Grilled Chicken and Potatoes Lunch

It snowed yesterday and there was no soup to reheat. I decided if I needed to cook, I’d pull the new cast-iron griddle out and experiment with it for lunch.

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Trixie Diaries: 15 Weeks And Needing Lots Of Sleep

I may have more formal photos later this week, but for now, going with crazy, sleeping puppy.

It takes a lot of energy to grow a puppy to Great Dane size, so there is a lot of sleeping going on…and poor Scout is her favorite pillow.

Every time I come into the living room, she’s found a different way to sleep on her sister.

Occasionally she uses a real pillow, but still needs Scout close by. She’s very attached to Scout and I’m actually working on giving her some more confidence separate from Scout. Starting with her vet visit and shopping excursions, where she can ride in the basket and get lots of attention from strangers.

She does enjoy her walks around the block with just me. Scout enjoys her much longer walk alone with me, too. Gives her a chance to have one-on-one attention.

I feel like I owe you guys some menus…but I am just not feeling the cooking vibe right now. I suppose after weeks of cooking working my way through the holidays, I’ve lost all my creativity. But I’ll try to do better in the coming weeks.

Until then…

Acts Of Kindness: A Hero and A Fox

I’m writing a weekly post on acts of kindness for another blog and I decided I’m going ot share them here, as well.

Today we have a hero rescuing a little girl and the joyful follow-up of going home from the hospital and a local musician and his favorite audience ever, a neighborhood fox.

The situation could have been much worse if a good Samaritan hadn’t rushed to help when she saw the incident unfold before her eyes.

Acts Of Kindness: Heroes and Foxes

Dusti Talavera (credit: CBS)

“I was looking out my window, and saw the kids to fall in,” said Dusti Talavera, who lives at the Addison at Cherry Creek apartments. “Before I realized it, I was on the pond pulling the two kids out, and that’s when I fell in the pond for the third kid.”

She recalled her story at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon in a press conference. Talavera told CBS4’s Mekialaya White she acted immediately, not hesitating to put on her shoes and run outside to help the kids. She attempted to rescue them in water 15-feet deep.

“I knew it was me. It had to be me,” said Talavera.

Two of the kids made it out safely and unharmed. However, once Talavera was able to bring the 6 year old up to the surface and onto the sidewalk, she wasn’t breathing. She also had no pulse and was cold to the touch with soaked clothes.

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy David Rodriguez removed her coat and immediately began chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Also assisting in life-saving CPR were Deputy Blaine Moulton and Deputy Justin Dillard. This continued until South Metro Fire Rescue arrived at took-over life-saving measures.

The full story here:

And here is your weekly puppy. Her 14-week photos are here if you need more puppy fix.

They look so innocent here, don’t they? Don’t let fool you…this is where I found Trixie this morning.



Trixie Diaries: 14 Weeks And Look At Those Feet

Trixie at 14 weeks

Our vet visit was a bit delayed by holidays and then the snow last week. But we finally got there on Monday.
Trixie – skinny butt that she is, weighed in at 39.6 lbs

For comparison:
Scout at 14 weeks was 26 lbs
Bixby at 14 weeks was 36 lbs and he was a chunk.

Her feet are almost the size of Scout’s.

I’m pretty sure this is how Clifford the Big Red Puppy started out. 😲  This keeps up, I’m going to need a bigger car.

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Trixie and Scout: First Snow

Trixie and Scout love the cold. I’ve been having a hard time getting them to come in, unless it is in the single digits. I make them come in, warm up, and then they are back out again running around.  And unless it’s single digits, Trixie eschews her warm sweater.

This was her first snowstorm. We are on our second one tonight and she really loves it. We all went out tonight to shovel, again, and despite the very cold temperatures, they both enjoyed running around.

Tomorrow should be fun, now that Trixie has her first experience, she might just cut loose tomorrow in the fresh powder.


Full Dinner Menu: Washday Beans and Rice

Photo from JeffreyW

I’ve been craving beans and rice for quite some time. On my birthday, we were going to go to our favorite restaurant and have their signature dish, but alas, they had closed, permanently. My craving would go unabated for quite a while.

Fast forward and a friend’s birthday is coming up and I invited her over for dinner and she requested beans and rice and buttermilk cornbread.

Who am I to deny a request?

On the board tonight:

  1. Washday Beans & Rice
  2. Sliced Steamed Zucchini
  3. Corn Bread
  4. Blueberries & Raspberries w/whip cream

Washday Beans & Rice

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14oz can red kidney bean
  • 4 links Italian or Andouille sausage (sweet or spicy) – slice each link into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp Cajun Creole Seasoning (start with teaspoon and work your way up to taste)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large tomato diced (or 14 oz can)

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