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DIY – Doggie Beer Biscuits

OH MY GOD PEANUT BUTTER GET IN MY MOUTH

OH MY GOD PEANUT BUTTER GET IN MY MOUTH!

I decided to use the spent grains from Tuesday’s brewing session for dog biscuits, especially since our two pooches really enjoyed sniffing the grains when they were in the pot. I followed directions from this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups spent grain (NO HOPS)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
Be patient - it's a bit of a workout.

Be patient – it’s a bit of a workout.

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients together into a large bowl. Since I had just worked out, my arms were a little unhappy about this process. It was hard work as it develops into a thick paste. It eventually looks like the picture in Stage 4 – at least for the grains I’m using.

Next, press the batter down onto a large, ungreased but rimmed baking sheet – sort of like making rice krispie treats. Take a knife and cut down the treats to size or else you will want to strangle someone trying to free the treats from the tray!

My scoring was a bit messy and caused the treats to fall apart after they were completely baked.

My scoring was a little messy and caused the treats to fall apart after they were completely baked.

Then, bake at 350° F for about 30-45 minutes or until solid. Mine took 35 minutes.

Loosen the treats from the sheet and break them apart. Return the treats to the baking sheet, spreading them evenly. I couldn’t Tetris them back onto the sheet so I used two and stuck them back into the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 250° F and put them in for 1-2 hours or until they are completely dried out. Mine took an hour.

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before storing in an airtight container.

And that’s it! My dogs are going INSANE for these treats. It’s basically like having a giant tub of bacon in my hand so I think these have passed their approval test. And just in case you’re wondering, despite looking like brownies, they do not actually taste that great.

DIY – Bringing Fereldan to My Backyard

If you’ve been following any of my social networks since February, then you know just how I feel about the game Dragon Age. Since starting Dragon Age: Origins, my love for the franchise and everything related has grown exponentially, resulting in a new spot at the top of my favorite all-time game list. That’s right, Carth Onasi, there’s a new guy in town and his name is Alistair!

Do a Google search and there’s an abundance of Alistair (the most popular character/romance option for ladies) love poems, drawings and lengthy discussions about favorite quotes, etc, etc. It’s really quite amazing just how well the female gaming community has embraced this shy, sarcastic and chivalrous stud in plate armor. But moving away from the Alistair love posts, I decided I wanted to incorporate some sort of Dragon Age decor into our geeky little house. I searched the bowels of the internet for days and came up with nothing as far as projects relating to DA decor.

So naturally, I created my own!

My finished Fereldan Herb Garden!

My finished Fereldan Herb Garden!

Since starting to cook more at home, and doing a LOT of it, I have needed fresh herbs on almost a daily basis. Let me tell you something: fresh herbs are expensive!! Even at the local farmer’s market, I was buying them often and usually having them go bad before I could make use of it all. It really wasn’t a financially savvy option for somebody carefully monitoring their bottom line. So with a little creativity, and about $80, I made a great-looking herb garden that ups the geek factor on my backyard and adds delicious (and cheaper) flavor to our meals!

Here’s how I made the magic happen …

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