Friday, June 29, 2012

Formal Introductions and a frozen treat

I need to forewarn you - this is a longish post. I've got a lot to catch you up on.

Internet meet Frida.

Hi, Frida! Isn't she the cutest?

Let me give you the back story. We weren't getting a dog. For that reason I perused Thompkins County SPCA to check out the pups from time to time. Yeah, that's a reasonable thing to do for people not getting a dog. So anyway in early April I saw the sweetest picture of little Frida on the site I started begging Joel to go look at her with me. That same day we look again and she was gone. Adopted. Gone. Ah well, wasn't meant to be. Plus, as you remember, we were not getting a dog.

Two weeks later and a similar event ensued. SPCA website shows Frida and characterizes the little peanut as friendly, shy, and sweet. We green light it and rush to visit with her. She was so sweet, didn't pull on a leash, and the perfect size. Cut to adopting her and picking her up two days later. She totally lied to us. She pulls on her leash, a lot. To the point of me wanting to scream after one embarrassingly bad walk. We bought a gentle leader and my rage has subsided. Clearly no dog or person (ahem) is perfect but Frida is pretty darn fantastic.

Cut to her hair cut. (Aren't I funny?) We decided to get her groomed and it was abundantly clear that I have been a terrible dog-owner/lover. Want proof? See her before picture.

Sorry for the blurriness. She was wiggly. Please notice her lion's mane around her neck and the hair in front of her eyes. I let her walk around like this for two months.

The after.

So much better. She can see now!

In food related news I saw a pin on pinterest for "frosty paws" which are basically doggie frozen treats. I whipped up the "recipe" minus the honey it called for. It's a 32 oz. plain nonfat yogurt, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1 mashed banana. I used a hand mixer to smooth it out and plopped dollops into two ice cube trays and froze.  

She loves them. Just like yours truly she uses a hot summer day as the perfect opportunity for a cool treat.

Oh and for those of you who may be wondering why she was returned to the SCPA and subsequently why we adopted her after her "rejection." Well in fact little Frida, who was originally a stray, was more than the woman bargained from with her children and other animals. She was just so cute she couldn't say least at first.  Her loss was our gain.

Moral of our story is, we love Frida, we love the SPCA, and we love frozen treats.

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm baaaaaaaaack, get excited.

My mother continues to remind me I haven't posted in a LONG time. This post is for you mother.

I know, I know it's been too long.  First, I was feeling in a rut about the blog. Uninspired. Not-funny. Blah. Then, we got a DOG! So fun! And I wanted to start blogging about her from time to time and our adventures with DIY and the pouch. Here's the thing, my normal blogging time was when I was walking little Frida. After all of my hemming and hawing I'm back!  I have been thinking about the blog and shaking things up a bit. I'll still be blogging about food but likely I'll be sprinkling in more posts about crafts and life. I think it will keep the variety interesting and importantly keeping my mother up to date on our lives. Now if you're still reading I'm going to share a few previews of what we've been up to and what I might be blogging about soon.

Joel continues to insist on dragging me up mountains for "the view." I typically spend the way up threatening to throw him off the mountain and climbing over large rocks worried for my personal safety. Here we are in the Adirondack High Peaks area last week. I guess I should say, Joel is right; it is worth the view.

I've been crafting my pants off. This lamp was a second-hand find that I spruced up and gave to my mother for Mother's Day. Wait until you see the before and after.

Of course, I've still been cooking. Above is a zucchini turkey sausage soup that is amazing. Our
CSA started last week so lots more to come.

Finally, there's little Frida. She's getting ready to cheer on Joel at his marathon a few weeks ago.

So there you have it. The sneak peak and promise for more posts. One more thing, I'm working on overhauling the look of the blog in the not so distant future to add a little more personality.  You are welcome, mother.