Here's a photo of Otis eight weeks after his birth, that cold day in December when we brought him home, a photo from this morning's birthday walk around Castle Island, and his "official" birthday portrait:
In honor of his birthday, we always make homemade biscuits for Otis. We got this recipe from some friends who were visiting from London a few years back - they gave us a special cookbook and some bone-shaped cookie cutters! Here's the recipe - it's really easy, and I always double the batch so there's plenty of biscuits.
1/3 cup margarine or butter (Otis prefers butter)
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered skim milk
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup water, room temperature
1 egg, beaten
- In a large mixing bowl, blend margarine/butter with flour (i use a hand mixer).
- In a small bowl, dissolve powdered milk and garlic powder in water and whisk in beaten egg.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and gradually stir in egg mixture until well blended.
- Knead dough on a floured surface, about 3-4 minutes, until dough sticks together and is easy to work with.
- With a rolling pin, roll dough to between 1/4" and 1/2" thickness.
- Use cookie cutter to cut dough and put biscuits onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake 50 minutes at 325 degrees, or until browned all over.
- Cool on a rack until hard.