New Dog Tags

If you read this blog regularly, you know I swear by my tags from DogTagArt. I’ve used them for years and am impressed with their durability. However, recently, I’ve had a problem with my OTHER tags (rabies, county registration) rubbing off on the DogTagArt tags, kind of obliterating the information on them. In looking for … Continue reading New Dog Tags


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#GIVEAWAY – Win a Dog Walking Bundle!

Today is International Dog Dog–and a very special day is right around the corner: DogTipper’s founding (and Tiki’s Gotcha Day) on Friday, August 28! To celebrate, we’re giving…



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A First Day of School Interview (For In Person, E-Learning, + Homeschool!)


First Day of School Interview for Kids

Well, we officially completed our first week of back-to-school during the Covid era. (Well, sort of. This is the first official full week. Last week was only three days. But still.) If you’re a regular reader here, you know that over the past couple of years, I have put together a fun ‘interview’ with questions to ask my kids on their first days of school. I also ask the same questions on the last day of school to see how her answers have changed. It really is a cool way to see how interests evolve and also our little ones grow. 

This year, I changed the interview a little to incorporate the unique (for lack of a better word) situation we’re all facing. No matter how your child is learning this year – in person, remotely, or homeschool – this survey will be a fun way to document the beginning of the year. 

1. What is your name? Essley.
2. What grade are you in? First.
3. How old are you? 6-1/2.
4. What is your favorite color? Pink and green.
5. What is your favorite thing to do at school? Math.  
6. What is your favorite activity outside of school? Dance.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A dance teacher and a fashion designer.
8. What is your favorite food? Tacos. I wish it was raining tacos. (Me too, kid.)
9. How old is your mommy? 40-something.  
10. What is her job? Blog poster.
11. What is mommy’s favorite food? Coffee. (Accurate.)
12. How old is your daddy? 40-something.   
13. What is his job? Stage Manager. 
14. What is daddy’s favorite food? Cold brew. And noodles.
15. What do mommy and daddy like to do? Go on dates.
16. If you have brothers or sisters, what are their names? Emmett.
17. How old is your brother(s) (and/or sisters)? 4 1/2.
18. What is your brother(s) (and/or sisters) favorite food? Mac and cheese.
19. What is your favorite toy? Rosie (doll) and Owly (her favorite owl toy since she was a baby).
20. Where do you live? Chicagoland.
21. What is your favorite thing to do?  Play with my friends and have girls day with mommy.  
22. What is your favorite place you’ve ever been? Chuck E. Cheese. And the beach in Florida because there are a lot of seashells. 
23. Who is your best friend? Livie and Kinsley and Caroline and Vivi and Ayla and Aubrey and Sicily and Harper and Victoria.
24. What is your favorite animal? Dog, panda, and snow leopard.
25. If you could have anything you wished for, what would it be? That my toys Rosie and Owly would come to life.

26. Are you learning at school, on the computer at home, or doing homeschool this year? At school and on the computer at home. Both.
27. What is one thing you love about the unique way you are doing school this year? I get to see my friends at school and I don’t mind that it is from a distance and that we have to wear masks because it’s good to be safe. (I love this.) I like to learn at home too because I love you. (I love you too little lady!)

I’ll share Emmett’s (his first day of school is after Labor Day) soon. I hope this brings a little joy during this strange start to the school year. And for those who have asked about the chalkboard signs, I ordered it (along with ‘last day’ signs for both kids) right here

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Back-to-School Caprese Sandwiches

Mini Caprese Sandwiches

It’s back to school week around here! My 6 year old starts first grade today (what?!), and my 4 year old starts Pre-K in less than 3 weeks. School is going to be a very unique “adventure” this year, so we’re trying to make it equal parts exciting and “normal.” (Lots of quotes happening, and for good reason.) 

Whether your kids are starting e-learning, homeschool, or going back in person, it’s fun to try to get them pumped with small everyday things like special food. We made these sandwiches yesterday that I shared with you last year, and it seemed like the perfect time to share again.  

You might remember the tofu caprese salad recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago. It is so easy to turn that recipe into a sandwich and just replace the cheese in the recipe below with tofu if you’re plant-based or just want to try something different. 

Dinner Roll Caprese Sandwiches

Simple Mini Caprese Sandwiches
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS
1 dinner roll or bun
1 tomato slice
1 slice fresh mozzarella (or tofu; see note above)
2-3 pieces of fresh basil
olive oil
salt

Cut dinner rolls or buns in half. Drizzle top of bottom half with a small amount of olive oil, and add a sprinkle of salt. Layer fresh mozzarella,  tomato, and basil leaves. Done! Add a fun back-to-school themed toothpick topper or message.

Mini Caprese Sandwiches

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Are You a Caninetrovert?

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Deadly Blue Green Algae: Keeping Your Dog Safe

Update: Warnings are up in our area once again about deadly Blue-Green Algae. If your dog swims lakes, rivers or ponds, please be sure to read about this Cyanobacteria and how you can identify and…



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Tofu Caprese Salad

Tofu Caprese Salad

This post is in partnership with House Foods.


Over the past few months, we (like a lot of you, I’m guessing) have been been spending more time than ever together as a family making snacks and meals. As a long time vegetarian, I’m always trying to incorporate as many plant-based ingredients as possible. And thankfully, I’m easily able to do this by including tofu.

One of my kids’ favorite children’s books, The Tales of Tofu (which you can download for free right here!), includes several super delicious, simple recipes that can be made with tofu. They love the story, which features a superfood named Tofu who learns about how he can be anything he wants to be – just like tofu itself, which combines so well with so many other foods and flavors. We have made and are fans of all the recipes in the book. Tofu Chocolate Pudding (which I’ve shared here before) is my daughter’s favorite, and my son is obsessed with the Broccoli Mac and “Cheese.” I’m partial to the Strawberry Papaya Tofu Smoothie.

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

The other day, we thought it would be fun to come up with our own recipe using House Foods Tofu. We’ve been growing tomatoes and basil in our patio garden this summer, and Caprese salad is one of our favorite summer dishes. So we decided to try a tofu Caprese salad that uses House Foods Medium Firm Tofu, and you guys, it is so delicious. Today, I’m sharing this recipe with you!

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

TOFU CAPRESE SALAD
SERVES:4 | PREP TIME: 10 min | COOK TIME: 0 min

INGREDIENTS
1 pkg. House Foods Tofu Medium Firm
3 large tomatoes
12-16 fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic dressing (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Slice tofu into equal sized pieces, about 1/3-1/2 inch thick.  Slice tomatoes into 1/3 inch rounds. Alternate tomato and tofu slices on a serving plate or individual plates. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top of tomato and tofu slices. Top with basil leaves. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. You can also add a few drops of balsamic dressing to the plate or top of salad. (I love it, but the kids prefer without.) Enjoy!

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

This tofu Caprese salad is refreshing, satisfying, and full of flavor. The tofu provides plant-based protein, iron and calcium. It’s also low calorie and cholesterol-free. So it’s basically the most extra Caprese salad ever. House Foods Medium Firm tofu is good for more than just Caprese salads too. We love it in breakfast scrambles and tofu mac and “cheese.” We use House Foods Firm tofu to replace meat (it’s so good marinated) several times a week. And House Foods Soft tofu is perfect for smoothies, sauces, and pies.

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

We hope you love this tasty plant-based salad as much as we do! And be sure to visit House Foods for tips and recipes ideas, and to download your own copy of The Tales of Tofu.

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Toasted Chickpea and Avocado Pitas

Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times a week I eat these toasted chickpea and avocado pitas, but once you try them, I think you’ll understand. I initially shared a similar version of this recipe a few years ago, but it’s been updated so I had to share the new and improved version with you.  They’re so simple to make, they’re absolutely delicious, and they’re good for you too. Triple win.
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Toasted Chickpea and Avocado Pitas
Serves 2 as meal, 4 as a snack 
INGREDIENTS 
2 medium to large ripe avocados 
1 can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) 
2 multigrain pitas 
Small handful baby spinach or other greens 
Plain Greek Yogurt for topping 
Chili powder 
Cumin 
Salt 
Heat a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the chickpeas, then pour into the pan. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, and salt to taste, then stir well. Cook until chickpeas are slightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. While chickpeas are toasting, mash avocado in a bowl to desired consistency, adding salt to taste. Remove chickpeas from pan and allow to cool slightly. While chickpeas are cooling, place pitas in warm pan to soften, about one minute on each side. On each pita, spread an even amount of mashed avocado. Top with a few baby spinach leaves, followed by chickpeas. Top each pita with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and sprinkle with chili powder.
 
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas

These make the perfect lunch or hearty snack. Enjoy!

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