Not just Man's Best Friend

Friday, April 30, 2010

Hard to watch but there's a Happy Ending....

My thanks to KDF, for passing this on.


It was a gorgeous day

Monday, April 26, 2010

The sun came out and so did the people with dogs.... 
I've decided I REALLY like the racks.. lots of work to set up but SO much nicer to display my goods.

and it doesn't hurt that the treats are now at nose level...
I cant remember this sweet Lab's name but he reminded me of a little five year old kid standing by the candy bar display at the checkout counter.
Of couse Huck's "nose level" was a lo-o-o-ng way from the ground.
What a beauty he is- and every bit a gentle giant.
It was a great show - got to see lots of old friends and meet lots of new friends.
The Garden Arts Fair bills itself as a dog friendly venue. I think every dog in town was there.
I think next time, I'll bring a friend to just take pictures. There were so many photos I wanted to get but folks were in a buying mood so I opted to be a good business woman instead.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm ready for the Garden Art Fair.... The picture isn't dark..... the day was. It started to rain just as we finished setting up. Hoping for better weather tomorrow.

Knick Knack Paddywhack

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DON'T GIVE A DOG A BONE. The FDA issued this warning today. I'm a believer. Our vet has impressed this on us for years.  He explained graphically what a splintered bone can do to innards. Ugly.

I thought everyone knew bones were bad for's one of the reasons we created our crunchy PUMPKIN BISCOTTIE - (biscotti-biscottie...scottie as in scottie dog? get it? never mind, it's a stretch). Hope folks will try them as an alternate to bones because they're are baked VERY hard so they're great for cleaning those canines-- the dogs' canines - not the folks, though I suppose... never mind.

But I have to tell you...
I did the finishing touches this morning and tasted one and OMG they are really yummy!   

I like them with just the yogurt coating because I don't like carob so... I left a few un-carobed to have with my sweet tea ...or more likely to treat Gracie.


Gracie approves of the new display rack

Have been playing with one of the new display racks today. I think they're going to work great...but then Ms Thang mosied over and stuck her nose into the shot and it dawned on me that I will have lots of good smelling stuff at dog-nose this could get interesting in a 10 x 10 booth full of dog noses.

Who nose knows?
Might just turn out to be an excellent marketing move.

John's helped me figure out how to transport the racks in the van without completely tearing them down. Should work in theory. Fortunately, we can start setting up the booth on Friday at noon for the Sat/Sun show so I'll have plenty of time to experiment. I'm a little concerned.... things are going very smoothly... and I'm almost totally ready with 2 days to spare...not normal...never happened in five years. I could get used to this peace of mind stuff.


What have I been up to?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

up to my neck in dog treats...
Who knew Excel would become my best friend/taskmaster? Amazing!!!

My friends were right. It's all in the organization. Just plug in the numbers then get out to the kitchen and rattle those pots & pans.

..and you end up with...

   Pocket packs-- a bakers dozen

pumpkin biscotti- waiting for the carob drizzle....

Keeping it fresh- vacuum sealed 

free samples---are half a treat this year... hey, times are tough.
My other option was to charge 25 cents for a bag of 3 samples.

So- that's what I've been doing.  Census work is still looming next week but I think I've got everything pretty well in hand for a while. Please, universe-- no surprises.


Be careful what you ask for...

Friday, April 9, 2010

2009 was an economic annus horribillus for me- along with a whole bunch of other people in the country. After a lot of tears, self-pity, hand-wringing and yes- I freely admit it- prayers of desperation- I set a personal goal for this year.... to grow my business... to expand... to make some money, damn it!! 

             Be careful what you ask for, vewwy, vewwy careful.

OMG. What have I done? So far my head is exploding with the results. It seems new recipes, packaging and marketing ideas are popping into my mind daily. The phone is ringing off the hook.  Can I do this two-day gift show?  Yes. Can I add another weekly farmer's market? Yes. Can I supply this store? Yes.  Can I spare several hours each week to work for the Cen$u$ Bureau? Yes. I've become the girl who can't say no.

My mind is reeling. So many decisions. How can I do all that baking? What about getting it all packaged? How will I keep track of  the supplies I need? When should I order flour? When will I sleep? Can I find a cheaper place to buy aniseeed? Will I ever play Farmville again? Am I complaining about getting the opportunities I asked for? Woe, is me. Hey, Hoedee phone. Do you suppose Martha worried and wailed about lack of sleep when her catering business took off? Did Debbi Fields say- No way! That's too damn many cookies to bake? Do you think Paula Deen panicked when her brown bag lunch endeavor exploded into cookbooks, restaurants and a TV show? Hail no- Ms Paula just sat down with a spoon and a big ol' bowl of butter and figured out a way to make it work.

OK- OK- settling back down to earth-- feet firmly back on the ground--so I'm not going to be a megastar but I just might be able to make enough money to pay my bills. My fantastic friends (you know who you are) are my collective voice of reason. After listening to my concerns (read: whining) the general consensus was that I should  (1) quit whining (2) get organized  (3) try to do one thing at a time to completion. (4) quit whining  (5) learn to multitask in case 3 fails. Sounds like a plan.
I can do that.

So as per my friends' suggestions

here I am.....

not whining....

learning to multitask...

nice legs, huh?
more to come.....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Easter Bunny's Chocolate Lab