Happy Birthday to our Dogs!

Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? We do. They’re really important members of our family so we couldn’t skip this celebration of their lives. Of our three dogs, two had birthdays in May. Heidi, our rescued puppy-mill Shih Tzu, turned 7 on May 4th and Charlie, our rescued Golden Retriever, turned 10 on May 29th. We will be celebrating Abby, our American Cocker Spaniel on August 3rd. 

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Springtime is Blooming Everywhere!

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The Earth laughs in flowers.” This spring, it is definitely having a good belly-laugh ! Each day, something new begins blooming.

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Besides the springtime flowers making remarkable growth, the weeds are, too. This milkweed in the above picture is testament to that fact. Actually, I always leave a generous spattering of milkweed in the garden for the monarch caterpillars to eat and on which to lay their eggs. 

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Great Dogs Ready for Adoption!

It’s time for more awesome adoptables from Story County Animal Shelter .  Please consider saving a life by adopting your next furry, family member. If these dogs don’t tug at your heart strings, then look at more of the dogs or cats available by clicking on the link above. Can’t find one? Then check out a shelter near you and save a life. Remember, please adopt – don’t shop! 

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Scroll down the page to learn more about these three lovable dogs that are ready and eager to be your next companion!

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Morning Glory Muffins – Gluten Free

When my daughter and I did a Girl’s Weekend Out on Orcas Island, the bed & breakfast we were at served yummy Morning Glory Muffins. Click here and you can find their recipe and  my post about the Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast.  I decided I wanted to change the recipe a bit making it gluten free and a bit healthier. 

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I love apples so I added not only applesauce but big chunks of juicy, tart apples. I also wanted to make it gluten free as I had developed issues with gluten a couple of years ago. I’m not a huge fan of shredded coconut (I think it is a texture thing) but, I found fine macaroon coconut that was just the ticket! It is sweetened with honey and just a tinge of brown sugar, plus all the yumminess from the apples, carrots, raisins, and cranberries. The medley of spices (cinnamon, cardamon, ginger – both fresh and ground) gives the tongue just the right tingle! 

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Springtime Timber Hike With Charlie!

The spring rains stopped for a couple of days so I took advantage of the brief respite and headed down into the timber with Charlie, our rescued golden retriever. Even though she is a “senior” now, she still loves exploring in the  timber. She would be heartbroken if left behind. Deer trails criss-cross the timber and a fox den shows recent activity. Add the numerous squirrels running, teasing and then sprinting up a tree trunk, and it’s a smorgasbord of different scents for a dog. 

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 I love this time of year. The tender, just opening foliage and grasses created a gorgeous tapestry of textures and  varying shades of light green.  Continue reading “Springtime Timber Hike With Charlie!”

Rescue Me! Adopt – Don’t Shop!

I’m so excited. I’m doing photo shoots for Story County Animal Shelter  to gain more publicity for the dogs that are ready for adoption. Please consider saving a life by adopting your next furry, family member. If these dogs don’t tug at your heart strings, then look at more of the dogs or cats on their website http://www.storycountyiowa.gov/animal  Can’t find one? Then check out a shelter near you. Remember, please adopt – don’t shop! 

Look at these two lovable dogs that are ready and eager to be your next companion!

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