11 Year Birthday

I realized today is our Chase’s 11th birthday…

We got this cutie when he was just at 3 months old and he’s been by my side ever since. He’s my buddy and follows me everywhere. Especially since I’ve been working primarily from home with Covid. He’s loves to sit at my feet while I work and he really enjoys the extra walks and outside time during the day.

He is a sweet boy, loves his brother Baxter, enjoys treats, but loves attention the most. He would love my 24/7 undivided attention and petting. He plays with his toys all the time especially his dog toy my mom gave him and loves squeaking toys. He listens pretty good and is a great farm dog. He’s good around farm animals and is a good protector of our chickens. He loves to be out helping when your fixing things, cleaning the coop, mowing, etc.

We’re so blessed to have this guy as part of the family. Chase Mom and Dad love you!

Summer Garden Tomato, Onion, Avacado Salad

My garden is starting to come in and I’m trying to find uses for all my baby orange tomatoes. So a couple nights ago I made this…

It’s my garden tomatoes with onion and avacado in a little light vinaigrette.

You’ll need:

  • Some kind of cherry tomatoes (I used some from my garden but if your buying from the store it will be a whole square package)
  • 1/2 a Medium Onion
  • 1 Avacado
  • Viniger of your choice (I used Sweet Apple Viniger and Peach Viniger)
  • EVOO
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder

To make:

  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half and place in a bowl
  • Cut onion into small chunks or piece add to the bowl with the tomatoes
  • Add seasoning (salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder to taste)
  • Add Viniger (I used about 4tbsp of each but I just eye ball it. I want it to cover about 1/2 the mixture for it to soak in.)
  • Mix this up then add about 2tbsp EVOO and mix again
  • Let sit in fridge about 30 minutes to 24hrs (I made this the night before for dinner the next night)
  • Right before serving dice up the avacado and mix that in gently to not mash up the pieces
  • Serve as a side, on lettuce, or on its own. Makes a great lunch. Enjoy!

Beautiful Evening

Last night Chase and I were out waking and saw this…

So I wanted to share this pretty sunset with you all so maybe if your out there and need a smile this will put one on your face.

Enjoy!

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. 🌼