No bake Pup Treats

Y’all seriously, we switched Trixie to a grain free dog food after a suggestion from a friend and we saw a TOTAL change in our dog! Like night and day she is so much calmer and her coat , so shiny!

In comes treats! Buying quality treats are quite pricey and yesterday when helping a friend find a recipe for homemade dog treats I thought, I should make Trixie treats! All the recipes I found used either flour or oats. I went with oats! Here goes my super simple, no bake pup treats.

Pumpkin Treats

3 cups oatmeal, blitzed in food processor

1 cup pumpkin purée

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

Blitz the oats in food processor, dump 2 cups in a big bowl, reserve 1 cup to the side to roll treats in. Add pumpkin, peanut butter, & honey to food processor and blitz until smooth. Dump pumpkin mix into oats and mix. You can add more of the oats if it’s not thick enough to scoop out. I used a mini cookie scoop to make them all apx the same size and rolled in the remaining oats so they would hold the shape and wouldn’t stick together. Store in the fridge for up to a month easily, probably longer, but who am I kidding treats don’t last long at our house, even the dogs!

Enjoy!!

Mama Bird was featured!!

As you all or most of you know by now I am all about trying to be GREEN, ORGANIC, healthy lifestyle at home that translates into all I do. Be it up-cycling décor or craft projects or baking my yummy cupcakes with local eggs and butter and fresh IN SEASON produce; ingredients you can pronounce, butter, eggs, flour, you get my drift!!

A dear friend from college and old roomie, Vanessa is the GREEN GODDESS! She has started her own blog The Southern Greenie (isn’t that the cutest name?!) PLEASE pop over and welcome her to the blogging world. I promise she will not disappoint!! She has the inside dish on EVERYTHING from clothing to food to skin products she know who is who and who is really GREEN!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Sunny Paris Salad

Since the cucumbers are coming in like crazy I decided to make a fresh salad and wanted to do something different, I came across this yummy looking salad. Of course I didn’t have feta cheese on hand so I made a few revisions to fit what I had and I think it worked beautifully.

What I made? 

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Salad

I wrote a post earlier this summer about an amazing farmer in Lenoir, NC who makes the most amazing goat cheese I have ever had. She has 1 in particular called Sunny Paris, the name alone peeked my interest. I do not know exactly what she puts in the crack laced cheese log, but it for sure has shallots, lemon zest, dill, mint, can you taste it?

Fresh & Sunny and PERFECTLY YUMMY!!

Sunny Paris Cucumber Salad

6 cucumbers (I used 3 varities), chopped & deseeded

8 oz of Sunny Paris goat cheese (can use plain with fresh spices added to it)

1/4 c good olive oil

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 T water

black pepper

1 small sweet onion, diced fine

Peel, de-seed and chop cucumbers. Place in strainer, sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for apx 30 mins. Mix cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, water and spices in a bowl; add cucumbers & onions. Chill. ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Green Tomato Pie

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As I have mentioned before, I have tomatoes coming out of my eyeballs! I love tomato pie and had never tried it with green tomatoes! Thought I would give it a whirl! I started with spreading about 1 tablespoon of whole ground mustard on the bottom of the pie shell, then I sliced my tomatoes.

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Then I mixed apx one cup of shredded Swiss cheese and 1 cup of mayo with fresh basil, you can use whatever you like; thyme, oregano etc.

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Bake apx 35 mins until hot and bubbly, allow to cool slightly prior to cutting. This is the same recipe I use with RED tomatoes and it too is FANTAB! If using RED tomatoes be sure to de-seed as they get very watery. Enjoy!!

Today’s recipe is linked to the following, pop on over and check out more great recipes!

tmtt3 Tues at the Table

xoxo, Mama Bird

family farm tour 2010

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I am so excited to share with you guys a fantastic event Family Farm Tour 2010, organized  by the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project, is your invitation to visit 37 farms and gardens throughout six counties in Western North Carolina. The region is home to agriculture of all kinds, ranging from century farms cultivated by the same family for generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens. It is NEXT weekend!

June 26 and 27 from 1-6pm

purchase a button for $25 HERE

you can Volunteer HERE 

Here is the low down from the ASAP on what you can expect from the Family Farm Day!

Here’s how it works: Get a farm tour map and button. Gather your friends, fill a car, choose the farms you want to visit, and plan a route. There are more than enough choices to fill a schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables and fruits, trout, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, artisan cheeses, herbs, mushrooms, honey, garlic, preserves, and much more are available to sample or for sale. Products including yarn, soap, and crafts are offered as well.

Watch animals such as bison, llamas, baby lambs, and bunnies. See traditional skills in practice—and even try them out yourself—during demonstrations of border collie shepherding, outdoor apple butter making, milking, the maple syrup tapping process, and wool spinning. Or, learn about new ideas during a tour of renewable energy systems, see a hydroponics system, visit an edible landscape, or explore a garden labyrinth. Eat bread fresh from a wood fired oven and artisan ice cream, and stop for a picnic at one of the many beautiful farms along the way.

HOW AMAZING is this? I can not wait! Jack is going to LOVE Family Farm Day!! Are you going? Please let me know if you are!!

My good blogging buddy and fellow sustainable living, garden growing, organic eating, cow buying, MOMMY BLOGGER OF THE YEAR, Erin would LOVE this too! Too bad she’s in Kansas! Just click your heels sister and come with us!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Fresh Thyme Vinaigrette {Giveaway}

vinaigrette-dressing 

I want to introduce you to a friends NEW and exciting salad dressing & marinade!!

FRESH THYME VINAIGRETTE

from his AMAZING company, Corner Natural Foods. I am so excited to be trying this and LOVE the fact that it is ALL NATURAL. Word on the street is that Whole Foods is going to be carrying it in the Florida area. CONGRATS!!

This dressing is so fresh and delish and the possibilities of what you can do with it are endless! I have used it as a traditional dressing, tossed it with fresh veggies and roasted chicken! ALL DELISH!

GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Chris ONE Lucky Reader is going to receive a complimentary bottle to try!! Simply visit Corner Natural Foods and leave a comment telling me something you LOVE or learned about his company!!

For extra entries you can:

1. Become one of MY PEEPS! (follow my blog)

2. Follow Corner Natural on Facebook

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Just remember to leave a separate comment for each! This is open to US Residents ONLY!!

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