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3 things I’m into, at the moment

This first one will come as no surprise, but living with less and making space for things that matter is number one on the list. I truly wish I had embraced this years ago, though perhaps I wasn’t ready years ago. The key thing is that it has added such freedom and joy and space to my life.

“For the longest time, I thought I needed to be more organized. Now I know I just needed less stuff.”Alysa Bajenaru.

After Halloween I bought an Instant Pot. I had been wanting a new pressure cooker for years and when I learned how versatile the Instant Pot is, well it didn’t take a lot of convincing. I’ve been using it with great regularity though, so far, it’s primarily for the pressure cooking. It also steams vegetables, makes soup, makes yoghurt, even bakes a cheesecake. My favourite uses so far are to make fall-off-the-bone ribs and fork-tender roasts in less than an hour (without hours upon hours in the oven), and dynamite baked beans in just over an hour! Everyone who has one also raves about how great it is for hard boiled eggs because the pressure causes them to peel flawlessly. I plan to give that a go very soon.

Teaching Heidi a few tricks is another thing I’m into. She now knows how to spin in each direction with a hand signal, though I need to put it on cue.  We’ve also started work on pivots but the plan is to progress that to side-stepping. I train using no punishment whatsoever, including no verbal corrections. Everything I train is positive and encourages the dog to think and figure things out on their own. In fact, most of the training I do is also done entirely off-leash so it’s important that training is fun. I keep the sessions short so that we end with her still wanting more. This way, she is always eager to train and eager to learn.

Since this is simply a for-fun extra post, I’m leaving you with a link for a cake for the weekend. I’ve made it only once but oh golly it was so good. I thought you may also like to give it a try. I don’t think ginger is just for Christmas. It’s for anytime cool weather. Enjoy!

So dear friends, what are you into at the moment?

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Sherry - February 3, 2018 - 10:16 am

Love your approach with your dog! I wish more adults took this approach with children.

Gabriele - February 4, 2018 - 7:29 am

My son has an almost 1 year old mixed pug and dachshund who is very keen to learn tricks. I’ve never had a dog so playing with him is a new joy.

Lisa Gordon - February 5, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Your Heidi is just adorable, Diane!
I use the same training approach with my dogs. It just seems to work, and I really could not be any other way with them.

The Instant Pot sounds like it is so useful! I am going to look it up. Thank you for sharing, my friend, and have a wonderful week!

xo.

sherri - February 5, 2018 - 5:51 pm

your dog is beautiful

i’m surprised it doesn’t have blue eyes

Jennifer Connell - February 9, 2018 - 11:20 am

I have been toying with the idea of buying a slow cooker, but this sounds so much better. It also looks to be more compact than a slow cooker which tend to be ginormous (my kitchen is small and storage is at a premium). I also like the idea that it’s not “slow”.
One thing I need to teach Piper (our youngest dog) is not to fear/bark aggressively at strangers. My other Shelties have always been so laid back. Piper is the anomaly. Any suggestions?
The cake looks delicious!

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