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National Lampoon’s Kasper Vacation

M and I have decided to go cross-country. Though not in a Wagon Queen Family Truckter. We’re going RV! And hopefully we’ll figure out how to get Mini to come along. She may need to loose a pound to get an in-cabin flight. No, neither of us have driven an RV before. No, neither of us are the “roughin it” kind. Which is why our RV will be super tricked out. I’m hoping.

If we’re lucky our adventure will be as entertaining as the Griswolds’.

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Anyone been on a cross-country trip and have advice and tips? Recommended routes or stops? We’ll be going over Christmas and New Years, starting in LA ending in NY. We’re gonna see the good ‘ol US of A.




Poet’s Corner


Desire makes all things fallible
That meet a need with need
Or else, if appetite be full,
That waste the apple’s red.

Perfection is a long white dress
That sweeps the peeking stars,
But old women may come on grace
Tucked in some ragged purse.

-Peter Su



Helping our 4-legged friends

I am a dog lover. I grew up with dogs, and I can’t imagine life without the company of a fuzzy 4-legged friend/baby. It’s a good thing M feels the same way. Our retirement plans include a Bulldog Farm, as we like to call it. It will be more of a canine refuge for Bulldogs and other breeds. And I’ve always wanted to live on a farm (not the kind I actually have to work and live off…mostly the kind I get to feed and pet the animals), so there you have it.

Going through months of chemo with Munch this time last year was one of the most challenging periods of my life. Not only the emotional distress, but the uncertainty, the fear, the day to day maintenance, the difficulty of transportation, time, etc. Any one who has had to care for their pet, hell any family member canine or human fighting cancer knows.

These days pet owners have pretty good pet insurance options out there…see some comments here. Without the help of insurance, paying chemo can be crippling. Many families cannot afford treatment and must make an impossible decision. There are organizations like Frankie’s Friends that assist financially.

If you can’t donate money, there is still a lot of other things you can do to be a canine advocate!

1) Adopt. Adopt. Adopt. Or at the very least go through a responsible breeder who is looking out for their animals.

2) Donate unused food, toys, blankets, etc

3) Volunteer your time at a shelter (admin, walking dogs, etc) or adoption stand

4) Did I mention, adopt adopt adopt? It’s so rewarding and these dogs will love you forever! Petfinder is a great resource. You can also a web search for specific breed rescues in your city/state.

5) Buy pet products from companies who donate to non-profit organizations that help animals. In our house we buy from companies like    Zuke’s (The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund) and The Honest Kitchen (various charities) who have pet friendly and sustainable practices.

The pets will thank you.

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Canine Cancer Awareness

Around this time last year M and I came home from our honeymoon to a very sick Munch. He was soon diagnosed with stage IV Lymphoma. Before we left for our trip I was convinced that something was wrong, but 2 vets told me I was crazy. Turns out I was right and they were very wrong. I just wish I knew more so I’d know exactly what to look for, to insist that I knew my dog better than they did and to insist that they test for x, y, z. For those of you who have beloved pets, arm yourself with knowledge! The statistics for canine cancer are staggering. Here is a great resource on Lymphoma, but also a bunch of other doggy health conditions in their library.

Also check out the numerous other canine cancer organizations out there:

And here is our beautiful Munch face. Putting up with mommy’s need to dress him up.

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Red Velvet globs of goodness

Oh, yeah. Oooooh, yeah.

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Found via my newest favoritest blog. Getting great party ideas! Recipe taken from here

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Swirl

Makes about 22 small cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Neufchatel or reduced fat cream cheese, softened
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy and well-combined.
Beat in egg and vanilla, then beat in food coloring.
Add flours, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder and mix until just combined.
Add cream cheese in pieces to dough and mix briefly until just swirled.
Portion out by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets.
Warning: Don’t continue reading if you don’t want to know what you’re eating….

Nutrition Facts
22 cookies, per cookie
Calories 100
Fat 5g
Cholesterol 21mg
Sodium 96.5mg
Potassium 41.7mg
Carbohydrate 13.1g
Fiber 1g
Sugar 6.5g
Protein 1.7g

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