homemade dog food

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.

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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!

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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?

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Pretzel Chicken + Updates

Hey there! I promised to share the pretzel chicken recipe I mentioned in my last post.

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Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard

Ingredients:
2 cups coarsely chopped pretzels
12 chicken tenders (about 1 lb.), halved crosswise
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup honey

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Place the crushed pretzels on a large plate. Set a rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Thread a piece of chicken onto a 6-inch skewer. Repeat with 23 more skewers. Brush the chicken all over with 1/4 cup mustard. Roll each chicken skewer in the crushed pretzels to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
2. Bake the chicken skewers until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir the honey into the remaining 1/4 cup mustard and serve on the side, for dipping.

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I also created a doggie meal for Lola on Saturday! It’s really simple and only requires three ingredients that most people have in their kitchen.

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Potatoes, Carrots, and Eggs

Ingredients:
2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
2 carrots
2 eggs

Directions:
1. Cut carrots into small pieces. Place potatoes and carrots into a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 8 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and cool the mixture until room temperature.
2. Crack eggs into a small bowl and whisk. Microwave for 30 seconds, and stir to mix. Microwave for another 30 seconds, or until eggs are set. Cool until room temperature.
3. Combine potatoes, carrots in eggs, and serve!

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Three life updates:

#1. My brother moved back to Pittsburgh and is getting married in July!

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My brother and his fiance, Racquel

My older brother was living and working in State College, PA and moved back to Pittsburgh about a week ago. He bought a duplex in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh, and is getting married in July. He’s also going to begin working with my parents for our family’s real estate business. So now, instead of living two hours away, he now lives about 15 minutes away from my family! I am so happy to have him back home again.

#2. I’m doing my internship. 
I’m not going to go too in depth about my internship until it’s over, but I’m writing, researching, and editing for 30 hours a week. It’s challenging, but I like it and the experience I’m gaining in the writing field. I’m learning a lot! I’m also learning that it stinks to work 30 hours a week for free ;-). I’m still teaching spinning, so life has been busy lately!

#3. My family is vacationing in the Outer Banks again this summer!

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I’m so excited to spend a week in North Carolina again soon! Growing up, my family didn’t go on a vacation every summer, so it’s definitely a blessing to be able to go now! I really appreciate it.

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Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Where do you like to go on vacation?!