Category Archives: Pups

My Christmas Surprise!


Of the canine breed….not a human. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

World, meet Stella.ย 

This little sneaky girl!

Stella is a 7 week old Australian Shepherd. ย She has a merle coat and mixed eyes (one blue, one hazel-ish). She is absolutely beautiful. Aussies (if raised properly) are supposed to be phenomenal, loyal, obedient, intelligent dogs.

Playing in the snow!

Mike surprised me with Stella on Christmas day. We had talked on Thanksgiving about getting one (his uncles breed Aussies), but he had convinced me (and I had totally accepted) the idea that we are much to busy to be taking on a puppy right now. ย Little did I know, he had already talked with his uncles about getting one from them.ย That little sneak!ย 

Our beautiful little girl, Stella

Older sister Tinsley isn’t 100% sure about her new little sister, but she is getting there. We are working on taming down the prima donna in her and teaching her how to share and look after her sister.

So peaceful. Doesn't last long!

So now, we have been working to puppy proof the house, spent too much money at Petco, have had sleepless nights filled with lots of crate-trained whining, have toys spread throughout the house, and especially have learned how to say the word NO!!! BRING ON THE FUN!!!!



2012-12-03 16.02.02It’s hard to see her here…but this is where my little Tinsley has been almost all day. ย She could sit here against the couch for hours just watching the world move by.

I’ve been plugging away at papers to finish up the semester and she’s been guarding the house. What a thoughtful little pup ๐Ÿ™‚

Just a little tid bit to hopefully bring a smile to your face!!! Enjoy the day!ย 


Recap of Halloween Wine Wednesday

Happy November!

I just wanted to write a quick little blurb about my WINE WEDNESDAY!

Halloween time is the best for wine because the spiced red wines that are out there are PHENOMENAL!

We had a tough time picking between these two little gems – both are Michigan Wines and are delicious.ย  The wine on the left, Night of the Living Red, is from Sandhill Crane Vineyards – this ADORABLE little place in southcentral Michigan that Mike and I fell in love with really quickly. We looked to having our wedding there, but couldn’t accommodate as many guests as we are looking at. We got this wine last fall (hence the disgusting dust all over the bottle).

The wine on the right, Witches Brew, is from Leelanau Cellars, way up in Northern Michigan. I’ve never been, but I buy their wine frequently so I’m guessing it’s a good thing I haven’t been for a tasting, I’d probably need to be carried out. This wine can be bought at most major chain stores – I don’t know how far out it extends, but we can purchase it in Indiana!

We opted on the Night of the Living Red – as we felt it was most fitting for Halloween Wine Wednesday. We put it into mugs and warmed it for a bit in the microwave, snuggled up on the couch and watched Halloween South Park. Ahhh I’m such a trooper sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all had a fantastic, safe (and warm!!!) Halloween! Here’s a picture of my little nugget and her Halloween costume that she loved OH SO MUCH! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s to a healthy, happy, fun, productive November!

Get thinking about your turkey trot race! ๐Ÿ™‚

She wants me to be a stay-at-home blogger, not a student.

Seriously. What dog does this?

This picture is the perfect example as to why I usually pack my meals (breakfast, lunch, AND dinner) and head to a little office at school for the ENTIRE day, 3 days a week.

How does one actually get work done with a dog like this????


((Also at this moment as I write this, she is curled up under a blanket that is draped over my legs))


Today is the little nugget’s birthday!!!

2 years ago I had ended a long-term relationship, moved back to Michigan, started a new job… Despite all the changes in my life, I new I was missing something. So, I went in search of a puppy – around 2 years old so I didn’t have to train it too much and it was already over that dreadful puppy stage.

Instead, I ended up with this.

Not a 2 year old established dog. A 3 month old Chug mix puppy who was formerly named Sadie. Yes, a Chug. A chihuahua/pug mix.

I had been looking at (Sadie) and her brothers and sister on PetFinder and had gone to visit them twice. On the second time, I played with her, filled out the paperwork, was approved, and SURPRISINGLY walked out with a bag of dog food and a puppy! Whoa! I had NOTHING for her! My friend Jackie went with me to the Southwest Michigan Humane Society and took all these adorable pictures of the unnamed pup, so loved!

We quickly stopped at the dollar store to get a cat collar, two toys, and some treats. Then, she went to work with me because I had to go right in!

She was a hit with all the women’s basketball players! And so began the name hunt.

I wanted it to be something to do with her being a “Chug” and of course something with Dave Matthews Band. We threw out names like Stella, Coral….. and ended up with Tinsley. It fits her like a glove.

She has seriously brought so much love and joy to my life. I couldn’t ask for a better companion and a better dog. Since the beginning, she has opened up to Mike and he has accepted us as a package deal and has turned into an amazing padre. He thinks that she and I are quirky and a little weird, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is such an amazing part of my life.

Today, she is celebrating her second birthday, complete with additional gray hair on her beard, itchy ears resulting in an ear cleaning, and a bath for her greasy chihuahua coat….all the things she hates but welcome to the real world Tins.

This morning has been a complete Tinsley celebration and I am sure it will continue throughout the day. Growing up, we had a yellow lab named Scarlett and she always got a pancake on her birthday and I like to continue that tradition. Additionally, Mike’s family has a singing birthday candle that makes it’s presence at every birthday…. so we combined the two traditions! And she got spoiled with bones, food, a new toy and pig ears!

Again, I can’t stress the love she has brought to my life. And it wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t make the choice to adopt.

Please consider adopting pets. They need love and a good home. Find your local shelter and check out the animals and give a pet a chance. You won’t regret it.

How I accidentally made pumpkin cream cheese cookies…

I know what you’re thinking… muffins and cookies? Interesting.

Well, let me just put this out there, I am not a baker. I do not claim to bake well but most of the time things just happen to turn out okay.

So here’s my story, in an effort to jump on every delicious pumpkin bandwagon, I decided to find some pumpkin desserts. I love to bake on Sundays – it helps me avoid cleaning the house, avoid homework, and relax. Every few Sundays Mike works allllll day so I like to find something to fill my time that really isn’t too productive. I guess it’s a comfort thing.

So, I went to the store, bought 5 cans of pumpkin (and a mess of other stuff) and strutted my way on home to make: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. They sounded delicious. I gathered up all my ingredients (no fancy pictures) and got working!

Then, I really read the directions. I was supposed to make the cream cheese mix and let it freeze for 2 hours. I definitely didn’t have the time patience for that. So, I made the concoction and threw it in the freezer, spoon in the bowl and everything.

Then I got working on the dry mix. Didn’t have enough cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice. Ah yes, no baking soda either. Somehow, I made it happen. ((I like to just throw things in the bowl when I get frustrated))

I filled my muffin pans with liners and put in the muffin mix. I gracefully added ‘dollops’ of cream cheese in the muffins, definitely not the “slice” as was recommended by the recipe.

Ah yes, did I mention the cream cheese only sat in the freezer for about 15 minutes?

Additionally, did I mention I only have enough muffin liners to make 20 muffins?

And so begins the story of the pumpkin cream cheese/chocolate chip muffins. I’m an inventive genius.

While going about these next few steps all I kept thinking was “If Kim were here she would tell me to add something magical to the mix to make better cookies.” She is such a good baker, I miss her cupcakes. Wine has taken over her baking cupcakes. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyways, so I added some chocolate chips because they always make everything better. (Did I mention I accidentally bought the JUMBO ones?)I made little lumps of batter and neatly added the dollop of cream cheese. Annnnd baked.

After a few bouts of 20 minutes, I ended up with a delicious smelling house and the most obscure batch of baking, ever. However, I do think they turned out fabulous and haven’t heard any complaint yet. The mail lady even asked for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Moral of the story, I should not be a baker. I would probably be better off crocheting or something for ‘comfort’.

Who am I kidding. I’ll just drink wine.

If you want to make your puppy really happy – add some pumpkin to their food! It helps with their digestive system and they love it! I add some to Tinsley’s just cause, but also to help her eat her food faster when she’s around other dogs because she’s an “all day eater”. Parmesan cheese works well for that too!