Thanks for posting this, Bella, My BFF.
Thanks for posting this, Bella, My BFF.
**I know this is supposed to be “wordless” Wednesdays, but lest people think we neglect our dog by leaving her in the snow, please don’t. She has a bed under the eaves of the house and she can come inside when she wants. She chooses this. She’s a Newfie.
Murphy, our Newfoundland, is truly the most beautiful dog I have ever seen, but she is also the dirtiest. If you have a Newf, you know that they are pretty much dirt and water sponges. Most dogs bring in some mud when the snow starts to melt, but Murphy takes it to an entirely new level.
Newfies have what we call “feathers” on the back of their legs. We may as well call them mops, because they collect every bit of moisture with which they come into contact–and hold it. Murphy usually thinks this is a good time to try to sit on the couch or on your lap. One cute thing–whenever Murph gets wet, her hair kinks up as if she had been left in a room with my old high school crimping iron.
Now, I understand that most dogs shed. I am perfectly used to puffs of dog fur dancing around the floor each time the heat turns on. What Murphy brings to the game is dirt. When she gets up from the floor, left behind is a giant dog shaped dirt shadow.
On our walk today. Murphy found one of the last remaining patches of snow and rolled all around in it, as she is wont to do. It reminded me of a chinchilla taking a dust bath–when she arose (or was tugged back into the street for our walk), the clean white snow had a lovely, brownish doggie-shaped outline.
Bits of dog biscuits stuck in her jowls are released onto her “napkin”, otherwise known as the rug in front of the hearth. She is fond of putting her chin on your sleeve–and when she leaves, a nice slimy trail of dog slobber undoubtedly remains. Don’t bother wearing nice clothes to my house…Newfs also like to present their paws to everyone, and dainty, she is not.
She loves to get into the bathtub after the boys shower–and up on the sink to drink whatever is left in the sink. It is never a secret when she does this as big muddy paw prints appear wherever she has been. We try to dry off her feet before she gets too fair into the house or out of the tub, but tug-a-towel is one of her favorite games, which makes things a bit difficult.
There are myriad great reasons to bring a Newfoundland into your family. However, if cleanliness is your thing, you may want to think again.
Murphy is our favorite great big, dirty, slobbery mess. We love her to pieces!
We knew Murphy was going to be a big dog, but it is difficult to really comprehend just how big she would get and how quickly it would happen.
The littlest one is from the end of June.
Today was a beautiful day.
It is starting to get a bit cloudy now, but earlier, the sunshine was brilliant–and warm. That’s another thing I love about NW Montana–even in mid February, when temperatures are in the upper 30s or low 40s, the sun is still warm on your face.
After our walk, I started to make my soup for the work week. It is such an easy soup, but so delicious, and filling enough that I don’t come home from work wanting to eat everything in my kitchen. It isn’t complicated, and you could likely find a similar recipe online somewhere. I like it because it low in calories, high in vitamins, very tasty, and I almost always have all the ingredients in the house.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
You will need:
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2-3 cups chicken broth
2 medium to large carrots
1 large yellow onion
3-5 cloves of garlic
3/4 grated parmesan cheese
3 T of chia seeds (these add protein and thicken the soup…I use white, but I’m not sure if it matters)
1/4 cup of basil (I use dried in the winter)
oregano, thyme, bay leaves, black pepper and red pepper (optional) to taste
First, chop up the onions, carrots and garlic. Nothing needs to be uniform. Did you know that if you chew gum or suck on a lollipop while cutting onions you won’t cry? Seriously!
Brown the onions, carrots and garlic in olive oil until the onions are translucent.
Add the chicken broth, all three cans of tomatoes, the basil, and the rest of the herbs to taste. I tend to go heavy on the oregano and sometimes I even add in more garlic powder.
Bring to a boil, turn the stove to low, and let the whole concoction simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.
Using an immersion blender (Don’t have one? Get one, especially if you like to make soup. No more transferring to the blender!) blend the soup together. Don’t worry if you have a few chunks left over. Place the soup back on the heat, and stir in the chia seeds and the parmesan. It will take a little bit for the chia seeds to soak up and thicken up the soup. If you don’t mind the calories or the dairy, you can add a splash of milk and or some Neufchatel cheese.
One batch of this soup will provide me with five lunches for the week. I have used a number of different recipe calculators, and all of them put the recipe at 150-200 calories per serving.
Hope everyone has had a great President’s Day!