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Homemade Dog Food

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Today was a cooking day in my house.  So many meals for the week are now prepared and ready to freeze for easy meals.  Of course we can’t leave the pooches out!  We have been rather lazy lately and just buying the wet food that we add to their dry.  They really don’t care, but I have read the ingredient list.  Not so healthy for my fur babies.  So since we were already tearing up the kitchen, why not get their food made too?   Here we go!

 

Homemade Wet Dog Food

3 lbs ground turkey

1.5 lbs each of sliced carrots and peas (I use frozen)

3 eggs

1 lb of chicken livers

Garlic powder or fresh garlic if you have it.  I have fresh garlic for a meal later this week so I used 5 pieces and used the garlic press to mash it up.   Fleas don’t like garlic.

 

Cook the livers in a little olive oil and water.  When done, run thru the food processor to a paste like texture and start browning the turkey.  Once the turkey is partially cooked add the livers and garlic and add enough water to cover the top and mash it up as well as you can.  A potato masher is handy for this.  Once cooked thru, scramble the eggs in a bowl and slowly add to the meat mixture while stirring constantly.  Next add the peas and carrots and again add enough water to cover the pan and let cook for about 10 minutes.   Scoop into 1 or2 cup containers and let cool.  I also added water to the pan once I had most of the food in containers and then swirled it in the pan to get all the bits together and added the water to each container.  The extra water really adds flavor to their bowls and my dogs will not eat their food unless there is some water in there to get the good flavor on all their food.  (Yes, my pets are my children)  Once cool, put in your freezer and take out the day before you are going to use it and put it in the fridge.  Now my pictures show pasta in there and that is because while making stuffed shells I found I had quite a few pieces of broken pasta that would have been thrown away if I hadn’t added it to the dog food.  It is not something I have ever done and probably wont do again unless a similar situation happens.   I ended up with 17 containers of good healthy food for my dogs.  I only add a tablespoon or so with their dry food so this will last us for months!

 

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Any questions or ideas?  Let me know!  I would love to hear back from you guys!

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Delicious Guacamole In Under 5 Minutes

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Every Monday night my fiance unfortunately watches WWE Wrestling.  Most of the time one of his friends comes over to watch with him.  He is a great guy, and single so of course the mom in me wants to make sure he gets fed right.  Also, he is NOT picky like my fiance and loves to try my experiments.  I decided Taco Salad was on the menu for tonight.  While at the grocery store (because of course I had nothing in the house for taco salad), I saw avocados and remembered he loves my guacamole.  I found 2 kinda soft and decided that we had a new item on the menu!

This recipe really has no measurements because it all depends on how much you like.  I did measure out what I did last night but please add or reduce as you please.  You know what you like and that’s what counts.  🙂

 

This is what you need:

2 ripe avocados

Helmans Mayonnaise

Pace Chunky Salsa

Lime Juice

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In a bowl mash your avocados with a fork, making them as creamy or chunky as you like.  I leave some decent size chunks because I LOVE the taste of avocado.   Add 1-1.5 TBS of Helmans Mayo and stir.  You want it to have a creamy texture but not have the mayo overpower the delicious avocado flavor.  I recommend you start out small with the mayo and add more if you need to.   It is difficult to remove too much mayo.  Next add in and mix 1/4 cup of your salsa. Add 1 tsp of lime juice to help prevent the guacamole from browning as fast as it tends to do.   Again this is just what I did.  If you like more, or less, by all means use what you want.   This is just what I used last night.   If you use a different brand of salsa and mayo that’s fine too.  Personally I will only use Helmans.   Anything else tastes awful to me.  The Pace Salsa was what happened to be on sale yesterday or I would have bought store brand.

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This is so easy to make and really doesn’t take much effort.  Of course you can always pretend otherwise 🙂 .  This went over just as I expected.  Loved and enjoyed by everyone everyone except for my fiance who made questionable faces at it!

I really hope you try this and enjoy it.  It is so easy and oh so delicious.  ENJOY!!

 

 

Homemade Pizza

 

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When you have 2 people working full time in the house, eating out can become a easy solution.  Then you realize that half of one paycheck goes towards meals that you can make at home.  Personally, I would rather take a little time and make the effort to eat at home.  I’d like to buy a house someday.  I think that’s a bit more important than the ease of eating out.  Another bonus is that I know what we are putting in our bodies.  I’m not too happy knowing how much crap we put in our bodies, so I had to give in and give this a try.

Growing up in Massachusetts Krista and I LOVED linguica pizza.  It’s a Portuguese sausage that we grew up on.  I never knew you couldn’t buy it everywhere.  Until I moved to Iowa ;( . Thankfully we can still order it and have it shipped!  It can be pricey which is why we use it sparingly, and grinding some up for pizza makes a little bit go a long delicious way!  If you haven’t tried it, you really should.  It is amazing.  Great with just about anything.  http://www.famousfoods.com/linguica.html is where we have found the best price.  Shipping is killer because you have to get 2-3 day shipping since it is a food product.  I cannot say enough how much it is worth it!  I will also share a few more recipes that we use it in just so you will get good use out of it.

 

 

Ingredients
For the dough:
1 1/4 cups warm (100 to 110) water
2 packages dry yeast
4 tablespoon honey (I use local honey from the farmers market)
Good olive oil (put the olive oil in before they honey so the measuring spoon is well greased and the honey will come right out)
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading

Combine the water, yeast, honey and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. When the yeast is dissolved, let stand for 10 minutes to let the yeast activate. Once the yeast is foamy, add 3 cups of flour, then 2 teaspoons salt, and mix on medium-low speed. While mixing, add up to 1 more cup of flour, or just enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling it with the flour as necessary to keep it from sticking to the bowl.

Knead by hand: When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board and knead it by hand a dozen times. It should be smooth and elastic. (I have skipped this step when I don’t have anyone to help the lady with the bad hand and I haven’t noticed a difference.)

Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and turn it to cover it lightly with oil. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and separate into 2 large, 3 medium or 6 single size pizzas. Place your dough on pizza pans with parchment paper.  I don’t use a recipe for the sauce, whatever I have on hand works.  Usually its leftover spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.  How much you use is really up to you.  Some like tons of sauce and cheese, some don’t.  Since you are making it at home, you can have it any way you want!  If you purchased your linguica ground then you can just sprinkle it on top.  If you bought the links, you can run it through the food processor or slice it like pepperoni and put it on that way.  Bake 25-30 min or until cheese is melted and slightly brown.  Enjoy!!

 

I did get the dough recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/white-pizzas-with-arugula-recipe2.html#!

You are of course welcome to try the toppings from her post, but in my house, we don’t get to try those things.  My fiance is way too picky!  Either way, I hope you enjoy the pizza and let me know how you like the linguica!!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I was raised on the East Coast where easy access to really good Chinese food was a way of life.  Then I moved to Iowa.  The only 2 Chinese places where I live are buffet style.  They are not really anything to write home about.  To get to any major city from where I live is a min. 90 minute drive.  Kinda sucky, but these are the things we do for love!  I do actually enjoy the small town life I have here, but sometimes I just NEED some good Chinese food!  To be honest, this recipe is very time consuming, but so very worth it!  I have a super picky fiance and he actually loves this dish so much that he is always willing to help me make it (bum hand, I always need help of some sort).  This man does NOT know how to cook without me there to reassure him he wont burn down the house 🙂 but really he does quite well.  There is nothing bad about this dish.  Also, the leftovers are amazing!  I hope you decide to try it.  Be sure to let me know!

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