Archive for September, 2009

Some of our best college memories are the Saturdays we spent at UNR football games. No wonder Jimmy & I were so excited for the first home game of the season!


We may be a curse though. When we were here for our undergrad, our team was less than stellar. This year, we’ve started out 0-3. I’m hoping it’s just a coincidence and that we didn’t bring bad luck! This weekend is the much-anticipated UNLV game which we’ll be missing to attend what is sure to be an amazing wedding Vegas. Let’s hope they break this losing streak soon!! We have a busy October filled with home games. It’d be fun to witness a win for a few of them 🙂

Eventhough we got stomped this past Friday, we had a fantastic night filled with great friends and of course, always entertaining people watching at the Wal. This weekend sure made me feel like I was home again! I love Reno in the fall!!


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Happy Birthday, Jett!!

Today is Jett’s 6th birthday! He started his day like any spoiled birthday boy would, homemade treats and lounging on the patio with Marlie. The first picture is them sitting like good little dogs as I dangle treats over their heads and try to take a picture at the same time!

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The weather was perfect for an outing so we headed to Lazy 5 park in the afternoon. Jett sniffed around the entire perimiter, marked everything he could find and barked at a little girl before cooling his belly in the grass. As you can see from this picture, Marlie had a great time too!

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Jett was a huge fan of his birthday bones. For any of you with your own fur-babies, here’s the recipe:

Apple Cinnamon Drops

birthday bones

1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on how big you make them. 

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It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve shared a good recipe with you. We’ve been having some fantastic dinners lately and the pumpkin cheesecake was quite good, but this one is super fast and easy. Fits right in to halftime so you won’t miss any of the game! Thanks to Jimmy, our weekends for the rest of the year are filled with football so if I want to have the assistance of my sous chef in the kitchen, I only have a 15 minute window.


Greek Salad Pitas

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped seeded plum or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • 4 8-inch-diameter whole wheat pita breads, halved

 Whisk olive oil and red wine vinegar in large bowl. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Mix tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, radishes, and parsley into dressing. Stir in feta cheese. Salad can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Using slotted spoon, transfer salad mixture to pita bread halves. Serve sandwiches immediately.


I found this recipe on epicurious.com. So good!!!!

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This is what it takes to get me out of bed at 4am…

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The Great Reno Balloon Race. Why didn’t we go to this when we lived here before? Such an amazing event!

Good friends, tons of balloons and a pumpkin spice latte, what a great start to the weekend!

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Labor Day adventures

Once again, I’m behind on posting! Sorry for the delay 🙂

Jimmy and I took the pugs on a road trip to California last weekend. The pugs are not the best car dogs ever, but with Jett’s help driving, we managed to get to San Francisco around 10pm Friday night.

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We spent two fantastic days exploring Golden Gate Park and eating fabulous food with Krista & Ewan. And yes, that’s sushi on a boat!

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Ewan was most excited to see the pugs and second on his list was Jimmy. I was somewhere near the bottom of the list probably just above going to the dentist! My sole purpose was to take pictures if nothing else 🙂

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This one is my favorite. Not only is Ewan super cute, but the sign in the background is hilarious! It’s a little hand-drawn picture that says, “Don’t be this guy, it’s for the kids”!!

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Sunday we headed to El Dorado Hills to visit the Gibson family, had a nice visit with the O’ Mearas and a lovely brunch with the James gang. Jim & Geneva’s backyard is like Disneyland for the pugs! Marlie insisted on burrowing in every bush and sniffing out the entire perimiter of the yard. They would have spent the whole day outside if we let them!  

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It’s nice living so close now! I imagine we’ll have plenty more road trips to California soon!!

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Meet my kids…

Wow, only 2 weeks into this blog and I’m already a slacker! I’ve been going to school people, I have a good excuse…right???

Well, since I imagine there will be many future posts about my furry four-legged children, I think it’s only appropriate that you have a proper introduction. This is the story of how our happy little home turned into a mini-zoo.

There came a point in my life when I woke up and realized we had a problem. These furry friends kept coming into our life and we just couldn’t say no. I was in desperate need of a pet intervention!

Jimmy and I decided right out of college that we’d get a pet as soon as we both landed our first jobs. Well, step one was to move out of my parents casita, but next on the list, buy a pet. We were severely uneducated and shopped at pet stores, bad, bad, bad…don’t do it…adopt from a shelter. That point aside, we were torn on just what to buy. I wanted a smooshy-faced cat (aka Persian) but Jimmy seemed set on a dog. I caved and decided the next best thing would be a Shar-Pei. Sort of like my smooshy-faced cat but in dog form. But my mom, who is amazingly good at research, I might add, told us that when they get old, their wrinkles sag blocking their eyesight and you have to get them stapled…YUCK! Thus we settled on the pug.

We visited many pet stores (I cringe just thinking about it, sorry!) and finally found “the one”. The smallest pug we’d seen yet, fresh off the puppy-mill truck, I’m sure, pouting in the corner of the pin. We took her into the playroom and fell in love on the spot. She turned out to be a complete alpha dog, sort of a monster puppy. Our poor roommate at the time, Rachel, must have hated her. If you lied down, she’d dig in your hair so we had to wear hooded sweatshirts any time we lounged on the couch. But she was our first fur-baby, the first living thing that was all ours to care for, and we loved her unconditionally from day one! She’s ridiculously spoiled like only a first child can be and she really is a fantastic little girl!

Marlie Tie

At our next life milestone, moving into our first house, we told ourselves we’d buy Marlie a friend. OK, really? Marlie wants nothing to do with any other dog, she runs the show and was clearly the princess from the beginning. We were very warped in thinking we wanted another dog for her…this is where the pet-addiction became apparent!

We were all moved in settled when we casually browsed another pet store (NOOOO!!!) and found a precious little black pug. We took him out and played and almost loved him but sensible Jimmy (really, Jimmy was the sane one here) said to wait. I went back to the pet store by myself a week later, just days from my 24th birthday I should add, and decided since he was still there, it must be a sign that he should be ours! The rest is history, Marlie could care less about her new brother and Jett turned out to be the sweetest boy ever and a great little cuddler…if only he wasn’t so darn hard to house-train!

Jett Tie

A short 4 months later (I told you I have a problem), my grandma had surgery so I volunteered to spend the day with her because, really, it didn’t take much for me to opt to take a day off work, and when I arrived, there was this little ball of fur climbing up her screen door. My cousin had stayed with her the day before and as he was leaving, he found the tiniest kitten outside. Seriously, this thing was the size of a small hamster! It didn’t take much for me to decide that kitten needed to live with me. He was a mere 3 weeks old and weighed 11 ounces when we took him to his first vet appointment. Jett and Cooper were buddies from day one and other than one terrifying fall from our balcony at 6 weeks old, he’s been an amazing kitty, very smart and playful and can even open doors! That’s especially pleasant in the middle of the night. The pugs are not fans of Cooper hanging on the door knob!


I thought I had overcome my weakness, but three years later, the cat of a coworker of Jimmy’s came home with a tummy full of babies and we committed ourselves to adopting one. This was a whole new experience. We were able to see Lola when she was just born and ended up taking her home around 6 weeks. She must have been weaned too early because to this day, she still sucks her tail, but she’s a dream! I think she’s a mini cat because at two years old, she still looks like a baby. And she cries like one too…very vocal kitty!

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So that’s our story of how our home turned into the Gibson zoo. We really can’t adopt any more fur-babies. We’re cut off!!! But for anyone looking for a friend, visit Heaven Can Wait’s website, educate yourself on the importance of spay and neuter and DO NOT buy from pet stores. Supporting puppy mills is bad news! Adopt, adopt, adopt!!!!

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