Spring Cleaning: Pet Deodorizing!

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Instead of a classic doggy “pupdate”, I wanted to share some pet deodorizing secrets I’ve recently uncovered!  If your dogs are anything like mine, they enjoy a nice snooze on the couch or a snuggle in our bed, which requires more than laundry.  The downside of having pets is that they can completely take over your home – which isn’t the most pleasant thing for guests!  Luckily, I’ve found a few tricks that will help remedy the situation.

Callie enjoying the new doggy pool!

Callie enjoying the new doggy pool!

  • Buy a doggy bed with a removable cover for easy cleaning.  Washing the cover and any blankets your dog may use on a monthly or biweekly basis is even more important than washing your own sheets when it comes to making your bedroom smell fresh!
  • “Clean” your mattress with an easy solution = baking soda and essential oil.  Mix 1 cup baking soda with 5-10 drops of your favorite, calming essential oil (lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang are great options)!  Sprinkle on your bare mattress and let rest for 30-45 minutes.  Then, vacuum up with your upholstery attachment.  You’ll notice a fresh, relaxing scent take over the room!  This trick will also work on the bare surface of your doggy beds.
  • Pillows need some loving too!  Wash your pillows (two at a time) on the gentle cycle with warm water.  Then, dry on medium heat for about 25 minutes with a few clean tennis balls in the dryer.  They’ll smell fresh and fluffed with the help from the balls! (NOTE! Do not wash foam pillows!)  Using pillow covers under the pillow cases can help keep them fresher for a longer period of time.
  • Secret Dog Scent Source = their TOYS.  Our dogs have a lot of stuffed animals that can carry a doggy-scent that isn’t so pleasant.  Washing their toys once a month can keep their toy basket smelling fresh (not with other laundry!).

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  • Groom your pups!  Giving your doggies a bath on a monthly basis will keep them smelling fresh, help with shedding, and make their fur soft and lovable.  We use gentle oatmeal shampoo for our pups, since goldens can get dry skin from too much bathing.
  • Candles are a pet-owners best friend!  I’m a fan of fresh scents like lemon + herbs, amber, and lavender.  I’ve found that Target has the best candles for a reasonable price – check out the burn time on the bottom of the candles to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth!  Make sure you’re not just “masking” the pet odors – try all the other tips first, and then reward your spring cleaning with a new candle!

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  • Lastly, on a regular basis zoom around a vacuum and pay attention to nooks and crannies (especially in the cracks of couches!).  I have this vacuum and absolutely love it.  Make sure to clean out the squishy foam filter every month to keep it smelling fresh!  We also use this carpet cleaner about 4 times a year to help with the dirt and grime that the vacuum can’t get.  Check out Costco for deals on both of these items throughout the year!

Well, not food related in the least.  But, I hope I’ve helped with some tricks of the trade to my fellow pet owners out there!  Good luck with your Spring Cleaning!

Mexican Street Corn

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It’s been a while!  Finals season got a little dicey with 5 final projects and 88 pages to write.  But that’s long gone and I have 6 (SIX!?!?) weeks before medical school starts back up again!

Mini life update:

  • I recently signed up for my “track”, which is the order you take the med school rotations.  I’m starting with Family Medicine in July, quickly followed by Ortho!  I’m leaning towards Ortho at this point, so I’m excited to see how the day-to-day life is.
  • My trip to Nicaragua is closely approaching – we’re heading down there for a week in July to set up clinics and help everyone who lives there.  I’ve heard great things about this trip and I’m beYOND excited.  I’m also successfully vaccinated for Hepatitis and Typhoid Fever.  Win!
  • Since my last post, Dan and I schlepped all our stuff to a rental house!  One month later, everything is pretty much put together and the dogs LOVE the backyard.  His parents got him a grill for his birthday….which means lots of summer grilling recipes coming your way!

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On that note, without further ado…I present you the most indulgent/easy/delicious/knock-your-socks-off side dish.  And of COURSE it’s from the fabulous Chrissy Teigan cookbook that Dan got me for my birthday (smart man).  I’ve made a few things out of there, and each one is better than the next!  This one might take the cake.

Fun fact about me: I had braces for 7…s-e-v-e-n….years.  So corn wasn’t exactly my best friend. However, sweet corn was on sale at the grocery store (Kroger for the win!) and it looked delicious so I wanted to try and whip something up for a Mother’s Day barbecue.  And nothing says “crowdpleaser” more than corn charred, swiped with mayo, rolled in a parmesan-cotija-spices combo, and squeezed with a lime.

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Do yourself and your grill-friends a favor and whip this up for all the sunny get togethers this summer!  It won’t disappoint.

Mexican Street Corn
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Veggie
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 8 small pieces
 
This twist on classic grilled sweet corn was a serious crowd pleaser! One of many fantastic recipes from Chrissy Teigan's cookbook, Cravings.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ears of corn, snapped in half
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • Cayenne pepper (or chili powder if you don't want spice)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. Turn the grill on to medium heat. Allow to preheat for a bit.
  2. Combine the parmigiano, cotija, and black pepper on a large plate or baking sheet.
  3. Rub the corn and coat with vegetable oil. Season with salt.
  4. Cook on the grill, turning every few minutes, until each side is cooked and slightly charred (about 15 minutes total).
  5. Brush each warm piece with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Roll in the cheese mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper/chili powder and cilantro.
  7. Serve warm with the lime wedges!