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My new hobby

Posted by laurie on June 30, 2014


Bear and Roscoe spent another weekend with us. Maggie arrives on Wednesday, and Tootsie and Buttercup might return as well. Busy, busy, busy, I was busy this past weekend, too, trying out my new dehydrator. I made sweet potato chewies for the boys which came out quite well, and also dried strawberries, bananas, plantains, apricots, kale and zucchini. Delicious!

For the sweet potato chews, I just cut and placed them into the dehydrator. I had to microwave them first for a couple of minutes so that they would be easier to cut. I made the slices about 1/4 inch thick, maybe more. (I used a mandolin) and cooked at 135 for ~15 hours.

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Posted by laurie on June 27, 2014


Squirrel or chipmunk? You be the judge.

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The dinner crowd

Posted by laurie on June 25, 2014


Uh oh, Stanley! Double foot fault!

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Posted by laurie on June 20, 2014


Joan commented on Wednesday’s post that she makes her own sweet potato chews in her food dehydrator. What does one do with a food dehydrator other than make sweet potato chews? I became curious and googled. I found a page for 20 dehydrator recipes and another for 40 uses for a dehydrator. Banana chips! Kale chips! I found a not too expensive dehydrator on Amazon that had excellent reviews and placed it in my shopping cart where it slept quietly overnight. I didn’t want to make an impulse purchase. But zucchini chips! Eggplant “bacon”! I should have waited another day or so but I couldn’t resist and bought it yesterday. Fruit “leather”, here I come!

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Like rabbits

Posted by laurie on June 16, 2014


I have now lost track of the number of helicopters that Phillip owns. They have seemingly multiplied and taken over most of the surface area in the kitchen. His skills have certainly improved but he still spends more time fixing the helicopters than flying them. Or buying parts on Amazon. I’m grateful that my hobby requires nothing more than my Kindle.

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Posted by laurie on June 13, 2014


Stanley didn’t eat his carrot during my salad prep on Tuesday night. Naturally I assumed the worst. Isn’t it amazing where your mind can take you when your dog turns down a simple vegetable? He was not quite his usual chipper self that night, and yesterday morning he was slow to come down for breakfast. He did eat it, though. So around noon I called Bear and Roscoe’s mom to see if she would go over and tempt Stanley with some food. I assumed she’d offer a treat to everyone but she ended up feeding Stanley half a can of wet food (what he eats for dinner) which he ate with gusto. I fed him his dinner, a little less than half a can, and he ate that too with gusto. Hooray for gusto!

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The view from below

Posted by laurie on May 28, 2014


We took Stanley back to the vet on Saturday and she said his butt looks good. She also said he could stand to lose a pound or two. Stanley begs to differ.

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Off the menu

Posted by laurie on May 14, 2014


Stanley will eat just about anything, including dirt.

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Home again

Posted by laurie on May 5, 2014


We got back on Friday night after an incredible vacation in Jamaica. The weather was excellent, the food even better, and the seas were calm for our morning scuba dives. We met up with friends from Boston and Toronto and stayed pretty far away from the Internet.


When we picked up the boys, Audrey said that she wanted to keep them. This despite the fact that Sherman did his middle of the night howling and found his way up on the kitchen table. We can’t thank Audrey and Kevin enough. We didn’t worry about the boys at all and that made our trip all that much better.


The diving was utterly mediocre, except for the five dolphins that showed up in the dive…that I skipped.

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Posted by laurie on April 18, 2014


I’m not allowed to call Phillip’s helicopters “toys”. They are “models”. He recently bought not one but three mini-copters and he has another on loan from a guy at work. They’re all charging on my kitchen counters; it’s quite a mess.


I don’t complain. Why? Because I am a saint.

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