How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

Did you catch the NY Times this weekend? Sweet potato ice cream! Yup, it’s a thing. Go figure. Well, it does make sense… I guess. I can’t get past the ‘too close to Thanksgiving, sweet potato/pumpkin pie’ goodness. I need a break. But, since all the holiday recipes have sugar and cream and that mean’s I don’t feed it to my pups, my dog are drooling for some sweet potato treats . So I tweaked the NY Times recipe to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dogs! Check it out – it’s easy, yummy, nutritious and your dog will love it. How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dog – DIY Recipe Bake sweet potatoes until soft – use your own imagination here. Oven, microwave, toaster oven. They’re all good, just don’t season. The trick? Once cooled, remove peel and place the potatoes in a food processor, we use Cuisinart Mini-Prep, and puree. I like to have a little fun, so I played Whip It by Devo while I spanked some goodness into my sweet taters. Add one cup of kefir or yogurt, some turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and two egg yolks. Put it all in your little mini prep food processor, turn Devo back on and whip it good! Whipped Stuff, Now What? Good, you got this far and so now you’re wondering, ‘what in the heck do I do with my mixed sweet potato pudding?’ Well, you can do a couple of things. Because I like to give my dog’s the authentic stuff, I put the sweet potato mix into an ice cream maker and prepare according to...
Can A Dog Really Live In A Tiny House?

Can A Dog Really Live In A Tiny House?

Have you heard of the tiny house craze? It’s all over television. You can watch the Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Big Living, Tiny House Builders and Tiny House Hunters, all while sitting in the comfort of your regular-sized home. All of this tiny house exposure is quite the phenomenon and makes for ginormous TV viewing hours. My husband and I have been into tiny houses before they were a thing…before the tiny house wordplay. We are into cabin living! Call it what you will…but, here’s our question…can a dog really live in a tiny house? Could we really live in a “tiny house” (a.k.a. our cabin) with our dogs? Tiny House Living With a Dog [media-credit name=”Tiny House Big Living” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit] You can do anything you put your mind to. I should know, I completed a half marathon. Why not a full marathon? Great question! My mind was not having it. So we, my mind and I, settled on a half marathon. My calves and thighs thanked my mind when we staggered across the finish line. If I can finish a half marathon then I can live in a tiny house (small cabin) with a dog. I even found a tiny house show where they built a 200 square foot house for a couple and their Saint Bernard. A Saint Bernard in a Tiny House!?! Good grief, all our dogs combined don’t equate to a Saint Bernard…their cumulative weight is 24% of a 125 pound dog! Want to Explore Tiny House Living? Here Are Our Recommendations: Products from Amazon.com -31% Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square...
When Your Dog Is Allergic To Grass It Can Be A Pain In The….

When Your Dog Is Allergic To Grass It Can Be A Pain In The….

Dogs are dogs. And basically this means that when it comes to potty time, they aren’t just going to stroll up to the loo to relieve themselves. Wouldn’t that be great if they could? We could sit in the bathroom and stare at them while they go!?! Call it a twist on their weird dog behavior, reverse dog-karma. Just one time, I could go for making my dog feel as uncomfortable as he makes me by his sauntering into the bathroom to sit and stare at me while I’m taking care of my business. Dogs are dogs. Weird. But, what if your dog is allergic to grass – are you really left with no recourse other than to train them to use your porcelain Kohler toilet? [media-credit name=”Lindsey Turner” link=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/theogeo/3159051622/in/photolist-5P9XZh-gTZbXM-9fwGm4-pRqfHo-8CqXyU-9nezQv-5LXVwn-k3qNgE-bhHpua-Lwwg7-asmgTt-ci5BKj-aGCdE-dovkDe-rWbZY-iGRg2-4xhaLn-5VZSU5-uLgb8w-7ZBA1X-64qndv-4CKyLr-goxJTY-82P2rM-kMAQEa-7yaoeq-csrseE-5DPFn4-9h4qdo-dzmiVk-9z2rZB-4DR92d-5UmfQQ-4xhdk8-5iFSLU-6Faomt-7HfPF-6VhpmZ-aNxTaF-7kmoZQ-6iKznc-9yrWbJ-aNxT6v-7rBQJd-5tyV8V-83KGmg-7MY4yD-6BgzaF-8PinZf-77r8me” align=”aligncenter” width=”1024″][/media-credit] Who Has a Weirdo Dog Allergic to Grass? We do! [media-credit name=”Madison’s Musings” link=”http://madisonmcnugget.com/post/94529317/bubbles” align=”alignright” width=”252″][/media-credit] Yes indeed, one of our dogs is allergic to grass…technically, he’s allergic to the grass pollen. But to keep things simple, we’ll just say grass. Not the big willowy kind that billows in fields – that would be logical. I’m talking the green stuff…that’s in our back yard. Probably in your back yard too. You know, the kind of grass that dogs use to go potty. Luckily we live in the fabulous Pacific Northwest where it spritzes rain – no people, it doesn’t rain here as much as is portrayed in movies (did you see Sleepless in Seattle? I thought Tom Hanks was going to drown!). When not raining my dog licks his paws like a five-year old licks a lollipop – non-stop. The...
How To Care For Your Mental Health In The New Year

How To Care For Your Mental Health In The New Year

It’s a fresh new year and people are lacing up their new running shoes to hit the gym, focused on their physical wellness. Being fit is a great resolution, I should know I just spent $120 on tennis shoes. Yup, tennis…shoes…for my feet! Yes, feet are important and so is your back. Good support costs… Hey, good support does cost! I have insurance, so didn’t have to use my tennis shoe money toward my annual mental health check-up. Like an annual physical with a doctor, scheduling a little one-on-one time with someone who can help you sort through your stuff is an important self-care step! Mental Health In The New Year Approximately 25% of Americans, at any one time, experience some form of mental health issue. Anxiety is on the rise due to our fast-paced, always on, wired, lifestyles. A small dose of stress is normal. Yet it takes very little to move from normal to overwhelming feelings of worry brought on by an upcoming event or uncertain outcome. Control! It’s just an illusion, yet many of us seek it out, it can become all consuming to the point of frustration (to ourselves and others, including our fuzzy family members). Just like spirituality, control cannot be found in external things, the only thing you can control is yourself. Often it’s this desire to establish more control that tips people into anxiety. What to do about it? Take care of your mental health in the new year. Pets and Your Mental Health When you’re down, what do you do (besides eat ice cream)? Hug your dog! Or cat or whatever critter you have in your family. Animals do not judge....
Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Growing up Latina, food was a mainstay for our holidays. Generations gathered at abuelita’s (little grandma’s) house to create gastronomical delights. The big, wooden kitchen table was the central hub where, regardless of family dynamics – my tia’s (aunts) could take arguing to a whole new level – everyone united to prepare empanadas, tamales and menudo. As a kid it was empowering, being a part of the adult community, enjoying the melodic cadence of Spanish speakers making food. There’s a but, coming…. but making menudo stinks! Why? Because it has tripe in it – preparing tripe has a funky smell. Yep, it does – I’ll get into that a bit more when I release my newest book Piñata Diaries (draft image to the right). Back to the dogs now: so imagine my surprise when I heard that tripe is good for dogs. Menudo for your dog? Menudo For Your Dog? Not Exactly! Tripe, green tripe to be exact, is quite the little magical elixir for your pooch. Now, don’t go running off to a Latin market, they don’t have the tripe your looking for (it’s all cleaned and bleached). Raw tripe comes from four chambered stomach of grazing animal (e.g. venison, cows, buffalo, etc.), and ‘green’ means that the tripe still has all of good digestive enzymes and helpful bacteria for your dog’s probiotic health needs. So, no warm menudo soup for your dog – but Fido will dig yummy, healthy green tripe! No Family Gatherings To Make Green Tripe? Not exactly, unless you consider opening a package or can of tripe a family adventure. We’ve found a few places to get tripe while shopping from the comfort of your sofa (aint this decade great –...

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