Dumpster Dive Scout Appreciation Day


Scouting dumpster finds and supervising projects is hard work. And Gwyneth is truly committed to doing her best. Proof – last week she found this:

This beauty has not moved since we spotted it last Wednesday morning. Every time we walk past it, Gwyneth speeds up with her little tail wagging. Then turns around and looks at me, beaming with pride for her discovery. And it’s a good discovery – the other side of the cabinet has some amazing shelving, and all it needs is a little sanding, wood filler and paint. We desperately want to give it a makeover and a good home, but this piece is still on the sidewalk for two reasons:

1. It’s roughly 7′ long x 4′ high, and despite all the furniture rearranging we’ve been doing in our heads, there is absolutely no room for it in our apartment. We’re up for giving it a shot, but…
2. It’s two blocks away, and we’re a little shy about asking the maintenance guys in our building to help us with this one.

So if you live in NYC and have the room, you can pick up your prize on West 28th Street and 10th Avenue. Alternatively, if you live in NYC, have a truck and want to enable our Dumpster Diving addiction, we’d love to hear from you. Regardless, someone please put us out of our misery!

So now you understand – Gwyneth is good at what she does. Which is why, rather than start another project for her to supervise, I decided to make Saturday, Dumpster Dive Scout Appreciation Day. We celebrated with lots of walks, uninterrupted naps and these homemade T-R-E-A-T-S. Here’s the recipe if you have a four-legged sidekick who’s earned a little extra spoiling.

Dumpster Dive Scout Appreciation Treats
Recipe from Gourmet Sleuth


Bone-shaped cookie cutters
3.5c all-purpose flour
2c whole wheat flour
1c cornmeal
1/2c skim milk powder
1T dry yeast
3.5c lukewarm chicken broth
1 egg beaten with 2T water

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Mix together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cornmeal and skim milk powder.
  3. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm broth and let sit 10 minutes.
  4. Stir broth in flour mixture until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Prepare cutting board and rolling pin with flour and roll dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick.
  6. Cut dog biscuit shapes from dough and place on baking sheet lined with foil.
  7. Brush biscuits with egg wash.
  8. Bake 45 minutes.
  9. Turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening.
Makes about 60 medium-sized treats that appear to be pretty tasty!


mk & Gwyneth
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  1. Gwyneth is a great thrifty scout. I had to leave some great finds this weekend, myself. (Have you thought of wheeling the dresser down the street on skateboards? It would definitely be a sight to see.)

    • I’ll be honest and say that we had not considered skateboards, but Gwyneth and I did discuss the luggage carts our doorman has on hand! I don’t think it would fit on the cart, so it would definitely be a sight to see!

      mk & Gwynnie

  2. I recently learned about the art of dumpster diving last weekend. I was visiting my cousin in Omaha who works at a Pier 1, and she was telling me how she threw a frame away that was totally useable with a little TLC. She carefully placed it on top the pile, and planned to raid the dumpster that night to go get it. I went with… it was so fun, but I was afraid we were gonna get caught! She told me you can’t get in that much trouble cuz afterall, you’re only stealing garbage. Which I guess, is true. Although, one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure!

  3. OMG! You could use that piece FOREVER! in any place you live! By all means, tip the guys $10 or $15 each and ask for their help to retrieve it! you CAN make it work in your place!!! you MUST!!

    • So sorry to keep you guys waiting! So I went back for it after work the day I saw your comment, and it was gone. BOO HOO. Big lesson in striking when the iron is hot! I kicked myself for a few days on this one! What was I (not) thinking?!?!? Gwyneth is saying that she tried to tell me….

      mk & G

  4. I agree with Vickie, you NEED it! So funny it hasn’t moved, wonder how many others are eyeing it?

    • Pam, someone else definitely eyed it and scooped it right up! The day Vickie posted Gwyneth and I went back for it, and it was gone. We can only hope that someone will love it and paint it pink like we would have!! We definitely won’t be letting a find like that go ever again!

      mk & Gwyneth

  5. LOL! Making treats for the pup.

    And I don’t think I got back to you about the New York blogging conference this August. I don’t think I’ll be able to make that one this year unfortunately!



  6. OK! It’s been 5 WHOLE DAYS: DID YOU GET IT???

    • Vickie, you show up in my inbox as a “no-reply” blogger, so I can’t email you. Hoping you saw my response here and on your other comment about the giant dumpster dive find (that someone else scooped up!)

      mk & G

  7. Love this idea and never would think of it on my own so thank you!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    So happy you are here!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. (I’m commenting again.) Thanks so much for sharing your doggy treat recipe at our Rockin’ Pet Linky Party. I love the little bone shaped cookie cutters-so cute!
    Tell Gwynnie that she has a good eye for spotting roadside treasure. Too bad somebody else scooped up that cabinet. It would have looked wonderful in a beautiful shade of pink.

    • Thank you for hosting such a fun party! SO many great ideas! I will pass along the praise to Gwyneth when I run home to walk her at lunch! And great minds think alike on the pink – I’m pretty sure that’s what color the cabinet would have ended up :( We definitely won’t make a mistake like that one again!

      mk & Gwynnie

  9. Meredith and Gwyneth, Thanks so much for sharing your yummy doggie treat recipe at our Rockin’ Pet Linky Party! We can’t wait to try it! Gwyneth, your such an adorable little girl with a great eye for spotting treasure! I’m now following your delightful blog and look forward to seeing what great piece you discover next. :-) Have a wonderful day!

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