Thursday, December 29, 2011

We Want Snowflakes!

I ventured outside in late September because it was a beautiful day and my parents' dogs were having so much fun. I couldn't resist! I like these pictures, it reminds me how even though September can be beautiful with the arrival of Fall, it also still looks very summer-y. These pictures also remind me that I really would like to see snow just once this year :/. Hasn't happened yet!
Kleo would like to say Hai.... She is not always innocent, don't believe those eyes! She is actually very sweet, but has her moments. About 5 or 6 years ago, her and her sister Koko (below) were rescued by a group in Chicago because apparently they were born on a farm ...the owners were not interested in having puppies and the man said he'd do something unmentionable to the pups if they weren't taken away. So...they had to be weaned from their mom at 1 day old. Not the best thing to do to a puppy! But believe me, the alternative would've been worse. So, Kleo has some personality quirks, perhaps due to her lack of mommy time? Who knows. I love her anyway. ...
She's so photogenic, I like taking pictures of her! Look at her little head-tilt. She's a natural :)
Kleo's sister Koko enjoyed basking on the deck. Doesn't she look so proper? So anyway...they were in Chicago and were put into a foster home. My step mom and I took a trip to meet the pups. Then we drove home...then when they were ready to be adopted we drove from Ohio to Chicago again to spend some more time with them. My parents were only planning on having one..but ended up bringing these two home :)
And then there's Kyla... I love her little face! She has an eternal crush on Chad. (don't tell her I told you!) If you don't remember her or recognize her name, remember, you can always click on my link Learn More About the Dogs .
Tree in a trellis...
Leafy trellis...
Can you find 3 bees in this picture? I'm proud that I actually got this close to them lol.
Hopefully I will have a wintery landscape to take pics of soon. I want some new pictures of Shadow getting the zoomies in mounds of snow!!!
Wintery Snowflakes, ~The Pooches (& Anna)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day

A day in pictures....



I had to work third shift on Christmas Eve-Christmas day. So I got to drive home to a Christmas morning sunrise:










Spuds on Christmas morning. Could he make himself any more loveable?





My favorite little pot-bellied pig...er...I mean dog. We didn't have snow on Christmas morning, but we did have frost...so the ground looked kind of white! lol




Chad giving Brutus love. There's a similar picture from last year's Christmas Post. We may have to keep the Brutus-Chad pic tradition going!




I think my grandma has the biggest cat on record, ha! Me and Cuddles... It feels like I'm holding a mountain lion lol.



Cuddles is mah name. Bein big is mah game. Purrrrr






We logged over 200 miles on yesterday alone driving to see all the family that we didn't already see on C-mas Eve. It was well worth it to spend the day with the ones we love :)




Hope Your Holiday Season is Filled With Joy, ~The Pooches (and Anna&Chad)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

More Vegan Fun

Can you tell I'm really liking this whole cooking thing...and trying vegan foods thing...? :)
I made this yummy mushroon barley soup- it's more like a stew. I found the recipe on a free recipe card being handed out at the grocery store! And I only had to modify what type of butter I used to convert it to a vegan dish. It was amazing!
This is Daiya brand "cheese"...its vegan! I have used it in mexican dishes, grilled cheeses, and just eaten it plain. LOVE.
I am posting this picture on here because..I made a sandwich at work and then realized I couldv'e easily converted it to a vegan sandwich. It is just a whole wheat sandwich with lots of veggies, cheese, and mustard and other condiments. I could've easily switched out the cheese for hummus and made it amazingly vegan! I am not vegan..but I am vegetarian, and really enjoying trying to eat vegan options.
And theeseee.....are my nemesis. I tried FOUR times to make pumpkin cinnamon rolls and finally I got the yeast to rise and everything worked. But then...I didn't enjoy the taste of them that much :( I think the problem for me was that it was too much pumpkin. I think I would've liked them more if only the dough had pumpkin, and the filling remained cinnamon-y. But these had a pumpkin filling too...so they weren't really a cinnamon roll at all. It's a cool concept, but I would suggest making them with a traditional cinnamon roll filling, and just making the pumpkin dough! You can google pumpkin cinnamon rolls and find about a million different recipes for them :) (These are vegan too- of course!)
Sharing the yumminess of having fun with food, -Anna (and The Pooches)

Merry Christmas baking and forgetting to take C-mas Pictures

Hey all! I was looking at some pictures I took a few months ago in September of Kasey and Kyla (my parents' dogs who are often on the blog). The weather in the pictures looks very much like what you would expect in fall..a little crisp look to the air, leaves on the ground, not quite as sunny as the summer was..... the funny thing is, it still kind of looks like this in Ohio except for the presence of colorful leaves... there hasn't really been a snow so far in my area and there are still more fall-type temperatures than winter temps. I always love snow on Christmas, but we haven't really had snow at all yet! Here are some of Kasey and Kyla's photos. They took it very seriously, as you can see.

Umm, yea. Thees r arr fotos. dont mess wif us. dis is seerios biznis.



Note- I did not plan for them to pose this way. They came up with it on their own. I must say they have good taste. I did have a pocket of treats though...

(Kasey is the one sitting, Kyla laying down)


Did yoo git the leevs in the pictur lady? Git the leeves!!!
Also... Like I said, I've been doing a lot of baking! These are the most wonder-mazing vegan cupcakes I've ever shoved in my mouth!!!!!!! I randomly found the recipe at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/vegan-cupcakes/
I substitute zero calorie sweetener for the regular sugar and they are very yummy. Icing is plenty sweet enough in my opinion. I used strawberry icing(pink) and peppermint icing (white) ...just store bought Pillsbury brand. I didn't see any ingredients in the label that weren't vegan so I figured they went with the vegan theme. Seriously, I could live off these. Try the recipe!!!! Try them with cherry or strawberry icing. It makes them irresistible :)
We got Spuds and Shadow "gourmet" dog Christmas gingerbread man cookies and gave them to them tonight. They were super excited. I forgot to take pics because I was just enjoying watching them and their excitement. They warm my heart every day!
~I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season~
Wishes of holiday magic, -The Pooches (and Anna)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Almost Vegan Ginger Cookies Attempt

At least they look pretty, right?




I tried to make vegan ginger cookies from Oh She Glows (a great vegan cooking blog!)

The recipe is at http://ohsheglows.com/2010/09/29/wedded-bliss-soft-ginger-cookies/ I suggest you follow the recipe exactly as she has it instead of trying to improvise like I did :)


Have I mentioned I'm a novice baker? First...I didn't have all the ingredients even though I thought I did. I didn't have any vegan butter, so I had to use regular. Other than that...it's all vegan ingredients.


Also, the ingredients calls for blackstrap molasses, but I didn't have that so I used syrup (syrup is also in the recipe, so I figured I could sub that for molasses!)


Then...it called for ground chia seeds, but mine weren't ground. I hoped it would be no big deal...


Thennnn it called for a certain type of sugar to top them with but I didn't have that so I used powdered sugar. I wasn't very prepared as you can see.


In the end...the cookies have a really nice flavor but the texture is a little spongy and airy- almost more like a coffee cake than a cookie. So, I am determined to remake them exactly to the recipe, because I am confident that if they were "so-so" with all my mess-ups, they'll be fabulous when adhering to the recipe!


Anyway... www.ohsheglows.com has so many yummy recipes for any of you out there looking for fun vegan food.


Let the cooking adventures continue.....

Sugary Goodness, -The Pooches (and Anna)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Monday

~"Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it"~
(just heard this on the radio and had to add it onto the post!)





Hey all. Spuds and Shadow wanted to encourage everyone to have a happy Monday, as hard as that may be!



Psst. Have a gud Munday.






Yeaa! Hav a guuuud muunndayyy!





Let us show you how we have gud mundays...






Woooooeeeeeeeeee!







A little bit of fun each day takes the stress away!



In other news... I've been really into cooking during this holiday season. I made an apple walnut brie braid with brown sugar topping. I'm going to retry this recipe and modify it to be vegan...I'll let you know how it turns out and try to take a more flattering pic of it! :) What have you been cooking in the spirit of the holidays?








We hope you have a "gud munday" full of fun and yummy treats :)





~The Pooches (and Anna)