Thursday, February 19, 2009

WoW/DOT - Valentines Day - the puppies help cook





The pups and I have been busy this last week. We have 2 different cooking adventures as well as Valentines Day highlights to show you. Our first cooking adventure was making pretzel hotdogs. My daughter introduced me to Auntie Ann's pretzel dogs in Delaware when we went to the Walmart. I was having withdrawals and wanted to try and find a recipe for them to make at home. I found a recipe here but mine turned out no where near as fine as Auntie Ann's. However they were really really good and were finished off by lunchtime the next day. The pups as always were a big help in the kitchen....


























And because it was Valentine's Day and because the pups had had no special treats in a while, they received their treats the day before. All different specialty cookies from the cookie bar at Petsmart and different flavored bones from the rawhide bar too. Charlotte takes them one at a time and hides them to eat later. She's so funny. Wilbur prefers to tempt Charlotte with them (or should I say tease) but that usually does not go well for him in the end. Charlotte has a perfect bite and his is well...overbite city so like I said she wins in the end when he decides to go down that road. Fortunately this time he quit while he was ahead and ate his own rawhide after all.













Spunky got a playtoy too which is hanging on my bathroom door knob and he plays with religiously. Although he's not good about playing with it when I have the camera out...it's as if he doesn't want proof that he likes to play. He also played stalker kitty with Charlotte...he must be going through spring fever because he even goes after Wilbur sometimes, swatting at the dogs and then running. It sounds like a herd of elephants around here when they really get going.





























When Saturday rolled around the guys were all gone out to camp to work moving fences or some such a thing. The pups and I made collard cheese pinwheels with homemade not so thin filo dough. They turned out well (which means Doug ate them) but I would like them better with the thinner dough. It would have helped had I made the dough up a day ahead of time (like the directions suggested) but when I get into the mood to cook I'm into instant gratification. The dough I made would have been better for pockets or turnovers and filled with the cheesy concoction instead...it was just a little bready for me in the pinwheel form.





We also made fried rice which turned out divine and a 'wing it' spicy thai shrimp and veggie sauce to go with it.













I also made a bundt cake which came out of the pan in sections *ARGH* and a homemade buttery cream cheese icing to go overtop. It still looked a little lumpy but must have been good since I only got one slice of it before it was completely devoured.

The puppies got to lick the beaters and as you can see were very enthusiastic about it too.














Hope you all had a happy Valentines Day and have a happy Dogs on Thursday!! See you next week!!

12 comments:

Cat said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all! My best luck with bundt pans has come with the not-inexpensive but wonderful and worth every penny Pampered Chef stoneware bundt pan. The cakes come out of the pan perfectly. As with cast iron, every time you use the pan, the better the pan becomes seasoned. I went through about 5 different pans before I finally bit the bullet and got the Pampered Chef one!
On my mother's last birthday with us (this is a pre-Pampered Chef story), I had to throw out 2 batches of batter (problems with store brand sugar, 2 x!) and still had to make 2 cakes - one that came out of the pan in chunks and one that came out of the pan in chunks but ended up getting served anyway!

Sue said...

Don't tell my guys that some dogs get to lick the beaters. Sounds like you and your furry assistants have been busy.

Tina. said...

Awwwww looks like the pups had a lot of fun! A great weekend for sure.

Everything looks delish lumps or not!

P.s. Can you believe I got the outfits brand new at a FLEA MARKET!

Sonya said...

The food looks great! Love the pics of them licking the beaters.

Pooch said...

Great treat for the doggies at the end of all that delicious food prep!

Dot O said...

Oh my, you've gotten me salivating at all that food! The pretzel dogs look yummy. All of it does.

The dogs are adorable and so lucky that they get to lick the beaters!!

Happy DoT!

knittinwolf said...

Love, love, love all the pics! I'm now hungry and I just had dinner!:)

Dianne said...

LOVE the pictures of the beater lickers! I can't believe you make your own filo dough. That takes courage! Collard cheese pinwheels sound yummy!

Anita said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) Your pups & kitty are adorable!!! And man, you are cooking some good food, making me hungry! LOL

dogyarnfun said...

Those dishes look so yummy, they are making me hungry. Looks like the pups enjoyed the feast too.

wrchili said...

Love the egg beater pictures! Adorable!

wildesheep said...

Those pups are precious! YumYumYum- lucky they get to lick the beaters- I haven't done that myself in a while...wonder if I have a box of cake mix lying around...