Friday, August 20, 2010

Buddy's in the dog house

You can likely tell from the picture of Buddy that he's gotten himself in a bit of trouble. He normally has a free run of the property 24/ 7 and he really does try to be good. But yesterday he caught and killed a wandering young hen.

I don't think he means to kill them .... he just can't help himself when the opportunity presents itself. I caught him red handed when I came home from work yesterday and he knew he was in trouble the minute he saw me pull in the driveway. As punishment he's lost his freedom for a little while so he can have some quiet time to think about what he did. Hopefully, after his sentence is up, we can find a way to stop this behavior.

On a brighter note, once I calmed down from dealing with Buddy, Barb presented me with some freshly baked snack crackers. She made them with goat butter and a mixture of whole wheat and rye flour with spices sprinkled over some to enhance their flavour. Very healthy and better tasting than store bought crackers ... hands down. I ate the entire tray while relaxing in front of the TV. Let me know if you'd like the recipe posted on the blog ... I'm sure Barb wouldn't mind sharing it :)


  1. Yes please, I'm always looking for successful cracker receipes.

  2. Hi Jess - Here it is .... Barb modified a recipe from Edna Staebler's Schmecks Appeal.

    4 cups whole wheat flour (we substituted in 2 cups of rye flour)
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 cup shortening (we used goat butter)
    2/3 cup water or milk (goat milk)

    Mix dry ingredients than add small portions of goat butter until finely blended. Add goat milk and stir until you can form a soft ball. Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll each part as thinly as possible. Slide the dough on to a unbuttered baking sheet. With a pastry wheel or a knife, mark the dough into cracker sized squares. Bake at 400 F for about 10 minutes or until crisp and pale brown. Place cracker sheets on a drying rack and break the crackers along the marked
    lines. Top with spices ... anything works.

    The thinner you roll the dough .... the crisper the crackers.