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She {hearts} HappyDogBox

It’s not like they’re neglected. They get treats (a LOT of them.)


But you wouldn’t know it with her pitiful antics.


“Please mom. Please let me have a treat??”

Then her sister takes action by climbing on the table. Clearly I was taking too many pictures and ignoring their needs.


I wanted to say clever things about HappyDogBox but I think that these little Instagram videos I took speak loud enough.

The HappyDogBox arrives.

And Patches’ impatience: Beef Sticks for Breakfast.

Yes, indeed. The product lived up to its name–and then some!



She {hearts} Freebies

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She {hearts} brine

We’ve recently started brining our pork, chicken, and turkey. It adds a whole new level of juicy goodness to these easy-to-dry out meats!

Here’s a great article if you’d like to understand why brining works.




Pendergrass Brine

This will be enough to brine a turkey. Cut the recipe in half for smaller batches of meat.

A gallon and a half water
4 lemons
4 limes
2 oranges
2 onions
4 bay leaves
Tablespoon black peppercorns
Tablespoon thyme
2 cups kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar

Bring to a boil, then cool to room temperature. Put brine and meat in a container large enough so that the meat is covered. If needed, add a bit more water. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours. Drain brine. Rinse. Pat meat dry. Then cook and enjoy!

she {hearts} cuban cold bean salad

One of the most refreshing (and protein rich!) summer salads I make is this Cuban Cold Bean Salad. It’s easy! The hardest part comes in chopping all the veggies, but just turn up your radio and jam out while you do.

Cuban Bean Salad



Cuban Cold Bean Salad

3 cans of beans rinsed and drained (we always use black beans, then we vary on the others–dark and/or light kidney beans, red beans, chickpeas) The salad pictured  has black, dark kidney and red beans)

1 or 2 Peppers (green, yellow, red)

1 or 2 hot peppers (chile, jalapeno, banana)

2 avocados

1 good sized purple onion

Half a bunch of cilantro, leaves picked off

3-4 Roma tomatoes

1 can corn, drained (I ran out of corn so this batch is without)

Juice of one lime (or a few tablespoons lime juice)

Juice of one orange (or a few tablespoons orange juice)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon to a teaspoon cayenne (depending on how hot you like it!)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop everything, add juices and seasonings, mix and enjoy!!

she {hearts} the best sweet tea ever

It may sound silly, but after thirty years of making sweet tea I think I’ve finally found the secret. I’m even willing to share!


Fill a two-quart sauce pan almost full of filtered water.


Bring to a rolling boil.

Remove from heat and add 10 tagless black tea bags or one iced tea sized bag.



Cover and let tea steep for 20 minutes.

Remove tea bags and add sugar.  (We use 3/4 cup raw sugar. We don’t like really sweet iced tea.

If you like it sweet, add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar to your warm tea concentrate.)


Stir to dissolve sugar. Let tea rest (covered) until close to room temperature then add it in a clean gallon container (we use old milk and OJ jugs)

Fill the container with the tea concentrate and filtered water. Shake. Enjoy!!


She {hearts} Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

I started making hibiscus tea concentrate to aid in the healing of my adrenals. It’s rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants plus wonderfully refreshing.  (please note, I’ve read some not-so-nice things about this tea and pregnancy, so please check with your doctor if you are pregnant before drinking.)

Hibiscus Tea Refresher Concentrate


I enjoy very bold flavors so the concentrated form allows me to make a good strong glass while making others in our home a more diluted versio

You’ll need:
1. Organic hibiscus tea flowers. My local grocery store carries them in bulk, but as much as I’m making, Amazon has the better price so I’ll be switching soon.

2.Organic raw sugar

3. (optional) Juice of half a lime, fresh ginger, organic orange peel, organic lemon peel, and/or other fruit teas like raspberry, blueberry, etc…

Boil 2 cups of filtered water. Remove from heat. Add one cup of hibiscus leaves plus any of the optional items. (The lime juice and ginger are a must-have for me!)

Cover and let the tea steep for 30 minutes (which simply means let it sit there.)

Filter the concentrate into a bowl and add sugar (I use about 3/4 cup. I don’t like really sweet drinks.) Dissolve the sugar then pour the concentrate into a container and refrigerate.

Hibiscus Tea Refresher Concentrate

To drink: use one cup of concentrate to one cup of filtered water. Remember, I like mine strong, so if it’s overwhelming to your taste buds, add more water until it’s pleasant to your tastebuds!

Hibiscus Tea Refresher Concentrate

She {hearts} Rock Deodorant


rock logoOur family has been on an au naturel path.  The food we eat is additive, preservative, chemical free and we also eat as organic as we can. We grow much of our food, preserve it ourselves, cook from scratch, buy beef and pork from a farmer right around the corner from our house, and grow our own herbs.  While it may seem like a lot of work, I don’t feel like it is and the health benefits are amazing.

The next step is converting the things we use on our bodies.  I’ve been using Crystal Deodorant for years now. Phil and Zane have been using mine so I was a little giddy to find Rock for the boys!

We’re all very sensitive to overly perfume-y scents. Rock totally won us over. Colbalt Sky, Granite Rain, and Onyx Storm are manly yet not headache inducing.  (I stole the unscented for myself!)

One of Phil’s main concerns was weather or not it would hold up to his man-sweat-stink.  It does. He’s totally happy with it! It lasted 24 hours like advertised with no funky b.o.

ROCK takes a simple formula of purified water, natural mineral salts and natural fragrances from nature to block odor causing bacteria from formulating under arms and anywhere on the body.

ROCK is a natural deodorant that neutralizes body odor. Unlike leading deodorants and antiperspirants, ROCK takes ingredients from nature to prevent your body from emitting unwanted odor without the use of harmful synthetic chemicals.

Mainly used for underarms – ROCK can be used any where on the body, neck or chest and will not clog your pores. The easy to use pump-spray comes in ecofriendly, recyclable aluminum packaging – keeping your odorless adventures free from harming Mother Nature.

She {hearts} Freebies

Win a stocking stuffer set for your man!

To Enter: Leave a comment letting me know what scent you’d like to try!

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A winner from the U.S. will be chosen on Friday December 14 at 7PM CST. Please see our Giveaway Rules for further details.

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She {hearts} Pomegranate-Lime Refresher


1 part vodka (preferably Absolut)
2 parts pomegranate juice
Juice of 1/2 fresh lime