Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cary's Grandmother's Butter Cookies

Cary's Grandmother made fantastic cut-out butter cookies every holiday season.  I'm going to call them "Butter Bassets"! This recipe makes a lot of cookies. I've substituted margarine for butter, which is still good, but nothing compared to using the real butter.

4 eggs, beaten
1 lb sugar (2-2 1/4 cups)
1 lb butter (4 sticks)
juice of one lemon
1 tbs vanilla
3 tps baking powder
5 cups flour

Cream butter; add sugar a little at a time and mix well.
Add beaten eggs vanilla and lemon juice and mix again.
Sift flour and baking powder together, and add a little at a time to the butter-sugar mixture.
Chill dough overnight.
When rolling out the dough, work with small portions at a time, and keep the rest refigerated.
Spread flour lightly over a dough cloth or surface for rolling. Lightly flour the rolling pin, and roll out the dough. Thinner is better.
Dip the cookie cutters in flour before using.
Place cookies on greased cookie sheet. (Grandmom always used Crisco.) Parchment paper also works well.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Cool cookies on racks, wax paper, or parchment.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Afternoon with Pet Pros Helps Update Skills

Dory, one of the volunteer dogs, is amazingly calm during the bandaging demo.

VCA NW Veterinary Specialists held a great class in canine/feline first aid today. While it was hard to give up such a nice fall day, the four-hour class was worth it.  

I got to practice CPR on a virtual dog model, picked up pointers on bandaging, trauma and toxicity.  My emergency kit will be up to date as well. The folks at VCA were great...they even brought some volunteer dogs for us to practice on. 

Border collie Ruby lies quietly while having her pulse checked.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hello! Welcome to the brand new Happy Valley Pet Services blog! Happy Valley Pet Services has expanded recently, and Cary, the founder, has added some wonderful people to her team. Also, we've expanded our service area to include Gresham, Boring and Sandy, in addition to Happy Valley, Clackamas, Damascus and outer SE Portland.