Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It is national dog day

It is national dog day so I thought I would dedicate a little post to my boys today.

So ok an up date, our cocker spaniel Sandy is getting older he is slower but still likes to chase his ball and lights around, we are constantly still working at his skin condition we are using  a Antiparasitic and Antiseborrheic medicated shampoo. He sleeps with our younger basset out in  the sun on the deck, but hates when he wants to play and will growl at him or us to stop the bassets hyper play just like an older person yelling to that teen "turn that music down".

Our basset Barnaby still keeps us on our toes playing a lot and trying to get stuff from counters and other high places, He barks at the birds and squirrels. and loves to cuddle and keep warm.

 I love my dogs like many people I feel they are family members.

I think Dogs help to reduce stress
I think Dogs are great listeners to all our problems
I think Dogs are great for mental health
I think they are some of the best friends yo could ever have.

Dogs love unconditionally they protect and care about you in the only ways they can when ever I was sick my old dog Tipper who went to the rainbow bridge last year would cuddle up next to me now barnaby our basset seems to have taken on that roll. I thank them for all they do with love and care I hope they are as happy as they make me. thank you my loves.

Making dog treats for my boys

Best dog treat recipe I have found my dogs love them making them now I make them once a week 
Just wanted to keep in a note give it a try I bet your dogs will love them.


2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Using a rubber spatula mix in the flour mixture until combined.
Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Cut mixture using a canine-themed cookie cutter and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove to cooling racks and let cool thoroughly, about 2 hours. They will harden as they cool.


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Making your own almond milk

Recently I wrote about true cinnamon and its health benefits compared to the cheaper store cinnamon we buy in the average  store. read that article Here

Today I am going to make almond milk. My husband and I are preparing for a diet and change of life in eating in our future   we have already cut alot out of our lives because of diabetes  we have to keep pushing forward with changes. why make your own almond milk one a little thing called  carrageenan a seaweed-based additive. It is extremely inflammatory Carrageenan is not digestible and has no nutritional value.

-wiki says - Carrageenans or carrageenins (/ˌkærəˈɡiːnənz/ karr-ə-ghee-nənz from Irish carraigín, "little rock") are a family of linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. Their main application is in dairy and meat products, due to their strong binding to food proteins.

and 2 Almond milk is not that hard to make

Place 1 cup of raw almonds in a bowl or Mason jar and cover with water. Soak for 24 hours in the refrigerator.  Drain the water off and start fresh for making the milk.
In a powerful blender. combine soaked almonds and 4 cups of filtered water. Blitz for 1-2 minutes or until the nuts are completely broken down.
The almonds blended pretty easily. I used a almond nut milk bag squeeze and put it in a
mason jar
 give almond milk some flavor by adding some cinnamon and nutmeg.
Keep in a tightly covered container. like a mason jar. Stays fresh for about 3 days.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

True Cinnamon Not Grocery Store Cinnamon

As I browse health sites and listen to the news about health it all gets so confusing. Do this, do that, use this, take that. Well, I am trying to break it down for my family, here is where it starts.

Cinnamon, we are hearing all the news about cinnamon and its health benefits. It is wonderful for cholesterol, and sugar, and more, but did you know cinnamon from the grocer is probably not that good for you, it contains a compound called coumarin, which is a toxin that will cause deterioration in the liver if you use it too much, like daily. But not all cinnamon is the same, what you want are products called "true cinnamon" or "Ceylon cinnamon". It costs more Ceylon cinnamon contains very little coumarin, and cinnamon's benefits are worth it. Just look for the best prices you can find, look for buys on it at Amazon and health food stores.

Garlic, well the health benefits of garlic are well documented, but the powder and salt you get for your spice rack give no health benefit. The pills give some, but the best is minced garlic. 

Coconut oil, vegetable oil spreads, and yogurts. If you want the most dietary benefit, use organic. The organic coconut oil they are discovering has more benefits everyday it seems, and the great thing about most coconut oils have no real flavor, so you can use them to cook just about anything. We use organic vegetable oil spread for butter and my husband likes the organic greek yogurt, I do not eat much of this, I eat regular yogurt, switching off between organic and Activia. I never was a huge fan of yogurt, but I can bare it when it has lots of fruit, and I find the days I eat it are the better days of feeling good.

Other things we have done to change our diet is adding whole wheat, we switched too wheat everything it seems, lol, bread, bagels, flour for cooking, and pasta. I recommend trying the pasta, I didn't want to after trying low carb pasta, which is horrible, well at least in my opinion it is horrible, lol. But after trying wheat pasta, I didn't mind that, and now after using only it I am so used to it I do not really recognize the difference.

Well, that is just a bit of what we are doing in our lives, have a great day all.

Just jotting down my thoughts by castleroy image is by me a pic I took of my hand and cinnamon sticks