Friday, January 30, 2015

Take a Guess

Can you guess what this is? 

(18-55mm@24mm, f4, 1/125sec, ISO 800 )

Here is a hint for you "Cody was here."

Happy Friday y'all,


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cody Was Here

     Some of you may have seen a few posts over on my Facebook Page that are "bits" of evidence of our kids' presence in our lives. They are titled "The kids were here." A wonderful idea that I saw online a while back and I gave it a try myself a few times.  I really should gather those photos and place them here collectively on this site......but that is for another time.
     What I am beginning to realize is that I may have a new theme of photos to chronicle that could easily be named "Cody was here." You see, we adopted a cute little puppy from a local rescue shelter almost one year ago.

 During this time he has certainly touched our hearts and has brought plenty of joy to our lives.

 We have also come to realize that he is a bit of a CHEWER! Despite all of the dog treats and dog toys on hand to keep him plenty occupied, he continues to manage to find new and interesting items to devour. Allow me to share a list of those items:

1. Two dog beds
2. Two throw rugs
3. Three pairs of shoes
4. Four pairs of flip flops
5. Two pillows
6. One dog leash
7. Countless pairs of socks
8. A bra
9. Cinch bag drawstrings
10. At least 5 toilet paper rolls
11. One flower bed
12. A hermit crab (almost!)
13. A baseball hat
14. A Fleece Jacket
15. A Sweater Jacket
16. Countless Pencils
17. Pencil Erasers
18. One Fuzzy Blanket (My fuzzy blanket!! Grrrrr)

And the list could go on.............all while still looking cute and innocent. 

See????????????  He looks cute an innocent.  But the list does go on.....

Some of the newest casualties in our home are the stuffed animals. Oh yes. He loves those! We believe he hunts them down. He can be quite stealth about it. We often know when he is into mischief because he becomes very very quiet.  Just like a toddler. If they are too quiet..... you just know they are up to something! 

Low and behold we have an ever growing collection of what looks like our own version of the "misfit toys."

 Poor guys........never knew what hit them.

Band-aids have been used as temporary eye patches and wound dressings for torn ears.

Medical tape has been used to minimize the bleeding of "beenie beads" from injured paws.

Did I mention that he quite often goes for the eyes????  He shows no mercy.

As for this poor Skylander, because he was not a stuffed animal he suffered the most permanent damage.  Between the skull horns and amputated fighting arm chewed beyond recognition, no amount of crazy glue will fix his wounds.

They sure do look like a sad bunch don't they?

Well this mom will be putting her suture skills to the test today.  I am thinking I may have to consult plastic surgery on this one.

In the meantime I have to go check up on the little guy,  I think I hear a baseball getting a facelift in the kitchen. But for the life of me......... I can not find my other fuzzy slipper.

Anyone have any suggestions how to productively channel the energy of a power chewer?

Happy Chewing,


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Doggie Treats

Baking always makes my day feel more productive. I don't know why. When I sit down in the evening and talk to my husband and tell him about my day, if my recap sounds like "I did this, this and that" never really seems to represent how busy my day may have been or really felt. I often feel like well, that does not sound like much or I do not know why that took so much time in my day.  But when I get to say I did X, Y, Z and I BAKED with SUCCESSFUL results, well it just makes me feel like a rock star! That's right, I baked and it came out right!  LOL. Does anyone else feel like that too?
Well I did some baking today.....and thankfully it came out as I had hoped.  Can you hear it???? "Hahhhhhhhhhhhh" case you are unsure as to what that sound is, that's the sound of the crowd in the background.  LOL.  To top it off, what I made was not even for the family.

You see, we have the best little four legged furry family member who was in need of a snack.  Low and behold in the pantry his bag of treats was empty. Shocking, I know, to find an empty bag of dog treats in the pantry instead of in the trash can where it should be. Anywhoo, I had just returned from running errands so the option to go back out in the bitter cold was not the most desirable option. I thought, why don't I make some?

Here they are........
(50mm, F2.8, 1/250, ISO 200)

They don't look too bad do they? Good enough to eat right?

 Actually, the kids and I have made some dog treats in the past as a Christmas gift for their grandparents' dog. So I knew I could tackle this task.  We even have a cookie cutter shaped as a dog bone from that project.
I began scouring the web looking for a recipe hoping that it would include ingredients that I had on hand. In particular, I was looking for a grain free recipe.  There were a ton of great recipes to choose from. Many called for sweet potato as a main ingredient. One ingredient.......however, that I unfortunately did not have. Ha!  But I finally did come across one that I liked and I had majority of what was needed. Double Ha! You can find the original recipe HERE listed as "Bad Breath Busting Biscuits." I did change the recipe up just a bit to suit our needs with what I had on hand today and with what I thought our dog would like.

Here is what I used:

1 1/2 cups coconut Flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 tsp salt
2 Bananas
2 TBSP of Bacon Grease (Bacon Grease? Yes! Bacon Grease!) - but you probably can use any other fat instead
2 TBSP Peanut Butter
3 Eggs

Mix the dry ingredients first. Mix the wet ingredients separately. Fold together. It absorbs fast so you will need to use your hands to mix thoroughly.  I rolled the dough in between two pieces of waxed paper as described in the original recipe. Using the dog bone cookie cutter I shaped the biscuits until I did not have enough dough for that particular cutter and then used the smaller heart shaped one. :0)

I baked mine at 350 for 30 minutes to really dry them out and then let them sit in the oven to cool with the door open.

Here they are again. Personally I think I like the look of the heart shaped biscuits.  Baked with love.

(50mm, f3.5, 1/90sec, ISO 200)
Then came the real test. Will he eat them?  Drum roll please..........................................

Treat?????? Did someone say treat????

Well, it looks like mission accomplished and I still feel like a rock star!

Anyone else get that feeling no matter what they bake?  Do you have any favorite grain free doggie treat recipes? 

Happy Snacks, 


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


These three little gadgets represent the beginning of a new phase in our lives. Can we say Orthodontia?  That's right, not only have we entered the Tween stage of parenting but we are now in the Tween with "Awr-Thuh-Don-Shuh" stage. Just when we thought we had finally achieved a consistent simple bed time brushing routine......

However this day has brought back many memories.  Memories that were almost forgotten, but fondly remembered today. Memories shared in the hope to answer questions, minimize worries, ease the soreness a bit, and assure her that meal times will consist of more than just soup and smoothies. The orthodontia road ahead will be long and a bit rough. However, in the end, we know that she will come to realize that it will all be worth it for the sake of her health and her teeth! 

Any parents out there with helpful hints on how their kids handled the ups and downs of braces? 

Now to quote a verse from one of my all time favorite movies. 

"Brusha...Brusha....Brusha...Here's the new IPANA. With a brand new flavor - its dandy for your teeth!" 

 Happy Smiles Everyone, 


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Bit Nutty

Yum, snack time!

Going a bit nuts over these salty and sweet mixed nuts. My go to snack these days. So simple, so easy and sooooooo good!  Made with homemade maple syrup and celtic sea salt.  What is your go to snack these days? 

Happy Snacking, 


2 cups of mixed nuts
3 tablespoons of maple syrup 
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil 
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (or to taste) 

Bake in oven at 350 degrees ~15 minutes. Stir half way through the process. 

You can add other savory spices to kick things up a bit too! 

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