My Meatloaf with Eggs


1.5 to 2 lbs of ground beef
1 lg yellow grated onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
.5 cup ketchup
1 beaten egg
.5 cup stuffing any flavor
3-4 Tbsp Worstershire sauce
.5 Tbsp of chilli pepper
Salt to taste

Mix well and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Have 3 hard boiled eggs peeled.
Place 1/2 mix in loaf pan. Place eggs back to back in the middle and cover with the rest of meat mixture.

Brush lightly with Sweet Baby Rays.
Cook 1 hr at 350. At 10 minutes left, sprinkle Italian shredded cheese on top and brown it.

Cool for 20-30 minutes before cutting to avoid crumbling. Serve with vegetables.

Grooming at Home

When we rescued little Miss Minnie, we didn’t know very much about her, not even her real age.

She was scrawny, skinny, underdeveloped but had a lively and trusting personality.

The 1st few days she slept in a laundry basket with a pillow and baby blankie. And she ate like she hadn't seen food in forever!

She quickly learned to go out in the yard to do her business and seemed to understand most of my instructions immediately.

Soon she bloomed into a beautiful little terrier with cute bushy fur and I took it upon myself to groom her at home.

I was so amazed at her level of trust and patience. She sat as still as she could and let me trim her facial hair with scissors. After the head and ears were done, I combed her and decided to trim the neck and chest and before I knew it, she looked like a teeny tiny version of herself!

After the bath she ran around the house in hyper-mode, running up and down and chasing her tail. I've discovered that bathing makes her excitable.

I always give her a treat after every bath and invite her up on "mommy's bed" as her reward for being the vert best little doggy ever!


Healthy is not Boring

When people say they dread going on a diet, it's usually because the foods they think they have to eat will taste awful or be boring. But that's not true at all!

You have to make food fun, tasty and colorful. Yes, COLORFUL because your eyes have to approve it before the taste buds can appreciate it!

Here's an example of a salad I made using only fresh (not frozen or canned) ingredients.


-2 cups baby spinach
-1 cup kale
-1/2 red onion
-2 vine tomatoes
-3 bell peppers  (different colors)
-8-10 mushrooms
-1 cup shredded carrots
-1 hard boiled egg
-3 oz grilled chicken
-garlic, oregano, black pepper
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-balsamic vinegar (all lot)
-1Tbsp of quinoa
-2 tsp chia seeds
-1 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds

*if you want a different dressing, use something fat free*

*all seeds must be raw and unsalted*

This salad make 4 servings. You can track  the calorie count using Fitness Pal app on your phone. You will be amazed how filling and low calorie, with just enough protein and good fat is in this salad! And it smells & tastes great!!!

xx Bon Appétit xx


Drive-thru Petting Zoo

If you ever have the opportunity to visit a drive-thru petting zoo, you must absolutely go!

I didn't think it would be fun driving my way through a wilderness habitat to look at animals, but it was so much fun rolling down the car window and letting the animals come for a snack and a pet!

They charge admission and give you a bucket of feed for the animals.

I really loved the Peacocks, the Kangaroo and the Zebra. You can drive as slow as you want and you'll have plenty of chances to take photos!

*Harmony Park Safari, Huntsville AL*


Diabetes in Dogs

Last July my dog Terra began having symptoms of lethargy, weakness in the legs, excessive thirst and at times confusion.

We had relatives come in from overseas, so our normal daily routine was changed up a bit and didn't notice our dog having these problems.

At some point I thought Terra was overwhelmed by my rambunctious nephew because she seemed introverted and a little tired...

One day after returning from a long weekend of activities, I noticed Terra bumping into chairs and walls and her back legs could barely hold her up.

Needless to say, I totally freaked out and I scooped her up in my arms and drove her to the vet down the street.

The verdict was in... Terra was a diabetic and worst of all, she was blind!!! (see her eyes in last photo)

I panicked, my hands started to shake and I cried a little because I didn't want anyone to tell me I had to put her to sleep.

Fortunately, the vet reassured me that with proper diet and steady insulin dosage Terra could regain her strength and live well for the rest of her life.

We had to let her stay at the animal clinic for a few days to get fluids and diarrhea under control. Her glucose level was almost 900--- it's a wonder she didn't go into a coma!

After we brought her home, the fun part was learning how to administer the insulin shot. I got it done a few times but she growled and hissed and bit me twice.

Then I discovered the auto-injector which was a life saver for us and a lot easier on Terra. No pinching and pulling her fur, no anxiety and vicious behavior, no getting bit and most importantly no missing the injection site. When a dog squirms while trying to get the needle in, you're not too sure if the entire dose was delivered or if some of it leaked out during the scuffle.

It's been 7 months now and Terra is doing much better. She has become accustomed to her new Prescription Diet by Science Hill, knows the time of day the shots are due and has memorized the layout of the entire house and backyard.

She is a remarkable dog and I've learned a lot about perseverance. It was her that was by my side when I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia and couldn't get out of bed, and now I'm loving her back and letting her know how grateful I am to have her in my life ♡


Doggy Humor

I have 2 dogs and my guy has 3. So we are constantly surprised and amused on a daily basis!

This was our own meme from yesterday.
              ♡  Minnie & Stanley ♡


Scrapbooking, Then and Now!

Twenty-five years ago, I was totally obsessed with stencils, stickers and doodling. It was a form of art without having any real artistic capabilities!

I remember finding Mrs. Grossman stickers which were the first to advertise that they were acid & lignin free!

When I investigated the importance of this statement, I found out that a very recent fad called "scrapbooking", was teaching people to preserve their precious memories by avoiding the acid and lignin found in glue sticks, markers, pens, stickers, tape and even in photo albums because they fade the photographs!

Needless to say, I was hooked on scrapbooking and even went to several scrap parties and had my own supplies and carrying case.

What I didn’t realize was that in the distant future, digital photography would be invented and everything would be on computers or online. But that didn't stop me from continuing to enjoy my stickers and doodling...!

Today, I use several Android apps that offer ready-made themes, frames and stickers for decorating digital photos. I've also been using a few photo editing software programs that allow a greater amount of manipulation and altering including pixel shaving, object erasing, blending & merging, and animation!

Below are a few examples and the programs used to create them. 


Electric Smoker & Food Saver

We started with 5 Boston butts and 5 turkeys in the deep freezer, so the thawing process took an entire day.

We placed two large bins with water outside and submerged the meets and changed the water every 2 hours.

When the meat was ready, we prepped and dressed the 45 lbs of turkey and 49 lbs of pork and started up the smoker.

Our spices included garlic, cajun, and old bay. The wood chips in the burner were hickory and apple!

After 15 hours of smoking, we pulled the trays out and let the meats cool for about 2 hours. During this period, the meat was doused in apple juice.

When meats were cooled, we began the shredding process (pulling apart, removing bones and fat).

We separated the meat in 1.5 lb portions and used the Foodsaver to vacuum seal the meat.

We dated the meat packets with a sharpie because we use the FIFO system in our freezer.

Now we have enough meals for the whole month and enough to give to family!

It was hard work prepping, cooking, cleaning and packaging all that food but it was worth every minute!


Vitamin C Smoothie

Carrots, oranges, banana, kiwi, pineapple. Add crushed ice. YUM!


Cartoonize Your Pet & Print Merchandise

I was looking at something in one of my dog clubs and noticed someone had made a cartoon likeness of their pet. Of course I had to check it out for myself!

I was really surprised to find they had models of every dog, in every size and color and also provided the flexibility for customization. The backgrounds and accessories were cute too.

What I really, REALLY loved was the opportunity to print my cartoonized dog on merchandise from Zazzle.

I ordered postcards, stickers and coffee mug, but there were dozens more to choose from, including aprons, kitchen towels, fridge magnets, dog food bowls, leashes, dog t-shirts, calendars, keyrings,  notebooks, and postage stamps! And probably another dozen more items!

Not only does this make a unique and clever gift, but it also gives pet owners a way to preserve a cute memory of their own fur babies!

I'm so excited to have found a new purpose for Zazzle, which I had given up on 6 years ago!

Checkout: Cartoonize My Pet


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