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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! And a Word of Caution...



Wishing you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day!

A few reminders so that we can all relax and have a good time together!!


Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed the experts’ advice — don’t leave the goodies lying around on Valentine’s Day.

Pet-Safe Bouquets
Many pet owners are still unaware that all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. When sending a floral arrangement, specify that it contain no lilies if the recipient has a cat — and when receiving an arrangement, sift through and remove all dangerous flora. If your pet is suffering from symptoms such as stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea, he may have ingested an offending flower or plant. Use online toxic and nontoxic plant libraries as visual guides of what and what not should be in your bouquets.

Forbidden Chocolate
Seasoned pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate, including baker’s, semi sweet, milk and dark. In darker chocolates, methylxanthines— caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but don’t leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.

Careful with Cocktails
Spilled wine, half a glass of champagne, some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma. Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large enough amount is ingested.

Life Is Sweet
So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Don’t let pets near roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. “It’s all too easy for pets to step on thorns that fall to the ground as a flower arrangement is being created,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine for the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. De-thorn your roses far away from pets.

Playing with Fire
It’s nice to set your evening a-glow with candlelight, but put out the fire when you leave the room. Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.

Wrap it Up
Gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after presents have been opened — if swallowed, these long, stringy and “fun-to-chew” items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing her to choke or vomit.

The Furry Gift of Life?
Giving a cuddly puppy or kitten may seem a fitting Valentine’s Day gift — however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on is anything but romantic. Companion animals bring with them a lifelong commitment, and choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right. Consider a gift certificate for a local shelter!
Copyright ASPCA
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sepia Love!




We are joining Ruckus the Eskie and Earl's World for Sepia Saturday!

Enjoy your Saturday!! 



Friday, February 12, 2016

Seeing Beautiful ... The Love Edition

To those who see with loving eyes, life is beautiful. To those who speak with tender voices, life is peaceful. To those who help with gentle hands, life is full. And to those who care with compassionate hearts, life is good beyond all measure.


We are joining the See Beautiful Blog Hop hosted by Sugar!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Peek....


PEEK.....

I see you!!


Thoughtless Thursday

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Beginning of a New Day



"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good." 


Author Unknown







Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bake a Batch of Valentine's Treats for YOUR Local Shelter!!








What a great idea!!  Bake up a batch of these scrumptious treats and drop them off at your local shelter!!  Make some new Valentine's friends!!



Gather your ingredients:


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled carrots
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled, or another cup of cooked, cooled vegetables like peas or green beans
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups white flour, plus more for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F (160° C).
  2. Blend the banana and veggies in a food processor. Add the soy milk, peanut butter, and molasses and blend again.
  3. Sift together the whole wheat flour and baking powder, then add to the wet mixture and blend well.
  4. Pour the batter into a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of white flour and stir thoroughly. Knead in the second cup of white four, adding more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough. Divide the dough into four parts.
  5. Roll out a piece of dough on a floured board to about 1/8 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or knife to make heart shapes (or any other Valentine's Day symbol). Place the biscuits onto an ungreased cookie sheet—it's okay to put them close together; they won't spread out.
  6. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes or until they are just starting to brown. Remove from the oven and turn over the biscuits with a spatula. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn the biscuits again and bake for another 10 minutes. They should be as crisp as crackers.
  7. Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool completely.
  8. Repeat with the other three parts of the dough, or freeze the remaining dough to bake later.
  9. Store the cooled biscuits in a covered container in the refrigerator until you can deliver them.



Monday, February 8, 2016

They WON! Our SuperBowl Sunday...


We started off our day by watching the Puppy Bowl...which we thoroughly enjoyed!!





We especially enjoyed that the chickens were the Cheerleaders!!  And that bird that was doing the TWEETING...how cute was that???


There were SO many cute pups...it is a very good thing I don't work in Rescue...I would definitely be classified as a hoarder and would have to spend the rest of my life in jail!! 



I haven't made deviled eggs in a very long time so decided I'd try my hand at making them...with the little football laces in them! :)  Maybe they didn't look that good, but they tasted good and that's what counts!!


In the picture above, you will see "Taco Rolls" made with Pizza Dough wrapped up with Taco Meat and Mexican Cheese...I served the toppings on the side.


Then, we had the standard little snacking sausages in the crock pot...So easy!!



Of course, I had to buy orange and blue M&M's .. for the Broncos!






Hope you enjoyed your SuperBowl Sunday too!!  I was really happy that Denver won...although the Defense definitely carried the game!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Follow The Leader







As you can see in these pictures, we still have NO snow!!  Not that I am complaining mind you!

Please accept my apologies...I have not been around to comment much lately as my RA has cranked in to high gear and I am in a tremendous amount of pain...which is no fun at all.  It is difficult to concentrate on anything right now.

I have to finish up plans on what I am making for SuperBowl Sunday!

Are you making anything special?