Saturday Survey: Euthanasia

Earlier this week, I posted about the decline in euthanasia in pet shelters, but I want to ask today about the broader question of euthanasia. I have a relative who is absolutely against it under any circumstances, while I tend to think it can be a humane solution when a dog is suffering. My son, … Continue reading Saturday Survey: Euthanasia


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Lemon Mango Prosecco Spritzers

Mango Lemon Prosecco Cocktails

Yes, this is a summer inspired drink. Yes, summer is four months away. But I firmly believe that’s even more reason it enjoy it now. This is such a delicious after dinner treat, and, when the weather finally does warm up, incredibly refreshing. It combines some of my favorite flavors too (lemon + prosecco). 

Mango Lemon Prosecco Cocktails
Makes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS
3 cups prosecco, chilled
1/2 cup mango sorbet
1 lemon
handful of blueberries

Pour the prosecco equally into two glasses. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze into each glass. (A strainer helps to catch the seeds.) Scoop 1/4 cup of mango sorbet into each glass. Top with blueberries. Serve immediately.

Mango Lemon Prosecco Cocktails
Mango Lemon Prosecco Cocktails
Mango Lemon Prosecco Cocktails

Maybe I’ll put on a tank, cut off shorts, and flip flops next time I make these, then close my eyes and pretend I’m not surrounded by two feet of snow… Enjoy!

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Cadbury Bunny Tryouts

The first two winners of the Cadbury Bunny contest were dogs, so who’s to say your dog couldn’t be next? The current Bunny, Lieutenant Dan, announced the contest on his Instagram. I didn’t see it until now, so time’s a wasting! Get your entry in by 3/1/21 (that’s Monday – can you believe it?) Here’s … Continue reading Cadbury Bunny Tryouts


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Cheese and Black Bean Quesadilla Wraps

Salsa Verde and Black Bean Quesadilla Wraps

 
The quesadilla is queen in our house. It’s one of a handful of foods that every one of us will eat, and happily. And while my son prefers the plainest of the plain cheese quesadillas, the rest of us have a healthy obsession with quesadillas filled with black beans, cheddar cheese, and salsa verde. Now, regular old quesadillas are loved just fine, but when we fold them into handy little wraps, things become next level.

(Disclaimer: I used foldable tortillas for these photos, which I took a while ago. I’ve discovered that now they’re hard to find. You can still fold a regular round quesadilla into a square wrap pretty easily, but it make take a couple of tries to make it look pretty, if you care about quesadilla aesthetics.)

Cheese and Black Bean Quesadilla Wraps


Serves 4

Ingredients
4 large tortillas

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup guacamole or mashed avocado
1/2 cup salsa verde  
salt, chili powder, and garlic powder to taste

In a large skillet or griddle, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Place tortillas on a flat surface and top each one with equal amounts of cheddar cheese, black beans, salsa verde, and guacamole. Sprinkle on spices, then fold tortilla sides in and tuck closed. Cook each quesadilla over low to medium heat and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, turning every minute, until each side is golden. Remove quesadillas from pan and serve.

If you have a favorite quesadilla recipe, please share! I love trying different versions. 

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10 Reasons You Need a Waterproof Blanket

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5 Bedtime Tips for Young Kids

5 Bedtime Tips for Young Kids

Some of you may remember me sharing a similar post to this a couple of years ago. My kids are now 5 and 7, and while bedtime has gotten easier in some ways, we still face challenges. (I’m not surprised either; both my husband and I are night owls by nature.) We continue to learn as we go, and implement the strategies we’ve learned along the way with new insight.

Several of my friends with younger kids have been struggling with bedtime, which inspired me to share an updated version of our bedtime tips post. I hope this proves helpful for anyone going through similar situations!

1. Start bedtime early.
We still struggle with this sometimes, but are well aware of how important it is. When bed time is rushed, it almost jacks the kids up and then takes them longer to fall asleep. If we start an hour beforehand to allow plenty of time for getting bathed, getting into pajamas, brushing teeth, and reading books, they fall asleep more quickly, and stay asleep better.

2. Be consistent with bed times.
My husband and I are naturally both night owls. For a long time, we would make sure the kids went to bed early during the week, but let them stay up quite late (and sleep in) on the weekends. This always backfired. We still let them stay up later on the weekends, but no more than an hour past their weekday bedtimes. 

3. Take screens away several hours before bedtime.
Do as I say, not as I do! (I read or watch Netflix on my iPad every night before bed.) In all seriousness though, making sure our kids didn’t have access to screens at least a couple of hours before bed has made a huge difference in how well they sleep. (Research backs this up!) My son used to always if he could watch a movie or show before bed, and I was often so exhausted myself I would allow it. I noticed that when we opted for a book instead, he fell asleep much more quickly. That became the rules, and now he looks forward to the storytime and no longer requests a screen.

4. Use the bathroom right before bed.
The only thing worse than trying to get a 5 year old back to sleep after a middle-of-the-night pee is changing their wet sheets. Both of these problems can usually (hey, accidents happen) be avoided with a trip to the bathroom immediately before they go to sleep.
5. Do what works for you.
This is still my favorite tip! (And it applies to all aspects of parenting!) There is so much advice out there for the “right” ways for your child to be sleeping (let babies cry it out, never let babies cry, cosleep with babies but not kids, cosleep as long as you want, make them sleep alone from the beginning, use a bassinet, use a crib, use a floor mattress, use a toddler bed, don’t use a bed at all, let them come into your bed, make them stay in their rooms, etc. etc. etc.). And honestly, I disagree with all of it, because there is simply no right or wrong way. Period. I am not a sleep expert, but I have found that being openminded and paying attention to what works best for my kids and for us as a family is what makes nights the easiest for all of us. (Take this from a cosleeping “I will NEVER cosleep” parent.) So while these tips have been extremely helpful for us, and my hope is that one or all of them helps you as well, you do you. Feel out your family, take notice of what nighttime habits produce the best results, and go from there. You’re doing a great job.

I’d love to hear other tips and tricks that work for your family as well!

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We Could Learn So Much From Dogs

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Simplifying Dog Dental Care with Suchgood

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Valentine’s Day Cookies

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

We make these cookies every year for Valentine’s Day, but my 7 year old daughter told me it was absolutely imperative we make them earlier this year, so here we are. They might look familiar to some of you because I have shared this recipe here in the past, but making tweaks and reposting recipes here is sort of my thing. Plus, they are so good, they’re worth a reshare every couple of years. 

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

Peanut Butter (or Sunbutter) and Jelly Valentine’s Day Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup peanut butter or SunButter (for allergy-free recipe!)  
1-1/4 cups all-purpose (or gluten free) flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter (softened)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extra
1/2 cup jelly, jam, or preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, use a mixer to beat together the peanut butter or SunButter, butter, and egg. Beat in the sugars and vanilla until thoroughly combined, then beat in the flour mixture on low until well mixed. Roll tablespoon size balls on dough and place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart, the slightly press each cookie into a round shape. (Tip: dip the bottom of a metal measuring cup in sugar and then press onto each cookie ball).) Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately use the bottom of a wooden spoon handle to make heart shapes in the center of each cookie while still hot. Fill each indentation with jelly, and allow to cool on a wire rack.  

Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies
Sunbutter and Jelly Heart Print Cookies

Happy (way early) Valentine’s Day! I hope you like these as much as we do. 

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Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzers

This week felt 8746 days long, and I for one am looking forward to some major relaxation this weekend. (I mean, as much as one can relax with a 5 and 7 year old running madly through the house. I love them so much, I swear, but man are those little babes loud.) I plan on kicking my feet up (even if just for a few minutes) and enjoying one of my favorite wintertime cocktails: a cranberry cucumber vodka spritzer. Recipe is below!

Cranberry Cucumber Vodka Spritzer
Servings: 1

1.5 fluid ounces cucumber vodka (I love Prairie Organic brand) 
4 fluid ounces organic cranberry juice, chilled
1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts parts sugar and water; instructions below)
Splash of soda/sparkling water, chilled
Ice
Organic cucumber slice (for garnish)
Organic orange slice (for garnish)
Fresh organic mint sprig (for garnish)
Organic cranberries (for garnish)

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a medium sauce pan. (I recommend one cup of each so you have more on hand than enough for just one spritzer). Bring to a boil, stirring consistently until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

Combine cucumber vodka, organic cranberry juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Fill a glass half way with ice cubes, and pour cocktail over ice. Top with a splash or two of soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice, an orange slice, a sprig of fresh mint, and few fresh cranberries.  

Cheers to a (hopefully) relaxing weekend!

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