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Our New Neighbor

Gnome home

Looks like a gnome found a new home in one of our trees in the side yard... Hope he brings good luck to our garden!

corkscrew willow

In other side yard tree news, this corkscrew willow suffered some storm damage.

Rosco in his tree

Rosco won't be able to jump in his favorite tree anymore. Poor Rosco!


Frugal Friday: Dog Treats

First off:


We got three more eggs from our ladies (they’re no longer “girls”)! Now we know there are at least two of them laying, since the shells are different colors.

Anyway, back to Frugal Friday: dog treats are really easy to make, and you can usually throw them together with things you probably already have in your pantry. I use and build off of this vegan dog treat recipe, which uses flax seeds and oats as healthy additions instead of just flour:

dog treats!

  • 3/4 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. oats
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. ground flax seeds
  • 2/3 c. water

Preheat oven to 375° F and lightly grease two baking sheets. Mix together all ingredients and roll the dough out on a floured surface to about 1/4″ thickness.  Then you can cut out shapes using cookie cutters (or if you’re lazy like me, use a pizza cutter to cut squares or diamonds). Transfer treats to baking sheets and cook for 12-15 minutes- you can flip them halfway through, but you don’t have to. They’re done when the bottoms and sides are slightly toasted. They’ll crisp up as they cool down.

Alterations and additions:

  • Instead of the peanut butter, use 2 c. ground peanuts (raw or roasted, but not salted) and 1 T. canola oil.
  • Add shredded carrots, apple peels, or beet skins.
  • Add fresh parsley and mint to freshen breath.
  • Our dogs love 1 T. nutritional yeast mixed in.
  • Add an egg for binding, then omit some of the water.

Side Yard Update

Inside the hoop house

Garlic and kale

Carrots on the left and through the middle, bibb lettuce sprouting next to it, garlic in the foreground, onions in the middle, and lettuce in the back- the red leaves over-wintered from last fall.


Cilantro- Becca's favorite



We also have broccoli raab planted with the spinach and cilantro, and sunflowers, oregano, broccoli, and bok choy are in pots in the hoop house to harden off.

Yolko, Fanny, and Chica love their coop! Mother Clucker hasn't figured out how to get up there, or maybe she can't fly...

Chica watches Rosco play frisbee

The curiosity is mutual!

Frisbee dogs

Photos taken by Matt Rekart