Make a Pet Happy on Change a Pet’s Life Day

Pet Adoption

Adopt a Pet for Your Children

National Change a Pet’s Life Day is Saturday, January 24th. The purpose of this national pet day was to encourage people to adopt homeless pets. It’s hard to resist taking a pet home from an animal shelter.

Adopt a Pet

Visit Your Local Houston Pet Adoption Shelter

I remember the first pet my husband and I ever adopted. Her name was Jenny. She quietly looked up at us with sad huge eyes. We couldn’t resist – and didn’t. Jenny became a part of our family that day. She was the center of attention in our family.

One day I was in the kitchen when Jenny excitedly jumped up at the window. She ran toward the back door and back to the window. Obviously, she wanted me to see something. When I met her at the back door, I looked down to see a squirrel she had killed and brought to me. I praised her, and I’ll never forget how happy she was. She was a pit bull and hound mix and looked and acted more like the hound breed. Jenny added much joy to our family.

This evening two blogger friends and I talked to a lady whose lost dog had been found after four years! A white Bichon Frise, known for their friendliness to strangers, the pet’s chip had brought him back safely to his owner. Amazing after so long.

Pet adoption is not for everyone. If you prefer not to own a pet, there are other ways you can change a pet’s life. Visit an animal shelter and offer a donation of money or pet toys. The shelter will appreciate your donation. If you do decide to adopt when you visit the shelter, you’ll make a pet happy by giving it a home, love, and attention.

Adopt a Rabbit

A Rabbit as a Pet Adoption Option

Authentic Cuban Dessert Recipes

Potatoes

Cuban Potato Recipe

Since I am an avid eater, I am always on the lookout for new recipes.  Recently it occurred to me that I really don’t need to go any farther than my own kitchen. My mother is in her 90s but still is able to whip up some pretty tasty dishes.  I thought I would share some of my favorite Cuban desserts.

Boniatillo is a dish with only a few ingredients:  boniatos and crème of coconut.  You will need 4-6 boniatos. Boniatos can be found at a grocery store that carries products from Latin America.  They are sometimes called Cuban sweet potatoes or batatas.  Wash the boniatos and place them in a pan; cover them with water and add a little bit of salt.  Bring them to a boil.  You will need to check them after about 15 minutes. It would be best to remove them from the heat before they get too soft.  Remove the skin and mash them with a fork.  Mix in a can of crème of coconut.  Sprinkle with cinnamon powder and then refrigerate.  That is all there is to it!

Dulce de Toronja also has just a few ingredients, but the preparation process is a little longer.  This dish will require about 4-5 grapefruits.  You will need to cut the grapefruits in half and remove all the fleshy fruit part.  Peel off the hard, orange exterior peeling. Then cut in half again; there will now be 4 pieces to each grapefruit.  Put them in a pan to boil for about 20 minutes.  Strain them, discard the water and place them back in the pan and boil again for about 20 minutes.  Repeat this process about 2 more times.  This is necessary for the grapefruit peels to lose their tart flavor.  Once the grapefruit peel is soft, it will be necessary to remove the pieces and squeeze the water out of them.  Place each piece in the palm of your hand and press down with your other hand.  When you have done this to all of the pieces, place them back in the pan and add water (enough to cover all the grapefruit peels), 1 cup of sugar and 4-5 cinnamon sticks to the pan.  Bring it to a boil and let it boil 10-15 minutes.   Refrigerate and enjoy!

 

Apple and Chickpea Dip Recipe

lean foods

Apple and Chickpeas Dip

Looking at my January lean food list this evening, I chose the following ingredients and came up with a recipe good for dipping crackers.

  • apples
  • chickpeas
  • lime

These additional ingredients not on the lean food list were also added:

  • cilantro (handful)
  • celery (2 stalks)
  • sour cream (3-4 heaping Tbsp.) – optional Greek yogurt
  • freshly made guacamole (I used about 2 Tbsp., but you can use avocado, tomatoes, and jalapeno instead)

Directions:

Chop apples, drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, and squeeze a little lime juice in. Next chop the cilantro and celery. Add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and guacamole and stir. It’s a meal in itself. I included a few blueberries on the side.

I will be creating and trying more new recipes using some of the ingredients from my lean food list. Doing this reminds me of Improv games. Come up with words or phrases, the first ones that come to your mind. Then use those words and phrases in some sort of game. Creating the list of lean foods for the January Organizing in the Kitchen would fit the first step of the Improv game. Next would be creating a recipe using one or more ingredients from the food list. The interesting part of it would be the results – meeting the tasty test!

January Organizing in the Kitchen

 

Kitchen Organizing January 2015

IKEA Houston

During December holidays I was already geared up already for January organizing in the kitchen. If you need a little motivation, just go to IKEA like I did and walk around. You’ll find plenty of inspiration as there are many kitchen gadgets, pots and pans, dishes, etc.

What are your kitchen organization needs? One of mine is the dishtowel basket. There are too many towels that need replacing. Some are new, but several are worn. That’s one of the things I picked up there.

Don’t feel too badly about buying new dishtowels for the kitchen. They make good cleaning rags for the house or car.

Make a list for your lean kitchen needs. There are two types of lean to plan for. For instance, store silverware in a drawer closest to the dishwasher. Move gadgets closer to where they can be handy. Cups taking up space? Consider upcycling. Hang them on the wall. Get creative with it.

chair springs upcycling

Upcycled Chair Springs Cup Holder

Now is the time to make a note of your January lean grocery list if you haven’t already. The only way we can keep lean is if we eat lean.

Suggested lean food items to add to that list:

  • gluten-free almond flour
  • quinoa
  • coconut oil
  • jicama
  • eggs
  • bananas
  • apples
  • grapes
  • lemons
  • limes
  • oranges
  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • spaghetti squash
  • chickpeas
  • kale
  • chicken sausage
  • mushrooms

Okay, I’m excited about this lean grocery list. Looking at nutritious recipes this evening by AdvoCare friends, I can’t wait to try some new recipes with items on this list. See what you can come up with any of these lean foods. Try them, and come back to comment about it.

Houston in December!

Blogging in Houston, Texas

Angie, Houston Blog Network

 

I love Christmas – and taking pictures of places I go and people I meet. That’s the reason for the ginormous Christmas photo. It’s a fun time of the year for many. Not so fun for others who have no family nearby or for those who must work during holidays.

Making someone smile by showing genuine interest in them and what they do is part of Christmas. It’s not all about the presents under the tree. It’s about you and me inspiring others. Becoming motivated to be creative.Finding good things to think about and to do – like going to look at Christmas lights.

 

Houston Christmas

Houston Christmas Lights

Houston Christmas

Houston Christmas Lights Tour

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