Actually, whenever there's any sort of almost catastrophic event like a snowstorm or the death of Big while Carrie stands around just looking at him, this is the dinner I cozy up with.
Not this. The actual cozy up dinner is coming up. THIS is one of my 3 quick & cozy winter favourites - a homemade chicken burger with fries and a salad.
I didn't want to fill up on the salad so I made a simple salad of one leaf of lettuce like they do in Michelin star restaurants.
Aerogarden growth update
Obviously I grew that salad in my Aerogarden. And it just about killed me to pluck off a leaf.
Have a look below to see the progress the lettuce has made in the past 7 days.
Total grow time - 14 days.
I was so happy with how quickly this grew that I planted 2 more lettuce seeds: one romaine, one red oak leaf.
The tomato plant is also doing well.
I was just kidding about using the lettuce as a salad, obviously it was for the chicken burger.
But remember the chicken burgers aren't my #1 go to snowstorm meal. That's coming up after I bore you with talking about my poodle.
We're going to get to the dinner momentarily. I first wanted to bring attention to the fact that I'm grooming my own poodle which is more challenging than catching a slick piglet.
The piglet isn't my go-to dinner either.
I've shown both photos above to highlight all of my errors. Well, not all of them, because for instance the photos don't show my biggest error, which was using a clipper with no guard to skim over his coat for my method of trimming.
While all the poodle owners and groomers finish up the sign of the cross on themselves I'll explain that poodles are weird.
They have hair that grows like human hair and it's curly. But you can't leave it curly because it will become dread locks with all the running, jumping and rolling that poodles are prone to.
When your poodle gets wet either from swimming or a bath you have to fluff and blow dry them afterwards.
Like a Hollywood starlet.
The curly coat of a poodle will get matted right down to the skin if you don't take care of it and taking care of it means blow drying your poodle's coat STRAIGHT with a high velocity dryer every time you bathe them.
He goes to the groomer every 3 months (instead of the recommended 4-6 weeks) but I maintain him in between appointments by bathing, blow drying and trimming him myself. That includes shaving his face and feet.
I've lightened the second photo above so you can better see my spectacularly bad job. He's got chunks out of him, and it's uneven but he doesn't care. And neither do I.
I'll get better with practice.
Or I'll get a higher paying job that will afford me the luxury of a real groomer every 4-6 weeks.
How Much Time It Takes
To get this not terrible, but also not great look on my poodle it took me close to 6 hours over 3 days.
First night - 1.5 hours of "line brushing". That's where you go inch by inch through the coat with a brush and the a comb to make sure every single hair is brushed out and not matted.
Second day - 2 hours for bath and blow dry. 30 minutes for bathing and rinsing, 1.5 hours of blow drying and brushing out.
Third day - 2.5 hours of coat clipping, nail trimming, cleaning his ears and shaving his face and feet. I also spent time practicing using the scissors on him.
My area of Southwestern Ontario is called The Golden Horseshoe. It's an area that's dissected by the U shaped tip of Lake Ontario. And that lake often intensifies snow storms or makes them up on all it's own.
And that is called lake effect snow.
This week we got about 20 cm of snow (8 inches) and this weekend we're on track to get another 20 cm.
As soon as I found out we were getting a lot of snow I started a pot of chili.
Chili is my go to catastrophe meal.
I make it every every time a tv series I love changes cast members.
It takes good, it's filling, it's all in one pot, then all in 1 bowl. Easy easy. And after shovelling wet, heavy snow for an hour there's nothing better than I can think of.
But now there's a second snowfall coming and I have a choice to make. Do I eat chili again (I still have a few servings left) or do I come up with a 2nd choice snowstorm meal?
On the PRO chili again side - I didn't have a proper assemblage of toppings for it the first time around, so I could go to the store and get avocado and corn chips and do it RIGHT this time.
Or ... do I make Gramma's Spaghetti & Meatballs?
I've made my decision.
I'm having corn chips and avocado for dinner.
I've run out of room and time for the puzzle so you'll be getting that tomorrow.
Good stuff. Philip looks reasonably well groomed, so kudos on that. I watch enough "Girl with the Dogs" on YouTube to know it ain't easy, any of it. I was unaware of the extra grooming challenge poodles represent. Hey, be careful with that dang shoveling. Or better yet get yerself a small snow blower to cut down on the heart attack risk. Yep, Lake Effect snow can be Mother Nature's gift that just keeps on giving. You have Ontario, I have Michigan. Stay warm and well fed.
I just sold my snowblower this summer, lol. ~ karen!
I think your grooming looks great. I also groom my dogs - two Lhasa Apsos. It takes some time to learn. You are doing really well! Have you thought of grooming Lip daily? Might save some time in the long run. But I know nothing of the grooming of poodle breed. If Lhasa have any coat, daily grooming is a necessity.
I definitely brush him in between baths. :) Not every day, every few days. The coat is always a challenge to thoroughly brush through and that's all either of us can tolerate. ~ karen!
Our poodle lived to be 20+. Grooming became laborious for her in her later years. We were fortunate to find a mobile groomer who was happy to stop in while close to the neighborhood and work 30 or so minutes at a time. Her coat never looked perfect either. Didn't matter. Not a lap dog like so many but a brilliant, healthy dog.
Lip wasn't a born lapdog but I'm tricking him into it. ;) ~ karen!
Ooh my i had no idea there was so much maintenance involved with a poodle.
We do the same only we do Stew, Chili and spaghetti due to fact that with exception of Spaghetti noodle it one pot meals usual in crock pot ninja , easy cleanups of toss stuff in an forget till meal times.
As I was going to bed last night I thought MACARONI & CHEESE!, lol. ~ karen!
Just had our doodle groomed and price jumped another $15 the first of the year! She’s a beauty so I’ll have to find a part time job to keep her looking this way (retired)! She IS a 50 pound lap dog who loves Wisconsin snow!
We got our doodle, Penny, just after Christmas, she’s 12 weeks now and a beautiful ball of black and white fluff. I’m going to have to find a groomer. Her coat is soft and wavy and she’ll be about a 35 pound lap dog. How often are you taking yours for a grooming? This is my first doodle. I always kept my cocker-bichon mix in a puppy cut, it’s a nice clean look and kept him “sani in the fanny”, lol!
Lip loves snow too! He'd sit outside all day if I left him. ~ karen
Chicken burgers sound delicious, but that link wouldn’t work for me. 🙂
Fixed! ~ karen
I was running my mouse over each picture to see which one was it - none and I was so glad. I can now finish my dishes! Evidently the whole world stops when you post a puzzle.
Love! Love! That you're discussing grooming your dog! I have a mini Aussie that gets "Grinch Feet" as I refer to them ;) I'm trying to buy some not-too-spendy clippers so I can try to groom him myself. I've been looking at "how to" youtube videos to learn but love that you're doing it! Thank you for all you do and teach us! I was going to try to send a pic of Maxwell Smarts feet also but no can do :)
Feet are tricky but doable! You can send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org ~ karen!
StrudelThePoodle and I both say SAVE YOUR MONEY! Philip looks Stunning! You are doing an Amazing job grooming, we are Beyond Impressed! Unless you are planning to show Philip, he looks Perfect in every way! The only reason to take him to a groomer would be to save you all that TIME! It's what You want to do with it... Do what you love & love what you do! We love reading your blog!
Thanks! I assume I'll get better and faster at it but dropping him off is a LOT easier. 😆 karen!
Oh my, but your poodle looks so handsome!! Great job grooming him. I’ve been grooming our elderly schnoodle for awhile, since her groomer won’t do her anymore. It takes many days, mostly because she won’t let me spend 8 hours at once fussing over her. I don’t even groom myself that much, to be honest. 😆😆😆
Love your posts. Stay safe!!❤️
Talk about your poodle anytime! I adore poodles: standard, miniature, and toy. I have a red toy poodle and a parti black and white miniature poodle. They are the bast companions.
Miniatures are great! I grew up with one. ~ karen!
Girl, get a greyhound, preferably a rescue. They only need polishing with a velvet cloth and a warm sofa to sleep on.
It's a little late for that advice, lol. Interestingly I did seriously look into Greyhounds years ago. They're lovey dogs. VERY calm. Too calm for me in fact. :) ~ karen!
I love having a Labrador retriever because they are so low maintenance. I can usually just towel off mud in spring, and she gets a bath when she's stinky, about ever two or three months. Also I happily pay our veterinarian $15 to cut her toenails, because otherwise she gives me a look of betrayal for days!
I'm living in Grand Rapids, Michigan where we also know lake effect snow very well. Often the radar shows a blue snow blob just hovering over the city. This weekend I expect to shovel for about 4 hours. Blegh.
I agree with you about chili. Anything in a crockpot is great for days when you will be cold, hungry, and low energy at dinner time. In Canada do you often eat chili with anything else? In the Midwest it's often with rice or cornbread, and people have strong opinions on the subject. Don't get us started on Cincinnati. :)
My other snowy day recommendations are chicken tacos done in the slow cooker (some chicken breasts and a jar of salsa), and lazy ramen (packaged noodles and seasoning, homemade chicken stock, throw in any veggies I have cut up and an egg).
Toast. Everyone here wants chili with toast and butter. I've even tried fancy, nice buns to eat with it one year at Christmas Eve and NO one touched them. Everyone picked a piece of toast. ~ karen!
I have a white Husky. The nice thing about her is she can get FILTHY and all you have to do it wait a few days and she will be as white as snow. They shed so bad all the time!!! Of course i do have to run the vac every day....lol
LOL. Yeah, it's an either or with dogs. My sister had 2 golden retrievers and had to vacuum all the time. Now she has a cocker spaniel that doesn't shed but needs regular grooming. ~ karen!
Why not add some chili to that lovely little chicken patty? (In the bun not instead of.)
Chili chicken burger, mmmm.
You'll have to eat it for me. Too many stupid food allergies. I miss food.
I miss my kitty. He wasn't a cuddler. (I tried..) I've never not had a fuzzy something to pet. So much sad. :(
Sorry, can't even look at pet food ads right now.
Thank you for the great recipes. The snow is coming to sunny Southern California.
I got another warning of a blizzard today in California. Did it arrive? ~ karen