Saturday, October 13, 2007

We're Going To Barktoberfest!

Dad comes home tomorrow from Maine. He's leaving at 3AM Sunday morning so he can go to Barktoberfest with me and Mitch and mom! We are so psyched! This is a once-a-year event for us and it's always such fun! It takes us a good 2 hours to drive there and once we get there, we meet up with approx 75 other Airedales! Mitch has never ever been! Wait till he gets a load of all of the other Dales! OMG, we can hardly wait!

We're hoping to see our friend Carol Usher, who does the outstanding WoolieDales and we're hoping to meet Jake, who we've never met before. His parents and my parents got to know each other on the ferry when we went to Nantucket at the end of August, remember?!

The event starts at 11AM and goes until 2PM. Barbara Curtiss, who is the head of New England Airedale Rescue is the organizer and this wicked fun time just happens to be at her house!

It starts off with a walkie at Kent State Mountain, which just happens to be in her back yard! There is a raffle with all sorts of Airedale paraphernalia that we can win. Mom knit a purse and needle felted on it to donate for the raffle.

There's a Halloween parade if you want to wear costumes. They vote on who is the cutest and which one is the funniest, etc and they usually have a contest with hotdog bits to see who can grab the most in the least amount of time! It's a lot of fun!

We've been asked to bring a dessert to share. Mom has decided on Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars. We've never made them before so all of these people will be guinea pigs! We love to see how fast the plate empties! This way we know if the recipe is good or not but don't worry - it will be pre-tested before it leaves our kitchen!

This is how the batter looks before it goes into the pan to be baked. ummmmmmmmmmm

It has peanut butter and brown sugar and oats and flaked coconut and sunflower seeds and raisins in there! We got to taste it before it hit the baking pan!
Don't worry - mom made sure there were no raisins on the spoon that we got to taste test!

And here it is just out of the oven! TADA! We're hoping that we get to have a tiny taste of the baked masterpiece! We'll let you know how fast it goes tomorrow at Barktoberfest!

Just in case anyone wants the recipe:

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup honey, 1/3 cup melted butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 1/3 cups Old Fashioned oats, 1/2 cup flaked coconut, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup raisins and the recipe also calls for 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips but mom didn't use an chocolate! Way to go, mom!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl stir together the peanut butter, the butter or margarine, the brown sugar, the honey and the vanilla until smooth.

3. Add all the other ingredients. Stir well.

4. Press the mixture into a 13 X 9 inch greased pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on wire rack before cutting into bars. BTW, mom found this recipe at

We'll be leaving tomorrow morning for Barktoberfest around 9AM! The camera will be with mom the entire time! We want LOTS and LOTS of pictures! I wish all of you guys could be there with us!

So until next time................

Love ya lots,



Isis said...

That sounds like an awesome time!

Blue said...

Ohhh, this sounds a fun event.
A learning curve for Mitch too.
Have a great time.

Pats & pets

Harry said...

Barktoberfest sounds amazing! Look forward to seeing all the photos. Oh, and those peanut butter bars look divine.

Toodle pip,

Harry x

Putter said...

OMG! Maggie!

Have a goodest ever time! I am saddest ever that I can't go too! Mom and ME are gonna make those bars tomorrow so we can taste them!!!! Have funnest!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Faya said...

You will have a great Sunday ! Hope your mom will make a lot of pictures ...
Kisses, Faya

Joe Stains said...

that sounds like the best day EVER! so many airedogs!!!

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh that sounds like Dale heaven! We wish we were airedales so we could go!!!! LOTS OF PICTURES WANTED!!!!!Love A+A

Molly and Taffy said...

Have a great time, try not to eat all the yummy Peanut butter bars on the way there!

Or should that be DO try and eat all the Peanut butter bars!!!!!!!!


Molly and Taffy

Noah the Airedale said...

Maggie & Mitch, have a great time at Barktoberfest. It sounds like fun, wish we had something like that near us. We can't wait to see all the pics. Tell your mum good luck with the oatmeal peanut butter bars. They look delish. Might test it out on some B&B guests.

Noah, Willow, Tess and Lucy

Gus said...

yummy yummy peanutoatmeal bars! Sounds like a great time with lots of good food, great folks and dozens of dales


Scrappy and Pebbles said...

WoW what a great day out that sounds like. Have lots of fun guys and take lots of pictures.


Kirby said...

Hi Maggie, Hi Mitch,

Barktoberfest sounds like so much fun. I'm so jealous, you guys are going to have a blast! Can't wait to see all the pictures. 75 Airedales, now that will be CRAZY! I'll have to convince mom and dad to head out east next October and I can join you at Barktoberfest. Oh, BTW those Oatmeal Peanut Butter bars look YUMMY! I hope you got more than just a taste.

Your pal,

Preston said...

Can't wait to see the pictures from Barktoberfest! I am going to ask my mommy to make those Oatmeal peanut butter bar. they sound soooo yummy! She is not a big fan of raisins so..hee..hee..


Persephone & Buster said...

Ohhh, we LOVE Barbara's place! The coolest sculptures, and her shop is awesome! Do ya get to sip the Official Barktoberfest super-hopped Bavairedalian Brew?

Those peanut butter bars sound awfully tasty! Maybe we can talk her nibs into making some.


Buster T. Wunderdawg & Persephone the Dark Goddess of the Nether Regions

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch
Sure you two will have a great day tomorrow! Please take lots of pictures to show us!
My mom took note of the recipe. Looks delicious!
Have a good night

Lillie Valentine said...

That is one awesome purse your mom knitted! I should know. My MOM LOVES purses and she has a ton of them! I bet there were alot of women trying to get that purse from the raffle!!

Luckie Girl said...

Hey guys,
Looks like it's going to be FUN! Your Mom's really good with her hands. I mean her knitted bag is bootiful. Have fun and we can't wait to see those piktures!

Patience-please said...

Yum and yum yum and yum yum and yum!!!
The Servant is blathering on about how fun some Octoy thing would be but who can think about toys when faced with that pan of deliciousness??? Not us!
We will instruct the Servant to make us some immediately (sans raisons) and thank you for the recipe.

Lindy Loo and the whippet waggle

Caz said...

The Barktoberfest sounds good, hope you have a great time all those dales.
I think Caz will be making some of those peanut butter bars, I hope she will let ma have some.

Asta said...

Maggie and Mitch,you lucky pups!Barktoberfest!!yeahhhh!! I suwe wish I was an aiwedale!! if I paint myself and put on stilts,do you think they'll let me in??
Have a gweat time!
i bet the plate will be empty in no time at all..I'm dwooling all ovew! Thank you fow the wecipe!
Youw Mom's puwse is gowgeous..boy is she talented!!
smoochie kisses

Ruby Bleu said...

Oh that purse is bootiful Maggie...I think my Mom should knit something like that put a Boston on it!!!! Those bars look yummy too!!!!

Can't wait to see the pix...
Lots of Licks, Ruby

Lacy said...

wooofies M n M!!! me hopeies u had a lotta funs today...annnded u made me hungrys jus wookin at those goodies bars...dont furget the pickturs.....

b safe,

Orion said...

Oh that sounds so cooooool! You get to go on a little trip and meet a bunch of dogs and have some snacks--sounds like the best day ever! I wish there was something like that here in the Austin area. I'll have to get the humans on it so they can find something. Oh and Mom wanted me to tell you she LUURVES that purse that you made for the raffle. It's really cute! But I don't know how cool I'd look carrying something like that around. I think I'll leave the purses to my mom. hehe

Until next time!

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

thanks for the lovely recipe Maggie!

Barktoberfest sounds amazing!

love and licks, Marvin xxxx

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

and your Mama is so so clever, the purse she made is very pretty!

I love the colour too!

Ferndoggle said...

Those cookies sound so yummy!! Mom is gonna make them next weekend. Thank you for the recipe.


wally said...

Wow! Your mom is supertalented. That purse is really cool and the bars look DIVINE!


Scruffy & Lacie said...

We don't even know where to comment first...well...FOOD wins. The cookies looked fantabulous...Mumsie said she'd make some for us. The purse is adorable...ur mum is very talented!!!

You guys weren't drooling in those baked cookies were u/????????


Stanley said...

Hey M&M!

I haven't read about BarktOberfest yet, cuz I wanted to anticipate it with you on this post!

Can't wait to see what happened.

Tell your mama she could knit me a purse anytime ~ that one she did is bootiful. (I don't actually carry a purse, but you get the idea... I think you're mama is WAY SKILLED).

Goober love,

Mojo said...

Wow, that purse is amazing! It's awesome!

Got to get Mum to try out that recipe too. Mmmmmm