Food! I know I've strayed way away from anything "food" related in the last several months...partly because I just don't have the energy to really "cook" or "create", but also because we aren't low-carbing right now.
I did have a thought a few weeks ago. I love my coffee...decaf, regular, whatever, I love it. What I don't find particularly appealing with each and every cup is mixing my flavoring and cream in...I know, I'm lazy like that. So, my idea? Well, I haven't done it much, but I have twice bought pre-made creamer (the flavored kind) since I got pregnant. Most recently, I got a small bottle of Peppermint (my fave)...as I was finishing the bottle off, I mused about how nice it would be if I had a low-carb version! So I did what any lazy low-carber worth a grain of salt would do...I washed the jug out and removed the label! Then, I left it sitting on my counter for several weeks (we're talking like a month or better). But, today while making dog food, I finally had all the necessary parts to give my recipe thoughts a whirl!
As I mentioned before, it's dog food making day! I usually get 13 or 14 bags of food out of a batch, or 6 to 7 days worth of food for our old dog. She's also been getting a can of "puppy" food for lunch each day to help add calories that she was missing out on (to help keep her weight up since she has lost all she can "afford" to), for that, she gets canned food that we buy at the store...it was easier than trying to figure out what to add to her food and it was recommended by her vet's office.
For today's batch, I have yogurt "mix-in's" in the form of two extremely overripe bananas and three "well beyond people consumption" apples. I used a whisk to break up the bananas and get them incorporated into the yogurt (just over a quart today to use up what I had left in the fridge). Then, I diced the apples up really small! I didn't bother coring the apples, I just diced them up and picked out seeds if I saw them. Apples and bananas are two of Rosie's favorite "treats", so this is a special treat for her and she knows it's there! She spent the time it took me to dice the apples up at my feet catching tiny bits of apple when they happened to fall off the cutting board! After a good mix, I put the whole thing back in the fridge to wait for the rest of the food to cool.
In a while, I'll mix the cold and cooled portions together and start bagging...this is the messiest and most time consuming step of them all! We portion roughly 2-cups into Ziploc sandwich bags for easy to control meal sizes, then we seal all the bags, removing most of the air. The bottom drawer in our refrigerator is now home to the dog's food...it generally takes up the whole drawer! She appreciates the food and I really appreciate knowing what I'm feeding her! Also...there is an added benefit to not giving her all that corn "filler", smaller poops that generally "wash away" with a good hosing! She still has a few "monsters" because of the puppy food, but in general, her piles don't take up large portions of the yard anymore...bonus!