Goodbye 2018 Hello 2019!

I will have to say this year was a bit rough. There were deaths in the family, and some eye opening experiences to certain people in my life. My grandma had two surgeries which led to some very stressful nights.

Aside from all the negative, I’ve learned people’s true colors and know who I can trust and who I can’t. My grandma turned 80 years old and has had two surgeries and is on her way to being independent again. I am also learning how to not stress out about the little things in life and to try and find that silver lining. I had two very healthy little puppers, who bring so much joy to my life.

This year, I started off running 48.6 miles, and ended it with finishing the Jeff Galloway’s 2018 mile challenge with 3000+ miles. As for 2019 I will do my best with not stressing and of course I will be starting off the year with a 5k run no more 48.6 miles for me…hopefully. I’m also praying this year for everyone’s health, happiness and sanity. I’m glad I’m starting off the year with the ones that mean the most to me especially those furry little ones of mine.

Happy New Year!

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 20

Christmas Puppy Dinner!

Of course, my pups get to join in on all the festive foods so here is what I will be making them this Christmas! Lean ground turkey meatballs, with a cranberry sauce garnish and a sweet potato mash! 

Roll the ground turkey into meatball shaped and boil them in dog safe beef stock and cook until no pink. For the cranberry garnish, you grab fresh cranberries and some water and cook in a saucepan until liquified. You can strain the chunks but I like to leave them in. For the sweet potato mash, you boil some sweet potato mash them up and I like to add a tiny bit of pineapple to give it some yummy flavor!

-Dezi 


25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 18!

Winter weight and a new routine!

The past couple of months have been super stressful for the pups and I. My grandma had a major fall breaking her shoulder and has gone through two major surgeries at 80 years old. So for the past three months, our routine has been a bit out of whack. Today, the pups had a checkup and basically, they have gained some weight along with me…so, in order for all of us to get this winter weight off and get back into shape, I have rearranged our current whacky schedule:

Morning Routine:

  • 5:20am-walk#1
  • 5:30am-brush teeth, trim nails, and clean ears
  • 5:40am-breakfast
  • 5:50-walk#2
  • 6am get ready for work

After school/work:

  • 4:45pm-5:45- visit Nana
  • 5:55pm-walk#4
  • 6:05pm-dinner
  • 6:30pm-walk#5
  • 6:40pm-homework/cuddles
  • 8:30pm-run
  • 8:40pm-mini workout/Doga
  • 9pm-teeth, face and bed

Obviously, this is the goal but I’m sure things will be changing consistently due to different circumstances throughout the day but this is what we will try an aim for. Also, the pups do get treats throughout the day, I am fortunate that my dad is maintenance for my apartment building so they are never really alone. I did skip #3 walk because my mom stops by my house and I know for a fact that she will be walking them when she gets there. As you can guess my littles are very loved and never really alone.

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 10

Decorating the Puppy Kennels!

I love Christmas, especially the decorations! Which is why the pups kennel gets a Christmas makeover! So the ramp that leads from the kennel to the my bed gets lined with colorful lights, the gate gets lined with fairy lights, their thanksgiving blanket is traded for their candy cane striped blanket.

Everything is lit up in their kennel and so festive and Christmassy! Its magical.

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 4

Coming soon!

Limited Edition Grinch Bark Box!

Time is running out and if you are a fan of Bark Box or Christmas this box is for you! I had to indulge this Christmas for my littles and purchase this fun limited edition Grinch Bark Box! So I signed up for the 6 month trial for $25. I thought 6 months would be ok because each little gets three boxes each. Even though they will share it anyways. Will you get your furry friend the Limited Edition Grinch Bark Box?

-Dezi 

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 4



Pawsgiving Recipe!

Here are the recipes for this years pawsgiving incase you wanted to make something for that fury friend of yours!

Puppy pancakes and scrambled eggs-

Pancakes:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1/2 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*In a bowl combine your all your ingredients and mix until well combined and place in a pipping bag and cook like a regular pancake.

Scrambled egg:

  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of cheese

Turkey Dinner-

Turkey Meatballs:

  • Lean ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. rice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c beef broth
  • 1 c water

*In a large bowl mash up your ground turkey and add your rice and egg and mix. Once combined roll into meatballs and set aside. In a medium sauce pan pour in your liquids and let it come to a simmer before adding your meatballs. Once added cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size. Constantly checking to make sure there are liquids still in the pan.

Gravy:

  • 1 C beef broth
  • 3 punches of flour

*In a small sauce pan add in your beef broth and let it come to a simmer, while stirring sprinkle in some flour and mix until thickens. 

Sweet Potato Mash:

  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 1/2 Tsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Beef broth
  • 1/2 c water

*Clean, peel and dice sweet potato and place into a sauce pan with  water and let it cook for 30-40 minutes or until it gets soft. Once it has softened to your liking drain the excess water. Placing the sweet potato in a bowl mash it until the chunks are completely gone, and add in honey and broth and mix well.

Cooked Carrots:

  • 1/2 Bag of baby carrots
  • 1 beef broth
  • 1/2 c water

*In a small sauce pan add your liquids and carrots on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until they get soft. Keep checking to make sure there are liquids still in the sauce pan.

Puppy Pumpkin Pie-

Crust:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 Tsp. honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp.water

Filling:

  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. honey

Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*Combing your crust in a bowl and set aside in fridge to get cold. In another bowl mix your filling together, place in a pipping bag. With your cold crust dough fill in your cupcake tray and pipe in your filling. Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes depending on size. In a mixer beat your heavy whipping cream until peak, place in bag and pipe on cool pies and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top for decoration.

To make life just a bit easier on Thanksgiving Day I meal prep there food two days before and put it in the freezer until Wednesday when I put it in the fridge to defrost. This helps take A LOT of stress off of Thanksgiving Day because there is always a lot of food we have to prepare for the day.

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 13

Today is the final day for DOGtober and then we will be moving on to 13 Nights of Disney! So lets get started.

First off we will be making Pumpkin and Peanut butter Bone Appetite!

What you need:’

  • 1c coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 3/4 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix pumpkin, eggs, honey, peanut butter and cinnamon.
  3. Add coconut flour and mix until well combined.
  4. Lay some flour on your table and roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Cute your bones shapes out and place them on your line cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and serve.

These are a snack for what the pups and I are going to next and that is watch a spooky movie! This is one of my favorite down times to do with the pups. So we put on Frankenweenie, grab a blanket, popcorn and of course the pups bone appetite treats and watch the movie snuggles in our blanket. What are some of your favorite halloween activities you like to do with your fur babies?

-Dezi

 

DOGtober 2018: Day 12

My littles love pumpkin especially when we make some peanut butter pumpkin pupcakes!

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c  flour
  • 1/8 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 tbsp. water
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line with mini cupcake tin with paper cases.
  2. Put egg, honey and pumpkin into a bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Once combined add in PB and mix until smooth.
  4. Add in your oats and baking powder and stir until a dough like consistency and knead in the water.
  5. Let mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
  6. Mix a few times and spoon into paper cases.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown or a toothpick comes out clean.

If you are like me and the pups and live in a cold area then you will understand why I give my pups the pupcakes when they are warm, so they can have a warm belly. I also like to top the pupcakes sometimes with a little extra PB.

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 11

Its time for a puppy picnic! I mean what better way to eat food then in a nice park, with nice food, and a couple of cute, cuddly and precious little puppers! One of mine, my moms and my littles favorite tradition during the fall season is going to Crissy Fields after a nice long walk and set up a picnic. We find a nice area, set our blanket, the pups water bowl and we start our little feast! Another reason why I love this place in particular is not only do they have amazing photo opportunities but the view (when its not foggy) its to die for.

-Dezi

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