It's official- We're a business

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The local newspaper, the Skagit Valley Herald did a nice article about dog treat bakers and here we are. I was happy it went into the Business section. They did a nice write-up. Gracie looks a little manic but then she does love those treats!
They took a shot of me moving my "warehouse on wheels" in for the interview.

and the article turned out great!

Our thanks to reporter Whitney Pipkin and Photographer Frank Varga for your great work and our 15 minutes of fame- now say goodnight, Gracie.


So much to be thankful for...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

 Another year and we're still here.
We're thankful for family, good friends and the blessings we receive.
Have a great Thanksgiving!


It's REALLY starting to look like....

Sunday, November 20, 2011

We had a great time with our Burlington friends yesterday.

There's going to be lots of happy dogs again this Christmas....

starting with these two little guys...

Christmas and puppies-- what's not to love?


It's starting to look alot like...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

~ This is one of my favorite Holiday Gift Shows~
It's the first gift show of the season where everyone goes all out with the Holiday decorations.
Lights and greenery and lots of happy faces.  What's not to love about that?

I'm ready to go. If you're in the neighborhood-come on down to the Depot.


Our Pumpkin Princess

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rowan is four months old and just keeps getting cuter! I know this is supposed to be my Dog Treat blog but the Great Grandma in me just arm-wrestled the business woman in me for bragging rights and won.
The Princess of all she surveys

She was a Lady Bug for Halloween

OK- I'm down oohing and ahhing - now I'm going back to work. 

Betty Cocker??

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lots of dog treat baking happening here.

A clever friend of mine has started calling me Betty Cocker... 

See you in STANWOOD...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hope you'll all come see us at the XYZ STUDIO VENDOR CRAFT FAIR !!
4915-A Lakewood Rd Stanwood, Wa 98292

Saturday – October 22nd

Local Vendors & Crafters:
PartyLite MaryKay Cosmetics Pacific Bubble & Lotions   Willow House
Miche Bags   Feather Hair Extensions  Stella & Dot Jewelry  Simplycaketastic Blings & Things Pepperjack Home  Scentsy Candles  Sojen Cellars Winery
Photo Art Tiles Unique Body Boutique Songcroft Naturals Mist of Gems by Amber  Handcrafted Accessories by Kathleeen  Bob’s Kettle Corn  Cutco Cutlery Blue Collar Dog Treats  Susan’s Swag


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We need to learn from our dogs. They know how to handle stress...

If they can't eat it or play with it, they just pee on it and walk away.

I like that concept.


Just like Grandma used to make

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Remember Snickerdoodles? Cinnamon-laden cookies that smelled- and tasted soooo good with a glass of cold milk?

So here's my canine-friendly version-
SNICKERPOODLES topped off with carob chips.  
Folks have been clamoring for some wheat-free treats and after messing up a couple of batches, I finally hit on the right combination- using Brown Rice Flour and Oat Flour.

Introducing them at the Everett Market tomorrow.. a little more costly, but they are made with some (not all) organic ingredients and are wheat/gluten free which means the ingredients cost more than the ordinary. Folks who have dogs with wheat/gluten sensitivities are well aware of that fact and don't seem to mind paying a little extra when they can find a tasty, healthy treat for their furry friends.

One of these days we'll talk about my feelings of  "organic dog treats" and how I really think they're a waste of money. Oh wait, I guess we just talked about it.  
In a nutshell....
Natural? Yes! 
No By-Products, Sugar, Salt, Chemicals, Preservatives? Absolutely! 
Organic? Just a little over the top for a pet. 

If I've stepped on anyone's toes, Im sorry. Please refrain from throwing tomatoes... unless of course- they are certified organic.


Got a Dog? Gotta LOVE This!

Friday, July 8, 2011

We love the Pacific Northwest.. keep it landmine free.


Welcome to the World, Rowan

Friday, July 1, 2011

My son...Grandpa John and his new grandaughter, Rowan

Rowan Esther Steffen was born at 5:11 pm today, weighing 6lbs 1 oz and measuring 19". Mommy Heather is doing just fine and if Daddy Phillip gets any prouder, he will burst his shirt buttons. Baby Rowan seems to turn her head towards him whenever she hears Phillip's voice. Grandpa John seems to be in shock- that his little girl has a little girl. As for Great Grandma Bev...the tears of joy are mingled with a few tears of sorrow...our first Great Grandchild... Pat would have adored having another baby girl to fuss over. I like to think she's already met him since all babies come from Heaven.


Sedro Woolley Farmers' Market

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I did a drop in this week because I'd heard this was a pretty cool market and it turns out I'd heard right.
Look who was there to give my treats a double thumbs up!

I'll definitely do this market again. Fun vendors, nice customers and great dogs!
Thanks Sedro Woolley for the nice welcome. I'll be back next week for your 10th anniversry celebration. Hmm.. wonder if I can do a canine anniversary cake?


Cloudy days can be nice too

Friday, June 10, 2011

Photoshopped? I don't care. I like it.

Memorial Day 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

All Gave Some, Some Gave All
We Will Remember With Eternal Gratitude


What have I been up to?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Where do I begin? Blue Collar Dog Treats is leaving the Anacortes Farmers Market. I spent a great five years there but the opportunity to create and grow a new Market at a sensational location has presented itself and I just can't pass it up. With two good friends, Kate and Janet, I've spent the last several weeks finding high quality vendors to join us at the SKAGIT VALLEY SATURDAY MARKET at the Farmhouse Restaurant, a local dining destination. It has left little or no time for much of anything else but I couldnt stand the cobwebs growing on this blog, so I'll try to get back into the groove here.

The Farmhouse Restaurant is located out on the 'flats' in the heart of the Skagit Valley, amid fields of daffodils, tulips, and vegetable crops. We'll have more farmers joining us as the crops come on. The Farmhouse is where Skagit county locals go for a hearty, family style dinners so the location is perfect for a Saturday Market. Centrally located between Anacortes, Burlington, MtVernon and La Conner, everyone will be headed in our direction at some point every Saturday. Everyone- customers and vendors alike are excited about the location.

We've been busy designing banners, flyers, postcards & business cards to get the word out.

Speaking of which, I'm supposed to be working on the flyer right now so I'd best get back to it.
Stay tuned.....


Friends Bearing Gifts

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Christine Olsen, a local artist and friend surprised me with a totally unique gift and I have to share it.

 A portrait of Gracie in her blue collar.
I absolutely love this! Grace is about 10 different colors ranging from her white shawl to her rust-colored back and Christine's colors just pop. LOVE the dog treat. I love that she took the time to do this for me.

Another unique gift was from my friend Jan. She & her husband Michael left Anacortes three years ago to retire in rural eastern Washington.  She sends me amazing photos of bobcats and moose and the beauty of their mountain home. They were in town this weekend and we had a catchup lunch and then drove around the fields looking at the thousands of snow geese and swans.
Jan brought me some eggs from her Aracauna chickens. The colors are amazing. blues and greens and shades of tan. I almost hate to use them because they're so pretty.
Michael brought me some of the trout he caught. Too late for a photo...
it be breaded with Zaterain, pan-fried and et. :)
Deelicious, I Gare-awn-tee.

My friend Ang has started sharing her amazing photography by creating gorgeous greeting cards.
Son John gave me this one.  It's gorgeous. Ang is going to join us at the Skagit Valley Summer Market at the Farmhouse. Cant wait to see her tulip field photos.

I received great gifts for my birthday, ranging from unique to practical. If it sounds crass, I'm sorry, but I really love the invention of the Gift Card. Some say impersonal. I disagree! To me it says: 'I want you to have anything YOU want.' That's so thoughtful!  Same with cash.  Everybody wins.
Also got a collection of chocolate- always high on my list.
I enjoyed the beauty of our snow covered island & spent some time on the phone with people who love me. You can't beat that.
It was a good day turn 65.

* * * 


Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's my birthday and I’m old.
The government sent me a Medicare card to prove it.
They need not have bothered.  I already knew it.

Along with all the gravitational  ravages my body’s endured,
my mind has gone south too.

* * *
I don’t mean memory wise. Hell, that happened in my 30s.
I mean my opinions of what’s happening in the world are echoing those of my father when I was 18:

My dad said:
Of the Beatles- dressed in suits & ties: Those slobs need haircuts!
Of gas prices: I’ll be damned if I’ll pay more than .35 a gallon.
Of TV:  That Bandstand is just a bunch of noise with fanny-shaking.
Of the President: Finally! A Catholic in the White House. Can he get those Commies straightened out?
Of  Me: Just wait ‘til you have kids of your own, young lady.
Of  Me:  Get a JOB!  You need to learn the value of a dollar.

Now I’m 65 and I say:
Lady Gaga should just SING. Who wears meat & rides around in an egg?
Charlie Sheen - ass.
Lindsay Lohan - ass.
Kardashians - family of asses.
Of gas prices: I’ll be damned if I’ll pay $3.00,  $4.00,  $5.00 a gallon.
Of TV: I refuse to watch a bunch of slutty housewives.
Of the President:  I don't care if he's purple- can he fix the @#$%^&* economy?
Of Me: I don’t FEEL like a great grandmother (come July)
Of Me: What?! No Cost Of Living Raise on my Social Security this year? I need a job!

I am a crone- a woman of wisdom. I have developed skills I didnt have before.
I can laugh, cough, sneeze and pee all at the same time.

 So I will embrace my age BUT WITH DIGNITY
remembering that some hold on waaaay too long.
I was bitchin' at 18 and I'm still bitchin' at 65.

Celebrate! Today is

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day !

 My sincere thanks to all my loyal customers and their lovable furry best friends who show  appreciation with their friendship and support.


A Mother's Beautiful Imagination

Friday, January 21, 2011

Adele Enersen is one very creative and talented woman. When my babies napped, I grabbed a nap too or did the ironing or called up Betty B because her kids napped at the same time. Adele uses that time for an infinitely better purpose.  Her blog, Mila's Daydreams is a great read. I'm impressed.


Smoking Reduction... down to 4 a day

Thursday, January 13, 2011

 I'm not enjoying this project.
 cravings. confusion.
physical and mental misery.
I'm not fit for human socializing.
Even Gracie is staying away from me.
smart dog.

just leave me alone


My Current Project

Friday, January 7, 2011

All my energy is currently being spent in this direction....

48 years of this addiction is enough.... I am NOT a nice person right now...
Pray for me and especially for those around me.....amen.


Breaking Eggs to Make an Omelet

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Trying to imagine the concentration this demanded.
Artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a special new year message he carved into the tips of coloured pencils in Amritsar, India


Welcome 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011