Good Days and Bad Days

I can’t even remember the last time I blogged. I just checked and it was on Valentine’s Day. That makes for quite a long hiatus, but I am ever hopeful that some inspiration and a steady routine will make for more consistent posts.

Inspiration came to me today while walking through the dog park with Enzo. Enzo and I go to the dog park a lot. This is not your average field-with-a-fence dog park but a 53 acre park that has multiple trails and access to the lake. It is great place for Enzo to run off his energy and for me to walk without having to worry about keeping Enzo on a leash. We both really like to go – hence our frequent visits.

Last week we had a bad day. As we were walking along the trail, we passed a lady with two little cattle dogs. Enzo went to say hello per usual and before I knew it, he yelped and was cowering against my legs. Enzo is no wuss. I had no idea what happened. I checked him and didn’t see anything so we carried on our way. It wasn’t until I got home that I found two small bites on his side. I was furious. I wanted to find that lady kick her dogs! I felt guilty that I had not been able to protect Enzo. Needless to say it made for a bad day.

Today we had a good day. Enzo found three tennis balls. The weather was perfect – sunny and 60 degree. We did not run into any rude people or dogs. We took our time and walked the trails. It was the kind of day that keeps me going back to the dog park.

Last week, however, I considered never going back to the dog park, but today I am glad I went back. I am happy that I did not let the fear that something bad would happen stop me from doing something that we both enjoy.

Such a good day deserved a soul-warming kind of meal.

My go to dinner when I don’t have a lot of time and want something warm is Shake N Bake chicken. Oh yeah. I am not ashamed to admit it. Tonight I was out of the real thing so I improvised with whole wheat bread crumbs and various spices – garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika. I also make sure to cut the chicken into smaller pieces to cut down on the cook time. In the oven, 400 degrees, 25 minutes. So simple.

The real comforting part came in the form of twice baked potatoes. After baking the potatoes for an hour at 425 degrees, I scooped out the insides and essentially made mashed potatoes – milk, butter, salt and pepper. Then I put the mashed potatoes back in the skins, topped with cheddar cheese and broiled in the over.

Paired with boiled green beans for some nutrients, this was a delicious meal.

The perfect ending to a rather perfect day.

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