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DOGtober 2018: Day 10

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies!

What you’ll need:

  • 3c flour
  • 2c oats
  • 1c peanut butter
  • 1c applesauce
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 c coconut oil (optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º then line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine all your ingredients and mix well.
  3. Flour your table and roll out the dough  to about 1/4 inch thick and cut it into shapes placing them on your lined sheets.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
  5. Wait until they cool and serve!

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 9

Saturday October 27, 2018 marks the 28th anniversary of the Pet Parade at Potrero Hill in San Francisco Ca. The Parade started at Farley’s coffee 1315 18th Street at 1pm. There is a costume contest that will immediately follow the parade. There will also be trophies for the winners and pet treats for everyone who takes part of the activities. This is one of our favorite parades because we walk right past my cousins house and my BC (baby cousin) who gets a kick every time the pups and I walk by because she loves my littles just as much as I do. So if you are ever in the San Francisco area during this time I highly suggest you check out this puppy parade! Its a lot of fun to be a part of and a lot of fun to speculate!

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 8

Honey Glazed Sweet Potato

What you’ll need:

  • Sweet potato
  • Tbsp. Honey
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425º and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut about 1/2 inch thick circles in the sweet potato. Facies are optional.
  3. Place the jack o lanterns in a large bowl and add the honey and EVOO.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes have been fully coated place them on your lined cookie sheet not touching.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes and then flip over baking for another 10 minutes.
  6. Let them cook and serve.

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I like giving them pups these when they are warm so they can warm up their little bellies especially after a cold day or a cold walk. Plus sweet potatoes are also super beneficial to them like the pumpkin. Plus I like making little faces and pumpkins on them because they look more festive!

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 6

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Macarons are one of the newer puppy treats that I cam across but I had to make some adjustments because I love to change it up!

What you will need:

  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1/2 c milk
  • pumpkin puree
  • plain greek yogurt
  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine four, baking powder, peanut butter, egg, honey, and milk. Mix well.
  3. Dust your surface with flour and roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 1 inch thick.
  4. Use a 1 1/2 inch circle  cookie cutter and cut out your dough, placing the on your line cookie sheet.
  5. Bake them for about 10-12 minutes or until they are a uniform color.
  6. In a separate bowl combine yogurt, pumpkin puree and mix until light and fluffy.
  7. Once your cookies have cooled grab two cookies, adding your filling and sandwiching them together.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

My pups absolutely love them especially when we can make them for their fur friends when they come over.

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 5

One of my favorite places to walk with the pups is Little Yosemite Valley, it is about an hour drive for us so this is just a special occasion for us. We go twice in the month of October and it has gorgeous trails, fall feels and the perfect picture spots with those fur babies. It is also a very peaceful and calming walk even though nothing is green we still have the best time.

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 2

A lot of people don’t know the benefits of pumpkin for their pups, so if you are wondering why I love giving pumpkin to my littles here’s why!

Digestion– It has a great source of fiber

Skin/Coat- The pumpkin seeds contains antioxidants and fatty acids to moisturize the skin and coat.

Parasites- The pumpkin seeds cucurbits which are an amino acid that acts as a natural dewormer.

UTI- Oils of the flesh and seeds can help prevent bladder infections and kidney stones.

So if you didn’t feed your pups pumpkin, will you do so now?

-Dezi

The Winchester Mystery House: Day 5

Although Sarah Winchester was reclusive she was never alone in the house. She had 18 servants, 18 gardeners, and the construction team working on the grounds 24/7. Sarah Met with the foreman to discuss the always evolving building plans. Every night she would visit the seance room to speak with the spirits who gave their input on the plans for the houses unusual design. The home currently holds an estimate of 950 doors, 10,000 windows, 40 stairways, 52 skylights, 47 fireplace, 6 kitchens, a trio of elevators and what once was groundbreaking elements like wool insulation. cab ride gaslights, electricity, indoor shower, and sewage drainage system.

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The Winchester Mystery House became a landmark on August 7, 1972. Following Sarah’s death, the Winchester house was converted into a tourist attraction. The new owners kept trying to get a room count but kept coming up with different numbers, but they estimate about 160 rooms. The mansion is still owned by the family or families who purchased it from the Winchester estate in 1922, for $150,000, their identity just like the house remains a mystery.

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Tourist can explore 110 of the 160 rooms the house has to offer, thanks to the lovely Sarah Winchester. The house even hosts special tours Halloween and Friday the 13th.

Show Dates:

September: 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

October: 5, 6, 7, 11. 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Price:

$49 General Admission

$42 Seniors (65+), Students, Military (with ID)

$39 Skeleton Key Club

$19 Children (6-12)

Special Events:

Sarah’s Spirited Supper-

It’s Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, guests will be treated to a Halloween themed four-course meal. There are only 20 seats available for this event but it also includes the Candlelight tour.

Pumpkin Mae’s Afternoon Tea-

Pumpkin Mae invites you and your ghoul friends to attend her first ever afternoon tea October 7, 2018, from 2-4pm. Guests who attend this event will be treated with Tea sandwiches, brie, granny smith, and fig jam on a mini croissant, pumpkin spiced scones, pumpkin cheesecake bites, and caramel apple galettes, with an assortment of fall, inspired tea. It also includes a daytime tour of the mansion an full access to the estate and mystic midway.

Halloween Trick or Treat trail-

Halloween trick or treat trail on October 27-28, 2018, from 1-5pm each child will receive a treat bag and trick or treat around the Winchester estate. costumes are encouraged for the whole family and there will be special photo spots around the grounds.

Will you be visiting this beautiful house and try and uncover all the mysteries it holds?

-Dezi

The Winchester Mystery House: Day 4

Many say the labyrinth layout of the house was meant to confuse the ghost, allowing Sarah some peace. This meant Sarah had issued bizarre demands such as trap doors, secret passages, skylights in the floors, spider web windows, stairs leading to no where and other odd requests like doors opening to walls or doors on the second story leading to a drop to the yard below and so much more. Sarah had an obsession with the number 13. The house had 13 lanes windows, 13 paneled ceilings, 13 step stairways, 13 bathrooms and the 13th bathroom contained 13 windows of its own, while her will was signed 13 times.

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One theory of claims Sarah was creating a house with a puzzle of encryptions that were inspired by the work of philosopher Francis Bacon. They say that there are clues to the houses meaning hidden in the ballroom. The theory suggests that Sarah was a member of a mystical society like the Rosicrucian or Freemasons or even both. Other speculations say she was trying to repeat the experience she had with her husband William when they built their home in New Haven. While others say she was just crazy because she lived by herself.

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Although Sarah Winchester was reclusive she was never alone in the house. She had 18 servants, 18 gardeners, and the construction team working on the grounds 24/7. Sarah Met with the foreman to discuss the always evolving building plans. Every night she would visit the seance room to speak with the spirits who gave their input on the plans for the houses unusual design.

-Dezi

The Winchester Mystery House: Day 3

Sarah Winchester was trapped in the Daisy bedroom during the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. When the earthquake struck, Sarah thought the vengeful spirits had caused the earthquake causing her to be trapped  to the point of  her staff had to dig her out because the entrance was blocked off by rubble. So when she was free she boarded it up and no on has ever set foot in that room until 2017.

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Since it has been open some of the guides have claimed to hear heavy sighs and saw dark figures in the hallway. Another worker reported camera malfunctions while photographing the space, while looking over the photos saw some weird white rippling mass.

-Dezi

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