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Homemade Dog Food: Chicken Liver & Veggie Stew

February 16th, 2014

So I’ve been making homemade dog food, and now my dog thinks I’m practically the Pioneer Woman. At breakfast and dinner time I am a rockstar.

My older dog, Liberty, a 12 year old Golden Retriever has been suffering her entire life from a bucketload of food allergies that affect her skin. While we did find a semi-good-for-her bagged food, it still wasn’t enough. It only took me 12 years to figure out I could make Liberty her own food. I’ve had Liberty tested and do know what she’s allergic to (pretty much everything), so I used that as my starting point. I also googled an s-ton of info of do’s and don’ts. Most important I consulted with our veterinarian, first.

Homemade Dog Food

Disclaimer: This is my recipe and I’m happy to share it. Please know I made this specifically for my dog and I recommend consulting your vetrinarian first if anyones wants to use my recipe.

Ingredients:
Homemade Dog Food
2 lbs raw chicken livers (3 containers)
2 C. cooked brown rice, set aside
1 C. chopped carrots
1 C. chopped broccoli,
2 C. water
1 T. olive oil for pan

Homemade Dog Food
I chopped the liver into bite sizes that my size dog would like. Same with the carrots and broccoli. I’ll skip photos of raw, chopped liver. So gross. I browned the liver in a hot skillet with the olive oil, and after it’s browned I added the water to make a simmering “gravy”. I also used the left-over liquids (blood) from the containers. While it’s tempting to add salt and seasonings, I don’t. Dogs don’t need (or want) any additives.

Homemade Dog Food
After adding the liquid, I let the liver simmer on medium heat until all traces of pink are gone. Once the liver if thoroughly cooked I add in the carrots and broccoli and let them cook for a few minutes. I cook them only long enough so they become one with the liver stew - but hard enough so they retain as much raw goodness and nutrition as possible. Add water as needed. My dog could drink this gravy. Let cool. Cute, matching Japanese spatula optional.

Homemade Dog Food
I’m still weaning my dog off the store-bought food, so for now she gets 2 big spoons of kibble, and 2 big spoons of rice…

Homemade Dog Food
… next comes 2 big spoons of the chicken liver stew plus some drizzles of the gravy. My dog gets this once at breakfast time, and once at dinner.

Homemade Dog Food
I store the chicken liver stew in the (washed) containers they came in, and put the rice in a baggie. I keep the stew and the rice refrigerated, and store the other containers of stew into the freezer until about 2 days before needing it (and thawed in the fridge). I serve cold, I feel the love.

Oh, and this:
1. My dog has been on this diet for 2 + months now, and not only does she seem more active and perky, her licking and scratching has dropped by 80%.
2. An unexpected side bonus, Liberty is shedding less and her coat is soft and silky.
3. I’m saving money. Chicken livers are so economical.
4. After making brown rice for my dog, we as a family have switched from white rice to brown rice. Yummier and healthier.
5. I really enjoy making my dog her food. Like, really enjoy. It’s a very nurturing feeling. Really makes me feel good to be doing this for her and I know she’s getting healthy, whole food.
6. Our dog food travels well, we just pop it in a cooler when we drive to my parents house for a visit.
7. My dogs LOVES her Chicken Liver delight. Like crazy, love. When I make Libby her plate she barks at me. Not that crazy UPS or FedEx alert barking - but that PLEASE FEED ME NOW OR I WILL DIE bark.
8. My dog madly loves her breakfast and dinner. And me.

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Happy Sochi Yum Yum revisited

February 14th, 2014

While I’m on the subject of the Olympics - also revisited is my Happy Sochi Yum Yum blog post from May 2011 (Wow, really… 2011?! That seems like a lifetime ago.)

In 2011 we first got a glimpse of the patchwork we’d be seeing in Sochi. I loved the previews and even more I love how the patchwork has become so prevalent at the Sochi Olympics. Wow. Just wow. Olympics + Sochi patchwork is pinging my two loves. I hope there’s some fabric company in talks right now with Bosco/Sochi Olympic Committee to license the patchwork design into fabric. I need to say that again… I HOPE THERE’S SOME FABRIC COMPANY IN TALKS RIGHT NOW WITH BOSCO/SOCHI OLYMPIC COMMITTEE TO LICENSE THE PATCHWORK DESIGN INTO FABRIC.


IMAGE SOURCE: Roustem Adagamov

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Olympic love + Norwegian curling pants revisited

February 12th, 2014

My family and I are huge fans of the Olympics.  HUGE fans.  Especially the Winter Olympics.   The Olympics transcend sports and competition, but through sports the world comes together.  In peace.  In awesomeness.  Global conflicts are set aside (for the most part), and people represent countries - not the politicians, or monarchies, or leaders, or dictators, or rebels, or evil doers… but people like you and me — our kids, our siblings, our parents, and our friends.  Global happy.  I get really irritated with the Internets dogging the Olympics (I’m talking to you AV Club), and I feel bad when the magnitude of the Olympics is just. not. got. Go, happy, go!

When the last Winter O’s were in Vancouver, BC, we drove up there just to be there. No events. Just to be there. My blog post about our trip Vancouver is here.   I heart Canada people. Go, Canada, Go!
Vancouver 2010

One of my favorite things about the Vancouver Olympics was the Norwegian Curling team’s uniforms. Pretty much my MOST FAVORITE THING EVER, Olympics or not. And the Norwegians are at it again (and some other teams, too). My head exploded and little bubbles of joy floated out of my skull’s cracks when I eyed this on google images today:
nord4

I got all nostalgic thinking about Vancouver, and I how I want to celebrate with fabric, needle and thread again. So for now, I’m revisiting my Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag project. I heart curling people. Go, curling, go!
Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag

In other Olympic awesomeness, this story made my heart swell - and I bet even the anti-olympicite Internets would experience some heart swelling from this, too.

RESOURCES:
– My trip to Vancouver, BC
– Make my Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag

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Buddies

February 10th, 2014

My dog is a kitty bed - my cat is a doggie pillow.
buddies

A few months ago our younger Golden, Madison, passed. Both Liberty (our older Golden) and York (our cat who thinks he’s a dog) were inseparable and snugly with Madison. I think they’ve been sad and missing Madison, especially Libby. And then today Libby and York “discovered” each other (previous pic), and tonight they sealed the buddy deal.

buddies

This makes me so incredibly happy and comforted, and it’s such a beautiful thing to witness that I just had to share.  I’m convinced pets are just really, really hairy miniature people.

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Happy surprises!

January 28th, 2014

Wow. I was at my friend Katy’s blog today and I noticed a button on the top right, and thankfully I clicked on it. And then I had THE MOST happy surprise ever… Katy is doing her own video series! If there was EVER a person who should be behind the camera and teaching, it’s Katy. Seriously, I don’t know why Katy doesn’t have her own show on BBC (you hear that, Great British Sewing Bee?!), or HGTV, or her own show on Bravo (you hear that Andy Cohen?!).

Prepare to be enchanted.

Seriously, Katy is amazing behind the camera.  Just as she’s amazing when there’s no camera.  I love Katy’s message and thoughts on quilting, and to top it off she’s crazy super nice and adorable.   I super-love-crush on Katy.  That is all.

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Quilty Fun Sew Along

January 27th, 2014

I’m so excitied that today is my day for the Quilty Fun Sew Along book tour!
Blog Tour Header

Quilty Fun by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
PHOTO CREDIT: Fat Quarter Shop

First off, Quilty Fun is no ordinary book, and written by my dear friend Lori Holt. That would we THE Lori Holt, Queen of All Things Cute. Not only is everything one can make in Lori’s book cute, and oh so yummy - but so are the peeks inside Lori’s adorable home. Lori’s style is a fresh, happy twist on vintage.  Lori’s style is evident in her patterns (and gorgeous fabric collections), and is in a style that sings to my quilting core… where traditional meets modern, yesterday hugging today. Quilty Fun is a seriously yummy book.

Here’s what Lori’s finished sew along sampler quilt looks like. It’s also a peek inside Lori’s book.
Quilty Fun Sampler
PHOTO CREDIT: Fat Quarter Shop, QUILT CREDIT: Quilty Fun Sampler by Lori Holt

Want to jump in on the sew along? You can follow along at any time, but if you play along this week with me and make the Honeycomb units you’ll get to enter the Fat Quarter Shop’s giveaway of two boxes of Clover Wonder Clips and a packet of Alphabitties.  One can never to be too rich, too thin or have too many Clover Clips. Seriously. The winner will be chosen from the pool of submissions on the Flickr group and will be announced on Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Jabber blog on Monday, 3 Jan, 2014.

TO ENTER:
1. Buy the Quilty Fun book
2. Get the Honeycomb companion pdf
3. Make the Honeycomb units (pg. 108 in book) and photograph it.
4. Enter your Honeycomb photo at the flickr group (which is how you enter)

(note: the book is required in order for the companion cutting instructions to be usable)

TO MAKE SAMPLER:
1. Buy the Quilty Fun book
2. Get all the companion PDF’s

Here’s my Honeycomb (snowballs) that I made with Violet Craft’s Madrona Road and Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn dyed in Steel.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along

The way I make my snowballs is I sew on all my background corner pieces to the snowball fabric. I flip it over and then square-up by trimming off the excess (Steel) background fabric using the (yellow) snowball fabric as my guide. How my corners get so off kilter is beyond me, so squaring-up is a must for me. A serious, serious must.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along

I then press the background fabric’s corners to the back.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along
Next I trim the excess off of the back and corner backs of the block, leaving a ¼” seam. Pressing before cutting is a trick I learned from watching Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting on PBS. Super slick and my seam is perfectly flat every time. A crisp, shiny, happy seam.

And bam, the messy truth-pic.
Snowballs for the Quilty Fun Sew Along

RESOURCES:
– Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
– Tour info, companion PDFs, and Bloggers
– Buy the book:  Quilty Fun by Lori Holt
– Get the Honeycombs companion sheet (pdf)
– Enter to win + join the flickr group

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Fabric Auditions

January 26th, 2014

I love fabric auditions. Next best thing to fabric shopping and maybe just as fun.

Camille & Bonnie and PamKittyMorning have made it through to the finale. Third and final golden ticket goes to Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed Steel.  As for Kona White and Essex Flax - it was an agonizing decision, and were both amazing background artists… but were not picked this time. I have no doubt Kona White and Essex Flax will make it through on the next audition.
Fabric auditions

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Quilt Improv by Lu Summers | blog hop & giveaway

January 17th, 2014

I’m so excited to be a part of Lu Summers blog hop for her fantastic new book, Quilt Improv! Lu knocked this out of the park (but then she does that with everything)!

Wow, Lu’s book is breathtaking. Not only are the projects enticing and interesting, the entire look and feel of the book is freshly gorgeous. It is so worth a trip through the entire Quilt Improv Blog Hop to see all the assorted photos sprinkled on peoples posts. Seriously, clicking here is like a passport to beautiful quilts and the English countryside. And not just any people, Stitch Craft Create UK assembled some pretty crazy talented people for this hop, so totally worth a look just for that. I’m so honored to be amongst them!

I’m a picture-reader more than I am a word-reader, and Quilt Improv is a yummy feast for my eyes.  Part of what makes me love Quilt Improv (besides who its author is!), is that even a picture-reader like me can get SO MUCH out of this book. My guess is that word-readers will get a lot out of Quilt Improv, too.
Quilt Improv by Lu Summers | blog hop & giveaway

I’m so loving improv quilting/quilts, but I’m that quilter that likes pieces cut in precise dimensions and joined precisely by a ¼” to another precisely measured piece to achieve a perfectly inch’d unit. Improv quilting scares me a little because there are a lot of what-ifs involved. With Lu’s help and gorgeous illustrations I can grasp letting go of precisely measured pieces and units, and enjoy being free of the piece-anxiety. My bag of scraps has new purpose and meaning!
Quilt Improv by Lu Summers | blog hop & giveaway

It didn’t take me long (or any anxiety) to gather like length’d pieces and join them into rows. Before I knew it, I have a handful of rows made. I’m kinda shocked still how fast this went. So it turns outs that eyeballing is hella faster then measuring. I feel a little bit liberated from that ball n chain known as math. Well, for today any how. Tomorrow I might be back on the 2½” x 4½”, 3⅞”, 5¼” juice.
Chevrons made using Quilt Improv book by Lu Summers

I haven’t decided if I want to turn this little quilt top into a pillow or make a small wall quilt. Probably a small quilt because I’m a little giddy about having a binding opportunity.
Chevrons made using Quilt Improv book by Lu Summers

But for today my little quilt top serves as a reminder that I need to take my Christmas lights and dec down first. And by first I mean March 1st.
Chevrons made using Quilt Improv book by Lu Summers

RESOURCES:
Lu Summers
Quilt Improv for UK buyers
Quilt Improv for international buyers via Amazon
Quilt Improv Blog Hop
Stitch Craft Create UK

GIVEAWAY:
F & W Media is generously giving away a hard copy of Lu’s book to one lucky reader of my blog.  Just leave a comment here on this post and I’ll have random.org draw a winner on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 noon ish PST. Giveaway is open to UK, US, everywhere and the moon.

Want a comment question to answer? If you could be in any country to receive the winning copy of Quilt Improv - what country would that be?

Edited in: The giveaway has now ended, and using random.org for comments 1-171, the winner is #95 by Jennifer from Purrfect Stitches. Congratulations, Jennifer!!

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Sewing-time Needlebook

December 30th, 2013

I’m so excited to post that I have a tutorial and guest-blog post at Liberty of London’s craft blog.  Liberty of London.  That’s so thrilling for me to type, I think I’ll type it a third time.  Liberty of London.  Holy Coke Zero, I’m all Ja’mie-like super crazy excited over that!

I’ve made a really nifty needlebook based off one of my smaller needlebooks. The Liberty needlbook has a real book feel… like a storybook, but for sewests. A story-time needlebook. You can read my guest-post and see my tutorial here.
Sewing-time Needlbook

I used fabrics from Liberty’s Stile collection. Like all of the Liberty fabrics, this one is my fave. This one really is my fave. For real. Until the next Liberty collection comes out.
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook

I made a second sample with fabrics from stash.
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook

And then I got cheeky and decided to mix things up.  My friend Elizabeth has passed on many of her scraps to me, and I lovingly use the Elizascraps when ever I can. I think I think up things to make for the sole purpose of using her yummy scraps.   Note: the center cat fabric is Cocoland Cats by Kokka which I got from Pink Castle Fabrics.
Sewing-time Needlbook

And then there were more, plus the addition of Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed linen in Steel and in Olive.  I’m mad crushing over these new Essex colors.  I also found some seriously yummy sparlke cotton at my local JoAnn’s.

Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook

I got jiggy and tried out some pockets in the pockets. Just a few stitches made on top of D unit and E unit.  I also rounded my “pages” corners. Sewing-time Needlbook

If anyone would like to make the scrappy version, the only thing different than the tutorial is the outer exterior unit.
Sewing-time Needlbook

Sewing-time Needlbook

If you make one, please consider submitting your finished project to my Happy Zombie flickr group, as well as tagging it #sewliberty, @happy_zombie and @libertylifestyle if you post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

RESOURCES:
- Liberty Craft Blog - Needlebook tutorial and guest-post
- Liberty Craft Blog
- Liberty of London
- Liberty Lifestyle Twitter
- Liberty Lifestyle Instagram
- Tag your fabrics and projects with #sewliberty, @happy_zombie and @libertylifestyle

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Tiny Kawaii Totes + Giveaway

December 10th, 2013

My ears always perk up when I hear the word kawaii (thank you Gwen Stefani!), and recently my eyes perked up when I read that Pink Castle Fabrics started a Kawaii Fabric Club. Like getting a monthly prescription for a wonderous addiction.
Kawaii

When my bundle of 8 fat eighths came, I had no real plans for the fabric other than for stash building (can I get an amen?). But I did want to use it, too. It’s just to damn cute to put in the cupboard. And then I had the bright idea to make my Small Treat Totes pattern that was in Quilts & More magazine a few years ago.
Tiny Kawaii Tote

I often wonder what it would be like to be that really cool person who bakes trays of cookies or barrels of Chex Mix for the holidays. I’m lucky if I can crank out 5 cookies and a leftover bag of Alaska Airlines snack mix. Perfect to fit in the 2″ x 4″ x 4″ tiny tote.
Tiny Kawaii Tote

The holidays really put me in the gift bag spirit. I just need that spirit to come help me in the kitchen.
Tiny Kawaii Tote

To use a little fabric with big impact, I modified my Treat Totes pattern a little bit, and I used some white solid sparkly cotton fabric from JoAnn’s to complement the kawaii fabric. Here are the cutting measurements for the Tiny Kawaii Tote with solid handles.
Tiny Kawaii Tote
Tiny Kawaii Tote (cutting)

Here are the cutting measurements for the Tiny Kawaii Tote with print handles.
Tiny Kawaii Tote
Tiny Kawaii Tote (cutting)

Assembly instructions are here at AllPeopleQuilt.com.

Pink Castle Fabrics is generously going to give a Kawaii Fabric Club fat eighth bundle to one lucky winner on my blog. Just leave a comment (what would you put in the tiny tote?) by noon ish PST, Saturday Dec. 14th, 2013. I’ll draw one lucky winner via random.org and Brenda at Pink Castle will send you your bounty of kawaii awesomeness.

Edited in: The giveaway has now ended, and using random.org for comments 1-164, the winner is #61 by Darcy from Modern Cozy. Congratulations, Darcy!!

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