Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Roll in the Hay

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Lots of rolling about on the dead grass over here. Something about a dog stretched out on it's back with grins and wiggles and scratching in the sun makes all the brushing after worthwhile. Plus it gives me yet another reason to look for ticks. I have already pulled off three this week. Last night she slept with one of our People Puppies, my youngest daughter, which gave me the opportunity to sleep with one of the kitties. Lux has a fairly high prey instinct, despite the previous owners telling me otherwise. This means there is a bit of playful chasing going on. The cats are quite nervous about this, though Suki is doing much better than Belle at this transition. I make sure that when Lux is in her crate, on the run, or out of the house, that the safety gate which keeps the kitties safe in the basement and downstairs bath area, comes down. That way they have a visual cue that it is safe to come out. So far this seems to work well. When the gate is down they come up and wander around, look out the window at Lux in the yard and snuggle with the People. They are getting fat though, which is not cool.

But this is...

Your Daily Dose of Cool Things:

Cute Wooden Wall Plaques

Solar Paint???!!!

Your Daily Dose of Wonderful Design:

I love really wonderful toy design. These really appeal to me with the wood, bright colors and whimsical expressions!

Great Bowls by Alessi

Your Daily Dose of Inspiring Words:

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." ~Henry David Thoreau

Your Daily Dose of Wicked-Good Food:

Black Soy Noodles with Turkey Bacon, Leeks, Peas and Walnuts
(serves 2)

1 serving of soy pasta per person (I used the black for extra drama)
4 slices of turkey bacon
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup walnut pieces
4 tablespoons walnut oil
2 cups leeks, chopped
1/2 cup chicken or veggie broth
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the leeks, bacon and walnuts in the walnut oil until bacon is crispy and leeks are wilted. Add the peas and broth and simmer until warm through. Add salt and pepper to taste. In the meantime, cook the pasta following directions on the box. Drain the pasta, top with the yummy bacon, leek mix and sprinkle with Romano cheese if desired.