dog food

 

We’ve all been in the dog food aisle trying to figure out what food to get for our pup. Do you get grain-free? Do you get frozen? Dehydrated? Canned? What is the best for my dog?! Well, I can’t say what is best for your pup but my personal revelation came after talking with one knowledgeable Petco employee about Ella’s food troubles. I had explained that even when giving her plain chicken and rice, she still had an upset stomach and bad bowel movements. The employee replied, “She’s probably allergic to chicken. It’s more common than you think.” You could have knocked me over with a feather but sure enough, I switched Ella’s food and treats to be chicken free and everything changed! And after trying a few different dog food brands, I’ve decided to make her food from scratch. Sounds crazy, but it’s easy to do and if you’re like me and watch for sales or buy in bulk-it’s cost-effective.  Below is the recipe I created. It is based on the many dog foods that we tried. I make her food on Sunday when I do my meal prep and this amount lasts the whole week, using 2 scoops (about 2 cups) at breakfast and dinner.

3-4 sweet potatoes

2 lbs of ground beef

1-12 oz bag of frozen peas

1/2 a 12 oz bag of frozen blueberries 

You can add carrots, fish oil, baking potatoes, spinach, etc depending on what your pup likes. Remember to check the ASPCA’s poisonous food list before adding ingredients. 

Cook meat until brown and let cool. Boil potatoes for 4-5 minutes, drain and rinse with cool water. Combine the beef, potatoes, blueberries, and peas in a container. Keep the food refrigerated at all times. You can serve your pup’s food with a little bit of water, cold or warmed up in the microwave. You need to wash your pup’s food dish after each feeding. 

the one with all the thanksgiving episodes

I love Friends. I could quote pretty much every episode and the Thanksgiving episodes are my favorites. My favorite is the Flashback episode! What is your favorite episode?

  • The One Where the Underdog Gets Away- Season 1, Episode 9: This episode establishes the tradition and is a must see.
  • The One With the List -Season 2, Episode 8: This episode is really a Ross and Rachel storyline. I suggest getting up to check on your turkey during this episode.
  • The One with the Football -Season 3, Episode 9: This episode is one of my personal favorites. It reminds me the most of my own brother-sister relationship.
  • The One with Chandler in the Box- Season 4, Episode 7: This episode is the reason I use the word “threefold” and is a classic Joey & Chandler storyline.

  • The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks- Season 5, Episode 8: This episode gave us the gif of Monica dancing with a turkey head and a young Joesph Gordon Levitt.
  • The One Where Ross Got High- Season 6, Episode 9: This episode is where we learn what a trifle is, why Monica and Ross’ parents don’t like Chandler, and how far Joey will go for the hot roommate. 
  • The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs –Season 7, Episode 8: The episode that’s worth it for Joey’s “moo point.”
  • The One with the Rumor –Season 8, Episode 9: The episode where you’re reminded of the glorious Brad Pitt and his comedy skills.
  • The One with Rachel’s Other Sister -Season 9, Episode 8: The episode where Christina Applegate crushes it as the sister you never wish you had.
  • The One with the Late Thanksgiving– Season 10, Episode 8: The episode where you agree with their decision to call it quits. 

turkey week

image & centerpiece idea via Oh Happy Day

It’s Thanksgiving week! For me, that means 2 things: 1-watching all the Friend’s Thanksgiving episodes and 2- making green bean casserole. If you’re not familiar with the Friend’s Thanksgiving episodes, you can use Variety’s All Ten Friends Thanksgiving Episodes Ranked post. My own ranking, your Netflix guide, and snack pairings in tomorrow’s post. As for my green bean casserole, this year I’m trying Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook Cravings recipe. I’ve tried the traditional-everything canned recipe to the everything fresh recipe and haven’t ever found the exact taste I’m looking for, but I Chrissy’s recipe is a promising combination of both styles. What are you making for Thanksgiving? Do you stay with your traditional recipes or change things up?

magical monday

We get it, Garfield, Mondays are the worst. But instead of focusing on the terrible part about Mondays, I like to focus on all that I can get done in a week to fully enjoy my weekend. It was a habit I cultivated when I went back to school in January and it served me well as I was going to school three days a week and needed to make the most of my downtime. On Sunday nights, I write down a list of everything I’m interested in: doing, reading, seeing, learning, etc. And on Monday morning as my coffee slowly kicks in I put everything in a Google Keep list and set reminders for anything that has a due date. This allows me to see everything I plan to do and prioritize what I “need” to get done and what would be “nice” if I got it done. For example, “redesigning my website” goes in the need pile and “finishing colorful wedges baby blanket” goes into the nice pile. This way when it’s Friday night and I’ve finished everything on my need list, I can enjoy the weekend completing my nice list. It makes binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies much more rewarding knowing that I’ve got everything finished.  

puppy dog cowl

The air is getting chilly, frost is on the ground and the pumpkin spice flavors are out in full force! Fall is officially here and that means I’m digging out our winter gear. I originally designed this cowl for those days when you didn’t want the extra layers but needed the warmth. Now I’m thinking that Ella pulls it off so well, it may become a puppy dog cowl pattern!

road trip 2017!

My dog, Ella and I are taking a cross-country road trip and documenting it all. here on the blog and on our Instagram. On our adventures, we are hiking, trying all the local kombucha, doing yoga, and chatting with folks about breed-specific laws in the US. Check back for dog mom hiking tips and road trip tricks.

meet ella!

Ella Fitzgerlad Bean O’Neil was brought into my life by my wonderful friend, Jess. Our journey together started in August-2016, when I would take care of Ella while Jess was out of town. As our time together increased, it was decided that Ella would join my household full time and we’ve been inseparable ever since!  And now as an official dog mom, I’ll be sharing photos of our adventures on Ella’s Instagram account, @_el_el_bean! Follow along as we take on the word as powerful, beautiful, and strong women! 

zucchini muffins

Muffins

I changed the ratios a bit but the recipe is pretty close to the original. The one thing that I never do when making breads or cookies is add nuts.  No not because of nut allergies but because I just don’t like them in my baked goods. Cranberries and chocolate chips? Yes, please! I added about half a bag of Trader Joe’s chocolate chips and 3/4 of a cup of cranberries. I don’t make these changes below because you really need to play with this recipe a few time to get the hang of your “add-in” measurements.

I brought the muffins to work (breads great but for work, muffins work better) and they were gone before lunch. I would suggest keeping your eye on them in the last 5 minutes because they can go from almost done to done fast!

Zucchini Bread
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yield: 2 loaves or about 24 muffins

3 large eggs
1 cup (235 ml) vegetable oil
1 3/4 (350 grams) cups sugar (I probably did closer to 2 cups)
2 cups grated zucchini (2 whole zucchinis)
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/8 or a couple of good shakes teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon (6 grams) table salt
1/2 cup (55 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup (115 grams) dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally. (See those pictures of the cakesinside their non-stick pans? Yup, they’re pretty much hanging out in there for the time being.) Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.

Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using.

Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.

Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Muffins will bake far more quickly, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

april

No this isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. I’m really posting and since it has be awhile I thought I’d do a quick recap on what the heck I’ve been doing the last couple of months.

Survived winter.  Which if you’re not familiar with the emotional roller coaster that is winter, please see 20 April Ludgate GIF that describe how I and probably everyone else who has had to deal with below zero temperatures and the other sick jokes that mother nature has played on us for the past six months.

AIR yoga

Joined ClassPass.  If you’ve been following my Instagram you’ve seen that starting in February I worked to complete thirty classes in little over a month. I completed my goal in early March and have gone down to 3 to 4 classes a week and getting outside for runs.  I have a lot to say about ClassPass and the workouts that I’ve been doing, so I’m going to post more on that tomorrow.

Read books.  A few days before winter break started I realized that I had not finished one of the three books (Night Circus, Wild and Goldfinch) that I had started months before, so I resolved to finish Goldfinch before going back to work and I did!  I also started and finished The Circle and I’m about 50 pages into The Marriage Plot and can’t wait to pick up The Girl on the Train. I also started listening to books and for those of you who commute, check out Audible.  I listened to Yes Please and loved it! I just picked up #Girlboss and once that is done I plan to listen to Girl in a Band. I find autobiographies the easiest thing to listen to. Tip: listen to the preview before you buy. There’s a reason why they give Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word.

house

I decorated. With the help of a vintage store going out of business, my parents hand me downs and a small town interior design store in December and January my apartment went from odds and ends to a full blown adult apartment. I have rugs, a dinning room table, throw pillows, etc.  It is so cozy and I love it.  Above are just pictures of the living and dinning room but I’m always posting kitchen photos on Instagram.

I knit. More on this later. I have four friends expecting babes in the next three months and I have been busy.

I baked. Cookies, muffins, bread, etc.  Nothing really new, I mostly stuck with my standards but this week I tried a new chocolate chip cookie recipe The Chewy from Alton Brown.  I wasn’t impressed and as a friend said, “They aren’t bad but you’ve made better.”

I watched a lot of shows. Again I’m going to do a whole post on this but if you haven’t checked out Bloodline, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or the HBO documentary Going Clear, please do.

Hope you enjoyed this update.  I’m happy to be posting again and I hope you continue to check in.

Happy spring!