Archive for December, 2008

First big snowfall

December 28, 2008

I think Lyric is going thru a growth spurt right now… last night i was looking at pictures of him from a few days ago and he looks different. Without mentioning my thoughts to Dan, he says the same thing today. It’s been an interesting week. We dealt with the passing of Dan’s great uncle marty and had lots of snow delivered to us. Uncle Marty will be missed but he is now resting peacefully with his wife. I have never seen a couple that was so in love until the day they died. I truely admire their relationship. Saturday we also attended a friend’s annual christmas party.

and the snow…..boy did it snow….on and off for two days. the dogs enjoyed some time with us and playing in the snow.


Christmas is in the air

December 16, 2008
We had a Saturday full of holiday events.  We attended our local Vizsla club’s  holiday party which was a good time. The hosts of the party have a beautiful home on a nice piece of land. They are Italian and make wine just like us. Thanks to Rick and Mary Ellen for hosting a wonderful party and making us feel so welcome. Then we went to the annual Christmas concert which Dan’s brother takes part in. Their church puts on an incredible christmas show each year. Every year it’s different. It was a nice way to celebrate the season.


It’s about time that we (bruno and lyric) tell you about what has been going on….
AHHHHH naptime….we love naps!
Since we missed going to see Santa at the mall, Dad lifted us up to visit with the Santa in our house. Here are bruno and I each telling Santa what we want for Christmas.
Come get me Bruno….I have your favorite toy.
We keep watch over the yard together.
We went for a puppy hike to get our sniffs out…. Lyric zoomed like a fool mom couldnt get a picture….

Then we got to tag along for a special outing….we went to visit Uncle Alex(ok not our uncle but dad’s good friend) he RUVS us sooooooooooooo much! Dad had to help him with some computer stuff at the shop where Uncle Alex makes t-shirts and where “the band” practices.

The shop guard dogs, we look so mean
We have discovered that Bruno prefers the drums…..
while i prefer the keyboards(like my human dad)
We passed the time by playing together.  It’s taken a few weeks but we really do love each and love to play. Mom says she sees our bond developing more and more each day.
Apparently Bruno thinks he is a Vizsla and jumped in Alex’s lap to show him how much he loves him
Paws off he is MINE!!!!!
Hey im little, love me too 
We both love seeing Alex. Thanks for letting us visit!
And after a long day,  we put ourselves to bed when we got home.  Bruno under the covers(no pic) and Lyric on his dog bed. Mom and Dad even forgot our “last call” outside.

Fun filled weekend and more pics

December 10, 2008
As you can see, the boys are really bonding. Bruno is letting Lyric cuddle with him occasionally. They also have been wrestling and playing a lot in the house. Friday night we went to dinner and a show with Dan’s family. We had a great time. We went to a fabulous local restaurant and saw and show called Plaid Tidings. It was a nice festive evening. Saturday we attended the CVVC Field Trial. It was a great time. Bruno and Lyric came along because it was a long day. Lyric got to play with another puppy, walk by some horses and sniff some bird bags.
We got some snow this weekend.
Yummy snow!!!
And we played with our friend Bella. She is so much fun! She is getting a sister in a couple weeks! I cant wait to meet her! Love, Lyric
Monkey See, Monkey Do


December 2, 2008

We had a wonderful thanksgiving. Amanda’s dad came down for the holiday which was very nice. We spent the day with Dan’s family. The rest of the weekend we relaxed and ran errands.

Below are some new pics of Lyric and Bruno. Lyric is getting so big.

Lyric has transitioned to sleeping on a dog bed at night in our room.  I think he enjoys it and bruno likes the new bed too.

 Enjoying a brotherly moment.

Although Bruno’s favorite spot is still our bed. Yes, he gets himself under those covers. If we make the bed, he unmakes it so that he can get comfy.
Enjoying the great outdoors
And playing….
And occasionally being carried by dad
I am a wonderful accent to the backyard, dont you think?
Really beginning to wonder about Bruno, I think he is confused.
They call them Velcro Vizslas for a reason
Taking a rest on Thanksgiving

Ranger Cookies (My mother’s recipe)

December 2, 2008

Ranger Cookies

½ cup butter

½ cup margarine

Note: I have used 1 cup of butter or 1 cup of margarine….it does not have to be ½  and ½

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs OR 1 egg and 1/2 c maple syrup

2 cup flour

2 cup oatmeal

1 cup Special K

1 cup raisins (i omit)

Beat butter with an electric mixer on a medium to high spead beat butter for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Beat until combined scraping sides of bowl occasionall. Beat in eggs and mapled sryup(if using). Beat in as much flour as you can and stir in the rest.  Stir in oatmeal, special K and raisins. Drop dough by rounded teaspons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 375 degrees  for  7 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on cooke sheet for one minutes, then cool on a wire wrack.

Calamari with Nutty Angel Hair

December 1, 2008

From Every Day with Rachael Ray
December-January 2009


Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 20 min

1. Preheat the oven to 500°. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and grease each with 1 tablespoon olive oil. In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the garlic to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the anchovy paste and cook for 1 minute.
2. In a medium bowl, toss the squid with 4 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Pour the breadcrumbs into a large bowl. Working with a handful at a time, coat the squid in the breadcrumbs, opening up the rings to cover well. Spread the squid in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil on top. Bake until golden and crunchy, 12 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 2 minutes; drain, reserving 2 cups of the pasta water.
4. Stir the reserved pasta water into the anchovy mixture and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, turning with tongs, to heat through. Add the almonds and parsley, toss well and transfer to a large bowl. Surround the pasta with the squid and the lemon wedges for squeezing.






3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil




3/4 cup sliced almonds with skins




4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced




1 tablespoon anchovy paste




1 1/2 pounds small, cleaned squid—cut into 1/3-inch rings, tentacles halved, patted dry





Salt and pepper




2 1/4 cups seasoned breadcrumbs




1/2 pound angel hair pasta




1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley




Lemon wedges, for serving