Bunny-Palooza 2016

Bunfectionary will be at Bunny-Palooza again this year in Hillsboro, OR. Rabbit Advocates has  put together its second festival of the bunnies at the same location outside of Portland, OR.

Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Washington County Fairgrounds
Cloverleaf Building
802 NE 28th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124

We will have all the favorite Bunny Biscotti flavors: Carrot & Fennel, Carrot & Raisin, Banana, Floral Bouquet, Pineapple & Mint, Beet & Mint, and our four berry and apple flavors: Strawberry & Mint, Blackberry & Mint, Cranberry & Mint, and Blueberry & Mint. We also will have double the number of the popular Variety Boxes that we had last year.

You can read a bit more about Bunfectionary in the Rabbit Advocates’ Spring 2016 newsletter.

Be sure to introduce yourself!

Deadly Garden Plants

While most bunny owners know of the dangers of prunus (e.g., cherry, plums), the garden is full of deadly plants. This Old House lists a dozen of the more common, including the hydrangea and beloved rhodie.

Deadly plants in your garden
Deadly plants in your garden

Your garden may be a relaxing retreat, but it’s not a place to let your guard down, especially when it comes to small children and the family pet. Some popular plants you prize for their ornamental beauty can turn into toxic killers within minutes if ingested, whether consumed out of curiosity or by mistake. With this list you’ll know what flowers, shrubs, and berries to warn young, inquisitive minds about and which bushes and flowers to keep out of paw’s reach. You’ll also learn the symptoms of poisoning because—after prevention—rapid treatment is the only defense against death. For more, go here

Frosted Biscotti

Our “frosted” biscotti are now available at Bunny Bytes. Banana Bunny Biscotti is frosted with a puree of carrot, beet, or parsley in our new flower shape. Our testers seem to prefer this shape as it is easier to grab and run–talking to you Tilbert, Flower and Buttercup!

 

Bunny quilt for our new niece

My friend at Bunny Bytes made this quilt for me to give to my brother and his wife for their first born. The quilt loosely tells a story of a little bunny who after a day of playing, makes mochi (rice cakes) and then watches the moon rise with her parents before drifting to sleep and moon dreams. The rabbit and the moon is a myth found in many cultures. In Japan, the rabbit makes mochi on the moon. A friend explained: in Japanese “rice pounding bunny” is written as ????, which reads “mochi tsuki usagi” and translates literally as “mochi-making rabbit.” Mochi-tsuki is the traditional ceremony/process where mochi is made by pounding rice. The funny thing is that the rabbit actually appears to be in the moon, appearing to make mochi. And the reading of the word for “making” is the same as “moon” (“tsuki”).

Fabric can be purchased at Shibori Dragon.

(And I have to apologize both to Jenny and to my brother that I had no idea how dusty and furry this was when I took the photos!)

 

Violet’s 3rd Anniversary (and Bunfectionary’s 1st Anniversary!)

Today marks Violet’s third anniversary in joining us at her forever home. To mark this day, last year we officially launched Bunfectionary.

We celebrated with a midnight snack of carrot tops and rosemary branches, and a cup of herbal tea based on our Floral Bunny Biscotti (minus the hay).

Floral Biscotti returning with Hibiscus

We are happy to announce that we will resume production of Floral Biscotti later this month and that we have added a new flower, Hibiscus.  Hibiscus has become a favorite in herbal teas the last few years, but has deep cultural roots all over the world. Below are a few pictures of this lovely flower, of which there are hundreds of hybrids.

Images are from wikipedia.com

Flower Garden Bunny Biscotti–making

Each batch of our handcrafted Flower Garden Bunny Biscotti begins with over 3 quarts of dried flowers, including roses, calendula, chamomile, and lavender. With just a bit of fresh apple, they are perhaps the least sweet of the Bunny Biscotti line, but they are the most fragrant. The entire line of Bunny Biscotti is now available at BunnyBytes. Be sure to tell them  Violet sent you! Click here to learn more about Bunny Biscotti.

Dry ingredients for Flower Garden Bunny Biscotti

Flower Garden Bunny Biscotti

Introducing Flower Garden Bunny Biscotti. Bunfectionary’s latest flavor features calendula, rose petals, chamomile, lavender and rose water to create this pretty, and delicious treat that has all the natural goodness of Bunny Biscotti. Ingredients: Timothy hay, pumpkin, apple, romaine, rose petals, calendula, chamomile, lavender, rose water, and xanthan gum (a natural binder). Each measures about 2″ across.

Flower Garden Bunny Biscotti features rose petals, calendula, chamomile, and lavender.