If you got recent spam from an email address at this domain, it wasn’t me … I’ve received about 200 email failure notices, which means that someone in spain used my address to send spam. I have already reported them!

It’s hard to believe that an uncontrollable, wild Springer Spaniel would be able to become a therapy dog, but it has really happened!

Ella is still wild and crazy at home, but once her special collar and leash go on, she transforms into quite a lady. She is gentle, follows all her commands, and so sweet with everyone she meets.

We always knew that Eliza was a wonderful therapy dog, and we suspect Mr. Darcy will be good also, but Ella’s accomplishments are a wonderful bonus!

Ella and her stick

I make cookies to send to Ed’s staff on the first Friday of each month. The November cookies were called Nainaimo Bars.

A creamy, chocolatey treat, Nanaimo Bars originated in Canada in the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia (otherwise they would be called New York Bars, or New Brunswick Bars, eh?)

I first heard of them from the Christopher Guest mocumentary, A Mighty Wind (2003). Catherine O’Hara’s character, Mickey Crabbe, responds to the question “Would you consider doing both parts?” with …
“No, I’d consider going home, making a nice tray of nainaimo bars, lying in bed and watching TV”

I was curious, and after a little research, I decided the recipes looked really yummy. I finally make them, and they got the most recipe requests of any Cookie Day (ever).

I used this recipe for Nainaimo Bars.

Note — I could not find Custard Powder. I believe it is available in specialty markets, and where British foods are sold. For a double recipe (4 tablespoons custard powder) I substituted 3 tablespoons Corn Starch, and 1 tablespoon instant Vanilla Pudding powder. It worked just fine.


I am still hoping to add some interesting content to the site this week. In the meantime, I will fill you in on all the boring stuff …

Ella did her first Therapy Dog visit last Friday, and we are planning another one for Monday morning. She should have her observed visits done and be a certified Therapy Dog by the end of the month.

All the pups are looking forward to Thanksgiving. Any holiday where the main focus is food is great with them! I have my fresh organic turkey on order, and when I pick it up tomorrow, the festivities truly begin!

Welcome to LuLuLand.


I am working on building a new site! Hopefully time will allow some new content soon!