From The Heart

I have a golden retriever. She is my best friend; I’ve grown up with her. She turned sixteen about a month ago which is quite rare for a golden dog. My precious girl shows her age every day, but still remains in positive spirits and never passes on an opportunity to eat or play. Growing up, and still today, whenever I’ve been in a melancholy mood, she’s always been ready to pounce with a hug and a kiss. Dogs are such empathic creatures and show more love than some people can fathom experiencing. If we could all love the way our dogs love, and live our lives with the kind of compassion and selflessness the way our dogs live theirs, the world would be a much more peaceful and happy place. We wouldn’t worry about what others think; we would love and accept everyone, and we’d appreciate the small things in life that bring us joy.

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I was sincerely reminded of how precious my time is with my baby while watching the Air Bud franchise this week. I ranked the films below from the best to the…probably shouldn’t have made that one. Cliché as it is to say, none of them beat the original – which you’ll find notably find in the number one spot. Not only was the cast brilliant, it really captured everything a dog stands for: love, warmth, and a happy spirit. Buddy helps to heal a boy mourning the loss of his father just by being the friend the boy needs.  He didn’t judge Josh, have unreasonable expectations, and just finds joy in doing whatever Josh loves to do. Sometimes all you need is a friend to be there.

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Ranking of Air Bud Franchise Films

  1. Air Bud
  2. Air Bid Golden Receiver
  3. Snow Buddies
  4. Air Bud World Pup
  5. Santa Buddies
  6. Air Bud Seventh Inning Fetch
  7. Air Buddies
  8. Spooky Buddies
  9. Air Bud Spikes Back
  10. Space Buddies
  11. Treasure Buddies

To celebrate Buddy in all of his sporting glory, I decided to make the best game day food I know how to make: Nachos. I didn’t get the recipe off Pinterest this time; it’s actually my own that I will be sharing today. Yeah, I can cook sometimes without help.

Nachos
Healthy Nachos Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of white corn or whole grain tortilla chips
  • I shredded chicken breast (Boil the chicken, let cool, pull apart to shred)
  • 1 whole diced tomato
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 can low sodium black beans
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • Fresh salsa or pico de gallo (You can usually find this in the prepared food section of the grocery store if you don’t have a recipe of your own to use)

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cooked rice, salsa/pico de gallo, shredded chicken and cheese in a bowl.
  3. Spray baking sheet and lay chips over baking sheet evenly.
  4. Drain black beans and spread over chips.
  5. Spread rice, chicken, salsa and cheese mixture over chip evenly.
  6. Spread green onion and tomatoes over nachos.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes.

Movies Left – 577

Days Left – 511

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