Not everything happens in the kitchen! A little recap of what’s going on in my life beyond all the food.
It has taken me some time to write about this, but we recently lost our sweet dog Sadie. Needless to say, I was not prepared. I mean, we are never really ready to lose a beloved pet, but this was honestly quite unexpected. She was a couple of months shy of turning twelve years old and has always been healthy, happy, full of energy dog. In fact, we kind of thought she just had a stomach ache from eating too much spring grass (as she does every year).
She kept acting lethargic and then bouncing back over those last few days; still willing to chase a ball (the ultimate test of a dog’s health) and drink lots of water. We really thought she was going to be okay. She had an appointment for the vet, but ended up passing here at home in the very early morning hours. I’m convinced the universe gifted me that moment with her and I’m so happy I was able to be with her as she peacefully made the transition.
However, losing a pet is hard. It’s honestly one of life’s most heartbreaking moments and the grief does not fade away quickly. I didn’t even realize how much of my daily existence revolved around caring for Sadie or just how much she was my shadow, following me around the house as much as she could. I’m still working on my new daily routine.
I will miss all of our daily walks together, the ones where she barked at me incessantly until we walked out the front door. There was absolutely no getting out of that walk regardless of the weather. It was basically my exercise plan.
I will miss her waiting by the front door every night until both boys were home. She would not leave this spot until each kid gave her the amount of attention she felt she deserved.
And I will especially miss her being a complete goofball and making our family smile and laugh everyday.
Sadie, Forever in Our Hearts ~ June 4, 2006 ~ April 3, 2018
If you’ve lost a dog, this story will help you feel better.
I am currently obsessed with chopped salads, like the one you see above, topped with this dressing. Best lunch ever.
I love that they are calling this a lifestyle!
Baking tip: Instead of using the usual tines of a fork or the bottom of a buttered glass to imprint and flatten my cookie dough, I often use the textured side of a meat mallet instead. It works perfectly and leaves a flattering pattern on the cookies.
This is a big yes for me.
This is going on my dinner menu this week.
Do you love to crochet? Think about making this for someone.
Monday, April 16th, is the Day of the Mushroom. I highly suggest making this.
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Until next time…