Sunday Post #63

Posted October 30, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 45 Comments

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What I’ve been up to? Dog food!

I had another quiet week. The main event was making homemade dog food for our dogs. It takes me 2 days to make it. Here is roughly what goes into my recipe.

2 each bone-in pork shoulder roasts.
10 pounds of frozen chicken breasts
20 pounds of sweet potatoes (fresh).
Frozen Spinach 10 each/ 12oz frozen bags (sometimes I use green beans instead)
5ea 29 0z cans of pumpkin puree (half a can for each batch)
10 cups of cooked rice

I cook all the meats and veg the day before in my electric pressure cookers (InstaPot) Then I take the bones from the pork roasts and put them in a large pot on the stove and simmer the bones in the pork and chicken broth for at least 12 hours to make a broth. I put all the cooked ingredients in foil pans, weigh each pan, and divide by 10. I take 1/10 of each ingredient and grind it up in a food processor and then mix it all together in a large bowl, then I ladle the bone broth over the mixture. Put it all in 10 large plastic sealed Rubbermaid containers and freeze until I need to use it.

We have three LARGE dogs and this recipe lasts about 3 months. We also supplement their food with a small amount of high-quality commercial dog food and give them doggie supplements as well. On the advice of our FedEx delivery driver (doesn’t everyone get dog food advice from the FedEx guy?), we’ve started to also supplement the dog food with CBD oil and we have noticed an increase in energy and overall health of our biggest and oldest dog, Lizzy. The other two dogs have so much energy already that I can’t tell any difference the oil makes for them.

My supervisors.

The dogs like to “supervise” when I make their food. They make sure that anything that drops on the floor is immediately removed. Although any bits dropped rarely make it to the floor.

Last week I read:

I had another great week of reading. The Man I Never Met was a wonderful surprise, it was so emotional, heartbreaking and uplifting. Heart of the Sun Warrior and Taste: My Life in Food were both outstanding books. My only disappointment was The Whittiers. I just felt like I had read the same book before with different names, it was very predictable.

Next week I hope to get to:

On the Blog Last Week:

Monday: Book Tour and Book Review: Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Book Tour and Book Review: The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau
Thursday: Book Review: The Christmas Cottage by Christine Rimmer
Friday: Book Review: Marlowe Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins
Saturday: New Releases in November That I’m Excited About
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves
Sunday: The Sunday Post.

On the Blog Next Week:

Monday: Audiobook Reviews: The Practical Magic Series by Alice Hoffman
Monday: Book Tour and Book Review: Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Book Review: The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson.
Wednesday: October Reading Wrap Up
Thursday: Book Review: Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander
Friday: Book Review: When Franny Stands Up by Eden Robins
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves
Sunday: The Sunday Post

Have you read any of these books? What are you hoping to read this next week? What have you been up to last week? Comment below!

45 responses to “Sunday Post #63

  1. I’m always impressed by people who make their own pet food! And I’m sure it’s much healthier for your dogs.

    Looks like a really good reading week! I haven’t been reading much this month; I’ve been thinking about my writing and working on other things instead. But it feels weird not to be reading three or four books in a week, like I usually do.

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. I love that you make your own dog food! ❤ Back when I had my show dogs I used to make a kibble mix-in with brown rice, peas, peanut oil and chicken stock. That was not nearly the same amount of work, though. 😯

    The Stanley Tucci book looks really good. 📚

    Have a wonderful week, and Happy Halloween. 🎃

  3. Those are some exacting supervisors, lol! What a labor of love you do for your canine family! I’m sure it’s better for them and they appreciate it. I love animals so I’m always happy to hear when they’re being cared for with love and care. Bravo, Wendy!

    I’ve watched Stanley Tucci’s show and loved it so I was curious about the book. I heard he had cancer for a bit and things were postponed because of that. He seems like a nice guy.

    • Thank you, Rachel! We love our dogs! The book is so good, and he goes into his cancer and his recovery. But, the book is mostly about food, and he has a wonderful sense of humor.

  4. Ha ha! I love the picture of your dogs supervising. Izzy likes to supervise when I crochet or knit. 😀 My friend makes breath cookies for her dog, but I’ve never met anyone who makes their food. I think it’s awesome that you care so much for your dogs to do that. We give our cats prescription food to help with their kidneys. Otherwise, Corey and I would consider doing something similar for them. 😀 Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  5. How nice you make the dogs their food, it’s so much healthier that way and they look so cute! I make Otis steamed white rice and chicken breast myself, and he also eats limited ingredient kibble mixed in with that and I give him fish oil for dogs. Enjoy your books this week, A Wish for Winter caught my eye.

  6. Interesting dog food recipe. I got info from my vet to use supplements, a vitamin powder basically. The amount needed varies by the nutrients in the food I make. A batch makes enough for a week and it’s a simpler recipe than you do. But I just have one small dog. I’m still not ready for Christmas reads yet. I’m waiting until HoHoHoRAT otherwise I would wait until December.

    • You might like it a bit more than I did. The story is a good story, it’s just that I felt like I had read it before, I kept checking to see if it was a re-print or something.

  7. Janette

    I’m really glad that you enjoyed Taste. It looks as though you have some great books lined up too

  8. Sorry to hear about The Whittiers……that makes me sad. Your dogs are gorgeous and you take such good care of them Wendy! I know they love you unconditionally! My boy does the same thing when I’m in the kitchen and he supervises me!😂 You had an amazing week of reading and I hope you enjoy your week ahead and the rest of your weekend!🍁🎃😂💜

    • The Whittiers was a well-written book, it just looked so familiar. I even went and checked to see if it was a re-release! It’s probably just me, but I felt like I had read the book before. I hope you. have an amazing week, Susan!

  9. I love that you cook for your dogs! I had a dog that had skin issues for a while and was put on an elimination diet of turkey and sweet potatoes by the veterinary dermatologist. But it was nothing like the amount of food you prepare for your dogs! That’s interesting about the CBD oil. Looks like you had another great week reading ! Have a wonderful week ahead Wendy!

  10. Your dogs are so cute. It’s great that you take the time to make their food. Since we’ve only got one dog now, we upgraded our kibble and added in freeze dried food. Plus sometimes broth or goat’s milk. It’s nice to be able to spoil them with good food.