Valentine’s Day Sweetness

People keep asking me for tips on how to take pictures of their dogs.  I will never claim to be an expert but I’m happy to share some of the things that work for me.  I’ll post some of my favorite tips and tricks very soon.

Re-Launch Coming Soon!

Like a lot of part time bloggers, my initial enthusiasm faded; Canines and Cabernet suffered as a result.  I made a New Year’s Resolution to breathe new life into it this year.  This is a good creative outlet for me and, let’s be honest, it’s a good excuse to explore the wineries in Woodinville with my dad and my dog.

Post-Christmas Wine Day

Post-Christmas Wine Day

The picture above is from the end of 2015 at Red Sky winery:  Carol Parsons (one of our favorite winemakers) behind the counter, her dog Mia sitting next to the counter, dad on the stool and Penny Lane in the middle of the room.  This was our favorite stop of the day and an excellent way to end the year.  We had such a good time that dad bought one of those magnum bottles that can be seen in front of him.

See you soon!

The Magic of Christmas


I posed the dogs a dozen or more times and yet one of my favorite shots was a lovely accident that happened in between the posed pics.  She was so curious about her refection; I happened to look up in time to catch this one.

Super Bowl Fever!

Go Hawks


We’ve all got Super Bowl fever – even the dog!

We’re heading to Woodinville for our first wine trip of 2015 and no doubt a gathering of Seahawks fans and 12’s as far as the eye can see.  Gotta stock up for the big game tomorrow.

One word of warning – fireworks can really upset your pets.  If you think your neighborhood is going to be celebrating after the game, think about your pets and take the same precautions as you would for 4th of July.




Happy 2nd Birthday to Penny Lane!

Penny Lane 2 yeards old

Penny Lane 2 yeards old


Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy 2013 – Peas on Earth

It’s New Year’s Day and the Black-Eyed Peas are on!  I make mine the same way I make Red Beans and Rice but you can make them however you wish – just be sure you eat  your peas today.  You do know about the tradition of eating Black Eyed-Peas on New Year’s Day, don’t you?


  • 2 Medium Onions – diced
  • 2 Green Peppers – diced
  • 5 Ribs of Celery – diced
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3-6 Cloves of Garlic – smushed
  • 1 Pound of Sausage – whatever kind you wish
  • 2-4 Smoked Ham Hocks
  • 1 Pound of Black-Eyed Peas – soaked overnight and rinsed
  • Olive Oil – just enough to coat the pot in the beginning
  • 5-8 Cups of Water – added at various times
  • Rice (optional)
  • Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, Cayenne Pepper, Salt – all to your taste

Start with a big pot.  (I always underestimate just how much room all of this takes.)  Coat the bottom of the pot with olive oil and put in the chopped sausage so it can render.  You don’t need much oil, just enough so the sausage doesn’t stick before it starts to cook.  After a couple of minutes, add the green pepper, celery, onion and garlic.  Let all of this cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until things start to soften up a bit.  Then add the bay leaves and the ham hocks.  Top it all off with the peas and then add enough water to cover it all.  You’ll add  more soon.



Now, make yourself a mimosa, enjoy some football and let this cook for about 3 hours; add water and stir as you go.  After an hour or so you can take out the hocks, cut off the meat and add that back to the pot.  Or you can leave the hocks in and whole, not much difference either way.

Serve them with or without rice and get ready to enjoy a year of prosperity!

Cricket is looking ahead to a great New Year…

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

We wish the same for you…Happy New Year!