Meet Baby

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours. A friend of a friend found this Great Dane wandering around her neighborhood yesterday afternoon. It’s been in the minus degrees for the past two nights. He’s completely emaciated, with lots of sores on his legs and hips.  I doubt he would have made it another night if she hadn’t found him.

A mad scramble to see if he was chipped and to find him a foster home instead of the shelter and he ended up with me.

He’ll be here until he’s healed up and put on some weight.  I’m going to tell you, whoever had him, had him in a crate that was too small and he was in the crate for too long.  I have put the more disturbing photos below the fold.  Continue reading

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Lemon Tree: A Little Summer

I’ve been wanting a lemon tree for a while. I had one before, but gave it away before I moved.  This is a Meyer Lemon and it just started to bloom. Smells like jasmine and lemon had a baby. It’s heavenly.

I’m expecting to get lemons off it at some point. Meyer lemons do very well indoors.

Variations On Shortbread: Coconut and Tahini

I was telling a friend I was going to make Tahini shortbread cookies to use up the tahini I had leftover from the Tahini Walnut Rolls (recipe here). She asked if it was dairy free, because she’d like to make shortbread, but was avoiding dairy.

The original recipe wasn’t, but I thought I’d give it a try with just tahini. And then because I Iove coconut, I thought I’d do the same thing with coconut oil. So both of these are dairy free.  Continue reading

Irresistible Training Treats: Peanut Butter and Pumpkin

Bixby really loves these

Scout’s training has really taken hold. While we’ve trained since day one, puppy brain limited her ability to focus completely. As she’s matured, training has grown with her. She had a very good week and I thought it would be good to have some really tasty training treats to reward her.

Bixby would do almost anything for these treats, so time to give it a try with Scout. I haven’t made them forever and had forgotten how easy they are. And how many they make. These should last us for quite a while. Continue reading

Dinner Menu and Shopping List: Cuban Dinner and Dessert

JeffreyW does Cuban Black Beans with a side of broccoli

This is a very simplified version of a dinner I had at an LA Cuban restaurant.  I’m hoping in a few weeks I’ll have experienced some authentic Cuban food to share with you.

I have included Instant Pot instructions for the chicken recipe.

This week’s dinner menu:

  1. Marinated Chicken w/flaming pineapples
  2. Cuban Black Beans & Rice
  3. Ensalada Cubana
  4. Fried Plantains

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