Pulling out of my parking garage I knew instantly that it would be a trek getting to the restaurant. Cars were backed all the way up my street, meaning it would take a good ten minutes just to get to the freeway (less than a mile away). I glanced down at my navigation, which estimated the travel time as 1 hour, 25 minutes – my heart sank. Even for LA standards this is really bad. Peace, peace, peace – I reminded myself of my theme from the weekend (see previous entry) and tried to calm myself. Inching along the freeway, I felt my chest tighten – thought about throwing a temper tantrum and turning around to go back home, but I had biscuits and gifts to deliver. Breathe…
Drive time – 1 hour and 15 minutes. Ten minutes quicker than estimated, but still about 45 minutes longer than necessary. It was well worth it though, to see six smiling and beautiful faces when I walked in – including one glowing mom-to-be with a due date of Christmas (yes friends, she is full term and still made it out to dinner. And I’m complaining about traffic?). Dinner with girlfriends – it’s good for the soul. I was instantly comforted as I settled in and started catching up and jumping in on the random conversations.
I got the idea from one of my friends. Last year, he didn’t know what to get me for my birthday so he got Nala a bag full of toys and treats. I remember how excited I was over this gift, and thought about how pet owners enjoy receiving gifts for their pets more than they do to receive gifts for themselves. This year, I wanted to be a little creative for Christmas gifts, so I baked up two batches of dog treats to give to my friends. My friends were all excited to receive these treats, and I think I can say that the dogs were too? Look how good they are though, patiently waiting for the go ahead to eat their biscuits.
[[On a side note, I wanted to mention the one moment of clear calmness I felt on the drive over to dinner – I switched over to KDAY and Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M. followed by Method Man’s What the Bloodclot began to play. I know, not peaceful songs in the least, nor are they a very “me” songs, but it brought me back to high school and I found myself completely at ease. It’s amazing how a bit of nostalgia – no matter how random – can be so comforting, yes?]]
Natalie’s Dog Barney (as in Barney Stinson. Legen – wait for it – dary!)
Katie’s pups, Bella, Hapa, and Darla
Angie’s bulldog, Cia
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350. In a stand mixer combine all the ingredients and mix until it comes together as a workable dough. Roll out onto a floured surface about 1/2 inch think, and cut either into pieces or using a cookie cutter. Place onto prepared baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes, or until the treats are hard.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 1/4 cups hot water
Follow the instructions above for the peanut butter pumpkin biscuits.