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Friday, October 12, 2007


Here is Persephone in one of her new coats that my sister made her. She made her 4 different ones. She makes all my dogs fleece coats. Melinda custom makes them to their specific measurements. These coats are wonderful! They are warm (quilted inside), easy on and off, easy to wash, comfortable for the dog and she can add little things to dress them up. I'm very proud of her work! She can't mass market them. But if you are interested in getting a coat from her then check out her dog rescue website and email her. See her Out Of Harm's Way Small Dog Rescue link on my links at the left.

Sephy is eating from her new crystal dish. All my dogs eat from crystal dishes. I don't water them from these dishes because they are 24% lead crystal and lead is dangerous. So I'm afraid it might leach into their water. But their kibble is only in the crystal dishes for a few minutes. I know it might seem silly but I bought these dishes for a great price at Ross'. I think, if you can find it at Ross, it's as cheap as you can find it anywhere unless it's at a yard sale or thrift store. So I actually paid less for their cyrstal dishes than most people pay for dog bowls at the local Walmart.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Household Tips

Household Tips

To stop foggy mirrors, spray a generous amount of shaving cream (not gel) onto the mirror or window and rub in with a clean cloth. Use a new clean cloth until all streaks are gone. This will prevent fogging. When you clean the glass, reapply the shaving cream.

Food splatters all over the inside of your microwave and cooks itself on after time. To easily remove this mess, place a cup of water in the microwave. Cook on high heat for 2 minutes. You can allow it to sit without opening the microwave door, for 5 more minutes. The filth is now ready to be wiped right off - no scrubbing! Use an antibacterial kitchen spray.

Keep a cup of baking soda in the microwave between uses to keep potatoes from smelling like bacon or other unusual combinations!

Use paper towels to cover your food when you microwave so that it doesn't splatter all over the inside. Or use a Corning Ware lid or a 2nd plate although this creates something else to wash. A paper towel is easily disposable. This really saves you cleaning time.

New Italian Greyhound

Unfortunately, McGillicuddy didn't work out after all. He was too alpha male and being bigger than my others, he could have done some damage. There was never any fight but he was threatening to them so I decided to give him to someone who would know how to handle terriers and the alpha personality. My Iggies are so docile and I'm no dog trainer so I thought it best to get him someone who knew how to take care of him. I contacted a wonderful lady with Welsh Terrier rescue and she breeds and shows her W.T.'s. But, she wasn't able to take him right away so my sisters and I put our heads together and decided to call our friend, Christy. She is in our area and she is into fulltime dog rescue. She has a lot of experience with a lot of different breeds, including terriers and she has experience in animal psychology. My sisters know her pretty well and are confident in her abilities. So I called her and she said she would take him on. Then she said she had a tiny Italian Greyhound and would I be interested in her. She didn't pressure me to take the little girl but once I laid eyes on her I wanted her BIG TIME!

If there were such a thing as a "teacup" Italian Greyhound, this little girl would be one! She's so tiny and fine that you are afraid of breaking her if you hold her. She's only about 4 lbs compared to my other Iggies who are 9-11 lbs!

So I traded Christy McGillicuddy for Penelope. Gilly was a good looking, gorgeous dog and he really took to me. He was well behaved except for that alpha stuff and was in love with me. I hated it didn't work out. I really thought it would but you never know until they've been with you for a few days. I had him a week and he had begun to relax enough to start trying to work his way through the pack to be the top dog. I was afraid, it would continue to escalate and my guys are so delicate that they could easily be hurt. Besides the fact that I don't know how to establish myself as the alpha in his eyes. But I'm sure Christy knows how. If not, maybe my new W.T. contact will be able to shed advice or be able to take him by then. Meanwhile, he is in good hands.

And, I'm experienced in Iggies so I was able to help her out. I'm not sure if I will keep her name (Penelope) or come up with one of my own. I love unusual names and I have been naming my Italian Greyts after crystal or porcelain companies. Unfortunately there aren't many feminine names in that category.

She is so tiny, dainty, fine! I pulled out the smallest bib I had and made her a little summer cotton jersey coat. It's still too big, even with my cinching.

Here is her cheesecake pose. I pulled out a maribou sweater to put over her bib tshirt.

I bought her a new red kitty collar (the smallest I could find) with faux diamonds and a new tag with her address and phone #.

She tends to stick out her tongue when she's asleep.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Today's Fall Recipes

Lazy Broad's Smoky Chicken

4 boneless chicken breasts (or thighs), cut into strips
1-2 tsp Lapsang Souchong tea
3 cups water
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp barbecue sauce
1 tsp flour
2 carrots, diced
2 cups rice

Boil 3 cups of water, use one cup to steep the tea for 5 minutes. Add the tea (with the leaves) to a deep skillet with the remaining 2 cups of water. Add parsley, garlic salt, honey, barbecue sauce, and flour to skillet and turn heat on medium. Add chicken and diced carrots. Cover and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve over rice.

Source: http://coffeeworks.blogs.com/coffee_and_tea/2006/01/lazy_broads_smo.html

Scalloped Parsnips

6 medium parsnips -- (6 to 7)
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup rich milk -- or cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttered bread crumbs

Scrub the parsnips clean, cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until tender, in lightl y salted boiling water, and drain. Scrape off the outer skin, split the parsni ps lengthwise, and pull out the stringy cores. Place the parsnips in a shallow baking dish, and cover with a sauce made with the fat, flour, and milk or crea m, and salt. Cover the top with the bread crumbs and bake in a moderate oven f or about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve in the baking dish.

Source: RecipeSource.com

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