A tired dog is a happy owner! And nothing tires out our girls more than snow. Play time in the snow is probably Dolce and Amore’s number one favorite doings. In the life of a dog, there is nothing better than a full belly, a warm bed and a romp in the snow.
A week after our big snow dump, most of the snow has melted but there are still patches to be found, snow angels to be made and fun to be had! On the lookout for fresh snow, Malcolm and I took the girls on a new trail at the Galisteo Basin Preserve this weekend. We knew the snow was getting thin, but certainly didn’t anticipate the amount of mud we would encounter. Snow melt brings slush, and then comes the mud. And more mud. And then more mud. As we swished down the trail, accumulating thick mud on our boots, Dolce and Amore took off like the wind. They smelled fun! They got a whiff of excitement and ran ahead like a bunch of banshees, barking for the sheer joy of dawggy play time!
Dolce immediately sniffed out a sizable plot of snow and began her rattle, roll and shake. Angel time! Amore followed suit, building her own snow angel. Then it was a race to the next patch of powder. They ran through Juniper and Pinon, leaping over small gulleys and rain carved-out arroyos in search of more snow. They found it – along with a lot of mud, returning with mud capped paws and more.
The mud and the muck is worth it. The look on their faces, the expression in their eyes – there is nothing more joyful than watching them play and seeing unadulterated happiness shine back at you.
SNOWFLAKE COOKIES – a favorite at Christmas!
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things!
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (do not use self-rising)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6 oz. chocolate chips – melted (and a few extra to nibble on)
- Star shaped cookie cutter
- powdered sugar
Mix sugar, butter, egg and vanilla well. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture. Let chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the chilled cookie dough on a floured board and cut into star shapes. Place on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven when lightly brown. Completely cool.
Place some melted chocolate in the middle of a star cookie. While chocolate is still warm place another star cookie on top with the star points alternating with the bottom cookies. Add a small dab of chocolate on the top cookie and sprinkle powdered sugar lightly over the finished cookie.
Keep under lock and key – husbands and dogs are known to swipe one (or two!)