Cooking for your dog. That sounds like such a fancy schmancy thing to do, but more and more people seem to be doing it. I have lots of friends that have dogs with allergies, sensitive stomachs, and controlling what goes into their dog’s body really seems to help. We have a whippet named Neo and at least 50% of his daily diet has been comprised of homemade dog food his whole life. Though his vet checkups and blood work have always come back healthy, I’ve never been sure if my homemade dog food recipe is balanced. Cause honestly… I don’t know what I’m doing… lol. Now that he’s 10-years-old, I really want to make sure that he’s getting the right amount of vitamins he needs. Our little cutie pie has to stay around for a long, long time :)
One day I was researching (just a fancy word for googling) homemade dog food recipes and stumbled upon Just Food For Dogs. Just Food For Dogs is the world’s first dog kitchen. They have 4 locations in Southern California where they cook human grade food for dogs. You can purchase them at their stores or have it delivered to your door. The coolest option I think they offer, is that you can purchase their nutrient packets and make the exact same food they serve in your own home. John from Food For Dogs was gracious enough to send me a few complimentary packets to try. So come along with me as I shoot the process of cooking Just Food For Dogs DIY Beef and Russet Potato recipe at home.
Summer is upon us and it’s time to whip out the popsicle recipes! I’ve always loved making popsicles and ever since we bought the Zoku Quick Pop Maker (Amazon affiliate link), I’ve been making them more often. Made too much fruit smoothie? Pour it in the Zoku! Have leftover coffee? In the Zoku it goes! Since the machine is so small, we always put it back into the freezer after it’s been washed. This way we can make popsicles all the time.
Lately I’ve been having coconuts on my mind. You know Summer = coconuts! Makes sense to me…lol. Well if you have coconuts on your mind and love matcha, you’ll love my Coconut Matcha Popsicles! These pops are vegan, low calorie (only 36 calories each), low carb, and they even give you a little caffeine kick.
Ingredients: 2 TBSP Two Hills Tea Matcha Coconut Latte, 2 TBSP Trader Joe’s Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar, 1 TBSP Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut (Amazon affiliate link), and 1 3/4 cups of So Delicious Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk.
If you love the taste of matcha and obsessed with milk teas like I am, then you’ll love my Honey Almond Matcha Milk Tea recipe (phew! that’s a long name). I always order milk teas when I go to Chinese cafes, but I really hate that they use non-dairy creamer and powdered flavors in their drinks. I know that that’s the traditional Taiwanese Milk Tea recipe, but it’s just not very healthy. But let’s be honest, when I’m at a cafe I’ll still order it (lol), but I prefer to make healthier versions at home. It’s all about a balance right? :D
You need 1 teaspoon of honey (the latte mix is sweetened, but free to add more), 3 tablespoons of heavy cream (you can substitute with any other types of milk you’d like. I prefer the richness of heavy cream for this drink because it just adds a good mouthfeel and pairs well with these strong flavors), 2 bags of PG tips black tea (Amazon affiliate link), and of course 1 tablespoon of Two Hills Tea Almond Matcha Latte Mix. The Almond Matcha Latte Mix was complimentary and sent to me for review and use on my blog. If you’d like more information on their organic matcha and teas please checkout their official website and Facebook page.
The three types of matcha they sent me were First Harvest Matcha, Matcha Coconut Latte, and Matcha Almond Latte.
I love to drink tea. I have 2 cabinets at home dedicated to teas and I drink them all day. I’d often have Irish breakfast tea in the morning, genmaicha for lunch, a strong chai in the afternoon, then rooibos or peppermint tea before bed. The right kind of tea can be satisfying, go with every meal, provide energy, or help me relax. I love it when my friends come over and we have an impromptu tea party. Of all the teas I’ve served, the one most people seem to know the least about is matcha. The people that have had matcha recognize it from Starbucks’ Matcha Latte or Japanese green tea ice cream. It seems like very few people have had real matcha at home. Making matcha at home is much more satisfying, tastes way better, and is definitely easier on the wallet. This is why I’m so excited about my collaboration with Two Hills Tea :D
Two Hills Tea is a company in Nelson, BC, Canada and specializes in USDA certified Organic, Direct Trade, and Non-GMO loose leaf teas. They work closely with their tea farms to ensure that everything is organic and each harvest is of the highest quality. Not only does Two Hills Tea have their signature matcha, they’ve also created fun products like their matcha latte mixes. These mixes contain their organic matcha, a variety of organic spices, and is sweetened with organic cane sugar. All you have to do is add any type of milk (hot or cold), and you’ll have a delicious drink that blows Starbucks out of the water.
The Caprese Pesto Sandwich is one of my favorite things to bring on a picnic and a road trip. This sandwich can be wrapped up and the crusty bread will stay nice and firm while soaking up all of the flavors from the pesto, mozzarella, and tomato. Another great thing is that you could find almost all of the ingredients at your local Costco. Man do I love Costco…
Some ripe Houweling’s Roma tomatoes still on the vine. Costco baby! Make sure you keep your tomatoes on the kitchen counter and not in the refrigerator.