Monday, December 18, 2017

Madi's Italian Sausage Soup

A couple of days ago, mom and I made Madi's Italian sausage soup!
Yes, please.  I love spinach!

 We changed it up a wee bit by leaving the sausage more chunky than Madi did and adding a can of chickpeas and leaving out the pasta.  If we would have shared the soup with company, we would have definitely added the pasta.      It smells sooooooo yummy and it's so pretty and colorful!
 I didn't get to try any soup because mom said that it had quite the spicy kick to it but I did get a cracker.   Mom said that it was soooo yummy and this will become one of her favorite soups to make!
 In the afternoon, LandLadyLinda came for a visit and brought us Christmas pressies!
Mom told me to go ahead and open it and Linda helped me☺
 She gave me a squeaky hedgehog that I haven't yet put down and she gave mom a beautiful warm throw for the cold winter nights.     Miss Linda is such a nice lady and we're sad that she won't be our land lady any more.      
Mom says that if I don't stop opening pressies early, I'm not going to have much to open on Christmas morning!

Love ya lots♥

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Silent Snowy Sunday

Love ya lots♥

Friday, December 15, 2017

Flower Friday

We are joining Rosy on a VERY cold Flower Friday.    It's in the low 20's here with a wind chill in the single digits.  

 We weren't sure what flowers we were going to find but we were pleasantly surprised seeing as we have had snow and freezing temps.    The Dusty Miller is weepy but it's still there!
 And the Ornamental Kales are still looking pretty good considering~~

 We took a picture of this poor flower earlier in the year.   It was a beautiful white color then and turned to a blush pink.    This is her winter color☺
 And look who else we found - TIED TO A LAMP POST!     For sure, this family is on Santa's naughty list!
 Oooooooooooooh - I found a tennis ball - but I didn't take it home with me.     A Golden lives next door so it must belong to him.  
 No dilly dallying, mom.   The wind is picking up!   Let's get home to our nice warm apartment!
Thanks for braving the cold with us!

Love ya lots♥

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday

Throw the ball, mom!

 Got it!
 I'll go and get it~~
 I think my ball is frozen, mom.
 I think this is what they call an illegal procedure, mom!
 That's better~~
 No ~~ I am not ready to go inside yet!
I LOVE snow♥
Love ya lots♥

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Picture Cube

The mailman has been very good to me lately.    He brought me another early pressie and mom said that I could open this one too!
This package is from the same two AirePups that send me my beautiful brooch that you can see me wearing in my header photo.  Their names are Bailey and Lexie and they have an Etsy shop
That is Bailey and Lexie in the photo and can you see the cute silver bone charm on the blue bag?    My picture cube came inside this bag.  

 That's me on the picture cube!
 And when I turn the cube, I can see angel Mitch flying through the snow!
 And these pictures are me too!
 And that's me and Mackie and angel Maggie~
 Guess where mom put that bone charm?   On the special feather ornie (that's actually a key chain) that makes us smile every single day☺   This came from Bailey and Lexie's Etsy shop too!
Opening Christmas pressies before Christmas is sure fun!

Love ya lots♥

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowy Saturday

It's snowing at my house!

 Come on over!
Love ya lots♥

Friday, December 8, 2017

Honey Almond Butter Apple Bread

Mom had an over-ripe banana and decided to make a quick bread.   She constantly tries to find recipes that use whole wheat flour with not a lot of sugar.  She says that we need to try to eat as healthy as we can.   Whatever, mom~

The recipe:

For Bread
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
For Topping
1. For the bread, mix all of the wet ingredients, apple, and banana together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and transfer to the large wet ingredient bowl, folding gently. Pour the bread mixture into a greased loaf pan.
2. In a small bowl, mix all of the topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top of the bread mixture.
3. Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean). Cool completely.
 She used peanut butter instead of the honey almond butter because she had more of it.  Next time, she'll use the honey almond butter.    She didn't use the topping.   She said that we didn't need the extra sugar.      Those are apple chunks that you see.
It's still warm from the oven☺
We smelled the peanut butter while it was baking but we don't taste much of it in the baked bread.  What we do taste is a hint of banana and apple  and it's spicy like gingerbread.    It's delicious and mom will make it again. 
 And now for the official taste testing~~
Yup, it passes with flying colors!

As you can see, my bath on Saturday led to groomies on Sunday.     I am ready for Santa!
Love ya lots♥

Thursday, December 7, 2017

An Early Christmas Pressie

 I got a box in the mail from Chewy yesterday.   Mom said that it contained Christmas pressies and that I would have to wait until Christmas to open for most of them but not all.   
I got a new red harness for the holiday season!   It matches my Airedale collar!
What fun is a new harness if we can't go for a walk, right!

 We found Christmas Snoopy at the local groomers!
 And we found one of those beautiful grasses~
 Holy Moly!  Have you ever seen anything so HUGE!
 This bush just doesn't want to let go of her autumn leaves just yet.   
Many many thanks to Miss Ann for our new Christmas blog header! What a wonderful gift!  We just love it♥
Thank you so very much!

 Love ya lots♥

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas in Our Apartment

Mom has been having oodles of fun opening up the Christmas boxes and touching so many of gram's wonderful Christmas memories.   This is the time of the year when she would be in Florida and having the bestest fun with gram.    So she's trying very hard to stay positive~~

The Airedale tree with the lights lit~

 And the small tree with apples in memory of angel Mitch♥
 This is on the landing at the top of our stairs.   The tree has lights and it comes on at night and it's so very festive☺
 The wreath at the top of our stair landing~
 The back of our sofa.    Do you think maybe it needs lights too, mom?!
 Please let mom forget that this hat MIGHT possibly fit me too!
 These decorations  are in the kitchen - except for the one in the bottom right hand corner.    That one is in the living room.  
We are definitely getting into the holiday spirit!
Love ya lots♥