In case you aren’t following me on Instagram, we got a new puppy over the weekend! 

We weren’t planning on adopting a pup. Well, we’d briefly talked about looking for a Boxer because my husband loves them. He even had a name picked out: Boxanne. 

You gotta kind of sing it.

But then we spent a ridiculous amount of time watching our neighbor’s boxer jump on their trampoline and then sprint across their yard and throw itself at their door. Like, over and over again. Every day.

And we decided that Penelope was more than enough crazy for our house. 

But anyway, like every dedicated crazy dog lady, one of the first things I did when we moved here was follow all the local rescue groups on Facebook. Just in case. You never know when a dog will speak to your soul.

And now we have another dog.

Her name is Sofia. Like the princess. She’s a mini schnauzer/dachshund mix which is very cutely nicknamed Schnoxie. 

Bad news for Sofia though! She’s gonna have to wait until she’s a little older to have this treat I’m sharing today. 

We go through boxes and boxes of doggy ice cream every summer. I always give the pups some after walks or after the dog park because who doesn’t like ice cream on a hot day?

But that stuff is expensive. Like, super expensive. I think a box of 4 was over 4 bucks last time I bought some.  I spent around that on ingredients for this Homemade Peanut Butter Doggy Ice Cream (really just yogurt since I already keep the rest of the stuff on hand) and I have at least 20 little cups of ice cream in my freezer now. 

The dogs LOVE it. And I won’t lie, I tried it before I froze it and it was pretty tasty. 

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Good morning, guys!

Memorial Day is less than a week away and I’m pretty excited about it. The kids and husband have the day off and we’ll spend the day grilling and if the weather’s nice, playing in the sprinkler/pool.

My perfect day!

Anyway, when I think of Memorial Day, I think of sweet tea.

I think it’s because Memorial Day kind of kicks off summer and sweet tea is the most perfect summer drink.

And number two on the list of perfect summer drinks? Lemonade!

So I combined them into this Arnold Palmer Cake and topped it with a lemony cream cheese frosting. Because why not?

I wanted to give this Stevia In The Raw® a try in this cake. I’ve been putting Stevia In The Raw in my coffee forever now so I was pretty excited about the Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag – it measures cup for cup like sugar. So it’s a great way to reduce sugar and calories in your baked goods.

So I used it for this cake! I used half sugar, half Stevia In The Raw and it turned out great!

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If there is one snack that kind of epitomizes childhood, it’s Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers.  I can’t take any of my kids to the store without them asking for a bag. And typically, they all want a different flavor so we end up with 3 bags. Plus one for me, of course! I love when they are all sitting at the table with a bowl of Goldfish crackers and next thing you know, all the Goldfish crackers have voices and the good Goldfish crackers are all running from the bad Goldfish crackers and there’s a whole story to go along with it. I know you’re not supposed to play with your food but I can’t be mad when my kids are using their imagination to make up fun stories.
 
My two oldest (8 and 5) are really into using the whole table as their canvas to create pictures, stories, and to spell words. And I love it because my 5 year old will be starting kindergarten in the fall and I totally feel like he is learning how to spell simple words thanks to his older brother and some Goldfish crackers I can’t wait for his teacher to ask how he learned to spell his name and he says “Pizza Goldfish crackers!” 

So what is your favorite Goldfish cracker flavor? My kids all love the classic Cheddar flavor but I’m so into the newer sweet ones like Vanilla Cupcake and S’mores! And yes, I totally love Goldfish crackers as much as my kids! I won’t lie; I have a bag of Cookies and Cream Goldfish grahams hidden on the top shelf of my pantry right now! They are the perfect sweet treat!

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Happy Wednesday! 

I’m pretty excited because I have a giveaway today! I’ve been trying to give away a cookbook every month – like, you know, a cookbook that came out that month. It was going to be my thing this year. But then the book I bought for March was kind of a dud. I still haven’t made anything from it.

And then I ordered the Whole 30 cookbook for April and just got distracted with the move and then being so sick. That one’s awesome though. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to eat healthier. 

Now I’m back on track and I have a really great book this month!

It’s Pure Pork Awesomeness by Kevin Gillespie and it really is all pork and all awesomeness. 

I pre-ordered this one months ago because I loooove Kevin Gillespie. He’s probably my favorite Top Chef contestant of all time – mostly because everything he does involves pork!

There are so many delicious looking recipes in this book. I made Tacos al Pastor for Taco Tuesday last week and they were so delicious. My kids don’t like tacos (clearly there was a mix up in the hospital – 3 times) but they wolfed those down. 

And then last night I made these Cuban Sandwiches. I’ve never actually had a Cuban Sandwich but between his cilantro mayo and the slow-cooked pork, I was sold. 

These were probably the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Ever. In my entire life.

I already mentioned the mayo and the pork – there’s also two kinds of cheese, pickles, ham, and rich, delicious bread. 

I’m pretty sad that we have no leftovers. 

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of the book! And good luck!

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If you weren’t aware, I’m kind of a crazy dog lady.

And by “kind of”, I mean I’m pretty much the craziest dog lady that ever lived.

I want ALL THE DOGS.

I was actually playing around with starting a dog blog and then I realized that all I really wanted to do was post homemade treat recipes and pictures of our monthly Barkbox and that I really have nothing to say that requires a separate dog blog. 

Don’t worry, I bought the URL just in case. You never know when I’ll get a wild hair. 

So anyway, I’ve been really into making homemade stuff for the dogs recently. I got super inspired when I realized our H-E-B has a bulk bins section of treats. With strawberry biscotti. 

Yeah. For dogs. 

I whipped these Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats up yesterday for the girls and about the time I pulled them out of the oven, my husband was all “What are those? They smell good. Seriously though, what are they? For the dogs? Seriously?”

He came very close to trying one. 

Both dogs gave them rave reviews which is saying something because Clem is weirdly picky about treats. 

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