Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Visiting the Humane Society

We spent the afternoon at the local humane society today. We went mainly to donate supplies on their wish list. We gave 18 rolls of paper towels, 3 boxes of dryer sheets, 3 bottles of laundry detergent, and 2 boxes of dog treats. It felt good! These pics are not in logical order because I'm posting from my phone and am not sure how to get them in the order I want!
And of course we had to visit with the dogs. We got a few of them out and played with them in their yard. Here's pics of our time with Hannah, a pit bull mix. She was so fun and full of energy. As Chad said, her favorite toy was whichever one happened to be in your hand!
All our stress from the day disappeared while we were there. Although we wanted to spend time with the dogs in hopes that they would benefit from it, I definitely can say it made our day. I think the dogs we visited with also appreciated the play time. :)
~Receiving by giving, -Anna&Chad(& the pooches)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Veg of the Week

...yummy stuff!
I actually made this a few weeks ago. I found these vegan chick'n filets at the store and decided to try them out.
And I also found this at the store, and it had directions for how to "bread" chicken with it. So of course I had to use it for a vegan version!
I covered the vegan filets with a little olive oil to make sure the peanut mixture would stick, then dumped the peanut mix and filets into a bag and shook.
Then put them in a baking dish...
And then sprinkled the extra peanut mixture on top. Then I put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. The filets didn't have baking instructions, stating that stovetop was the best way to cook them...but I decided to try it.
Meanwhile, I made brown rice and Quinoa.
The meal tasted very yummy, but the packaging definitely was right for not puting baking instructions for the product, because look how much moisture ended up in the pan after baking:
It really was very good still, but I was hoping for a dry breaded feel. I think next time I will try this with Quorn brand filets, because they do well being baked.
I put canned mushrooms and fresh green peppers in with the pan as well, which made for a fun variety of flavors. It was very good both served over brown rice and the quinoa. I'll let you know when I try it with the Quorn brand!
I had made this the same week as Spud's birthday. Here's what we got him for his present!:) Shadow got the pink toy because we didn't want her to feel left out of course.
~More fun with food, -Anna (&The Pooches)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Weekend

It's a beautiful Saturday here in Ohio. We hope your weekend and St Paddy's day are awesome!

~spring happiness, -The Pooches (&Anna&Chad)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Veg of the Week

...after an evening out.

Chad and I don't go out very often, but when we do, we try to have a lot of fun! We decided to go out last night. This morning, after a night of a few drinks and staying out late, I didn't feel my best. You only live once, right? Right...

So here's a sure fire way to re cooperate after a night out:

1. Wake up. Chug water.
2. Decide that cereal with almond milk and coffee is essential.
3. Drive to a grocery store with a Starbucks inside
4. Buy coffee, cereal, and the ingredients needed to make Oh She Glow's 15 minute olive-oil-pasta/ . This meal is also essential.
4. Sip coffee while driving home.
5. Chug more water....and coffee
6. Decide the pasta sounds better than cereal- go to the link for the pasta and make it in 15 minutes flat, because that's really all the time it takes.
7. Eat. Feel amazing. Conquer the day (well...at least get through the day! :) )

Please note: eating out of a cute bowl makes everything taste better.

I could seriously eat this pasta every day.
Click the link above to find the original recipe posting. The www.ohsheglows.com website is seriously amazing.
The recipe is easy to adapt to what you have in the house too. Here's what I did this morning:
Yield: 1 large serving or two small servings
Ingredients:1 serving (3oz) of your choice of pasta I used gluten free spirals
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, dry toasted I left this out because I didn't have it. The protein would be good though...
1/2 cup + 1-2 tbsp of your desired heat level salsa
1.5-2 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
2-2.5 tbsp nutritional yeast (gives it a creaminess)
1-1.5 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp garlic powder, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/4-1/2 cup chopped red pepper (optional) I used green pepper because it was half the price of a red pepper at the grocery store!
1/2 cup spinach
1/3 cup cooked lentils I left this out because lentils hurt my stomach sometimes. I was going to add chick peas because I had an open can in my fridge, but when I got it out I saw they had gone bad :( I also had an open can of artichoke hearts, so I tore a few up and tossed them in to the sauce. I like the texture it provided.
Directions as described from the recipe link:
1.Cook 1 serving of pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, grab a small pot and turn heat to medium. Add chopped walnuts to dry pot and lightly toast for a few minutes, being careful not to burn.
2. After toasting the walnuts, add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the spinach), to taste. Be careful as the walnuts will sizzle and may splatter when you add in the salsa.
Stir well and heat on medium-low for another 7-8 minutes.
3. Place spinach in a colander and rinse.
When pasta is cooked, remove from heat and pour onto the colander (with the spinach in it) and rinse lightly.
Drain and then add the spinach and pasta into the pot.
Now pour the sauce into the pasta and spinach and stir well.
Season to taste and adjust flavours if necessary.
You will be so happy you tried this recipe. I feel so much better today after following my night-out-recovery plan!
Don't forget, hugging your pooches also helps :)
~Having weekend fun, -Anna (&Chad &The Pooches)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Friday

Spuds is wishing to everyone that your Friday is as relaxing as his. Happy Friday!
~Getting our 'relax' on, -The Pooches (&Anna&Chad)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Car Ride

Let's go let's go let's go let's go let's gooo!
This seat has a gud view.
Dis is a comfy seat.
This is a peculiar picture...can you spot the pine tree air freshener? It is really red but showed up differently in the pic.
Front row seats, ya!
Shadow, open yur eyes, where did dad take us?
Ohhh, I know- da gas station! Im not sur y humins come heer, becuz I can make gas all by myself, no need fur a station, heh!
Being Reminded of Simple Pleasure, ~The Pooches (&Anna&Chad)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spuds' Birthday!

Herrrrrrooooo everyone. It's my birfday today! I am "ate" years old today I don't know why it's called ate but it sounds gud to me becuz I like to ate stuff! Happy birfday to mee!
~Birthday Celebrations!, -The Pooches (&Anna&Chad)