Monster Dog

We have a monster dog on our hands. We took Gracie to her last puppy vet appointment tonight and she weighs a whopping 21 lbs. Last week, she weighed about 18 lbs. Her paws are absolutely huge. We knew she’d be a big dog being a golden retriever/lab mix, but dang she is so much bigger than the little tiny 8 lb. puppy we had just a month and a half ago.

The vet is concerned with her eating too fast (funny, because my family’s dog eats ridiculously fast) so she suggested we divide her food in muffin tins and have her eat out of that. I don’t think she was too happy with us tonight.

“Wait, I have to work for food now?”

Slow down seems to be the key message here. It’s definitely something I need to remember in my life right now. Last night I had envisions of creating the most perfect replica of Noodles & Company’s Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine. I was big-time rushing throughout the whole dish, and dumped in spaghetti noodles instead of linguine noodles. So I cooked the spaghetti noodles to make spaghetti for another night. Instead of dumping in the whole grain noodles next, I cooked regular whole grain noodles. Noodle fail!

The dish turned out alright. It wasn’t my best. You can find the recipe here. (Don’t hate – it’s only my second Examiner article. The style of writing is way different – I’ll get better!)

Tonight we had breakfast for dinner. It was perfect! Pancakes (chocolate chip for him) and a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. Recipe is pretty self-explanatory: cook sausage, eggs and melt cheese on top of English muffin; cook pancakes according to package directions.

Nom. Nom. Nom

After dinner, I made this AWESOME pretzel recipe. A few weeks ago, our friends came over and brought these pretzels. We could not stop eating them! I had to get the recipe from her so I could share it here with you (*note – not my recipe*).


  • 2 bags of pretzels
  • 1 bottle Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn oil (did I say this recipe was healthy?)
  • 3 dashes of tobasco sauce
  • 1 packet of ranch dip
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper


  • Mix together
  • Shake up every hour until dry (it will be really oily at first)

None of those ingredients sound like they will taste good together, but I promise you it is delicious. It’s a perfect snack to bring to a work party (what I’m doing!) or Christmas event. I highly recommend you take them out of your house, you don’t want two bags of these pretzels just sitting at home – you’ll eat it all!

Maid of Honor

One of my best friend’s from college asked me to be her maid of honor! Katie and Jake have been dating since freshman year of college and I couldn’t be more excited to help them celebrate their big day!

I have to admit, though – I’m clueless. I was in my cousin’s wedding when I was 10 and I hardly remember it. I have no idea how to be a bridesmaid, let alone a MOH! A few friends recommended books (thanks!) and I’ve checked out some websites, so I think I have some good tips. Have you been in a wedding (or MOH) and have any words of wisdom for this newbie?

You know what makes this wedding even harder than your typical bff’s wedding? She lives in Arizona. I live in Iowa. And all seven of her other bridesmaids live in different states! Eek!

I told Katie I’d help her with a few tasks this week! We need to:

  • Give her cute ideas for bridesmaids dresses (navy, non-long dresses)
  • Find cute save the date examples
  • Look up favor ideas
  • Check out a few floral arrangements on Pinterest (won’t have a problem with this one!)

I’m so excited to help plan! 🙂

Two quick things before I go:

  • Anybody else see the awesome piece in Forbes today saying St. Louis Doesn’t Suck? It’s fantastic! Rock on, STL.
  • Anybody else watch the Blues (vs. Red Wings) game last night? That rivalry is always heated, but I can’t believe Howard’s reaction to Perron getting pushed into him went unanswered by the NHL. Ridiculous.

Monster pup is begging for a walk, so I’m going to go put on my entire closet before I brave the cold.