Friday, February 3, 2012


One of my favorite chain restaurants is
After you are seated
and have ordered,
the waiter brings
out bread and spiced oil for dipping.

My husband
was surfing the web
and found the copycat recipe

Carrabba's Herb Oil for Dipping Bread

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or as needed)

Combine all ingredients, except oil, on a deep plate or bowl. Pour olive oil over.

It just takes a bit of it to spice up your dipping oil
for bread.
Try it -
you won't be disappointed.

Blessings to all who visit here,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


January has come and gone -
with no snow!!

And it saw me accomplish
a lot of things.

First and foremost,
all of our puppies went to
their forever homes.

That always leaves me with
a lot to clean up -
getting all of their laundry,
washed, folded and ready
to go into storage
until we have our
next litter of puppies.

And they have a lot of various items
that they need that must be cleaned
or sterilized before they are packed away
and then cleaned and sterilized
before they are used again.

Once I got all of that done,
I turned to the adults.

All of the adults needed
to be bathed and stripped or clipped.
Carrleigh is the easiest one to do
because she gets bathed and
then clippered.
But because she is light colored,
she is already ready to be bathed again!

Due to a computer modem malfunction,
I had plenty of time to work on other projects
during January.
It found me
mending sheets,
cleaning out my closet,
cleaning our drawers,
sorting Christmas ornaments,
cleaning up computer files,
scanning in computer documents,
making belly bands for Piper,
and the list goes on......

I did take a pro-active approach
toward my own health
and find a new doctor.
It is my goal this year to get off
of some of my prescription medications --
and he has already helped me in that direction.
I have spent a lot of time doing research
and am now working on getting used to
taking some supplements instead of prescription meds -
and it is working - I feel better.
I have spent several hours this month
in the doctor's office
with my Mother.
I am so thankful
that she is 86 and healthy.

And now we are into February -
my Dad always said the deepest snows
came in February -
guess we'll find out.

This is our project -
this old granary needs to be
ready to be taken down
by May 31st.
I'd better get hoppin'

Blessings to all who visit here,