Dog Sitting

We are a dog family. We dote on our pets. My sister Kristin and her boyfriend Joe also share in this passion, and we’re fortunate in that we take care of each other’s pets when one of us leaves town. The last 2 weeks we’ve been taking care of these guys:

The pug on the left, that’s Milo. He’s sweet and hilariously frisky.
The little fluffy white guy on the right, that’s Possum. A fitting name, but as our resident escape artist he’s been aptly nicknamed Houdini. Every chance he gets he heads straight for the door and down the street. He’s small with soft little paws so often times he gets by us unnoticed. Pretty slick. When Kristin and Joe were living in the country, Possum actually led a whole pack of other dogs up the road in front of their house. What’s funny is he’s elderly for a dog, and kind of hobbles around with these furry little paws that look like they belong in Whoville. Given the chance however, he picks up speed and darts toward freedom like Seabiscuit.

Don’t underestimate his size…he rules the roost. He’s the Don. Our dog Ali, who would seem a formidable competitor for the Alpha position is like a pile of mashed potatoes and kisses the ring daily.

Here he is:

Speaking of mashed potatoes, these are something that give a regular encore appearance at our house, taking on many forms. I’ve learned they’re a great base in which to incorporate all sorts of ingredients that Brycey may not necessarily want to eat by themselves. The grownups love them too. Here’s what’s for lunch today:

Mashed Potato Bowl with sautéed Garlic Vegetables

(for the mash)
3-4 large potatoes
1 tbsp of olive oil spread
1 c milk
salt & pepper to taste

(the vegetables)
2-3 asparagus spears, chopped
1 med sized carrot, chopped
¼ red onion, diced
½ c sweet corn
1 sm garlic clove, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Peel and boil the potatoes until you can pierce them easily with a fork. Drain them and put them back into the pot with the butter, salt, pepper and milk. Mash them with a hand masher or hand mixer. While the potatoes are boiling, saute the vegetables and garlic in a tsp of olive oil, adding salt & pepper to taste.

Make a little mashed potato bowl and put the vegetables in the middle. Add cheese as a topper. This is nothing fancy,and easy to whip up. Some of the best things in life are just this simple.

Have a great day!

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