Sunday, July 17, 2011

A little bit of this...

...a little bit of that

You've been forewarned, this post will be random. I have all these little things to mention that just aren't substantial enough for an entire blog post, but still warrent mentioning.

  • G-Man Friday, after starting to slide off a float in the deep end of the pool (remember, he's 5 and working on learning to swim) he caught himself and said "that was a rookie move"... I almost peed myself laughing
  • Took the kids to get ice cream after lunch Friday. I was so proud when G-Man went and got a napkin and wiped his spilled ice cream off the table... until he licked the napkin. Holy disgustingness!
  • I had an AMAZING day at the pool with the kids, I really love these two and feel so blessed to be with them all summer (though equally blessed to leave at 5 each night and go home to my puppy)
  • My Zumba instructor told me the other night that I look like I've lost a lot of weight. I told her that the scale is refuting that statement, but she said I looked "tighter" (I may have giggled at the use of that word). I didn't think much of it until yesterday at the beach with the kids. I was running and my shorts started sliding down my I guess at least my butt is a little smaller :)
  • I walked into my interview Wednesday to see a woman I know from the gym... and found out she is also my neighbor...small world.
  • On the way to the store the other night, I looked in the backseat to see Zoey sitting in G-man's car seat. Cutest fuh-reaking thing ever... and of course I didn't have my camera.
  • I've had several people comment on my last post about Zoey's food, asking for the recipe. So here it is:
      • Easy Chicken Stew (for dogs!)
    • 2 1/2 pounds whole chicken * they recommend the whole chicken; skin, organs and all however we couldn't find a whole chicken that small so for the first batch we used breasts with the skin on it and didn't cut off any of the fat/veins etc. We are still trying to figure out how to do this one because (supposedly) the organs are amazingly good for dogs. Leave the bones in while cooking
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh garlic
    • 1 cup green peas
    • 1 cup chopped carrots
    • 1/2 cup chopped sweet potato
    • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
    • 1/2 cup chopped yellow squash
    • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
    • 1/2 cup chopped celery
    • 1 tablespoon kelp powder (we couldn't find this at the grocery store, so our first batch didn't have it, but we plan to go to a specialty store for the next batch)
    • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
    • enough water to cover the ingredients in the crock pot
So we took all those ingredients, simmered for about 3 hours (until the sweet potatoes are soft). Then we let it cool, blended it and put it in canning jars. Zoey eats about a cup of it a day, and she likes it better when it's warm, so we toss it in the microwave for about 30 seconds before serving. Depending on the size of your dog, you will have to feed different amounts. The recipe recommends 1 cup for dogs under 10 pounds and add a cup for every 10 pounds of body weight. So if your dog is 40 pounds, you would feed it about 4 cups a day.

That's it! If any of my readers try this out, let me know! I would love to hear about other people's experience with it.

Oh, one last thing... the first couple of days the garlic smell is rather strong, but Zoey got used to it quickly and even so, garlic-breath was much more attractive than dog-food breath, just saying.


  1. I've been wanting to try Zumba and if it makes you "tighter" that's all the more reason to try it!

  2. Haha, still gagging at the thought of him licking his napkin! so gross, lol. What a fun rundown of your weekend :) Jumped over from FTLOB, happy comment love day!

  3. That is a whole lotta work! Good for you guys! It's a good thing that Zoey probably doesn't eat a lot of food so you're not making it all the time!
    P.S. I'm loving the new "Blogaholic" blogging network you have featured on your sidebar. It's not so ginourmous that you get lost in the crowd. I may just have to join up!

  4. Well, here it is...The Critique from FTLOB!

    Scary, isn't it?

    Have no fear, I'm not armed with a dreaded red pencil or other tools of blog destruction. Hey, we are all in this together, right?

    Sweet blog, lovely family and just a comfortable feeling in reading about your life. Especially the recipe for Zoey's food. From what I've heard, Garlic is a natural remedy for something...I think Fleas, if memory serves me correct. Will have to check with my middle daughter, the world's most dedicated animal rescuer. At least in the NY world...

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Hi! Just dropping by for another FTLOB critique. Cute blog! Just one suggestion from an OCD graphic designer :] if you had your blog header stretch the full length of the page it would make your blog look more put together and clean. The off-center header makes it hard to focus almost. But over all, a great blog and I like that you have an about me section. Blogs without them are a small pet peeve of mine. I like to know who I'm reading about! :]

    -Allison Kaye

  6. Hello! (:
    I really like your background, and over all you have a nice layout. I agree with the above commenter though, about the header. If you don't stretch it, you should at least center it.
    I also like your wedding page. That's always a fun topic to read about first when you view a couple related blog.
    Oh, and I like the fact that you link relating blog post- that's a wonderful idea!

  7. FTLOB - Critique.
    The background is pretty and love the color. Your blog is really welcoming. I agree about the blog header being stretched to encompass the whole blog width or most of the blog width (centered). That is what I (and most people) notice first.

    Other than that I can't really find anything negative. I look forward to reading more your posts. Take care.

  8. woohoo on being 'tighter' :)
    too bad you didn't get a photo of Zoey in the car seat!

  9. The fact that he said 'That was a rookie move' is cracking me up! Seriously, g-man is so cute :)


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