Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Infused Water?

I had planned to bring you another delish (according to Teutul) treat review and giveaway today, however even the best laid plans go astray sometimes.  So, I guess we'll just have to talk about some human Tasty Tuesday treats today!

Sometime late morning-ish on Saturday, I decided it was a good time to brew some sun tea and got out my gallon-sized glass jar.  After digging through the tea stash, I decided on a custom blended pineapple something/blueberry something-else.  As I was trying to decide how best to use the loose tea, I remembered purchasing a herb infuser from Pampered Chef last year (the rubber green thing floating in my tea).  I was quite proud of myself...
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Only thing I didn't have?  Sun. Darn thing decided to disappear just as I was setting my jar on the deck.  And, you know, you kinda need sun to brew sun tea... 

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I left the jar out there the rest of the afternoon, in the dingy overcast, cloudiness....

When you're trying to brew #suntea and the #sun disappears... #icedtea #tea #summer

While it didn't really "brew" as nicely as I would have liked, I ended up with some yummy infused tea-like water.  (Note to Self: check the forecast next time)

Just before I got the urge to infuse my water, I was clearing some clutter off of the kitchen table and came across a beer bread kit with a "best if used by" date of July 31.  I figured since it wasn't a scorcher of a day, I'd better get my bake on while it was comfortable enough to turn the oven on.  I grabbed a can of one of my favorite local brews, Hell Yes (as in Helles) from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co., and got to work.

What do you do when you find a #beerbread mix that says use by July 31? I say Hell Yes and grab a #MoatMountain #Helles and get my baking on! #beer #brewery #newengland #MadeinNH #drinklocal

After the bread came out of the oven, I remembered one thing.  I made beer bread once before and hated it.  I haven't tried this one yet.  But back to the beer... Moat Mountain is in North Conway, NH and owned by a racing friend who always has the after-race adult beverages ready to go when we're at NHMS!  My personal favorites are the Hell Yes and Miss V's Blueberry.  If you can find Moat Mountain beer near you, grab a can or two... you won't be disappointed.  And if you're in the North Conway area, be sure to stop by and enjoy a cold one with a fantastic meal!

My Saturday treats didn't stop there.  I also made peanut butter cookies for racing on Sunday... but somehow forgot a photo.  I had planned to make the now-quite-popular-at-the-race-track s'mores bites, however I was lacking butter and didn't restock in time.  Those are on the menu for this week.

As for the doggies, stay tuned for that review and giveaway....

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Mischief: Foster Family Update

Not much mischief here today, just a whole lot of cuteness!  It's time for a foster family update... 

First up is Miss Rosie, enjoying a little stroll on the beach.  She's become a great little beach bum!

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Next, we have Dustee showing everyone how he spends the dog days of summer.  No, the shot of he and sister Kaya lying fireside is not recent, but I still had to share.

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My little Boo-Man, better known as Booth, is next. He seems to agree with Dustee on how best to spend those hot summer days.

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 The always regal looking Izzy is up next.  I simply adore this shot of her on the staircase!

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Little Harper rounds out today's update.  Out of all our fosters, I think she was Sophie's favorite.  We're going to have to get the girls together for a play date soon.

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I love seeing these photos of my former foster babies - updates are always the best!  I'm happy to say that I played a small part in getting each of these babies into their perfect forever homes where they are all thriving!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Black & White Sunday: Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog

Happy Sunday!  My happy hounds sure have been enjoying their self-appointed critter patrol duties this week.  

Tut looks far too happy about making all the bunnies scatter, doesn't he?

Tut says Good Morning IG! Stay cool today! #dogstagram #rescued #coonhoundmix #smiling #happydog #love #mutt #adoptdontshop #seniordog

Always the patient observer, Sophie's waiting, waiting, waiting... She'll be the first to let Mama know when the critters come back. 

Sophie says Good Morning IG! #dogstagram #instadog #rescued #houndmix #critterpatrol #summer #deck #ilovemydogs #mutt #happydog #lounge #TheWatcher

Thursday, July 17, 2014

REVIEW: Merrick Big Brush Bones

Merrick Big Brush Bones

Where To Find: Chewy.com


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If you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know how much the Lapdogs love it when a Chewy box shows up on our doorstep.  You probably also know that their Mama loves the great folks over at Chewy and at Merrick, so imagine all of the excitement when we got the chance to review Merrick Big Brush Bones!

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I'm always looking for ways to, ah-hum, improve the Lapdogs' breath and keep their aging smiles gleaming bright.  When I heard about Merrick's line of grain-free dental treats, I knew we had to try them!

2014-07-10_01-58-22Made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, Big Brush Bones are intended for dogs weighing 25 pounds or more (we've got that covered, easily).  The green bone-shaped treats are grain-free and gluten-free.  The ingredients (Potato Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Cane Molasses, Chicken Fat, Natural Chicken Flavor, Water, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate [source of chlorophyll], Lecithin, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Parsley) support fresh breath, while the shape and texture have been designed to combat plaque and tartar.

And, as far as I can tell, the Lapdogs certainly support Merrick's claim that all dogs love the taste!  After they all patiently waited while their crazy Mama snapped photos for this review, they each happily found a spot on the deck and chomped away for a few minutes.  Big Brush Bones did not disappoint!  I think Zeus' smile says it all...
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Big Brush Bones not exactly a fit for your tiny pup? No worries, Merrick does not discriminate - there's a dental treat for pooches of all sizes! The line includes Big Brush Bones for dogs 25+ pounds, Lil' Brush Bones for dogs 15-25 pounds, and Mini Brush Bones for dogs 5-15 pounds, as well as Flossies and Texas Toothpicks chews, each for dogs 15+ pounds.  The easily digestible line is intended for all life stages as well.

The Lapdogs love their Big Brush Bones, but shhhh, help me keep the secret.  Don't tell them their actually cleaning their teeth while crunching up their t-r-e-a-t!  We will definitely be adding these to our regular rotation. 
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How about you, does your dog need a little help keeping his breath and smile gleaming?  Head on over to Chewy.com and snatch some up.  As always, all Chewy.com orders over $49 receive free 1-2 day shipping, so be sure to stock up on some other delicious Merrick treats as well (the Lapdogs are partial to the Grammy's Pot Pie crunchy treats).

Disclosure: Chewy.com sent a bag of Merrick Big Brush Bones to Lapdog Creations, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Mischief: NASCAR Style

We're not quite sure where the weekend went, but the calendar says it's Monday.  It was an exhausting (but, yes, fun) weekend for the humans.  The lapdogs think there must have been some mischief going on yesterday, since they weren't home to facilitate the daily critter watching.  Instead, they were doing this...

We passed out a whole bucket full of @caseyjonesbones #dogtreats samples yesterday at #NHMS during our #uslegends Invitational Race before the big #NASCAR race! #8 #HooliganMotorsports #CaseyJonesBones #BestSponsorEver #dogstagram

Getting ready to race yesterday at #NHMS  #8 #HooliganMotorsports #uslegends #inex #racecar #blackandgold #NASCAR #racing #newhampshire #latergram

Yup, they were at that racing thing again.  The Lapdogs' Daddy was invited to take part in the US Legends Invitational Race before the big NASCAR race yesterday in New Hampshire.  And as much as the Lapdogs think we gave away all of their Casey Jones Bones, that is not quite true.  Yes, we gave away a whole bucket full of samples, but those are supposed to be given out to race fans, thanks to our fabulous sponsor (and not to worry Teutul, we have plenty of CJB at home for you and your siblings)! 

After our race was over, we got to have some fun.  Besides meeting and greeting hundreds of new race fans (Matt literally had a line in our pit area for quite awhile after the race), we got to take in all the NASCAR fun as well.  We caught the very end of the Recycled Percussion pre-race concert...

Recycled Percussion pre-race yesterday at #NHMS #RecycledPercussion #NASCAR #newhampshire

Then took a leisurely stroll down pit road...

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#5HourEnergy #NASCAR @nhmotorspeedway #Bowyer #Goodyear #newhampshire #racing #tires

#NASCAR #newhampshire #sprintcup #racing #race @nhmotorspeedway #NHMS

View from Tony Stewart's #14 pit yesterday pre-race #NHMS #newhampshire #NASCAR #stormyskies #sky #clouds #StewartHaasRacing #smoke

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Happy Harvick! @kevinharvick @nhmotorspeedway @stewarthaasracing #NASCAR #Harvick #newhampshire #smile #racing
 
Just after the big race started, I had the pleasure of bumping into the honorary pace car driver... Julian Edelman! 

Went to the NASCAR race and met @edelman11 Guess it was worth getting there before 6am....well, that and the #uslegends race at 9am (too bad he didn't come over then... could have let him try a Legend car)  ;) I'll get the real pic off the camera this wee

For those of you who are not football fans, that's New England Patriots Wide Receiver, Julian Edelman!  Yup, I went to a NASCAR race and managed to meet one of my favorite NFL'ers!  And, yes, that's my quick Instagram pic of a pic from last night because I still have to sit down and download my real-camera pics.  (not-so-great-hair side note: I had finally just given in to the hot sun and put a hat on, thinking all of the pictures were done for the day... darn it)

Less than 2 minutes after my Edelman encounter, this happened right in front of where we were standing...

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Then we got a very up-close look when they brought Jimmy's car off the track and switched it from the tow-truck to a flat-bed.

Awww, shucks. #JimmieJohnson @jimmiejohnson #NASCAR #NHMS @nhmotorspeedway #48