Sunday, July 13, 2008

Biscuits and a Vest

Run, Patty! Mommy said TREAT!

In typical fighting Irish fashion, our dog Patty feels compelled to bark her head off about twice a day in response to the insulting presence of some neighbor dogs way up at our back fence. She's not very food-driven, but we have finally trained her to abandon the barkfest and come back to the house when we call her by giving her a treat when she comes through the door. Snoopy, who's very food-driven, loves it when she goes up and starts barking, because he's learned to anticipate the T-R-E-A-T. (That's what we have to do - spell it out - that and the word D-I-N-N-E-R, both of which set him off in hysterics.)

This morning, I prompted the same response from Anna, propelling her into the kitchen from a dead sleep at 10:00 am (remember, it's summer, and she's a teenager) by saying, "Anna, fresh biscuits!" They're a little craggier than Tyler Florence's biscuits, but they tasted great with fresh strawberries.

I only had about a 1/4 cup of buttermilk so I made some with a cup of milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice; the biscuits had a very faint lemon note that was actually quite pleasant. A word of caution - I only used 1 teaspoon of salt in the recipe, not the tablespoon listed, and it was plenty.

In knitting news, I am done with the ribbing on my Back to School Vest. That was a LOT of ribbing. I'm now ready to start the patterned top portion, which will be a very welcome change from K2P2. I'm knitting the smallest size and I had just a few yards left of my first skein of Cascade 220, in case you were wondering.

Can I PLEASE have a biscuit too?


Renna said...

That vest is going to be gorgeous!

I love the doggie pictures. I'm also trying to train my little Min Pin to come to me for a treat, for more or less the same reason. When we're outside (she always has to be leashed or she bolts), she becomes enraged when walkers go by with their dogs. It's getting to be a bit embarrassing, her lack of neighborliness! ;-)

Tracy Batchelder said...

I'd come running for biscuits too. The vest is looking good!

Cactusneedles said...

Biscuits look yummy! Love that red, I think I have a hat in that color!

Jane said...

The article on teen sleep habits ROCKS. I am sending it to my ex so he can chill about Julia's late starts...

g-girl said...

wait a snoopy joining in on the barking or is he just joining in on the treat part. i'll have to remember that the next time i house sit. sometimes the dog would want to spend the whole night barking at who knows what.