Monthly Archives: April 2013

Norman & Oliver: Goldendoodles

Recently our family got two members bigger. Enter: Norman and Oliver, the Goldendoodles.

When their owner came unto very unfortunate circumstances, she decided it was time to give these two boys a new home. That’s when my family came in. They loved the dogs, and asked if I would be willing to walk them and invest time in caring for them. Having never met the dogs, but anxious to have another pet since our Akita passed away,  I agreed.

A proper looking fellow in this picture, but quite goofy in actuality! Oliver must be pet in a very certain way, and most certainly not upon the head! Only his back and belly will suffice. He is also the most excitable of the two, and one might identify him by his consistent panting.

A proper looking fellow in this picture, but quite goofy in actuality! Oliver must be pet in a very certain way, and most certainly not upon the head! Only his back and belly will suffice. He is also the most excitable of the two, and one might identify him by his consistent panting.

 

Probably the "alpha dog" of the two. When Norman barks, Oliver chimes right in. When Norman lies upon the couch, Oliver thinks it's a good idea too...

Probably the “alpha dog” of the two. When Norman barks, Oliver chimes right in. When Norman lies upon the couch, Oliver thinks it’s a good idea too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruit Smoothie: The Perfect Balance

Tasty, and with a nice peach color!

Tasty, and with a nice peach color! (green from the pear, although one could subtly add some vegetables!)

Tonight I was meddling in smoothies, and put together one that is the perfect balance of sweet and not too tangy. The flavor is mostly that of pear and apple, with a significant hint of strawberry.

The smoothie is made up of approximately…

5x Strawberries, 5x Carrots, 1x small container of Blueberry Yogurt, 1x Pear, 1x Apple (a sweet one!), a small bowl of ice, one scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Optional to decrease thickness): 1-2 cup/s water.

Serves around four people.

I excluded the water, because I don’t mind the thickness, and I wanted all the flavors at their height. To remedy this however, one could substitute fruit juice, which would add rather than take away any flavor.

Plus, if you or your friends are among the camp who dislike yogurt but would readily eat it for its health benefits if not for the flavor, then this smoothie is prime way to do so as the yogurt isn’t very prominent.