Making the Buttons

I have been collecting old damaged books all summer in anticipation of 'eventually' getting a button maker. Much to my surprise, I got one for my birthday! YAY! So I've been making buttons like crazy -- ruined a bunch while learning how to use it too...

Just put some up on

And not just buttons. More baby bibs too.

Looks like I'm going to have to restock my fabric soon! YAY online fabric shopping!


Dog Birthday Cake

Last year I had some inquiries on the recipe of Doggy Birthday cake. This year, I've decided to make an entry on it. I postponed it a day as to not steal the Milo Birthday Thunder. So, without further adieu. (Note: I don't remember where I got this from, so if I am infringing anything, please let me know)

Doggy Birthday Cake

1 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Cooking Oil
1 cup Shredded Carrots
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup Honey
1 Egg

Mix together Flour and Baking Soda. Add the balance of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes. Mash cottage cheese in food processor for frosting.

I believe these instructions are for an actual 9" cake pan. I halved the recipe and got about 18-20 mini muffin/cupcakes. Oh, and I didn't have any cottage cheese on hand, so I just spread some peanut butter on the top.

Important: Make sure your doggy is not allergic to any of these ingredients. The vet once told me that the 4 biggest allergy concerns are wheat, corn, peanut butter, and cheese. So be careful. For us, I know that my guys are allergic to corn, so I never make any of the dog recipes with cornmeal.



Milo's Big Day

Today is Milo's birthday. He turns 4. Seems like just yesterday we brought him home. I can't even remember what life was like before him.

Milo the first week we brought him home. He is 2 months old here.

Milo now.

We celebrated with some bday pug cake. Everyone was quite excited. A peanut butter carrot mini cupcake with peanut butter 'icing', topped with little man cookie from the box.

He could barely sit still for this picture.

Devouring the cake.
Not to worry, Daisey got one too. She was less patient that Milo, if that is even possible.
Happy 4th Birthday Milo!


For the Ware Rabbits

A carrot from my mother-in-laws garden. I almost forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it up for supper. It fed me, the husband and the 2 dogs, and we still had some left over...


In a Pickle

Tried my hand at pickling cucumbers last week. I have the Joy of Cooking: Canning & Preserving book for quite a while and was anxious to try my hand at it. One of our friends had cucumber take over their garden, so they were more than happy to share the cucumber wealth. I decided on the sweet pickle recipe.

They are supposed to look like this.

Preparing the jars.

Processing the pickles. It's a little steamy.

Cooling off on the counter. They made the vacuum 'pop' pretty much right when I took them out of the pot.

For my first time, they turned out pretty decent. Only after did I discover that my husband no likey the sweek pickles. I'm going to have to give them out to relatives and friends. I only made 4 jars because this was the first time, but I do still have half a bag of cucumbers left, so I think I may pickle the rest of them this way as well.


Almost Human

I opened my eyes to this, this morning. It seems that Daisey thinks she is a person...