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

by Marianne on 09/12/2014

in Eat, Home

Big Girl Limeade

Cocktail time!

Because it’s Friday, and I rocked this week!

checkbox Woke up every morning, and put on clothes that do not double as pajamas.

checkbox Walked the dogs…all of them… every day.

checkbox 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 them.

checkbox Organized my office.

checkbox Dusted off the Garmin, and woke up early enough to actually go on a dog-less run. (Got eaten by mosquitoes despite wearing cloud of chemicals.)

How was your week?  Sit back, enjoy a cocktail, and try to come up with some good deeds to celebrate!

Big-Girl Cherry Limeade
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Tequila (Blanco)
  • 1 oz. Pom Pomegranate-Cherry juice
  • 2-3 oz. Tonic Water
  • Limes for garnish

Mix Lime juice, Tequila and Pom juice in a shaker with ice, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and lime slices.  Top off with Tonic Water (or Seltzer if preferred).


Jack Bowser, Dog Extraordinaire

by Marianne on 09/07/2014

in Dogs, Home

Jack Bowser

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), but unfortunately, he did not get adopted fast enough.  So, he soon found himself on the Length Of Stay list.  This is a list no dog wants to be on. It meant he was in the next group of dogs in line to be “PTS” (Put to Sleep) due to overcrowding in the shelter.

Jack Bowser

After spotting him on the list for a second week in a row (which doesn’t happen often; they usually either get lucky and a rescue saves them, or… they aren’t one of the lucky ones), and several hours of gnashing my teeth, I finally made a last-minute desperate plea to sponsor him, and Red Collar Rescue agreed to take him into their program.  By the time all that happened, and I got in touch with the coordinator at the shelter, Jack Bowser (then called Scooby) was already on the table. He was saved with only seconds to spare!   That was a very close call!


This was his kennel card.  It’s hard to tell exactly how adorable he really is from that one picture, but there was something in that happy face that captured my heart.  And his bio was genius.

I liked the name Scooby, but I think Jack Bowser fits him better, because of his ultra-cool temperament.

At the time, I fully intended to have him go into boarding until we could find him a foster or adopter, and as his sponsor, I would pay the boarding costs.  But, I picked him up on a Friday, with no place lined up, and so I brought him home for the weekend. It was not long before I saw that he was SO GOOD!  Sure, it’s sometimes crazy here, and it’s a lot of dogs, but how could I justify taking this sweet little guy — who was so happy to be here, and really no trouble at all — to a kennel?  I couldn’t.

Nadine and Jack

He’s absolutely adorable… that face!  He’s the smallest of my “herd”, coming in under knee-height, and around 40 pounds (and I think most of that is head!  LOL!).  His back end is a little skinny… hoping to fatten him up a bit, but that sweet head is so impossibly cute!  I think he looks like someone stuck a Lab nose on some other head.  Not really sure what all he is… it’s anyone’s guess; a probable hodge-podge of dogs.  From the back, he walks kind of like a bulldog, so maybe even a little of that in there.  I’m infatuated with his brindle coloring.


The most awesome thing about JackJack (as we call him), is this kind of self-possessed calmness that he exudes.  There are times when all the other dogs are running through the house, barking their crazy heads off, and he just sits quietly and watches.  He’s such a cool little dude.  He is playful at times, but not super high energy.  He’s pretty happy with a short morning walk, maybe a little wiggle time where he can get some good belly rubs and kisses, and then he’s a master couch potato the rest of the day.

Couch Potato

The only “naughty” thing he does is that he’s just discovered that he loves toilet paper!  He thinks it’s hilarious to drag it all through my room, or shred the roll right on the holder, so that it’s rendered useless.  So, I either need to learn to shut doors, or else start buying in bulk!

Jack Bowser

Jack Bowser might just be the easiest dog ever.  He loves everyone.  He deserves an awesome life, and a forever family who is as fun and cool as he is.  I know he will find them.  Until then, he’s here being adorable and making me laugh.

Jack Bowser

Jack Bowser is available for adoption through Red Collar Rescue.

Please take a look at all of their great adoptables.  There are also many others who could use a foster home to get them out of living at a boarding facility.

Inquiries can be sent to info@redcollar.org, or find out more about fostering by contacting foster@redcollar.org.



Dog Cookies: Sweet Potato Oatmeal

by Marianne on 08/17/2014

in Dogs, Home

Dog Cookies

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 it is.  So, I asked if we could make some cookies.  I think mom said yes, but she might have just said “let me sleep”.  I’m not sure.  But it’s ok, because I know how to make cookies, and Novella knows how to work the computer.  So here we go!

Nadine Making Cookies

I love Sweet Potatoes, so that is the kind of cookie we will make. First off, you have to cook the Sweet Potato.  Poke some holes in it and put it in the microwave for about 4 or 5 minutes. Then you mix it in when the other stuff.

Nadine Making Cookies

Sometimes, I have tummy problems, so my special food doesn’t have any wheat in it.  I’m using some Rice Flour for these.  It’s gluten-free.  I don’t know what that means, but gluten sounds gross, so I probably would like it a lot…except for when it makes me feel bad.

Dog Cookies

These cookies are really easy to make.  Blend the mushy stuff together, and then stir in the dry stuff until it’s just right.  Roll it into litte balls, about 1/2 inch around.  And then you kind of smush each one a little bit with your paw, or thumb (whichever you have) to make them cookie shaped.  They don’t really change shape in the oven.

Dog Cookies

Cook them in the oven thingy for about 40 minutes. When they cool off, share them with your best friends!

Dogs Want Cookies



          Gotta go!  I think Mom is waking up!

…… With love, Nadine & Novella, with JackJack, Maggie and Molly!


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Dog Cookies: Sweet Potato Oatmeal
Recipe type: For Dogs

  • 1 Cup Sweet Potato (cooked, diced)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 TBLS Molasses
  • 1 TBLS Olive Oil
  • ⅓ Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Blend the first 4 ingredients together in a medium bowl, until smooth.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended.
  4. Roll into ½ inch balls, and flatten slightly (they will not spread).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Makes about 4 dozen.


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