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Marianne & Steve

In This Issue

  • Featured Article: Support Animals this Holiday Season

  • Recipe of the month: Cheesy Holiday Canes

  • Upcoming Events

Support Animals This Holiday Season

To many of us the holidays are a whirl of shopping, preparations and social obligations. We often lose sight of the true meaning of the season. The holiday season is about giving. It is a time of hope and miracles. With our economy in turmoil, families including their pets are struggling. In the spirit of the season why not reach out to your local shelter or rescue group, and help a deserving homeless and needy pet. After all animals ask so little of us, yet give so much in return. Below are some ideas to get you started.

1. Do you often give gifts to a fellow animal lover? This year donate to that person’s local shelter or favorite rescue group in his/her name.

2. Dog or cat food and supplies are always needed. When you are out doing your shopping why not pick up an extra item or two to donate. Get the kids involved. Wrap the items and place them under the Christmas tree with a tag “for the homeless pets of -----”. Take your kids to the shelter to deliver the gifts.

3. Host a holiday party in your home or at work on behalf of your local shelter. Ask everyone to bring an item from the shelter’s wish list.

4. Does your family draw names for holiday gifts? Ask for volunteers to withdraw their names and substitute pet’s names from the local shelter. The person who draws a pet’s name can buy food or other much needed supplies and deliver items to the shelter.

5. Conduct a holiday garage sale. We all have items we’d like to get rid of. Set up a community sale and ask neighbors to donate. All proceeds from the sale would be donated to a local shelter or rescue group.

If your plate is already too full this holiday season, remember the need is ongoing. Doing good for others always adds meaning to our day to day life. The homeless and needy pets in your area will be very grateful!

Recipe of the Month: Cheesy Holiday Canes

This easy recipe creates colorful, edible canes for dog. They make great gifts for all the furry friends in your life.

Make a batch of pizza dough as follows.

Pizza dough - 18 oz. all purpose flour, 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast (aka bread machine yeast), 2 tsp kosher salt, 5 Tbsp olive oil, 11 oz. water

  • In a large bowl combine flour and yeast. Combine well.
  • Mix in salt
  • Add oil and water
  • Stir until dough forms
  • Transfer to a floured board and knead for 8 minutes
  • Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in bulk--approx 1 hour. When doubled divide in two.
  • Use ½ the dough for this recipe and save the other ½ for pizza!

Pressed for time?? Substitute refrigerated pizza dough from your local market.

To make the canes......

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Add an additional ¼ cup flour and natural red food coloring from the health food store to the dough.
  • Spread the dough out on a floured board and stretch it until it is about ¼ inch thick being careful not to rip the dough.
  • Divide the dough in half and set one half aside.
  • Drop several drops of food coloring on one piece of the dough and spread the drops around. Cut the dough into strips between ¼ and ½ inch wide.
  • Take out the other piece of dough and spread it out. This will be the white piece. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese. Cut it into strips also.
  • Take a piece of red dough and a piece of white dough and twist the two together, then hook the top third of the strips creating a candy cane.
  • Place canes on a greased cookie sheet and bake for approx 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • To make crisper canes turn the oven off but don’t remove the cookie sheet from the oven. The cookies will harden in the oven as it cools down. Just keep an eye on them while the oven is still hot to make sure they don’t burn.

Upcoming Events

There’s lots going on this holiday season! You can find us at the following events.

Beginning November 6th you will find us at the Cumberland Winter Farmer's Market - Fridays from 10am until 2pm. The market is located at Skillins Greenhouses on Route 100 in Cumberland.

We will be participating in several holiday markets during November and December. They are listed below. Don't forget your favorite four-legged friend this holiday season!

  • Harvest Market - November 21st - Mabel Wilson School, Tuttle Rd in Cumberland
  • Home for the Holidays Craft Show - Nov. 27th 10-4pm & Nov. 28th 9-4pm - Scarborough High School.
  • Blue Point Church Christmas Fair - December 5th 9-2pm - 236 Pine Point Rd, Scarborough.
  • Annual Yule Market - December 18th 4-7pm - Skillins Greenhouses, Route 100, Cumberland

Come see us!

Saco Farmers Market

Saco Valley Shopping Center

Saturdays 7am to noon

South Portland Farmers Market

Hinckley Drive (Millcreek)

Thursdays 3pm to 7pm

Where to find our biscuits

* The Animal House, Damariscotta

* Axis Natural Foods, Auburn

* The Belfast Coop, Belfast

* Bearded Collie Club of Maine

* Black Cherry Provisions, Falmth

* Call Me Pet Sitter, Rockwall, TX

* Camp Bow Wow, Portland

* Creative Turtle, Boothbay Hrb.

* Dakota Dog Company, N.J.

* Fetch, Portland

* Harvest Hill Farms, Poland

* Jordan's Farm, Cape Elizabeth

* Maine's Pantry, Portland

* Misty Meadows Farm, Grand Isle

* Paws Applause, Scarborough

* PetScripts Pharmacy, Yarmouth

* Sooper Dogs, Biddeford

* State of Maine Cheese, Rockport

* Stone Soup Artisans, Saco

* The Good Life Market, Raymond

* Wags and Wool, Lubec