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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Boxer Puppy Ellis

We picked up the cutest boxer puppy yesterday. A couple had stopped on the road a week or so ago, for a black kitten. They just happened to spy it out there, and when the woman got out she heard a puppy yelping from the tree line. It was this cute boxer pup.

That couple called Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue for help. They even took the pup to their vet for it's first round of shots before bringing it to us. Such sweet people. Now we have the pleasure of his puppy company for a few weeks until he finds his forever home. Phillip is in LOVE!! And we have all this boxer puppy energy in the house, keeping me on my toes (as I try hard not to step on his).

He adjusted so well. Started playing with my dogs, well with my boxer anyway. My husky and lab want nothing to do with the puppy. I think my lab, at 12, just thinks she is too old to me messing with all this puppiness. And the husky is sort of afraid of the pup. Kind of funny to watch her run in the other direction. But Cinnamon is right in there trying to play. She has never really been around a puppy before, so she is trying to set her boundaries, being careful not to hurt the pup. But still she wants to be sleeping next to the pup. LOL Very sweet.

We are so fortunate. I have to make an appointment with our vet. There are a few things to accomplish before he can be adopted. But Ellis is so precious I just know he will not be with us for long at all. So we are trying to suck up all the puppy love we can, while he is still gracing us with his presence.
If you just can't resist this cute little boxer mug, contact Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue and get your application in ASAP.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Even though I really had a late start with this years garden, it is starting to pay off. And all the questions in my head concerning planting a garden at all this year are erased, as we look at some of the first "fruits of our labor". Our first zucchini of the season. I love zucchini, such a versatile veggie. Last night I made Chocolate Zucchini Cake and tonight I am going to make stuffed zucchini. YUM.

The cake is so delicious. With two cups of zucchini in it, you would never know, and the zucchini makes the cake oh so moist. My family loves it.
I thought I had posted the recipe before on my blog but I don't see it so I will post it now:
2-1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup butter (I use earth balance)
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup milk (I use silk)
1 Tbsp vanilla
greased and floured bundt pan 350 degree oven for 1 hour

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rhubarb Crisp

OK I have had several people ask me for my crisp recipe, I made some for a friend's birthday yesterday and I tried to be really conscious of what I put in there. So hopefully I can give some guidance. There really is no "recipe" that I use, but here it goes:

Yesterday I made a big dish of it so I think I used:

About 6 to 8 cups of chopped rhubarb, I added a couple of sliced, peeled apples to the mix for a little different flavor, but it is equally delicious with just rhubarb.

I then added, to the rhubarb, probably 3/4 to 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 to 3 Tbsp flour, 1-1/2 tsp vanilla, a pinch of nutmeg (you can leave out the nutmeg, I just happen to love nutmeg...or you could add whatever spices you like) 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix it all up and put into a large casserole dish.

Topping: About 1/2 to 3/4 cup earth balance (you can also use butter if you like), 3/4 cup flour and 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar. Cut the earth balance (butter) into the sugar and flour until you have a crumbly texture, then add about 1 cup oatmeal and just mix it up and sprinkle if over the top of the rhubarb.

Cook for about 45 min to 1 hour at 350 degrees, until it is bubbly.

Of course adjust to your taste. ;-) YUM!!