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Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

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Chloe & Gracie are hopping

down the bunny trail . . .

Chloe & Gracie Easter

To wish you a Happy Easter. . .

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Hope the Easter Bunny

brings you plenty of treats!

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Have a Safe and Joyous Easter!

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Saturday Forecast: Heavy Rain & Chance of Napping

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Saturday weather forecast:

100% chance of rain, heavy at times

with lightning and strong winds.

Napping on our radar. . .

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Hope you have a relaxing weekend

 and are warm & cozy :)

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Reindog Games

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Santa delivered antlers for Christmas for Chloe & Gracie,

along with a Hide-and-Seek Reindeer Dog Toy,

 so they were ready for some Reindog Games!

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And Santa’s helper fetched their favorite recipe

for some Reindog Treats from

Three Dog Bakery Cookbook.

Christmas Dog Cookies

Reindog Treats

Makes approximately 6 dozen treats depending on size of cookie cutter, plenty to share with other hungry Reindogs. . .

Presley, Copper, Maddie, Solo, Trixie, Penny, Brutus, Smitty, Pink & Blue.

They freeze well too.

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Ingredients

 ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

 1 egg

 ½ cup natural peanut butter

 1 teaspoon vanilla

 1 ¼ cups water

4 cups whole-wheat flour

 ½ cup cornmeal

 ½ cup quick cook oats

 ¼ cup chopped peanuts

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, egg, peanut butter, vanilla & water.

In a second bowl, combine dry ingredients and peanuts.

Add dry to wet ingredients and mix well. (I used the food processor to pulse everything together since the 5 cups of dry ingredients makes this challenging to mix.)

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Turn dough onto floured surface and knead. Roll out to ¼ inch thick and cut into shapes. Reroll scraps and repeat.

Place on parchment or greased cookie sheet and bake. The original recipe calls for 45 minutes of baking time, mine were done closer to 25 minutes. Watch and remove when slightly browned. Cool on a rack and store in sealed container or wrap in Reindog Treat bags.

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You can find a printable recipe for hungry Reindogs here.

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The hide and seek toy is much more fun with a

 treat instead of a reindeer hidden inside :)

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Chloe & Gracie hope you have time to enjoy some

Reindog Games this Christmas Season!

Reindog Games

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A Lazy Weekend and Apple Week Wrap Up

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It’s a lazy, rainy weekend here~

Perfect for catching up on

some reading or a nap :)

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Apple Week with The Novel Bakers was delicious~

inspired by The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs.

Here is a wrap up if you’d like a

taste of what you might have missed. . .

The Apple Orchard- Picnic

An Apple Picnic with a

Layered Apple Walnut Salad

and Savory Apple Pies.

An interruption and surprise milestone Birthday Party

for a Novel Baker with friends~

Happy Birthday Michael Lee!

A Southern Fried Celebration with Red Velvet Cupcakes,

 and a host of other birthday wishes and treats!

Apple Gorgonzola & Thyme Pies

Apple, Gorgonzola & Thyme Pies~

Triple-Apple Granola

Triple-Apple Granola~

triple apple flavor from dried apples,

apple cider and applesauce.

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Apple Cider Caramel Sauce~

Easy and oh so good!

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And if you’re looking for a weekend brunch indulgence~

Rattlebridge Farm is serving up

Apple Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping!

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And a quiet life is offering

buckets of delicious fun~

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Along with an

 Apple & Fig Pastry!

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More applelicious offerings

from Jain, Michael Lee and Pam~

 

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Rattlebridge Farm 

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 Hope your weekend

is delicious and relaxing :)

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Swimming Lessons for Chloe

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Our water dogs have never been

in the lake above their paws.

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We decided it was time for

Chloe to have a swimming lesson.

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We suited her up with a

 life jacket for her first lesson.

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The jacket was a wee bit large,

her front leg kept coming out

while swimming so it was jettisoned.

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A good time was had by all

including the spectators :)

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Ready to go again!

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Chloe & Gracie hope you’re cooling off and

enjoying a little recreation this weekend!

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Sweet Summer Chicken Salad {Gracie Approved}

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You might be noticing an innocent looking white head at the edge of the table that belongs to Gracie, or like her, you might be looking at Sweet Summer Chicken Salad. . .

Don’t let her sweet looks deceive you and whatever you do, don’t turn your back and walk away. She’s biding her time, moments away from jumping on the table and devouring the chicken salad. . .

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{Gracie, Chicken Salad Thief}

Note to self: Ignore the whines to come out on the porch when chicken is present.

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I’m doing some menu planning and auditioning chicken salad recipes for a shower I’m helping give in a few weeks. I had some peaches from the Farmers’ Market and decided to try a recipe for Party Chicken Salad.

Sweet Summer Chicken Salad

Fresh peaches add the sweet flavor of summer and I made a few changes to the recipe to add some additional sweetness.

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Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup minced sweet onion (I used half a shallot for a milder flavor)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (I used chopped mint)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

4 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

4 small fresh, firm, ripe peaches, peeled and diced

*2 tablespoons honey (*my addition)

Garnishes: fresh basil or mint sprigs, fresh blackberries

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 Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 15 minutes).

 Stir together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Fold in pecans, chicken, and peaches; cover and chill 2 hours. Garnish, if desired.

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Gracie-approved chicken salad!

 She says to pass along that mint was a nice addition, but basil would be wonderful too, but it’s doing poorly with our excess rain.

She also says that you would think I had enough dishes, but I couldn’t help pick up a few summery melamine salad plates. The cheery plates were just a few dollars apiece, from Target’s Threshold Roped Vasaio Floral collection, fun to mix with white dishes. They’re sold as a set on online, but individually in the store.

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You can find the original recipe and printable version for Party Chicken Salad, courtesy of Southern Living, here.

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Blue Sky and Boat Time

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After two very wet months and a total of

15 inches of rain, we’re enjoying some

 blue sky, sunshine, and little boat time!

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To everyone west of the Mississippi under

 drought conditions, I wish we could share. . .

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We don’t know what to

make of all this water~

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We were ready to

board two-by-two. . .

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And our 25 foot ark was

going to be cramped :)

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We took a little cruise to check on our osprey

families and see how the juveniles had grown.

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 sky & sunshine this weekend!

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Pawsing

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Every once in a while

it’s good to paws. . .

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Projects

can wait. . .

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Activities can

be rescheduled. . .

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It’s good to slow down and rest~

even if the rain forces you too :)

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Hope you’re enjoying a little

rest & relaxation this weekend!

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Water Dogs

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We all love the water. . .

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We’re mesmerized by it. . .

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Fascinated. . .

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Entertained. . .

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Relaxed by it. . .

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And just pretty dog gone

happy to be near it!

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Chloe & Gracie hope you’re doing

something that makes you

happy this weekend!

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Dinner Cruise

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The only thing better than a boat ride

and the wind blowing in our ears

 is when we boat with food!

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So we were pretty dog gone

excited to head out

for a dinner cruise. . .

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A little lighter fare than what is

offered on The Catawba Queen~

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But something for every dog~

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And people too~ a quick and easy orzo salad

and perfectly portable in a jar!

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This orzo salad is my ‘go-to’ what’s-for-dinner solution that you can throw together in 9 minutes~

the time it takes for the orzo to cook!

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Add chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store), chopped baby spinach, pine nuts, black olives, capers, sundried tomatoes and shredded Parmesan cheese~ mix it together and add Newman’s Own Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing!

 Great served warm or cold and especially handy to pack in jars and throw in a cooler for a fishing trip. It will keep several days made ahead in the fridge.

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And since it’s not a dinner cruise without a cocktail

we broke out the good stuff~

the Weekend Waterford!

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It was our first official boating trip

this season besides our Love Boat Cruise.

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We took in lots of sights and

checked on the nesting Ospreys~

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Created in 1963 by Duke Energy,

Lake Norman is 34 miles long

with 520 miles of shoreline.

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Evening or early morning is our preferred

time to boat and to take in the sights

when it’s not super crowded~

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And admire some

beautiful homes~

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Gracie is our scent hound~

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And Chloe is our food hound~

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Always hounding us for food :)

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The only photo you’re likely to see of me taken

unintentionally with my ball cap

on and camera in hand :)

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