Sunday started off with me making Apple Pikelets for breakfast. I got the recipe over at Rhonda's wonderful blog. Mine were a little thicker and I think next time instead of grating the apples over the pancakes, I will grate the apples and put them in the batter.
Then it was time to start my bread dough and while that was going it was time to make the dog food and animal treats.
First I made sardine balls for Sasha. This is real easy, just take a 6.5 oz can of sardines including the oil and add about 1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs. Make into tiny meatballs and freeze. You are supposed to coat the balls with another 1/4 cup of bread crumbs but I tried a coated ball on Sasha and she snubbed it so I didn't bother coating the rest and she gobbled down the test ball.
Then it was on to making Chantilly her food. If you have been a reader of this blog for a while you know I had at one time starting making our animal food but Mattie's stomach did not like and she would get horrible diarrhea, but Chantilly was fine with it. This time I only made a small amount and Chantilly will be getting it and Mattie will stay on her regular dry food. Poor Mattie is getting up there in age and is totally blind now. Next up was Liver Snap Treats and Chantilly loves them. I didn't get to give Mattie one yet but I will later today when she wakes up. You can't beat the price, for .89 I bought a pound of liver, then you add a few different grains; flour, bran meal and cornmeal, which is already on hand for bread making and garlic, pour into a pan and bake for a few minutes and VIOLA!! you know have wonderful treats for your dog versus buying them at 5.00 a bag; which are the cost of the treats we buy.
Here are some of the liver snaps (you can also see some in the baggie) with the potholder and basket I crocheted. I had a dog biscuit cookie cutter so I used that, my heart cutter, and my tiny cutters that I picked up in an antique shop a while back. I had a lot of middle pieces left, I broke them into smaller pieces and placed them in the bag also. Next time I will use a bigger pan as some are really thick and the hearts are way to big, I will have to break them into pieces when I give it to the girls.
While I was doing that hubby was outside using his metal detector looking for gold. Not sure if I mentioned it before or not but we have a lot of quartz with gold running through it, on our property so DH has been panning and using his detector looking for more. He found the most awesome piece of quartz; I am not sure what he did with it, when he comes home I will ask him and take a picture and post it. He also rotor tilled the garden and a piece in front of the house.
We have a long deck in the front about 15 feet from the door out so it divides the house as our front door is in the middle. Facing the house to the right he rotor tilled that whole area (I have some azaleas planted and butterfly bush, comfrey, and primrose so he didn't till those) and when the ground dries up some more we will plant a cottage mixture of flowers. We are hoping the high winds yesterday helped to dry the soil.
Here is another picture of the basket.
I used Lion brand Kitchen Cotton in Sherbet Swirl, a size G hook and the pattern is from Lion Brand. It only took maybe an hour to make. I starched it and put it over a small bowl to hold it's shape, the handle I wrapped around a Pomelo LOL, but if I make this again I will make the handle a little smaller it doesn't need to be this long. This was very easy and really helped me in learn to crochet in the round better than I had been. It is only single crochet stitches with one section sc in the back. Easy peasy!!!
I also made an amigurumi rabbit egg cozy when I get her ears stuffed and sewn together I will show you, it is also another Lion pattern and I used the Sherbet Swirl yarn.
Remember if you want any of the recipes just leave a comment and I will email you.
Now we have shampoo, mouthwash, facial cleaner, detergents, cleaners and animal treats for a month at least. Dog food for a week. The only things left to do is make my beef and chicken stock and bar soap. If only I can find lye. I am having the darnest time finding lye anywhere. I told DH I will search the Internet and maybe I can find some to order.
Today will be spent sitting and knitting; since I have been up since 7 a.m. (very unusual for me), I got quite a few of my chores done already. I just need to put a ham in the oven later on and we are all set. I might make my Ginger Beer today or wait a day, we will see.