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Made of Star Stuff

sagan made of star stuff

My birthday present this year is something wonderful.  A friend of mine from graduate school alerted me to a well-bred West German showline German shepherd that was available in Southern West Virginia.

We were looking for another male to add to our breeding program, and although I am fully aware of how closely related all German shepherds are to each other, we needed another line that was health-tested to mix into ours.

We have named him Sagan, WRF Made of Star Stuff for Darqueside, and his sire is Ajaks od Slankamena, a top winner in Serbia.

His mother was bred in Serbia and then imported while pregnant to West Virginia.  He was well-socialized and trained in West Virginia, because his owners, who run a boarding and training business, were going to keep him as one of their personal dogs.

Sagan stacked

He was initially named “Edward,” but I always wanted to give a German shepherd a science nerd name.  And since it was my turn to name the dog, this one became Sagan.

I have had him a few weeks, and I have to say this is the best dog I’ve ever had. He is biddable and smart. He is gentle and kind.  He loves kids.  He loves me. I know that he will eventually mature into something more serious and loyal, but right now he is the happy, goofy puppy who fears nothing.

The way he looks at me is the way a smart dog looks at person. He has become my office dog, and he lies by the door while I’m teaching my remote students. He knows that if I rise, the next thing will be a walk or a chance to play with the jolly ball.

He knows no evil. He knows only the joy of his lion paws tearing through the green grass.

I have never had one of this type before.  He is a sound moving dog, though not as flashy as our American dogs, but he possesses a profoundly good temperament. He is very similar to Quest, our 100 percent American male.

He is the best birthday present I have received in a long time, and he’s a very special dog.

I am absolutely certain that this is the breed of dog I was always supposed to have. I know there are lots of crappy German shepherds out there, but a good one is an awesome dog to have.

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Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

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These days more than ever, it’s simple pleasures like grilling on the patio with my family that bring me the most happiness. I’ve been playing around with different ways to grill veggie foods, but my very favorite meal right now is sweet potato wedges, corn on the cob, and tofu steaks. I grill all of this with McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning. The grilled mesquite sweet potatoes are especially a hit in our house, and they’re incredibly easy to make, so today I thought I’d share the recipe with you all.

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

MESQUITE GRILLED SWEET POTATO WEDGES
Serves 4

Ingredients
2 sweet potatoes
McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning
3 tablespoons olive oil

Light grill to preheat. Wash sweet potatoes well, dry, and cut lengthwise into wedges. Toss wedges with the olive oil, then sprinkle McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning on each side, and place on grill. Grill the sweet potatoes, turning once or twice, until grill marks appear on each side and each sweet potato is soft, about 15 minutes. I like to sprinkle some more of the McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning on each side during the grilling process as well. Once done, transfer to plates and serve immediately. I love to serve with grilled mesquite tofu steaks, grilled mesquite corn on the cob, and fresh greens. They’re also fantastic on their own as a snack. So good!

(Note: The tofu steaks and corn on the cob are super easy too. For the tofu steaks, cut extra firm tofu into rectangles, remove excess water, and marinade with McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade, following the directions on the packet. Then grill for 6-8 minutes, turning twice. For the corn, baste with melted butter and grill until heated. Top both with McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning.)

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

The key ingredient to my beloved mesquite grilled sweet potatoes (and the tofu and corn!) is the McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning. This seasoning is genuinely next level you guys. Its bold flavor (smoky, barbecue goodness) and spicy crunch make everything in the meal taste more exciting. It also makes prep and cooking simple (I just shake a little on each side of the sweet potato wedges, tofu, and corn), so I can spend more time hanging with the people I love, just enjoying the bold flavors together. You can find McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Seasoning, along with the McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade I use for the tofu, and the other mouthwatering seasonings in the Grill Mates line in the spices aisle at Walmart or through Walmart Online Grocery: https://bit.ly/WalmartGrillMates.

I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn
Mesquite Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Tofu and Corn

If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think!

Who else is feeling especially grateful for backyard grill sessions with your family right now?

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My Dog Won’t Pee Outside!

Is your dog reluctant to pee in your yard? This is a problem we’ve tackled ourselves and, like many problems, is one that takes time and patience to resolve. If your dog won’t pee…

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Bonded Pair Available

Sharing for a friend… Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Sheepish

Are the campgrounds open in your state yet? Not in Ohio, but this spoiled girl doesn’t do camping unless there is air conditioning and a lodge involved. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Gary Busey: Pet Judge

New series coming to Amazon Prime on May 25th. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Home

This post is in partnership with CHI-CHI’S®.

On May 5th, 1862, the Mexican Army was victorious against the French forces in the Battle of Puebla. Since then, this day (Cinco de Mayo) has been commemorated (in Mexico, the U.S., and other places in the world) as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. From Mexican music to food to crafts and more, it’s a day that many are used to enjoying out at restaurants or bars with friends and family.

Like a whole lot of things lately, Cinco de Mayo (which is tomorrow!) looks a little different this year. But just because you can’t be out and about celebrating with groups of people doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the day at home. My little ones and I have come up with some fun ideas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo right here in our house with our family – including the coolest live, socially distanced mariachi music brought to us by our friends at CHI-CHI’S® (more on that in a minute!). The best part is that these ideas are simple, easy, and perfect for all you last minute planners (ahem, like me).

1. Learn about the history of Cinco De Mayo.
Many of us are playing teacher right now (or at least attempting to) while our kids e-learn. We plan to start tomorrow’s school day with a lesson about the significance of Cinco de Mayo and its history. There are many online resources you can find to help your kids understand more about the holiday and the history behind it. We also talk to our little ones about the importance of being respectful of these traditions while we celebrate. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s both interesting and important to educate ourselves on what the holiday really means.

2. Dance to a live mariachi band!
You might not be able to see a mariachi band in person this Cinco de Mayo, but you can watch one – live – right in your own living room! The makers of CHI-CHI’S® products (the nation’s celebration-focused salsa, tortilla and chip brand!) are teaming up with the Mariachi Heritage Foundation to commission mariachi band members for “Singo de Maya” to continually play in a virtual celebration throughout the day on May 5. Seriously, how cool is that? You can even have the chance to experience a private 30-minute mariachi concert! So fun! All you have to do is sign up for a chance to win by registering right here (and do it quick – the chance to register closes at 5 PM CST today!). There will also be a virtual happy hour from 6-7 p.m. CT where fans from across the nation can enjoy the music together on YouTube.

The CHI-CHI’S® brand will also be donating $ 10,000 to the Mariachi Heritage Foundation, which will help its members who may find themselves losing work or struggling during these difficult times. (I love this so much.) Those of you who join us in the Zoom mariachi are also welcome to show their gratitude by donating to the foundation here while enjoying the performances.

3. Eat Mexican inspired food. 
You don’t have to be an expert chef or have a lot of special ingredients on hand to create delicious Mexican inspired treats for Cinco de Mayo. We’ll be whipping up some quesadillas, tacos, chips and salsa, and other goodies. Thankfully, we usually have several varieties of CHI-CHI’S® salsas on hand, which is perfect for the holiday. Bonus: Cinco de Mayo is also on a Taco Tuesday this year!

4. Make your own maracas/shakers.
This is a great project to do with the kids, and perfect for the Zoom mariachi bands you can watch all day, thanks to CHI-CHI’S and the Mariachi Heritage Foundation! Just fill toilet paper or paper towel rolls with dried beans, lentils, or rice, tape closed with duct tape or masking tape, and make them colorful with whatever supplies you have on hand. We wrapped ours with construction paper and taped on thin strips for more color.

5. Decorate with Mexican inspired decor.
We don’t have any Mexican inspired decorations at our house right now, and ran out of time to order or make them. But if you have the supplies around your house, you can make red, white and green streamers, pinwheels, or other fun decor to represent the Mexican flag. You can also create your own Papel Picado flags out of paper or fabric. We are big fans of beautiful, bright Mexican style table settings, so for the decor at our at-home Cinco de Mayo party, we’ll be using some bold colored bowls and table covers we already have on hand.

I hope you all have as much fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home as we will! And don’t forget to join us tomorrow as mariachi band members serenade us on Zoom, thanks to the CHI-CHI’S® brand and the Mariachi Heritage Foundation. You can register here. We can’t wait!

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品川美容外科クリニックの安全対策からわかる告訴・訴訟問題

 

ひと昔前は、人間は自然なままがいいといった意見が多く、

美容外科クリニックを利用しているというと、

軽蔑を受けることもあって、多くの人が美容外科の利用を隠していたものです。

 

かくいう私も品川美容外科クリニックを利用していますが、

利用を始めたころは、おっかなびっくり、

こそこそした気持ちで利用していた記憶があります。

 

しかし最近はプチ整形といって、

気になる部分だけ整形することで

施術時間も短く体の負担も少なくできることから

気軽にプチ整形を行う人も多くなってきており、

わたしも美容外科の利用をとりたてて隠さなくなっています。

何より品川美容外科クリニックを利用してコンプレックスを解消したせいでしょう。

ずいぶん気持ちが楽になって感謝しているくらいです。

 

しかし、美容外科クリニックの利用者が増える一方で、

裁判になったトラブルも聞かれるようになったため、

美容外科クリニックの利用については、クリニック選びのため、

インターネット上で情報を収集したり、判例を読んだりしたものです。

 

大手クリニックではたくさんの施術が行われる分、

小さなクリニックに比べて告訴・訴訟問題が起きやすい現実があります。

そのため、美容外科を利用する側のわたしたちは、

情報収集がかかせません。

 

わたしが利用している品川美容外科クリニックでは

施術前のヒアリングや不安な点の解消、

そして、施術後のアフターケアが充実しているという話を聞いたことが、

わたしが品川美容外科クリニックを選んだきっかけです。

 

聞いた情報があっても、はじめての利用の時は

もちろん不安がありました。

ただ、クリニックに行ってみて、

しっかりとわたしの抱える不安にも耳を傾けてくれる姿勢や

丁寧な説明を聞いてみて、

品川美容外科クリニックの仕事の丁寧さを実感しました。

アフターサービスも良く、

施術後の診療は無料で利用することができますし、

施術について保障制度も設けています。

 

大手クリニックなどで聞く問題に対する安全対策を

しっかりされているのだとわかりました。

 

そもそも施術を受ける側として、

問題になるようなことは絶対いやですし、

しっかり話を聞いてくれて

実際の施術はもちろん、アフターケアもちゃんとしていることは

うれしいことです。

 

 

小規模か大手かは関係なく

品川美容外科クリニックのような安全対策やサービスを

どの美容外科でも取り組んでくれれば、

わたしたちも

安心して施術をお願いしたいと思いますし、

告訴・訴訟問題なんてかなしい出来事は

減っていくはずです。

 

調べてもなお不安を抱える、

過去のわたしのような人が

少しでも不安を緩和して

気持ちよく施術を受けられるようになることを

願うばかりです。

 

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