I have been experimenting with making my own dog food for a little while now and recently a friend introduced me to a recipe for homemade dog biscuits.
With that very first batch, I knew I was on to a winner. Our dog's coat has never been shinier, her tail hasn't stopped wagging, she has never once turned her nose up at anything I've made and just listening to her crunching away, assures me they are delicious.
So all of this positive feedback has inspired me to find more recipe's and adapt them to my lifestyle. I also wanted to experiment with different flavours/textures and flours all while knowing that what I was putting into the bickies, was not only safe for my dog, but I had control of it. Ie no preservatives etc.
So want to make your own batch of bickies for that special furry friend in your life?
Well you can.... here is my latest recipe - Apple Cinnamon Dog Biscuits
Apple Cinnamon Biscuits
1 cup of natural applesauce (**see note below**)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon parsley
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup coconut oil (or olive oil)
5 cups brown rice flour (**see note below**)
1/2 cup powdered milk
2 large organic eggs
** I made my own applesauce in the Thermomix using the recipe from the Everyday Cookbook - page 42
** I made my own rice flour using brown rice and using the Thermomix recipe from the Everyday Cookbook - page 21
Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add the rest of the wet ingredients.
Gently combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
Knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough. I used my Thermomix to do this process which was quicker. ***note*** this recipe is very sticky!
Take a rolling pin and flatten out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a biscuit/cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes. If you're feeling lazy, you can just leave the dough as is and bake it like one whole biscuit. You can always break it up after it's cooked. At this point I also sprinkled on a little extra cinnamon on the top of the biscuits, but that is just an option. If you want a shinier looking biscuit, you can also brush on a thin coat of egg whites before baking.
Place your dough onto a tray with a non-stick baking sheet on top because as mentioned above this recipe is very very sticky!
Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden.
Let your biscuits cool completely. Store in an air tight container for up to a week (if your furry friend let's them last that long!). Remember these are fresh ingredients with no preservatives, so they will not store as long in a container as a commercially bought brand of biscuits would.
I've been asked various questions over the years about my backgrounds and my trees. Questions like how do you do this, or that or the other. So I am considering doing up an online class, where you can learn how to make one of my paintings from start to finish. My paintings have A LOT of layers and need lots and lots of time to dry. So an online class is perfect, as students will be able to take their time (start/stop the video's - rewatch them etc etc) and learn at their own pace in the privacy of their own home, so no need to worry about what others are doing or how quickly they are doing it! But before I go ahead, I need to ask a few questions about this potential class. So here are my questions and I am after as much feedback as possible. If you were to take my class -
a) which of the tree's below would you like to learn to paint.. please be specific by saying 1, 2, 3 etc. I'm going to record this info and then go with majority vote
b) how much would you be happy to pay for this content.
Please note also, that the end product may not look exactly like mine at the end and that is a GOOD thing. None of my paintings ever look the same and I will give the student opportunity to create a painting with their OWN VOICE. What I can give you are - the tools and tricks that I have learnt over the years, to give your painting loads and loads of depth and texture. I will provide a material list of what I use. However, cheaper alternatives can always be sought. Ie the paint brand I use is quite expensive, but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there. You can also buy canvas from a thrift store (the white background will be covered up, so it doesn't matter if it has dirty marks on it). Please feel free to share with your friends, as I truly would love as much feedback as possible. I'm thinking of creating this course over the Xmas/New Year period as I have a little bit of time off from work. Please note that I work full time at another job, so the support that I would provide would have to be after work hours. Thanks Natalie xx
A sister is someone who has been where you've been and knows you better than anyone else.
She is more than just family, she is also your best friend.
The closeness that you have shared through life's joys and tears, is like having a comfortable hand to hold. You will always be kindred spirits and will always be there for one another. That is the best kind of sister.
Well we have moved and we are settled, but I must admit that my blog posts have been somewhat all over the place lately. My art has also been a bit the same... and I can't lie... The reason is simple - the BEACH.
Photo and motivational quote by me :-)
When we moved down south, I made a pact to myself to not take the view and the beach for granted. After all, it's too easy to move somewhere and just never ever appreciate what you have... I will 100% stick my hand up and say I've done that myself. I lived in the Pilbara for 7+ years and I know first hand, how it inspires and moves so many people.... yet for me, I struggled to be inspired. I tried and I tried, but I am an ocean/beach girl through and through. After all I'm a Pisces and the water runs through my veins. But I have seen SO many beautiful photo's and paintings done by some truly wonderful Pilbara artists, yet for me, personally I struggled to be inspired.
So before we moved down south, I made a little pact with myself - TO MAKE SURE THAT I GO TO THE BEACH EVERY DAY ------- rain, hail or shine...
I have to be honest... I haven't been every day.
Sometimes we've been away, sometimes it's been too late in the arvo, too cold, or just too wet, but I would say that I have been 95% of the time. And do you know what, I feel like I am a NEW person.... and my dog, well she is 7 years old - AND I have been stopped by so many people asking if she is a puppy... a PUPPY... are you serious... she was nearly crippled before we left the Pilbara and I thought we may have to put her down at one stage... but she absolutely loves the ocean/beach just like her family.... maybe it's a Pets and Owners thing...... you know what I mean right? we've all seen those photo's of the dogs who look like their owners
beach sand in my moustache... the best kind of moustache right?
So for the first time in my life, I've actually been inspired to pick up a camera (or rather my iphone) and take photo's. Pretty pleased with how some of those photo's turned out - considering I'm the first person to say I take the most rubbish photo's in the history of man kind!
Mine and my mate Rosie's footprints running one morning
Photo by yours truly ... Quote - well I think we have all used this quote at some stage
in our lives ... and it's a good one to remember..
and a treasure I found one day walking.
Anyway, I'm working on a better way to BALANCE it all... and I hope to post more regularly...
As always, I can't thank you enough for popping by.