Life Lately in Pictures

Dogs and cats sitting together

Lola, Malcolm, and Mavis are getting along well. I found them laying in a circle and I’m convinced they were having a pow wow on how to get into trouble together.

Girl dipping nose in milk

It turns out that burning my nose helped someone sooner than I thought it would! My sister’s husband sent me a picture of Hannah dipping her nose in milk after accidentally getting hot pepper on it while cooking. Also, Hannah is in her second week of nursing school! Go Hannie 🙂

Solar eclipse glasses

I was able to watch the solar eclipse on Monday! I hadn’t bought glasses, but went outside when it started and my neighbor had an extra pair that she had saved from an eclipse in 1994. It was such a cool experience. I couldn’t believe how dark it got outside, too!

Homemade gnocchi dough

I recently made homemade gnocchi. I’d always wanted to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. It was delicious! Definitely time consuming, though. I think next time I make it will be for some sort of special occasion, not a weeknight dinner 😉

Finger bandage

A few days before we brought Mavis home, Jimmy cut his finger really badly at work. He called me and let me know that he was going to MedExpress, then he told me he was sent to the ER. Ugh. I felt so bad for him. I am happy to report he is doing much better now, though!

Red and gray paracord bracelets made from parachute cord

How cool are these bracelets made from parachute cord?! My cousin Josiah made them for me. He is one talented guy!

Zucchini, Japanese eggplant, cherry tomatoes, purple tomato, and green beans from vegetable garden

Our garden is doing well! The cucumbers are done (I think an animal stepped on them or ate them), the tomatoes are ripening, the zucchini continues to produce, the green beans are coming in well, and I’ve picked one Japanese eggplant!

Last but not least, I have a vlog. I think it pretty much describes my life lately. Our pets are definitely keeping me on my toes!

Tell me about your life lately!


Baking Eggshells and Dipping My Nose in Milk

I have some explaining to do with a title like that 😉

Let’s start with why I’ve been baking eggshells. So, a woman in my neighborhood makes homemade dog food and I decided to buy some for Lola. She loves it. I’ve even noticed that she has more energy on her daily walks.

Black dog with bandana walking on a leash

The homemade dog food definitely isn’t as cheap as kibble, so the woman suggested I use some of the homemade food and add in other foods like scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, and fruit. I started doing that, and then I bought a book about making homemade dog food and basically fell down a rabbit hole of research 🙂

I’ve dabbled in homemade dog food before, and  even shared a few recipes here on my blog, but never went as in-depth into analyzing the vitamins, minerals, etc. as I have lately, though.

From what I’ve learned so far, eggshell powder is a great source of calcium for dogs. Hence the reason why I’ve been hoarding egg shells, baking them, and pulverizing them in our blender!

Feed Your Best Friend Better By Rick WoodfordHomemade dog food with fruits and eggs

I will probably end up continuing to buy homemade food for Lola (I’m so happy to be able to support a local business here in Pittsburgh!) and also make some on my own. I’m having a lot of fun with it and Lola is definitely enjoying her new diet!

Black lab pitbull mix with homemade dog food

Now onto why I dipped my nose in milk.

I was making jalapeño orange chicken last week and I accidentally touched my nose after chopping jalapeños and it was burning within a few minutes. I tried to ignore the burning sensation, but to no avail.

After about fifteen minutes, I started to get desperate. I did some searching on Google and found that people who eat spicy food find relief from the burn by drinking milk. So my logical thought was to dip my nose in milk.

So I did. And it worked!

Have you found yourself doing anything unusual lately?