My Pet’s Food Menu and Recipes

Zoey (age 15) and Kona’s (age 12)

Meal Plan as of Dec 2019

We began Zoey’s meal plan in September this year. She was overweight, lethargic, unhappy (actually being a meanie) and refusing to just walk 30 feet. I have video footage of me forcing her to walk and her HATING it. For the record: SHE HAD TO GO PEE/POO so we had to make her walk to do it… see video of her now! She’s a spry happy fluff ball bounding through 6 inches of snow, smiling and enjoying life again!

Zoey Shoemaker – BEFORE. Hating this walk (and all walks for that matter!)

Not based on anything but common sense that we need to fuel our bodies with good nutrient-dense food so why wouldn’t that apply to our dogs? No doctor has approved or guided our choices. The pet food industry was useless in helping us balance the fat/protein/carb intake information.

Zoey is the following ingredients and measure amounts, Kona is double these for now. When he is off kibble completely he will get 3x these measurements (except chia and flax he will get double).

Kona and Zoey snoozing by the fire at Beth’s place.

Also, I keep the same recipe until the items are gone. So if I open a can of green beans then we use those until the can is gone. Neither dog has complained.

When I bake sweet potatoes I usually do 3 large ones in a baking La Crueuset in a ton of water. 1 spud works for both dogs for 1 day. I leave the skin on and the funky tips.

When I make rice or quinoa I begin with 3 cups of water and 1.5 of the grain/rice. This lasts for 3 days (6 meals).

To make the crushed pulverized egg shells I collect them up from Randy making his breakfast and rinse them then let them air dry and put them in my mini-food processor grinding until they are super tiny flecks. I add about 3T of water to 4 egg’s shells. That lasts a week.

I buy the giant 6-pack of chicken from Costco. 1 pack will last me 3 days (6 meals). I rinse chicken and place in La Crueuset pot fill with about 1-2 inches above the chicken (to make ‘chicken soup water’) and bake at 350 for about an hour. It falls off the bone. I also do this with chicken breast if that’s what I get at Costco. Randy convinced me that the fat is a good thing for the dogs…who am I to argue, right?

The following are my loose recipes.

Just remember you do not need to “flavor” anything up. Also, if you can give them organic I would. If you have a dog on kibble slowly ween them off so their bodies are not shocked. If you tell your Vet you are doing this be prepared to be judged and them be irritated that you aren’t interested in buying the dog food they offer at their clinic…stay strong!

Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/2c whole grain rice
1/3c shredded carrots
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/4c whole grain rice
1/4c dry oats (not instant)
1/3c baked sweet potato (or yam)
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

½ jumbo scrambled egg (no seasoning cooked in pan not requiring oils)
1/4c dry oats
1/3c green beans
1t chia seeds
1t flax seed
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/2c quinoa
1/4c shredded zucchini
1/3c baked sweet potato (or yam)
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/2c quinoa
1/2c frozen (but thawed to room temp in warm water) sweet corn
1/3c baked sweet potato (or yam)
1/4t of crushed egg shells

Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/3c quinoa
½ apple chopped, remove core (dogs should not have apple seeds)
1/3c boiled russet or yellow potato
1/4t of crushed egg shells

We began Zoey’s meal plan in September this year. She was overweight, lethargic, unhappy (actually being a meanie) and refusing to just walk 30 feet.

My dogs eat twice daily. 7am and 6pm.

We walk Kona every other day in the AM into the Ute Valley mountains (between 1-2 miles MAX) and Zoey stays on flat ground at the park on grass or snow (she loves snow…so does Kona).

Both dogs walk 30-45 minutes every afternoon at the park. I zig-zag across the grass to give them the enjoyment of NOT CONCRETE, CEMENT, FLOORING…real planet earth between their toes.

If we have enough energy they get a 15 minute walk at 7pm, or just a potty break outside.

Let me know how your pets do!


Sarita, Randy, Kona and Zoey

Piper (our cat) would have NOTHING to do with this although I did get her to lick up a tablespoon of the chicken juice!

Sweet Tango Apple

Apple Porn has been moving through the US universities since the early 1800’s. Pollination (aka Apple Porn) is a thing.

Photo: Sweet Tango apples on vine. Photo credit:

The Organic Sweet Tango Apple (Minneiska)
SKU 93603

This apple is DELICIOUS!!!

Crispy and juicy – far from mealy or soft. The skin breaks easily beneath your chompers.

The Sweet Tango Apple was developed by the University of Minnesota in 2000 and first sold in the USA in 2009.

It is a hybrid of two apple varieties the university developed: the “honeycrisp” (aka the ‘mother’) and the Minnewashta (called the zest! – the ‘father’ or the pollinator).

Apple Porn has been moving through the US universities since the early 1800’s. Pollination (aka Apple Porn) is a thing. You may have seen the work of the famous Minnie Specklebutt, Lance Bigcore and Ashley “DD” Seeds.

In the State of Utah the apple porn industry has been laying very low. Most apples stickers are removed from the apples before being served to the children for fear that they might actually inspire curiosity in this crazy sexual pollinating process.

Today there are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States. A whopping 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. THAT’S A LOTTA PORN if you asked me. Even still, the varieties have DIMINISHED according to Gizmodo. Matt Novak reports, “North America used to have much more diverse assortment of apples. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 14,000 different varieties of apples were grown here in the 19th century.”

The decline in apple varieties has everything to do with the rise of the fast food industry and not surprisingly obesity has followed the same trend.

Today an average American citizen consumes 65 apples a year! 100 years ago it was at least “an apple a day (to keep the doctor away”).

That Welsh proverb stems from the benefits of eating caraway seeds and the apple was a way to eat the seeds! So eat the ENTIRE APPLE and the seeds and heck, you might never visit the doctor again. Note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR…OBVIOUSLY.

Apple Porn is a thing. Wait, it’s called POLLINATION! Yes, that’s a thing too.
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Make sure you visit the produce section of your grocery store chain. Grab one of these beauties and start the “apple a day” challenge! Fall is the perfect time to do it too… it’s the SEASON!


Okay, okay…okay! You are right. I made some of these things up! Everything in red italics I pulled out of my funny bone.

I’m practicing my writing skills, imagination and entertaining Randy.

See, I pack him a lunch every day and write him notes and sometimes letters (like this one) to inspire him to eat the healthy item FIRST. Hopefully it will work.

Did it entertain you even for a minute? Are you going to check out this apple next time you are at the grocery? How about trying to eat more – did it inspire you to realize you need to eat more AND the seeds!?!

Happy Monday! Happy Fall! Happy October! Welcome to a glimpse of how Randy and I keep the love alive between us. We’ll be celebrating our 13th anniversary this year. Our marriage has endured a lot of ups and downs and in hindsight I know it was the perfect time for us to meet way way way way way back in 2005 on E-Harmony. We have helped each other through a lot. I love you honey!! xoxoxoxo

Me and my Main Squeeze. PS: WE LOVE COLORADO!

Zucchini Bread Recipe

My vegan zucchini bread.

Zucchini Bread (Vegan)
Yield: 4 mini loaf pans
Time: 10 minutes to prep, 50 minutes to bake

I cook and bake at 7100’ elevation which means I need to add a little extra in the wet ingredients and a little extra in the time for baking.

Also, I always ALWAYS set all of these ingredients out measured BEFORE I begin combining. This is really important and a great habit to have for ALL cooking. Did you know some recipes must be done quickly and you do not have time to run to the store or a neighbor to borrow an ingredient. I have learned this enough times to keep it as a top priority habit taught to me by my mom. Last piece of advice: READ THE RECIPE ALL THE WAY TO THE END before you begin.

Wet ingredients:
1½ c shredded zucchini
½ c baked sweet potato (no skin)
¾ c white granulated sugar
¼ c brown sugar
¾c + 2T unsweetened applesauce (wait on the 2T until everything is combined)
2 chia eggs (1:3 ratio of 1T chia and 3T water) let sit a bit to firm up
1t vanilla

Dry ingredients:
2 c all purpose flour
½ t baking soda
½ t baking powder
½ t sea salt
1t ground cinnamon

Set oven at 350 degrees.

Mini loaf pans (what I used) spread a smidge of canola oil with a paper towel. I put a slice of parchment paper length-wise (to then be able to lift the loaf out easily when done baking).

Combine chia egg mixture, set aside.

In a LARGER bowl combine all wet ingredients EXCEPT THE CHIA AND THE 2T OF APPLESAUCE). Set aside.

In a smaller bowl combine with a whisk all of the dry ingredients.

Add chia egg combo to rest of wet ingredients.

Slowly stir in the wet ingredients to the dry. If you feel like you need more moisture, add applesauce.

Using 1/4c as a scoop along with a spatula to scrape, put 3 scoops into each pan.

Tap them to spread evenly – but not too much and really, don’t worry about it.

When oven hits 350 then put the pans randomly on the middle rack.

Bake for 50 minutes.

That’s it!

The zucchini I was gifted was a FOOT LONG! I had so much extra I put it on my dog’s food and added it to my salads and my chili. I got TWO of these bad boys.

Last month I went on a job to help my husband and measured a house for flooring. It was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay far away into the mountains (so far I thought I’d be at Pikes Peak soon).

I got to jaw jacking with the mom and dad and found out he was a Buckeye! Go Bucks and they met while competing at the Olympics here in the competition where you have to ski then shoot targets. I have no idea what that is called but I’ve seen it and been in awe of being able to be so still after going through so much cardio. On top of that they were farmers and had a TON of zucchini…and they packed up a bag for me to take home.

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Keeping track of when and what you put into your body is tough to do on your own.

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Hillbilly Discovery

I think these little seed growths (aka sprouts) are so cute! I love our planet.
Reused my apple bag as a seed incubator – easy stuff!

I’m proud to admit that I earned a few Certifications (following in my family’s footsteps) in using things or reusing things to solve problems. Wire hangers, duct tape, TP rolls…you know, standard stuff.


I went out on a limb using my apple bag as a way to start seeds growing for outdoor planting when the weather stops being psycho here.

#MonumentColorado #Colorado #SpringIncludesBombCyclones


About two weeks ago I put dirt and seeds in this bag. It has small holes in the bottom. I shook it a little to make sure the seeds and dirt were combined. Added a little water (until it seeped through). Left it in a dark place with zero sunlight. A few days ago found seedlings peeking out so brought it into my brightly lit room with plenty of sunshine and set it on the floor beneath a window (not DIRECT sun).


We had more psycho weather but it included sunshine.


Look at my spectacular seeds!


Now I’ll be able to remove them from this incubator system (protected from my cat eating them) and plant them in their own growing pot. I forgot to label them (I actually did not think this would work) but I THINK I planted kale or lettuce).


Schools can use this idea to teach the kids about recycling AND planting seeds to watch them grow…then take the bag home to plant in a garden.


Please try it or share this idea – it’s too simple and WORKS! 


PS: Are sprouts cute?  I mean really, look at them! 

Crazy Spinach Salad

I had quinoa – a lot of it. Randy and I are on a GREEN DRY MARCH challenge (we started early). This salad is scrumptious!!

Crazy Spinach Salad by Sarita Shoemaker.  Vegan Nutrient Dense Easy Recipe Quinoa Spinach Raw
Oh YES the house smells like a fresh veggie farm!! The edamame…I keep “tasting” them. YUM!

Crazy Spinach Salad
Heart Healthy, Nutrient Dense, Vegan, Easy, Salad

# Servings: 4 (maybe 6 if it accompanies another dish)

I bolted off to follow a Cookie and Kate recipe but did not have all of her ingredients so I made my own up below using her amazing idea.

Turned on my Steve Miller Band (highly recommend The Stake, Living In The USA because they’ll make the salad better).


1 yellow beet, peeled and julienned
4 carrots, shredded in food processor
6 cups of spinach (rinsed and stems removed then sliced into strips)
1 avocado, diced
2C cooked and cooled edamame
1 1/2c cooked quinoa
1T hemp seeds
1T roasted sesame seeds


3T Braggs Apple Cider vinegar
3T lime juice
1T EVOO (I will not use this next time, it’s not necessary – I’ll use a T of water)
3/4c chopped cilantro
1T maple syrup
3/4t coarse black pepper


1. Set all of your ingredients out on the counter BEFORE you any further – seriously!
2. In a small food processor place all of the dressing ingredients and chop/cut until it is a liquid. Set aside in container then place in fridge to chill.
3. In a giant bowl (as big as you’ve got) place all of the vegetables and toss to blend.
4. Continue to toss and add the seeds

1. and quinoa.
2. Place in serving bowl.
3. Put in fridge to chill.

We don’t like a lot of dressing on our salads so we will spoon it out.

23 Feb 2019
By Sarita Shoemaker

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