Hey there! It has been a while. I was transferring some photos of Rob in the snow and in assorted Seattle area parks from my phone to my laptop and found the pictures of his birthday treats:

The peanut butter cookies are from here. This year, instead of making bark, I made clusters. He loved them. Actually, We all ate our fair share. You know, I’ve never been able to relate to those who don’t like carob.  It is really good, mellow and sweet without the bitterness of chocolate. I guess it would be pretty bland if you were trying to use it as a chocolate substitute instead of just enjoying it as a whole different animal.

These were a whole bag of carob chips that I got from the Granary in Burien, about a cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of roasted, unsalted peanuts. Wrap a sheet of tinfoil over a cookie sheet or cutting board. Dump the carob chips in a largish microwavable mixing bowl and zap them for 30 seconds the in the microwave, then zap ’em again. if they are getting melted you can stir them with a spatula and add your peanut butter and stir it in until they are mixed. You can zap it again if you need to soften your peanut butter. Then stir in your peanuts and drop by spoonfuls onto your tinfoil. You can make them whatever size is appropriate for your dog. I make one cookie sheet full at a time and put the cookie sheet in my fridge for about 15 minutes to help them set up faster. Then I heat up the “batter” again to make another batch. You’ll find that there is minimal cleanup. The batter peels easily off of the tinfoil and you can scrape every crumb out of the bowl.