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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wolf Sanctum

I have been following the trials and tribulations of the wolves in the Rockies for some time now. How different states are dealing with the release of wolves back into the wild, and the battles/struggles. So it was interesting to go visit this little wolf sanctuary here in the Mountains of NC. Run by one woman, this little place is just full of great things. She is just so knowledgeable about wolves, loves to share her passion. A few of the wolves would come up to greet, many stayed at the far end of their enclosure. And her little gift shop...by little I mean tiny, is just so jam packed with all kinds of hand crafted items. Because, not only is she a champion of the wolves, giving those that have been discarded by their owners, a place to live out their lives, but she is an artist...a very talented artist.

She is amazing. She has 16 wolves on property and runs this with very little help. She shared with us that she has no "staff" and only occasional help from volunteers. She receives no monetary help from any of the wolf conservation organizations, very few donations from the community, no discounts at local stores for the chicken she feeds the wolves, and very few monetary gifts. The only real monetary income is from what she sells in the gift shop. She said it is really a labor of love on her part, and she pays for just about everything related to the care of these wolves. What a blessing for these great creatures, some of whom she can't even get close to. No thank yous, just a deep love of the animal and passion to help.

I could have stayed there longer but we had to leave....a must see for anyone in this area or traveling through this area. Again it is the Wolf Sanctum.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Crackers

I have been making my own crackers lately. It is easier to control dairy, if I make my own foods. And I never knew how easy it was to make crackers. I have made a couple of batches every day, and usually they are gone before I can snap a picture, this time I made sure to get a picture in before the boys ate them all. :-)

Really easy recipe:
1 1/4 cup flour (any kind or mixture of flour, whole wheat, white, rye, etc)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp water
1 heaping tsp herbs if you would like (I have used dill and pepper and love them both)

Blend it all up in a food processor adding more water 1 tbsp at a time just until the mixture forms a ball. Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until about 1/8 inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut the rolled dough into pieces and slide the parchment paper with the dough on top, onto a cookie sheet and back for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake until the tops are a little brown. Slide the parchment paper onto a cooling rack and let the crackers cool...enjoy. YUMMM.

If you don't want to use parchment you can use flour so the dough doesn't stick. I did this first but found the crackers came out with a dusting of flour, and for me the parchment worked better. I can't wait to try rosemary, and sun dried tomatoes in my crackers.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ellis Updated

I wanted to post an updated pic of Ellis, he is still just the cutest thing around. Sleeping through the night now, YAY!! and house trained as well, another YAY!!

He is about 4 1/2 months old, up to date on all his shots, will be neutered in the next month, I do need to make that appointment. Knows some basic commands; sit, down, stay, off, leave it, and we are working on "come". He likes to go for walks, and is getting better at walking every day. He doesn't mind a leash but sometimes gets distracted smelling everything in his path. He is also learning to fetch. Still has his puppy energy, which, anyone who has ever had a boxer knows, that will last a couple of years.
:-) Still loves playing with our other boxer, Cinnamon. Just too cute!! If you love this boxer mug please contact Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Food

I can't believe it has been two months since my last blog post. I feel like I have nothing to share because I did not have a garden this year. But that is SOOOOO not true, there is so much going on around here, so much to share. So today I want to share some local squash. I may not have had time for a garden this year but so many other people did.

I picked up local butternut squash, my favorite (along with acorn squash). So I cooked it up, and blended it with coconut milk, some curry spices, a little salt and paper and we had that sauce over spaghetti, with cucumber. YUM!!!

Not my kid's favorite dish but it is one of mine.