Saturday, May 28, 2016

Slave to My Future Service Dog

By Stacey Kuhns


So a while back, I let you all know that I was getting a puppy, named Henson, who will be going through a two-year training program with me to become my certified service dog. This is Henson:

Slave to My Future Service Dog by Stacey Kuhns

Henson is a Goldendoodle. His mother is a Goldendoodle and his father is a Standard Poodle. I have had a variety of animals since I was a young girl, have worked at veterinary hospitals, San Diego Zoo, and now volunteer in animal rescue. I have also rescued and trained dogs, but I must admit, it has been a very long time since I had a puppy.

Because of my medical conditions, I never thought a puppy was anything I would have again as it is physically difficult for me to take care of one. I brought Henson home on May 1, 2016, when he was a little under eight weeks old. He turns eleven weeks old this weekend and I am exhausted.

I love this little guy, but I am a slave to him. I follow him everywhere. Otherwise, I might find him with his head in the cats' litter box or eating their food. He needs to be brushed every time he comes in from outside. I have never owned a dog that had this kind of fur (everything gets stuck in it). He chases the cats around the house (trying to work on that), not because he wants to "get them" but he wants them to play with him. He is growing like a weed and is a very smart dog.

By eight weeks, he learned sit and shake. At nine weeks, he learned down, and at 10 weeks, he learned stay. He has a pretty mellow temperament for a puppy, which is good for a future service dog. He has times where he is a crazy pup, running around and wanting to play, but he just seems more mellow than other puppies I have dealt with.

Slave to My Future Service Dog by Stacey Kuhns

Giving him a bath, for me, is like running a marathon. It is challenging. Next time, we are trying a shower. Henson has been sleeping eight hours a night, which is a blessing and surprising as he does sleep a lot during the day too. He is potty trained, which was a happy milestone. My pain levels have been pretty high since I got him, but surprisingly, I am too busy with him to let it get me down and I do see the fantastic benefit having him will be for my physical and mental health. (At least I keep telling myself that.)

I have basically been a prisoner in the house and have been home more than I can remember. (I cannot take him anywhere frequented by other animals until he has all his shots). On May 11, he had his first vet visit and just chilled on the exam table, waiting for the vet. He did great and got a clear bill of health. He is growing like a weed. His paws are still huge so hoping he will be a large dog.

I check in with the parents of his siblings and they are going through many of the same trials and tribulations with their puppies so that makes it easier on many levels. But he is a puppy and like a little kid, he gets distracted easily.

We walk to the mailbox every day (he is doing well on leash). One day it was windy and a leaf was blowing down the street. He almost pulled me over trying to run after it! We start our training on June 4. Hopefully, a leaf does not blow by during training, or a rabbit does not run across the lawn. Should be interesting.

Slave to My Future Service Dog by Stacey Kuhns

Slave to My Future Service Dog by Stacey Kuhns

I took him to my acupuncture appointment the other morning. I was feeling stressed about it but the staff asked me to bring him. They know he is going to be a service dog and feel he should get used to coming with me since that will be the norm once he is certified.

The acupuncture treatments are supposed to be relaxing but as I was laying on the treatment table and Henson was circling the room, sniffing, all I could think about was that he was going to go potty on their carpet and I would not be able to get up because of the needles in me.

Fortunately, once he was done exploring, he sprawled out next to the treatment table and was calm and relaxed as he could be for the entire hour. He never left my side when anyone came in to talk to me or check on me. I was amazed! So, he shows the potential to be a great service dog and that is what I think about as I pull seeds and rocks out of his mouth, panic when it gets too quiet in the house and I cannot see him, and as I follow him around, making sure he is not getting into anything. 

Slave to My Future Service Dog by Stacey Kuhns

In my next installment, I will let you all know how training is progressing. Thanks for the interest and you can see more about Henson on my Facebook page, Meet Henson.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Poki Poki New for North County! #‎pokipokioceanside‬

Sushi · Hawaiian · Asian Fusion restaurant
by Stacey Kuhns


Finally! North County San Diego is getting a sushi bowl eatery, Poki Poki. They are in their soft opening now and they have their main opening this Saturday, May28, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. They are located in the shopping center at 3480 Marron Road, Oceanside (right off College) and are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. - seven days a week.

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, or you can get your food to go. The inside is clean and the food is fresh. The service is great. Employees greet you when you walk in the door and are happy to explain how things work.

Build Your Own Hawaiian Poke Bowl!

Basically, you have a choice of a large or small bowl. You get your choice of three different kinds of sushi on the small bowl and four on the large bowl. There are at least six kinds to choose from. You also get to pick your base, either white rice, brown rice, salad, or a combination of those.

The spicy tuna is amazing. It looks strange but really is delicious (it looks like finely ground fish or meat). They have ahi, salmon and yellowtail, cut into chunks, and also sushi options of shrimp or octopus.

There is a variety of toppings, including onions, ginger, seaweed salad, crab (which is out of this world and is no extra charge), avocado (extra charge), fish eggs, and other toppings.

Poki Poki offers a choice of sauces from mild to spicy and also have a spicy mayo. You can have them put the wasabi and soy sauce and other sauces on or you can do it yourself with the small cups of condiments provided by the cash register. They also have chopsticks or plastic forks.

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

The prices are very reasonable for what you get. It is a lot of food for sure. And the best part, it is healthy along with tasting wonderful. I plan to eat here at least twice a week after work (since it is in the center I work in).

The establishment offers a 10% military discount. I stopped after work today and took lunch home. Sunday, my boyfriend and I ate dinner there. He loved it and so did I. He had a bowl loaded with the toppings and mine was a little less on the toppings.

(The picture below is my bowl from lunch today. The employee gave me a double scoop of crab. Yum!) The green onions and sesame seeds also add a nice touch.

Poki Poki - by Stacey Kuhns

A loaded bowl (this picture is from their website as there was no one else getting a loaded bowl today when I was there).

The only thing I did not care for was the drink selection. They offer small bottles of water for sale. When you are eating spicy food, one small bottle of water is not going to cut it. They also have canned sodas. I wish they had refillable fountain drinks with more of a selection. Otherwise, two thumbs up. 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Family Sunday

It is not often that Oma and Opa get to enjoy the entire family together.  We cherish our family time greatly.  This Sunday was very special.  We started our time together with breakfast at out family favorite, Home Sweet Home. They were so nice to fix up a special table for us to spread out in.

Auntie gets to feed Coast Oak.

Not sure what Reef Indy was explaining,
but Dad and Uncle Mo are very interested. 

Then after relaxing together at the homestead, we all drove south to downtown San Diego to meet Grandma and Grandpa at the Tilted Kilt for lunch.

We loved the food and drink at the Tilted Kilt.
Our waitress was super nice and efficient also.

Smile Auntie Sitara and Uncle Moses

Then we were off to the ball game at Petco Park. The Padres and Dodgers remain tied in the 17th inning after over 5 hours of playing. Unfortunately, the Dodgers then broke away with a four run inning and the Padres did not answer back with any runs. What a fun and interesting game.

Beautiful Petco Park - Downtown San Diego, California.

Reefie has his glove ready to catch that foul ball.

Home-plate umpire, David Rackley finally gets up after
being struck in the groin by a foul ball in the fifth inning!

Opa grabbing some time with Coast.

Sitara and Moses enjoying the action;
Not quite sure what Grandpa is doing.

Reef listens intently as Grandma explains the game of Baseball

The adults received a Reusable Padre Shirt Bag,
but more importantly, the kids got a plastic bat and ball

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shakshuka (Healthy Vegetarian Dish)

Yummy Recipe
by Stacey Kuhns 


I always look forward to getting my cooking magazines. Yes, I know I can find any recipe online nowadays, but sometimes, I don't know what I am looking for until I see it.

This happened with a recipe for Shakshuka, a healthy vegetarian dish. I had never heard of it before, but when I saw the picture and read the recipe, I knew I had to make it.

I also knew that it was definitely from another country. Unfortunately, the magazine gave no background information on this dish. After some research, I discovered the dish is of Jewish Tunisian origin.

Shakshuka (Healthy Vegetarian Dish) by Stacey Kuhns

Shakshuka is a staple of Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, Moroccan, and Egyptian cuisines. There are many variations of this recipe. As my boyfriend and I are not vegetarian, I also grilled chicken, but the Shakshuka was so filling, I could not eat any chicken. I had made it as a side dish, but it can definitely serve as a main dish. It is also a very visually appealing dish (in my opinion). 

Shakshuka (Healthy Vegetarian Dish) by Stacey Kuhns

Here is the recipe (which makes 4 servings):

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (I use the minced garlic in the jar)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2-1 tsp chili powder (I used 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Sriracha Asian hot sauce, optional
    (I used this and it did not make it too spicy)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • Chopped fresh cilantro

Pita bread, naan, or any other flatbread you can use for tearing and scooping (I used a tandoori bread as I find pita can be hard sometimes depending on the brand)

Note: I doubled this recipe, but just make what you will eat that night/day because I don't believe the eggs would be the same reheated.

1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and seasonings and the Sriracha (if using). Stir 30 seconds longer. Add chopped tomatoes and cook 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thickened, stirring occasionally.

2. With the back of your spoon, make four wells in the mixture; break an egg into each well. (Note: my mixture was not as thick as described in the recipe so I just cracked the eggs over different parts of the mixture and it came out amazing). Cook covered, 4-6 minutes or until the egg whites are completely set and the yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.

3. Remove from heat, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with bread of your choice.

Additions: You can add artichoke hearts, red or yellow bell peppers, feta cheese, and anything else you desire. I will probably try the feta cheese next time.

The meal was so good, but must be served hot/warm. The egg yolks ran into the mixture, giving those bites a creamy texture. When I first saw the recipe, I thought it was just a lot of onion and tomato. Well, yes it is, but those two ingredients, melded with all the spices, was food that when you put the first bite into your mouth on a warm piece of flatbread, your taste buds thank you! 

Shakshuka (Healthy Vegetarian Dish) by Stacey Kuhns

Enjoy! If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it.

We Are Going To Need A Bigger Table

Oma and Opa love to start their Sunday with a big family breakfast.  With Grandma and Grandpa's move to North County, we are going to need a bigger table at hour favorite Sunday Breakfast Hangout - Home Sweet Home.

Breakfast Brothers (Reef & Coast)

We ae going to need a bigger table!
Oma tried the Home Sweet Home Omelette.
Reef was making a face just like his daddy's
Grandpa with Coast Oak

Wild boy Reef Indy love to fly through the air.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Soniclear Petite Deluxe #michaeltoddbeauty

Michael Todd products are made with certified organic ingredients. They are also free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or artificial dyes. Therefore, when I heard that they had an Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing System, Oma was intrigued.

The Soniclear Petite is the World's First Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing System. It incorporates antimicrobial protection into its brushes to guard against the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. A cleaner brush equates to cleaner skin.

In the box, you will find one Soniclear Petite Waterproof Rechargable Sonic Control Handle, a Charging Cradle, and a USB Inductive Charger which magnetically attaches to the Handle. The Soniclear is waterproof (not merely water resistant) and can be used in the shower! It is ergonomically designed and balanced for effortless cleansing and maximum control.

My unit is a pretty ‘Cotton Candy’ pink and looks great on Oma’s counter. After a quick charge, Oma used the smaller brush on her face. This unit has an Automatic Cleansing Timer that gently reminds you when it’s time (after twenty seconds) to move to another area of the face or body. Three cleansing speeds enable you to customize your sonic cleansing experience to your specific skin type and skin concerns.

Oma was amazed at how clean her face felt after just the first use. The micro massage appears to lift dirt away while the vibration stimulates blood flow. Bottom line is that it felt great! I was very pleased with the results of my Michael Todd Soniclear and highly recommend it.

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