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I am mom to an 18 year old boy and identical twin 9 year old boys. I am the wife of a wonderful man. I have had celiac disease for 18 years, and love to share recipes I find or create!

Apr 24, 2013

Fanta made us sick... well now I know why!

Fanta. Fanta Grape, Fanta Orange and Fanta Orange Zero, all Coca-Cola products, are considered gluten-free to 20ppm in the U.S., but don't appear on Coke's Canadian gluten-free list.

I think Canadians are onto something we have missed...

Apr 18, 2013

Our new Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua Mix

                                                                        Meet Sadie!

We searched and searched for just the right dog for our family, and Sadie fit every want and wish we had for a dog. She is a snuggle monster, a great "guard dog" because she barks at any strangers in our yard or at our door. She is excellent with our kids and cats, and loves us all, but honestly she's a mama's girl :)

We found Sadie on a dog rescue's website, she was dropped off with another baby puppy at a shelter and since she and her friend had sarcoptic mange (dog scabies from what I understand) they were going to be put down. Mange can apparently infect the entire shelter, which they can't have. So, the rescue organization took Sadie and the other pup, and made them healthy happy puppies again. She lived in a foster home for a few months until she was ready for adoption, and now she lives with us! Her mange is gone of course, but her skin is still very dry and itchy so we are taking her every 8 weeks for a medicated shampooing and conditioning.

I am a cat person through and through (we have two) and never thought a dog could win my heart over as quickly as Sadie has! I'm doing my best not to carry her too much, or baby her terribly, but she is definitely still a baby. She 14 weeks old - sleeps a ton, chews on all of her toys (and our socks) constantly, and while she has figured out if she pees outside or on the puppy pads we have she will get a treat, she just can't get the hang of pooing on the pads or outside... but we're working on it! We decided against crate training her, she is just too sweet of a puppy not to sleep in our bed every night with us. She gets under the covers and snuggles all night!!!

I am so happy we waited and found the right dog, because wow are we happy people right now :) Hopefully, she is one happy puppy too!


Sadie has been with us for close to a year now, and let me tell you she is the sweetest dog! She lets our friends' babies pull on her ears and stick fingers up her nose without a twitch, and while she loves all of us she adores me. She is a complete cuddler, and loves to sleep under the covers with us. She refuses to go outside most of the time, so she uses a puppy pad inside and while she isn't the easiest to train, she has learned a few important commands. Most importantly, she has become a very loved member of our family!