Crimes in the Kitchen – 5 Cooking Mistakes You Need to Avoid!

You’d think that after so many years of eating food, I’d be able to create Pinterest-perfect masterpieces. This simply isn’t true and there’s been more than once that I’ve succumbed to serving dinner parties with takeout plated on my own dishware. (The blog IS called The Road TO Domestication – I most certainly haven’t reached my destination yet!) Throughout all of my trials and mishaps in the kitchen, I have come up with several common errors. Here are five cooking mistakes we all need to avoid:

Using the Wrong Tools

Have you ever successfully hammered a screw in? Me neither. It simply doesn’t work. The same is true in the kitchen: you always need to use the right tool for the job. (You can’t use a meat thermometer as a candy thermometer. Personal experience? You betcha.) That is why it is important to invest in top quality cookware. You will be amazed at the difference that good cookware will make to the ease, speed and quality of the fare that you’re producing in your kitchen.

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Not Reading the Instructions Beforehand

Let’s face it: none of us like to read directions. We’d prefer to think that we can figure things out on our own. (Or if it’s something similar to a dish we’re familiar with, why bother actually reading the instructions in the recipe, right?) Sometimes this can work, but often you will end up with a product that would better suit your dog’s palate than your own. To avoid potential problems, take the time to review the recipe in detail before you ever turn on the oven. This ensures you have the right ingredients, equipment, and have all the steps in the right order. You don’t have to rely on recipes found online alone. Modern cookbooks are still a valuable resource in the kitchen that can help you take your meals to the next level.

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New Product Review – Liquid Longevity!

A few weeks back, we went through nasty round of coughs at our house. My hubby and I knocked ours out pretty quickly, but it took a little bit more power for the girls. At just 15 months old, once theirs started to settle in their chest, I got them to the doctor. Antibiotics aren’t my preference, but neither is RSV, so it was a round of antibiotics for each of them, and then I kicked in the probiotics for everyone!

If you’re not familiar with probiotics, here’s a quick explanation: Probiotics are good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in your body. Things like antibiotics kill off those good bacteria in your body, and then your body functions at a diminished capacity as a result. When probiotics are introduced, they promote a healthy immune system and healthy bowels! And we ALL could use more of that!

Keeping foods rich in probiotics and taking probiotics after antibiotics are completed have always been regular practices in our household…or for the humans in our household, that is. So when I discovered there a was a probiotic for DOGS, I was, first of all shocked.

If you haven’t met her yet, meet Taffy the White Doggie.

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We adopted Taffy from the SPCA a few years ago. Taffy is part of our family! She travels with us. She celebrates with us. She plays with us. She exercises with us.

So finding out that I could keep her healthy just like I do the rest of us, well, I was pretty stoked!

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Home Matters Linky Party #162

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Pork Rind Appreciation Day – Gridiron Groovin’! (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

When I married my husband, I understood that I was marrying into a fantastic southern family. A fantastic southern family who hollered “Roll Tide!” any chance they got.

Fast forward a few years, and not only does our household have battery-operated mascots that play a full-orchestra version of the college song, but our 15-month-old twins even have their own cheerleader outfits. Two different kinds of them, to be exact. I’ve given in.

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Not that I really minded in the first place.

As anyone who knows anything about college football knows, Alabama is…well…pretty durn GOOD. (Never mind that nail-biter last week with Mississippi State – did anyone SEE that?! WOAH!!!) I definitely think we’ll have a good group of guys moving on to the pros. And anyone who knows anything about football in general knows that, as games go (college OR pro), they’re always better if excellent snacks are involved!

So when Southern Recipe contacted me about their 7th Annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day, and sharing the news about their Gridiron Groovin’ game with NFL legend, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, I was all about it! 

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The awesome thing about Gridiron Groovin’ is that you can play as many times as you’d like! Each time you do, you’ll queue Southern Recipe to make a donation to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. As well, a portion of the sale of each purchase of all Rudolph Foods’ products during the Pork Rind Appreciation Day season, including Southern Recipe, Southern Recipe Small Batch, Pepe’s Snacks and Lee’s Pig Skins, will support the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

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Grain-Free Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from vegetables just as much as the rest of us. And what better time of year to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into their diets? Beets, spinach, and other nutritional powerhouses take center stage in these gluten-free and grain-free holiday dog treat recipes. You’ll also find healthy supporting ingredients like coconut oil, which can help your dog maintain a shiny coat and dewy skin through the dry winter months.

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Dying to bake doggy treats, but don’t have a buddy to share them with? Try one of these grain-free recipes and bring the treats along on your first Meet & Greet as a Rover pet-sitter. You’ll score a new friend who will be happy to taste-test all your canine concoctions.

Be sure to use doggy-safe peanut butter, free of any added sweeteners. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, so read labels carefully!

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