Keep Calm and Bake Cookies!

My cat, Pippa, is sick. She was not acting like herself on Monday, so first thing Tuesday morning I made a vet appointment. We ended up rushing her in earlier, as she was losing her balance, something that has never happened before. After 2 hours at the vet clinic yesterday, medications, rehydration packs, and me syringing recovery food into her mouth, we had a rough night. I kept checking on her, and this morning took her in to the hospital to stay on IV all day. Her heart is not sounding good, and they are running an ECG. Add this to the blood panels, the urine panels, and we are beyond ourselves with anxiety.

So what do you do when you can’t eat and you can’t sleep? You bake lemon crinkle cookies for everyone at the vet clinic.

I follow a recipe from Jean Pare’s Company’s Coming, that I adapt a little to make my own. I make a big batch that can easily be halved, here is my recipe:

Cream together 1 cup butter with 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar. Add in 2 eggs, and 4 TB lemon juice, as well as the zest from 3 lemons.


Now whisk together in a separate bowl – 3 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp of seasalt. Mix this in with the butter mixture.


Roll the dough into little balls, roll the balls in some white granulated sugar.


Pop on to baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Convect in oven at 325F for 10-13 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.

Let cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets, then transfer to wire racks.


Let cool completely.

These will be going into little clear plastic baggies (you can get cute ones at Bulk Barn), tied with ribbon, into a basket with a thank you card for the wonderful staff at Cochrane Vet Care Clinic.

And that is how you keep calm, when you all you want to do is hold your kitty and cry. And while I cannot eat a thing, I made the smoothie  recipe that Pink Waders posted, so at least I can sip that while writing this blog. Please send good thoughts to our little Pippa!




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