Monday, February 20, 2017

How many can you name??

No cheating.

Enjoy your day, all!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Friday, February 17, 2017

"We talked the matter over...

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and could have settled the war in thirty minutes had it been left to us."
~Unknown Confederate Soldier referencing a meeting he had with a Union soldier between the lines.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


February 14, 2017 — Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs because it may be contaminated with pentobarbital.

What’s Recalled?

Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs
12 ounce can
Lot Number: 2415E01ATB12
UPC Code (second half): 80001
Expiration Date: December 2019

About Pentobarbital

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

To date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods.
Where Was It Distributed?

The recalled product was distributed (in 2015) to independent pet retail stores in the following states:


The company has verified that the affected lot is no longer on any store shelves.
What to Do?

Consumers may return any can with the relevant lot number to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience.

Customers with questions may contact the company at 800-288-6796 between 11 AM and 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yet ANOTHER Dog Food Recall...

Blue Buffalo Company has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight due to possible aluminum metal contamination.

What’s Recalled?

The recalled product includes:

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables
12.5 ounce can
UPC: 8-40243-10017-0
Codes: Best By 08/03/2019

The “Best By” date is on the bottom of the can.

No other Blue Buffalo products are involved. The company has not received any reports of illness or injury as a result of the problems giving rise to this recall.

What to Do?

Customers are invited to return the impacted product to your local retailer for a full refund. For additional information, call 866-800-2917.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Please pass along.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

My sweet hubs surprised me with this lovely vintage Americana eagle milk glass lamp shade!

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Actually, he doesn't know it yet.
But that's just a minor detail. ((hee-hee))

He's also surprising me with a smaller version of this same vintage milk glass lamp shade! But it's not arriving for a few days.
Can you believe it??!!

Again, he has no idea. And again... just a minor detail. ((giggle))

We don't normally acknowledge silly Valentine's Day.
But today I'm glad I
(ummm make that) WE did!

Hopefully he'll grab me a box of chocolates on the way home, too.
But no worries, I already did.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

My apologies, President Lincoln...

I'm a day late.

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Happy Birthday, sir.

Friday, February 10, 2017

On a boring and bitterly cold February day it's either...

stuff my face or paint something.

I went with the latter.

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I decided to lighten up my (matte black) vintage Murphy ironing board. Man, you have no idea how much I love this thing and will never part with it. No I don't love to iron. I love the fact that it hangs on the wall yet it is tucked away and isn't seen. Genius!

Those who live in old houses know there is little to no closet space. Anywhere. You have to make due with what you have and get very creative with storage. So having a closet to store a large ironing board is quite lavish to me. ((hee-hee))

After 17 years I still haven't figured out where to put my vacuum cleaner.
I don't think I can get away with hanging it on the wall.

Happy Friday, all!

Stay warm and think spring!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Heads up! Two more dog food recalls...

Voluntary Recall of Grreat Choice Adult Canned Dog Food (13.2 oz. Chicken & Rice Classic Ground) – Feb. 8, 2017

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- with Chicken and Rice Classic Ground 13.2 oz. cans.

The voluntary recall is a precautionary action due to metal contamination found in the single lot identified below. No other Grreat Choice products are impacted by this issue and we are not aware of any dogs becoming ill or injured from this product.

Product Name : Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food- With Chicken and Rice Classic Ground

UPC: 7-3725726116-7

Best By Date or Lot Code: Best By
Lot 1759338

The Best By date is found on the bottom of the can.

Please stop feeding this product to your pet and bring any remaining cans affected by this recall to your nearest PetSmart for a full refund. We recommend the other varieties of Grreat Choice canned dog foods as alternate options until this product is once again available.

If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.

February 8, 2017 — Giant Food Stores has issued a voluntary recall for specific lots of Companion Canned Dog Food due to possible metal contamination.

Recalled products include:

Companion Dog Food with Chicken and Rice
13.2 ounce can
UPC: 68826707501
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Chicken, Lamb and Rice
13.2 ounce can
UPC: 68826700360
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

Companion Dog Food with Turkey and Bacon
13.2 ounce
UPC: 68826700356
Codes: Best By 08/05/2019

What to Do?

Customers are invited to return the impacted product for a full refund. For additional information, call 479-935-6145.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
Get Dog Food Recall Alerts by Email

Please pass this along to everyone you know who has a furry, four legged family member.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What goes great with a cup of coffee???

A Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie!!

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I found this recipe on Pinterest yesterday afternoon and made them yesterday evening.
What's great about this recipe is you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen. With the exception of cream cheese. Unless you're like me and have a stash in your refrigerator. ((hee hee))


1 cup (8 ounces) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons milk or cream (as needed)
additional cinnamon, for sprinkling

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and mix until a firm dough forms. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400. Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand or with a drinking glass to be about 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Bake 8-10 minutes (9 worked best for me) or until the bottom edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove and let cool before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cookies in a spiral shape and sprinkle with cinnamon.

**The only thing I did differently is I rolled them into balls, placed them on the cookie sheet and slightly flattened them first. Then I popped the tray into the refrigerator. Just a personal preference.**

I also cut the recipe in half and they came out just as delicious.

Here's a quick tip: If you don't have a piping bag, do what I do. Cut the tip off a corner of a plastic baggie. It definitely does the job.

So walk... no run to your pantry to see if you have the ingredients to whip up a batch of these tasty sweet treats. It's a perfect pick me up for a cold February day.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Copper and Quoizel...

Just a few of my favorite things.

First... Vintage Quoizel hurricane lamps. I am totally smitten with them. Especially their subtle lighting. I was blessed to have inherited a few from my aunt and uncle.

I love the floral ones. Deep down I am still girly at heart.

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I had a pair of these table lamps. Now I have less than a pair. I knocked one over and broke the glass shade. Ack!!
What I remember most that day was after I knocked it over staring at it in disbelief, my sweet hubs blurted out, "I'm glad it wasn't me!!!" Oh how right he was. ((giggle))

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You would think if I was going to knock over a lamp, it would be the floor lamp version. I am known to unintentionally hip check things as I walk throughout this old farmhouse.

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Love this sweet patchwork one, too. Makes me smile. Reminds me of Holly Hobbie.

My next mission is to find a small, blue floral one for our living room. There are some out there. But my oh my most I find online are out of my price range.

Found this photo on Google.

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This little lamp was my mom's. She always had a flicker bulb in it. So I continue to keep the "flame" going.

Another favorite is copper.

I'm showing this photo of my bicentennial Revere Copperware because I spent 6 hours cleaning and polishing it on Sunday. I am quite proud of the hard work I did and have the sore forearms to prove it. ((giggle))

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As I type this late night post, I am chomping on a delicious cinnamon cookie I baked tonight. It's a new recipe I found on Pinterest today. I will share it with you tomorrow!

Happy late night Tuesday!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Today in American History...

Happy Birthday, President Reagan.

February 6, 1911 ~ June 5, 2004

Presidential term:
January 20, 1981 ~ January 20, 1989

YaY New England Patriots!!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Truthfully, I am not a football fan. Please refrain from tomato throwing and cursing.

BUT it' my yearly excuse to enjoy some pizza and root beer!!

So enjoy the game, all!!!!

I know I will.

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I'm squeezin' for the Patriots. C'mon, with a name like that, what else did you expect?? ((giggle))

Friday, February 3, 2017

Please Share This Dog Food Recall Alert.

Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Company of Wheeling, Illinois, has announced it is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its pet food due to its potential to be contaminated with Pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance or nausea — or in extreme cases, death.

What’s Being Recalled?

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, the company is recalling all related Hunk of Beef products manufactured the week of June 6 through June 13, 2016.

The affected lots numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020.

The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.
Where Was the Product Sold?

The affected products were sold both online and also distributed to retail locations only in the following states:

New York
South Carolina

About the Recall

The recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products.

To date, five dogs reportedly became ill. And one of the five dogs died after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13.

Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

According to Evanger’s, all suppliers of meat products are USDA approved.

The insists the beef supplier provides the company with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility.

Evanger’s continues to investigate how the contaminant entered its raw material supply.

Because it sources its meat products from suppliers that are USDA approved and since no other products have reported any problems, the company is not extending the recall to other supplier lots.

According to Evanger’s, this is the first recall event for the company in its 82 years of manufacturing.

What to Do?

Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, consumers are asked to return recalled product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 847-537-0102 between 10 AM and 5 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Groundhog Day...

In these parts we call 'em woodchucks.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We Have Happy and Healthier Little Furry Girls...

and it's all due to their diet.

Those who follow my blog know the struggles we've had with both our furbabies having seizures. Stella started having them throughout last year and Gracie has had some over the past 4 years. She's also had bouts of pancreatitis which then turned into EPI. After spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on tests with no answers, we were basically told "some dogs just have seizures."
Really? Sorry, I'm not buying it. There's an underlying cause and I was going to try and figure it out.

Over the years I have purchased every &$*@% brand of quality dog food out there (I am not exaggerating) and we had problems with all of them. Stella and Gracie both have sensitivities to certain foods which is a nightmare to deal with.

I truly believe not only are many foods causing us humans problems, it's also affecting our furbabies. I could go on and on and on about our food... But I won't. I'll just ask you to raise your hand if you have suffered with indigestion, acid reflux, GERD, or esophagitis. (I am raising my hand)
How about raise your hand if your vet ever mentioned your dog or cat can get bouts of acid reflux, GERD, or esophagitis. (I am raising my hand)

After endless hours of research I came across a home cooked dog food recipe I found from a (nutritional) veterinary medical center that sounded logical as far as protein, fat and fiber goes. Heck, I was willing to try any recipe to help my girls.

Well, I am happy to report Gracie and Stella have both been seizure free since the beginning of September. We have no doubt the new diet has helped.

Basically the recipe calls for four main food ingredients. Chicken thighs, low fat cottage cheese, brown rice and spinach. It does call for strict measuring of these ingreds. I do buy organic brown rice and chicken that has no antibiotics/growth hormones since Stella had sensitivities to poultry. It's pricier, but I figure the $$ we save in vet bills (and keeping our sanity) is worth it.

I feed them 4-5 small meals a day and add in some dry kibble. I found Canine Caviar (Grain Free Limited Ingredient Alkaline food) to work the best for them.
I'm not saying this home cooked diet will free your dog from seizures. Absolutely not. I am saying so far, it has helped ours.

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As you can see when I'm making their slop, they both come a runnin' looking for a pawout. Which I am happy to oblige.

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Stella is always determined to get a better view.

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So we've got out fingers crossed hoping and praying they continue to be seizure free.

Okay, I am stepping down from my dog food soapbox.

Happy Wednesday night, all.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TONIGHT On Early Work Mercantile...

Once again the ol' Countryfolk Keepsakes barn is full!

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So when you have moment, click on the banner below to go directly to my selling page.

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Hope to see you there!

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