Super Quick Chickpea Basil Salad

This recipe is why you want to always have a batch of basil pesto or even better, basil vinaigrette, whipped up and ready to go or frozen in the freezer.

Then with only a can of organic chickpeas, some celery and a cucumber ?, you are set to make the simplest, fastest, healthy recipe ever! And tasty too. ?

Holding a plate away from me to take a photo is a signal to the boys that a sample might be coming their way. Nicklas was standing by. Lol

Recipe:

* 1/2 large English cucumber, thinly sliced

* 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

* 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

* 1/3 cup Basil Vinaigrette or Pesto, your choice

* Squeeze of lemon

* Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions

In a bowl, mix together cucumber, celery, and chickpeas. Add Basil Vinaigrette and a squeeze of lemon. Season with salt and pepper. That’s it! Serve up and enjoy! ?

Tip: Make a double batch and have leftovers the next day.

Rebuilding The Runway

The path all 4 dogs take as they go tearing out the back door after a bird they’ve spotted in the yard is what I call The Runway. ?

The dirt had sunk, especially in the corner, so it was a low point in the yard collecting water and the sprinklers were too high to water it properly. Add originally laying it in the dead of summer, which is 110° around here, didn’t help. So it was looking a little sad.

With all I’ve learned this past year, and since not being able to use grass seeds due to crickets that love grass seedlings ?, I can now do a great job transplanting, patching holes and putting seams together ?.

This was my biggest repair job yet. Unplanned too. The idea struck and I knew if I didn’t do it now it wouldn’t get done this year. The seasons of life in nature trump time and agendas.

The prep work was Not Fun. And to not waste the bits of living grass I pulled up I used it to patched other various holes in the yard. Time consuming, ugh, for sure and yet I do love not having holes. ?

Actually laying the sod was the easy part. 🙂

Now if I can keep it alive and the fence not peed on (or jumped over)??‍♀️while it grows roots. ????

I want to know why human urine is good fertilizer for grass but dog urine is not? ?

All that being said, the reason I work so hard on the grass is for the Joie on my dogs ? faces when we play ball on it…

watching them roll in it….

enjoying the coolness in the shade on grass that never gets too hot to burn your feet….

being able to ground myself…..by sinking my bare feet into REAL grass that feels like coming home is an awfully nice side benefit.

then there’s playtime…

and mealtimes with no danger of eating rocks….

#selfcare at its finest ??

#homeownerlife #lovemydogs #gordonsetter #lifeofjoie

Update: I am ecstatic to share that after a couple weeks of extra daily waterings, the new grass is doing better than any sod previously laid! Except for the brown patches where the fence was peed on while we were gone for 12 days and they “forgot” where they aren’t allowed to pee. It’s now had two haircuts and can be walked on. The chairs are my genius idea to have them go around The Runway while the new grass is settling in as they take off out the back door. ? And they can pee on the chairs which are on the rocks. ??

This new patch is now Ian’s favorite spot in the yard. ?

So now you know I’m obsessed with grass. Lol. I’m sure if you’re a dog owner you too have great stories of the things you do for them and because of them. I’d love to hear some!

The Nose Knows

As is the required regular morning routine I was out playing ball with The Boys, Nicklas, Ian and Larkin, and one of the balls took a crazy bounce and ended up in the veggie bed. (the overflowing bed on the left in the photo, but of course.)

I searched for a while but the tomato plants have literally taken over, becoming so dense and tightly packed together I couldn’t find it without breaking branches.

So hoping I’d eventually come across it one day, I went in the house and got the back up ball. I luckily have a 4th extra ball as the neighbors tossed another one we’d lost many weeks ago back over the wall ??? and we finished our game.

A couple hours later Nicklas goes up to the garden fence, nose in the air obviously having caught a scent and I’m like OMG, he smells the ball! Almost disbelieving, I open the gate, only letting him in (Ian & Larkin know something is up and want in on it too LOL), and he goes right to the middle of the bed sticking his nose in amongst the tomato plants very carefully. He spots an opening by the basil plants and puts a paw in the dirt but quickly listens and takes his paw out when I tell him no.

He sniffs around a bit more and then zeros in with his nose stuffed in a plant and holds still. I check and yup, he’s found it!

I carefully reach in, moving leaves and branches to pick up the ball while Nicklas impatiently waits, thankfully not lunging into the garden bed to grab it.

He is very pleased with his find of course and proudly pranced off with Ian and Larkin hot on his heels, pestering him, hoping to steal his treasure. Lol.

Just ask Nicklas

I am choosing to soak up this moment, live in the JOIE and Celebrate!! ✨???

I absolutely have to share the fantastic news!

23 months ago our boy Nicklas almost died from heart failure, due to a taurine deficiency. We were told even IF they could save his immediate life it would be for maybe 6-12 months as damaged hearts don’t heal. ??

Day by day this boy held on and fought to survive. When he demanded to be let out of his oxygen tank/crate we knew he was going to pull through. ?☺️

We took him home, crossed our fingers, gave him loads of love, a summer of rest (under protest), heart medicine, high dosage of taurine and a bonus CoQ10 supplement ? as for 6 months we daily counted his breaths per minute, waiting for his first cardio recheck. There we learned he was responding and his heart was shockingly starting to HEAL! ???

9 months ago I started feeding him raw, 6 months ago I chose to take him off his heart medicine, and TODAY his echocardiogram shows his heart is completely NORMAL, both in size AND pumping efficiency!!

We are ecstatic!!! Plenty of happy tears. ?

Recovery is so new and rare his cardiologist can’t even believe it.

It’s been a scary ride at times and often we wondered if we were doing the right / best thing for him when it went contrary to poplar opinion and many were very much opposed and freely attacking our choices.

Loving him as I do and knowing NOBODY was in his corner more than me, gave me the strength and courage to learn, ask questions, never give up and to make decisions based on what I believed in my heart was best for him. When a life is on the line you don’t often get a second chance if you’re wrong, I wanted no regrets.

Nicklas is soooo happy now, energy is off the charts even for a puppy, much less an 8 1/2 yr old boy. This previously frustratingly picky eater we couldn’t keep weight on LOVES to eat now. He has the most amazing Joie de Vivre!

Miracles DO happen! Just ask Nicklas, he’ll happily tell you so with a bark or two or three or four.

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