Molly in the rain

is such a saucy fella. ..

Actually no. She hates the rain. I think she is working on becoming a camel because she has decided it is not a good day to go pee. Thankfully aside from today, it’s been quite nice out and Molly has been having a blast chasing cats, squirrels and scents. 

  
“Bird! *cough* *hack* Bird”

Pigeons are her absolute favourite. They are practically her size which makes it hilarious. They also are tricky little fellows, they pretend they don’t see her until she gets real close so she thinks there is hope then they take off and she is left circling and barking. 

  
That’s not Molly. That’s a black sheep. People like to call her a little sheep. I took this picture to show that she doesn’t look like a sheep and seem to have proved myself wrong. 

  
She watched a squirrel bury his stash for days. Then one day I go out to find her digging up the poor guys goodies. Note to squirrels out there: lawns run by dogs make bad hiding places. 

  
The best part of having Molly is that when she isn’t terrorizing local wildlife and pets she is keeping a watchful eyes on the hairless puppies, making sure they don’t run too far ahead, drown in the bathtub, play with sticks without her, scream too loud at the park, or swim too far from shore. 

  
And when she can’t do these things she sleeps. In some pretty funny ways. Current favourite is this muzzle down behind my back and the has to be uncomfortable picture frame for a pillow. 

Overall she is a wonderful dog and we are so happy to have her to spend our days with. 

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Summer black bean and corn salad 

  There are recipes for black bean and corn salads everywhere. So how original is this one? I have no idea but my kids devoured it. Not sure if they were just really hungry or if they loved it but I sure did and am very happy to share this ridiculously simple salad recipe that helped me find a use for some of my leafy green celery. 

  Black bean and corn salad 

As a meal this serves 2, as a side 4. 

Ingredients

  • About 2.5 cups of frozen peaches and cream corn 
  • 1 can no salt added black beans, drained 
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 yellow sweet pepper 
  • Fistful of celery leaves. Chopped. (About 1/4 cup when chopped)

Dressing

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (adjust higher if using a large lemon)
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pinches cumin
  • 1 pinch garlic powder

Method

Combine salad ingredients it a bowl and set aside to let corn thaw. (15-20 min)

Mix dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. 

Toss all to combine and serve! 

  
Seriously this dinner came together so quickly last night. I didn’t care if anyone even touched it but everyone tore right in. I served it as a meal with a pickle on the side just because my kids love pickles and olives. But it would make a fantastic side salad for a bbq. I will probably double the recipe next time so that I have leftovers for my lunch and not just the kids!