Thursday, March 22, 2012

Prickly pear, Dog perfume, and Spring-time treats.


It's been a wonderful winter and spring here in Germany!  My days have been full of planning summer trips, walking the pups, editing some pictures, and a few random treats. 


And, I promise, this is the last post I'll make for awhile that is 90% about my dogs.  
Are you bored with them?  Am I?  Never!  I just love them pieces.  Here's a few pictures of Boomer and Wrigley and our daily activities.    

So, who knows what Prickly Pear is?? 


This fruit, is my favorite.  The cactus fruit.  
I could solely live off this fruit, forever. 

Apparently, I'm not the only one who loves it.





{I checked.  No prickly needles!}


My dogs are healthy!  Among their favorites:  Carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, and other produce.  

And we walk.  The path I was standing on to take this picture is part of our 4 miler.  Not very long, but doing this walk at LEAST 4 times a week, 16 miles a week isn't bad, right?  And once summer roles around, it's 5 days a week.








{aint it purdy?}

Here's a shot of roughly the same location, from last October.  

     What's the best thing about living in Stambach?  The walks!  By far, it's my favorite.  What a place of perfection to worship God and meditate on his goodness!

So, SOMEtimes, I can convince Nate to join us on our walks.
And actually, the only times I get to take my camera along is when he's there to round up the dogs when they run too far ahead.  

Here's a question.  Do any of you have dogs that, um, you know, roll in other animals' droppings?  


Seriously. 

What. In the world.


He smells it.  Beelines for it...




And tada!
Poo-makeup, cologne, whatever he intends this to be,  it's done.  
Disgusting.

Aside from that lovely happening our walk, I DID take note of the cute dry flowers.  


Oh, I forgot to mention that WHEN Nate joins us on our walk...it's the short walk.  We drive to the top of the hill.  Hey, it's still a good mile and a half walk, though.  


{Finding a parking spot generally isn't a problem.}

Turned out to be a nice evening stroll.  Even with the stench, it was a happy and pleasant walk.  And don't worry, an immediate bath followed the short 2 minute drive back home.

Take note...THIS is Wrigley, with whom I am snuggling with.  HE did not take part in the rolling.  Boomer still had a lingering odor, even after I used copious amount of Herbal Essence Shampoo.  



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Onto a few food items!

I made this a few years ago.  I need to make it again.



Perfect for these spring afternoons with friends!  Sipping tea, and eating a slice of this no-bake cheesecake = Happiness.


A very good friend of mine gave me this wonderful little cookbook, that I've really enjoyed!  


So far, I've only tried two recipes in it, but they all look awesome.  Here are two that sound scrumptious:




I'm especially excited to try the Roasted Dates recipe, because I LOVE dates, and soon I'll have a boat load of them.  Dates from Jericho, Israel...nothing compares.  



I made Lemon Chicken Salad on Crostini a few days ago, and it was a total hit with the hubby.  Which surprised me, because generally, Chicken Salad is too girly for him.  Wrigley stole one, however.  Thank goodness I caught him, otherwise I'm positive they'd all have disappeared quickly. 



Lemon Chicken Salad on Crostini:

Ingredients:
French or sourdough baguette
Lemon
Salt and pepper
Rotisserie Chicken
Fennel bulb
Green onion
Fresh tarragon
Mayonaise

Combine these in a bowl:
3 Tbsp. of lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1-2 Tbsp. of finely chopped fennel bulb
2-3 finely chopped green onions
2/3 cup of mayo
Salt and pepper

{Spoon onto baguette slices, and that's it!}

Garnish
Chopped tarragon 
(or whatever fresh herb you have in your fridge.  I used cilantro.)


Depending on how big the chicken is {the one I had was small} the amounts and measurements should vary :)

  
My goal for this summer to make all the recipes in this book.  Even the Fritto Misto.  That is, if I can find baby octopus at the Globus.

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Well, that's all, folks!  It's almost noon, and I cannot stay indoors any longer.  Time for our walk!  Have a fabulous weekend...next week: 

Mandelbl├╝tenfest.


{Have fun looking that word up!}


-Christine








2 comments:

  1. good pictures honey. ...and your doggies are ...well... doggies!
    mom.

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  2. No, you're not the only one whose dog rolls around in poop. Mine actually eats it too- she prefers the horse pasture as her place of dining. When you really stop to think about it, it makes me sound pretty crazy for loving on a dog who eats horse poop. But such is life!

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