|Okinawan Sweet Potatoes|
One thing I didn't get to do much of this break was sleep. Nights were very restless. My back has been bothering me, and even though I went to get a massage, I am still sore. My neighbors went to Texas, Las Vegas, and Disneyland, and their dogs have been missing them tremendously. One of their dogs kept escaping from the lead. This caused The Help tremendous anxiety, as he constantly kept tabs on the dog. The other dog, a cute puppy named Patches, barked ALL NIGHT. The barking set off my babies, which resulted in them taking turns with the bark collar. Maybe during winter break, I will come up with a way to put some kind of sleeping ingredient into the doggie treats.
I posted pics of the doggie treats on my facebook page, and several of my friends asked for the recipe. For my friends in Hawaii, Okinawan sweet potatoes are easy to get, as most farmers markets and supermarkets sell them. In my experience, they are drier than orange-fleshed large sweet potatoes (garnet yams) that normally begin appearing in supermarkets around this time of year. If using those potatoes, just add less water when making the puree.
The dough was one of the easiest handling doughs I have ever worked with. The rolling was done on a non-stick baking mat with a silicone rolling pin, and I did not need to add any additional flour to prevent sticking. The cutting was equally simple. I only wish cut-out sugar cookies were this easy.
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Okinawan Sweet Potato Doggie Treats
1/2 lb Okinawan sweet potato
1 1/2 tbsp oatmeal, ground to sand consistency
2 1/2 c whole wheat flour
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
Boil Okinawan sweet potato in water to cover for 45 minutes. Cover with cold water and peel when cool enough to handle. Dice in 1/2" cubes. Blend with 1/4 c water until smooth. Measure out 3/4 c of puree. Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixture begins to come together. Knead by hand until dough is smooth. Roll out to 1/4" thickness and cut with desired cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Since we are counting. . .less than 50 days til winter break!
I am not sure what got into me after all the baking, cooking, and evicting, but just before the weekend, I decided to clean and reorganize the laundry room. For fear of the "before" pictures going viral, I decided not to take any pictures of the room (although I posted the female shoe collection on facebook). The Help added standards and shelves, and I went to Target and bought out their supply of clearance bins. In trying to help me organize my things, The Help had a wonderful idea:
Yes, those are some of my cookie cutters strung on a clean bungee cord! I arranged the cutters by seasons, so its a visual reminder to get busy with those Halloween cookies. It also keeps the cookie cutters from being smashed in the bins. The Help is so smart!