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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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).
3 cups prosecco, chilled
1/2 cup mango sorbet
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.
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!
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
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
4 large tortillas
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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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.
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.
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.
I’d love to hear other tips and tricks that work for your family as well!
I have no words. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
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
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
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!