There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Bone broth is the new popular product. People pay a fortune for a simple product they could make at home.  There is a definite value to bone broth.  I make it frequently.  If it’s chicken, I add purified water, the bones of chicken, carrots, garlic, onions, and any herbs sitting in my fridge.  If you cook it for a few hours, then toss the ingredients, you will  have a great broth to drink, or use for various foods.  I use it for soup and pilaf.  It gives a fabulous flavor.  Beef is exactly the same.  The important facts about bone broth are that it decreases inflammation, promotes the production of collagen, helps heal your digestive tract, improves sleep and more.  Of course, the media claims it is great for losing weight.  All they ever think about is weight loss.  Any type of product seems to always have attached to it the benefits of taking off the fat. I have a lovely idea.  Why not drive by the fast food shops and eat at home?  In Ireland, at the Image Gym, Enda, was furious that fast food had come to Ireland.  He felt it was destroying the health of the country.  You can’t stop progress, but you can pay attention to what you eat and be healthy.  In the Good Gus series during that era bone broth was a staple of life.  The books can be found on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can help pass the time while you wait for the weather to improve.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Many people prefer organic foods including me.  There are foods that are considered dirty and health professionals believe you should only buy organic.  For example, most berries are considered unhealthy as they are full of pesticides.  All products contain some degree of pesticides even the organic.  They just contain less.  I saw an article that claimed that asparagus, onions, avocados, peas and corn are fine if non-organic.  I disagree.  Corn has been genetically modified so much over the years, that it is not an ideal product.  It obviously has less contamination, but it still is a product that is not as it was originally.  It is rare to find organic onions, avocados,  and asparagus.  Peas are generally sold as fresh at Farmers markets.  It’s just as easy to buy organic frozen.  They also are an excellent probiotic and actually have protein along with several vitamins.  It all depends upon how you cook these foods if you can retain their positive vitamins.  It is very expensive to buy organic for the average family.  The price is almost double regardless of the grocery in the country that you shop.  In these times of continual cancer scares, it is wise to make the right choices for yourself and your family.  There is a good probability that the produce grown in Pecos was organic.  The chemicals really didn’t exist and they tried home remedies such as vinegar, beer and other simplistic products.  The Good Gus series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones,  Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The sad part of our lives is that we are continually exposed to pesticides. They shouldn’t be sprayed on our foods but it’s difficult for some farmers in certain areas to combat bugs and insects that will destroy their crops.  Most shoppers believe organic is best and they are right.  However, not everyone can afford all organic.  There are products in stores that sell for extremity high prices which makes it impossible to purchase for the average family.  They may taste good, but if a jar of tomato sauce is $8.00 USD, you can buy a few items for that same amount of money.  It’s almost cheaper to buy organic tomatoes and make the sauce yourself.  So, you are probably wondering what are the foods you can purchase that don’t need to be organic.  They are: Avocados, Sweet corn, Pineapples, Frozen sweet peas (the organic is almost the same price and I disagree with non organic on this product), Onions, Papayas, Eggplants, Asparagus (it is rare to find asparagus organic), Kiwis, Cabbages, Cauliflower, Cantaloupes, Broccoli (I also believe organic is better), Mushrooms (again rare to find), and Honeydew melons.  As you peruse the list you realize that many of the items needs to be peeled which automatically removes many of the pesticides.  There is also a list with strong recommendations that they be organic.  I have even heard it referred to as the dirty dozen.  They are: Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, Nectarines, Apples (I lived between two apple orchards when my children were young.  Most of the children in that small rural town have had health problems their entire lives), Grapes, Peaches, Cherries, Pears, Tomatoes, Celery and Potatoes.  Unless the price is outrageous, I tend to buy organic.  Any way you can avoid pesticides in your system is a step towards good health.  Pecos is known for their cantaloupes.  In almost any country, you can select a fruit that is tastier than in another location.  For example, during this month, the strawberries in Ireland are the absolute best.  One time when my daughter came to visit we had what I used to host for all their friends when they were in school, ‘fajita night’.  She could not express how fabulous the avocados were that were grown in Spain.  She also tried fruits grown in South Africa that were outstanding.  While we were enjoying them we never thought about pesticides but possibly they were tastier because they were free of them.  The Good Gus series is always available online at Kindle and Waterstones along with the hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  Tomorrow Miss Patty will be selling the series at the Garden View Catholic Church, Kearney Mesa for the church bazaar.   If you are in the area, please stop by as she would love to meet you.  She will have her credit card machine.  “Misplaced Trust” is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


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