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If you’re anything like me, you too love leisurely rising out of bed on a Sunday to throw together a scrumptious breakfast, and relish the opportunity to hop back into the coziness of your bed to enjoy! This little savory dish is the perfect recipe to experience such a moment!
Little Dipper Bread Cup
Ingredients – serves 3
3 french rolls – individual sized
1/4 cup turkey breakfast sausage
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Italian leaf parsley
Pinch of salt & pepper
Begin by using a 2” round cookie cutter, press and hallow out the center of the French rolls. Coat inside and the top bit cut out with butter & place on a lined baking sheet.
In a non-stick pan— I prefer using a Scanpan —brown the turkey breakfast sausage and breakup into small crumbles. Spoon a couple teaspoons of sausage crumbles into each hallowed bread bowl.
Carefully crack one egg into each roll. Using a fine grater—I like the fine grate of a zester— shred about 1 tablespoon of parmesan on top of each egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 15 minutes on 350°, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. Rotate the baking sheet once if you notice they aren’t cooking evenly.
While the cups are in the oven, roughly chop the Italian parsley.
Be aware the eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven! Once removed, allow to set for 60 seconds, top with a generous amount of parsley and ta-da! You have a simply delicious Sunday breakfast in bed.
Once you decide lounging time has been fully enjoyed, its time to clean up. Since I prepped, baked and served my breakfast on items that are best washed by hand and this recipe doesn’t require too many dishes, I recommend Grab Green Liquid Dish Soap. Highly effective, ultra-concentrated (no need to use too much) and perfect for all hand dish-washing.
Getting your furry friend licensed is an important part of being a pet-owner and it’s an identification tool that can help reunite you with your dog if it were to ever get lost. Although in Los Angeles county both dogs and horses (or any equine animal) requires licenses, we’re specifically addressing the licensing of K-9s. Seeing that requirements vary between counties and states, here’s all you need to know to make sure your SoCal dog meets licensing standards!
How long do I have to license my dog?
Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara and San Bernardino Counties all require pets to be licensed within 4 months of ownership.
Where and how do I take care of licensing?
Animal licenses may be purchased by completing a license application form, along with payment, proof of sterilization and rabies vaccination, at your nearest county’s animal care and control department. Depending on your county, you may also complete these steps by mail, or even more convenient, online via Pet Data.
How often should I renew my pet’s license?
In general for Southern California counties, pet licenses are valid for one year. Failure to renew a pet license can result in a late penalty equal to the cost of the license.
How much does licensing cost?
Fees for pet licensing varies by animal and by city. For example, in LA County, pet licensing ranges from $5 to $60. Typically, licenses for the neutered and spayed are less expensive.
Not a resident of SoCal? Visit http://www.petdata.com/ and they’ll locate all the need-to-knows based on your zip code.
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Are your pets up-to-date?
We’d do anything for our furry & feathered little friends, especially when it comes to keeping them happy and healthy. An essential way of keeping them at their healthiest is making sure their vaccines are up-to-date. Here’s a need-to-know list of vaccinations for dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
What are vaccines?
Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight off the invasion of disease-causing organisms. If a harmful disease/ illness is ever introduced to our animals, vaccine’s antigens work to reduce the severity and fight it off entirely. For us, it means peace of mind and quite possibly avoiding high veterinary bills that accompany common canine and feline disease.
What are the core vaccines?
Canine Parvovirus – highly contagious viral illness
Distemper – contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure
Canine Hepatitis – viral disease that causes upper respiratory tract infections
Rabies – transmitted through bites, rabies causes deterioration in the brain and can easily be passed on to humans
Panleukopenia (feline distemper) – highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. The causative virus is very resilient and can survive for years in contaminated environments, so vaccination is the best preventative available
Feline Calici Virus – a common respiratory disease in cats
Feline Herpes Virus Type I (rhinotracheitis) – cats in crowded or stressful conditions or with weak immune systems are more susceptible to this vius
Rabies – just as with dogs, rabies causes deterioration of the brain and although the virus can take up to a month to develop, once the symptoms have begun, the virus progresses rapidly
What About Birds?
When importing birds from exotic places was common, bird vaccinations were plentiful. These days, because almost all birds are bred local, bird vaccinations are no longer considered necessary. There is only one recommended vaccine for our feathered friends, but only if your bird will be in contact with other birds whose health benefits are unknown, such as in a bird boarding house.
Polyomavirus Vaccine – a deadly infection that primarily effects birds from the parrot family
Are vaccines required by law?
Each states has its own laws governing the administration of the rabies vaccine; some areas require yearly rabies vaccinations where others call for vaccines every three years. However, up-to-date canine rabies vaccinations are a legal requirement in general. You can download a complete state-by-state guide from the American
Veterinary Medical Association.
How often should my animal be vaccinated?
The best person to ask this question to is your vet! He/she can best determine a vaccination schedule for your animal depending on the type of vaccine, your animal’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.
When should I get my new puppy and/or kitty vaccinated?
According to the ASPCA, puppies and kitties should receive a series of vaccinations starting six to eight weeks of age. A vet should administer a minimum of three vaccinations at three to four week intervals, and the final dose should be administered at 16 weeks of age.
For more great information on caring for your pets, download our PET GUIDE.
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