Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shock waves

My adorable puppy Rascal has turned 1 years old as of June 28th.  So technically he is now 7 years old in human years.  Unfortunately since he is not human he still has not learned to NOT chew my dinning room chairs, or the books on my book shelves, open up my garbage can (which has a lid for a reason)-both in the kitchen and the bathroom, or climb inside my dishwasher when I am filling it. Boy those dirty dishes must taste good. So to help "fix" this problem my husband and I decided to buy our little Rascal a training collar.

At first I didn't want to have to get one, I mean who wants to get zapped at the response to your actions.  I don't, but after a year, and my dinning room chairs getting ruined, not to mention books and him going into my garbage can and my dishwasher, something had to be done.

We haven't had the collar very long, but already I can see an improvement.  Rascal is learning what the collar does, therefore he is learning what is acceptable behavior and what it not. I still play fetch with the end of the day like I usually do and he still gets his favorite snack as a treat:  ice cubes. Hey, they are cheap and he loves them.  He has learned to sit and stay; which he actually learned before the collar, so it wasn't needed there. He's a smart dog and I know he will learn quickly.

It takes time and patience to train a puppy, but I'm finding in the long run, it is worth it.  Has anyone had the experience of using a training collar for their dogs?  Tell me about your experience, I'd love to know how it has worked for you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Refreshing Summer Goodies

Summer is finally here.  For those of you who live in the North East like me I know you are cheering too.  We have had one crazy winter.  My kids got out of school late this year because of all the snow days.  But I don't want to talk about winter, this blog is about summer, summer goodies to be exact.  A while ago I bloged about having some different idea's for my blog page.  Today I am introducing an idea I have been pondering.  Food. 

Everyone loves food and I'm no exception so with the heat of the summer here and many people having BBQ's I thought it would be fun to post some easy recipes to enjoy.  Most of these came from the FoodNetwork website, so feel free to hop over and explore some more.  In the mean time, try these tasting delights.

Bubbly on the Rocks 

Put a few strawberry slices, blueberries or raspberries in an ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze until firm. Drop the berry ice cubes into flute glasses and fill with prosecco or ginger ale.

Praline Ice Cream Sandwiches


For an easy post-barbecue treat, sandwich a scoop of softened praline or butter pecan ice cream and a spoonful of caramel sauce between chocolate wafers. Run a knife around the edge to smooth, then roll in chopped pecans, if desired. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

Red Potato Salad With Bacon


  • 6 cups cubed red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • Salt
  • 2 ounces bacon (2 or 3 strips)
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper (any color or a combination)
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions (about 2 scallions)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground pepper


Put the potatoes in a large pot; add water just to cover and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels and finely chop.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, chopped bacon, bell pepper, onion and scallions.

In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour over the potato mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate or serve at room temperature.

Here is the link to the FoodNetwork if you want more tasty delights.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Harry Potter Finale

July 15th is the date many people have been waiting for, the final movie for Harry and his friends.  In my family alone their have been some die hard fans.  For one my husband started reading the books even before I did.  He loves them, I couldn't get through the first book.  Don't get me wrong I tried, I really tried.  I mean hay, if I could read all of The Lord of the Rings books, and all of the Narnia Chronicle, I can get through Harry Potter right?  Wrong.  I couldn't do it.  I finally caved and put the book down.  Sorry J.K. Rowling.

That being said I loved the movies, every one of them.  I had no problem waiting for each movie to come out and watch it with my husband.  And once my boys got old enough not to be scared, I watched them again, and again, and again.  Actually it got a little tiring after a while, but truth be told.  I'm looking forward to the final movie just as much as everyone else is.  I'm even a little sad that this is the last one.  In my eyes, I see another whole series emerging out of this one.  I'm thinking, life after Hogwarts, or Hogwarts after Harry.  Maybe concentrate on another character, Neville Longbottom has come such a long way through the movies, how about following his life for a while?  Just an idea.

Rumors has it the J.K. Rowling might not be done with Harry.  Only time will tell.  Either way Tomorrow, or at least very soon, I'll be going to the theater to watch Harry's final movie with everyone else.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Starved for Attention

These days it is tough to write.  I'm sitting here trying to write this weeks blog and my puppy, a year old now is jumping up crying at me scratching my arm. Ow.  How do you write when there is a puppy always handing me  a toy and barking at me?

Right now he is licking my feet. It tickles so much, but I keep on typing.  Funny, I used to think my kids would be the ones to stop me from writing, I was wrong; it's my cute little tri-colored cavalier.  I have to say I love these dogs.  They are so damn cute.  One problem, they are starved for attention, even when they get tons of it.  Mine also loves to chew everything he can find.  So far I haven't lost any shoes.  Knock on wood, but he has found the books on my book shelves, and he already ate a sock that he needed surgically removed.  We decided it might be wise to take out insurance on him.

I promise you one thing: you will never be lonely with a King Charles Cavalier around.  I'll also promise you that when you look into those big brown eyes, you will forget how much of a pain he is.

How are your pets at home? Are they attention loving like mine, or calm and cool happy to be independent?  Let me know.  I'm going to be playing fetch with Rascal until I tire one of us out.