Summer Garden

My garden is finally starting to give me some goodies…

My cherry tomatoes and banana peppers have given me a few so far…

I also have some big peppers coming in…

And some big tomatoes as well…

The tomato plants are getting so big and they are growing out of my raised beds…

I love my new raised beds hubby and I made out of old palettes. They were fun to make and they are doing so good. I also love I don’t have to bend over too much to get things. The best part is the bunnies and escaped chickens can’t get in them. Also the bugs aren’t as bad in them. My only issue so far is ants that get in and crawl on the dirt, but they didn’t do any damage so far.

I love these orange cherry tomatoes I’m growing this year. My mom and step dad started them from seeds. They are sweet and really enjoyable to eat.

I also finally have some cucumbers 🥒 coming in. Now that I know my raised beds do so well I’m planning to build another for next year to do more planting.

I am looking forward to more bounty from my growing garden. Any of you out in blog land getting any goodies from your garden? Comment below on what your growing.

Homemade Summer Dog Treats

Looking for a health frozen dog treat for your favorite pup to have on a hot day? Look no further. Plus this recipe is versatile as far as ingredients and what you freeze them in.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter

Directions:

  • Smash banana
  • Mix in yogurt and peanut butter
  • Spoon into flexible molds or ice cube tray
  • Freeze for at least 2 hours
  • Pop them out and store in freezer bag
  • Give to dog when it’s treat time. Enjoy!

I used the following mold so I could easily pop them out…

You can change up the ingredients to match your puppies favorite flavors. I was thinking of adding blueberries, or mixing up another safe nut butter, or other unsweetened yogurt. I think you just need to make sure you get a banana in there to bind it all.

What flavor charges would you do? Have fun and enjoy!

Easy Healthy Dessert

Want a quick and easy dessert that will still impress if you have company? I just made one tonight. It’s not really got a name, but it’s only 3 simple ingredients. We can call it Summer Cream Pudding. ☀️

Ingredients:                                                   

1 box pudding mix instant kind or cook and serve.  (I used the sugar free cook and serve kind.)

1 1/2-2 cups Greek Yogurt (I used a coconut Greek yogurt)

3/4 a small cartoon of heavy whipping cream (I used the dairy free silk version)

Directions :

Start by combining the yogurt and the pudding mix with a spoon or spatula till all combined. Refrigerate 30min or longer.  You just want it cold.

Once the mix is cold.  Whip the cream until you get stiff peaks.

Gently fold in a little of the cream and then the rest.  Folding a little in before keeps the mix from deflating when you add the rest.

This will create a creamy mixture not as firm as pudding, but more like the pudding before you put it in the fridge to firm up. It will be lighter and fluffier.

Then serve with berries, more whip cream, chocolate, crumbled cookies,  crushed candy bars,  or whatever you fancy that will go with your flavor.

I made mine so it’s dairy and sugar free and healthier with the coconut yogurt. I wanted a light, cool, and healthy dessert on this very hot day.  This hit the spot. It was creamy and the coconut yogurt made the vanilla pudding taste almost lemony 🍋. 

My hubby who isn’t normally a fan of dairy or sugar free things asked for seconds, if that says anything.

The measurements don’t need to be exact, it will still come out good, but I wouldn’t add any more Greek yogurt because it will cause it not to be able to firm up as much.

Give it a try and let me know what you think or your variation on this simple dessert.  🍨

Weekend  Surprise

We often take a Saturday dive just to check out a new place,  visit an old favorite,  or find new things to do or place to hike. Yesterday we ran across something you don’t see often… a civil war reenactment. It was neat to see them run drills, talk to kids, and see what camp

A little birdie 🐦…

We had a visitor to our chicken coop. We had a similar visitor last year as well. A little brown birdie built a nest in one of our highest nesting boxes. You could see her in there off and on and a couple eggs…

She and her little babies are gone now so we moved her nest to the burn pile for the fall, as we don’t want the little mice to use it if they got in there. It was interesting that the chickens didn’t pay any attention to the mom flying in or out, or being above them in the nesting box. Love how nature works things out sometimes. Bye mom and babies wherever you went to.

4th

Baxter and Chase wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy 4th of July!

Remembering the true meaning of this holiday and all the men and women who fought and continue to fight for our independence, welfare and freedom. From my family to yours Thank You!

We hope you and your family had a safe and enjoyable day yesterday and if your one of the lucky ones to have today off… we hope you are enjoying that as well. Happy 4th!

Sunny Day Walk

It was a beautiful morning for a walk. Baxter has made strides in his recovery and can walk a little further every few weeks. We have a routine now for his walk and he seems to love it.

Chase loves this walk as well and enjoys all the bunny holes and other critter holes we come across. There is a family of deer we see when we walk in the evening. They know us now and hardly look up since they know we won’t bother them.

Even with the hotter weather if we walk earlier or later in the day it is still cool enough for the boys. I love seeing them smile and have fun smelling and exploring.

Open window

Since it’s been nice enough a few days a week here I’ve been trying to get the house aired out from the winter. In a couple of my windows if they are open you are sure to find this guy in them.

Grayson loves the outside and we often have to watch for him or he will try to escape through a door were opening. But as weather permits we love to open his favorite windows and let him have some outdoor time in them, with a screen to keep him safely inside. Yesterday when I took this picture he was busy watching the birds come to and past our rose bush. I love the little sounds he makes when he’s excited about the birds he sees. We’ve been tempted to get him one of those boxes you put in the window and it’s like a sunroom that sticks out the window and the cat can go into it and sit. I’m sure most cats would love it. Happy Wednesday!

Spring walk

It’s been getting nice some days here and other days the wind and cold return. Yesterday it was nice enough to get the boys out for a short walk. Baxter is doing a little better and wants to be out more so we’re taking it slow, but so far so good. Chase is his usual happy wanting to go, go, go self.

He found this rock to wait for us on. He’s so good posing for photos most of the time. So glad it’s starting to be more like spring. 🌼

Old guy…

Our lab mix has been getting acupuncture for a few weeks now and has gotten well enough, along with finishing his meds, that the acupuncture is moved to every other week.  I would recommend trying acupuncture on your dog if he has any pain,  hip,  joint,  or spine issues. It really seems to help. It’s not necessarily a cure, but makes our dog more comfortable.  Baxter is moving easier, still has trouble getting up and down,  but overall better. 

He spends most of his days hanging out and sleeping.  Since it’s been nicer weather he’s been hanging out on the front porch more watching the animals and things go by. He doesn’t mind his harness and wears it all day in case he needs to go out we don’t have to bug him taking it on and off.  We take it off at night and if we are going to be out of the house for more then an hour or so.  It seems to make him feel secure and it is cute on him. Chase has been a good brother and been by his side through all this.  Chase has to be with him when he goes outside and comes in. He’s always checking on Baxter.  It’s really sweet. Got to love a senior dog and his brother. 

SPRING ‘S RIVER

It finally is starting to feel more like spring. Even though we like our winter walks when less people are out, we really enjoy spring ones where we can explore and see all the buds of spring. One place we like to hike is down by the river.

Our Chase loves to walk in the river and go from rock to rock exploring. He and hubby like to look for the fish in the river and see if they can find any to identify.

This time there were no fish to be seen, but we had a great time anyways. He got his feet wet for the first time this spring and got out some of his energy. So glad it’s warming up here. I hope it’s getting nicer where you are as well. Anyone got any favorite spring hiking or river spots?

Finally a little spring…

It’s been a long winter for everyone I think. With snow places it’s never been, or not in a long time, more snow then other areas are used to… for us the wind the last couple years is getting worse and that on top of the snow and cold just makes it miserable. But there it hope on the horizon…

At least for us there are finally signs of spring. Along with this has been a little warm up in temperatures and more sun. We are all loving this at our place as it makes you want to get outside more and it’s more enjoyable to get your exercise.

Baxter still isn’t well enough to go on walks with us, but Chase and I are enjoying going on longer walks more frequently. While we’re out Baxter usually gets a special treat like peanut butter in a bone or Kong to lick out. He gets his special treat while Chase is enjoying his treat of solo walks. It took Chase a couple walks to get used to being alone, he would look for Baxter. But now he’s used to it and loves it. He does a little prance and his tail is up and wagging the whole way. Needless to say we’re all enjoying the promise of spring. Hope you are as well. 🌼