Monthly Archives: June 2012

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad


After all the desserts I’ve posted, I guess it’s time to post some real food.  To be honest, I’ve made plenty of dishes but they either didn’t work out or they weren’t that exciting.  Not that this salad will knock your socks off, but the dressing is delicious and it’s healthy without being boring.

I found the recipe in a great cookbook, Cooking Light The Essential Dinner Tonight.  There are tons of recipes I want to try.  Two things I like in a cookbook that you can’t find in most are in this one– big photos and nutrition information.

Fortunately, the Cooking Light website also has this recipe:

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad

I love anything with black beans and corn.  Plus dressing with chipotle peppers?  Awesome.  It’s super easy.  Next time I make this, fresh summer corn would be great as would grilled chicken with a little fajita seasoning.  I made it tonight with rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and canned corn to save time.


The dressing had fresh cilantro, chipotle peppers, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and light sour cream.  Great flavor.


In addition to romaine and cooked chicken, the salad has corn, black beans, avocado, red onion and cherry tomatoes.


The recipe called for tossing everything together.  I kept the chicken, dressing and vegetables separate since I’ll be making a salad tomorrow and want to keep everything fresh.


Can you believe this cat?  He got a stray tomato before I shooed him off the chair. Between Sadie and Ollie, I can’t turn my back around food for a second!



Everyday at 4:00…..

The whining starts at 3:45 or 4:00.  Imagine a sound that at first sounds like a sigh.  But, it keeps happening over and over.  Then comes the attention grabbing in earnest. The sweet sighs take on a wheezy whine.  Very quiet but very effective.

In my office…IMG_2016_edited-1

Are you done working yet?  Kinda hungry here…


Hi again.  Still here.  Still ready for dinner.


4:05 – Now I have a shadow everywhere I go – in the kitchen for a drink…IMG_2190_edited-1Can I eat now?  Those ice cubes were nice and all but I‘m hungry! Look how good I’m being.

4:20 – I move into the living room to finish my work day with a change of scenery (I need to get out of my office once in awhile). The wheezy-whine continues.  Now it’s constant. Sometimes she even moves her mouth like she’s trying to talk.  I don’t think I want to know what she would say…


HI!  This is important! Did you know I’m hungry?  I’m right here to remind you!

(caught mid-wheeze)



What does ‘at 5:00’ mean?  WHY do you treat me this way?




4:40 – I cave and give her half her dinner after she walks away and acts forlorn on the other side of the room.  I’m a sucker.

Blackberry Cobbler

IMG_8682_edited-1Berry season is here!  I love any type of cobbler or crisp but had never tried anything but apple crisp.  I bought some blackberries (my favorite) and looked for simple, fool-proof recipe.  I found an easy-looking recipe for a blackberry cobbler and gave it a shot.  Since I’ve started trying new recipes more this year, I’m constantly amazed at how easy some of the yummiest recipes are.  Why didn’t I try them sooner?


Here’s the recipe:

Fresh Blackberry Cobbler

It’s so simple (more detail can be found on the link above) – just combine the flour, 1/2 the sugar, and the other dry ingredients.  Cut in the cold butter until it is a coarse crumb.  Add the boiling water.  Stir.

Mix the remaining ingredients in separate bowl, add the blackberries and transfer to a skillet.  Heat until the liquid boils.


Be careful not to step on your kitchen helper.


Pour in an 8×8 dish.  Drop the dough in spoonfuls on top.  Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Enjoy with ice cream!



Now, what to do with the blueberries in the fridge?

Happy “Take Your Dog to Work” Day!


Lucky me – that’s every day!

Sadie Sunday–Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad ever! 

We have such fun together…IMG_5955_edited-1

We became friends right away – this is from my first week at home…IMG_5851_edited-1

You sing with me…IMG_5914_edited-1

I like to give you kisses…


And you pretend my costume looks great (thanks – we both know it was ridiculous)…IMG_6006_edited-1

Thank you for rescuing me last year and giving me a safe place to rest my head…IMG_5920_edited-1

Scenes From a Window Seat

I love taking pictures from the window seat when I travel.  Our country is so beautiful and for some areas, flying over is the only way I’ll see them.  The perspective is amazing.

This week I was in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Denver. I was there for work and only 24 hours (or less) in each city.  A view from the window was the only way to see anything.  Unfortunately, the wild fires on one flight and an aisle seat on another in Colorado prevented me from seeing the Rockies on this trip.

If I’m not reading or asleep, I’m looking out the window trying to get my bearings and guessing where I am.  I love it when I come across something incredible like mountains, lakes, or all of a sudden see a famous landmark.

Here are some of the snapshots I took this week. I’ll share some from past trips later.

On the way to Seattle (Mount Rainier was more visible in person – I think that’s the mountain it was):

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Seattle to L.A., passing over San Francisco.

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As we flew into L.A. there was this layer of clouds that was so odd.  It was creepy – it reminded me of movies where aliens take over and a clouds spread across the landscape.  Yeah, weird thing to think of, I know.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It was completely clear and then suddenly a massive layer completely clouded over everything.

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Not from the airplane but I always like the space age look of this structure whenever I fly into LAX.  Not a great shot – I was waiting for the hotel shuttle. Oh well.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Sadie Saturday–I’m a Front Seat Dog

My parents just don’t know it yet. 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE car rides.  Sometimes when Mom is too slow opening the back door, I take my proper place in the front seat.sadie front seat_edited-1

She always makes me get out and go in the back seat.  Something about it not being safe.  I don’t know that I buy that.  Doesn’t she understand being a “front-seat dog”?  Have you ever read the book,  A Dog’s Purpose?  It was great.  In it, the dog narrator always appreciates when the people he meets understand he should sit up front instead of banished to the back.  That’s how I feel!

Anyway, this was on Monday when I went to MedVet – twice!  I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.  They’re all very sweet there but enough vets!  I was limping because my back hurt and I had an allergy follow-up.  The back doctor told me I might have something called Wobblers but we will have to wait and see.  I hope I don’t have that! That’s weird because Wobblers are my toys that spit out food!

Little did I know that I would be going back there for a THIRD time on Friday.  I go to the vet a lot but this is a record for me.  I ate a pack of Orbit sugarfree gum while Mom went shopping.  I guess that is really bad for me.  Oops.  It tasted delicious and I had minty fresh breath! So Mom called the vet and they said to make me vomit (gross!) and get to MedVet right away.  Luckily, we didn’t have the stuff to make me throw up here so we went straight to the vet.

It turned out OK since the candy company had changed the formulation of this gum since so many pets got sick.  And since I am so big, it didn’t affect me.  So I got an extra car ride!  But dinner was delayed.  I was bummed about that.

For all you dog lovers (and who wouldn’t be – I don’t understand), here’s a list of things dogs shouldn’t eat.  I guess a lot of things can make me sick or worse *gulp*. Click on the link to read why these are dangerous.  Some are very scary!!

Toxic foods for dogs.

  • Avocado
  • Alcohol (who would do that??!!)
  • Onions and garlic
  • Any caffeine
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Candy and gum – not for the sugar.  Some are sweetened with Xylitol which can be toxic.
  • Chocolate
  • Fat trimmings and bones
  • Peaches, Plums, and Persimmons
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw meat and fish
  • Salt
  • Too many sugary treats
  • Yeast dough
  • Human medicine
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Nutmeg and some other spices
  • Raw potatoes

Until next week…