Cady’s Goofy Photographs

Of all the photos, I have saved of my dogs; I think I cherish the goofy ones the best. The ones where they are just acting like dogs and most people don’t get to see.

Behind Cady is a Poke Weed plant. Yes, there is a song (Poke Salad Annie) about it written and performed by Tony Joe White in 1969 and then sung Elvis Presley in 1970.

It’s poisonous. The toxins in Pokeweed, depending on what source you’re working from, range from deadly to mild.

With caution, young leaves and stems in the spring, before any red has crept into them, are harvested by legions of foragers and boiled in at least two changes of water, discarding the water afterward.

Read all about Poke Weed here at Nadia’s Yard.

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Summer Chili

Summer ChiliHomemade & Healthy

Ground turkey breast, multi-color bell peppers, purple onion, garlic, black-kidney-pinto beans, celery, diced tomatoes, smoked chilies, shredded carrots, sweet corn, chipotle salsa, pure tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook ground turkey, add other ingredients, bring to full heat, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally while cooking. Take 2-3 cups and puree in a blender and return to pot. Mix well and simmer for another 30-40 minutes. Garnish to your liking.

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Almond Butter Bars

Almond Butter BarsHomemade & Healthy

Raw honey, pure almond butter, chia seeds, oats and Raw Organic Protein plant formula powder vanilla. Heat honey and almond butter in a sauce pan. Mix together with oats and chia seeds. Spread over parchment paper on a sheet pan, bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cool and add a melted 72% Cacao Belgian dark chocolate splash to finish them.

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Homemade Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

I’ve been looking for a recipe for sugar free, great tasting BBQ Sauce. I found a lot of recipes but they all had tons of sugar in them. So, I decided to modify a couple of them and came up with my own.

Blue Berry BBQ Sauce – sugar free

Fresh blue berries, apple cider vinegar, stevia, maple syrup, cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt, chipotle chili pepper, ancho chili pepper or chili powder, onion, garlic and ground coriander.

You rough chop up the blue berries with the apple cider vinegar in a blender and then put them in a sauce pan to cook for 30-40 minutes. This is when you add all of the other ingredients.  After it has cooked, pour the mix into the blender and blend it until smooth. (Be sure your blender can handle the cooked temperature of the mix). Put back into the sauce pan and simmer until reduced about 50%.

The blue berries give it a great fresh flavor and the apple cider vinegar gives it a little bite.

I made the same recipe in a Mixed Berry flavor using fresh strawberries, black berries and raspberries.

The BBQ Sauce tastes great on beef, pork, chicken and fish.

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Fresh ink for Cady

I had a tattoo done a long time ago for my 4 original Labrador Retrievers when they were all still with me.  Now it serves as a tribute to them as they have all moved on to the rainbow bridge.

I’ve been thinking about doing something for Cady for awhile now. Today was the day. Here’s my fresh ink for Cady.

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The tattoo for my original 4 labs.4 Labradors tattoo

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Keep Your Dogs Safe This 4th of July

 

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The loud noises and bright fireworks on the 4th of July can terrify your dog so it’s up to you to provide them with safe shelter during your celebration.  It could be the large crowds celebrating at a public park, your guests at the backyard BBQ, or the crowds at the fireworks show, your dog may not enjoy Independence Day.  Dogs will try to find a safe place, which could take the form of hiding under the bed, disappearing from your yard and even running away from home.  If you don’t now how your dog will react, pay attention to their reactions and take action to help ease their anxiety.  Dogs won’t mind being crated (they feel secure) inside your house with some soft music playing to help mask the sounds from fireworks.  It’s a fact that July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters in the U.S.

Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy the 4th with your dog –

•    Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date ID tag on its collar.
•    Take a current photo of your dog with your cell phone just in case.
•    Take your dog out for exercise early in the day.  Nothing like a tired dog having a good nap to get them through the night.
•    At your BBQ, ask guests to play with your dog away from the grill and flames.
•    Keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks and charcoal far away from your curious 4-footed buddy.
•    Keep dog treats handy for your guest to give your dog instead of people food.
•    Keep your dog cool and hydrated.  Dehydration amplifies their anxiety.
•    Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat, nice bone or special toy to chew on or play with during the fireworks.  Chewing naturally helps relieve tension for dogs.
•    Their crate would be a good place for the evening.
•    Have soothing music playing to cover the noise of the fireworks.
•    Keep doors and windows closed to dampen the sounds.
•    Pull the drapes and curtains closed to cover the windows from the bright flashes of fireworks.
•    Make sure your family members know that your dog needs to be in their special, safe place for the evening so no one accidentally lets them out at night.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!