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Monday, November 26, 2012

1st Annual Holiday Market at Waverly Place

This time of the year is so busy. I always seem to add more to my plate than what seems reasonable This year is no different. You would think that my erratic yoga teaching schedule, Etsy shop and baking I would be busy enough. But NO! I have to add a half marathon and dinner guest to the list! I also managed to add Bronchitis to the list! (running in 35 degree weather was against Dr's orders) Hooray for antibiotics! If you have visited SarenaVictoria.Etsy.com and thought that there were slim pickings then I am here to explain that the reason is below.
I took a lot of product to the market place. I've not found the time to photograph most of the product that I have had on location but will try to get that done soon. I would love to see you in person so if you have time and are planning any shopping in Cary, NC. Please stop by and say Hello! We would love to see you. You can also find some of our Yoga related items in person that would make great gifts at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts Center. They have scarves, yoga blankets and slings. And Very soon I will be adding legwarmers to the mix! Its getting chilly!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Porters Dog Biscuts from Spent Beer Grain

Most of the grain from Kit's beer brewing goes in the compost. But some of it goes in freezer bags or straight to the kitchen for "The Porter's" treats. I like to make them rather than buy them not so much because I am a crazy Dog lady! I'm so far from that but because a few years ago when we purchased the last few bags of treats from the big pet store the bag was full of those little res bugs! Yuck Out went the bag. and in came a friend with this recipe. Even if you dont brew as someone for the spent grain if you know a brewer.
Here is what you will need. 8 cups of spent grain 4 cups of whole wheat flour 3/4 cup of extra flour for rolling 2 cups of water 2 cups of peanut-butter
Heat the water and peanut-butter in a saucepan. It turns into a thick soup consistency which makes it easier to blend.
mix the grain and flour together and dump on to counter.
Make a well and add the peanut-butter soup
Once it has cooled mix together to form a ball. I usually cut into 2 half's for easier rolling
I use pretty small cookie cutters because it easier to train him with small rewards and they dry out a lot quicker. Use what you have on hand, remember the bigger they are the longer they take to cook.
Let them bake for 2.5 hours at 325 F. Then lower to 180-200 for 3 hours or until completely dried out. I leave them in the oven with the door closed overnight before placing them in an airtight container. Remember the have to dry out completely or they will mold.
You will be left with one happy dog standing at you from the doorway.....Waiting!