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The Good, The Bad, The (Somewhat) Ugly with #BayerExpertCare

The Good, The Bad, The (Somewhat) Ugly with #BayerExpertCare - A Tail of Three Cats We had been a two cat family for a long, long time, until last month. CJ and Chuckles, collectively known as "The Cat Boys" had been living together for 5 years in somewhat peaceful harmony. Then Doug brought home a severely neglected kitty. She needed the quality care that we know is so important for the health and wellness of a pet. Meet the Good - Mr. CJ They are sort of a cat version of the Odd Couple … [Read More...]

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Quick & Easy Dog Bathing with #BayerExpertCare

Winter Dog Bathing with #BayerExpertCare - the solution to a smelly dog! It's the holiday season! Christmas is my favorite time of year.  The house is all decorated.  The Christmas tree and the greenery give the house that wonderful Christmas Balsam smell.......... hmmm, what is that odor? I'm walking by the dog beds in the corner of the living room and things smelllll....sort of "doggy".  You don't always notice it when you've been in the house a long time.  You get used to it but its … [Read More...]


AKC Eukanuba Championships This Weekend

The girls have plans this weekend. Gemma and Malibu will be watching the AKC Eukanuba Championship - the largest dog show in North America 12/12-12/13.  You can join them in the fun with live streaming  and follow @Eukanuba on Twitter for updates! #EukanubaChamps #ad … [Read More...]

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Eliminating Dry, Itchy Skin in Dogs with #BayerExpertCare

#BayerExpertCare products are helping me eliminate winter's itchy, dry skin on my pets! It's that time of the year again - the leaves have fallen from the trees; the mercury is dipping in the thermometer; the furnace is running; and I have my wood cookstove in the kitchen perking away for a little extra warmth.  Oh yes, and I can hear the thump, thump, thump of Malibu and Gemma's hind legs as they scratch.  As we have wood floors, the thumping can wake you from a sound sleep. Here in the … [Read More...]

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna – a healthy crock-pot recipe

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna fills your Crock-Pot with healthy goodness! Lately, I am working on some healthy alternatives to some of my old favorite foods.  Lasagna has always been an ultimate comfort food for me.   I was very guilty of loading it up with lots of calories and fat.  But this Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna has all the tasty, cheesy goodness of lasagna but eliminates the usual ground beef (red meat) , sausage (processed meat), and whole milk ricotta cheese (fat).  All these high … [Read More...]

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Slow Cooker Curried Carrot Soup

Easy to grow! Tasty to eat! Slow Cooker Curried Carrot Soup reaps the harvest rewards... Carrots are a huge favorite vegetable in the Thompson family.  In fact, they are at the top of everyone's list so when we plant our garden in the spring they are always guaranteed a large section of the garden. With proper soil, they are quite easy to cultivate and they store well whether you pack them in straw, sawdust, or sand in a place that is above 32F and 95% humidity.  I pack mine in plastic totes … [Read More...]


GPS Tracker Dog Collar – a solution for country dogs! #NuzzleSmartCollar

Where, oh where has my little dog gone? Now I know thanks to #NuzzleSmartCollar The greatest joy of living in our secluded location, as a pet owner, is not having to pen or tie our dogs. We live remotely in the middle of a 60 acre tract of fields and woods on the edge of a wilderness, and don't have to worry about things like street traffic and close neighbors.  Don't get me wrong....I don't just let my "girls", Gemma and Malibu, loose to wander unsupervised from dawn to dusk wherever they … [Read More...]

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Baked Mandarin Chicken Breasts

Baked Mandarin Orange Chicken Breasts served in a scrumptious citrus based sauce! Try this Baked Mandarin Chicken Breasts Recipe to add a note of sunny citrus to a gloomy winter day! Cold weather is coming and although it is only mid-October, here in the Maine North Woods we have already had our first snowstorm.  It was only an inch of snow, and it melted the next day but it is harbinger of what is to come - the dreaded long, cold northern Maine winter. This time of the year, I do my fall … [Read More...]


Stuffed Baked Apples Dessert Recipe

Easy Quick Apple Dessert - A delicious autumn baked apple delight! It's autumn and apples are in abundance!  There are chilly fall days when I want an easy apple dessert that's warm and delicious but I don't have time for complicated recipes with pie crust and such.  One of the "weapons" in my dessert arsenal is Baked Apples.  I have a number of baked apple recipes.  What I like about them is they a fairly quick prep time.  I can get them in the oven to bake while I prepare the rest of our … [Read More...]

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The Living Scarecrow – A Real Halloween #TrickOrSweet

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TrickOrSweet #CollectiveBias's all about the fun, the tricks, the treats, and the spooky scary stuff.  As a kid, the scary stuff was the most fun for me and I have those memories to this day.  We lived in the country so we had to" trick or treat" along a country road where the farmhouses were far apart.  My grandfather and father snuck out early and hid in a field after covering … [Read More...]


Poise Impressa has given me a #LifeAfterLeaks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. You must be 21+ years old to try Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. #LifeAfterLeaks #CollectiveBias When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought a lot about different things like how wonderful it would be to be a mother; would my baby grow up to be a doctor or President of the United States; would my husband and I be good and understanding parents; and even would the baby keep us … [Read More...]