Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

Mango Yogurt Pup Pops

 

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

I’m always trying new treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli.  This summer to keep her cool I’ve been making her frozen dog treats which I call Pup Pops.   I use fruits, veggies, juices, and other ingredients I have on hand.

A friend recently dropped off  a big sack of fresh mangoes.  I found my kitchen filled with quickly ripening mango.  I decided to use some of them to make these frozen pup pops.

Mango is said to be the “king of fruit”.  It’s loved not only for its sweet taste, but also for its healthy benefits. Mangoes are filled with vitamins and minerals that promote good health for both humans
and their pets!*

I chopped up this sweet juicy fruit, mixed it with plain Greek yogurt, and came up with a really yummy treat.  They were so good I couldn’t resist snacking on them too.  This is truly a treat that you can share with your favorite fur ball.  My Cannoli loves them!

I use styrofoam cups to freeze the pops in.  It makes storing and  unmolding them easy and neat.  Just tear off the foam before you give it to your pup.  I fill the cups about halfway but you can make whatever size you want.  You can also use ice cube trays or any other plastic container to freeze them in.

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango
1 pint plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.

Stir mango into yogurt.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Spoon mixture into molds.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.

*Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not.  Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous.  When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the “meat” of the fruit and don’t cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
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Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Pops 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Pops
Instructions
  1. Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.
  2. Stir mango into yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into molds.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.
  5. *Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not. Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous. When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the "meat" of the fruit and don't cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.
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3 Tips for Renting a Cool Airbnb Apartment

3 Tips for Renting a Cool Airbnb Apartment

Have you heard about Airbnb? This is a platform that allows you to rent other people’s apartment or home, especially when you are away on a trip. It enables you to save a few bucks that you would have spent renting an expensive hotel somewhere in town. An Airbnb coupon code allows you to pay further less money than other individuals who rent houses using the platform. It is, therefore, one of the perfect means of ensuring that you experience an enjoyable stay at your place of visit at a pocket-friendly price. But you wouldn’t want to feel cheated after finding that you’ve actually overspent instead of saving some funds? There’s a perfect way of ensuring that your experience with Airbnb is a blessing rather than a frustrating moment. On that note, you need to check on the following tips of renting an apartment on Airbnb.

  1. Negotiate the price before settling

Your primary aim of renting an Airbnb apartment is to ensure that you spend as little as possible on accommodation to free up funds for use in other activities during the trip. Therefore, you need to negotiate for the lowest possible price before making a payment. On the Airbnb website, there’s a button that indicates “Request to Book” where you need to click when making a booking. If you intend to negotiate the price, don’t click on the button first. Instead, click “Contact this host” and it will prompt you to indicate the dates that you are willing to stay in the house. Put this data in the necessary slots, and this will guarantee you of a place in the house that you are booking even though you don’t pay at first. From here, you can then negotiate with the house owner for the best price, and once you’ve agreed, you can proceed to make the payment.

2. Booking for more days than you need can be cheaper

You can save a lot of money while booking on the Airbnb platform if you are keen on the special offers they have for their users. At times, there are particular offers that enable you to save more if you book a number of days, say, one week. For instance, if you intended to stay for five days at a standard  price of $ 800, you might find a similar home with a special offer of 7 days at $ 750. In such a case, it’s evident that you stand saving $50 should you pick the special offer.   So, consider checking out such special offers before you select an apartment on Airbnb.

3. You can visit the place before you book

If you happen to be already at the area that you intend to stay in during your vacation, you can pay a physical visit to the place that you intend to stay in after identifying it on Airbnb. This will enable you to evaluate whether it is exactly where you would like to stay and has the facilities you need in an ideal apartment. Remember, booking first can be tricky as you may find out that the place is not as attractive as you thought. After visiting the apartment and you are satisfied that it is perfect for your stay, you should pay via Airbnb platform. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that you are not scammed which is a possibility if you pay directly to the house owner.

When you follow the tips mentioned above, you might save some bucks and will be able to choose a perfect home away from home through Airbnb.

How to Be A Conscious Consumer

How to Be A Conscious Consumer

Do you know how the products you are buying were made? Are they environmentally friendly? Do you budget? If you answer yes to these questions then it means you are a conscious consumer.

Over the past decade consumption levels have increased across the globe. As the income level rises, so is the greater access to a wide variety of consumer products. Presently, unconscious and unethical consumerism has brought about several problems such as pollution and erosion of income savings. It is for this reason that the idea of a conscious consumer is being propagated.

Therefore, how do you become a conscious consumer?

Know the Product Background
Ever wondered how your favorite snack or t-shirt is manufactured? Well, many people are not aware of how many of the products they consume are made.

Over the years, several companies have been accused of unethical and inhumane manufacturing practices regarding their products. So, to be a conscious consumer, it is prudent of you to dig a little and find out the background details. How are they made? Where are they manufactured? Who manufactures them? How are they shipped?

Knowing all this will ensure that you consume products that have been ethically produced. Besides, it will allow you to hold accountable the companies should they contravene the consumer protection laws and regulations.

Avoid Unbudgeted Spending
Currently, consumption rates have increased tremendously as people’s spending powers also increase. However, it is prudent to undertake sound budgeting to ensure conscious consumption every day. It calls for sound financial and budgeting skills.

Start by determining your net monthly income and then use it to budget as per your needs. As a conscious consumer, you should be able to meet most of your monthly needs comfortably without feeling the need to overspend. Moreover, with a budget, you will minimize spending your money on unnecessary purchases.

Aim for Lower Cost Purchases
Well, with lots of money comes the power to spend. Nonetheless, it is imperative to cut on cost where necessary. Shop well, shop less, and shop consciously.

If you can find a way to make purchases at a lower price, then take it. By doing so, you will be able to save extra cash on the side for other essential life investments such as education.

Aim to cultivate a more conscious consumer mindset by distinguishing between wants and needs. For instance, you could make purchases on second hand retail stores, where surprisingly, you will find quality stuff for low prices. But as you do that, also be mindful of the quality of your purchases. You do not want to buy a piece of furniture only for it to break within a few days.

Embrace Environmental Consciousness
Much of the products people consume have their raw materials sourced from the environment. So, it makes sense to take care of Mother Nature in return.

One way would be to ensure that you minimize using plastic products and embracing disposable and biodegradable made products. For instance, instead of buying products from fast food stores that serve using plastic cups and plates, you could opt to visit a store that uses disposable take out boxes.

Proper management of trash is also an excellent way to cultivate ethical consumer consciousness. As a conscious consumer, you should prioritize on recycling and reusing where necessary.

Outdoor Entertaining – Free Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Outdoor Entertaining – Free Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Summer is almost here!  And in our family that means outdoor entertaining!  It’s always a good idea to take advantage of good weather and dine alfresco every chance you get!

I know that outdoor entertaining means backyard barbecues complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob, and other mouth watering goodies we can make outside.  Don’t forget the S’mores!  But really outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to cooking stuff on your grill, there are so many ways you can enjoy dining on your patio or backyard.  It could be an intimate breakfast for two, a rambunctious kids’ birthday party, or a more serene adult dinner party for friends and family.

To get your creative juices flowing I’ve got 7 ideas you can build on to take your summer time entertaining outdoors!  By the way outdoor entertaining doesn’t mean you have to invite the whole neighborhood; you can enjoy a nice quite meal outdoors with just your immediate household!

How about an intimate breakfast for 2?

They’ve always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day; how better to start your day than with breakfast outdoors with your spouse or partner?

You don’t have to go all out.  A nice cup of coffee and a croissant will do; or if you’re feeling inclined a plate of bacon and egg and some warm biscuits will hit the spot.  Whatever the menu all you’ll really need is a simple table and chairs on the patio or in the backyard.  (And maybe keep the kids indoors so you can have some quiet time!)

If you’re not a morning person then make it lunch or dinner for two.  Remember the idea is to relax and enjoy some couples time!

Vintage Garden Tea Party

Tea is my favorite method of entertaining  and a Vintage Garden Party is a great to entertain outdoors.  I love tea parties, they’re simple and easy to prepare, they make you and your guests feel pampered, and they are so pretty!

Have everyone dress up in pretty summer frocks to make it an extra special event.  You don’t have to limit tea parties to adult parties, children, particularly little girls will adore a princess tea party for her birthday!  Our you can have a Teddy Bear Tea Party for boys and girls; each child is invited to bring along their favorite plush animal for the garden party.  Kids love it!

Kids’ Birthday Party

In my opinion kids’ parties should always be held outdoors, weather permitting of course.

There are so many options and themes for outdoor birthday parties.  The kids love it because they have room to run around and parents love it because it keeps the mess out of the house and makes clean up easier.

If your patio or yard isn’t big enough to let the kids run around then take your party to your neighborhood park!  Just be sure to clean up and place your trash in the trash containers.

Boho Adult Dinner Party

Adult Outdoor parties don’t always have to include grilled meats or barbecued anything for that matter!

A Boho themed or any themed outdoor party works for any occasion and it’s great if you don’t have enough outdoor tables and chairs.  Just stock up on large floor pillows or even picnic blankets.  Use low tables or a piece of plywood resting on cement tiles for your “dining table”.  Just be sure you cover it with a pretty tablecloth!

As for food serve anything your heart desires!

Baby or Bridal Showers

Who says indoor sofas and shelves can’t go outside?  Bring the indoors out and host your bridal or baby shower in the backyard.

It’s amazing what a bit of “redecorating” can do!

This works great if you have a small indoor living area and have lots of friends and family to invite!

 

Outdoor Weddings

I just love outdoor weddings!  They can be as low key or as fancy as the bride wants.

Lots of brides have learned to think outside of the box and hired some wonderful wedding venues.  You can check out vineyards, parks, beaches, and even zoos!

Depending on the venue outdoor weddings might take a bit more planning so it’s important to have a great wedding planner on your team!

Outdoor Barbecue

I can’t talk about outdoor entertaining without including the outdoor barbecue.  Take advantage of summer and take dinner (or lunch) outside.

You’ll definitely have lots of opportunities to host an outdoor barbecue between Memorial and Labor Days you’ve got Father’s Day, the Fourth of July, possibly a birthday or two.  Not to mention you don’t need a special occasion to barbecue, you can have one for the family just because!

Now one of my favorite things at an outdoor barbecue is the corn on the cob!  A barbecue isn’t complete without it.  I’m sure you’ve heard of Elotes, Mexican Street Corn, it’s super yummy!  Well it has mayo on it and my son will not touch anything with mayo.  So I had to find a way to make something similar to Elotes without the mayo and I came up with my Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob.  Here’s my recipe!

Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:

Corn

(For the corn – I used frozen mini cobs or niblets and boiled on the stove – you can use frozen or fresh and boil it, bake it, or grill it.  This recipe is to boil frozen corn.)

16 Niblets – Frozen

1 Pot water

1 Cup Milk

Topping:

1/2 Cup butter softened

1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder

1 Tsp. Cumin

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Honey

Queso Fresco – crumbled

Cilantro – chopped

1 Lime – cut into wedges

Directions:

Make the topping by mixing butter, honey, and powdered seasonings together.  Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

Boil corn in water/milk mixture for about 20 minutes or until done.  Drain corn and transfer to a baking pan.

Place spoonfuls of butter topping on each cob.  Butter topping will melt.  Roll cobs in melted butter until all sides are covered.

Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro.

Serve with lime wedges for each person to squeeze over cob if they want to.

You can keep this warm in the oven until ready to serve.

You can store any extra butter topping in the fridge and use for other things.  I like to use it to saute chicken or even veggies.  Pretty much anything you want to add a bit of spice to!

 

The top 3 small home tips

The top 3 small home tips

There is nothing wrong with owning a small home. But when you lack the knowledge and ability to keep it as organized and functional as possible, you might feel a little stuck. You may begin to think that because your home is small, you may need a bigger space. It does not have to be like that though. Living in a small home can also mean that you can live large depending on how you utilize your space. Even if you only have a small home, doing a few tweaks here and there inside it can help you get the most of the small space that you have. You can even live comfortably and never look for anything else. Even if you have a tiny home, it is possible to be comfortable and get cozy too.

Here are the top 3 small home tips to follow for a better quality of living in your tiny home.

1. Re-evaluate your possessions.
Once you decide to live in a small home, it’s the best time to actually do some evaluation of what you really want to have in your house. You get to have the opportunity to re-evaluate all your possessions and determine what are the things that you need to get rid of and what you should only keep inside your home. Distinguish all the items that you actually need and organize them accordingly. Getting rid of items that no longer bring value to your life will help you utilize all the space in your home and help you tidy it up. The less clutter there is, the easier it is for you to move around. Moreover, you don’t have so many things to think about.

2. Pick some furniture designs that have multiple purposes.
When you live in a small home, having multi-purpose furniture will definitely help a lot. This will allow you to maximize your storage space without having to buy another storage space. This could be a trunk that can be doubled as a coffee table or stairs that can be doubled as drawers. Multi-purpose furniture will allow you to style your home but at the same time, retain the important functionalities that every home needs. It’s a creative way to maximize your space without sacrificing the design and style. So the next time you shop for new furniture, consider getting ones that can be transformed into multiple purposes.

3. Maximize natural light.
When you have a small home, you can make it appear bigger if you know how to play with your lights. Make use of natural light and consider letting it in your home as much as possible to make your home appear bigger. You can do this by putting large windows or put a large mirror opposite your window so that when you open your windows and let the natural light in, it will multiply its effect all over your room. Maximizing natural light in your home will not only save you a lot on energy costs, but it will make the atmosphere in your home airier and light.

Homemade Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Homemade Peanut Butter Pupcakes

My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves peanut butter, I think most dogs do.  I know my daughter’s 2 Frenchies love them too.  That’s why we started making peanut butter dog treats and recently started making these Peanut Butter Pupcakes.

Actually we started making Peanut Butter Pupcakes to celebrate doggie birthdays.  In the past we’ve purchased doggie birthday cakes from a pet bakery in town, but they’ve shut their doors and we couldn’t find any one else to make them.

After making pupcakes the first time we discovered just how easy they are to make, it’s just like making people cupcakes!  We sort of, we don’t usually use any type of sweetener, trust me the dogs don’t mind.  Not only are pupcakes so easy to make homemade ones a super inexpensive, sure beats the high price tag the bakery charged!  And of course we know exactly what’s in them and know that they’re pet friendly.

Before I share my recipe a couple of tips to make sure that the Peanut Butter Pupcakes you make, or any other homemade dog treats for that matter, are safe for your pup.

Don’t be tempted to add sweetener to the recipe just because you think pupcakes should be sweet.  Cupcakes for people should be sweet, pupcakes for your pet don’t need to be.  If you must add sweetener then add natural sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc.

NEVER use artificial sweeteners for your pets, artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol are very poisonous to pets!

Never use onions or garlic in anything you make for your pets.  Onions and garlic are very toxic to pets.

Always check and double check the ingredient lists of anything you use for your pets to make sure it doesn’t contain anything that will harm your pet.

Having said all that here’s my recipe!

Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rolled Oats

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Egg

1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1 Sm. Jar of Applesauce Baby Food

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Cup Coconut Water

Directions:

Combine oats, flour, and baking soda in a bowl, set aside

Beat egg then stir in peanut butter and applesauce

Slowly mix in dry ingredients

Add in coconut water until dough becomes soft

Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin

Spoon batter into liners about 3/4 full – pupcakes don’t rise much so you can fill up liners

Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until pupcakes are done

Be sure to remove paper liners before giving them to your pet

Store in air tight containers or freeze in ziplock bags.

To make treats for special occasions like birthdays you can ice the pupcakes with peanut butter or softened cream cheese then stick a candle or decorate with a dog biscuit or carrot or what ever you pet likes.