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Cate’s Corner

Doggie Acupuncture, Mandala Making, Yummy Dipping Sauce

Cate's Corner, Daily Life

I can’t believe we’re in the last week of August already. Where did this summer go? I’ve been noticing the sun setting a little earlier each day, and I’m not sure how excited I am about the whole idea. I love these bright, cheery, summery days. I don’t mind if they stick around for a while yet.

These last few weeks have been zooming by. There’s no shortage of summer insanity around this house. So much has happened in such a short time. I’m still chug, chug, chugging away on the first draft for Gwen and Cade’s story. Per usual, it’s coming in fits and starts. But it’s our beloved ten-year-old St. Bernard, Bear, who has had the majority of our attention.

Bear developed acute issues with his legs. One day he could walk; the next, he couldn’t. His back legs just sort of stopped supporting him and working. We had some scary days when we feared that we might have to make decisions we didn’t want to make, but things are looking up.

Bear needs a little help these days.

After several tests and seeing two different veterinarians, the verdict was that no one could tell us for sure what was wrong. But our vet did suggest trying acupuncture. We’re lucky to have found an amazing holistic vet who specializes in acupuncture for animals. She comes to the house once a week and has a session with Bear. After only two visits, we’re seeing many improvements. Hooray!

Bear’s first acupuncture.

In between work and Bear, there must be time for play. I can honestly say that the last couple of weeks have left me and the hubs frazzled. Because I’m big on self-care, I’ve been practicing my new mandala hobby, we’ve been going down to the river close by to stick our toes in the cool water, and of course, I’ve been busy in the kitchen.

An evening at the river.
Mandala practice. Getting better.

My new obsession is dipping oils. I love going to restaurants and dipping soft, chewy bread into savory herbed oils. Since we rarely go out to eat, and that has become an even rarer event due to these COVID times, I decided to search for a Pinterest recipe. Oh, Pinterest, I love you, yet you’re my downfall. The hours I spend on you.

After perusing recipes, I settled on this copycat version of Carrabba’s Olive Oil Bread Dip. This recipe is awesome and makes me feel a little fancy while I enjoy sitting out on the deck with a big ol’ summer salad. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it, too. This is the version I made. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I love making this!

Here’s what I love about this recipe:

  • It’s easy to make, and you likely have all of the ingredients on hand.
  • It takes minutes to put together.
  • It’s entirely scrumptious.
  • I use one tablespoon of the mixture per ½ cup of light-tasting olive oil. There’s plenty of herb mixture leftover for several more batches.
  • Whenever we have this with our dinner, I take one garlic clove, dice it up, smash it, and add it to the plate before adding the herbs and olive oil. So good!

Let me know if you give this dip a try. And please tell me I’m not the only one who can’t seem to stay off Pinterest!

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