Thursday, March 31, 2011

All over the place

We headed to Bear Valley, to catch the last fresh snow we'll get this year. I'm definitely ready for the summer weather.

It was so warm, I actually got a little sunburned. SPF 30 you didn't help me all that much...

It's been all about baseball this week (Go Giants!!) and this wonderful weather we've been starting to get. Over 80 degrees 3 days in a row! Not too shabby after almost 2 weeks of rain.

When it ended and this rainbow came out, I definitely did a happy dance... Hopefully spring is here to stay!

On another note, I'm super excited about an Easter project I've been working on. Can you guess what it is?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

St. Patty's Weekend

My weekend started off with homemade pizza and beer (not pictured). We skipped the green foods this year in exchange for a low-key night.

I had a few hours to make some fresh pizza dough and let it rise. Lucky for me I had quite a bit leftover to stick in the freezer to use another day.

I've been trying to make more sauces lately, and this marinara made the kitchen smell delicious.

Then came the easy part, rolling out the dough and adding the sauce and the toppings we wanted. Usually I get creative here, but we were looking to keep it basic.

And here it is all baked and finished! A perfect compliment to a quiet beer night.

There have been a couple of ducks in the backyard for a few weeks now. About a week ago I counted 8 eggs in their nest. When I checked this weekend, the count was up to 19!! I think this mama duck must be crazy! I can't wait for spring to get here so I can see all these babies. You know, an end to all the rain we've been getting couldn't hurt either.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My dog is spoiled

Lately I've been watching the dog treats disappear, and with 3 left in our container, I knew it was time to make more. My dog goes nuts for these, and they're healthier than a lot of treats I would normally buy in the store for him.

Mix 2 cups of flour with 1 cup of oats. I made a triple batch here because I like to stock up and some to give away.

Mix in 1/3 cup peanut butter and 1 and 1/4 cup of hot water. I just throw it all in the bowl and mix it with my hands. I would normally throw it in my Kitchen Aid mixture, but it's too thick and sticky.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Again I do this with my hands, way easier than actually rolling it.

Lastly punch out with a cookie cutter and bake at 400 degrees for about 25-30 min. Aren't they cute? It's so gratifying to see my dog want these babies over store-bought treats. Best part? They stay good at room temperature for 6 months! Do you have any special treats/foods you make for your pets?

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Blogger

Hi everyone!! I finally decided to give blogging a try. Hopefully I can remember to post frequently enough to keep it rolling. I'm planning to chronicle my baking and general goings on. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that blogging will force me to have fewer lazy days and cross more fun and creative things off of my to-do list. Exciting? I think so!