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Winter Wonderland


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These are Chica’s favorite treats.  She is a picky little dog and turns her nose up at a lot of treats.  But she lives for these and Greenies.

How can you say no to that cute little face?  So here’s the recipe.  Make sure you keep these in the freezer.  The dogs love them frozen.  They come running any time I open the freezer, hopeful.  One word of warning, your kitchen will stink all day when you cook these.

15 Minute Liver Treats

1 lb chicken livers
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 egg

Place chicken livers and liquid in blender, liquify. Add egg, mix a minute more. Pour into bowl. Add flour, corn meal and garlic powder. Mix. Spray jelly roll pan with pam. Pour mixture into pan. (Mine never really pours, you have to spread it out with a spatula to fill the whole pan.) Bake 15 minutes in 400 degree hot oven. Cut into small squares while still warm. Keep in freezer to prevent spoilage.

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Trick or Treat


Give me something good to eat!


The real way to show your dog you love em’ is to make their costume!

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This was delivered to my house last weekend via Terry’s Delivery Service (thanks Dad!):


On a recent trip to visit “Grandma Amy” (who isn’t my Grandma in particular, but she is collectively just known as Grandma Amy), my dad and stepmom brought back a few pieces of furniture, including this chair.


I sat in it and fell in love!  It’s the perfect size, not too wide and not too narrow; not too short and not too tall.  And it’s so comfy!  It’s got a bit of a bounce to it and tilts back just right when you sit down.  I told Alex I wanted to adopt it and I think he thought I was c.r.a.z.y.  We compromised, I promised that if it didn’t fit well in our house we would sell it or give it away… which translated to, if I can convince you to let it come through our front door, I’m sure I can convince you to let it stay.  Also, my stepmom wanted to get it out of her garage before my dad convinced her that it went well in their living room in a way similar to how I convinced Alex (hello, where do you think I learned my negotiating skills?).  And boy was I right about the chair.  I wasn’t there to accept the delivery, but the gracious delivery man (thanks again Dad!) said a certain someone *CoughAlexCough* sat in it and said “wow, this if comfy!” 


You might be surprised to hear that the fabric you see is actually a slip cover.  Yep.  I’ll leave it to your imagination to picture what could possibly be under that lovely golden-yellow bird motif.  I promised Alex we’d recover it (part of my negotiation) – it would be a new sewing adventure for me!  But, up against the Mojave Gold (official Behr paint name) walls in our family room, I sort of like the golden chair.  Alex still feels otherwise.

We’ve got so many projects going on right now that it’ll be that color for a while.  Then we’ll see.  It would be a fun sewing project though.


PS. Can you tell the dogs like the chair?  Jack says it’s a great place to sit and play Farmville, surf Facebook, and write blog posts.  Extra bonus that I fit in the chair with him to help.  What can I say, he’s a busy dog but lacks opposable thumbs!

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Weekend Waves

I had an awesome weekend with my bestest friend in the world.


Karen was able to escape work early on Friday and we left town before lunch.  After getting some cash, eating at Karen’s favorite place (Red Robin) and stopping at an estate sale on the way, we headed to the coast.

However, due to some record rainfall in the region on Friday, we started out with a long traffic delay – 45 minutes of crawling due to an injury accident blocking 2 lanes.

Oh well.  We eventually made it to the beach and enjoyed the rest of the night with some pizza, wine and a movie.

After a late breakfast at a local cafe, we spent mid-day Saturday walking the beach.  The tide was higher than I’ve ever seen and it was raining, so there were no shells to be found and we came back soaked.  But, it was relaxing and so worth it.



Can you see the rain on Karen’s coat and my glasses? We were cold and wet!


The rest of the day included relaxing on the couch, drinking more wine, eating chips with salsa & guacamole and quesadillas for dinner, and watching season one of Sex and the City.  Everything a girl’s weekend should include.






Luckily, the weather cleared up by Sunday and we took a quick walk on the beach before having to pack up and head home.


I loved the drive home.  The changing leaves are my favorite part of Fall.




I was sad to see the weekend end, but Jack and Chica were glad to drop Karen off and reclaim the front seat and get back home.

Jack’s favorite spot in the car, “I’m inside the car, but I can smell the outside!”


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Weekend Sneak Peek


Loaded up the munchkins…


…and spent the weekend with my favorite friend at the beach.

More pictures to come.  Time to go pick up the monster from school and goof off for the afternoon.

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