Sarah & Leader Dog Denver giving a Civil Air Patrol safety brief
On January 11, 2017, I met my third Leader Dog, an amazing Labrador Retriever named Denver. Our meeting was a long time coming, but when I touched him for the first time, I knew that everything I’d gone through up to that point was absolutely worth it!
I still remember returning my second Leader Dog, Dream, back in 2006. Because of the way my life was at the time, I had a hard time imagining that I’d want another Leader Dog. Sending her back was the right decision for her and me at the time. I remember thinking, “I’ll just let them issue dogs to the folks who really need them. I shouldn’t use up those valuable resources.”
It’s interesting how things change over time though. Kids get older, medical issues change, and perspective changes. When I decided to apply for dog number three in 2015, I was determined to let nothing get in my way. I missed the confidence that comes with a Leader Dog, and frankly, I missed the skill. (While my husband and daughter are great guides, Leader Dogs are better!)
Although Denver and I haven’t even known each other for a month yet, I have no doubts about our bond, the perfection of our match, and the success we’ll have as a team for many years to come. Thanks to excellent breeding, and amazing puppy raiser, and skilled and caring Leader Dogs for the Blind staff and volunteers, Denver has my heart, my trust, and my confidence!
As someone who has followed a low-carb eating plan off and on for almost 20 years now, I have extensive experience tasting protein powders. With that said, I think I’ve just tasted my favorite of all time — Nature’s Best Zero Carb Protein Powder, Banana Cream Flavor. It’s amazing!
Before today, I’ve only tasted two other flavors of Nature’s Best Isopure Zero Carb Protein Powder. The espresso flavor and the strawberries and cream flavor are both good. In fact, until I tasted the banana flavor, I wasn’t certain I’d find a better tasting protein powder. Now though, I have a new favorite! I’m not sure I’ll use anything else.
I make my protein shakes in a shaker bottle per the instructions, but this product is one of those rare products that could actually be stirred into water with a spoon. It takes little effort to get it to disolve.
To me, the banana flavor is real; it isn’t overpowering or artificial tasting. The sweetness is just right when you mix it per the instructions, and the texture isn’t grainy or gritty. Best of all, with this one, it comes as close to tasting like it isn’t low-carb as a shake can get while actually being low-carb.
The wheels are turning. I can think of a lot of variations so one doesn’t get bored, but it’s so good I can’t imagine that happening for me. It’s DEFINITELY worth the money if you’re looking for a protein supplement that’s fortified with vitamins and minerals that also tastes AMAZING, this product is the way to go!
I’ve been experimenting with pressure cooker recipes. Last night, I made Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli Recipe, and I wanted to share my thoughts.
The other day, a TSPN Zello friend from New York mentioned the sale of baked goods from her homestead, and it got me thinking. Could I do the same thing here in Indiana? If so, what are the rules?
After a little research, I determined that Indiana has fairly reasonable cottage food laws. I can sell most baked goods, produce, jams and jellies, and even lacto-fermented pickles at farmer’s markets or at a roadside stand. A commercial kitchen is not required because cottage food production doesn’t occur at a “food establishment”.
My research triggered a myriad of questions though. What constitutes a “roadside stand”? Are there other regulations specific to my county? Can I combine the sale of products covered by the home based vendor law with other items like crafts, livestock, eggs, etc? Continue reading
With still more inspiration from Pressure Cooking Today, I discovered another recipe that’s definitely a keeper! Here’s what I did.
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After being inspired by a recipe I found on Pressure Cooking Today, I improvised some taco chicken with my Power Pressure Cooker XL. I was very pleased with the outcome.
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I once remember hearing Dr. Phil say something along the lines of, “The only difference between dreams and goals is timeline.” In the case of the Wittekind homestead, that sentiment definitely holds true, so I’ve decided to set goals rather than dream when it comes to rabbits.
Some folks might remember me discussing last year’s trip to the PermaEthos flagship property for a TSPN Zello meetup. One of the fine folks there let me “help” with the butchering of a rabbit. It was at that point that I realized that raising rabbits for meat would be doable, but I didn’t have a solid plan. I had a dream though. Continue reading
Brig. Gen. Myrick and C/TSgt Abby Wittekind
At this weekend’s Civil Air Patrol Indiana Wing/Great Lakes Region Conference, I learned the most valuable lesson of my CAP career. Cheap boots and my feet are a terrible match for one another! Continue reading
I’m so proud of my daughter. She seems to really have an eye for photos, and she’s able to do a lot with her tablet and a simple app. Maybe I’m biased, and I’ll confess that my opinion probably doesn’t mean much since I’m blind, but I’m comfortable with that. Continue reading
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There’s nothing like the taste of farm-fresh eggs, but when you don’t have to dye them come Easter time, you end up with some serious function stacking.
Easter Eggers aren’t high production birds by any means, but they’re pretty fascinating. And unlike brown eggs, the eggs that the Easter Eggers lay are the same color throughout the whole shell.
Perhaps I should learn how to blow eggs.