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Family Matters: Snakes


SnakesI have bad dreams about snakes.

My sister, who is a therapist, explained that I need to get over my fear of snakes.

I’m not sure I can.

However, they can make good pets.

Corn, King, Gopher and Ball Pythons are wonderful to keep in your house.

For health reasons, a snake should be able to stretch out two-thirds of its body length inside its own cage. If your pet snake reaches an adult length of six feet, its container should be 4 feet in length.  You don’t want your pet snake to have to stay curled up at all times.

Make sure that the type of snake you secure for a pet has a good temperament, as do the four mentioned above. Don’t try to tame an unruly snake; it’s not going to happen.

Take into account their feeding habits. Corn, King and Gopher snakes will accept frozen rodents as feed. Ball pythons are much more finicky, but be prepared to handle rodents, no matter what.

Don’t force the situation. The four snakes listed above thrive in captivity. Not all snakes do so without expert care.

Don’t buy a pet snake because you think it’s cool without careful consideration and study.



Family Matters: Leaving your Dog Alone


Leaving your Dog AloneOver the summer, I went on vacation.

I was gone for a week.

I brought my dog, Astro, to a local boarder who has a deluxe operation for taking care of pets when their people are on vacation. I mean, this place has TVs for each dog, a pool, a run yard and lots of great care.

Astro hated it. I mean, hated with a capital “H.” He jumped out of the car, but he refused to go in. He laid down on the concrete and wouldn’t budge. He had to be carried in, and let me just tell you; he’s pushing 100 pounds easily.

There are so many great options for taking care of pets while you’re gone, but you have to find the right one for your pet.

  1. Your vet might offer boarding. Your dog will already be familiar with going there, so that could be a great option.
  2. There are lots of places all over that board dogs, and it’s the only thing they do. See above. They are fabulous if your pet is social and accustomed to leaving the house. Make sure they have all their shots and records from your vet when you make reservations.
  3. Pet sitters. I now use a service that comes to my house on my (or in this case, Astro’s) schedule. They come every morning, love on him, let him out, feed him, make sure he has water and play with him. They do the reverse at night, letting him inside for the night. It’s about the same price as the full-service boarding, and he gets to stay home, no carrying required.
  4. Use a teenager or responsible child in your neighborhood. My boys, young teenagers, dog sat last summer and thought it was the best gig ever. That pup got more attention than our own dog receives because they were so intent on doing a great job.

There are a few things to remember before leaving your pup alone.

Make sure he has all his shots.

Make sure he has on a collar and tags, in case he does get lost. Even better, get him chipped. Many pet facilities offer this for no-to-low cost.

Make sure your sitter/facility has plenty of food (if you’re boarding him, you might need to provide your own food to avoid intestinal distress) and treats.

Make sure his caregiver has access to his favorite toys and knows his schedule, routines and any quirks. For instance, Astro will not eat if anyone is in the room, and I’ve trained him to only accept treats in one particular spot in the house.

Leave emergency contact information, and make sure there’s an in-town backup person if necessary.

LOVE your dog when you get home! He’ll have missed you as much as you missed him.



Family Matters: Bird Cages


Bird CagesWhen you bring your pet bird home, you can just use one little cage, right?

Wrong.

Your pet bird should ideally have two cages: one to live in and one to travel in. This is the cage your bird will identify with when it’s time to go to the vet, or to clean his primary cage.

Your bird’s cage needs to be large enough for him to spread his wings. For some birds, the traditional oblong cage is enough, but for other birds, a rectangular cage is necessary.

Provide a variety of perches for your pet’s comfort. Some like wider perches, but some like a more narrow space as it makes them feel more secure. They might like a wooden ladder, a rope, a swing and something in textured plastic for variety.

To clean, use diluted white vinegar and water.

Most of all, provide a variety of toys on a rotation to keep your bird interested and stimulated. Switch between toys that will provide different skills stimulation every day, such as balls, cardboard tubes, feathers, rings and bells.

When you transport your bird, keep the cage sterile and clean with one reminder of their regular home, such as a soft wash cloth that bears the scent of home.



Family Matters: Bathing Your Cat


Bathing Your CatNot only does your dog need to be groomed, especially if he’s an outdoor sort, but your cat should get some pampering, too.

Cats are somewhat self-cleaning. Their tongue is designed to help keep them clean and neat, but if your cat gets smelly, you might need to step in.

Bathing a cat can be about as fun as wrestling an alligator, but here are some tips to make it an easier process.

Choose a time when your cat is most mellow, maybe after an afternoon nap in the sunshine. Don’t attempt this right after they eat, however. It can upset their stomachs if they get stressed out during the process.

Trim their claws before you attempt a bath, for your safety.

Place a fluffy towel or rubber mat in the bottom of a sink or the tub, whichever you use. This will help with traction.

Place an oven rack or cookie-cooling rack in the tub or sink. This gives kitty something to cling to, besides your arm, during the bath process.

Make sure water is warm, but not too hot or too cold. Don’t suds their faces; they usually hate that. Using the water wand, gently and thoroughly wet the cat. Massage some specially formulated shampoo (made for cats, not for humans and definitely not dish soap) into his coat. Rinse thoroughly.

Immediately scoop your cat up with a towel wrapped snugly around him; dry thoroughly.



Mi Blog Hispano: Limones, Agua, y Azúcar, ¡Es Todo!


Limones, Agua, y Azúcar, ¡Es Todo!Al tomar limonada durante la primavera me lleva a una tierra muy lejos pero muy cerca de mi corazón. Me lleva a Guerrero, México y a casa de mi abuelita Susana.

Cuando era chica e íbamos a visitar a la familia, mi abuelita siempre tenía limonada fresca y muy sabrosa. Su casa, como varias casas en México, eran dos casas de ladrillo separadas. En una era la cocina, sala, baño y dos recamaras. En la otra era principalmente recamaras y un baño. Allí se hospedaba la familia cuando la visitábamos. En medio de las dos estructuras estaba mi favorita parte que recuerdo con mucho cariño. Era un patio enorme. En una esquina tenía un lugar donde lavaba ropa a mano. En otra esquina mi abuelito tenía un taller donde hacia su carpintería. Recuerdo las gallinas corriendo por doquier. Pero lo más bonito que recuerdo eran los tres arboles de limones y uno de toronjas. Los de limones eran bellos. Me gustaba jugar debajo de ellos y jalar los limones que ya estaban listos. Recuerdo como mi abuelita juntaba los limones para hacernos la limonada.

En una ocasión que ella me estaba sirviendo mi vaso de limonada fresca le pregunte que como se hacía la limonada. Me contesto, “Hijita, es lo más fácil, y lo más rico. Solo exprimes los limones en agua y le agregas azúcar, es todo.” Nos reímos juntas al tomar esa rica y refrescante limonada. Nunca se me olvido esa receta. En años siguientes cuando íbamos a México a visitar otra vez, anhelaba llegar a casa de mi abuelita a tomar su limonada.

No les doy una receta detallada, porque es muy sencillo de hacer. Como dijo mi abuelita, “Limones, agua, y azúcar, es todo.” Yo uso como 10 limones verdes y les quito las semillas antes de exprimirlos. Prefiero los limones verdes porque son los que usa mi abuelita. También uso como una taza de azúcar porque me gusta un poco dulce. Con eso les va a quedar una riquísima y fresca limonada casera. La puede hacer justo en este tiempo para recibir la primavera, ¡mi favorito tiempo del año!



Shop the Sale: Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Gravy


Slow Cooker Beef Tips with GravyTrack season started this week, which means after-school practices and two meets for two kids.

The spring musical is wrapping up for one kid.

The other kid is starting Spanish Club meetings.

There’s also service club meetings and service hours to perform.

Not for the first time, as I was meal planning this morning, did I think, “Thank goodness for the slow cooker.”

Dinner can cook all day and be ready whenever we trudge through the door. My model will also keep our food warm after the cooking time has expired.
This savory beef dish is the perfect way to end a hectic day.

New York Strip roast is on sale at Brookshire’s this week and would be the perfect cut for this dish. It will literally melt in your mouth.

Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Gravy

Ingredients:
3 lbs New York Strip roast, cubed
3 Tbs vegetable oil, divided
1 tsp seasoning salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups beef broth
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dry thyme
1 cup onions, diced
1 Tbs garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
3 Tbs water
2 Tbs cornstarch

Directions:
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, add half the beef cubes, seasoning salt and black pepper. Sear quickly; remove to the slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the other half of the beef cubes. Place all beef and pan drippings in slow cooker.

Add the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, thyme, garlic and onions. Add a bay leaf on top.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Pour into slow cooker and stir. Turn heat to high, and cook for 10 more minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Serve over rice, noodles, mashed potatoes or polenta.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 520, Calories from Fat: 195, Fat: 22 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 203 mg, Sodium: 821 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 71 g.

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Healthy Living: Pomegranates


PomegranatesPomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits on earth, and they’re still in season now.

Pomegranates are red and are about the size and shape of an apple, but really only their seeds (and the pulp and juices attached) are edible.

One cup of pomegranate arils (seeds) contain 7 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, 36 percent for vitamin K, 16 percent for folate and 12 percent for potassium. That’s a lot. Also, one cup contains only 144 calories which is not a lot at all.

Pomegranates contain two compounds other fruits do not: punicalagins and punicic acid.

Punicalagins are the powerful antioxidants found in the juice and peel of a pomegranate, providing three times the antioxidant power of red wine or green tea. Punicic acid, or pomegranate seed oil, is the fatty acid from the arils, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.

Pomegranates can help fight against heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity. It can also help fight prostate and breast cancers as well as lower blood pressure and fight arthritis. It improves memory, helps fight fungal and bacterial infections and can improve erectile dysfunction. It has also been shown to improve exercise performance.

Whether you eat the seeds or drink the juice, pomegranate packs a mighty punch.



Product Talk: Sweet P’s Seed and Fruit Granola


Sweet P’s Seed and Fruit GranolaMy older son loves to eat Greek yogurt for breakfast every morning, but he likes it with some added texture.

Enter Sweet P’s Seed and Fruit Granola located near the bakery in your local Brookshire’s.

Sweet P’s granola is made from healthy, fresh ingredients and baked into a sweet, crispy granola that is the perfect topping for yogurt or pudding, eaten alone as a power-packed snack, or served with milk for cereal.

The Seed and Fruit variety is full of pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, cranberries, raisins, whole-rolled oats and honey.

He sprinkles it over his yogurt, and I’m confident he’s had the breakfast of champions.

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Dine In: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and Panela


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and PanelaWarning: Wine Country recipes ahead.

I spent last weekend visiting my sister in California, in the heart of wine country. Apparently, there are 43 wineries in the immediate vicinity of her house. Alas, it was only a weekend trip, so we only hit three of them. Luckily, there are more visits to be planned.

Aside from enjoying some seriously valuable sister time, I ate and drank my way through Wine Country, and it was well worth every single calorie.

Our first stop on Saturday was at Oak Mountain Winery, where we had lunch reservations to eat in the Cave Café. The cave clings to the side of the steep hill where the grapes are grown, and it is quite an extensive storage area for casks of wine. It also has an amazing atmosphere for a fine meal.

There were seven of us, so we opted for a bottle of sangiovese and a bottle of zinfandel. We shared a charcuterie board and the most amazing Brussels sprouts that I’ve ever eaten. Their recipe includes a roasted guajillo sauce, but I didn’t recreate that part at home.

If you can’t find panela cheese, use Mexican queso fresco instead.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and Panela

Ingredients:
1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
sea salt and pepper
1/4 cup shallots, minced
3 Tbs garlic, minced
1/4 cup almonds
8 oz panela or queso fresco

Directions:
In a large cast-iron (or other ovenproof skillet) over medium-high heat, warm olive oil until fragrant and shimmering.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

When the oil is ready, sauté shallots and garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Toss in almonds and stir.

Remove from heat; stir in Brussels sprouts and Balsamic vinegar.

Season with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until leaves are browned and Brussels sprouts are crisp outside and tender inside.

Toss with cheese and serve immediately.

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 236, Calories from Fat: 136, Fat: 15 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 19 mg, Sodium: 258 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Family Matters: Sleep Pattern Disruption


Sleep Pattern Disruption A lot of my (younger) mommy friends have been complaining that their toddlers have a significant backslide in sleep between the ages of two and three.

This throws them for a loop.

First of all, they’ve had at least a year of blissful, uninterrupted sleep from when their little one finally slept through the night after infancy.

Secondly, a lot of these moms have introduced a new sibling to the mix, so their older baby getting enough sleep is crucial.

Ironically, the older child may backslide because of a new sibling. Whether it be due to a little unconscious jealousy, insecurity, disruption in their routine or being woken by the new baby, your toddler might start waking up during the night, too.

One friend’s son was having bad dreams. Nothing she did would get him to settle back down into his own bed. Against everything she said she would never do, she put him in her bed for a few nights, and then he was fine to go back to his own bed after the brief phase of night terrors passed.

Another friend’s son woke up around 2am to get a drink of water one night. Then, he did it the next night, and the next and the next and the next. The doctor finally advised taking him out of his routine entirely. My friends sent him to his grandmother’s house for the weekend, and when he came home, the pattern had been broken.

There’s not a lot of reason for your toddler to wake up at night. They may wake up because they have a wet or dirty diaper, and they are starting to be aware and uncomfortable (in this case, it’s probably time for potty training). They may actually need a drink. (You can leave a sippy cup of water near their bed for easy access. Don’t leave milk or juice as it could spoil, and it pools in the teeth overnight, which is bad for dental development.)

They might just need some comfort and to be tucked back in. If sleep disruptions persist, consult your pediatrician.



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