Excuse me while I just wipe the layer of dust from my keyboard...As some of you may have noticed, I've been a bit MIA on here for the past few months! I promise I have something extra cute to make it up to you, trust me when you see what I've been doing you'll be sure to forgive me!
A lot of you know I try and give back as much as possible. One way I do this is by donating my time to photograph rescue animals, whether that be dogs, cats or, in some cases, lambs! The oh so amazing Victorian Lamb Rescue have been busy saving sick and orphaned lambs this year. Being a small non for profit organization they rely on donations to go towards life saving vet bills and formula. To help raise money, they can sell prints of my photos at market stalls, which also means you guys can help support their work while also getting to look at these adorable faces every day in your home!
If you'd like to see their newest fuzzy faces or find out where they'll pop up next, follow them on their Facebook page here.
As promised, my cute apology: these photos of some of the most adorable lambs you'll ever see who are now safe from harm. Modelling their fleece jumpers are Hannah, Jumper and Spotty.
So the past few weeks have been a bit hectic in the kitchen! I've been slowwwly making progress on the 5,000 dog biscuits I'm making for the World Vegan Day show bags. It's a bit of a task but it's also quite calming with the routine of it all - mix, roll, cut, bake, repeat. Saff's also been a great help by acting as official taste tester. The recipe takes literally minutes to put together so it's great if you've run out of your usual treats for your pooch!
Saff Approved PB Dog Biscuit Recipe
Makes approx. 30
What you'll need:
2 cups of oats, or your preferred type of flour
1 medium to large banana
1/3 cup peanut butter, make sure it's the kind with only 100% peanuts!
Cookie Cutter - any shape will do!
What to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C
2. If using oats, blitz in a food processor until they turn into an oat flour
3. Add the banana and PB and process until it forms a dough
4. Place the dough between two baking paper sheets and roll out until it's about 5mm thick
5. Cut into shapes with your cookie cutter and place on a lined baking tray
6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they're just turning golden, flipping half way
Because I have to be early for everything I was enjoying waiting for Alli and Diego to arrive at Altona Beach, by sitting on the sand when I saw a blue car drive past with a happy face I recognized poking out of the window, wind in his ears.
I've met Diego a few times before and he's always been a calm and quiet boy who's happy to plop himself on my lap. But last weekend I found out that that's because he's at Mum's work and has to be on his best behaviour, on Saturday I was welcomed by an entirely different dog!
He was so excited and full of beans, every second step he'd spring himself into the air with no particular direction in mind, just for the sake of jumping because, well, it's fun! Alli got Diego so that she could have a furry friend to exercise with and after photographing him I think it's safe to say he definitely has the energy to keep up!
I love photographing dogs with their human companion because the love between them always shines through during the session. Diego and Alli were no exception, the way he looks at Alli and jumps along with her like a kangaroo shows how he absolutely adores her.