Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{allergy free doggie treats}

If you have a pup like mine, who seems to be allergic to everything under the sun {chicken- eggs too, and corn} then you know how hard it is to find quality dog treats. It took us a while to find out what Polo was allergic to but I think we've finally got him on a  good diet. Since we don't have any "pet stores" where we live I have resorted to making my own dog treats. 

We are carving a pumpkin today and I wanted to use my whole pumpkin--keeping the seeds for us and using the "meat" for Polo. I looked up a pumpkin treat recipe but everything I found had eggs in it. Then, a light bulb went off in my head, why not substitute just like we can with our baking? 

Here is what I used:
1 c applesauce (or 2 eggs if your fur isn't allergic)
1 c pumpkin
3 c whole wheat flour

Follow the instructions on the linked site to get the best whole food doggie treat recipe!

*tip* make sure you refrigerate your treats! If not, they will mold! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

{vegan sweet potato chili}

Tonight I made one of the yummiest dishes I think I've ever made--Sweet Potato Chili! 

Tonight's chili was the perfect combo of colorful veggies and the taste of fall and I highly recommend it to you. I found the recipe via pintrest and altered it just a tad. 

1/2 large diced onion
2 cans of black beans (rinsed and drained)
28 oz of diced tomatoes
1 zucchini diced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp crushed bay leaves
2 tsp orange zest
1 cup veggie broth
a few dashes of chili powder

Combine all ingredients, throw in to a crockpot. Heat on high for 4 hours! Serve. Enjoy!

I served my chili with corn bread muffins and could just taste fall in my mouth!! 

**the great thing about using a little bit of orange zest, you can use the left over peels to make your house smell yummy!! Throw the peels in a sauce pan, fill with water, add a little bit of cinnamon and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow your kitchen to be overpowered by yumminess! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

{Future Doctor Sharpe}

 Saturday was one of those monumental days we will never forget, Dale's White Coat Ceremony! What a special day it was! Dale has worked so hard these past two months and so far has done amazing in all of his classes. He loves school and I could not be more proud of my hard working husband. I am a blessed woman to stand behind him and support him through this amazing journey! 

I would be lying if I said this was an easy journey to embark on. Some days we go with out seeing each other (other than in the morning before school). It's very tough but I am so thankful for the time we do have together, which makes it that much more special. 

I am glad we live pretty close to school because if it is a long study night, Dale will come home for dinner and then back to school he goes. {Thank goodness for Polo...when I need someone to talk to, he is always there to listen :) }

Class of 2016 
Blessed with amazing friends

The whole fam came in to celebrate! 

I am such a proud wife of a future doctor
Like the speaker said yesterday, "you earned it, you deserve it!"