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Dingo’s Pupsicles

It is Memorial day and some might only think of it as the start to summer. This recipe does help give our pets a nice treat and a great way to cool down but I would like to thank all the soldiers that paid the ultimate price for my freedom.

Dating back to the end of the Civil War. In the spring time people began to show up at the graves of all the soldiers. They would clean them up from winter and pay their respects by leaving flowers, it became a day know as “A day of remembrance” but then in the early seventies it became Memorial day. So thank you to all the men and women who gave their all.

 

First recipe

Peanut butter and banana pupsicle

1 Ripe banana

1-2 Tablespoon of peanut butter

1 Tablespoon of flax-seed ( great for skin and coat)

1-2 Tablespoon of plain low-fat Greek yogurt

Mix all ingredients together, place in a silicone mold then freeze over night. If you do not have a mold then you may scoop small amount of the mixture onto a cookie sheet and freeze over night. After the pupsicles are done place them in a freezer bag.

 

Second Recipe

Peanut butter pupsicle

1/4 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of water

Your choice of the following  safe veggie/fruit for dogs:

Pumpkin, sweet potato or apples

Ice cube trays

Cut and peel your veggie or fruit that you chose. Mix peanut butter and water together.

Put the cut up veggie/fruit on the bottom of ice-cube trays, pour peanut butter water over. Place in freezer until frozen. When frozen place your pupsicle in a freezer bag.

 

 

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Undercover Boss

This past Saturday I wanted nothing more than to eat pizza and binge watch Gilmore Girls. This is a little unusual for me, don’t get me wrong I love the show but for me to sit that long just watching TV is not something I normally do or enjoy.

I turned on my Netflix but it wouldn’t load, after trying it a few times and not being tech savvy or having patience for technology I gave up and looked at what was on TV. I found an undercover boss marathon.

I haven’t watched it much but it seemed ok for someone who just wanted to be a couch potato. I enjoyed it but always wanted to know how most people couldn’t see past the disguise, from the few I watched only two people saw through the disguise. Besides bad wig jobs it was interesting to see the CEO work menial labor and interact with those that worked for them. You could see the happiness in the CEO’s eyes when they worked with people who cared about their job and just as interesting to watch were those interactions with people who did not like their job and could have cared less. I noticed even with people who didn’t have the best out look or work ethic the CEO would still try to work with them to see if they could or would do better.

In the end I would get a little teary as the good hard-working people got a reward and of course I also got to see the few that were not so hard-working get talked to or let go.

As I went to bed from a wild night of undercover boss I thought how very much Jesus was like that on earth. He came in a disguise not as the “CEO” that he was but as an ordinary person no frills just hard-working and showing love were he went and taught us by his actions how to live and treat others. Only a few saw past the disguise.

In the end he will reveal who he is, will we be the ones getting the reward or the deadbeats that don’t.

 

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

 

 

 

 

 

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French bread Pizza

I might have used all my energy early on Saturday making dog treats for my girl ( see the recipe of Dee’s pumpkin cookie recipe on my blog) or maybe I was just feeling lazy because of my allergies that were reminding me of all that was in full bloom but when it came to dinner that night I didn’t want to cook and I didn’t want to spend the money ordering out so I used up what I had.

I had French bread that needed used up plus cheese and few other things that are not healthy but are tasty and sometimes with in reason are so good to just have for dinner.

I came up with this recipe as a way to have pizza and use up what I had on hand.

1 loaf of French bread

1 small can of tomato sauce

Cream cheese

Pesto

Fresh basil, parsley and oregano

Grated cheese ( any you have will do but I used provolone, cheddar and mozzarella )

Any toppings you like or have on hand will do.

 

I used up my jalapeno peppers sliced, pineapple and fresh spinach.  I think Jalapeno and pineapple work well together because you get the sweet and spicy.

Now to assemble the pizza

Slice French bread length wise, spread the cream cheese on both halves like you butter toast. Next spread pesto on top of the cream cheese then add the tomato sauce fresh herbs, sprinkle with cheese, your toppings and more fresh herbs.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes

 

 

 

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Dee’s Pumpkin Cookie

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I should explain that Dee also known as Dingo is my one and only baby girl who just happens to be my dog but to me she is family.

I am always looking for healthy treats to make for her and if you look on the web like I have there are no lack of recipes for dog treats. I have combined those I found and catered them more to her taste and what vegetarians say are good for dogs.

Dee loves carrots and pumpkin so in this recipe I have combined them.

 

1 can of pumpkin puree

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup of oats

1/4 cup of shredded carrots

1-2 Tablespoon of peanut butter

1 egg

A pinch of cinnamon

Mix the above ingredients, place balls on ungreased cookie sheet press down with fork to make a design.

Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes

I also just roll and press them in my hand to form desired shapes or you may like to roll them out and use any cookie cuter shape you prefer.

 

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When Ordinary becomes Exceptional

A brief definition of ordinary according to the dictionary is “Having no special ability, quality, or purpose.”

I know this might sound as if I have low self-esteem when I say that I have always thought of myself as ordinary but just stick with me for a moment. I am not what you call unattractive but defiantly not beautiful. I have always had a problem keeping weight on, no major muscle tone but still a small amount of muscle. I have average intelligence although on some days I question if perhaps its a little below. I can be crafty but nothing Pinterest worthy, I can sketch but nothing to sell and the list can go on.

For years this drove me nuts, I wanted to be the best.  I was the over achiever, I studied harder to get that 4.0 or when I ran I had to beat my own time. When I became a wife and mom I had to be and do everything.  I became almost obsessive you might say, that anything I did I wanted to go above and beyond almost to prove I was anything but ordinary. It’s no small wonder my husband left me, yes he had his demons but looking back how exhausting to live that way.

I continued that “I must be the best attitude” for so long and if I did not achieve being perfect I would bail or almost kill myself trying to do and be all things. I have hurt people I love with this way of living and burnt my candle out at both ends. I had to learn that ordinary does not equal failure.

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly” John F Kennedy

True to perfectionist form I didn’t just fail but I did so miserably but I am so glad I did because now I can achieve greatly.

Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you, Lord are our father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the work of you hand.

I may be an ordinary gray clay pot nothing to extravagant with design or color but I am exeptional, unique and so loved by my creator.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eggplant and Lentils

When I find new recipes for eggplant and lentils to try it is always fun. I also enjoy making my own up or combing them. Sometimes it works and then there are other times when its a lesson.

Over the weekend I made eggplant and lentils with so much left over I could have fed a small village, even though I was just cooking for my self it turned out so good I thought I would share what I did today.

I used red/yellow lentils but its your preference or like me what you have on hand always works.

1 Eggplant

1-2 cups of Lentils cooked

1 cup of Veggie broth

1/2 – 1 cup of plain Greek Yogurt

1 Tomato

2-3 Garlic cloves

1-2 Tablespoon of coconut oil

The following seasoning per your taste

Turmeric, Curry powder, Red Pepper flakes, Cumin powder, Salt and Black Pepper

 

To cook the lentils. Wash them well then add twice the amount of water, cinnamon stick, sage and bay leaf. Cook for about 20-30 minutes.

While lentils are cooking cut up eggplant and sprinkle with salt and Turmeric and set aside until lentils are done.

When lentils are done pour them into a bowel then in the pan add coconut oil sauté garlic and eggplant( no need to wash the salt and turmeric off, it gives it great flavor). While sautéing the eggplant mix the veggie broth and Greek Yogurt. When eggplant is almost done add cut up tomato, lentils to pan then veggie broth mixture and seasoning. cook together only a few minutes more.

I serve this over rice for a complete meal that is a healthy dish but still gives that comfort food feel.

 

 

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Mothers Day

Growing up my dad gave of his time and money to make that day special for my mom. We would cook  give homemade gifts and cards plus with an older sister to boss or I should say “guide” us. Our celebrations should go down in record books.

Fast forward to mothers day 1993 it was coming fast I was excited because it was my first mothers day as a mom. I had visions of being doted on, showered with love oh the expectations were very high. The day came and went with not even a glance in my direction. I was hurt, mad and my thoughts had a lot of  colorful adjectives that I could use to describe my husband.

Mothers days came and went I never did get the celebration you see from Hollywood from my husband, he just didn’t have it in him but what I got as my children grew was better.

I would hear from my bedroom my daughter boss my son around as they would get breakfast so I could “sleep in” and eat in my bed with a had made card and gift. My breakfast in bed started out as cold cereal graduated to eggs with shells, so much protein. Then on to perfect looking and tasting breakfast that I could say come straight from a magazine. I look back missing those with egg shells.

Perfection or close to perfection is over rated. We can lose our self trying for it and trading our joy to never get it.

I have those wonderful memories but I can learn from them as well. I can give of my self to others not for perfection or anything in return. To be a servant like Jesus was, he was a perfect example.

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mothers day can be hard on some who no longer have their moms with them or they don’t have moms that they want to celebrate but what ever the case we can celebrate the joy of those women that give and enrich our life.

 

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Tofu Tacos

I really enjoy tofu it is so versatile and I don’t mind the texture but I know many who just can’t get over it.

I have made tofu tacos since my children were so little now they are grown adults that still enjoy this recipe, even my meat-eating son likes these better than meat tacos!

I don’t freeze my tofu for this recipe but those of you that have a hard time with the texture may like to do that step. I just pat dry all the moisture out of my tofu that I can with a towel then cut it into small bite sized pieces for todays recipe.

To Freeze tofu:

This will take about 15-20 minutes to prep but you may find it worth doing because you may keep it in the freezer up to five months.

Drain all water out of tofu.

I recommend using cheese cloth but if you have paper towels they work too. Place cheesecloth or paper towel on a flat surface such as a cutting board. Put drained tofu on the cheesecloth/paper towel then cover with cheesecloth/paper towel, finally place a heavy object on top for about 15 minutes. This will remove all remaining moisture.

After the 15 minutes place tofu in a freezer bags, make sure all air is out of the bags.

Don’t get alarmed when you see the frozen tofu’s color it will change to some form of yellow depending on the brand you use. Remember to always thaw tofu before cooking.

Tofu Tacos:

Extra Firm Tofu cut into small pieces ( the amount depends of the size and appetites of those eating but one block serves 2-3 people)

4-5 cloves of garlic diced

1 small onion chopped

1-2 green chilies chopped

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Tablespoon red chili powder

1 Teaspoon veggie bouillon

1 8oz can tomato sauce

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Black and white pepper to taste

Tabasco sauce according to taste

Place olive oil in frying pan then add tofu, garlic, onion green chilies sauté let tofu get nice and crispy brown. add seasoning, veggie bouillon, tomato sauce and tabasco. Let simmer then serve on hard or soft taco shells top with the ideas below.

Taco toppings:

Grated Cheese

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocados and Cilantro chopped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worry

I had the pleasure to work in my yard on Monday. I have always enjoyed working outside and felt so blessed to be able to be out side working. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful.

I was enjoying the sound of the birds, the smell and feel of the soil with the sun on my shoulders I let out a sigh of happiness. I thought it just couldn’t get any better. I had no worries, life was as perfect as it could get. As I finished and looked with satisfaction on what I did, it got me thinking.

It is not in the absence of problems but instead while in the mist of the worst of what life can throw at you is when not worrying really matters.

Not giving in to worry during the worst of times. Understanding that it wont change a thing to worry so why take ownership of it. I reflect on scripture, meditate and mentally play catch with God. I label my baseball with my worry, I concentrate on my breath then I mentally see my self throwing it as if I am in right field and it needs to get to the pitcher mound. As soon as it leaves my hand I see it soaring and being caught by a large glove that is made to catch the biggest balls. As odd as this seems it not only helps but it makes life so much better and I am able to participate in my life without worry dragging me down.

I love the encouraging statement by Corrie ten Boom. Now she could have been given a hall pass to worry, in fact many are amazed by her strength as she was imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust, talk about real problems.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

 

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Lasagna

I know most enjoy doing different takes on family recipes for lasagna but I thought for today I would share the basic lasagna I do.

It is not an earth shattering recipe but just my basic go to old stand by. What makes me want to share is more about the noodle.

A while back I was in the store looking for my whole wheat lasagna noodle when lo and behold I found Delallo whole wheat oven ready noodles.

This might not sound so great and I never got on the ban wagon of oven ready noodles but I thought I would give them a try. I am so glad I did, they are awesome!

So today I thought I would share this great find incase some of you have not heard about them. The amount of the ingredients below depend of the size you want to make so it’s just an out line of lasagna.

1-2 boxes of Dellallo 100% organic whole wheat lasagna oven ready noodles (one box makes about 9 servings)

Marinara sauce

4-5 cloves of garlic (diced)

Fresh basil and parsley ( any kind of basil , it is up to your taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Baby Spinach washed and patted dry

Ricotta cheese ( or low-fat cottage cheese)

1-2 cups mozzarella cheese

1/2 to 1 cup parmesan cheese

In bowl add Ricotta ( or cottage cheese) garlic,  basil, parsley, salt and pepper.

In a 13×9 pan put a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the pan, spread noodles over the sauce start to layer ricotta or cottage cheese mixture, spinach, followed by the mozzarella parmesan cheese. Repeat layers add sauce and final bit of cheese, cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.