Wednesday, 31 December 2008

My lovely Christmas and Happy New Year to you all

Hey pals, was Santa Paws generous to you? Did you find goodies in your Christmas stocking or a lump of coal? I received my usual tasty biscuit from the Dog Dog's Bakery, along with some pawsome treats from Eric and non-blogging pals, Pumpkin and the Woodingdean Terrors. Thanks so much, they were all very tasty. A Substanial Wire like me has got to keep his strength up!

I spent Christmas day with the Js and T and my pal Molly the Irish Terrier. In the morning we had a 2 hour walk on the beach which the Js said was very "bracing".

Actually it was bloomin' freezing!

The good news is that even though the humans ate boring vegetarian fare for their Christmas dinner, Molly's owner T cooked special turkey balls just for us two terriers. They were pretty tasty too. Here's the recipe in case any of you fancy giving it a try:

Turkey & Trimmings Christmas Balls

250g turkey mince
350g potatoes
200g carrot
250g brussel sprouts (we substituted broccoli)
half a teaspoon of Marmite
One teaspoon of cranberry sauce

Boil the potatoes, carrot and sprouts until cooked. Drain and mash them until they form a rough and sticky consistency. Heat a frying pan and gently brown the mince. No oil is needed cos of the fat in the meat. Once the mince is cooked, mix it into the mash, add the cranberry sauce and stir in the Marmite. Grease a baking tray. Form the mixture into walnut-sized balls and place them on the tray. Cook in a moderate oven for half an hour or so until the balls are nicely crisp and brown. Let them stand for 20 mins before serving with lashing of gravy. I expect you're all drooling here!

Anyway, here are some photos of me and the Mollster lounging in front of the coal fire:

Notice that we're both wearing Cath Kidston ribbons? That's because T & J1 both got some pawsome loot from her shop for Christmas. Molly is looking rather stern. Unlike me, she's not used to having a camera thrust in her face every 5 seconds and doesn't really like it much.

All in all we had a lovely day, as I hope you did too.

Thanks again for all your lovely DWB Christmas cards and also for your friendship and support during the past year. 2008 was a difficult year for me what with lung cancer and all, but hey, I got through it didn't I? Here's hoping that 2009 is a very special year for us all. I'm looking forward to catching up with you all in the next few days. Happy New Year!


The FOUR Musketeers said...

Happy 2009 !!
looks like you really had a lovely Christmas !

Eduardo said...

Well you had a great Christmas! I want some of those turkey balls! Happy New Year!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Murphey said...

Noe you have done it, we're hungry again! Those trukey balls look divine...we are going to have to make some with our leftovers.

Have a Happy new Year!


Hollie and Janie said...

You look adorable in your ribbon! I am so happy you had such a lovely Christmas!

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

The turkey balls look yummy!

I love brussels sprouts!

Your pikhs are furry furry nice!

I hope woo have a grrrreat new year!


Eric said...

Nice one Jackson! Wagging yours was a goodie too. I went on the beach on Boxing Day...brrr..but not as brrr as the last couple of days eh????.

Let's hope Cath does us some good stuff in the New Year. And that you stay warm and well my special chum!

Wiry wags, Pip Squeek Eric xxx

Amber-Mae said...

Wow! That looks like a BIG cookie! And those meaty balls sounds really pawsome. Will ask Mom to try that recipe out some day. Thanks! HAP HAP NEW YEAR!

Pooped from celebrating,
Solid Gold Dancer

Gus said...

We are so happy you enjoyed your Christmas Holiday...and we are wishing you, the Js and all your friends a wonderful 2009


Daniella said...

Moms says if the recipe has marmite in it, heck she'll gobble it up. She loves marmite. I like it too so we will try them. Did the humans try them ?
Happy new years! I hope we don't hear the fireworks tonite...strong winds here...they might blow right over us.
Ax and Boo

Pippa said...

A very happy new year to you too Jackson.

Old misery isn't interested in what sort of tasty turkey balls you got, she wants to know what sort of vegetarian fare your Js ate. Typical. No taste at all.

Catch you in the new year pal, I'm hiding from the fireworks behind master's chair.


Noah the Airedale said...

G'day J
Glad you had such a great Christmas. Gotta say those turkey balls look fantastic. I'm drool'n here.
We hope 2009 is a great year for you matie and for your pinkies too.

Take it easy
Noah x

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh man,thoses turkey balls look FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And PL2 wants to know what J1 got from Cath Kidston...We wish you nothing but good health, lots of lovely treats, stuffies to destuff in nanoseconds, kisses and hugs from your PL'2 and tons of love from us for the new year!! Here's to a great 2009!!! Love and a million kisses A+A+PL2

Maggie and Mitch said...

Those turkey balls look so delicious!
Happy New Year, Jackson! We hope 2009 is the best year ever for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The OP Pack said...

The turkey balls sound quite tasty, Mom will have to try making them for us.

Hope 2009 is a good one for woo, Jackson.

Happy New Year.

Woos, the OP Pack

Lorenza said...

Hi, Jackson!
Happy New Year!
I hope 2009 will be a great year for you and your family!
Kisses and hugs

Abby said...

Hi, Jackson...

OMdoG...Those turkey balls look scrumptous...I have to tell my Mom to keep that recipe...

Happy New Year...I hope 2009 is good to you & your family...

Abby xxxooo

Joe Stains said...

Mom wouldn't last two minutes in teh cold, you are lucky! Those Turkey Meatballs look AMAZING!!

Bogart said...

Hey Jackson, here's to hoping that 2009 will be a GREAT one for you - with a lot less time at the v-e-t!!!

Much love and BIG AIRE KISSES,


Molly and Taffy said...

Happy New Year Jackson. We wish you a healthy and happy year.

Molly and Taffy

Dewey Dewster said...

Happy New Year Jackosn...

It sounds like ya had a grand time with yer friend Molly and yep we don't like the camera all that much either.....glad ta see yer out and about even though ya had such a LONG walk in the cold...ya must be feelin' better....

Yer turkey balls looked delish and Gram looked at the recipe and thought it was actually written in English but she didn't understand half of it....I tell ya these old ones have a hard time adjustin' ta progress......but what is
250g turkey mince
350g potatoes
200g carrot
250g brussel sprouts

is that grams????? as opposed ta ounces???? YA gotta help her...she's gettin' hopeless !!!

From across the Big Pee (as Eric would say) Hope ya have a grand 2009 !!!!!

Dewey Dewster here....

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Jackson...Happy New Year Dear One!!!!! We wish for you the best year ever, sweet Boy!!!

Oh man...those turkey balls looked amazin'...we have to go and look up marmite on google...have NO idea...Mumsie said the hoomans would like those turkey balls too...they sound scrumptious!

All the best in the new year!!!

Scruffy, Lacie and Stan!

Our big sissy is a vegitarian too so Mumsie spent Christmas day make spinach lasagne...pretty yummers actually!!!

Love you lots Jackson...i

Stanley said...

Hey, man.

Here is hoping that 2009 is a year of JAX to the MAX! You deserve a fanTAStic year, buddy.

Glad to hear that you had such a good Christmas, and that you got to spend some good time with Molls! Did you share your cookies with her?

Goober love,

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Jackson, we hope 2009 is your best year EVER! Mom said she would like to try the turkey balls, but she doesn't know how to convert grams to ounces. What a twit! Anyway, we love you and we're glad you and Molly had a great Christmas!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

the 4 Bs said...

hi Jackson, we're so happy that you are our friend. we sending you the power of the Bs and poodle power too, to make 2009 be a happy and healthy year for you!

your turkey balls looks so yummy. our human eats vegetarian food too, isn't that weird? we got turkey necks - yummmmmmmmyyyyy.


Lacy said...

w00f's Jackson, those turkey balls looks delish....looks like u had a pawsome Christmas...happy new year, my friend..

b safe,

Asta said...

I love seeing you even in youw sneepy tiwed pictoowe..a two houw walk is quite "bwacing" I'm suwe in Decembew..I'm glad you and Molly got to celebwate togethew..Thank you again fow the wondewful cookies..I have 1/2 of one left..Mommi only gives it to me fow vewy special times and only a half at a time..We think of you always and hope that this yeaw bwings you and youw family good health and lots of good times and tweats.
I love and admiwe you
smoochie kisses
youw pal fwiend always

Poopsie Blue said...

Sorry I'm late here, but never the less, a very Happy New Year to my fav. WFT.
Hope 2009 is a good one for you Jackson.

Love, pats & pets

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Jax,

Come and visit: it's nice & warm in Melbourne!

xxx Asta (oz)

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Happy New Year to you and your J! Jackson, I hope this new year proves a good one!

I loved your photos!

I am late commenting because our computer had what my J calls "a hissy fit". Basically it would not work.

love and licks, Marvinxxxxxx

take care Jackson, love from Jeannie xxxxxxxx

Kodak the Eskie said...

The turkey balls sounds scrumpsious! But what is marmite? I bet you hate all us US people asking stupid questions!

Hugs, Kodak

Simba said...

I'm finally back from rehab and blogging again. Happy new year.

Simba x

Stanislaw said...

Happy 2009! You look so toasty in from of that fire.

Lenny said...

Happy New Year Jackson!
My mom got a little wallet and Stanley keychain from Cath Kidston too. She was excited. :)

Looking forward to reading about your healthy adventures in 2009.

Your friend, Lenny

Crikit, Sparky, Ginger! said...

Happy New Year buddy! what a pawsome Christmas ya'll had and oh we;re leaving hungry

love licks

Twinkle a.k.a Chicken Little said...

Visit me at !!!

slurpy licks,

William Tell said...

Yes, we hope you have a healthy and happy 2009, Jackson. Those turkey balls look yummy, too. Much nicer than what I found today (see my blog).

Happy Tails,

Daisy said...

Happy New Year Jackson. I hope your eyes are ok and your health improves in 2009

Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

Happy new year to you too! You look lovely in ribbon!

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Jax,

Those turkey balls look good. Guess what? I have a furprise coming to my blog.

xxx Asta (Oz)

Asta said...

So gweat to heaw fwom you!
I don't think you awe a gwumpy old dog and I don't want you to say that..just cause you pwefew the comfowt of a cozy snooze in this'we smawt
hope you'we feeling well
love you
smoochie kisses

happy said...

Happy New Year! Hope you had a great holidays there!

erin said...

Happy New Year, Jackson!
Those turkey balls look delicious! I'm going to have to beg my girl to make them for me sometime.

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Hi Jackson! Blue told us about your bloggy :o) Hope you have a totally pawsome 2009!
Slobbers xx

Georgeous said...

Whoah Jackson, those turkey balls looked deelish! Be sure to publish the recipe this year and maybe I'll tell Mum to make some. We had some nice walks over Christmas too, after a wonderful 1st Christmas I've decided I really love it. Happy new year buddy and good health to you!
Love george

Randi said...

Hey Jackson!

Finally getting my mom/secretary to visit! Have a fantastic 2009!

love & licks,

Sara Alves said...

hi jackson!
love your blog! you´re gorgeous:)
I think I´m going to try up your recipie for PU, he is going to love it! :)

Sara & PU