June is men’s health month. Please take care of your own self as well as you take care of your furkids. We need you around! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
Artwork by Sacrée Frangine
A few days ago, I posted on Instagram about my personal responsibility as a White person and parent of White children to teach my kids about racial injustice, the importance of being an ally, and how to make it a priority to listen to and amplify the voices of their Black friends and all Black people. I have also posted consistently in my Instagram Stories with my thoughts on what is happening right now, why it is crucial for non-Black “influencers” (you all know how I feel about that word) to speak up and not remain silent no matter how uncomfortable it might feel, and resources to help us do our part to actually creating change.
I realize now though that THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. If we are truly allies, we need to speak up, but we also need to take ACTION. I am choosing to take a break from posting here and on social media for now, so that I can (1) listen to and make room for the voices of Black people, as these are the voices that need and deserve to be front and center, (2) do as much of my own research as possible into systematic racism and ways to be truly anti-racist (rather than asking my Black friends to share their resources or experiences; they are exhausted and should not be expected to provide the emotional labor to educate me or other white people on topics we should be putting the work into ourselves) and (3) find ways I can actively make a difference to put an end to the massive racial injustice that encompasses this country, by donating funds, contacting my local congressmen/women, and finding ways to peacefully protest. I will also continue to amplify the voices of my Black sisters and brothers by sharing what they have to say, as well as resources to help create positive change, in my Instagram Stories.
I want to be an ally. I vow to do more.
Hopefully you and your dog have settled into an acceptable routine by now, or if you’re headed back to work, I hope you can do it without too much upset. Have a great weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! #StayHomeSaveLives
For a long time, every time I ordered room service at hotels, I chose a club sandwich without meat. It just felt like a treat. Eventually I decided to experiment with making my own veggie clubs at home, and guys, they were so beyond any other I’d had before. Now they’re a staple lunch (and dinner!) in our house. My son even calls them “Mommy’s Famous Veggie Club.” They might not be famous, but I kind of think they should be.
Veggie Club Sandwiches
3 pieces of whole grain bread, toasted
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
2 slices white cheddar
2 slices aged gouda
1/4 avocado, pitted and sliced
1/2 tomato, sliced
handful of spring greens
Spread yogurt on one slice of bread. Top with gouda and tomato slices. Add another sliced of bread. Top with white cheddar, avocado slices, and spring greens. Finish with top sliced of bread and cut into triangles.
These veggie clubs are perfect for summer picnics too. I hope you love them as much as we do!
The first meal I ever made for my now husband was red curry. (I also made way too many vodka and sodas, but that’s another story.) We made it often for years, then kind of forgot about it. It reemerged during quarantine though, and now it’s basically a staple. Here is how we make it!
Red Curry with Broccoli and Tofu
package extra firm tofu, cubed*
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
2 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
Use paper towel to press as much water out of the tofu as possible, and cut into cubes. (Or, if you really want to save time, buy it already cubed like I do.) Heat about a tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive oil) in a large skillet, and pan fry the tofu over medium high heat until brown on all sides. While tofus is cooking, bring coconut milk to a low simmer in a saucepan. Add red curry paste, brown sugar, and garlic powder and stir until combined. Add broccoli florets and tofu and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Serve over rice with lime juice and basil or Thai basil. Serve immediately.
I hope you love this delicious vegetarian curry recipe as much as we do!
“The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility –
difficult to define, but unmistakable when present.”
–AKC breed standardfor the German shepherd dog.
The May sun really brings out that German red coloration. He’s not as dark red as some of them are.
He has the perfect German shepherd temperament. Trainable, smart, very affectionate, and very stable.