While at the library, I attempted to find a decent baby crochet book, I'm a little obsessed at the moment, but didn't find anything. I did, however, find a cookbook to try! I picked up "200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes" by Dana Carpender. I love my slow cooker! During colder months, I cook at least two meals a week in it! I really would love to find another crock that fits my cooker, but it is an odd size/shape and I'm cheap too...I may see if I can get away with buying another one this Fall (we got the one we have on sale 50% off and used an additional 15% off coupon at time of purchase, making it under $30), but I'll have to be equally lucky in finding another great deal. I want one that is a little smaller...I have a 5- or 6-quart cooker, great for giant things, not so great for small items and side dishes. We have even tried one of the recipes already! While flipping through the book, I came across something called "Mockahlua". "Hmm," I thought, "Mocha-lua...I wonder what that is!" So, I started reading, expecting some sort of chocolate goodness! Water...Splenda...Vanilla...Instant Coffee...got those! And one other ingredient...Vodka! Yeah, I was a little confused. Turned out I had read the name wrong, lol. It's Mock-Kahlua! I have been jonesing for this, it doesn't help that we have made our own Kahlua in the past and still have a few bottles of the sugar filled coffee flavored booze up in the cupboard! My personal favorite is the Kahlua we made with Brandy in it! My least favorite was the one that called for Chocolate Syrup, we tried two different recipes and three different liqours when we bottled our own. They were Christmas presents several years ago (we made gift baskets with multiple bottles, shot glasses, coffee cups, hot cocoa packets, teas, coffees, etc... they were a big hit). So, for the first time in a really long time, we had a drink last night! Mockahlua and cream on ice! Of course, I was the one who went inside to get the Vodka (we didn't have any at home), and silly me forgot to pay attention to the proof...the recipe calls for 100-proof, I bought 80-proof. Tastes awesome, but next time I'll get the right stuff!
Yesterday was also my training day for the K9 crew at the Spokane Humane Society! Two hours of wandering around the facility... Today I have a meeting with my mentor, who will give me the basics beyond the "you can walk the dogs over there, in there, and way out there". I'm really excited about getting to walk some of the dogs today! We met very cool dogs that really need homes. Cocoa is an overweight Chocolate Lab looking dog (definitely a mix, but she looks like a brown version of my childhood Lab) that is a pretty old, but that just means she doesn't move to fast. The gal running the class took her out for a short walk to show us where we could go, Cocoa decided she wanted to just chill in the grass for a little bit before we went back in. After getting shown how to get Cocoa (and the rest of the dogs) in and out of the pens, we met with the dog trainer for a few minutes along with Mickey. This is one chill dog! Mickey made the rounds when the 7 of us piled into the room with him and then went to lay down in a corner of the room and fall asleep. Rosie would never do that in a room full of strangers! I saw Mickey in the kennels before the class, his icy blue eyes just drew me right in, against his pure black coat, they are really striking! He's been at the shelter for a really long time...they said he doesn't show very well in the kennel, but I really thought he was gorgeous! If I had the room, he would definitely go home with us! I'm a sucker for pets though...if I had the room (and the funds) I would take each and every cat, dog, and bunny in there home!
They really like the added space too! They get out of the coop every morning and go barreling around in circles, wings flapping, and yelling up a storm! Until, that is, one of them finds something tasty...then they all go screaming around the run chasing whoever found it! I'm putting the food and water in the coop at night with them, mostly because they think going to bed at 9pm is a waste of time and they get up way before I do at 8am! Last night though, Gertrude was ready to get up on the roost and go to sleep at 10 to 9 when I went out to round them up and into the coop, lol. It was the first time I've seen any of them willingly get up on the roost! Of course, Clyde didn't think she should have to go to bed...so I spent half an hour trying to coax her into the coop! I was using the flashlight app on my cell phone to make it more inviting, but Henri and Gerty kept attacking my phone, so that didn't last long. I did get a good photo of the cooped chickens though... I finally got Clyde tricked out of under the coop with a handful of chick starter...as it hit the ground, she came running for it, lol!
I even got a few photos of my garden last night! I have a Dill bloom! Just the one so far...but it is so pretty! Everything is doing really well, even the Stevia plant that I was sure had been killed (twice now) is sprouting green! My mystery plant that grew with my Sage seeds is blooming with little flowers too...I still have no clue what it is... My Marigolds are gorgeous, with the darkened background of nightfall, I think the color really shines through and makes them even prettier!