Weekly photo challenge: Threshold

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The weekly photo challenge is Threshold.

I was cleaning the kitchen and wondered where my dog was. She was in the threshold of her comfort, sitting in my chair at my computer. Sitting on the floor is too good for her. She looks like “What….why are you taking my picture.”
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I moved her and typed this. I looked to see where she went. She is curled up on my couch now.
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Chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce.

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I was watching the Food Network Sandra Lee show. See recipe for the chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce. She made this recipe and it looked so good so I went to the store to get the stuff to make it. This is what I made.
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I bought chicken sausage. It is the sweet Italian seasoned one. It tasted so good. I saw fresh blackberries so I bought those to make the sauce. Use the frozen ones. There was not much juice in the fresh ones. I was lucky to get 3 spoons of sauce. The black berries splashed purple all over my stove, it was a real mess to clean. On the TV show Sandra has a all white kitchen, white stove and she was wearing all white.
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There she is cooking those blackberries on her white stove. She is clean, not one purple splotch in sight. My whole stove was purple, dotted, spotted.
I cooked the chicken in a stainless steel pan. My husband bought some new stainless steel pans, plus Sandra cooked her chicken in one. It got the whole pan black. It took me an hour to scrub that pan clean. My husband complained because there was hardly any sauce. I went back to watch the show on Sandra cooking it. She ended up with almost a whole cup of sauce. I got about less than 1/4 cup maybe closer to 1/8 cup.
I used zucchini for my veggie and peeled it. She didn’t peel hers and made her cuts long. She also had artichokes on her plate but I could not find any frozen artichokes in any store around here. It tasted really good, but next time I will use frozen black berries like she put in her recipe or even cranberries, that would be good too.

Dog Collars

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I buy my dog different collars. I just cannot just have her wear just one. I had a red one that I bought at Pet Smart. That thing cost $8.
Then I found different ones at dollar stores. I can afford to buy lots of those because they cost $1.
I got this cute orange plaid one.
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I got that at this at a new dollar store. I went back in to buy more but he didn’t have any. He said they sold out fast.
Today I went to Dollar Tree. They have some with bling. They had a lot of different colors for just $1 each. I got a yellow one and a black one. I put the yellow one on my dog today.
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She likes to sit up with her front legs up to see better.
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The collar was a little big, so I heated up a nail over my stove and it melted a new hole real easy. Then I cut it the length I wanted and melted the end in the fire. It melts real easy.
These are to other collars I have bought. I bought a black one like the yellow one and a red white and blue one for the 4th of July.
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I went into a little pet store the other day because I see people coming out of it with their dog food. The prices were really high in that place. They wanted $35 and up for their dog collars. He had a pair of nail clippers for dogs for $20. I bought a pair of nail clippers for dogs for $1 that work great at the dollar store.
There is a beautiful dog collar that I want to buy online that is all rhinestones. You can see it here.
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I am going to wait on buying that to see if my dogs neck gets bigger.

Weekly photo challenge: Perspective

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The Weekly photo challenge is Perspective.
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This is my dog just sitting in the car looking out the window.
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This is the whole picture. We are waiting for my son to walk to the car when he gets out of school. She sits and looks intently waiting for him. She sometimes lifts both feet and sits up like a person so she can see better. I can never get a picture fast enough but I did get one foot up.
Update: I did get both feet up today.
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She also sits like a person with her legs out straight. She did that today too.
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Dipping Sauce like Cane’s

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I love Cane’s dipping sauce. It tastes so good, so I tried to make some. I found a recipe that said they replicated Cane’s sauce but it didn’t taste line Cane’s sauce to me.
This is how I made mine.

Connie’s chicken dippin sauce (like Cane’s).
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup (I used Heinz)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 shake of Badia spice (all purpose spice). (You don’t have to use this if you don’t have it.)
Combine all ingredients and mix well. I used a small whisk.
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I made chicken fingers that were frozen, (They did not taste like Cane’s fresh chicken). My husband said the sauce tasted just like Cane’s.
I thought so too. The chicken didn’t, but the sauce did. Maybe next time I will try to make chicken fingers….or just go to Cane’s.

Weekly photo challenge: Selfie

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The Weekly photo challenge is Selfie.
I got a new puppy from the Humane Society about 3 weeks ago. She was 4 months old. She is the color of pennies so I named her Penny. I took her in the car, she sat on my lap. I took this picture of us waiting in the car. My husband went into a store. She acted really good in the car.
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I took another one and she looks better, I cropped me out of it.
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I have lots of pictures of her, better ones but this is a Selfie.

Weekly photo challenge: Object

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The Weekly photo challenge is object.
This is the instruction: In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot — like my husband’s juggling ball above, snapped on a beach on the north shore of Kauai. Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

I have this glass flower in a glass ball. I set it outside on my hottub cover….in the water from the snow. It is lightly showing.
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The lights are packed away.

I love Christmas lights. I loved them in my yard, lighting up the yard. They seemed to twinkle and shine. But it is the 6th of January. It was time to take them down. I watched all the shows about how people go crazy decorating their houses. One guy did one million lights. On my fence I had 12 strings of 100 lights each and 4 strings of lights on my pine tree. So all together I had 1,600 lights. It was not fun taking all the lights I had down. Most of them were wound around the fence and it was awful unwinding them all and then putting them away. My son helped me take some off the fence. He wadded up the lights and tangled them up and threw them on the floor. It took me longer to un-tangle them and roll them up and stuff them each into a baggie. I told him, “Remember those happy families on TV that were putting up thousands of lights for their father and were acting like they loved it.” I bet after the camera was off they were not so happy to be putting up all those lights. One guy covered his entire house with lights. The thought of taking all those lights off and putting them away would make me never want to put up lights again. I then tackled the Christmas tree. I got on the internet and found a bag that you just put at the bottom the tree and pull it up and then close it and carry your tree away. The bag costs $100 dollars. It would be nice but now where do you put that bag with your tree. We took the tree apart and stuffed it back in the box that it came in. I wrapped up each ornament in paper towels and some with plastic wrap. I am hoping that the glitter is protected in the plastic. I threw away a lot of ugly ornaments. Some I didn’t like anymore.
We were going to go to San Francisco, CA today. We packed our suitcases yesterday. At 5:30 in the morning, my husband woke me up. His eye was all red and swollen. He said we could not go today. He must have an eye infection. We could not get our money back on the hotel we reserved or the tickets to go see Alcatraz. They don’t give you your money back if you can’t go…….Oh well. It would have been fun going on a little trip. Eating fresh crab at the fisherman’s wharf. I wanted to see the crooked street and ride in a trolley car. We will go some other time. So I had a wonderful day (not) putting away all the Christmas decorations. It looks so plain and boring. I did leave up my village houses in a book case. I love those.

Weekly photo challenge: One

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The Weekly photo challenge is One.
I saw this wild horse the other morning. I walked over as close as I could get to it and took it’s picture.
one It was at 7 am in the morning and was so cold outside. Later when I picked my son up at school, he got out at noon that day, another horse walking on the sidewalk by his school.
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These are wild horses and they walk where ever they want to. The horse here was with 3 others but they were further down the road.

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