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Category Archives: TaMara

Midnight Music: Crush, Yuna

Love her voice.

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Midnight Music: Crush, Jennifer Paige

Was She Really That Small?

Scout now fills the dog bed. How did that happen? Here she is her first day:

OMG, was she really that small?



More Bixby and Scout (Bonus Ducks)

I love this one, they look so cute together, watching the neighborhood kids.

Bixby sure knows how to relax, doesn’t he?

Scout is no slouch at napping, herself.

That head and chest.

Power napping together. And as promised, bonus ducks, on a warmer day:



 

 

Cold Ducks

Winter decided  to take another pass at us. It was almost 70 degrees yesterday…today, 15 degrees. I think the ducks would like me to do something about that. Don’t feel too badly for them – if they wanted they could hang out in their cozy duck hut, filled with lots of clean straw, food and water.



 

Bixby and Scout: 14 Weeks

That look you see there is what happens when I put Scout in timeout for chasing the ducks and then drag her out for a photo shoot. I was working on the recipe post earlier and I saw Maddie running past the window, wings out and booking it across the yard…and then she ran back the other way. NOT. GOOD. I went out and stopped Scout from chasing her.  And then…time out.  She was not amused.

Finally had our vet visit – the vet had the flu so that delayed him for quite some time – and she was 26.5 last week, today I weighed her and she was…32 lbs. So you can tell, sleep is important around here. Also one of the few times I can get good photos.

That is the table. Nothing is safe now.

This is what they do all day. Bixby is back to his very happy self. And it wears Scout out most days, so even though she gets into everything…it’s short lived trouble because she needs her naps.

I have more photos I’ll post tomorrow.  Until then…



 

Pasta with Spinach Cheese Marinara

Pasta photo by JeffreyW

Pasta w/Spinach Cheese Marinara Sauce:

  • 2 tsp to 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, washed & sliced
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 2-14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste*
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tsp basil, crushed
  • 2 tsp oregano, crushed
  • 1 tsp thyme, crushed
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz bow-tie pasta (farfalle)

2 saucepans

Bring water for pasta to a boil in large saucepan, add pasta and cook according to directions to al dente.

Meanwhile, heat oil in the other saucepan; sauté onions, mushrooms & peppers until onions are golden.  Add remaining ingredients (except pasta) bring to a low boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to med-low, cover and let simmer until pasta is done cooking. As the pasta finishes up, add a ladle or two of pasta water to the sauce.

Drain pasta well and toss together with sauce.  Serve with additional Parmesan & Romano cheeses if desired.

*you can freeze the remainder in an ice-cube tray and store in a freezer bag.



 

Bixby and Scout: Watchful

Kids were playing soccer in the street. Scout was happily watching and Bixby seemed to be keeping an eye on her. Later I caught them playing “the floor is lava” (at least that’s what I assumed as they jumped from furniture to furniture without touching the floor).  Bixby has no clue he’s not a tiny puppy.



 

Dinner Music: Rest of My Life, Bruno Mars

Seriously, he needs to release this as a single. This is from an episode of Jane The Virgin (best  show you’re probably not watching)

Dinner Music: Wild Horses, The Sundays