Dinner for the Dogs

I have been making the wet food for our dogs for quite a few years now. It is much healthier for them, they love it, and with having BIG dogs, it is cheaper too. Besides, the “kids” love it when mommy cooks for them. For our dogs, PROTEIN and low fat are key. If this is something you would like to do, but don’t know where to start, there are doggie cookbooks, there are websites you can go to, and you can ask your vet too.

Mommy is making dinner. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Can we help too? Please mommy, please?

Not yet, but, yes, mommy is making your dinner. Right now, I am going to have your “cousins” Fritzie and Hilda help me.

I keep it very simple for the dogs, focusing on a lot of protein. This time, dinner is ground beef (from our nephew’s farm and cows), carrots, hard boiled eggs, brown rice, parsley, a dash of milk and a little flour for the gravy.

Cook the rice and boil the eggs. Cook the carrots and ground beef in vegetable oil until done. Some would say my “kids” are spoiled, though I disagree. I say they are just well loved. They like a little gravy with their food, so I added some milk and a little flour to make a little gravy for the meat. This also helps extend it a little further too.

When everything is cooked completely, toss it all together, along with the parsley.

Make sure it cools completely before serving it to your fur babies, otherwise you will have tummy problems you will have to clean up later. We learned that the hard way. I usually make it and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours before serving it to them.

What do you mean it’s NOT ready yet? We’re so hungry!!!!!

Dinner time at last. Juneau and Vinnie thought this time would never come.

I usually make enough food to last for about 1 week. They eat all kinds of things. I usually use about 2-3 lbs of meat, and a variety of vegetables, fruits, rice, barley, potatoes and sweet potatoes. They eat very well. No doubt about that. 🙂 Nothing highly acidic, no tomatoes, no grapes, no spices, and just keep it simple. Again, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started if you want to make your dogs’ food. I know exactly what they are eating all the time. On those rare days when I don’t have time to make their food, they get a good, high quality wet food, made with the same or similar ingredients to what I use.

Stay well and stay safe Everyone. Keep the fur babies safe and well too. ‘Til next time.

I will be out of town for a while, scuba diving in Cozumel, so I will be off the grid and underwater. I will “talk” to you all again once I return home.


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Another Day, Another Flower – 31

Today will be my last day of the flowers, at least for awhile. We are leaving for Cozumel tomorrow and the flowers I will be seeing will all be underwater. When I get back, most of our flowers and plants will be gone and will be resting for the season. It has definitely been a fun challenge. I will gladly take it up again at a later time. Flowers bring so much to our lives.

Today, I will leave you with a variety of beautiful flowers. I hope they all brighten your days.

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  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers

Appreciate all the flowers in your life. We all need more flowers. I look forward to seeing all of your flowers.

Nature Walks – The Heron

I love our blue herons, but this season, I haven’t seen many at all. Until today. As I was walking, there was one lone heron out enjoying himself on lake 3. He had the whole lake to himself too, and he seemed very happy about that. At first, he had his back to me, then he realized he was the star and main attraction, and suddenly, he had a change of thought and turned around to give me profile shot.

Then he decided to be a bit coy, and flew off to the protection of the reeds, but he was still posing for the camera.

Enjoy your day, and always be prepared for the unexpected surprises. I was very pleasantly surprised today. I’ve missed my herons, and today, I saw one.

Rocking Out with Hall & Oates

Nothing cooking this time around. It was a pizza night, and then off we went to rock out with the legendary duo, Hall & Oates. They have so much great music and have been rocking the world for many, many years. We were supposed to go last year, but then COVID turned the world upside down and put life on hold. The concert was postponed and last night was the night. It was finally here. It was a bit surreal too.

Hall & Oates on 2021 Tour: 'Excitement Is Too Easy A Word' | Billboard

All the Daryl Hall and John Oates realness we saw at DTE Energy Theatre

Hall & Oates have so many great hits. They played a lot of them too, but there is no way they could play them all in the time that was allotted. Musically, they still sound great, but I hate to say it, Daryl Hall is beginning to loose his voice a bit. He can’t hit those high notes he is so famous for anymore. But then again, they have been rocking the world since the 70’s and he and John Oates are now both in their 70’s, so they still deserve a lot of credit, and overall, they still sounded great and it was a fun evening. Their music has touched a lot of people all over the world for many, many years.

This is a shot of the stage before the bands came out. The Ball Arena (formerly the Pepsi Center) holds about 18,000 people. It was not a full house, but there were still quite a fair number of fans that showed up to enjoy the music. We estimated there were about 7,500 people in attendance.

The opening act for Hall & Oates was Squeeze, another British 80’s band. They sounded good too, but once again, the years of rocking the world are beginning to show their ware and tear. But then, I can’t say anything, because my age is showing too. We have all rotated round the sun more than a few times.

Squeeze Announce Fall 2021 Tour, Opening for Hall & Oates

It was a fun evening, and the first big concert we have gone to since COVID. Hopefully there will still be a lot more fun times ahead like this yet to come.

Keep rockin’ on, and take it all in stride. Make the most out of your days while you still can. Tomorrow is always a day away. Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Another Day, Another Flower – 30

Today’s flowers are about the bunnies and the blooms. It was not only a good flower day, but the bunnies were out and about too. Some were make believe bunnies and others were real.

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  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers

Make the most of your day, no matter what comes your way.

Cheesey-Garlicky Pull-Apart Bread

I was inspired to try these delicious looking bread from our very own blogging family member, https://americaoncoffee.blog/. The pictures that were posted on https://americaoncoffee.blog/ looked absolutely irresistible and just scrumptious. So I printed up the recipe and decided to try it that day. And believe it or not, I actually followed the recipe too. Mine was still very good, especially since I love garlic bread, but mine was nothing like the inspirational pictures I saw. This is what happens when I follow recipes. They only turn out well if I do my own thing. It is just the rebel in me, I guess. Oh well. I guess that just means I still need to keep working on it. Oh darn! I’ll have to eat more garlic bread! 🙂

This is how the cheesey-garlic pull apart bread was supposed to look.

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread - Dinner at the Zoo

Mine was close, but it did not pull apart that easily nor was it this ooey and gooey. But it was still very tasty.

The recipe actually said to start with a good Sourdough loaf, so I went out and bought one. Then it said to mix 1 stick of softened butter with the garlic and parsley. Check. I did that too.

The next step was to make deep scores into the bread. Check. Done.

The next step was to stuff the butter and cheese into the deep bread pockets. Check. I did that too.

Sprinkle the top of the bread with the remaining butter and some salt. Check.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350* F or 180* C, wrap the bread in foil and allow to heat through so the cheese melts completely for about 15-20 minutes. Check. I did that too. Like I said, I actually followed the recipe completely this time, but my bread never came out looking like the original picture.

HMMMMM!. I think next time, and there will most definitely be a next time too, I am NOT going to wrap it in the foil. I don’t think my cheese ever got hot enough to really melt completely. Even when I reheated it again the next day, it never came out ooey or gooey. Live and learn. We all have those days, even me. Never give up though. Or as my idol, Ms. Julia, would say “Never apologize. Just act as if that is how it was supposed to turn out”.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Another Day, Another Flower – 29

I am seeing more and more people posting their beautiful flowers. I love it. I think we are all realizing there is so much beauty all around us, and we all need more beauty in our lives, especially right now, with all the ugliness in the world. So, I say, keep those flowers coming! 🙂

Here are my flowers for the day. Today, I am giving you some irises. I know iris season ended quite a while ago, but I have all these beautiful irises that I never got around to sharing with you earlier. Some are from my front yard, and others are from out and about.

Irises will always be amongst my favorite flowers, if not my very favorite, because they were my mother’s favorite flower. Every time I see irises, I know my mother is around looking over me. That is my way of getting to visit with my mother.

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  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers

Keep those flowers coming. We need to see the beauty in our world too.

Playing With My Food Again

We are about ready to take off again, and we are trying to get through as many of our leftovers as we can before we go. We love Costco’s rotisserie chicken and eat it quite often. Usually we can get at least 2-3 meals a piece out of each chicken. Our first meal of course, was just the chicken on its own. The second meal took on an Italian accent.

I had some leftover rice and lentils that I mixed together and added the chicken to. Then I sauteed some spinach, mushrooms, garlic, shallots, artichoke hearts and tomatoes to top the chicken. It was quick, easy-peasy, healthy and delicious. It doesn’t get much better than that.

One of my friends from church and I were talking food and we discovered we both LOVE the Tap n Taste store, and we also really enjoy the same flavors too. So she inspired me to use some of my Sicilian Lemon Balsamic vinegar in yet another new way. I just love all the creative ways I am using it too. She was actually using another one of their flavored balsamic vinegars for dinner that day too. Once again, great minds were thinking a like.

The spinach, mushrooms, garlic and shallots were sauteed first, and then once the spinach was wilted and the mushrooms were cooked, it was time to add the tomatoes and the artichoke hearts. I added those at the end and cooked them just long enough for them to heat up, since they are more delicate.

I finished it all with about 1 TBSP of the Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar, to give everything a little lemony taste.

I served it all over rice and lentils this time, but it would also be very good with angel hair pasta too. Everything was then complimented by a nice, crisp chardonnay to make for a perfect summer meal.

!Mangia! Buon appitito!

Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Another Day, Another Flower – 28

These flowers are all the same, but different. I love how they are showing their individuality and personality through their colors.

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Challenge rules, why not join in?

1.Feel free to post every day or whenever you you feel like it.  You can either post new flower photos or dig back into your archives.

2. Depending on the time of year, you can post any of these types of things for your FOTD.

  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers

Never be afraid to show your true colors. Let them shine brightly.

Nature Walks – Happy Hour Is For The Birds

I think our seasons are once again all mixed up. I am seeing so many birds all about, and seeing them in groups too. I think they think it is Spring again. That’s OK. The more birds we have, the better.

Is this called a dove bar?

Some “not so happy” birds.

My ducks are all in a row.

Gather with friends and family and make all your hours happy.