Thursday, June 21, 2018

Homemade Dog Food

Well, apologies for taking 2 years to finally start serving our dogs homemade food. Actually, they told us they were done with dry, store-bought food. Over the past couple months, they barely touch it. We have been giving them bones and meat scraps with the food. They end up eating just the meat and the birds get the dry food. I think they've been watching the cows and pigs eat better than them and went on strike. So, I did some research and discovered, it's a little more work, but a nutritious meal is pretty easy to put together. Now, I don't have time to do it daily so I used the big roaster starting with ground yak, white rice, sweet potatoes, peas and garlic and lots of water. Then after cooking for 12 hours (overnight), I take a masher and mash it all up for easier digestion. We have 2 Anatolian Shepherds that get 2 cups each twice/day. It's a lot of food, but overall cheaper than the dry food and looking forward to watching their energy perk up and coats improve. After a week, I can already see a difference. The next thing I'm going to do is get a mortar/pestle and add powdered egg shells for calcium. A roaster full will probably last 4-5 days. It's really important to read the reviews for additional information and food variety ideas. Going to change grains, meats and veggies every time.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Banana Cream Cheesecake

Ok, I'm in love with banana extract. I pretty much like banana anything--especially banana laffy taffy. Now I just need to learn how to make my own taffy and I'm set. I came across this recipe on Facebook and KNEW I HAD to try it. But....out of fear of eating the whole thing by myself, I decided to recruit guinea pigs. Thankfully I have many willing neighbors (and spouse). So this blog is a thank you to all the compliments on this dessert and a BIG thank you to Lindsay for posting this recipe online. There are many steps to this recipe but as long as you have a good springform pan and a Kitchenaid mixer (with whip and paddle), it's easy! [Rather than piping the whipped cream and slicing bananas, I delivered slices of cheesecake with an intact banana and put the whipped cream in jelly jars on the side.] I think next week, I'm going to try Red Velvet Truffles.....

Monday, May 28, 2018

Smores Cookies

We recently stayed the weekend up in the mountains with friends. The hubby requested smores cookies so I found this recipe. Now, I'm not a marshmallow fan, but this was amazing! I used pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs and Hershey chocolate bars. I've been thinking about making them again (and again lol). Definitely a winner for a real smores alternative.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

I had so much fun last year with my new (to me) electric Ice Cream maker, that I decided to branch out from Vanilla Bean to other flavors. Strawberries were on sale, so, after scouring Google, I found this one. I liked that it was eggless, required no cooking and added lemon juice and honey. I doubled the recipe and probably could have tripled it. I did use the blender to mix ingredients before putting it in the mixer. It took about an hour to mix and then transported to a container to continue to freeze. It was a big hit at a friend's Memorial Day BBQ. The best part was that it didn't require any cooking and chilling prior--ice cream ready in 1 hour!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake

I’m grateful to have neighbors that are willing to try my adventures in baking. It’s not only my therapy but my way of letting them know I’m thinking about them. This one is probably one of my future favorites. The mascarpone cheese and fresh blueberries make it a very special treat. One caveat, due to the high elevation, I had to cook it for 90 minutes. I also might add a little lemon juice next time to balance the sweetness.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ham, Potato and Broccoli Cheese Soup

Well, it's a rainy/snowy day; that's how Colorado does spring. Don't know what it is about cold, dreary weather that makes soup taste so good. I used 2 ham steaks and cut them up; used my handy dicer on my KitchenAid mixer for the potatoes (makes perfect cubes); and had fresh broccoli that needed using up. In general, I cook healthy dinners, but tonight, I didn't hold back with the cream and cheese--it's the only way to truly make comfort food. :) Thumbs up from the hubby...I don't think this soup will last long. ;)

Mountain Dew Cake (modified)

Well, you all know baking is my therapy and this weekend has been extra "therapeutic". Having fun trying some new recipes. This one was simple and easy. My recipe selection usually starts with something I have in my cupboard that needs to be used. This time it was lemon cake. I usually end up doing poke cakes, but I saw the title and knew I had to try it. A few caveats--if using a bundt cake pan, there are some great tips on YouTube that I recommend watching. Secondly, I didn't have Mountain Dew on-hand, so I used Sierra Mist; I highly recommend adding a little lemon juice to the cake and the glaze--takes away some of the sweetness. Lastly, I recommend making this cake the night before and glazing the next day to make sure it's had time to completely cool down, otherwise you end up with a glaze moat around your cake. Great cake for spring!