Monday, January 19, 2009


DAMASK, the technical term applied to certain distinct types of fabric. The term owes its origin to the ornamental silk fabrics of Damascus, fabrics which were elaborately woven in colours.

I was shopping with friends and everywhere we went there were all sorts of accessories with damask. Lamps with beautiful shades of damask fabric on the outside or on the inside lining.

Luggage, lunch totes and stationary

In bathrooms and on wallpaper.


Bedding and textiles.

My daughters in vintage-style aprons of damask print fabric.

" We learn as much from sorrow as from joy, as much from illness as from health, from handicap as from advantage and indeed perhaps more. "
--Pearl S. Buck

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Baking for the Dogs

Basic Yeast Dog Treats

Mix together : 3 1/2 cup unbleached flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 1/2 cup skim milk powder, 1 tablespoon (or 1 package) dry yeast, 3 1/2 cups lukewarm chicken or meat broth. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm chicken or meat broth. The richer this broth is, the better your dog will like the biscuits. Let yeast broth mixture set 10 min. Then stir in flour mixture. Roll resulting dough out 1/4" thick. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough. Brush biscuits with egg wash. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 300* for 45 min. Then turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening. Makes 60 medium-sized biscuits.

(I added about 1/3 c. finely shredded white cheddar cheese)

I was amazed that I could have enough treats for all the dogs in our family...12!!

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
Ecclesiastes 7:14