Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy New Year from Lilly

Happy 2013!  

We apologize for the delay since our last blog post - Trevor and Brittany left for somewhere with a lot of snow for a week in December (Christmas in NY!).  It seems like with Brittany starting graduate school, and Trevor constantly playing guitar and chasing the ball around (soccer), I am the only one who has time to keep up with this blog.  Fortunately, before they left, they got me a HUGE new bed that I absolutely love.  I get a lot of great blogging ideas while lounging on my new pad.  I spend most of my time here, pondering the meaning of life in the same essence as greats like Nietzsche, Socrates, and Wishbone.

Except, of course, when I am protecting everyone in the house by watching the door...

They call me guard dog.

Anyway, once Trevor and Brittany got home from the great snowy North, they started using this round loud thing that is on for hours and hours on end.  They call it a dehydrator.  I wasn't too sure about it, but once I realized that it actually makes food I was all about it!  Check out below for some of the tasty creations they have been making.

The NESCO FD-75PR 700W Dehydrator.  It kind of looks like R2D2..  *Bleep bloop*

Some fun things we've made
Kale chips 
Dried Pineapple
Apple chips
Sweet Dried Tomatoes
Sweet Potato Treats for Lilly!

Some apple chips & dried sweet tomato photos:

Trevor peeling & coring the apples

Preparing to cut up the slices on Trevor's 'Obsessive Chef' cutting board (his favorite)

The work station!  Note the lemon juice on the apple slices for preservation (of color and taste!)

The apple slices ready to be dehydrated

Brittany the beautiful blancher! (knocking out some "tomaters")

The finished product!  The humans put a cinnamon on some of the slices for a little more flavor.  A fantastic choice, in my opinion.

Next, Trevor and Brittany made me some awesome sweet potato treats using Trevor's new Cuisinart mandolin.  They are wicked orange and crunchy!

Showing off my amazing patience.  This was seconds before the sweet little potato met it's maker.

Homemade Sweet Potato Doggie Treats
Yield: 8oz

2 large sweet potatoes (about 2-3 pounds)

1.  Mandolin the sweet potatoes, length wise 1/4 inch thick.
2.  Blanch potato slices
3.  Arrange potatoes in dehydrator
4.  Dehydrate on 120 degrees for 14-20 hours
5.  Serve to your favorite four legged friend and enjoy!

The sweet and crunchy finished product.

My new bed is calling my name.. Until next time!



Brittany and Trevor in that snowy place called Buffalo, NY!

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