snood, revisited.

It’s definitely starting to get cold here, so a new snood was in order for miss stella-bean. Her one from last year started to unravel, so I knit her this one up, making it a bit taller than last year’s as well.

You can find the pattern for sale, here.
These are pretty easy to make too, if you are a beginner. You just need to know how to knit in the round. I dont decrease the stitches like the pattern says to, and I had to you tube how to bind off a different way so that my stitches werent so tight.  This year’s version turned out much better!

Stay warm!

crochet dog sweater.

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Stella got her first hoodie a few weeks ago and she really liked it. Shes smaller than we thought she would be, and pitties seem to love to be warm, so I got her one and she seems to really enjoy it.  She hasn’t been too much of a fan of all this snow and cold weather we have been getting – so to help get her through this winter, I thought I would take a stab at making her a sweater with some yarn I had laying around (which is why its so pink!) It definitely needs some work, but this was a pretty easy pattern to follow. I may take another stab at it, but she seems to like it, and it keeps her warm in these chilly temperatures.

Here is the link to the pattern I used. My favorite part is that she refers to the dog as “doggie.”

I’m thinking of trying to take a stab at another one this weekend….We’ll see how that goes.

pupcakes.

pup IMG_4752A very special girl turns one today, so pupcakes were in order! I woke up early and made these for the pups to have around lunch time, after singing to the birthday girl first, of course. Happy birthday to my little stella bean!

3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
1 tspn baking soda
1 tspn vanilla
1 egg
1 T honey
2 T peanut butter2 tspn flax
1 cup shredded carrots

Mix together the flours and the baking soda; add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Grease and fill four muffin pans with the batter and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean. Top with dallop of greek yogurt.

sweet potato dog treats.

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So since we have a new puppy, I’ve been looking for ways to keep her busy. I was at Krisers this weekend, talking to the girls there getting advice on things for our dogs to chew on, keep busy, etc. She showed me these dehydrated sweet potato treats. They wanted $20 for about 12 of them. They were thicker and denser than the ones pictured here, but it made me thinking that I could probably make something simliar on my own, for a fraction of that price!

So i went home and sliced up 2 sweet potatoes. I rubbed them with olive oil and baked them at 175 for a total of about 8 hours. I did it for four hours, went to bed, and left them in the oven (with the oven turned off) and then woke up and baked them for about 4 hours more. You definitely want to keep your eye on these. It all depends on how thick you cut your sweet potato. Mine were a little on the thicker side (maybe about 1/4 inch) but i bet if you used a mandolin slicer you would not have to bake so long.

These were a hit with both our dogs. And its an all natural-treat, so they are guilt free!

211. dog bed.

I sewed this large dog bed for Mr. Maddox this morning using some fabric from Ikea. Its essentially a square cushion, I just didn’t do piping. It has a hidden zipper and I stuffed it with some old pillows and a floor cushion we don’t really use. Maddox took to it immediately. We just all took a nap and when I woke up, he was fast asleep on it! Success!

137. saying goodbye.

After 9 years of living in the condo in the city, we are headed for a house in the burbs later this week. We ate dinner on the porch, chatting with our neighbors and friends in the building, enjoying the springtime weather. I snapped a few photos.