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November 22, 2006


cindy k

Before you know it, Audrey will behave as beautifully as she looks. Now, if it were only so easy to change the behavior (bad habits) of us humans. Hmmm ... perhaps there's a market there for human leashes for training purposes - just kidding, but it's an idea.

Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Alicia, and thanks for giving us so much.

Cheers ... Cindy


Another dog comment to add to your list - I love dogs and I always feel bad when I visit someone and their dog is badly behaved because I end up not liking the dog and that's really not fair because it's not their fault. It's the dog's person's (a lot of apostrophes) responsibility to teach them to be polite. You are not just doing yourself and your guests a great service in teaching her manners, but Audrey too. Someone once told me that the rule for dogs that they lived by was "if it's not cute in a grown dog, it's not cute in a puppy". I think she meant that if we indulge puppies they are only confused as adults when we then expect different behavior in them. She of course had to live by this becasue she has Newfounlands - and they are big! Have a great - and well behaved - Thanksgiving.


Michele Annette

Happy Thanksgiving Alicia. Glad Audrey is behaving so well, What a good girl.


I've always wondered about this oatmeal when I see it in stores. It's more expensive, so I haven't bought it, but you've piqued my curiosity. I'll have to go on a hunt in local shops.

Yay Audrey and Alicia ! What a team effort! Congratulations.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with Love, Joy and of course Gratitude !


I laughed as I read yesterdays post and then the proud moment of peace in today's post. My Sammy goes nuts if you let him out the backdoor at night to do his thing...I discovered that if I simply put my flip-flops on and my winter coat on (over my jammies), put Sammy on his leash and go out with him...peace and quiet!!! Oh happy day!


I've been hooked on the flake oatmeal from McCann's for years...I"ll try the steel cut now that I know your butter trick. Have you ever added craisins? Or nutmeg? Yum!

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank YOU for such a lovely blog.xx


I'm going to get Simon to read this. He adores anything with oats and anything with raisins. In fact he would add either/both to any recipe, given the chance. And does, when I'm not in the kitchen.

I just bought some of the same oatmeal and Alice asked if she could have the tin afterwards. I thought it was great that a 13 year old appreciated the old-fashioned packaging. And it looks great on your blog, too.

Happy Thanksgiving - hope you have a great time.


Ooooo....I second the oatmeal recommendation. Yummmmmmmm. Reminds me of the cracked wheat cereal I had as a kid. :)


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Your oatmeal looks sooo yum. My English grandfather always insisted that his oatmeal be steel cut, and my mum could never figure out why...perhaps because her mother would boil the oatmeal into a grayish blob and then press the guts out of it and serve it in a solid block - not so yum! But your method sounds delicious, so now I'll have to try it...oh and my favorite oatmeal topping? Dark chocolate covered raisins...delish!

Teresa Sheeley

Happy Thanksgiving in return!


OH! I am addicted to the steel cut oats! Here's a southern addition...crumbled crispy bacon on top. Not healthy at all, but oh so delicious! And you know what else? I just make a ton of it at once and keep it in the fridge for my kids...that way the 30 minute cooking time doesn't impede the enjoyment.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving to you Alicia and Andy. I'm so grateful for living on NE 24th St. and wondering into your fabulous shop, only to meet you. I'm grateful that you started a blog to tell your daily story. You make many a day so much brighter and you often provoke much needed thought.

(mailman just put mail through the slot -- half expected to hear Audrey go nuts -- see the effect you have :))

I think you should sumbit this post to Ceaser -- he would welcome your success story. Happy Thanksgiving new-&-improved Audrey!!!!

Cheers! Mmmm... can't wait for the Prosecco!


Thank you for that last comment. Although you should be thanked, for posting so often and so beautifully and always being inspiring and honest.

And congratulations to Audrey!


A very happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours Alicia!

jill m

So glad that Audrey is doing well. Will be trying some of those techniques on my own barking maniac!
That oatmeal looks amazing. If only the grocery stores weren't overflowing, I run down there right now to get some...yum!
Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the cooking.


Thought I'd share with you a yummy recipe for steel cut oatmeal that I got from my local Trader Joe's. While the oatmeal is cooking, saute some apple slices in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then top the oatmeal with this delish pie-like topping and drizzle with some milk or half and half. My hubby adores this any time of day! Bon Appetite!


ohh this is my favorite !!!!!! Clarice


Yes, I do know how to prepare steel cut oatmeal. My husband just loves it. We purchase it at our local green grocery store. I find that it's more nutty tasting.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. And thank YOU for being a part of our lives too. You always bring alittle bit of sunshine to my (our) day!



The way you are training your dog for receiving visitors bears much similarity to how we have to train our kids - boundaries, rewards, etc. And a dog that is treated as a child is a very very nice thing to hear about.


We ate the same for dinner last night and we were thinking we were all crazy. So it's nice to know our friends are crazy, too :D


Heather Bond

Nice idea with the butter, I'll have to try it. I'm lazy and just let it soak overnight so it takes a fraction of the time to cook in the morning. Kudos on the Audrey training. She's such a beautiful girl and now so well behaved. A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you at Chez Posey!


We eat the Irish oats for breakfast in the morning. We put them in the crock pot over night a la Alton Brown from Good Eats and they are ready when we wake up. It really helps on New England winter mornings to know there is a hot bowl of steel cut oats ready for you if you...just...get...out...of...bed!

Alicia A.

Wonderful holiday wishes to your family, Alicia- including the new-and-improved Audrey :)


I'm a sucker for oatmeal too...went all the way to Italy and most of the time I ate oatmeal!

Have a yummy Thanksgiving and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your life!!

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