A Story and a Recipe

By Dorothy Johnson

While I was out wandering around in the community this past weekend, several loyal readers asked me about Lulu.  They wanted an update on my Georgian peach so I thought I would take this week to give everyone a brief look at Lulu on the farm. Lulu loves the farm as a place to run.  In fact, she always seems to run in the opposite direction from the one I propose.  I was told that she was part boxer and part retriever, but from the way she puts her nose to the ground and takes off, I am guessing that she is some part hound.

Last week I let her run without her leash on.  She went half way down the driveway and picked up the scent of something and took off toward the Ridge Road.  I got in the car and drove to get her. She would not come to me so there I was walking up and down the road with an empty leash and Lulu just out of reach laughing.  I soon tired of chasing her so I waited and she decided that she wanted to go into the pasture.  I decided that the game was over. If I could not catch her on open ground, I was not going to catch her in a cedar swamp.  I turned the car around and drove back to the house.  Before I could park, Lulu was waiting for me on the deck. She was overjoyed; I was not happy. Since that performance, I have kept her on a twenty- foot leash when we go out.  Now she is not happy.

She has surgery scheduled for next Thursday.  In order to avoid any “accidents,” Lulu is being kept close to me. When the surgery is over and she has recovered, I will let her off the leash for another run, but I plan to point her toward the field, not the road. Maybe she will keep going in that direction.

Of course, puppies chew whatever they can find, and Lulu is no exception.  She has chewed the car’s armrest, the bottom step of the indoor stairs, the foot release on the recliner and the chair rungs on the Moosehead dining set.  Today, when she was out for misbehaving, she wound her leash around the well pump and started to chew off the insulation.  Yes, she has toys.  She received a housewarming gift of a bag of toys, but she prefers to chew something of mine or something I do not want her to have.  I guess that is typical of a puppy.

We, Lulu and I, are having a battle of wills about house training.  We have developed a five-hour schedule for going out through the night.  It was working very well until the snow came. Lulu likes to eat the snow, but she does not like to put her dainty Georgian paws in it. So some trips outside are very quick and others are just for me to get the air.

All in all, though, I would say that Lulu and I are doing o.k. I expect the coming holiday and with it the family company for dinner will be a bit stressful.  She does love company and I am sure she will get plenty of attention.

For this week, I looked for a Christmas recipe assuming that everyone had already settled the Thanksgiving menus.  I found recipes that had been handed down through families printed in the 2005 Ideals magazine.  The recipe I chose for this week was sent in by Eva Gonya of Millinocket, Maine, and it is for Maple Nut Cookies.

Maple Nut Cookies

Ingredients:

Three cups flour / One teaspoon baking powder

One cup chopped walnuts / One and a half cups chopped dates

One and a half cups brown sugar / One cup butter

Three eggs / One teaspoon vanilla

One teaspoon baking soda / One-half cup hot water

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, sift flour with baking powder. Stir in walnuts and dates. Set aside. In a medium bowl, cream brown sugar with butter.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Stir in baking soda dissolved in hot water. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir until just combined. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. This recipe makes 72 cookies.