Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bad Dog

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits penny

I should have known she was trouble from the beginning. She was brought into the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital as a stray with a badly broken leg and proceeded to jump off the gurney and run on three legs down the hallway.  

The first time I saw her she was a mangy mess sitting in a cage with that broken leg. She scooted over to me, licked my hand and I was smitten. Little did I know that she would turn out to be the world’s worst dog! I don’t think she had even been in a house before, she was scared of the vacuum and just about everything else. She quickly learned that my bed was a much better place for sleeping, the trash can was full of snacks and those big brown eyes could get her out of trouble.

For 13 years, I have never known a better friend. She was my first baby, my family when I lived far away from home, a protector when my son was born and a shoulder to cry on when my ex moved on. She’s the dog that sheds all over my house, snatches food off the counter, knocks the pillows off my bed and keeps me up at night snoring but that’s just who she is and I love that about her. She gets around pretty good for a 91 year old girl and continues do whatever she wants…and I let her.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits.
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  1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1 tbsp baking powder
  3. 1 cup peanut butter
  4. 1 cup milk (skim or lowfat)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine whole wheat flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, using a mixer, combine peanut butter and milk until well blended.
  4. Stir the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture. It will be a stiff dough.
  5. Roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness and cut out cookies in desired shape.
  6. Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes.

 Peanut butter

Peanut butter mixture


rolling out dough

cutting cookies

baking cookies

Sweet pea

Peanut Butter Dog BiscuitsA batch of these peanut butter dog biscuits don’t last long. Sweet Pea sits in the kitchen until she thinks she’s eaten every last one.



Wise Words, Smart Food

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon

There are two things that Southerners just know…the first is that bacon makes everything better. Secondly, we have a way with words…


Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon
Shaved brussel sprouts with bacon, cranberries and pecans.
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  1. 4 slices bacon
  2. 1 1/2 - 2 cups brussels sprouts, shredded or shaved
  3. 1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  5. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  7. 1 tsp sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy and set aside to crumble.
  2. Reserve about 1 tbsp of bacon fat in skillet.
  3. Whisk together vinegar, dijon mustard, sugar, salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. Heat bacon fat over medium high heat and add shredded brussels sprouts, let cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the vinegar mixture over the sprouts and continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 5 more minutes.
  6. Stir in dried cranberries letting mixture cook for 5 more minutes.
  7. Add crumbled bacon and toasted pecan pieces, stir well and let cook for a few more minutes.
  8. Serve warm.
Trader Joe's Shaved Brussel Sprouts

Shaved Brussel Sprouts


Dried cranberries

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad 

Every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I discover something new and fabulous. I had never eaten a brussels sprout a day in my life until I discovered shredded brussels sprouts in the produce section. Somehow a bag of shredded sprouts seemed much less intimidating than whole brussels sprouts…and besides that we all know that bacon makes everything better!