Animals · Dogs · Photos

Lily. My Best Friend.

Heartache comes in many forms, and this week I’ve suffered one of the worst heartaches I’ve ever felt.  I lost my best friend.

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I got Lily in 2005 as a 12-week old adorable puppy.  She wasn’t expected – my boyfriend at the time gave her to me for Christmas, and at first, I was a little overwhelmed because I was in college and also working full-time.  And also never expected a dog!  I didn’t know how I was going to manage taking care of a puppy, but of course I could never send her back!

From day one I was in love with this pup.  I took her everywhere that I could and I loved her beyond words.  Lily has lived in 7 different houses with me and lived in 3 different cities.  She traveled across the country with me and was there for me every step of the way these past 12 years – including my labor with Lucy,  never leaving my side until it was time for me to go to the hospital.

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Animals · Dogs · Photos · Pregnancy · Recipes

Pregnancy. 34 weeks. 4 Days.

 

I still don’t understand where the time goes.  I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 days since my last post and almost 8 weeks since my last Pregnancy Post! 

Deep sigh…

Speaking of time, I’ve been busy getting stuff ready for the arrival of our sweet baby girl – hard to believe she will be here in less than 6 weeks (unless she decides to arrive late of course).   Who knew having a baby took such preparation?!  I mean, I know when they arrive it’s a lot of work, but man, there has already been so much preparation and she’s still in my belly!

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Animals · Comfort Food · Dogs · Main Dishes · Recipes · Vegetarian

Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna

Looking for a new, healthier way to make lasagna?  Well you’ve come to the right place!  This Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna recipe is sure to knock your socks off!

And because it’s made with butternut squash, it’s a great choice for a vegetarian main dish.  Plus, it’s healthier!  The butternut squash is stuffed with spinach and combines three of my favorite cheeses: Ricotta, Parmesan, and Mozzarella, to create the ultimate comfort food.

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Animals · Comfort Food · Dogs · Health · Photos · Pregnancy · Recipes · Vegetarian

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Burgers.

You’re not going to believe me, but the weather in south Florida has been very chilly these past few weeks.  No joke.  It’s been getting into the 40’s at night and only into the 60’s during the day.  Yes, I realize for most of you northerners, that’s not very cold, but for those of us used to 80 degrees, it’s cold.

I’ve enjoyed the cooler weather.  It makes if feel more like the holiday season to me.  Plus, I get to wear sweatshirts and sweatpants, and drink tea and hot chocolate during all hours of the day (not that this is anything new). 🙂

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15 minutes or less · Breakfast Foods · Comfort Food · Dairy Free · Dogs · Photos · Popular · Quick Meals · Recipes · Vegan · Vegetarian

Orange-Spice Pumpkin Waffles. Vegan. Gluten-Free.

Yesterday I made Homemade Pumpkin and Oatmeal Dog Treats for the pups…

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Don’t they look excited?  They loved them! 

The recipe I used made a huge batch of treats and I didn’t want to make that many because I have little pups, so I only made half, leaving me with a lot of leftover pumpkin.

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Animals · Dogs · Photos

Costa Rica Part II.

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After bidding farewell to Drake Bay, we took a boat, then a bus to Uvita. It was hot and I was miserable.  But I was still on cloud 9 thinking about how excited I was to be engaged to such an incredible man.

The hotel we planned on staying at was closed, but we ended up finding a very eco-friendly and quant hippie hostel which was inundated with young, hippie (American) travelers.  I fit right in. 🙂

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15 minutes or less · Animals · Breakfast Foods · Dogs · Quick Meals · Sea Turtles · Vegetarian

Pineapple Smoothie Bowl.

Hola!  We are back from Costa Rica and I hope y’all haven’t forgotten about me because I haven’t forgotten about you!  In fact, I thought about you a lot during my time in Central America – when I was eating incredible food and when I was hiking through the cloud forest, I thought about how much I couldn’t wait to share my experiences with y’all! So, on that note, it’s good to be back. 🙂  I can’t wait to share some of our pictures – which I promise to soon!

But first, I want to share with you some wonderful news…

Drum roll please…

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