Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding

Need a healthy chocolate fix? This recipe from Minimalist Baker is going to tame that craving but will have you coming back for more.

It's easy and oh so good!


1 1/2 ripe avocados

1 large ripe banana

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup  creamy or crunchy peanut butter

1/2 cup  maple syrup

1/4 cup almond milk 

 whipped cream for topping 


Cut avocado  in half and remove pit. Scoop out the avocado and add to a food processor

Peel and cut banana into small chunks and place in  food processor with the avocado.

Add the peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup and almond milk to the avocado and banana and blend until smooth.

Adjust the sweetness to taste.

Place in serving dishes and chill a few hours or overnight.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream

Monday, July 6, 2015

MM 154 Weeks

We knew Max missed the park and even thought his leg hasn't completely healed we wanted him to visit his buddies.

He spotted Nell sitting in the shade and stayed with her awhile.  Cars pulled in and the dog party started and look who was running to be a part of it!

You might see a young boy inside the fence. The park is double gated and that kid came in and was afraid of the dogs- thus he's in his "safe" area. My question- why bring your child to a dog park when you know he's not comfortable around dogs?

Nell can't be bothered by this little dog. Max was being nice. He figured everyone needs a few kisses.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cucumber Mango Salad

Once we move to Florida cucumbers are going to be growing in my garden.

The recipe is from Sweet & Savory by Shinee.

This is delicious. I didn't use the dill paste, and I loved using my hot chili oil.

Dug out one of my toys and used it to julienne the cucumber.

I made this twice, with the cilantro and without. Liked both. 


1 large cucumber
1 mango
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon hot chili oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


Wash and peel the cucumber and mango and cut into julienne strips, add to a medium size bowl.

Cut the cilantro ( I used scissors) and add to the bowl with the mango and cucumber.

Whisk the lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, hot chili oil and the sesame oil in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed. 

Add the dressing to the cucumbers and mango and cilantro and marinate for at least 2 hours.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


image from google

This Doberman Pinscher  had been abused before being rescued and adopted, and he still was able to have  affection and loyalty to his new family that he risked himself to save a toddler.

When I read the article the first thing I thought was this was divine intervention. Khan was adopted four days before this happened! 

"The more I know about people, the better I like my dog."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Honourable Eternal Stationmaster

image from google

Tama  was raised with a group of stray cats that used to live close to Kishi Station. They were regularly fed by passengers and by Toshiko Koyama, who was the station manager at the time. The station was almost shut down in 2004 because of financial problems. Around this time, Koyama adopted Tama. Eventually the decision to shut down the station was withdrawn after the citizens demanded it stay open. In April 2006, the Wakayama Electric Railway cut the staff at all stations on the Kishigawa Line to cut costs. Station masters were selected from employees of local businesses near each station, and Koyama was officially chosen as the station manager. In January 2007, railway officials decided to officially name Tama the station master. As station master, her primary duty was to greet passengers. The position came with a station master's hat; in lieu of a salary, the railway provided Tama with cat food.

Read more about Tama HERE