Puppy Power!

I brought home my new puppy last Saturday, she is so cool, I love her! She is a Wire Haired Pointing Griffon. She is seven and a half weeks old and I named her Tallulah Bleu. I have a feeling she is going to whip my butt into shape! She is already wearing me out, I think it’s a good thing. She keeps me busy thats for sure! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a baby in the house.  Puppy proofing and crate training. New routines and lots of walking! I do feel a little worn out and my back is sore from all the bending and picking her up. But it’s all good, Tallulah is giving me that gentle push to get out and play more! I needed that!

I used to have fun riding and working my horses. Right now my doctor says, “No riding. Wait a little longer for your bones to get stronger. “I can’t wait to get back in the saddle again. But I guess I need to give it a little more time. Got my XGeeva shot today, come on strong bones! My blood work looks great, the best it has since I got sick. My hair is getting longer and thicker every day. I actually have eyebrows and eyelashes now! When I look in the mirror I am starting to recognize this person! So I know I will be back to full strength soon. Tallulah is a hunting dog, not that I hunt, but she points and retrieves. So I am thinking, when she gets older, I might try doing field trials with her. She is already showing some skills at stalking her toys. Too cute!

Any kind of baby is a big commitment. And I am so happy to say I am ready for this one. I couldn’t have done it a few months ago but I am having fun with her and enjoying every minute! Well…maybe not the late night walks.

Squeeze your Avocados!

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I know…I know…so much hype about avocados! Never really liked them much, never really ate them much. Guacamole eh! But then one day I was working at the deli and our produce guy cut one up, mashed it, gave it a squirt of lime and some salt and pepper, awesomeness! It was so fresh and so clean tasting! This is by far my favorite way to eat them.

They are actually a fruit that comes from Mexico and is related to cinnamon, camphor, and bay laurel. They have tons of good for you stuff in em, can lower bad cholesterol and help your body absorb the carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins E and K which they also have a lot of. They are high in healthy fats and fiber which can keep you feeling full longer so you aren’t as tempted to overeat.

You must squeeze your avocados to tell if they are ripe, color is not the best indicator, they should give just a little when they are ripe, not too mushy, not too firm. An avocado tree can produce 200 avocados a year.

Recently they have become very popular. And are used in everything from sandwiches and salads to smoothies. I think that right now even McDonalds has them on a burger! However I find some people are still scared of them. I am always looking for ways to incorporate healthy foods into the meals I prepare. Wasn’t so sure about this recipe but I thought I would give it a try. Chocomole Pudding…

16 Medjool dates pitted and chopped and soaked in hot water for 5 minutes then drain, 3 ripe avocados peeled & pitted, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1tblsp. Coconut oil, 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, pinch of sea salt. Basically put all this into a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill 3 hours and garnish with berries, if desired. It is so good that my friend that wouldn’t touch guacamole loved it! Just sayin!!!