The Last Monday of the Month!

Indeed! We are upon a Monday, 1 week before the goblins and ghouls will turn to the streets, chanting trick or treat! 

The weather has maintained mild, though the trees have mostly shed all of their lovely colored leaves. We camped in Sibley State Park this weekend and most of the trees were rather naked, with a few stands of birches blazing strong with bold, yet thinning, yellows. 

The map shows… 

PAST PEAK! Minus that Minneapolis & St. Paul are holding on to their colors, though by the end of the week they too may be in the past peak realm.

That doesn’t mean fall is at its end! (in fact it doesn’t actually end until December 20th!). Bare trees aren’t nearly as pretty as leaved trees, but pines will keep their colors and provide a fall into winter backdrop. Grasses are in golds, a perfect compliment to the golden hour of light. Fallen leaves are not only fun to jump into or kick about, but they provide a touch of color that reads fall. 

Sunset is around 6 pm for the rest of the month and a week after Halloween we hit the TIME CHANGE! We “fall back” an hour, which means sunset will now be few minutes shy of 5 pm! (And it continues to shorten, with sunset at 4:33  pm by the end of November!). 

Good to know when you’re looking to plan a session prior to the holiday season. Classically, your session will take place 1.5 hours prior to sunset. Which means by the end of November we’re meeting up at 3 pm to start your session!

Time will continue to decrease (December 5th to 14th we will be at our shortest days with sunset at 4:31 pm) until we hit the winter solstice and begin to gain light minutes by minutes. The end of December has gained 10 minutes of light! We start the new year with a sunset time of 4:41 pm!


If you do want to schedule a session for the fall / winter season there are limited dates available:

November:

  • Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th / Last chance to get prints & products in time for Christmas!
  • Saturday November 27th & 28th **

December:

  • Sunday 12th **
  • Winter Break! Monday 27th – Thursday the 30th

January:

  • Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th
  • Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd

February:

  • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th
  • Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th

March:

  • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th
  • Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th
  • TIME CHANGE 14th! Weekday sessions resume!

(** = dates could change in availability according to winter markets & Atomic Collars!)


Today is: Sourest Day and National Greasy Food Day! 


Enjoy the week and the lovely weather to come! Stroll in the balmy weather, and spook out your house for Halloween. See you later this week!

Mid month Friday!

Fall seems to have happily arrived, with temps starting brisk in the morning and warming into classic sweater weather. The leaves have been in ample changes, with some trees now in the nude or half dressed, the wind and rain aiding in their undress, while other trees are slow on getting the memo.

Last weekend I was out antiquing and thrifting with the lovely Jen of This Woman Wanders (she’s from Maryland!).  The colors were quite stunning on our drive from Monticello to Buffalo. We found lots of awesome finds (cast iron, cook books and egg beaters for me!) and had a laughing great time. 

Speaking of fall colors… here’s where we’re at as of today:

 

Ladies and gents, we’re in the last bits of color for St. Cloud & Minneapolis, while St. Paul should be in a very happy place of color being at 50%-75% of peak color.  The southern most area of the state should be rather pretty especially on the Wisconsin & Minnesota border.

Get out and stroll with your pupper and enjoy the last bits of color as we head deeper into the fall. 60s for this weekend and 70s for the early part of next week!


Now one of the cast iron pieces I snagged last weekend was a… waffle iron! Cue all the archiving of all the vintage waffle recipes! 

Did you know that like doughnuts, waffles are classified as breads?!?! Crazy! Often found in the quick breads sections (no yeast involved) waffles are crisp, plump and perfect for holding assorted syrups in those classic square divots. Their close cousins are pancakes (aka griddle cakes) though the batters aren’t evenly interchanged. And waffles have ancient lineage going way way back to the Romans! (Roman waffles weren’t called waffles and were much thinner but they were the start of the evolution.)

How do you like your waffles? 
Blueberry for me! Or smothered in a blueberry syrup or a classic maple syrup. MMMMMM! 
(I’m def team waffles vs pancakes!)

In archiving 57 vintage waffle recipes and counting, I began to wonder if dogs could eat waffles and if there were dog friendly waffle recipes. Yes and yes! Dogs can eat any basic waffle as long as the batter doesn’t have nutmeg or chocolate within. Additionally, most waffle recipes have small amounts of sugar and the ingredients are mostly healthy (if your pup has allergies, swap out flours etc). All the waffles for all the dogs! 

Waffles / The Daily News 1896

Course Breakfast, Luncheon, Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pint flour (1 pint = 2 cups)
  • 1 pint milk (1 pint = 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter, barely melted
  • 3 egg yolks, well beaten
  • 3 egg whites, well beaten
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Mix together one pint of flour and one pint of milk to a smooth paste.
  • Add one-half of small cup of butter, barely melted.
  • Add to this the well-beaten yolks of three eggs, then the beaten whites and just before baking one teaspoonful of baking powder.
  • Beat very hard for two minutes and bake in very hot iron.

Notes

The original recipe (125 years old)
Waffles pg 324
Mix together one pint of flour and one pint of milk to a smooth paste; add one-half of small cup of butter, barely melted; add to this the well-beaten yolks of three eggs, then the beaten whites and just before baking one teaspoonful of baking powder. Beat very hard for two minutes and bake in very hot iron. This recipe is delicious and never fails. 
Keyword dog waffle, waffle

Prefer a dog friendly recipe? Here’s one:

Dog Waffle Recipe

Found on The Dapple https://www.thedapple.com/life/easy-healthy-dog-waffles-recipe
Course Breakfast, Luncheon, Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened All-Natural Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 1/3 cup Plain Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs, Separated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your waffle iron.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix apple sauce, coconut oil, yogurt, and egg yolks. Stir in dry mixture.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Gently fold into batter.
  • This dog waffle batter will be a bit thicker than a typical waffle batter, so make sure to knife to spread it across the pre-heated waffle iron.
    Follow your waffle makers instructions to cook waffles completely.Allow to cool and then serve to your dog with the toppings of your choice!
Keyword dog waffle, waffle

Another dog focused recipe, made from only 4 ingredients!

4 Ingredient Dog Waffles

Found on The Homespun Chics https://www.thehomespunchics.com/simple-dog-treat-recipe-dog-waffles-for-my-dog-waffles/
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 banana, very ripe
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • coconut oil to grease the waffle iron (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat waffle iron by turning it on and waiting for the light to turn green.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the coconut oil. Use a fork to mash the banana and the other ingredients will bind in.
  • Once the waffle iron is heated, brush on a little bit of coconut oil to grease the plates. Scoop 2 Tbsp. of batter into the center of each section and close the lid to cook. Cook until golden brown.
Keyword dog waffle

And nothing says you can’t eat the dog waffles too!

Not one to dig out the waffle maker (or don’t have one) you can buy your dog waffles! Head to Chewy or pop over to Etsy (this seller has all kinds of tasty looking treats!)


Today is:
•  National I Love Lucy Day
•  National Grouch Day
•  National Cheese Curd Day

Fun things to celebrate! Is your dog more of a Lucy, grouch or cheese curd lover? (Bender is in the cheese curd camp!)

Enjoy the day and the weekend weather as we traipse into depths of fall and hit the time change (November 1st!). Catch you next Friday!

Monday in October

Traipsed through last week, hoarded a bazillion reference images for some drawing (the references are birds. You didn’t know I draw?), wrote on an ongoing story (yes I write stories too!) and then on the way home on Friday I realize I hadn’t popped in to give you guys the updates on the fall colors! Whoops!

Better today than to skip a whole week, especially since we are in the peak time of colors!

BAM! We have color people! If you didn’t get out on Sunday, make a point to carve some time this week to take a stroll in the fall colors. The North Shore is in full peak and should be EPIC! Plus there’s been some solid rainfall so the waterfalls should be flowing. What an epic combo – waterfalls & fall colors!

St. Cloud is in 25%-50% with some trees already dropping their leaves and some still in their greens. Minneapolis & St. Paul are in the 10-25% range, there should be some beautiful colors showing up as the week progresses. (Minneapolis and St. Paul are often a week slower in color change than the rest of the state!). 

I would love to meet up with you and your dog for some fall color dog photography! If not a session, at least get out and stroll amongst the colors. A great way to relish the tail end of the warm season. Plus your dog totally loves walks!


Time for Halloween! 🎃 Why not a whole month of ghosts and ghouls?

For us that means rocking a Halloween collar for Bender (Spooktacular from Atomic Collars) and oranges, purples, stripes and Halloween inspired colors and shirts for each day. (I found an epic shirt yesterday – the Wizard of Oz scarecrow, arms outstretched in classic zombie pose muttering… BRAINS! BWHAHAHAHAHA!)

Decorations for the house haven’t been put up yet, but they will be arriving soon. Costume will be a mummy, with the front of the house matching the tattered cloth. There are visions of cookies, haunted gingerbread houses and bloody cakes dancing in my head.  There are 27 days until Halloween!

Are you and your dog dressing up this Halloween?


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Enjoy your fall days, the vibrant colors and time with your dog. Catch you on Friday!

The End of September

The end of September is on the horizon, merely a week away! That means we will be entering into full on fall – pumpkin spice and Pumpkins 🎃 galore! We’re planning on giving Halloween a full month of celebration (tis our favorite holiday!).

Fall leaf colors have edged forward quite rapidly in the past week.  From Paynesville to St. Cloud there are more and more trees popping into colorful displays.

BAM! St. Cloud has moved into the 25-50% of peak colors, Minneapolis is in the 10-25% range and full peak is creeping in from the north (the red bits).

Crazy how the leaves can change in the span of a week!


Today is… my sister’s birthday! She’s hitting the big 34! Happy birthday sister!

Plus today is National Cherries Jubilee Day!

Have you ever eaten Cherries Jubilee 🍒?

I haven’t! Though it’s been around since the late 1880s! Seems it is a sauce of cherries and liquor that goes well with a tasty vanilla ice cream.  (I’ve been on an ice cream making kick so an ice cream topping is perfect!).

Want to make your own?

Here’s a recipe from Saving Dessert:

Ingredients:

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Instructions

  • Wash and pit the cherries (leave whole.) Place the cherries in a flameproof skillet large enough to fit the fruits in a single layer. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir to combine. Cover the pan and heat on medium-low until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook until the cherries are juicy and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  • Slide the pan off the heat and add the Kirsch. Ignite the alcohol with a utility lighter or long fireplace match. Quickly move the skillet back onto the burner and gently shake and swirl until the flames subside, about 30-45 seconds.
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately spooned over vanilla ice cream. Store any leftovers in a jar in the refrigerator.
  • ** if fresh cherries aren’t available you can substitute frozen ones

Have a lovely weekend! See you next Friday!

 

Mid September

It’s fall, though the temps have us back to rocking flip flops and tank tops. We’re in favor of summer taking a slow stroll to transition into fall. 

Fall colors are beginning! It’s rather early (mid October is average central MN peak) which means October will be sporting spooky naked trees (all the better for Halloween!)

The North Shore is peaking (yellow to orange range is typically peak and best colors). If you get a chance, head up north this weekend and see the colors for yourself! St. Cloud and Minneapolis are still in the green, though by next week this could totally change! 

What happens if we miss the fall colors? Then we quest for golden grasses, pine trees or head inward to the city for some alleys and brickwork that stays classic year round. 


Atomic Collars is in progress of being relocated, a slow process but sewing and cutting will resume in the next week!


Today is National Apple Dumpling Day and National Monte Cristo Day! 

Monte Cristos…. drool! Totally not a dog friendly recipe (mega sweet!) and Apple Dumplings also fall into the too sweet for pups category. 

Instead opt for some Baked Apple Chips or Baked Apples!

Baked Apple Chips

Found on mybrownnewfies.com
Course Snack
Cuisine Dog

Ingredients
  

  • 1 apple - Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala or Honeycrisp work well

Instructions
 

  • Wash & dry apple.
  • Slice, remove core and seeds. Thinner slices will need less cooking time, thicker slices will need more cooking time.
  • Place apples on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Flip and bake for an additional hour. The longer you bake them the crisper they will get!
  • Allow to fully cool in the oven. When the oven is cool, remove the crisps.
  • Enjoy! (You can eat them too!)

Notes

These should keep for up to a week in an airtight container. 
Keyword dog apple, dog apple crisps

Baked Apples for Dogs

Found on twolittlecavaliers.com
Course Snack
Cuisine Dog

Ingredients
  

  • 2 apples - use ones good for baking (like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Braeburn)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • juice of half of a small lemon
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Peel and core apples.
  • Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • In a small bowl, whisk honey, cinnamon and lemon juice together.
  • Dip apple slices into the honey mixture.
  • Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until apples are baked through and golden brown.
  • Cool and enjoy! (Yes you can eat them too!)

Notes

Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
Keyword dog apple, dog baked apples

If you make them, let me know what your dogs think of them! 


Enjoy this lovely stretch of weather and keep an eye on those leaves! Catch you next Friday with the color update!