Hey guys, I thought I’d do a blog post for the first time in forever! ? My main form of exercise I have found myself doing since the spring is running. Running specifically with my dogs. I have a border collie and shiba inu, and they definitely love running.
To keep a border collie ‘tame’, it’s necessary they get proper activity daily. Humans need that daily dose of exercise as well! So I put this into one by taking my doggies on a daily run. Recently I’ve been doing up to 3 miles daily.
BUT, as the title suggests, it’s a lot easier said than done...
When I started running Bijou (border collie) and Biscuit (shiba inu) together, I had 2 handheld leashes for each of them. Them pulling + them wrestling + them running in multiple directions + Bijou wanting to do sprints, resulted in my waking up the next day with lots of oblique pain and sore as heck arms from having to constantly hold onto the leashes and tense the entire time ? This was in no way ideal, and if I was going to run them daily like I was wanting, I needed to find a new way to do so.
This ended up being the PERFECT belt for running my pups! ? It has a clip that slides along the belt that the leashes attach too so it is properly designed for dogs that pull and move around. My dogs are honestly pretty well behaved on their runs, but they have their moments, and I needed a belt that can live up to that. I made it a double lead by attaching a bungee cord style leash, and the dual lead attachment. This has become a vital part to my daily running routine with my doggies. ?
I’m very surprised that there are not more running belts out there for sale. But this one definitely lives up to my expectations, so I no longer have to look any further.
However, this was not the end to my running worries...
Biscuit (shiba inu) kept escaping from her harness when we went running. ? Luckily she never ran off anywhere, but it was soo stressful every time it happened and I didn’t want anything bad to happen because of it. So I decided to look for a harness that is ESCAPE PROOF! I asked other shiba owners what their go to harness one, and I bought this one which has ended up being soo amazing, and she can not escape no matter how hard she pulls.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST.... Now that I have proper harnesses for my dogs (✅), leashes for my dogs (✅) and an awesome running belt you'd think my gear is complete! However there is one thing that was bugging me. On the Kurgo dog running belt there is 2 loops to attach a leash to. I tried attaching single leashes with each dog on one of the leashes, but they kept getting tied up, so I decided one leash is better. But now all that pressure is put on ONE loop hole, and that's how my first belt broke in the first place. ? I went on a search for a good quality leash coupler -- one that had bungee cords, and once again Amazon came to the rescue!
I’m in no doubt that obstructions in the future will come in the way and I may have to change the gear I use for running my babies. But, for now I am very happy with what I have. It makes the running experience so much more enjoyable, and I can focus on my core and glute activation, breathing, and speed, instead of stressing about if the dogs will escape or not. ?
Do you run with your dogs? ❤️
Hello everyone, this is my first blog post & this one is going to be a reflection on my Vegan Thanksgiving I had with my family this year! I made all of the dishes for our Thanksgiving, except they sadly did still order chicken because they think it's necessary 😅 At least I was able to have and promote a plant based thanksgiving that was just as delicious!
I love cooking so much and for me Thanksgiving is an excuse to spend the whole day cooking a delicious meal. 🙂 I hope you guys will enjoy these recipes, and Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃
Let's start the recipes! I will put them in order of which I made first.
Cranberry Stuffing 🍞
Stuffing used to always be my favourite dish for Thanksgiving! I loved my Nana's stuffing, but sadly she uses butter and real chicken seasoning so I am not able to have it.
I use oregano from our garden in this recipe. Oregano is a plant that takes over the garden and we have so much that I have been using it a lot in pestos and such.
- 4 cups bread crumbs (I used old bread in our freezer)
- 1 teaspoon vegetarian/vegan chicken soup seasoning (I get mine from Bulk Barn)
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt
- pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup onion
- 1/2 cup celery
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos, tamari, or soy sauce
- 1/2-1 cup vegetable broth
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat upvegetable broth in a pot on the stove. Chop bread into cubes, and chop up the onion, celery, and cashews. In a large both, mix together bread, onion, celery, cashews, seasoning, oregano, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper.Add on top the soy sauce and hot veggie broth and immediately mix together.
Transfer into a 2 quart baking dish and bake covered for 20 minutes (I used aluminum foil). Take off the cover and bake for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes 🥔
I currently have so many potatoes in our house! I have ours from our garden, my grandmother's, ones I bought from the farmers market, and a big bag of potatoes I bought from Walmart right before it was potato season... Yep, regrets.
- 4 potatoes
- 5 garlic cloves
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos, tamari, and soy sauce
Peel potatoes and cut them into hash brown sized chunks. Put potatoes in a steamer and steam them for approximately 15 minutes until mash-able.
Once steamed, put them into a bowl, along with the other ingredients and mash and mix together. Done!
Sadly I ended up burning these beets since I was focused on the other dishes. 😳
But the recipe is so easy! All you need to do is peel, chop, and coat the beets in olive oil and salt and pepper, and roast in the oven. :) I'm not sure of the exact time since I ended up burning mine, but test them often and see what seems to work for your oven!
Extra Side Dishes
Here are a few extra side dishes I incorporated into my Thanksgiving Vegan Feast. None of these are hard to make, and are quick easy sides to through together:
- Gardein "Turkey Feast"
- vegan gravy (sorry I don't have a recipe, I used a prepackaged one that came with my Gardein turkey!)
- mini whole wheat dinner rolls, warmed in the oven and slathered with Earth Balance butter
- mixed green salad
- cranberry sauce
- steamed green beans
- Daiya Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake
- Homemade vegan blueberry pie (my mom made it and used Minimalist Baker's Pie crust recipe)
I really hope you guys have enjoyed my first ever blog post! Let me know what you're enjoying this Thanksgiving and if you try out any of these recipes. 🙂