Sunday, February 28, 2010

Madison Turns 4!!

This Wednesday is Madison's 4th birthday and as crazy as this may sound, I make something special every year for my dog's birthdays. This year, since I have been on a cookie craze, I decided to make her birthday cookies. I decided on a pretty basic dog treat recipe and to top it off I had everything I needed already in the house. The recipe called for 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp Baking Powder, 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup milk. I doubled the recipe though so there were enough treats to share. 
I make dog treats pretty often, so I wanted to do something special. I decided on a sandwich cookie and pulled out my shortbread cookie cutters. Then I needed to find something dog friendly to fill the middles with. After doing some research I found that I could use royal icing. Done!
While I waited for the cookies to cool, I colored my icing pink and yellow and was ready to start sandwiching!
I spooned about 1/2 tsp royal icing on to each cookie and smooshed them together. 
I put them into cellophane bags to share with their friends and tied them with pink and yellow ribbon. 

The last step was a taste test...SUCCESS!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Beans and Memories!!

Joe and I decided that tonight would be a perfect night to grill some carne asada. I headed to the grocery store for a few things, which included MY HUSBAND'S (still wierd) favorite refried beans. They are a dried, "just add water" sort of bean but he LOVES them!! They definitely taste more like homemade refried beans then the ones you can find in the can.

As I was on the "Mexican Food" aisle I spotted what I remember to be as the most purchased thing from the ice cream man in 1994! I saw them, my mouth watered and I threw a bag of them in to my cart.
Of course in true Kim fashion, I opened one before even leaving the parking lot. I must say, they aren't what I remember. I actually thought to myself, "why in the world did I ever eat these?" As disappointed and I was with my purchase, I just couldn't bring myself to throw them away. Maybe try again tomorrow? Were my taste buds off?? =)