Filed under: animals, border collies, food, photography | Tags: border collies, dogs, food, life, photography, tucson, vegan
I’m sorry I’ve been so out of touch. Things have been so busy. It’s amazing how adding a third dog can take away half your time. (ok…I may be exaggerating. ) This is my busy season, so I should have many things to blog about. The question is….Will I have time? I suppose the biggest news is this: Your dear friend Pickles was selected to be the cover dog for the Arizona Border Collie Rescue 2015 calendar! And I got to shoot her photo, as well as her May images, Nike the July dog, and October dogs Saxon and London! The calendar is beautiful. They did a brilliant job assembling cute dogs, talented photographers and the print quality is great. Here is my girl now, in one of the photos that didn’t make the calendar:
You can order your calendars here: http://azbordercollierescue.com/calendar_purchase_2015.asp In July Cody Bear turned 10! O….M…G….. Time is going by so fast. Pickles is 6 and Tralee is 1. Pickles and Cody Bear still love each other, but he also enjoys sitting back and watching the two Border Collies play. I love how he smiles at them. And every now and then he will join in the fun. But he is slowing down. And how is he doing with the new, high drive, loony puppy….?
He loves her. And she adores him. He is very protective of his girls and he loves having that role of protector.
In even bigger news! Some of you know I have enjoyed working on my photography portfolio for several years now. Well, I was invited by the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ to participate in their “Jeepers Creepers: BUGS in art” exhibition running from 10/3/14 to 1/25/15! I saw the exhibition last week. I drove to Scottsdale and dragged my parents to the gallery opening. We had a great night and my parents and I were SO impressed with the gallery and the diverse collection!
The i.d.e.a. Museum is geared towards inspiring creativity and education for children and they’ve done a brilliant job keeping a collection of talented artists and making it interactive and fun for kids. Please check it out, it is sooo much fun. Final October news: Goodbear has gone vegan! Today is day thirty. I had a few off days where I couldn’t avoid dairy, but for the most part it was a good thirty days and I’m going to keep at it. I will allow an occasional egg from my friends’ home chickens. I know I won’t be perfect, but I’m going to give it a shot. I decided to do it for health reasons and I could instantly see improvements in that department.
Filed under: animals, dogs, food, insects, life | Tags: animals, border collies, dogs, food, insects, life, mutts, photography
so life has been happening. lots and lots of life. good and bad; mostly good.
but i’m back. i will say…there has been alot of eating, visits to the vet and frantic life happening in the last few months.
the best breakfast ever was discovered:
hash browns on green chili sauce with a chili relleno breakfast burrito. (i could only eat half)
insects are still being found:
and his faithful sidekick is still doing great and making us all happy:
Filed under: dogs, food, life | Tags: food, life, lunch, people, sandwiches
i’ve gone to the same sandwich shop for work lunches for a year now….about once or twice a month.
everytime i go in i am greeted by…the sandwich crab. a young, brown haired miserable girl. i greet her cheerily each time and with every sandwich i am met with a cold stare and a nasty “do you know what you want?” or something like that.
many times i debate: should i call the manager and complain about how crabby this beeyotch is?
months ago i decided, “clearly she HATES my cheeriness!” and because she deserves no better….i will keep that shit up.
this afternoon i go in for my-veggie-on-wheat-no-onions. she looks as miserable as usual.
she takes my order. she meets me moments later at the cash register. i smile and hand her my debit card with a jiggle of the ponytails.
“thank you!” i say as she hands me my card.
she looks at me and says.
“have a pleasant day.”
well, that’s lame…but more than lame….it’s pretty freakin’ congenial for her. i wonder if that’s the sweetest she can be.
nice job sandwich crab. nice to see i’m cracking your shell.
Filed under: cooking, food, vegan, vegetarian | Tags: cilantro, cooking, food, recipes, salad, salsa, vegan, vegetarian
buzzy is here so we can get some work done…but i’m forcing her to eat my leftovers from last night, blogging the recipes THEN i will work on the antiques project.
one has to have priorities.
first of all, i’m so glad that some of you wanted my recipes! thanks a bunch. so here goes, from the kitchen of goodbear:
goodbear’s not-bad-for-a-gringa salsa:
1 fresh jalapeno pepper – chopped
1 fresh anaheim chili pepper – diced
3 medium fresh tomatoes – diced (i like mine chunky)
3 cloves fresh garlic(i sometimes use more!)
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1/4 cup fresh chopped green onion – green and white parts
1 can stewed tomatoes – dice the chunks
2 tbsp. diced green chilis
salt & pepper to taste
i like my salsa hot and chunky! the night before serving, chop, slice and dice the peppers, garlic, onion and tomatoes. mix em up. take your stewed tomatoes, but before adding them to the mix, slice the tomato to your preferred chunkiness. add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cilantro.
over night the flavors will blend and the salsa becomes a little hotter. right before serving add the fresh chopped cilantro. you can add it the night before, too, but since we have so many cilantro lovers here at cody bear’s friends….it stands out more if you add it right before serving.
serves 2 – 15 people, depending on how hungry they are and how tasty the other dishes are!
goodbear’s damn-i-need-a-side-dish easy corn salad:
2 cans whole kernel corn – rinsed well & drained
1 can black beans – rinsed well & drained
1 medium red onion – chopped
1/2 red wine vinagrette dressing
1-2 tsp ground cumin
1/2-3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
prepare the night before serving. in medium mixing bowl mix red wine vinagrette dressing and cumin. next add chopped onion, corn and beans. stir ingredients. and just a little salt & pepper. again, i like adding the cilantro the next day. also, depending on what brand of dressing you use, you may want to add a couple extra tbsp.s of olive oil.
this dish takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare. i have no idea how many folks it serves.
here is buzzy, enjoying her leftovers and working diligently on her defense:
thanks for stopping by!
Filed under: food, work | Tags: burgers, coodking, food, grilling, meat, work
surprisingly, my boss had a good time at his bbq bday party.
of course he did…he got to grill!
we all brought the food and he brought this cool grill that he usually takes to tailgates at the university.
now i’m home…and i will be working on the computer all night on a few different site projects that need to be finished asap. i will take respite every now and then and hopefully i will find some blog pal’s new entry to read during respite!
pickles is chewing a bone and cody bear is sleeping at my feet.
Filed under: food, work | Tags: cooking, food, southwest cooking, vegan, vegetarian
we’re grilling at the office today to celebrate the birth of my boss. he’s very excited. (not really. not at all)
m and i are in charge of the vegetarian options. here are my two entries: chips and salsa and a sw corn salady type concoction.
so fresh and yummy!
let me know if you want either recipe. they’re really good and the salad is super easy.
Filed under: cooking, food, life, vegetarian | Tags: cheese, cooking, dogs, food, kitchen, life, wine
oh, hello there. welcome to goodbear’s kitchen.above the sink we have my new lucky cat, paw raised and ready to bring me prosperity. or…at least keep me from overcooking the asparagus again.
the kitchen got a deep cleaning today because the pet sitter is coming later this month. i’m flying back east in a few weeks to see my grandmother one last time.
regarding the kitchen:
my dogs think i am an amazing chef!
no raw chicken is allowed in my kitchen. it freaks me out.
i make THE BEST TOASTED CHEESE SANDWICHES IN THE WORLD. i have people that will vouch for this.
my border collie is laying in the middle of the kitchen floor. she has eyes the color of coffee beans and she is waiting or me to drop something.
under my kitchen table lies my cody bear, a mandarin collie who has to eat four times a day and needs meds to digest his meals.
and there is a black cat with white mittens sitting on the counter waiting for chow.
there are always beers in the fridge.
and again…best toasted cheese sandwiches in the world. plus,….i know my way around a potato, as well.