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Dog Bones – Please Read

Just saw this warning and wanted to share (maybe another reason to get a FB page ??) . . . anyway please be aware that processed bones for dogs including “ham bones, pork femur bones, rib bones, and smokey knuckle bones” should not be given to dogs at all.  While no particular brand was mentioned, they all have been linked to illness and in some cases caused death.    To read the entire article, please visit this link. 



Water – Cress


Why is it that IF something is going to go wrong, it will invariably happen either on the weekend or over a holiday when you can’t get a hold of anyone. Such was the case at our house  over Thanksgiving when we had no hot water.  Waiting for repairs but in the meantime I’ve learned what’s like to heat water on the stove for washing dishes . . . haven’t done that in a long time . . . and taking a bath is even more challenging.



Read an article (link below) about some students that were having trouble concentrating in class. This lead them to wonder . . . “why”?  It certainly couldn’t be their cell phone – or could it?

For a science project they decided to test the effect of wi-fi on cress seeds, close vs. distant. As far as I’m concerned the results were mind-boggling.



For those that don’t want to read the entire article, the seeds on the left were the ones close to the wi-fi signal, the ones on the right were the ones farther away. Enough said.

Scientists from other countries found their project intriguing enough to do further study on the effects of wi-fi.

To read the entire article, please visit this link.




Surprises & Change

Surprises and change . . . two things I particularly don’t like. Of course, surprises can be a good thing – like the beautiful sunset we had last night.


But then finding a snake in the goldfish pond isn’t one of the surprises I like.

Went out the other day to check on the water level and there skimming along the surface was a rather long ribbon snake. Looked like it was at least a foot long.   Have no idea what he was looking for since we currently don’t have any goldfish.  So off I went to get the net.  Thought I might be able to catch him and toss him into the field.  Well I did get back in time to scoop him up – but  only half of him which meant that he was able to slither out of the net and slide under the deck step.  Of course, now every time I go out I look for that snake.  I don’t like snakes!




Now for change. Finally had to breakdown and get a new billfold . . . wallet  . . . clutch, whatever you want to call it as my old one was to the point of having stuff fall out.  Reason I don’t like getting a new billfold?  I get comfortable with a wallet and where everything is . . . and getting a new one means getting familiar all over  with where things are.    In fact, panic almost sets in if there is a credit card out of place.  Just know I’ve either left it somewhere or lost it !  Does that make me OCD????


All in all, the new one is much better.  Larger, more space for credit cards (but who has – or needs –  18 credit cards ??!!!).  It also has RFID protection.   Didn’t know wallets came with this embedded.  RFID is the blocking of someone trying to get your credit card information using a  scanning device when they come within close proximity of you.


Living in a rural area I’m not too concerned about this – but nevertheless guess it is good to have.  If your wallet or handbag doesn’t  have RFID protection, there are protective sleeves you can purchase to keep credit cards safe.  Can’t say how effective they are – and seems like it would be a lot of trouble having to take a card in and out of two holders.  But then if it keeps someone from making illegal charges . . . might be worth it.





With Thanksgiving right around the corner, one thing that doesn’t change are the old stand-by recipes that I make.  This year think we’ll have the following:

Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce

Rodeo Nuts

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Sugar Free Cookies w/Cherry filling

I’m seeing a definite trend here of sweet, sweet, sweet.

And, just so you’ll know . . . please check back.  I’ve come up with a new recipe for a 50% sugar free chocolate cake with a sugar-free cream filling. David thought it was the best yet.  And, that’s going to be our Christmas treat!  Will post recipe sometime after Thanksgiving.


Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving !






“Bomb-Diggity” Cheddar Biscuits

Looks like Fall has arrived. There is a light haze across the valley and hills beyond – and the trees are starting to turn those lovely maroon and gold colors.  Our maple tree has some beautiful red leaves – and that, of course, is why we planted it.  And can’t forget to mention  the yaupon.  The branches are loaded with red berries looking much like Christmas.   Not every year we see a colorful Fall – but when we do I feel like I’m living in a picture postcard.



















For those that have been to Red Lobster and enjoyed those ‘Cheddar-Bay Biscuits’ (and have tried making them at home) – it seems they never quite turn out the same as the ones you get at the restaurant.  At least mine never have.



There is a Cheddar-Bay mix out on the market which I have not tried simply because our stores don’t carry it. So I improvised with the Pioneer Mix recipe for cheese biscuits and came up with the following.  These biscuits – according to David – are the best yet.  Moist, fluffy and soooo good.  He enjoyed them so much, I think I made them something like three days in a row this week!


Came up with the recipe more or less by accident so that I wouldn’t’ t waste some leftover buttermilk in the fridge . . . and everything tastes better when made with real butter.  So here goes . . .


Bomb-Diggity Cheddar Biscuits

Makes 12 biscuits



  • 2 cups Pioneer Mix
  • 1/2 cup hand-shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cultured buttermilk
  • 1 TBSP melted butter


  1. In mixing bowl add all ingredients and blend. Do NOT over mix and Do NOT knead.  (If the dough is too thick, mix in 1 tsp water – dough should be soft and pull from sides of bowl)
  2. Set dough aside for 5 minutes to rest
  3. Using a pair of teaspoons, place drop biscuits on baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place in a pre-heated, 450 degree oven and bake for 8-10 minutes
  5. Remove biscuits from oven and brush with butter topping (recipe below)


Butter Topping

  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

Melt butter in the microwave and in add seasonings.



  1. Use Pioneer Mix – to me it produces a lighter textured biscuit than the other brands and I’ve tried most of them.
  2. Use real butter !!
  3. Shred your own cheddar cheese – the pre-packaged shredded cheeses contain an ingredient that keeps it from sticking together in the bag which means if added to anything it will either ‘dry’ it out or ‘thicken’ it. Note:  This is a good thing if adding  shredded cheeses to cheese sauces that you want or need to thicken up.
  4. Don’t skip the step where you let the dough rest.
  5. Using parchment paper on the baking sheet, keeps the cheese from burning on the biscuit bottoms.


Final Thought:  With regard to the buttermilk  . . . consider coordinating your cooking to make these biscuits, the Crunchy, Country Fried Chicken and the Cake in the Pan   (Regular sugar  or 50% Less Sugar ) so that you use up all the buttermilk.  That is – of course – unless you enjoy drinking it!


PS – The ‘bomb-diggity’ moniker is courtesy a friend who says it means primo and to  us these biscuits are definitely primo. Thanks Karen.