Rabu, 24 Desember 2008

Christmas 2008

With full credit to Fra Giavonni from 1513

There is nothing I can give which you have not: but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
- Take heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instand.
- Take peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow, behind it, yet within reach is joy.
- Take joy.

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.


And for the kitties and dogs in your lives:
from THE WHOLE PET DIET by Andi Brown
(I cut it out of a magazine.) Thanks, Andi!

Spot's Chicken or Turkey Stew

2 1/2 lbs. whole chicken or turkey (bones, organs, skin and all)
1/4 c. chopped garlic
1 c. green peas
1 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. chopped sweet potato
1/2 c. chopped zucchini
1/2 c. chopped yellow squash
1/2 c. chopped green beans
1/2 c. chopped celery
1 T kelp powder
1 T dried rosemary
11-16 c. water

8 oz whole barley
6 oz rolled oats
more water to cover ingredients

Combine all in 10 qt stockpot, with enough water to cover. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Leave on simmer for 2 hours.
Remove from heat, let it cool, debone the chicken or turkey. Use an electric hand mixer or a food processor to puree the food, working in batches.
Cats like the stew soupier so you can add more water for them.
Store meal-size portions in resealable plastic bags or yogurt containers. Refrigerate what you'll use in 3 days and freeze the rest.

We have never made it to the mixer/processor step so can't speak for that. We haven't given this to our cats but the dogs always gobble it up. It's a special meal!

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