The Cooking Runner

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree…

Well once again, there are birds again, yep…. although turtle doves are gorgeous birds, I don’t have those either. BUT,  I have the recipe to the good ol’ Puppy Chow. While this is not MY recipe per se, I do tweak it, (would you expect anything else?!) The original recipe came from the Chex website.

Puppy Chow


9 cups rice Chex

1 bag Dark chocolate Hersey chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 stick cold butter

powder sugar

(Since our microwave decided to take a crapt, I had to make this on the stove.)

Measure out 9 cups Chex, (it is just about a large box) Put the Chex in a very large bowl.

Melt chocolate, PB, and butter (chopped into pieces) in a pot over low heat. Stir continuously to avoid burning.


Once melted, pour over Chex and mix until all are coated with chocolate.

Using a Tupperware-type container with a lid, pour some powdered sugar in the container, then add some chocolate Chex, and shake it up!

Repeat until all Chex are coated!


Speaking of puppies and all… If you are looking for a charity to support this holiday season, please think of AUCADO rescue in Michigan. An amazing rescue, for amazing dogs, run by amazing people!!! Check it out!

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On My Soap Box…

I had one of those crazy style days…which means I was pretty much a hot mess ALL DAY…well until I got to the AUCADO rescue where I volunteer. Then I had my rescue puppies run up to me and love on me… so happy to see me, and my day got better…

What is AUCADO?

It is an amazing rescue specifically for Australian Cattle dogs.

What is an Australian Cattle dog?

My two Aussies

I had the same question when ATS told me that was the dog we were getting. The Australian Cattle dog originated in Australia (imagine that) and were (and still are) used to drive cattle. This means that they have been bread to do a job. This means that they are one of the most brilliant dogs on Earth. This also means they have more energy than you will ever imagine. They are also known for the strong bond they form with their “Person” and will protect that person and their possessions (other family members) no matter the challenge. After learning what the cattle dog was about, and meeting Sonny and Sasha, I will have a cattle dog the rest of my life.

The Australian Cattle Dog has been ranked one of the best dogs for active, outdoor-sy people. There is a reason. These dogs have to be moving. A tired cattle dog is a happy owner. They need to be run or hiked, or they need a specific job, such as a service dog or herding, or even chewing a chew. Anything as long as they are not bored. Before ATS deployed last year, unannounced to me, he had a “chat” with Sonny. He told Sonny to watch after me and not let me out of his sight. Well Sonny followed me EVERYWHERE, the basement, upstairs, to the bathroom…EVERYWHERE. I talked to ATS and told him about Sonny, that was when ATS said he had a little “chat” with him. I was Sonny’s job.

When you abandon a cattle dog, they are heart broken. They need “their person”. To look into the eyes of a cattle dog the first days at the rescue are horrible. You can see the pain, you can see the hurt they are going through. They are not full of energy, they are moping around with their head down wondering what they did wrong. It takes anywhere from a few days to a few months for them to realize that they will find a new person to love. This is where the rescue is so important. I walk, play, and smooch on the dogs when I have the chance. I feel it renews their spirit in knowing that there really are good people out there. The two women who run the Ohio and Michigan chapters of AUCADO are amazing women. They work with the dogs morning, noon, and night. They eat, breath, and sleep cattle dog.  The dogs at AUDACO are so spoiled, so loved, they are treated as if they are in their forever homes. Because of the awesomeness of these two ladies, and the spirit behind AUCADO, I will be helping out forever. With the holidays coming up, if you are looking for an amazing cause to support, think about AUCADO!!!! Check out the website!!!

Please do your research before deciding on a Australian Cattle Dog, or any dog for that matter. Yes, cattle dogs are so incredibly adorable and full of personality, but that is only one of the reasons to have one. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE BREED!!!!

Ok I am off my soap box 🙂 Time for a glass of wine and roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts for dinner!

Roasted Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts—Taken from my mom-in-law

1 head cauliflower

1 bag brussel sprouts

Olive oil

Seasoning Salt (recommendation Beyond the Shaker)

Cut up the Cauliflower into bite size pieces and put into a very large bowl.

Clean the Brussel Sprouts and mix with cauliflower pieces.

Drizzle olive oil and seasoning salt over veggies.

Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 375* for about 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower starts to brown and the brussel sprouts start to become tender.



The Wine is Phantom from Bogle Vineyards…super good

Source: Bogle Vineyards website

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