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Today, this 17th day in April, 2011, is Gracie Mae’s 3rd Birthday; therefore, this entire post is devoted to her.

Little Miss Mae is celebrating her third year of life. I still remember her first day with us.
Look how much she has grown! Wasn’t she just a darling little peanut!?


For her birthday, we typically go for a nice long walk, or to the park, and then we go to the pet store and let her pick out a couple new toys of her choice…And, yes, she really does chose them.

We always have a little photo shoot, to document her growth, and her day. And this year, we added something new into the mix–I made her yummy homemade doggie treats (and yes, Paul & I both tried them.)

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Homemade Pooch Treats


These were super-duper simple, and Gracie can’t get enough. Plus, they are healthier (and cheaper) than her normal Milkbones that tend to make her constipated and change her poop weird colors.
I did a little research before making these–a lot of recipes I came across had garlic in them, apparently fleas hate the smell of garlic, so garlicky food keeps them away. Unfortunately, garlic is bad for dogs. Like onions, garlic can cause anemia in dogs–which can cause death. No, thank you!
A lot of the recipes also had animal flavors in them, like chicken or beef bouillon. I opted not to add these because of the typical sodium content, but feel free to if you’d like.

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of rolled oats..


…and 1/3 cup softened butter.


Then pour in 1 cup of hot water (just like you’re making oatmeal!)


Mix it together a bit, and let that sit for 10 minutes.

Measure 1/4 a cup of cornmeal,


and grate 2 carrots.


Put the carrot shreds into a piece of paper towel and gently squeeze the juice out.

Next, chop up 1/2 cup of parsley…


..and measure 1 cup of peanut butter.


Add this all to the bowl with the oatmeal.


Next, add 3 cups of flour.


I would have used whole wheat flour if I’d had it–but I didn’t…So, I just used plain ol’ all-purpose flour. If you have whole wheat flour, I recommend using it.


Add 1 egg and 1/4 cup of milk, then mix it all together.

It should look something like this.


You may be tempted to eat the dough at this point–it smells like peanut butter cookies. Don’t let yourself be fooled–this is going to be dog food. Remember? But mmm, it smells so good.

Mmm, smell them?


Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface. The dough should be firm, not too sticky. If it’s sticky, dust it with flour and knead it a bit until it becomes firm.

Form it into a ball.


I rolled the dough a bit and found it was too much, so I cut it in half.


Roll your dough to about 1/4″ thickness.


Use a cookie cutter to cut it into whichever shape you desire.



Lay the cookies on a grease cookie sheet. Bake on 350˚F for 45 minutes–until hardened.

Let them cool, and share them with your favorite pooch!



This one time, I performed brain surgery.

But first, I played with the macro setting on my new camera 🙂
Then came the brain surgery.
Poor Squeekers* played a little too rough.
They call me the Derek Shepherd of the Yerrick Household.
Gracie watched on, a look of concern in her eyes.
Have no fear, Gracie! Mommy’s the best in the mid-west!
All done and ready to play!
[No toy were harmed in the photographing of this blogpost]
*Names have been changed for patient confidentiality reasons.
Update: Less than 2 minutes after the surgery, Squeekers* was fatally wounded–her face was ripped off.

It’s been a pretty quick summer. I think last summer we forgot to blog all summer and ended up doing one post of a recap of our summer–I’ll give you the same thing this year 🙂

Beginning of summer–school started. During the summer? School? I know….but it hasn’t been all that bad. I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m coming to the end of my first quarter here next week and I can’t believe it! 1 down, 5 to go. I hope to make the Dean’s list…that’s my goal this quarter. For those that know me—school and I don’t get along, so the Dean’s list is a pretty big goal. Next quarter I have baking–this should be fun. Expect lots of baked goodies on the blog 🙂

Well, we got a grill. We grilled every night for about 2 weeks straight, until the little old lady downstairs yelled at us and informed us we weren’t allowed to grill at the apartment. The next day the landlord handed out a notice from the fire department informing us that grilling is no longer allowed at our complex. Bummer. It was fun while it lasted. We now have a portable grill for the occasional picnic…and about a years worth of propane.
In June we took a trip to Michigan for my Grandparent’s 50th anniversary party. We had a family picnic at Lake Michigan, which was a lot of fun. I miss Lake Michigan.
We will be returning in a few weeks for a whole week for Mike (my brother) and Katie’s wedding.
Meet Millie:
Millie is a dog we rescued at the beginning of July. When we found her she super malnourished, sick, and full of fleas. Blech. We thought she could be a good companion for Gracie since we’ve been so busy lately, but as it turns out, being super busy is no good for a new puppy and the potty training process. We found a good home for Millie, so she’s no longer with us, but I wanted you all to meet her.
Gracie wasn’t a big fan.
Back in July our good friends Nick and Aubrey (you may remember them from here) got married. We were both honored to be in their wedding party. We got to go to Ohio for the weekend for their wedding festivities. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera…so, no pictures from that event until they get their actual wedding pictures back.
In August we traveled to Dearborn, MI for a wedding of one of Paul’s friends from high school.
In the car I was able to work on my new hobby:
there will be more on this at a later date.
Anyways, the wedding. It was amazing. Beautiful.

After the wedding, we headed to Grand Rapids for a couple of hours to meet a very special person.

Meet Claire:

No, no, no. She’s not special….well, she is…but she’s not the special person we went to meet. We already knew her. Claire is my bestie. We’ve been friends since 6th grade. This person that we went to meet wasn’t around in 6th grade. She was born on July 20th. She is Claire’s daughter.

Meet Rylee:
She is pretty much the most precious thing ever…maybe I’m a little biased…maybe not. Stephen and Claire make a cute baby.

Anyways, it was so good to see my bestest, even if it was just for a few hours. I’m excited to get to spend more time with them in a few weeks.

Me touching an infant.

More photos of our summer adventures are here. (As well as lots of other, older pictures.) I’m trying to keep our gallery updated.

Hopefully I’ll have a few more recipes for you soon…I made a delicious soup tonight at work that I’d like to share with you.

Signing off,
Rochelle 🙂

Two posts in one week? Oh my!
This post is all about newness…and since it’s about newness, I have loads of new pictures of new things.
Gracie has always loved looking out the window. In Florida it was easy for her–she would sit for hours just looking out the slider door window. Unfortunately, in our Kentucky apartment when you look out the slider window, all you see is a blocked in porch. Then, she started standing on her hind feet with her little front paws on the windowsill looking out the window. She has now started this:

Thing two. My kitchen has been a mess since we moved in. It is a really awkward space. Not much counter space with a very empty corner for a breakfast nook. Now let me just say that we have a dining room that doesn’t even have a dining table in it, so there is no way we would have (or have a need for) a breakfast nook table. So here I am, with this too small kitchen with no storage, and a HUGE empty dead space. Then comes newness number 2:
A lovely shelf system.

I have one more new thing, which also happens to be my FAVORITE new thing..but that will have to wait until a later date–I have to check on my roast. Yes. A roast. Martha would be so proud.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

The new addition.

Gracie Mae Yerrick
Born April 17th, 2008
Adopted June 20th, 2008