Happy Easter!!

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HAPPY EASTER!!!

What are your Easter plans for today?

I am going to church and getting Baptized today! For some reason I have just never done it, but today I finally am.

My family is coming to town to go to church with me and support me for the baptism, which I am so thankful for!

After church I am going to make a version of my Grandmothers traditional family Easter dinner.

I’m making:
Glazed Ham
Mac & Cheese (& a 2nd Gluten Free)
Sautéed Red Potatoes (my Grandma would usually make mashed)
Cornbread Stuffing ( & a 2nd Gluten Free)
Gravy

That’s all for this Easter. Usually for holidays I also make cornbread casserole, green bean casserole, sautéed summer squash, and candied sweet potatoes.

Does your family have an Easter Dinner? What do you eat for Easter? I see people talk about Hot Cross Buns and Easter Bread, do you make these? Are they a tradition in your family?

Here’s all the prep I did yesterday to make dinner today super easy.

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I was going to do more but I got completely sidetracked making more Peanut Butter Banana Crunchies!

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Happy Easter everyone!!

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Echo’s Friend’s Cookies

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Yesterday Echo went back to Doggy Day Care and had a blast again at Camp Run-A-Mutt South Bay! While I was there I got to talking with the awesome manager Julie about the adoption event coming up. She mentioned that they have vendors at these events and asked if I baked dog treats. Later when I was with Lindsey we cooked up an idea. 20130329-191507.jpg

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While she was there today Lindsey and I ran all over so I could get all my Easter groceries. We also bought all the supplies for making awesome, mostly organic, non-GMO dog treats! Here’s what we made:

Peanut Butter Banana Crunchies
Adapted from Witty in the City

1 Banana (organic)
1 C Oat Flour
2/3 C Rolled Oats
5 TB Peanut Butter (non-GMO)
1 egg (non-GMO)

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• Pulverize 2 C rolled oats in a food processor. 20130329-194319.jpg

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• In a mixing bowl – Mash 1 banana

• Add 1 C oat flour
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• Add 2/3 Rolled oats and 4-6 TBSP Peanut Butter20130329-194702.jpg

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• Combine well 20130329-194822.jpg

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• Prep your counter for rolling out.
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• Roll out and cookie cutter! 20130329-200421.jpg

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• Bake at 350 until lightly browned on the bottom and 1/2-3/4 of the moisture as evaporated.

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I even did some itty bittys

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After they were all done and cooled we took them to Camp Run-A-Mutt for them to check out, feed to their pups, and send home with other camper parents to take home!

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Lindsey designed the Tags and I made the ingredient labels. Team effort business building!

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20130329-201819.jpg She made a second kind of treat also that she will cover on her blog soon-ish!

Banana Carrot Sticks!

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Rusty J’s Music Site

Getting A Dog used to long days at doggy day care

This week I have been thinking about how to get my Echo used to spending long days at Camp Run-a-Mutt doggy day care. 20130328-171103.jpg
This weekend I posted about her first time there, I almost took her on Tuesday but I realized that would mean she was stuck there twelve and a half hours and that seems like too much too fast. She loves to sleep too much… 20130328-170437.jpg
She has always spent so much time just sleeping while we all work, that shes used to it now. When i come home after 12-16 hours she doesnt jump right out of bed, she lays there wagging her tail, stretches, and waits for us to coax her out of bed. 20130328-171846.jpg
So instead of sending her suddenly into a 12.5 hour day there I decided to work up to it. Last weekend she was there for 3 hours, today (since I’m off) I’m going to take her for 6 hours. If she does well with that then next week I will take her for a whole day while I’m at work. Hopefully she will quickly get used to going some of the days I work and will be happy not to be stuck at home all the time and the other days she can relish in sleeping all day.

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Yesterday morning while I was home she even curled up, passed out, and started snoring as soon she finished breakfast.

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Have you done this before? What was your strategy with your dog ?

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Veggie garden update

I really need to get some of these in to beds this weekend! But here’s a photo update on the seedlings for my Spring ’13 veggie gar

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Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Filming in San Pedro

Yesterday I got to work near home, which is awesome 🙂 and I get to work Bones today, but I wanted to share some photos from our day shooting in San Pedro, ca yesterday with a wonderful Cast and Crew

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It was a beautiful day!

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Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Dog Park Trip and some Weekend Rambling

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Sunday, Lindsey and I ran all over, we got Honey Boba, met an electrician at my house to get an estimate, went and got our favorite Thai food at Rocharin

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Then we took Echo to the local dog park! I was being a slightly nervous mama, I didn’t want her to get bit because she tends to invade dogs space sometimes and she’s still learning to listen to “come”. But she did fantastic!!

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We took her in very calmly and let her off her leash, she got to run and play. We even found some adorable Great Dane pups for her to play with! (In the pic below). The cutest dog I’ve ever seen!!!

Echo had a blast and came home exhausted. I’m so glad we went, now on my days off I can take her there instead of day care (since it’s free) and she can go to daycare on some of my work days 🙂

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Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Doggy Day Care

Saturday I decided to start looking for some doggy day care places for Echo. The one near me that I’ve always known of seemed to be closed today even though their Yelp said they should’ve been open, so I reviewed their Yelp page further and found some of the reviews to be not quite what I was looking for. But what I did find was another doggy day care near me that I didn’t know existed!

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It’s called Camp Run-a-Mutt, and it’s amazing! I decided to stop by there and see if I could view their facilities, I found a beautiful outdoor cage-free facility and an amazing staff, exactly what I was hoping for!

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Before they take on new dogs you have to do it temperament test to see if your dog will acclimate well with all of the other dogs they have. So I found out the requirements for shot records etc. and scheduled my temperament test for echo for later that afternoon.

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After I picked Lindsey up we took Echo back to Camp Run-a-Mutt for her temperament test. One of the staff members Took Echo back into another room into a fenced area while we watched on a television.

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The staff member worked with Echo for a few minutes on leash and then they let one dog into the pen, After a few minutes they let Echo off leash and slowly added dogs into the mix. They had a big dogs, small dogs, various energy levels… Etc. As we are watching I could tell Echo was doing pretty well but she did get kind of excited when one of the smaller dogs was added.

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After about 15 to 20 minutes I was told that Echo had passed and they asked if I wanted her to stay for couple hours. Since it was only a couple hours till they closed they even let her stay for free! Plus we get a discount on her first trip back in.

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They have this cool platform inside so owners can look out the window to the play yard! So before we left we watched Echo get acclimated for a little bit.

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She seemed like she was doing great so we took off to find some lunch. But while your dogs there you can check up on them – they have five doggy-cams on their website which is great!! This is what I saw…

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Once it was getting close to closing time we went back and picked her up, but we watched a bit first and talked to the owner for a bit (she’s great).

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Echo came home happy and exhausted and I can’t wait to use them often while I’m work crazy hours!

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Do you use a doggy daycare? What do you do to keep your dogs exercised and happy while you work?

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Rusty J’s Music Site

Egg Muffins: Quick, Easy, Healthy

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Wednesday I made these breakfast egg muffins to have a high protein, low calorie breakfast already made for work mornings! Here’s how i did it:

Egg Muffins with Spinach and Potato

• Cut up 1 large Potato ( small cubes), 1/2 an Onion, 1 C Spinach.

• Sauté potatoes and onions with 1 TBSP Olive Oil. until they start to soften and get color.

• Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and a tiny bit of Chili powder.

• Add spinach and sauté until wilted.

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• Beat 8 eggs with 1/4 C Milk, a little salt, and pepper.

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• Prep a muffin pan with liners and little olive oil spray.

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• Fill muffin cups 1/2 full with egg mixture.

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• Distribute Potato/veggie mixture evenly between cups.

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• Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until eggs are set.

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These are so versatile, You can fill them with anything you want! Bacon, sausage, cheese, ham, any veggies… Heck maybe even pieces of pancake (I don’t know if I’d do that but it could be awesome!)

And they are only 84 calories each!

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Have you made these before? What have you or would you put in yours?

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Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Easter Wreath

Okay so I still don’t really have an eye for this cute wreath thing but I’m happy with how it came out for now. Hopefully as I keep decorating my wreath I will get a better eye for how to make it look spectacular! Here it is!

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Please let me know what you think! And what you think could be done differently!!

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Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Catching Up and Raised Bed Covers

Sorry everyone for disappearing the last couple days been pretty crazy!

Saturday I worked on this awesome new AT&T commercial that you all are going to love, I’ll post photos once it’s airing in a couple weeks!

Sunday was spent catching up on everything and getting ready for the week. Lindsey and I also had some fun. We tried this bakery in our area that we had never been to!

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Went to Crafted, which is always awesome! Check them out if you are ever in San Pedro (they are only open Fri-Sun)

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Then to Honey Boba! Oh my goodness I’m now in love with this place! It’s the best boba I have ever had. Seriously

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Monday I got to work at Entertainment Tonight which is awesome I haven’t been there in a little while.

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Then Tuesday I got rush called into Entertainment Tonight Because someone was sick and Lindsey had to go with me! Lindsay had spent the night here because Tuesday we were going to go out to my mom’s house and work on her raised beds some more. So after i got off Entertainment Tonight Lindsey and I went out to Mom’s, here’s what we did.
We finished building the covers for her raised beds and helped plant her tomatoes! Very fun. Sorry there aren’t more photos it was already dark when we started doing this. 20130320-222535.jpg It was a pretty long day, but fun. Plus I got to see Mom and one of my awesome Sisters 🙂

Wednesday was spent catching up on everything again, you know doing laundry and all that stuff, like oil changes and errands. Oh and more Honey boba, I actually had that instead of coffee this morning, which is completely unheard of for me!
Also Wedn I did make my Easter Wreath Wednesday, I will post that tomorrow!

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That’s all for now! Tomorrow I will post the wreath and Saturday my morning egg muffins!

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site