adventures of beck

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I made bread!

Kayak would have LOVED IT.
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Hi Bernard!

Tibbs says "Hi Bernard!" How's Rwanda treating you?
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Almond Milk

Feel free to flavor it as you please with dates, cocoa powder, carob powder or honey.
Makes about 5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 cup raw almonds
4 cups water
1 T. maple syrup
1 t. lemon juice
1/2 t. salt
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into a fine mesh bag or cheesecloth over a container, squeezing all of the liquid into the bag. Serve chilled as is or use in dairy-free recipes.

Tastes Yummy!
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So I'm practicing my Chipatis. They're a type of Indian Flatbread. It's just flour and water and then after that it's sort of an art. I didn't add enough water and I didn't knead the dough enough. Kind of tough. They're not Garv quality yet, but I inhaled them, as I usually do with anything made of carbs.
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Dog TV

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Kong Frisbee!

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Xylitol Can Kill

What can a couple sticks of gum do to a 85 lb Shepherd Mix? Bad stuff. Turns out, Xylitol ( a common sweetener in gum, candy, and even toothpaste) is 100x more toxic to dogs than the much-feared chocolate. Sonar and I found this out late on one recent Sunday night. We drove 80mph down I-94 to reach the Emergency Vet (whom we are overly acquainted with by now). They induced vomiting and found at least one stick of gum in Sonar's puke. They began an immediate Dextrose IV and began monitoring blood sugar and liver enzymes. She stayed for about 36 hours. Pretty scary. I'm really glad she's ok. And no, it wasn't cheap. But it was worth it.
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