Coonhound close-up

I like to take extreme close-ups of Sadie’s sniffer.

Her nose isn’t really that gigantic. But this girl was born to sniff. And bark.

Apparently coonhounds have a reputation for being lazy. She isn’t, until the sun goes down. Then there’s no moving her, no waking her once her eyelids start to close. We just hear the occasional doggie sigh.

Nature’s PowerBars


I learned how to make these when I was writing a story about raw food diets. They’re sort of like an energy bar that actually tastes good. The closest thing I could compare them to is a Larabar. They’re basically just nuts, dried fruit and coconut blended up in the food processor.

If you want them to be truly raw, buy all raw nuts and unsweetened coconut (I bought a real coconut for the first time to make this recipe, by the way, but you don’t have to). This time, I just tried to use up what I had left in my cabinets.

Raw fruit/nut balls

1/2 cup finely grated coconut
1 handful macadamia nuts
2 handfuls almonds
1 handful dates
1 handful raisins

Toss all of the ingredients into your food processor and process until the nuts have turned into fine pieces and the mixture is starting to clump together. The smoother the better, in my opinion.

Roll into 1-inch balls and then roll those in a little more coconut. I keep mine in the freezer – I think they taste better cold.