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Service Dog

March 23, 2010

I know you were worried that was the name of my next recipe! I just had to share with my friends the service dog that is coming to me in April. It was a long process, applying, getting accepted, then waiting for a dog that was trained to match my needs.

I go up to Assistance Dogs of America April 19 to train for 2 weeks with my new right hand man. April 30, Kahlua and I will be home.

Kahlua is a large Labradoodle. Half chocolate lab and half white poodle. What a personality! He is so very smart and will be a great help to me,

A picture is  worth a thousand words, so let me share:

Kahlua and I meet for the first time.Love at first sight

Kahlua and I begin to work together. "Heel, Kahlua"

Kahlua picking up my cell phone

Putting on Kahlua's service dog vest

Helping Mommy balance

Hi Mommy!

Working with the wonderful staff at Assistance Dogs of America, Inc.

Kahlua meets his new brother and sister. The Reed Kids: Georgia, Kahlua and Murphy

So hard to say goodbye. Kahlua has one more month of training before I join him.

Bonnie and Kahlua Reed: a match made in heaven!


Valentine’s Treats

February 11, 2010

Valentine’s Day is Saturday and the way to your honey’s heart is CHOCOLATE!!

Tomorrow is my daughter and son-in-law’s 5th anniversary. Happy Anniversary Nate and Jenele! 5 years ago we were up to our ears in red, including red ice sculptures made in large heart molds to line the path as the guests entered the hall. (I thought I would never get the red food coloring off my hands in time to be a cleaned-up mother of the bride!) It was a beautiful, wonderful wedding and I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!

This is a blog: which means, I share with you and you talk to me. Out of over 150 hits this week, only 6 brave souls left a comment. C’mon, talk to me – about ANYTHING! I love hearing from you.

Go out tomorrow and get the ingredients for both of these very easy valentine’s treats. Your sweetie will thank you!

Hot Fudge Cake

1 c. flour

3/4 c. sugar

2 TBL. baking cocoa

2 teas. baking powder

1/4 teas. salt

1/2 c. milk

2 TBLS. veg. oil

1 teas. vanilla

1 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. baking cocoa

1-3/4 c. hot water

—–> Combine the flour, sugar, 2 TBL. baking cocoa, baking powder, and salt in mixing bowl and mix well. Add the milk, oil and vanilla, and mix well. Pour the mixture into an ungreased 9 x 9 square baking pan. Mix the brown sugar and 1/4 c. baking cocoa in a small bowl and sprinkle over the batter.

Pour the hot water over the top, and do NOT stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake tests done. The cake will be on the top, the sauce on the bottom. Serve a warm portion of the cake  with the chocolate sauce spooned over the top and add a dollop of icecream or whipped cream.

Note: No calories if eaten on Valentine’s Day!!

This is the esiest candy I have ever found! My honey LOVES chocolates from Heggy’s, but this year he is getting something very similar from me!!

Yummy Candy

1/2 c. butterscotch morsels

1/2 c. chocolate morsels

1/2 c. of a 3 oz. can of chow mein noodles

1/2 c. salted peanuts

—–> Combine butterscotch and chocolate morsels iin a double boiler. Melt over low heat and stir constantly. Turn off heat when melter. Add peanuts and noodles. Stir till all are mixed through. Drop by teaspoons on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Put into the freezer till set (15 to 20 minutes). Keep in refrigerator.

Go on – double the recipe. You know you want to!!! Happy Valentine’s Day all!


Comfort Food

February 9, 2010

Ok it’s snowing. AGAIN! What do we do? WE COOK! (and sew and crochet etc. etc.). This recipe has been a favorite in our family for years. It warms the innards and soothes your heart on these cold days! It is easier than most pot pies and I am all about easy. I am off to sew and fish a crazy chocolate lab out of the snow in the backyard. (She came from the south, but loves the snow – go figure!) Enjoy this hearty dish!

Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie

One pre-made pie crust (the rolled up kind) Pillsbury makes a good one

1-1/2 c. chicken broth

2 c. peeled cubed potatoes

1 c. sliced carrots

1/2 c. sliced celery

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/4 c. flour

1-1/2 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

4 c. diced cooked chicken (good way to use up leftovers)

1/4 teas. poultry seasoning

salt and pepper
—–> Heat broth to a boil in large saucepan. Add vegetables, simmer 10 – 15 minutes or until tender. Blend flour with milk, stir into broth mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened. Stir in cheese, chicken and spices. Heat until cheese melts. Spoon into 2-1/2 to 3 qt. casserole. Unroll pie crust and place on top of mixture. Can pleat the edges if you want to make it pretty. Seal edges against casserole.  Make several slits in pie crust for steam to escape. Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown.   Serves 6.