids are.

We had SO much fun and the weather in Alaska was perfect! 30 degrees and sunny! It was almost too sunny. When we were shooting outside Garrett and I were both squinting. I think some of the most fun was when we were scouting out areas on the trail we were on. If we deviated from the trail we sank up to our thighs in snow! I think I fell at least once and then just decided it was best to stay on the ground LOL!


Bored on a Sunday

Well it is March 18, 2012 and my husband was drilling this weekend so I was left to my own devices all weekend! 🙂 Today I decided to practice a few new techniques I have learned from some workshops that I have been watching, sadly my friend Melissa who was going to be my model was still battling a horrible cold. So I chose the next best thing.. My dogs! I have decided that even though they are motivated to help mom they are way to over eager!  Which for posing purposes isn’t very helpful. I apologize for the watermark placement!   

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Peanut Butter, Carrot & Wheat Germ Biscuits

Yields approx : 32 cookies (depends on the size of your cookie cutter and how thick you roll the dough)

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup unflavored wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup unsalted natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup filtered water

I am by no means the best baker in the world so making dog biscuits is very much up my alley because I don’t have to worry too much about them looking “just so.”  If my dogs are anything like your dogs they REALLY don’t care how they look just that they are getting something awesome.  I took the basics from a biscuit cook book and then tweaked the recipe to fit what I had on hand. The couple of things I will stress is that you need to make sure that the products that you use are salt free, no preservatives, not harmful for your dog and minimally processed because believe it or not are far more sensitive to unhealthy things then we are.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Mix your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (I have a KitchenAid stand mixer with the paddle attachment)

 

 

 

 

 

Shred your carrots, I used a fine grater because I find that the smaller pieces keeps the dough together better. I used an all natural unsalted peanut butter that you can buy at the grocery store. I then put the carrots, peanut butter and the water in a measuring cup and mixed it together. Mixing them prior to adding to the dry ingredients helps with splashing. I tend to be VERY messy when I cook so helping keep the food off me is always great! 🙂


 

Lightly flour a flat surface. I just put the dough on my counter and rolled it out. Roll the dough out thin, I think the recipe calls for half an inch but I just eye ball that it is relatively even. I then use a metal cookie cutter to my desired shape. I keep rerolling the dough till there isn’t enough to use the cookie cutter or till the dough gets to tough.

 

I lined two cookie sheets with parchment paper line my cookies up and bake them for 15 minutes. Once the time goes off I then turn off the oven and leave them in the hot oven for another 30 mins so that they dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the final timer beeps take them out of the oven and make sure they aren’t too soft. These will never be like the store cookies that are very dry, which makes these more perishable. I keep mine in an OXO container but any air tight container will work.

Hope your doggies enjoy them!!