Winter Tomatoes Got You Down?

Why worry about the high price of winter tomatoes and unripened, flavorless choices, when grapes are on sale.

That’s right, substitute grapes for tomatoes in any salad. It’s a nice switch from the traditional tomatoes that we seem to add to every salad we make, just because it’s a salad.

Even Lilly Belle says yes!

I know a lot of you have probably read on social media that grapes are poisonous to dogs. I couldn’t figure that one out, except that a dog I used to know named George would leave them on his plate, even if buried in a mound of food, he’d eat all around the grape.

Now I’ve seen this claim in many places over the years, but no one has ever cited a study to show that some irresponsible scientists force-fed a dog a million grapes and the dog died.

My take is that because the dog refused the grape and played with it instead, people thought grapes were poisonous to dogs. Well, I cut the grape in half to make it easier for Lilly to lap it up and chew it. And I certainly don’t force-feed my dog daughter anything.

Lilly Belle loves salad, and she loves grapes, especially the red ones, as a snack. We hand-feed them, cut in half. I take a bite, she takes the rest.

Grapes are a great diet food too, containing no fat, easy to eat and satisfying. Also lots of fiber.

For this salad, I did take out some of the ginger and onion slices. I left a few since I think they’re good for her. She always gets good grades at the doctor. She’s a vegan dog, who loves to eat and enjoys a lot of variety in her food choices.



Skinny Dirty Rice


What to do with the water you soak your almonds in and the skins you pop from the nuts? Make this original rice, skins and dirty water recipe! Fat-Free too!

 Makes 12-1/2 cups

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She’s not so fat. She just looked fat. Was everybody ever surprised when she pranced into the building acting like Miss America. She’s so beautiful. Look at Lilly!!

I’ve got to trim her up a bit. But I’ll wait till the current experience is behind her a sufficient amount of time. It was a three-hour ordeal. But Lilly survived it!! So did we!

Lovely Lilly. So special. Brave Lilly.

Okay, she has about 5 lbs. to lose. She’s walking over a mile every day. And we’re cutting back on portion size and frequency. Nutrient dense I always did with her, since she’s so small, but I’m fine-tuning it.

Weight loss aid: Get a haircut.


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I made a salad for me, and Lilly Belle wanted it. So why not, since it’s all healthy? Lilly Belle is now a salad-eater.

Lettuce, tomato, cucumber and blueberry and mish-mash bagel croutons with Follow Your Hearty Blue Cheese Dressing! Licked the plate clean, then licked her chops!

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It only makes sense that if Steve and I are overweight, that our dog daughter Lilly Belle Pi is the same – sort of. Lilly has this strange hair that when grown makes her look a lot bigger than she actually is.

People about the building always comment on how fat she is, till Lilly gets a haircut and then they think I adopted another dog. They just don’t get that her hair grows pretty much straight out – kinda like the black people’s hair who most often are the ones who make a big deal over it. It used to upset Steve, especially when the person saying it was three feet wide, but he got over it. I don’t like it either though, it’s like why do they openly say something like that – right in front of her? How would they like it if I said how fat they were?

Ah who cares. She’s overdue now for a cut, because there’s a shortage of groomers in our area. She’ll be done by the end of the month and we’ll see how fat she really is.

In the meanwhile, Steve’s been walking her a minimum of one mile every day. He clocks it on his phone. Up to a mile and a half. She’s going to be built like a tank.

Lilly’s mostly vegan, but every time we eat she has to eat. And she’s very vocal about it. Snack for Mom and Dad, snack for Lilly Belle. Or else!!

So, Mom and Dad are on a diet and exercise program? That means you too Lilly Belle.

We’re going to get trim and fit together – as a family.

Truth be told, Lilly has gained some weight. Now’s the time to trim her down, while she’s still so active and limber. And quick on her feet. Is she ever quick . See must be doing something right, otherwise she wouldn’t be so healthy and happy – just not enough.

Hey Lilly Belle Pi, you’re going to be famous!