There have been moments since then that Darrell and I have wondered what we’ve gotten into. I thought, for example, he was just snuggling by my feet as I checked my email last week. Little did I know that he was quietly chewing through the power cord which, according to our local fix-it store, probably created a power surge and rendered my laptop useless. I still have my I-phone to use but I can tell you with 54-year-old eyes using that itty bitty screen is not the same!
I suppose I’ll get my puppy savvy back. After all, I’ve had dogs before! But I’m out of practice. What exactly do we do when Milo awakens us with a full “A-Rooooo” in the middle of the night?
Eventually I know I’ll catch up on my sleep, my laptop will be up and running, and Milo will follow simple commands rather than running full speed ahead when I tell him to wait. We’ll get there.
In the meantime I think it’s best to enjoy the fact that Milo has the longest waggiest tail in the world, that he romps down the hall every morning to help me welcome the day, and greets everyone who comes to the door like they’re a long lost loved one.
There’s always going to be the not-so-good sprinkled in with the good. My guess is that there are few exceptions to that rule. Since what I focus my attention on makes the difference, I’m letting go of the not-so-good and leaning into gratitude. I am thankful for the spark of life that Milo brings to our old farmette and grateful for long pauses in my day to just play with him and laugh at his antics.
I’m determined to start making dog biscuits for Milo, too! How hard can they be? In the meantime, I’m turning my attention to Thanksgiving and the BEST biscuits ever (for people!) These are not hard to make but there are some tricks to flaky biscuits that I’ve included in the recipe so yours will turn out great, too!
One of the best parts about them is that even after the big Thanksgiving feast, they make for great biscuits and gravy, are delicious warmed over in the morning with butter and a drizzle of honey, or taste great all summer long slathered in berry mash!
Don’t forget to check out other Thanksgiving links and recipes at the bottom of the post!
Hope to see you around the bread bowl one day soon,
Best Biscuits Ever
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 T butter (yes, a whole stick)
1 cup buttermilk
Rub the butter into the dry ingredients. The trick here is to hold the cube of butter between you two fore-fingers and your thumb and smush it flat. It makes a little butter raft.
Keep rubbing the butter but you don’t make the butter disappear into the dry ingredients. You should see the little butter flats.
Add the buttermilk (holding back a bit of it to see if it’s needed) until the mixture just comes together. It’s better on the dry than the wet side. You can always sprinkle in a little extra water or buttermilk but you can’t take it out once it’s in. Don’t knead! The thin layers of butter are what will create steam in the oven and make them flaky.
Gently form it into a ball and flatten with your hand or rolling pin to about 1/2 an inch thick.
Use a circular cut out to form biscuits. I have a colorful assortment of biscuit cutters but a glass will work just fine, too.
Place on a greased cookie sheet or parchment.