Sweet Potato Kale Hash

by Marianne on 12/21/2014

in Home

Sweet Potato Kale Hash

There is nothing that cures what ails you quite like a warm sunny-side up egg layered atop something delicious. And what ailed me this morning was about 2 gallons of wine, staying out past my bedtime, and way too much laughing last night.  Yes, another fun (and loud) Fraser family Christmas has come and gone.  We certainly had a very merry time.  And while we don’t technically do gifts for the adults other than maybe little things,  I was overjoyed by the bag of dog treats and dog toys from my sister (for the doggies, not for me)!  Judging by my response, you would have thought it was a large sack of money.

My headache this morning was a doozy.  The dogs don’t seem to understand about sleeping-in opportunities, so when the bitey-face games started, I reluctantly got up and planted myself on the couch.  A few hours later I found the energy to crawl to the kitchen.

This is seriously my favorite thing to eat lately.  Here’s how I do it. This is per person:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • 2-3 Slices of Maple Bacon – cut into small pieces
  • 1 Sweet Potato (smallish) – nuke it in the microwave while the bacon is cooking (poke some holes in it, and cook about 4 minutes).
  • 1 Jalapeno – sliced
  • 1 large handful of chopped Kale – just get the big bag of pre-chopped – it’s way easier that way.
  • 2 Eggs

Fry the bacon pieces in a skillet until almost crispy brown, and drain the excess grease.  Add the pepper slices, and cube up the cooked sweet potato and add that to the pan too.   When the bacon is crispy and the potato has some browning on it, dump in the large handful of chopped Kale, and cook down until wilted.  Salt & Pepper to taste. Then (in an oven safe pan), top with 2 eggs.  Bake @ 350 degrees for about 17 minutes, until the egg white is just set (or longer if runny egg yolk skeeves you out).

Yes, Yes, and Yes!  It’s like the universe took one look at me and said “Girl, you look like you could use a do-over.  You’re Welcome.”


If you like it, put an egg on it.



Of Dogs and Upholstery

by Marianne on 12/07/2014

in Create, Dogs, Home

There are some risks inherent in fostering dogs.  Not the least of which is the possibility that they will take a piece of your heart with them when they go (to their forever home.)  Oh, they will, no doubt.  But when you factor in the fact that your heart grew ten-fold the day you brought them into your home, you will realize that you’ll be ok.  They can keep that piece.  And you can always try and fill that hole with another foster.

The other risks are more trivial.  That is, as long as you keep a level head, and have a healthy supply of patience and compassion.  Poop happens; it’s a given.  Along with maybe some other stuff.

So this happened last week:

Ottoman Damage

I’m not going to call out the perp by name, because she seems sufficiently remorseful, and promised not to do it again… but she’s tall and a-DORA-ble, and is new around here.  I take partial blame, because I left her un-crated for a bit longer than I intended. (The three minute trip to the store around the corner turned into a hour or more trip to the store down the street…)  She didn’t know, or she was nervous, and so now we are working harder on learning about acceptable chew-things.


I was pissed… for about a minute.  It’s a thing.  An ottoman.  I mean, I like my stuff, and like it to look nice, but I’ve never really been too hung up on it.  I’ve already been through 2 kids a puppy.  I still have furniture that Maggie customized for me more than a decade ago with her puppy teeth.

That ottoman never licked tears off my cheek when I was crying, or made me laugh out loud at it’s silly antics.  It never loved me unconditionally. (Although, it does kind of make me smile now!)  It’s a thing, and things are way lower on my give-a-shit list than my sweet, loving pups.

Besides all that, I’ve been itching to try my hand at upholstery, but had not found a good starter project.  I’m a little terrified of tearing something apart that is “still good” for fear that I will not be able to put it back together.  Well, that little worry was just taken care of for me!

Ottoman Damage  Ottoman Repair

A trip to Jo-Ann’s, and $60 later, and I’ve got my first upholstery project!  This was actually pretty easy.  No sewing involved, just folding and stapling. The 54” width of the fabric was exactly perfect for the width of the ottoman.  I purchased 3 yards, and have enough left for a pillow.

Ottoman Repair   OttomanRepair2

Ottoman Repair

I love it!  Way more fun than brown on brown. I just hope it’s less delicious now!

Dora on ottoman

There’s a lesson or two here if you are bringing a new pet into your home:

  • The crate is your friend
  • Shit Happens
  • Be patient, and keep an eye out for teachable moments
  • Keep “things” in perspective
  • Enjoy being loved unconditionally
  • If you are looking for a new hobby, consider upholstery. Smile

Remember… Practice safe chewing!

Dora ChewBone

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Pumpkin Spice Dog Cookies

by Marianne on 11/30/2014

in Dogs, Eat, Home


Nadine has been at it again… this time she’s whipped up some pumpkin cookies!  I know that making cookies for dogs probably just reaffirms my ‘Crazy Dog Lady’ status, but for Nadine it’s really a necessity.  Poor girl was having some serious tummy issues until we switched her to grain-free food.  Not sure really if it was the wheat or corn, but after eliminating them both, she’s had no issues.  Sadly, that rules out most commercial dog treats too, or at least ones that are readily available, and not ridiculously expensive.  And so, we bake.


It’s been been a while since I’ve posted anything here, and there are some pup-dates to mention.

My foster pup Jack Bowser, found his new home!  It’s been more than a month, and I still miss that little guy, but I’m also happy for him.  I promised to help him find a family that will love him like crazy, and we found them. He will always have a special place in my heart.

Jack Bowser

We had a Happy Day party for Jack before he left.  Not everyone was happy about the hats I made them wear, but they did enjoy some of Nadine’s home-made treats.

Molly    Novella

Maggie   Nadine

Hurray for Jack Bowser!  Have a wonderful life, sweet boy!


With Jack B at his new home,  I was back to having a 4-dog household here, which seemed like a good number.


Nadine has also found her forever home.  Turns out, it was right here all along.  This officially makes me a “foster failure”.  Nadine is a complete hoot – she’s hilarious, and life with her is a bit like living with a cartoon character.  She loves me desperately, and I convinced myself that I was the only one who wouldn’t end up feeding her something that would kill her, like I’m the only person in the world who can buy special dog food.   She needs me.  She told me so.


We are still looking for foster pup Novella’s perfect family.  I struggled mightily with the decision to adopt Nadine, worrying about how that might reflect on Novella.   I love Novella like crazy, and I truly believe there is someone out there even more perfect for her.  I know that she will continue to blossom in the right home.  I envision someone who can spend more one-on-one time with her, and who will take her on many adventures.  That person will be the lucky recipient of a million snuggles, and the pure love from a heart of gold.  (Novella is hands-down the best snuggler in town.)  I know that her forever person will come along and see what I see in her, and scoop her right up.  When that day comes, you can bet there will be tears.

Having “only” 4 dogs lasted all of two or three weeks.  It didn’t take long for another brindle beauty to catch my eye.  Dora was also on the “length of stay” list at BARC, and was down to her last day on this earth.  She was shy and quiet, and I thought “hmm…. another easy foster dog, like Jack!”  It only took a day or two before that shyness wore off.  She loves to play with Novella and Nadine, and is a happy goof.  She’s a heart-melter;  super sweet, gorgeous and graceful.  And so Dora makes five.


Dora and Novella are both available for adoption through Red Collar Rescue.

Maggie and Molly  (aka The Originals) continue to jockey for prime couch space.  They’ll never admit it, but I think they like their extended family, even if it means sharing walks, toys, and treats.  And now they even get homemade dog cookies!



Now you’re all caught up with the dog news around here.

Pumpkin Spice Dog Cookies
Recipe type: Dog Treat
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 TBLS Molasses
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice Flour
  1. Mix first 5 ingredients together and then stir in the flour to make a dough.
  2. Chill the dough for a half hour or more (for easier handling).
  3. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into small shapes.
  4. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for freshness.




Spicy Salty Dog

by Marianne on 10/23/2014

in Eat, Home

Spicy Salty Dog

Because it’s almost Friday!

Getting ready for a little girls reunion weekend with my crazy, dear friends from high school.  Nothing too outrageous (this time!), just a quick trip back to the Texas Hill Country, where all the memories happened.  Should be a fun weekend, and a nice break from “it all”.  I imagine us just sitting around and talking about old times, and laughing until our cheeks hurt.  We’re sure to stay up way past our bed-times! hah! I can’t wait.

My friend Debbie first introduced me to the Salty Dog cocktail.  Vodka, Grapefruit Juice, and a healthy pour of salt!  At least that’s how she made hers.  And it was a very Saaaaaaaalty Dog!  It’s still one of my favorite drinks.

This is just a play on the standard Salty Dog… with some pepper infused Vodka, a touch of tamarind nectar, a splash of jalapeno “juice” and tonic.

Spicy Salty Dog
  • 1.5 oz Pepper Infused Vodka
  • 2.5 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz. Tamarind Nectar
  • 1 tsp Juice from Pickled Jalapenos
  • Dash of salt
  • Splash of Tonic

Serve over ice, in a salt-rimmed glass.

I can’t wait to catch up with those girls.  I’ve got my trusty old Pat Green “Three Days” CD ready in the car.  I’ve listened to that every time I’ve made that drive to Llano or Austin for the past 12 years.

Baby’s just a little bit tired of the city!


Green Curry Meatballs

by Marianne on 09/17/2014

in Eat, Home

Green Curry Meatballs

Green.  Do you crave in color?  I do.  Today I was craving “green”.  And I don’t mean rabbit food.  Sure, I eat my share of salad, and many times it’s what I WANT to eat, but rarely do I CRAVE one.  So what does crave-able green taste like?

Herbal, Pungent, Spicy, Bright, Warm, Fresh, Cool, Healthy…

Starting to catch on?  This dish has so many of my favorite things:

Meatballs, made from chicken, and spiked with ginger and garlic. Savory green curry sauce. And piled high with herb-y cilantro, jalapenos, and green onions.

Green Curry Meatballs

I served mine atop a bed of Zucchini Noodles, which I made with my new favorite purchase, the Veggetti!  I love this stupid thing!  It’s a simple little spiral grater of sorts, that turns a zucchini into a pile of “noodles”!  So awesome!  I just toss in a pinch of salt, and a teeny splash of olive oil, and microwave for about 30 seconds.  That’s it…

Zucchini Noodles

If for some reason you don’t like zucchini noodles, then make yourself some rice or vermicelli noodles, and you’ll still be happy as a clam.

I hope you enjoy my version of “green”.  Happy dinner!  We’ll work on some more colors very soon.

Green Curry Meatballs
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
  • 1 lb. Ground Chicken
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3" Ginger Root
  • ¼ Onion, grated
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper
  • ⅓ Cup Oats
Green Curry Sauce
  • ½ TBLS Coconut Oil
  • 6 Mushrooms
  • 1 Jalapeno, minced
  • 1 Can (13.5 oz) Lite Coconut Milk
  • ½ Cup frozen Green Peas
  • 4 Scallions, chopped
  • 3 TBLS Green Curry Paste
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juice
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Scallions, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Add ground Chicken, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Egg, Oats, and salt/pepper into a medium bowl and mix together (hands work best!)
  3. Scoop rounded meatballs onto a greased cookie sheet, using a tablespoon.(should make 15) Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. In a medium sized skillet, heat coconut oil. Add diced Jalapeno and Mushrooms, and saute about 2 minutes until starting to soften.
  5. Add Coconut Milk, Peas, and Green Curry Sauce. Stir until combined.
  6. Add meatballs, and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, and stir in Scallions and Cilantro.
  8. Serve over rice, noodles, or spiral sliced Zucchini "noodles'.
  9. Garnish with Jalapeno, Cilantro, fresh Lime juice, and Sriracha sauce



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Big Girl Cherry Limeade

September 12, 2014

Cocktail time! Because it’s Friday, and I rocked this week!  Woke up every morning, and put on clothes that do not double as pajamas. Walked the dogs…all of them… every day. Forgave the jack-asses and morons who either truly don’t know how to merge in traffic, or actually believe that it does not apply to […]

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Jack Bowser, Dog Extraordinaire

September 7, 2014

This is Jack Bowser, my sort-of-unplanned foster dog.  I guess you could call him an Extra Dog, but I actually already have a couple of those.  He’s pretty awesome, so we’ll call him Extraordinary instead! This little guy ended up at BARC (the city shelter), and managed to get into their adoption program (no small feat), […]

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Dog Cookies: Sweet Potato Oatmeal

August 17, 2014

Hi, it’s me, Nadine!  My mom was trying to sleep in today because it’s Sunday, and she says she doesn’t have to work.  But, me and and my foster sister, Novella, are big-time morning dogs!  We totally love mornings!  At 6:30, we are ready to Go! Go! Go!!!  Doesn’t matter what day of the week […]

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Breakfast Popsicles

August 14, 2014

Wait…what?  Popsicles for breakfast?  I saw this idea over at The Kitchn, and I was like, “Oh, hell yeah!” It’s definitely time to break out the popsicle molds again.   I like these not only for breakfast when there’s no time for cooking, but they also make a fantastic “Oh Yes, I did just finish that […]

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August 6, 2014

  When it comes to food, I can be rather fickle. My new favorite thing right now is a quickle! A quickle? You ask, what’s that? Is it good?  Oh yes! A quickle is an easy, fast, anyone-can-make-this kind of pickle! These things are so easy, and a bit addictive. The easy part is that […]

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