Homemade Beef Stew for Dogs

Every dog deserves a treat every once in awhile. This homemade beef stew is something your favorite pooch will come running for!

What You'll Need:

1 pound of ground beef
1 large sized potato or sweet potato, cubed
1 mediums sized carrot, diced
1/2 cup of frozen peas
sea salt

What You'll Need to Do:

Saute beef in a large pot until it is not longer pink. Leave the fat.
Add the potatoes and carrots. 
Add just enough water to cover the vegetables in the stew.
Bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add frozen peas.
Add a very small amount of sea salt to enhance the flavors for your dog.
Cool before serving to your dog.

3 Tips for Your Best Vacation Yet

Try my three favorite tips to enhance your vacation this summer!

Eat at a place recommended by a local.

We had read about a place called Pasta e Pesto before we left for Switzerland. We ended up eating there and it was basically Switzerland's form of Noodles and Company. We did much better on our trip to Ireland. We ate in a great, authentic pub recommended by our tour guide, who is native to Ireland.

Bring home a souvenir not purchased in a souvenir shop.

My weird little rock/stone collection started when I went on a cruise with my friend the Bahamas. We flew to Miami first and I found I really cool rock/coral on South Beach. My husband lived in Miami before we knew each other so I thought I'd bring the cool looking thing back home with me for him.

I now have rocks from Lake Como, Italy and I grabbed one out of the Atlantic Ocean while in Ireland. It's a small collection, but I hope to grow it soon!

Try something new.

I usually try some native food while on my trips, but what about trying out a new activity? I am NOT a fan of heights and will sometimes get bouts of vertigo, but I knew I had to do Blarney Castle while in Ireland. We climbed up these narrow, closed in stone stairs to a height of nine stories, and then I was held upside down from those nine stories to kiss the Blarney Stone. I really had to talk myself in to it, and as touristy as it might be, I'm glad I did it. YOLO! 

I also climbed up to the top of the Cliffs of Mohr which also has a pretty steep drop.

Summertime Blackberry Lemonade

This drink is a great way to cool the whole family down on a hot summer day!

What You'll Need:

4 cups of water, divided
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of lemon juice 
1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest
1 cup of blackberries

What You'll Need to Do:

Bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil in a large saucepan.
Boil for two minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
Stir in lemon juice, remaining water, and zest.
In a blender combine 1 cup of the lemon mixture and the blackberries.
Blend until smooth.
Strain and discard the seeds.
Pour blackberry mixture and remaining lemon mixture into a pitcher.
Stir well.
Refrigerate until chilled.
Serve over ice.