Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 63 Pets

Our dog will make it through the 90 days without having to eat whole wheat mush and table scraps. He has also lost nine pounds. I guess he doesn't like the off brand dog food that we bought . It was half as expensive as the brand we usually use and I was in a little shell shock to try and buy three months supply for the dog. That is a lot of money. The dog still has 10 pounds to lose so this experiment will be a blessing to him.

Breakfast: Indian dahl and fresh hot chapati. I wish I could make these as nice and round as the Indians. Fresh orange slices. About 5 pounds of oranges were past tense when we sorted, but the others were still nice.

Lunch: Peach smoothy and fresh whole wheat bread with peanut butter and honey.

Dinner: Tomato soup from scratch with grilled tuna sandwiches. For the tomato soup I started with 2 quarts of crushed tomatoes, blended 1 quart to make it a little smoother, added 2 TBS brown sugar, 2 tsp basil, and 1-1/2 tsp salt. Then after bringing soup to a boil, I added 1 tsp baking soda to neutralize the acid in the tomato before adding milk. My preference is canned milk (1/2 to 1 can depending how creamy you like it) but tonight I added 2 cups of dried milk. The children liked the meal and ate well.


  1. I have always bought the Kirkland Sig dog food at Costco. The breeder recommended it and when we moved to Omaha and there was not Costco, the dog was unhappy. It is some of the cheapest dog food I have seen and provides him with a shiny coat. Let me know if you want a sample!

  2. another question: Can you tell me what the shelf life on bulk spices is? Can you keep them in the plastic containers they come in or is it better to dry-can them or vacuum pack them?

  3. I have kept spices for over 10 years. The potency diminished a little by the end but then I just added 1-1/2 tsp instead of 1 tsp. This adventure is helping me ket to the bottom of some of my jars. It is a great feeling. I don't think you will use spices that you put in a #10 can. The plastic containers in a dark cool corner cupboard seem to hold fine. I think you should use what you buy.